Damien Hailey (samas_1@hotmail.com)
Sat, 31 Mar 2001 03:04:37

>From: Franz G Co
>Reply-To: gundam@aeug.org
>To: gundam@aeug.org
>Subject: Re: [gundam] Gundam 0080........Why did what happen, happen?
>Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 21:25:51 -0500 (EST)
>------Original Message------
>From: "Juan Alberto B. Mercado"
>To: gundam@aeug.org
>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
> >>across.
> >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
> >surviving.
>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?
No, because we ALREADY have that reaction, watching Al crying at the assembly.  Even though he's surrounded by his friends, because no one else went through what he did.  Remember, his friends were saying how the Next War would be better than ever.  But all Al was thinking was about the pain he saw and felt.  The destruction brought about by the Kampfer's rampage, and watching one of his closest friends kill someone else just as close to him.  You could see that he was hoping for a happy ending as much as everyone else.  Destroy the Gundam, save everyone, and maybe Bernie could stay with him and/or Chris.  But in one day, he saw everything literally go up in flames, as Bernie's Zaku exploded.  I'm sure Al was as much afraid that Chris was killed in the explosion as he was horrified to find out she was the Gundam's pilot. 
It's like the tactic of leaving one soldier alive instead of slaughtering the whole army.  Al is that one soldier.  He's the only person in the universe who knows what it really looked and felt like, and no matter what he tells anyone else, the only one who will understand the pain. 

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