L. M. Lloyd (ubik@austin.rr.com)
Sun, 11 Jun 2000 03:43:18 -0500

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I really don't agree with you. I think that CCA was a great movie,
given what it was. The first thing you have to understand , is that
CCA was suppose (and yes I do know how silly this sounds now days) to
be the end of the Gundam Saga.

As far as the characterizations go, I think you misunderstand the
purpose of the new characters. They are not cardboard cutouts, they
just are there to show how little has changed in all the years of the
Gundam Saga. For example Quess and Hathaway, the theme of a young
newtype girl switching allegiances based on her infatuations, and how
that affected the young man smitten with her, was already covered in
depth in Zeta. Why waste precious screen time showing it again? The
point is that for all the political rhetoric, we are still talking
about young children making life and death decisions, sometimes for
the most spurious of reasons. Other interactions seem to be very
wooden, until you connect the dots and consider the history between
the characters, for example the exchange between Bright and Cameron.

As far as the motives behind what Char and Amuro's actions, I did not
think it was confusing at all. Char and Amuro both have to be the
"hero" in their own mind, and neither one is willing to let someone
decide the future. As such, Char has decided that he can not have his
perfect world as long as the earth is the center of power, and Amuro
knows that he can only prove himself the hero he knows he is by
defeating Char. I think part of what you are missing, is that in MSG,
Z, CCA the motives often have far more personal roots, than the
politically driven machinations of a story like 0083.

My point is that CCA was supposed to be the final payoff of the
Gundam saga, as a result it makes no sense to make it an OVA series.
Things like 0080 and 0083 exist to keep breathing life into Gundam,
and as such go to great pains to explore new elements of an already
established universe. CCA, on the other hand was supposed to close
out all the familiar issues of the Gundam Universe, into a
satisfactory conclusion. Personally, I think CCA accomplished its
mission wonderfully! We saw the ultimate realization of newtype
potential, and for once it was used save rather than to destroy
something. We saw the final personal reckoning between Amuro and
Char. We even got to see that all those newtypes who died, did so for
at least some reason. All in all I can not think of any way in which
Gundam could have been better ended, and to this day have not seen
any show come out of the Gundam universe that justifies continuing
beyond the rather artful conclusion of CCA.

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