Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Tue, 28 Sep 1999 14:07:21 -0700


>> I especially empathize with the way Al was forced to grow up in a
>> matter of days... and Chris' ignorance of Bernie's fate was especially
>touching.
>
>indeed. The last five minutes of 0080, in the context of all six episodes,
>are probably going to stand out in my mind as easily the most emotionally
>manipulative scenes in an anime.

You spoke my mind! I have never been too impressed by 0080, and I guess
the real reason all along was how manipulative the last scenes were.

>> Still, 0080 seems to have less publicity than the rest of the
>Gundam
>> series. Was there a particular reason why it wasn't as "hot" as shows like
>0083?
>
>0080 has a great story and all that stuff. but 0083 is a stereotypical
>"giant robot anime w/pretty good plot, despite the large holes" - they just
>did it REALLY, REALLY well. That's what I think. Also, like I said about
>that whole newtype stuff, that's why I think 0083 will be more popular in
>the US than the other series, if it ever catches on here, the simplicity of
>it all. Us gundam nuts are still a minority, unfortunately.

0080 had no NewTypes either, but where 0083 succeeds is its MTV styled
action, the creators of 0083 obviously loved the original Gundam's mech
actions and decided to pump that aspect up as much as possible. The
soap-esque relationship between characters is also a tip of the hat to
Macross, which was influenced by the original Gundam.

Eddie

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