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Aside from being set in an alternate universe, Mobile Fighter G-Gundam is totally different from it's predecessors. By the way, this is actually the first Gundam series set in an alternate universe, created to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Gundam franchise.
G Gundam looks like your typical Shounen Anime or Manga... with Gundams. You have your typical Shonen main character, which is a Gundam pilot in a fighting/martial arts tournament with fighters from all around the world... with Gundams. Seems familiar? Yeah, It's just like Street Fighter's tournament with the "World Warriors"... with Gundams.
|Crap, Domon's angry. "Shining Finger!" Yeah. Shining Finger. It's called "Shining Finger". You'll get used to it.|
|A dark figure approaches... No, it's too big to be Bass from Mega Man.|
Obviously, other people didn't like this take on the Gundam franchise. Most of them, I think, are hard-core Gundam fans. I can kinda understand them, since I dislike change most of the time because I'm too lazy to adjust to it. Lazy Jyuzou.. And, like I said, this Gundam series was totally different from all the Gundam series before it. Most of the Universal Century timeline Gundams (if not all) has a deep storyline usually about justice, politics, very realistic robots and a closer look at people's emotions clashing amidst war. These were traits that made the original Gundam series insanely popular (well, at first. ...but we'll discuss that in another time), seperating it from the "Super Robot" Anime genre and creating an entirely new robot genre of its own. So, obviously, most Gundam fans were alienated from the series that they knew and loved. To be honest, I would've felt the same thing if was able to watch Mobile Suit Gundam first and loved it.
|GF13-017NJ Shining Gundam|
Pilot: Domon Kasshu
|GF13-006NA Gundam Maxter|
Pilot: Chibodee Crocket
|GF13-011NC Dragon Gundam|
Pilot: Sai Saici
|GF13-009NF Gundam Rose|
Pilot: George de Sand
|GF13-013NR Bolt Gundam|
Pilot: Argo Gulskii
|GF13-001NH Kowloon Gundam & Master Asia, Domon's Master|
|Rain Mikamura, Domon's Partner & "The Referee". For some reason, I want to include him here.|
|Known as the "Tequila Gundam" in Japan, then renamed to the less offensive "Spike Gundam". The mecha design doesn't help, though. The Gundam Fighter's name is "Chico". Go figure.|
|The "Matador Gundam" in Japan (pictured to the left) and was renamed to "Toro Gundam" and the "Mermaid Gundam", the most ridiculous Gundam I've ever seen!|
It also has, in my opinion, one of the most intuitive interface in the Gundam series called the "Mobile Trace" system. I mean, you use your body to move the Gundam! There must be a Kinect attached in there somewhere. Hah! Wait, that doesn't sound right. I don't like games that forces me to excercise! Also, you get to see the Gundam Fighter change into his suit. "Sailor Moon-Style".
It's intuitive, in my opinion... But, some of the robots from the Super Robot Anime have already incorporated this with their mecha. So, it's not something new.
|Are you ready for the 13th Gundam Fight?|
Mobile Fighter G-Gundam (機動武闘伝Gガンダム)
No. of Episodes: 49
"FLYING IN THE SKY" by 鵜島 仁文 (Hitofumi Ushima)
"Trust You Forever" by 鵜島 仁文 (Hitofumi Ushima)
"海よりも深く" (Umi Yori Mo Fukaku) by 彩 恵津子 (Etsuko Sai)
"君の中の永遠" (Kimi No Naka No Eien) by 井上 武英 (Takehide Inoue)
"Gundam Fight. Ready... GO!" ...and I'll see you in the next post!