Why Gundam 00 fails, with some comparison to Code Geass and Gundam Seed/Destiny thrown in.
- The Gundam Meisters are bland as characters and as pilots
I’ve said before the Gundam Meisters are boring. First let’s take Setsuna. Despite repeated emphasis on his background as a child fighter he is still as boring as ever. He is like Heero Yuy except with lesser piloting skills, with Marina Ismail as his Relena Peacecraft. Hallelujah is supposed to be an enhanced being yet he spends his time more at acting like he has a headache and portraying multiple split personalities. Tiera on the other hand seems to be more skilled at being tsundere and using Veda instead of fighting. The only one who probably had true mettle as a pilot in him was Lockon Stratos, and unfortunately he’s probably dead (unless he gets resurrected).
It is indeed sad that the pilots from the Union, AEU, and HRL get owned because their mobile suits aren’t as good as the Gundams. But shove the Meisters into a regular mobile suit, have them go one-on-one with the best pilots from the different countries, and the Meisters probably won’t last 5 minutes. On the other hand, most Code Geass pilots are awesome (in a good way or in a hilarious way) whatever mobile suit they are in. Most SEED pilots are competent with the exception of Lunamaria. (Sorry Lunamaria fans).
- The fights are mostly boring, if not annoying
I groan everytime Hallelujah and Soma get on with their quantum thingie. I feel I get hypnotized to sleep everytime I see Setsuna’s eyes. And the Gundam’s opponents seem to have mastered the sequence fight-issue a few statements/observations-get owned-retreat. As a special mention, Graham Aker’s statements just make me cringe (I wanna embrace you Gundam??!!) On the other hand, Lockon just looks cool as a sniper, and Tiera just amuses me because a lot of times I’ve been expecting him to self-destruct.
As for Code Geass, when is a fight ever boring? I cannot recall a boring moment, because you could never predict with certainty every time who will win the battle. As for Gundam SEED we know something is clearly at stake so it’s not totally boring that Kira defeats everyone else most of the time. For the guys they can also just amuse themselves by counting how many times the boobs of Archangel’s Murrue Ramius bounce. Or ponder why Minerva’s Talia Gladys almost doesn’t have any.
- The Celestial Beings are pathetic at strategies
Their crowning glory probably is only the production of the Gundams. Despite centuries of planning they didn’t have the wisdom to put a back-up system beforehand in Ptolemaios and for the Gundams in case Veda gets hacked. For all the secrecy about their original identities they let an unauthorized person like the youngest Trinity roam around freely in their ship. Why they let a pilot like Hallelujah with obvious mental problems on board a Gundam is beyond me. For all their implied resources it’s unbelievable they’re that desperate for pilots. In fact, I don’t see any semblance of real strategy at all. The Gundams won not because of strategy but because their technology is superior. Sumeragi, for all her supposed strategic capabilities, just pales in comparison with Talia and Murrue, the latter accomplished captains of far bigger ships. She was probably partly modeled after them, it’s just unfortunate her physical assets were the only ones shown as ‘fully developed’.
To be continued