Mobile Suit Gundam Complete Collection 2 (Anime Legends)
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(Feb 07, 2012)
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Before this series, we had seen some flashes of the giant-mecha-robot-space animations, but nothing to capture international audiences. Fans can point out Mazinger Z (72 - 74), but though the series was amazingly popular with Japanese fans, it was little known in other countries. Gundam was hailed as the first 'real robot' series as opposed to the 'super robot' genre to which Mazinger and others belonged.
The series features Amuro Ray as the intelligent youth that ends up piloting a giant mecha in order to save his friends. It's a beginning repeated in nearly every Gundam series. In fact, Gundam SEED is more or less a remake of this series down to little details like Char's mask being used by Rau Le Creuset and the Newtypes in this being the Coordinators in SEED. Amuro is drawn into a conflict between Zeon and the Earth Federation, Zeon being a rebellious faction claiming independence from the Federation.
In watching this series I am taken aback by just how advanced the theories were for being written in the early 70s and animated in 1979. Little details are impressive, such as the little automated handles that people use to travel down halls in low gravity, the gel used to seal fissures in the hulls of ships, the shielding used for re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, the hints of early genetic engineering of humans, the advanced weapons (again - written BEFORE Star Wars - so the beam sabers were NOT based on light sabers from those films).Read more ›
Overall, excellent product. Good price for a good show. It's always nice to watch some gundam on the couch before bed :-)
The Gundam series set a new standard for Giant Robot warfare series. Calling it a timeless classic would not be completely accurate; the animation is clearly dated, especially when compared to Gundam Unicorn or even a slightly older series such as Gundam SEED, and the actual plotline is a bit on the idealistic / over-stylized side. Given the date of original writing and airing, it doesn't take a huge amount of imagination to draw the parallels to World War II. (On an aside, there is one opening shot in the first set that looks real close to a famous stock military footage scene showing ships in a line. Definitely a throwback to WW2.)
Calling it a 'respected classic', on the other hand, is very accurate. Gundam started or canonized the proper traditions of realistic warfare and character mortality in Giant Mecha series, no mean feat in the height of anime's Humongous Mecha explosion. So radical a departure was Gundam, its initial run was nearly a complete bomb-out. The series is 39 Episodes long, cut down from a planned 50 because the production company thought it was a dead duck. It was not until several years later that Gundam gained traction in syndication and started growing a real fanbase. Thus was the legend born, and did come the multitude of sequels and spinoffs. (on another aside, if you watch the series in a short period of time, you can definitely tell where the series was compressed on orders from above. The plot of the last few episodes move far faster than the first 30+ eps.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great series, but once again like on the other collections - Price Tag is too High.
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I'm sure that the shows are fantastic, but with prices being what they are (on average $200+) for half of the series it is not worth it in my book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Brett
I have been a fan of Gundam since I first got laughed at by all the asian kids in my class for not having seen it before. That was 1992. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Eric Alicea
First off, I will say that I love this series, but it is not a review of the show but rather for the product and trying to bring awareness of the product's availability and bootleg... Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Ghost
In my opinion, one of the most important and pivotal anime series ever produced. Like the original Star Trek series, it created a franchise that is still relevant and entertaining... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Keshin Aku
I felt bad dropping $100 on this title, but after watching the first two discs I have to say this series is totally awesome and collection 2 is even better than collection 1. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Samuel D. Williamson
The best half of the first series in the Universal Century timeline. Get it. Love it. Live it. Watch it. Then watch Zeta, ZZ, and Char's Counter Attack. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by David
Any true Gundam fan knows how pivotal the original 38 episodes are, and for die hard fans, just how important the original language is to the story. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Michael Madden