rachelmanija: (Gundam 00: I am Gundam!)
( Jul. 15th, 2009 01:33 pm)
For the benefit of people who haven’t even seen any of season one, the premise (to steal a bit from someone whose entry on the series I’ve misplaced) is that an organization called Celestial Being gives Gundams to four of the least sane people in existence, and sends them out to end war by waging war on countries which… wage war. This works about as well as one might expect.

Fast-paced and plotty, with a high quotient of crack and insanity, plus high production values, many compelling characters, lots of angst, space battles, psychic kids, and the craziest names since Leopard Solid and Eraldo Coil. (Hi, Bring Stabbity! Hi, Allelujah Haptism! Hi, Colonel Mannequin!)

I also wish to note for the record that the Celestial Being paramilitary operatives, male and female, now have military uniforms consisting of bolero jackets over pants and shirt, all colored to match their respective eyes and/or hair and/or Gundam.

Rilina said that 2x8 really brought the crack and suggested that we watch it on the phone together. OMG. That was the greatest thing since Oyce and I watched insane!Heero and insane!Zechs duel each other in their respective crazy-making Gundams.

I shall now recite a litany for your death! )
rachelmanija: (Gundam 00: I am Gundam!)
( Jul. 15th, 2009 01:33 pm)
For the benefit of people who haven’t even seen any of season one, the premise (to steal a bit from someone whose entry on the series I’ve misplaced) is that an organization called Celestial Being gives Gundams to four of the least sane people in existence, and sends them out to end war by waging war on countries which… wage war. This works about as well as one might expect.

Fast-paced and plotty, with a high quotient of crack and insanity, plus high production values, many compelling characters, lots of angst, space battles, psychic kids, and the craziest names since Leopard Solid and Eraldo Coil. (Hi, Bring Stabbity! Hi, Allelujah Haptism! Hi, Colonel Mannequin!)

I also wish to note for the record that the Celestial Being paramilitary operatives, male and female, now have military uniforms consisting of bolero jackets over pants and shirt, all colored to match their respective eyes and/or hair and/or Gundam.

Rilina said that 2x8 really brought the crack and suggested that we watch it on the phone together. OMG. That was the greatest thing since Oyce and I watched insane!Heero and insane!Zechs duel each other in their respective crazy-making Gundams.

I shall now recite a litany for your death! )
rachelmanija: (Gundam 00: I am Gundam!)
( Jul. 13th, 2009 10:38 am)
I am liking this very much. I also appreciate that so far and unlike season 1, this season has zero fanservice, and all the military and paramilitary women are dressed appropriately.

Now we see the power of Gundam! )
rachelmanija: (Gundam 00: I am Gundam!)
( Jul. 13th, 2009 10:38 am)
I am liking this very much. I also appreciate that so far and unlike season 1, this season has zero fanservice, and all the military and paramilitary women are dressed appropriately.

Now we see the power of Gundam! )
rachelmanija: (Gundam 00: I am Gundam!)
( Jul. 12th, 2009 10:15 am)
Thanks [livejournal.com profile] rilina!

Entertaining, cracktastic, and I have no idea what’s going on: ah, just like S1! (And Gundam Wing.)

Gundam da!!! )

Have we met Bring Stabbity yet? Does he actually exist, or was that a prank name?

I feel like this should have a "head" tag, but the head in question was neither disembodied nor in a jar. Still, it is never a bad time to quote one of my all-time favorite bad lyrics, from a group I generally like a lot, The Call:

I saw a sick man
On his sick bed
Scorned by the world
Like he had two heads
rachelmanija: (Gundam 00: I am Gundam!)
( Jul. 12th, 2009 10:15 am)
Thanks [livejournal.com profile] rilina!

Entertaining, cracktastic, and I have no idea what’s going on: ah, just like S1! (And Gundam Wing.)

Gundam da!!! )

Have we met Bring Stabbity yet? Does he actually exist, or was that a prank name?

I feel like this should have a "head" tag, but the head in question was neither disembodied nor in a jar. Still, it is never a bad time to quote one of my all-time favorite bad lyrics, from a group I generally like a lot, The Call:

I saw a sick man
On his sick bed
Scorned by the world
Like he had two heads
rachelmanija: (Gundam 00: I am Gundam!)
( Mar. 17th, 2008 04:53 pm)
OMG. Did that really happen? OMG.

Massive spoilers )
rachelmanija: (Gundam 00: I am Gundam!)
( Mar. 17th, 2008 04:53 pm)
OMG. Did that really happen? OMG.

Massive spoilers )
More brief notes, though with some of these I may do separate write-ups anyway to enable spoilery discussion. Do not spoil anything in the comments unless you use spoiler coding, please; note where I have elided spoilers.

Movies, anime, and even some network TV )
More brief notes, though with some of these I may do separate write-ups anyway to enable spoilery discussion. Do not spoil anything in the comments unless you use spoiler coding, please; note where I have elided spoilers.

Movies, anime, and even some network TV )
Still not Gundam Wing. But episode 10, which featured some nice space battle strategy, a truly cool Gundam reveal, two psychic kid super-soldiers, politics that actually made sense, and not one, but two! Gundam pilots going spectacularly insane, won me over. At last I understood someone's description of the series as "A terrorist organization decides to end war by sending out the four least sane individuals on Earth to blow stuff up." (A description which also applies perfectly to Gundam Wing.)

I could have lived without the sole female pilot's technically-not-a-Gundam but very good anyway mecha (like Tallgeese) being not merely pink, but violently and aggressively PINK. I like her though. Like all psychic super-soldiers, she gets terrible migraines when she comes within the range of other psychic super-soldiers, and is extremely dedicated to her job.

I have also developed a great fondness for Felt, the pink-haired workaholic computer geek on Celestial Being's rather undermanned and underpowered spaceship. Plus, this exchange cracked me up:

Felt: [Tale of tragedy and woe.]

Lockon Stratos, currently sane Gundam Pilot: My real name is Neil.

Rachel: Oh hey! No wonder their names are all so bizarre! They're fake code names! Now it all makes sense!

Lockon Stratos: ...Neil Dylandy. I'm Irish.

Rachel: ...Never mind.

Read more... )
Still not Gundam Wing. But episode 10, which featured some nice space battle strategy, a truly cool Gundam reveal, two psychic kid super-soldiers, politics that actually made sense, and not one, but two! Gundam pilots going spectacularly insane, won me over. At last I understood someone's description of the series as "A terrorist organization decides to end war by sending out the four least sane individuals on Earth to blow stuff up." (A description which also applies perfectly to Gundam Wing.)

I could have lived without the sole female pilot's technically-not-a-Gundam but very good anyway mecha (like Tallgeese) being not merely pink, but violently and aggressively PINK. I like her though. Like all psychic super-soldiers, she gets terrible migraines when she comes within the range of other psychic super-soldiers, and is extremely dedicated to her job.

I have also developed a great fondness for Felt, the pink-haired workaholic computer geek on Celestial Being's rather undermanned and underpowered spaceship. Plus, this exchange cracked me up:

Felt: [Tale of tragedy and woe.]

Lockon Stratos, currently sane Gundam Pilot: My real name is Neil.

Rachel: Oh hey! No wonder their names are all so bizarre! They're fake code names! Now it all makes sense!

Lockon Stratos: ...Neil Dylandy. I'm Irish.

Rachel: ...Never mind.

Read more... )
Acquired via crunchyroll.com.

In a future with elevators to orbitals, a rogue paramilitary organization called Celestial Being, run by some bald dude who is apparently a key figure in the development of solar power who supposedly died 200 years ago, is attempting to end war by sending out Gundams to wage war on everyone who's having a war. So far, this has been surprisingly successful.

There are a ton of characters and I have no idea who most of them are or why they're doing anything. At first I thought one of the Gundam pilots was a crazy religious fanatic because he kept exclaiming "Hallelujah!" but that turned out to be another pilot's name.

The pilot who I'm liking at the moment is Setsuna, who endeared himself to me by having a flashback in the middle of a battle, becoming totally non-responsive for several minutes, and then announcing "I am Gundam!" before berserkly killing people. I was also fond of the moment when he looked at a glass of milk, and somehow conveyed a universe of worldweariness and apathetic despair by commenting, "Milk."

This hasn't grabbed me like the first three episodes of Gundam Wing did-- so far the only characters who have demonstrated personality are crazy Setsuna and a squeaky-voiced spherical robot-- but I'll keep watching for at least a bit more. No female pilots, alas, though you wouldn't guess that just by looking at them; the crew of Celestial Being's military ship seems to be mostly female, all trying to outdo the pilots in a contest of "most un-regulation haircut."
Acquired via crunchyroll.com.

In a future with elevators to orbitals, a rogue paramilitary organization called Celestial Being, run by some bald dude who is apparently a key figure in the development of solar power who supposedly died 200 years ago, is attempting to end war by sending out Gundams to wage war on everyone who's having a war. So far, this has been surprisingly successful.

There are a ton of characters and I have no idea who most of them are or why they're doing anything. At first I thought one of the Gundam pilots was a crazy religious fanatic because he kept exclaiming "Hallelujah!" but that turned out to be another pilot's name.

The pilot who I'm liking at the moment is Setsuna, who endeared himself to me by having a flashback in the middle of a battle, becoming totally non-responsive for several minutes, and then announcing "I am Gundam!" before berserkly killing people. I was also fond of the moment when he looked at a glass of milk, and somehow conveyed a universe of worldweariness and apathetic despair by commenting, "Milk."

This hasn't grabbed me like the first three episodes of Gundam Wing did-- so far the only characters who have demonstrated personality are crazy Setsuna and a squeaky-voiced spherical robot-- but I'll keep watching for at least a bit more. No female pilots, alas, though you wouldn't guess that just by looking at them; the crew of Celestial Being's military ship seems to be mostly female, all trying to outdo the pilots in a contest of "most un-regulation haircut."
rachelmanija: (Gundam Wing: Face-down Heero)
( Jan. 2nd, 2008 12:36 pm)
Since we’ve only got a couple more discs to go and we had such fun with Gundam Wing, Yoon and I are considering watching another Gundam or even non-Gundam mecha series. We have two questions:

1. What are the other Gundam series like? There seem to be tons of them— G Gundam, Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny, Turn A Gundam, 00 Gundam, and so forth, and I have no idea what any of them are about or which I’d be likely to enjoy.

[livejournal.com profile] seshat did recommend and attempt to describe Gundam Seed, but she did it while I was reading adorable Duo/Quatre doujinshi, and I was a little distracted. And then [livejournal.com profile] yhlee watched a few episodes and disliked it. But maybe I'd like it and could watch on my own time, so don't take it out of the running. And I hated the character designs and English dub (subs not available) of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, but maybe Yoon would like it, so ditto.

2. What about non-Gundam mecha series? We have both seen Evangelion and Escaflowne, and Yoon has seen Nadesico. Are there any shoujo mecha series other than Escaflowne?

What we enjoyed about Gundam Wing was the cracktasticness (clown-pants Trowa! Heero and the produce of D00M! Heero attempting suicide every thirty seconds!), the characters, the pilots being insane, the hilarious angst, the affecting angst, the space battles, the Gundams that drive their pilots insane, the intimate relationships between the crazy pilots and their Gundams, the crazy pilots interacting with each other, the way that the war drives everyone crazy, the sometimes excellent plot twists, and the pacing in the sense that a lot of stuff happened pretty quickly.

What we did not enjoy were the endless board meetings, the endless talk about pacifism, the lack of female pilots, Relena, Zechs, Treize, and the pacing in the sense that sometimes very little happened at great length.

So, what we’re looking for is something with at least some of what we liked about Gundam Wing, but ideally with less pacifism and more kick-ass women. Crazy kick-ass female pilots with motivations that aren’t about being in love with some guy would be awesome. Coherent plotting and worldbuilding would be nice but is probably not essential.
rachelmanija: (Gundam Wing: Face-down Heero)
( Jan. 2nd, 2008 12:36 pm)
Since we’ve only got a couple more discs to go and we had such fun with Gundam Wing, Yoon and I are considering watching another Gundam or even non-Gundam mecha series. We have two questions:

1. What are the other Gundam series like? There seem to be tons of them— G Gundam, Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny, Turn A Gundam, 00 Gundam, and so forth, and I have no idea what any of them are about or which I’d be likely to enjoy.

[livejournal.com profile] seshat did recommend and attempt to describe Gundam Seed, but she did it while I was reading adorable Duo/Quatre doujinshi, and I was a little distracted. And then [livejournal.com profile] yhlee watched a few episodes and disliked it. But maybe I'd like it and could watch on my own time, so don't take it out of the running. And I hated the character designs and English dub (subs not available) of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, but maybe Yoon would like it, so ditto.

2. What about non-Gundam mecha series? We have both seen Evangelion and Escaflowne, and Yoon has seen Nadesico. Are there any shoujo mecha series other than Escaflowne?

What we enjoyed about Gundam Wing was the cracktasticness (clown-pants Trowa! Heero and the produce of D00M! Heero attempting suicide every thirty seconds!), the characters, the pilots being insane, the hilarious angst, the affecting angst, the space battles, the Gundams that drive their pilots insane, the intimate relationships between the crazy pilots and their Gundams, the crazy pilots interacting with each other, the way that the war drives everyone crazy, the sometimes excellent plot twists, and the pacing in the sense that a lot of stuff happened pretty quickly.

What we did not enjoy were the endless board meetings, the endless talk about pacifism, the lack of female pilots, Relena, Zechs, Treize, and the pacing in the sense that sometimes very little happened at great length.

So, what we’re looking for is something with at least some of what we liked about Gundam Wing, but ideally with less pacifism and more kick-ass women. Crazy kick-ass female pilots with motivations that aren’t about being in love with some guy would be awesome. Coherent plotting and worldbuilding would be nice but is probably not essential.
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