This hand of mine glows with an awesome power.

It’s been years since I last touched an episode of Mobile Fighter G Gundam, yet somehow (as part of my massive Gundam kick recently, for whatever reason that’s going on) managed to trick my brother into watching it with me, which gives me the perfect scenario for rewatching something: if I’m making someone else watch it with me, then I, at least, am more likely to stick with it for the long run in the rewatch process.

And, yes, G is every bit as awesome as I remember it, and Master Asia hasn’t even shown up yet. We haven’t gotten to the bits that make it my favorite Gundam series yet (that would be the three story arcs that deal directly with the Devil Gundam) but already I’m remembering why it’s great. Imagawa Yasuhiro is one of my favorite directors, for the very reason that he has a ton of fun doing whatever it is he’s doing. The silliness of G Gundam with its Lumber Gundam and Tequila Gundam (more Gundam designs should incorporate sombreros) is just infectious and even the episodic battles in between the story bits are highly enjoyable, sometimes just because Domon is awesome. I’ve always said that G is the least serious yet the most serious of the Gundam series, a dichotomy which is best easily explained after the series is finished. Yes, the series features Gundam designs bordering and oftentimes crossing the line of ludicrous (Nether Gundam, anyone?) but it’s as passionate and involving as any other Gundam series out there. It’s just not afraid to take itself lightly, a quality which makes any anime 100% better, especially when said anime involves giant robots duking it out.

The characters themselves are absolutely lovable, and some of the franchise’s best. Domon is a no-nonsense badass protagonist, and the rest of the Shuffle Alliance (Chibodee Crockett, George de Sand, Sai Saici, and Argo Gulski) just ooze awesome. From prideful American boxing champions to soft-hearted space pirates, G’s got it all going on. And the (in this rewatch, at least) still unknown Master Asia, is, of course, Master Asia. Everything in the series is kicked up to 11 and occasionally 12, making for incredible entertainment.

More Gundam series need to take themselves less seriously. I still can’t believe this was the first Alternate Universe Gundam series. You’d think Japan would’ve had a hissy fit or something. (America certainly did, but they saw G after W, which isn’t good in terms of what to expect from Gundam, and also got treated to a really bad dub).

In conclusion:

Feel the power.

5 Responses to “This hand of mine glows with an awesome power.”

  1. 1 rah-rah 28 January 2008 at 3:50 am

    Japan DID have a hissy fit, but it died down once people realized how awesome it was. People critizied that Sunrise and Bandai were trying to cash in on the Steet Fighter boom that was going on at the time, and even if that IS true, it’s still badass. I like to consider myself a hardcore Gundam fan, and I love G to pieces. I wish more did.

  2. 2 shiro 29 January 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Seeing George in action makes me wish i was french.

  3. 3 The Great Doctor Zin 29 January 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Why isn’t every AU series like this?

    Well Wing was a joke (no, it really was) but what about the rest?

  4. 4 Gundam Wing 3 November 2009 at 7:31 am

    Greatest Gundam season ever :)

  1. 1 Master Asia’s Last Breath « The Animanachronism Trackback on 30 April 2008 at 6:33 pm

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I cannot understand those that take anime seriously, but I can love them, and I do. Out of my love I warn them to keep clear of this blog.

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