Copypasta from Skype rants…
BTW if you guys are looking for a pretty good Gundam show, the remastered version of Gundam SEED is on YouTube fo free.
This is the only good Gundam show I’ve seen (didn’t finish it tho tbh), but there are a lot of them I haven’t seen.
Some have excellent graphics but are somehow still unwatchably boring (looking at you, Unicorn).
Correction: I just watched Gundam SEED episode 36 and it has all the hallmarks of an anime that’s about to suck for most of the rest of it.
Good up until now.
But they just threw all of the subtlety out and introduced like eight new characters with flashy hair and attitude and WHOA look how great they are.
All the tension has gone out of the politics with the addition of a Hitler character who convinces people to follow his plans by mesmerizing them with his eyes. The romantic subplot was resolved.
It’s like they fired Haruki Murakami and brought in the Harry Potter fanfic club and they all brought their OCs with them.
This is why I stopped watching Hellsing Ultimate and why the second season of Tower of Druaga was trash.
And why FMA Brotherhood is almost unwatchable, despite having a better plot.
And if we’re being brutally honest, it’s why you could cut Berserk volumes 22-37 and lose nothing.
It’s a harsh toke but I’m right.
You could cut from the end of the Conviction arc to the arrival at the fairy island and it would be a better series.
Gundam SEED episode 37 also confirmed as garbage.
They should have had everybody die in the nuclear explosion and end it as a tragedy.
That would actually have made it a great show.
Before the introduction of Hitler and his meth SS, or the degeneration of all conversations into a cry cry hugbox.
I’m having flashbacks to RWBY.
And in episode 38, it’s revealed that the real enemy is RACISM.
I’ve never seen a show go downhill this abruptly.
It’s getting dumber by the minute.
I can’t continue. This was supposed to be a reward for successfully scrambling through assignments for the last two days.
Cowboy Bebop palette cleanser…
I finished Gundam SEED. It actually got a little better. I was complaining at the low point when blondie’s dad dies for no reason so the strong independent wamen could be a tragic heroine for five minutes.
The introduction of evil Hitler makes sense at the end in the resolution of the conflict between Murrius and Badgiruel.
The part where he takes over with magic eyes was just very lazy writing, but he’s otherwise a good character because the point is that he’s a narcissist with power and Badgiruel’s plan-trusting gets her in trouble with him.
The meth Nazis actually got even worse because they used the same stock footage for their battle sequences about a dozen times and it was obnoxious every time. But at least they die in the last episode, which is nice. I’d edit them out in my fan edit.
The ending tied the vague anti-war message together nicely, and I’m quite happy with Le Creuset’s arc, which is important because he was the most interesting character.
So I’d walk back some of what I said before. Nowhere near as bad as the ongoing travesty called RWBY.
But that’s sorta the archetype spiraling example of anime going sour after the artist dies and the fanfic writers take over.
Meanwhile, My Hero Academia continues to impress in Season 5.
The only complaint I have about the show, and it’s a minor one, is that the sequences where they narrate the game theory of whatever fight or situation they’re in is bad style.
It feels like all of the unimportant action sequences really suffer because of this.
The good parts are when they’re talking heroism philosophy and attitude and maybe stuff is also happening onscreen to illustrate, but maybe they’re just standing around listening, and it’s still great stuff.
The bad parts are when they’re analyzing strengths and weaknesses like it’s a tabletop game. It really detracts from the aesthetic.
Tbh I think it’s filler or, worse, an advertisement for spinoff card games.
Were I advising the writer(s), I’d suggest interviewing emergency responders, MMA fighters, and soldiers about what kinds of thoughts are going through their heads before, during, and after similar situations, and write those down instead of the D&D bullshit. Nothing against D&D, of course, but it doesn’t fit.
Also when I’m rich I’m going to pay for an abridged MHA series with a Jordan Peterson impersonator doing the voice of Deku.
Correction: Every character is voiced as Jordan Peterson. It would be even funnier to have him doing the villains’ monologues.
Here’s an example of when I think they’re doing it right: