Franz G Co (
Fri, 30 Mar 2001 21:25:51 -0500 (EST)

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From: "Juan Alberto B. Mercado" <>
Sent: March 30, 2001 8:14:57 AM GMT
Subject: Re: [gundam] Gundam 0080........Why did what happen, happen?

>>Although, the message (to the watcher) could actually have >been
>>if Al died. Since the ending would be one that isn't good, >you'd feel
>>agitated and want to do something. You know, ala Grave of the >Fireflies.
>>course in 0080s case I think letting Al suffer the death >Bernie by Chris'
>>hands and Chris herself being sent to the ICU was enough to >get the point

>I disagree. Al's survival burdens him with the knowledge of >such truths
and the irony of that for people living comfortably >in peace is
discomforting to sayt he least. This to me is the >true theme of 0080, which
is to survive with the knowledge that >all we saw as heroic and adventurous
in our youth is really not >so beautiful after all. In Grave of the
Firefles, the children >witnessed war firsthand with the rest of their
nation, and as >such the truth to them is mutual and shared. In 0080, the
truth >of war is "unreal" as it is today. I remember the EDSA II
>revolution. So many pinoy "kids" from the upper class were >there shouting
out their displeasure for a corrupt government. >I see that as an illusion
much like Al's. To them, the >revolution is heroic, righteous and fun. In
truth, it is very >serious. I don't think many of those kids really
understand the >implication of that, because they don't know corruption and
>suffering firsthand. I'm somewhat proud to say that I do, >working with
farmers and seeing them in wretched straits during >my past jobs and at
school. The spirit wasn't there, especially >for the EDSA kids. I want to
lambast these burgeousie bastards >for thinking themselves so righteous when
they know nothing at >all. Al is different. He witnessed and survived. He
will know, >thus he will act... That to me is 0080, witnessing and

But wouldn't it be more tragic if he witnessed and didn't survive? With no
one left to tell the truth about war, wouldn't that leave the viewer with a
feeling of "this isn't right, this shouldn't have happened this way" which
would spur the viewer into action?

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