The first anime I fell in love with was Code Geass, but shortly after that another show captured my attention. It is called Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (sounded out as Gundam Double Oh).
Gundam 00 is in many ways a standard Gundam series. The story takes place in an alternate timeline in the future, as multiple nations/organizations are fighting each other. A super weapon appears, a princess is rescued, and madness ensues. That is where the similarities stop. Gundam 00 departs from typical Gundam tradition and tries to tell a plausible story for our future. It incorporates geo-politics with religious genocides, resource wars, Middle-East turmoil, and world powers playing against each other in proxy wars.
The show starts off with a show of force at a weapons unveil and a skirmish erupting. The pilots of the Gundams are later unveiled to be members of a secret military organization known as Celestial Being. They announce that they will perform armed interventions in military conflicts. The show then continues from that point with the Gundams being super powerful, but slowly they become less and less effective. The show is a very interesting play on the Gundam franchise as it seems to look at what Gundams in our world would be like. It is also my favorite Gundam series. I really appreciate the layers of characters from every side. They create a picture of how actions of different parties effect all the others. Most Gundam series tend to be very one sided. One nation is good, the other is bad. Gundam 00 throws this out the window and paints a picture in which no party is innocent.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann literally means, “Pierce the heavens, Gurren Lagann.” This strange title is used as a common phrase to inspire and build up the main protagonist of the series, Simon. If you haven’t realised by now, I love it when an anime series breaks off the norm and the stereotypical and does something new. Gurren Lagann does this, while paying homage to old school mecha anime and even traveling through different generations of mecha anime. It does this without even telling you in the process.
The true genius of the show comes not from the reflections of past series of the genre, but rather the emotional tie that the audience develops with the characters. In the beginning, we are introduced to Kamina and Simon, who live in a small underground city that has forgotten about the surface of the earth. This episode introduces these two characters as well as the setting. The second episode throws you into the constant struggle above ground and the struggles as Simon tries to live up to Kamina’s expectations. From the end of the second episode, you are either into the show or aren’t. The slow increase in plot does not last long. If you make it past the painful tribute to fan-service that is episode 6, you will not be able to drop the show as episode 7 catapults you at full speed into the spiraling depths of emotion from which you cannot return. At this point you will love the show or will hate the very thought of it’s existence. In most of my experience, the first is more often the case. Read the rest of this entry
What do mecha tells us about the Christian faith? Quite a lot, actually. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]
Ty-chama addresses Old Testament generational curses, and how Little Busters and Magi demonstrate that we can overcome our lots in life. [Watashi wa Bucho!]
Tsunderin points out Hindu allusions in her review of the 3 x 3 Eyes manga. [Lady Geek Girl and Friends]
“My Last Day,” the anime short about Jesus, is now available through the YouVersion Bible app. [Examiner]
Inushinde discusses the lack of subtlety in the portrayal of the church in episode 9 of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. [The Cart Driver]
D.M. Dutcher includes notes that my be of particular concern to Christians in his review of Venus Versus Virus. [Cacao, put down the shovel!]
It’s seems like every other anime blog is discussing the upcoming shows for the fall season. And so they should – most are premiering in October, just a few weeks away! While I don’t have the inclination, time or skill to do any sort of preview guide, I’d like to list the series I’m looking foward to and give you links to what I feel are some of the blogosphere’s best preview guides:
- The Cart Driver
Do you like pretty charts with short but excellent summaries of the shows? Look no further than The Cart Driver, one of the best anime blogs on the Internet. These charts are a quick way to get a grasp on the tons of new shows out this fall season.
Grade A for easy access, graphic imagery, quick reading
- T.H.A.T. Anime Blog
The folks at T.H.A.T. have created a terrific fall guide, giving strong summaries of the upcoming shows, providing additional information (like those involved in the productions) and providing some insightful and fun comments by the bloggers.
Grade A on fun-viewing, in-depth previews, additional information
- Random Curiosity
This guide is simply one stop shopping. If you really want to dig in, looking up various sources about new shows, watching trailers, and reading about all sorts of information, go to this impressive preview.
Grade A on covering everything but the kitchen sink, nice charts
- Neko Pan
Although created months ago, this handy guide provides some pieces that the other don’t. It gives video previews and premiere dates in addition to the typical information.
Grade A on youtubing and logistics
- Major Arcana
Short sypnoses and quick comments mark this website’s preview. The blog’s writer is excellent, and it’s a good place to visit if one is seeking informed and thoughtful opinions on the new series.
Grade A on insights and purty-ness
- Ani No Miyako
Focusing on a handful of the series, this site gives in-depth commentary on the blogger’s expectations. Agree or disagree, they provide insights on the some of the most-anticipated fall series.
Grade A on depth and organization
Other Preview-related Site
The post linked above provides an easily-accessable chart for the the premieres this fall. This is handy for anyone looking to already shore up their watching schedule.