Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Tue, 28 Sep 1999 00:07:35 -0700


>
>> Which leads me to a question: In your
>> opinion, which UC series is
>> the best for introducing Gundam to a non-Gundam fan?
>>
>> IMO, I'll say either 0080 or 0083, since the
>> OYW, Z and ZZ are all a
>> bit too long for introduction play, and CCA requires
>> the viewer to at least
>> know a bit of history.. =) I'll go with 0080, which
>> has a nice,
>> uncomplicated story, rather than 0083, which has
>> some... plot holes you can
>> walk a Dom through. =)
>
>0080 is my choice. it blows away many misconceptions
>of anime (not only gundam) -- namely the over-the-top
>sexist and violence stereotypes of anime.
>
>the story is down to earth and packs a punch in 3
>short hours -- easily the length of any serious
>live-action movie. the characters seem very real.
>the kids are annoying in an endearing sort of way and
>make you just say "yeah, i was like that when i was a
>kid" (i personally drew a lot in class and played
>video games when my mom wasn't around...heheh). chris
>and bernie are one of the more outstanding 'tragic
>couples'.

I think the danger of using 0080 as an "introducer" is
the potential of alienating people who are looking for
the 0080 vibe in other Gundam series. In a way, you
are guilty of "bait and switch" by showing people
0080 first to turn them on to other Gundam series.

0083 sort of presents the same problem, because it is
so action packed, and the animation quality is so good,
it is likely to create unreasonable expectations of
other Gundam series.

Eddie

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