I just watched the first episode of Gundam Age... I'm still pretty speechless about it.
It's Digimon Xros Wars but with mobile suits.
Also, budget animation =/
Never watched Xros Wars so you're going to have to elaborate on that.
I just saw it as well, and I thought it was...well, it was derivative, but overall okay. I don't mind it being targeted at a younger audience- it can still be good. The series has potential IMO. Some general thoughts:
Oh yeah, the animation looks alright so far- although SEED really lowered my bar as far as that goes because of the irritating cel recycling. As long as they don't do that too often I won't mind.
Anime in general lowered the standard of animation a little over 10 years ago when it quit being cel animation.
And they started using Digital paint and computer CG more and more and more.
Watch a show like Turn A Gundam or Victory Gundam absolutely amazing animation especially for a TV series.
And there is a beauty to it in the color that you can only get from cel animation.
Even Z Gundam 26 years old now amazing animation smokes any TV series these days.
But this also thanks to the director and animation director Tomino he is really great with choreography of scenes and actually understands animation.
I can't believe people actually think today's shows are better animated they have a lot of flash but the animation is pretty meh.
And digital paint looks terrible a lot of the time.
As for Gundam Age I think a lot of people need to look at the credits.
It's a Level 5/Sunrise coop project. The character designs is Level 5.
The story is written by Akihiro Hino of Level 5.
They have the animation series and then there will be the Gundam Age videogames.
I like the idea that they don't even know who is attacking them.
They think they could be aliens but maybe there is other humans inside the machines that are attacking them.