Tuesday, October 11, 2011
GUNDAM AGE EP1 review
I've just finished watching the first episode of Gundam Age. So thought I'd list down some observations without too much spoilers.
-Character depth: Pretty good. It could be due to the sharp animation that draws out the facial expressions and emotions of the characters. You already start feeling for the protaganist, Flit Asuno, a precocious green-haired kid.
-Character design: This one's subjective. Personally, I feel it's too kiddy, and some of the characters look like they stepped right out of a Dragonball cartoon. It's hard to fit it to the gritty battlefield sequences Gundam is well-known for. I'm assuming Flit matures as the series go along, just like Setsuna, so he should look better. Right now though, I don't really know what's up with the spikes in his hair just above his temple,which resembles the charactersitic V-fin of Gundams. Really?? lol
-Plot: It's still too early to tell. But judging by the going-on in the first ep, the plot seems pretty simple. Story opens tragically on the battlefield with a very young Flit witnessing utter destruction, just like Setsuna in the 00 series. That's all I'll reveal. Will it have the grit and depth of the 00 series or its predecessors? Hard to tell. Don't expect much as well, given it's obvious they've targeted this at kids. Watch this space.
-Mecha design: Ah yes, the part everyone's probably got their eye on. The Age 1 Gundam does kinda grow on you. Although I still can't shake off similarities to the 0 Gundam. As for the designs of the enemies, presumably aliens, I don't really dig them. But they do look better in action on screen, than their still images that Bandai has released, so maybe there's hope yet. There's an MS known as the Genoace by the good guys, meant to complement the Gundam, but these are mostly cannon fodder, and not much thought has been put into their designs.
So where does that leave us? Personally, I'm kinda hopeful for the series. It wasn't as bad as I suspected. The animation is crisp and sharp. Fight scenes are top notch. I'm not sure how the plot can get deeper or more complex, given the seemingly kiddy nature of the characters, and whether other Gundams besides the Age will arise from this series, like DOuble 0 and its Celestial Being gang, is anyone's guess. So far it seems only one Gundam, in various incarnations throughout the series, takes centre-stage. We'll pray for more....
Till the next episode...It's back to working on GBWC!