Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995 anime) review

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Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Studio: Sunrise
Year: 1995

Intro

When I first heard about the Gundam series, it was this series that came to mind first as it became the first one available to Western audiences. Gundam Wing started the boom which got me curious. It didn’t spark that flame for me yet. It took me until the quest of trying to watch all the Gundam series to get me to this point. This marks my fourth Gundam series to watch after Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, and Mobile Fighter G Gundam. The opening themes also drew me to this series.

Plot

Five scientists have each built a giant robot that each needs a pilot called a Gundam. The scientists have each selected one sent on separate missions but the same overall one to destroy OZ which is an organization on Earth hell bent on ruling over everyone from the planet to the colonies up in space. The five pilots are kids but are well trained to pilot these durable machines. Their names are Heero Yuy, Trowa Barton, Chang Wufei, Quatre Raberba Winner, and Duo Maxwell.  The goal is to use war to bring peace to both space and Earth.

Good

There were a lot of action as there were fight scenes in all the episodes. Stuff blew up. Gundams were destroyed and rebuilt. New ones were being built. It’s what you want in a Gundam series.

Bad

I’d say the pacing is very slow and at times very dull. It wasn’t until the last few episodes where I became a bit more interested in the overall plot. Unlike the other Gundam series I’ve watched, there wasn’t a reason to root for any of the characters as I was unable to get emotionally invested in any of the characters or story. The main protagonists and even the female lead were a bit boring. A lot of the story and action is all over the place. I honestly had to power through the entire series.

Overview

I really had high hopes for this series as it was the gateway for all things Gundam in the West. After watching this, I’d have to rank it really low as I just had to force myself to finish the series. Many people hold this series to high regard only because it ignited the entire Gundam series for them. It did nothing for me.

Overall rating: 3/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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