Re: [gundam] Gundam '99 and knee-jerk responses.
Mon, 8 Feb 1999 16:38:34 EST

I dislike the Turn A Gundam, Gundam and show name, but I will not
automatically hate the show because of the new Gundam. The plot can be good. I
don't watch anime just for robots, but Mecha do add eye candy and a extra
coolness factor. Gundam F91 still had the Gundam spirit, this new Design
doesn't have Gundams spirit. You can't tell me that the only reason people
watch Gundam is because of the great storys. People also watch because OF the
Gundams. I like to have a great plot line and story, but the main reason I
like Gundam, is the Gundams themselves. The plot and story will be about
people and Gundams, not just people. This is why I think some folks are
judgeing the show by just a tiny production drawing.


In a message dated 2/8/1999 3:40:48 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> In the last 24 hours since the picture of Syd Mead's Gundam became known
> to the list subscribers, and since then I've seen a really disturbing
> number of posts that declare "this show is going to suck".
> First of all, how can anyone possibly judge this show when all that's
> available to us is a logo, a tiny scan of what appears to be
> pre-production art, and a thimbleful of information on the characters and
> plot?
> Secondly, why does the Gundam in question have to look exactly like it's
> predecessors? Take Gundam F-91 and stand it next to the original RX-78.
> Outside of the color scheme, the fact that they each have two eyes and a
> boomerang on their heads, and it's name, what makes one more of a Gundam
> than the other? Personally, I think that creating a new and different
> mecha for the 20th anniversary is completely appropriate. Does anyone
> really want the kind of rehashed designs we got with Gundam-X? I know I
> don't.
> Thirdly, since when did anyone watch Gundam solely for the mecha? There
> are other things that make up anime shows called plots, stories, and
> characters. In some shows, blink and you may miss them, but they are
> there. When watching the original Gundam movies, sure, the mecha are
> pretty crude and bulbous, but is it fair for me to focus on this one thing
> and discount the entire show? No.
> These discussions remind me a lot of way back when the first info
> regarding Gundam F-91 was filtering into the US. Personally, I really
> wasn't too hot on the mecha designs, what I knew about the plot,
> characters, etc., but I was excited about what was going to be the first
> Tomino Gundam series since Char's Counterattack. I gave it a try. I ended
> up hating it, but at least I waited until the end of the movie to decide
> that I did.
> So relax a bit, and when this new show comes around, give it a chance and
> open your mind to something new. It's probably why you started watching
> Gundam in the first place...

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