Part 2 of 3 of Gundam 00 Post Special. (Might contain spoilers. You’ve been warned. =p )
- There’s just not enough reason to really root for anybody
This is a broader and related take on why the Gundam Meisters didn’t arouse any kind of sympathy from me at first. The whole shebang started because Aeolia Schenberg on a ‘whim’ wanted to eradicate war (or at least that was what his objective looked like at the start; it might not be true). So he embarks on preparations that take centuries and enlist individuals of various nationalities to his cause. This was the novelty of Gundam 00, as well as its weakness. From a cynical point of view, Aeolia Schenberg is just a rich and intelligent guy embarking on a quixotic endeavor. The Gundam Meisters, on the other hand, mostly joined up either to get revenge or just being plain naive about how to stop war. What I’m trying to drive at is that these people actually had nothing to lose except their precious Gundams and their lives. They weren’t protecting anything. On the other hand, I feel not enough has been done to make us sympathize with the HRL, AEU, and Union soldiers. It didn’t help that the soldiers’ dialogue mostly were scripted to be supposedly funny (except for the HRL’s). The supposedly serious moments don’t have much impact on me.
In SEED the objective was clearer: fight for your country/colony/beliefs; fight for your life and your friends. It made for more compelling dramatics. In Code Geass, we all know Britannians are the conquerors. We find ourselves easily rooting for the underdogs–Lelouch and his Black Knights. To further my point–both Gundam SEED Stargazer and 08th MS Team has achieved far more when it comes to making us care for characters despite having fewer episodes.
- The super-soldier who is a product of experimentation is overused and out of place
This has been used in Gundam SEED/Destiny, with a much greater success (Stellar is the best why did she have to die T_T). I suppose they had to use it to give some sort of background for the HRL’s ace pilot and Halellujah. But it smacks of lack of imagination.
- Needs more memorable music
One of the things I liked about Gundam SEED/Destiny was the music. The tunes were catchy, and I liked watching and listening to the ending songs. The series changed OPs and EDs like snake shedding skin. Anyway, I still listen from time to time to those songs. With G00, there’s not much to remember in song unless you really dig those Meisters’ barbershop in a beach setting.
- The ending was just plain, nothing more
At first everything was good until Alejandro Corner came along with his golden monstrosity. It was silly as Corner was supposed to be master, why did he not send Libbons instead? It makes more sense to have Graham Aker as the backup. And I also would have preferred a longer match between Setsuna and Aker. Although yes the ending is still decent enough (unlike Gundam SEED Destiny’s), it was not as good as the 1st season enders of Gundam SEED and Code Geass. Sure you have characters dying but other than Lockon Stratos I couldn’t care that much about the others.
I guess that’s it for what I don’t like about Gundam 00. This post series so far has been a good exercise in putting into words what aspects of Gundam 00 didn’t appeal to me. I just didn’t want to say ‘I don’t like Gundam 00!’ and then fail to explain why. In the 3rd and last post, I will continue my ramblings with focus now on what aspects of the series I like.
To be continued