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« Reply #4410 on: May 22, 2017, 10:05:59 PM »
^Well, there's that Astro Boy prequel thing? I guess that's an anime-only thing, though?

Anyways, finished my rewatch of Gundam 00 S1. Great start, intense third act, fantastic finale, but it really dragged in the middle. Just too much bouncing between different people, and not lot of them felt interesting or fleshed out, IMO. Saji & Louise in particulare were a waste of screentime until the laft few episodes, for example. Oh well, I'll dive into Season 2 tomorrow, I guess.

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they're an even bigger waste of space in S2.


But then, the Sunrise Season 2 Curse savagely ravaged 00 (and the movie was even worse still).
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« Reply #4411 on: May 22, 2017, 10:25:28 PM »
^Well, there's that Astro Boy prequel thing? I guess that's an anime-only thing, though?

Anyways, finished my rewatch of Gundam 00 S1. Great start, intense third act, fantastic finale, but it really dragged in the middle. Just too much bouncing between different people, and not lot of them felt interesting or fleshed out, IMO. Saji & Louise in particulare were a waste of screentime until the laft few episodes, for example. Oh well, I'll dive into Season 2 tomorrow, I guess.

Spoilers,
Spoiler: show
they're an even bigger waste of space in S2.


But then, the Sunrise Season 2 Curse savagely ravaged 00 (and the movie was even worse still).
I like S2 of 00. I mean sure it isn't perfect and it has a radically different tone than S1, but I still like it. I know that is an unpopular opinion, but w/e.

However I will agree that Saji is a complete waste of time throughout the entire series.

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I do however kind of like Louise in S2...just she gets dragged down by her association with Saji.


Wish we had gotten more from Saji's sister though. I know she was just there for providing context for lore dumps, but I liked her.

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« Reply #4412 on: May 22, 2017, 11:04:42 PM »
^Well, there's that Astro Boy prequel thing? I guess that's an anime-only thing, though?

Anyways, finished my rewatch of Gundam 00 S1. Great start, intense third act, fantastic finale, but it really dragged in the middle. Just too much bouncing between different people, and not lot of them felt interesting or fleshed out, IMO. Saji & Louise in particulare were a waste of screentime until the laft few episodes, for example. Oh well, I'll dive into Season 2 tomorrow, I guess.

Spoilers,
Spoiler: show
they're an even bigger waste of space in S2.


But then, the Sunrise Season 2 Curse savagely ravaged 00 (and the movie was even worse still).
I like S2 of 00. I mean sure it isn't perfect and it has a radically different tone than S1, but I still like it. I know that is an unpopular opinion, but w/e.

However I will agree that Saji is a complete waste of time throughout the entire series.

Spoiler: show
I do however kind of like Louise in S2...just she gets dragged down by her association with Saji.


Wish we had gotten more from Saji's sister though. I know she was just there for providing context for lore dumps, but I liked her.

Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of a bunch of idiots shouting things like "I AM A GUNDAM!" or "MARIE!" or "I AM NOT MY IDENTICAL TWIN BROTHER!" or "LET'S SING A SONG!". That said, I won't begrudge you for enjoying the idiot shouting "MUSTA BUSHIDO!!!".
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« Reply #4413 on: May 22, 2017, 11:25:13 PM »
I recall liking Season 2 overall, too. Moreso than Season 1, but that's entirely because it doesn't piddle around as much with seemingly pointless scenes. The above also makes it feel more like a Super Robot series, a-la G-Gundam...that'll be my next Gundam series, btw. I forgot I was already 15 episodes into a rewatch of it 6 months ago.
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« Reply #4414 on: Yesterday at 02:24:35 AM »
I liked S2. In hindsight there's a lot of build-up, but that does eventually pay off. The finales is probably one of my favourite ones due to sheer scale of it.

As for mister token boring random Japanese kid and his rich girlfriend... I get what they're going for, but the first part of their storyline just isn't interesting enough to pull it off. They're supposed to be the civilians being affected by Gundam shenanigans, but they end up serving more as really boring comic relief until that wedding is crashed. And then, in S2, Saji does get more involved but never manages to even reach the level of badass normal and that just makes him pale in comparison to all the characters with tragic backstories and whatnot piloting actual Gundams.


Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of a bunch of idiots shouting things like "I AM A GUNDAM!" or "MARIE!" or "I AM NOT MY IDENTICAL TWIN BROTHER!" or "LET'S SING A SONG!". That said, I won't begrudge you for enjoying the idiot shouting "MUSTA BUSHIDO!!!".

You're forgetting the very best idiot. The one that gets blown up in increasingly spectacular fashion, survives every damn time and somehow manages to marry one of the best women in the series.

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« Reply #4415 on: Yesterday at 05:10:43 AM »
Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of a bunch of idiots shouting things like "I AM A GUNDAM!" or "MARIE!" or "I AM NOT MY IDENTICAL TWIN BROTHER!" or "LET'S SING A SONG!". That said, I won't begrudge you for enjoying the idiot shouting "MUSTA BUSHIDO!!!".

You're forgetting the very best idiot. The one that gets blown up in increasingly spectacular fashion, survives every damn time and somehow manages to marry one of the best women in the series.

I know right? It's amazing how lucky he is! I still like how they introduce her to him: by having her punching him square in the jaw for being late to an important mission briefing, due to too much cavorting in his Corvette - soon followed by "I'll make a man out of you".

I have never seen a couple so forced that still somehow managed to fit.
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« Reply #4416 on: Yesterday at 06:48:09 AM »

Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of a bunch of idiots shouting things like "I AM A GUNDAM!" or "MARIE!" or "I AM NOT MY IDENTICAL TWIN BROTHER!" or "LET'S SING A SONG!". That said, I won't begrudge you for enjoying the idiot shouting "MUSTA BUSHIDO!!!".
I'll give you the song one, only because I blocked it from my memory enough that I needed five seconds to realize what you were referring to. The rest did not bug me. Plus the Gundam and Marie ones lead to one of the most hilarious scenes in season 2 (I don't know if it is intentionally hilarious or not though). During one of the launch scenes for the final (?) battle, all the characters are alone with their thoughts, and it goes "Marie." "Anew." "Veda." "Gundam." I always lose it somewhere between Veda and Gunam because of how weird of a turn that takes.


You're forgetting the very best idiot. The one that gets blown up in increasingly spectacular fashion, survives every damn time and somehow manages to marry one of the best women in the series.
Patrick Colosaur (sp?) is one of the most amazing characters of 00. He starts out so annoying and yet somehow becomes so endearing by the end.

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« Reply #4417 on: Yesterday at 07:00:25 AM »

Patrick Colosaur (sp?) is one of the most amazing characters of 00. He starts out so annoying and yet somehow becomes so endearing by the end.

He's also the reason I trust in the series' self-awareness and am willing to assume some of the weirder/funnier scenes were in fact intentional.

I know right? It's amazing how lucky he is! I still like how they introduce her to him: by having her punching him square in the jaw for being late to an important mission briefing, due to too much cavorting in his Corvette - soon followed by "I'll make a man out of you".

I have never seen a couple so forced that still somehow managed to fit.

Truly a man that made the impossible possible.

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« Reply #4418 on: Yesterday at 11:15:10 AM »
Alice to Zoroku is growing on me.
I'm glad they seem to be going for the slice of life instead of superpowers whatnot.

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« Reply #4419 on: Yesterday at 11:28:10 AM »

You're forgetting the very best idiot. The one that gets blown up in increasingly spectacular fashion, survives every damn time and somehow manages to marry one of the best women in the series.
Patrick Colosaur (sp?) is one of the most amazing characters of 00. He starts out so annoying and yet somehow becomes so endearing by the end.

I don't recall him having a stupid catchphrase that makes up a sizable percentage of on-screen dialogue like the others though (other than I guess "ARRRGH!!!").

That said, I concur that he's one of the best characters of 00 (namely because he survives long after all the other best characters are killed off or reduced to shouting random names; poor Sergei never had a chance).

Best part of 00 to me though was the Exia Repair. No, they didn't bother fixing it past the season one finale beyond slapping duct tape over it and draping a tarp cape like he's some kind of space pirate or something, but neither does I am Setsuna give a fuck about his gimped ride.

Worst part was dropping the Flag. It was the little mecha that couldn't.
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« Reply #4420 on: Yesterday at 11:44:55 AM »

You're forgetting the very best idiot. The one that gets blown up in increasingly spectacular fashion, survives every damn time and somehow manages to marry one of the best women in the series.
Patrick Colosaur (sp?) is one of the most amazing characters of 00. He starts out so annoying and yet somehow becomes so endearing by the end.

I don't recall him having a stupid catchphrase that makes up a sizable percentage of on-screen dialogue like the others though (other than I guess "ARRRGH!!!").


His catchphrase was his mecha exploding.

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« Reply #4421 on: Yesterday at 06:26:57 PM »
Best part of 00 to me though was the Exia Repair. No, they didn't bother fixing it past the season one finale beyond slapping duct tape over it and draping a tarp cape like he's some kind of space pirate or something, but neither does I am Setsuna give a fuck about his gimped ride.
Well to be fair, it wasn't "they" who made Exia Repair. It was Setsuna who did all those repairs himself. God only knows where he found a Gundam sized piece of cloth). So yeah kind of makes sense that the kid who probably doesn't know mechanical engineering and has no resources was unable to build a new arm for Exia. Although yeah it was a nice touch.


His catchphrase was his mecha exploding.
No no no. Every word out of Patrick's mouth is catch phrase to some extent or another. Like I think he says "I'm Patrick Colodaur and I've never lost a" *explosion* multiple times. And then there is his blasting away phrase of "Colonel!" Nearly everything out of his mouth is gold.