Gundam Seed Destiny (2004 anime) review

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny
Studio: Sunrise
Year: 2004

Intro

There are various reasons why I decided to watch Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny 14 years after it debuted. The first one is that it’s the sequel to Gundam Seed, and I had already enjoyed the previous series, so I wanted to continue the journey. The second reason is because I liked the music which initially helped transition into the actual anime series. The third reason is because after visiting Gundam Base at Diver City in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan, I wanted to get more into the series.

Plot

Gundam Seed Destiny starts about two years after the conclusion of the events that happened in Gundam Seed. The Earth Alliance and ZAFT forces go back to war after some mobile suits are stolen and used to take lives. Kira Yamato must once again use his powered up mobile suit to stop a war that has claimed thousands of lives without taking a side along with Lacus Clyne, Captain Ramius, and the Archangel after a failed assassination attempt on Lacus.

This time Kira meets his match in Shinn Asuka from ZAFT forces who joined because his family was murdered and has his own intention of stopping the war by defeating the opposition. He must also once again face his good friend Athrun Zala in combat when he chooses a side to stop the war in his own way.

Good

I liked this series because it’s a continuation of Gundam Seed which was one I really enjoyed. It felt really familiar to me. From the mobile suits to the characters, it feels like I never left that universe.

The good thing that separates and improves from the previous series is the addition of Shinn. He is a protagonist that has an antagonistic feel. He fights for what he believes is good but in his own way. His approach to war is a lot different from Kira because he experienced much different pains than Kira did. You either feel the pain of Shinn so you could side with him, or you could side with Kira because you are comfortable with the character from an entire previous series and because you know he’s very pure with the right intent.

Bad

For those that started watching this series before Gundam Seed, it may be pretty tricky as you’d have to watch the predecessor to figure out the events that lead up to this series. Sure, there are flashback scenes, but it would be more beneficial to watch the previous series to get to this point.

Obviously, we all knew what was going to happen when it felt like the same thing happening again with Naturals vs Coordinators with mass genocide.

Overview

Gundam Seed Destiny is pretty much Gundam Seed again. TM Revolution and Nami Tamaki both returned to do themes for Gundam Seed Destiny. The plot feels rehashed with new additional characters. There are characters that are served to be counterparts for other characters like Shinn to Kira, Meyrin to Cagalli, Talia to Murrue, and Meer to Lacus. It’s still a really good series, and it’ll hit you in the last episode. The feels will be real if you watch from start to finish.

Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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