okay, let’s do this. Got soda and a box of frosted flakes, ready to catch up on anime I’ve been missing due to unavoidable circumstances. First up, Gundam AGE, another premier for the Fall 2011 season. I wasn’t too thrilled with the promos for Gundam AGE, as they seemed to not reach the bar that Gundam 00 set with design, characters, and story, but I’ll give it a fair shot and see what I get.
In A.G. 101 (the 101st year of the Advanced Generation calendar) a mysterious entity known only as “UE”, or “unknown enemy”, attacks and destroys the space colony Angel. This brutal attack becomes infamous as the “The Day the Angel Fell”, and marks the beginning of humanity’s war for survival. The series begins in A.G. 108 when the UE attack the space colony Ovan, where Flit Asuno lives with his mother. Flit’s mother is killed by the UE, and in her belongings (in an object called a “AGE Device”) he discovers the blueprints for a powerful weapon from the past–the ancient messiah named “Gundam.”
From these blueprints, Flit spends the next several years studying engineering at an Earth Federation base on the Nora space colony and designing the AGE-1 Gundam AGE-1 Normal. Seven years later, in A.G. 115, Flit completes the Gundam AGE-1 Normal, just as the UE attack Nora. Flit and his lineage’s battle piloting the AGE-1 to protect mankind is about to begin.
Compared to Gundam 00 (an anime I consider to be top quality when it comes to character designs and animation), Gundam AGE seems to be extremely lacking, opting for a more childish character set and an almost minimal depth as far as dialogue goes. Flit has all the mystery and coolness of Setsuna F. Seyei with brain damage, and all the deepness of a leaky kiddy pool. And I’m definitely not a fan of the Gundam mobile suit he builds, compared to past series, it looks like it came straight from a child’s coloring book as far as details are concerned. I would rather see him pilot one of the UE machines, those things look like they can actually fight.
I’m not sure if the developers are trying to recreate past designs and themes using modern resolutions, but it’s not working. The animations also bug me, Haro’s movements especially seem…odd. I’m always more preferential to realistic movements and dynamics as opposed to….whatever it is Haro is doing to move.
While the Gundam’s AGE system has yet to be revealed, I’m disappointed that this series doesn’t seem to hold a candle (or even a flicker) to Gundam 00 in really any category. I seriously doubt I’ll continue to follow this series, but I’ll give it four or five episodes to see where the story goes, and then decide if I’ll drop the series entirely or not.
The real problem with Gundam AGE for me, is that Gundam 00 set the bar really high…
Until next time,