Gundam Series Spotlight: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Hello Blerders! I hope everyone has had a great week so far! This month’s Gundam Spotlight will arguably be one of the greatest in the Gundam overall series. Most of us have probably watched this when it came on after Dragonball Z on Toonami. Looking back, it was a lot more serious than I remembered as a kid. The geopolitics alone went over my head at that age but the robots fighting was cool.
If you haven’t watched this particular Gundam series, here is a quick synopsis from the Gundam Wiki:
“The story of Gundam Wing begins in the year After Colony 195, with the start of Operation Meteor; five disgruntled scientists’ plan for revenge against the tyrannical OZ military organization for their oppression over the space colonies. The operation involves five young boys who have each been chosen and trained by one of the five rogue scientists, then sent to Earth independently in extremely advanced Mobile Suits, one designed by each of the scientists, known as “Gundams”. Their mobile suits are called Gundams because they are constructed from a rare and astonishingly durable material known as Gundanium Alloy, which can only be created in outer space.” (Gundam Wiki)
Out of all of the various Gundam series out here, Gundam Wing is the most recognizable of them. Mainly because of the fact that it was apart of the beginning of a lot of people’s anime journey. It has some of the more memorable characters and mobile suits compared to some of the earlier series and even a few after.
Character development– If you have seen other Gundam series, then you know this is a staple throughout the various series. Like those series, this one has great character development. This includes the main characters and most of the side characters. Let’s take one of the main characters, Zechs Marquis (antagonist/anti-hero). When we meet him, he’s an enemy with a evident code when it comes to opponents. But as the story continues, we see him change for the better both as a person and a warrior with the height of his growth coming near the end of the series into the eventual movie (Endless Waltz).
Great story– Most Gundam series (if not all) tend to fair on the more serious side and this series was no different. From the perspective of a child (when I first saw this series), the story was five young men entrusted with powerful war-machines to defend their homes from the organization bent on causing a “revolution”. As I got older, I noticed it was about more than robots fighting in space. Geo-politics, espionage, war and the use of child soldiers…all of these subjects woven wonderfully into a coherent story and told in 49 episodes.
Action– The action is what hooked me to this series. Giant mech suits fighting on Earth and in space was so wonderful to watch. There is even some action between the characters outside of their mobile suits (though not as cool lol). Watching laser blasts and beam sabers clash really held my attention while eventually absorbing the overall story.
Not meant for younger audiences– Watching this in middle school, I knew this show wasn’t really for my age group but it was on Cartoon Network and had cool robots so I was all in. This anime is NOT ideal for first time children anime watchers so if you plan on having your kids watch this, wait until at least 8th-10th grade. Yes the robots are cool, and so are the battles but the fact that this anime essentially glorifies child soldiers doesn’t really help with impressionable children.
I…can’t think of another– Other than being a little more mature for younger viewers, I can’t really pinpoint a reason not to at least check this anime out. Am I saying this anime is perfect? No…not at all. Like every other show people watch, this show is not without flaws…but these flaws should not keep you from giving this anime a looksee.
The Verdict: 8/10- Great for older viewers.
This anime is great for an adult getting into anime for the first time. Most people my age (31) who are curious about anime often don’t want to venture into the more…let’s say extravagant anime series (One Piece, Dragonball Super, etc). Gundam Wing is a great series to start for the first time if you are looking for a more adult anime without gore and sex.
Well that’s it for this Gundam series spotlight. Have you seen this anime before? If so, what did you think and would you suggest this for a first timer? Let us know in the comments! If you have a minute, take some time to support us by using our affiliate link here. You don’t have to buy the item that’s there but as soon as you get something through that link, it helps us greatly! Until next time, Nerd Out!
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