M. R. Hannibal (saiyajin11@hotmail.com)
Sat, 22 Jul 2000 13:51:37 GMT

I agree. Gundam does have an excellent chance.....if people will open their
minds to accepting the UC storyline. New Mobile War Chronicle Gundam W is
the only one people have exposure to here in the States. And yes, they seem
to enjoy it. But can they handle the mature storyline of the original
Gundam,0080, 0083,Zeta (forget Double Zeta, it was bloody trash), CCA and on
down the line of the Universal Century? That I do not know. But hopefully,
people will begin to share in the joy of TRUE Gundam as we all on this list
do. And no, I am not disparaging Wing or X....I just do not like them. As
for G Gundam........I'm not sure if people are ready for that one yet....too
out there....... :)

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>From: "Chris Maier" <oom9@crosswinds.net>
>Reply-To: gundam@aeug.org
>To: <gundam@aeug.org>
>Subject: [gundam] Will Gundam become the next fad?
>Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 09:32:03 -0400
>Let's see, Pokemon appears to be on the downslide, and so far, it looks
>like Gundam might take it's place. Gundam Wing, in fact, has had ratings
>that have actually jumped beyond Pokemon, and also merchandise levels are
>on the rise, stealing Pokemon's thunder, at least from online retailers,
>that is.
>So will it become the next hot anime fad? Other animes have tried to become
>the next fad, but are'nt exactly doing too well(I'm talking about
>Poke-ripoffs, mostly)Dragonball Z looked like it might have taken over the
>Pokemon throne, but alas, poor marketing and boycotts by hardcore fans who
>loved the Japanese version pretty much killed any chance it had.
> Gundam, on the other hand, seems destined for rising popularity. But
>hopefully, it does'nt fall into the same vacuum that Pokemon did. A lot of
>the criticisms of Pokemon stemmed from it's animation quality, and Gundam
>will no doubt fall under the same scrutiny( I asked one Pokemon critic to
>take a look at Gundam Wing, he said "The animation is just as bad, but I
>will admit that the story and detail is exceptional") . However, this is'nt
>so different from Transformers criticisms in the 80s, and also Gundam has a
>much, much mature story and fan base than Pokemon does. It's not like
>anybody watches anime for the animation(Cept' in some cases, like Macross
>Plus,0083, Akira and GITS) they watch it for the detail, stories, and
>character development. Plus, a real analysis will reveal that anime is
>superior to current American TV animation, although the WB comes close with
>Batman/Superman/Men In Black.
> But anyway, critical opinion aside, I think if Bandai plays it's cards
>right, it will have a massive moneymaker on it's hands not only in Japan
>but in America as well.
> Any thoughts?

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