Rodrick Su (rsu@tigana.com)
Wed, 24 May 2000 23:40:29 -0700


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gundam@ml.aeug.org [mailto:owner-gundam@ml.aeug.org]On
> Behalf Of Freedom045@aol.com
> Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 5:01 PM
> To: gundam@aeug.org
> Subject: Re: [gundam] wing's popularity
>
>
> In a message dated Tue, 23 May 2000 6:57:01 PM Eastern Daylight
> Time, BlazeEagle@aol.com 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 0083
> 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 s
> eries 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 outdated as the original Gundam.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 som
> e 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 co
> urse, 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?
>

F91 doesn't make too much sense without the novels. Victory, while a great
show, has the second highest body count of any Gundam show, after Zeta. For
those North American Gundam newbie who discovered Gundam via Cartoon
Network, Victory Gundam will come at quit a shock.

[ Rodrick Su [ ]
[ rsu@tigana.com [ I might be crazier than you think. ]

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