Gundam EZEight (
Wed, 7 Feb 2001 22:30:57 -0800 (PST)

kinda like graves of the fireflies. BTW i loved War In
The Pocket.
--- -Z- <> wrote:
> > I think the reason why some of the fans here think
> that introducing aliens
> > to Gundam is a no-no is because the whole plot of
> Gundam revolves around
> > politics. two ideas conflicting. now introducing
> aliens would deviate from
> > that main plot and it would go into the grounds of
> other mecha shows, one of
> > which is Macross. and with that some people feel
> that it would strip the
> > essence of Gundam because it would be stepping on
> the territory of another
> > extremely popular mecha show.
> More to the point, aliens would completely negate
> one of the underlying themes
> in Gundam, namely that Man is his own worst enemy.
> The entire Newtype subtext
> is the conflict between the enlightened or the
> innocent -- usually one and the
> same, because innocence is a state of grace
> unencumbered by the illusions of the
> world -- and those set in their ways and weighed
> down by gravity. The heroes of
> Gundam are those who discover -- or, in some case,
> rediscover -- their own
> humanity and the connection that should rightly
> exist between all human beings.
> Now, a story in which a group of humans lose their
> humanity in their quest for
> power or dominance, only to be redeemed by a youth
> whose sole desire is to do
> the Right Thing -- that's a Gundam story. You see
> an echo of this in Macross
> with the discovery that the Zentraedi and Humanity
> are different branches of the
> same family, brought together by the power of love
> as expressed through music
> derived from their common ancestor, but it's not the
> same thing as humans who
> are losing the humanity versus those who are
> discovering it.
> Me, I'd like to see a story more on the order of
> Gundam 0080, set in some corner
> of the One Year War, where we see the effects of the
> war on various of the
> people caught in the crossfire. Neither the
> protagonists nor the antagonists in
> this story would have MS, but both would suffer from
> the aftermath of battles
> between MS used by other, very remote parties who
> have no direct bearing on the
> story. Gundam without the MS, if you will, although
> the MS will literally loom
> large in the lives of all concerned.
> Compare, if you will, the South Seas islanders in
> WW2. The Axis and Allied
> powers rolled through, coming and going, using the
> islands as stepping stones
> across the Pacific, using the locals and casting
> them aside as circumstances
> dictated. Or the Amerindian tribes caught up in the
> colonial wars of the
> British, French and Spanish, to say nothing of the
> new American nationalists.
> Completely different perspective, entirely fresh
> approach and you don't have to
> change the history of the One Year War as we already
> know it by so much as a
> jot.
> -Z-
> -
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