Chris Maier (
Tue, 23 May 2000 20:10:37 -0400

I personally think that the old Gundam's animation is much better than all
the Hanna-Barbera stuff CN constantly plays.....
Besides, is'nt the redone animation in the movies(Which could be played as
part of Cartoon theather)at least as good as Macross?
We also have to remember than CN played G-force.....

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Subject: Re: [gundam] wing's popularity

> In a message dated Tue, 23 May 2000 6:57:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
> << Oh, Yeah Direct to video is a way to gauge the "success" of UC in the
US! Jeez! :) I don't mean to sound rude, but the Three 0079 Movies, 0080 and
> that are in English, is by no means any way to prove the success or the
lack of success of UC stuff in the US. Tons more that have never seen Gundam
saw Wing then 0079,0080 and 0083 did. Wing is on cable, not to mention that
its a 49 episode TV series. An UC TV series needs to be shown on Cartoon
Network with good promotion before one can find out how well UC will do in
the US. The UC 3 movies and two OVA's, have not had the exposure that Wing
has had.
> CN should show 0083 as a special event or something. I pick 0083 not out
of personal bias, but because it's animation quality is still very
comparable to
> today's animation and it has plenty of action while still being a UC
OVA/series. I don't see 0080 being shown on CN anytime soon :), Do you? 0080
seems a bit too mature for CN, 0080 would work fine on a channel like Sci-fi
for instance.
> Putting a UC series on TV would without a doubt be risky, especially if
its not translated well. Putting a UC series on TV has to be, for lack of a
better phrase, put on US TV with tender loving care, as the US market can be
fickle, especially if a UC series gets to be seen, wrongly, as just a kiddy
show. Its going to take special care to make sure a UC series on CN is
> perceived and handled the right way. GW isn't as harsh as a lot of UC
series are. GW is aimed at a different/wider audience then UC series are
aimed at.
> The UC series are more mature and realistic then GW. A UC series on CN has
the potential to do very well, if Bandai and the rest handle it the correct
way and not mangle it.
> Aaron >>
> I totally agree. The point I was trying to make is that a television
broadcast is the only way UC Gundam will be a hit in the US.
> It would seem easier from a business standpoint to go with a series like G
or X before they would go with something as outdated as the original Gundam.
And you can't have UC Gundam without starting from the beginning.
> By UC Gundam, I am really not counting F-91 or VICTORY GUNDAM, because
those stories don't really require the background of the Earth-Zeon
conflict. I suppose you could show V, does anything think that would work?
and then backtrack to the original in some way?
> I don't think the original 43-episode series would be successful on
American TV, even on the Cartoon Network. As much as I love the original
Gundam, its animation did not age well. ZETA, on the other hand, looks just
as good as most stuff out today. Of course, you couldn't show ZETA without
showing the original in some form.
> I do wish they would just have Katoki or Izubuchi just ret-con every
single mobile suit/mobile armor and reanimate the original series as new
movies or OVA's. I'd like to see someone tell me that that would not make
big bucks for Bandai.
> Has Tomino ever been approached or asked about that? or is he pretty cold
to the idea?
> Tom
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