Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2002 anime) review

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Studio: Sunrise
Year: 2002

Intro

I don’t know why it took me these many years to start watching a Gundam Series, but hey, better late than never. The incentive to start was after I visited the Gundam Unicorn and Gundam Base at Diver City in Tokyo, Japan. I didn’t appreciate the Gundam series then because it was a series I wasn’t too familiar with. I told myself that when I returned back to the United States, I would get familiar with the series.

I opted to start with SEED because it was the series that I was familiar with the most which isn’t saying much. I discovered SEED and opted to start with it since it had at least one Gundam I was already familiar with which was The Strike. I also wanted to start with this series since I loved the music from the opening and closing themes primarily the ones with Vivian or Kazuma and Nami Tamaki.

Plot

The world is in chaos when there’s a civil war between two kinds of human beings. Naturals are human beings that have brought into the world the natural way while Coordinators are genetically enhanced human beings. Both feel that the other should be eliminated in order to have a future.

Kira Yamato is a very smart Coordinator who ends up joining the Naturals when he decided to pilot a Gundam to protect his friends from danger. This puts him at war because he is the only person who knows how to pilot the Mobile Suit because he programmed it to his liking.

Over the course of the series, Kira’s loyalty is tested when he continues to keep piloting The Strike. He has to fight fellow Coordinators, but eventually also his best friend, Athrun. Kira discovers secrets which put him between the Coordinators and Naturals.

Good

This is a great series as it caters to both male and female demographics. For the guys, there’s nothing like cool looking Gundams going into action with lots of weapons and explosions. I mean it’s a war story but fit for the future.

For the ladies, there’s the shipping of Kira and Lacus Clyne. There’s also the shipping of Athrun Zala and Cagalli Yula Athha. There is plenty of romance to go around as there are many other pairings that occur during the course of the series.

Bad

As a newbie to the series, it took a bit of some time to figure out what is what. I felt like they could have dumbed it down for new folks that are just getting into the series since there’s so much terminology that I had to figure out during the course of the entire series.

Overview

16 years after it debuted, I’m glad I was able to finally watch this classic anime. I learned that there’s more to Mobile Suit Gundam Seed than just the music and robots that blow up. There’s cool stuff, romance, friendship, heartache, pain, misery, violence, love/hatred, and many more as themes of this story.

Overall rating: 4.5/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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