Gundam 00 – First Look

October 7, 2007

The latest entry in the long running Gundam franchise debuted Saturday evening on MBS and TBS in Japan. Gundam 00 is directed by veteran anime director Mizushima Seiji of Fullmetal Alchemist, Shaman King and others. Character designs are provided by Chiba Michinori & Kouga Yun. Music is provided by Kawai Kenji, famous for his work on the Ghost in the Shell films, with the theme song provided by JRock mainstays L’Arc~en~Ciel.

 

In the 24th century, things are not nearly as peaceful on Earth as portrayed in Gene Roddenberry’s idyllic Star Trek. Fossil fuels have run out, leading to constant wars between three major factions over the remaining energy sources. In the midst of this chaos, a paramilitary organization known as Celestial Being emerges. Celestial Being’s mission is to end all wars on Earth. Their method of choice: overwhelming force with 4 advanced mobile suits called Gundams.

The series initially seems a lot like Gundam Wing. 4 bishounen pilots descend to Earth in powerful mobile suits and fight for peace. Compared to Wing, though, 00 has a lot more grit to its depictions of war. It also hasn’t overpowered the Gundams too much, as it’s shown that there is a limit to what even the Gundam Exia can handle without backup. I’m hoping the portrayal of the characters won’t be so shallow as it was with Wing, though I don’t think this will be a problem with FMA’s director at the helm.

With only one episode to go off of, I can’t make a real judgement on the series. For the moment, however, I’m going to be bullish on Gundam 00. It looks like it could shape up to be a pretty good outing for the Gundam metaseries.

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