Is Gundam AGE any good?

Ore-sama

The Great Me
I have watched virtually every episode of Gundam AGE up till now and I can tell you, it's good. REALLY good. I definitely recommend watching it. And that's saying something considering I'm a SEED and 00 fan myself and also a Unicorn fan too. It's a good show with a good plot and stuff. Plus, the second story arc's coming this month so go watch the current episodes before it starts. It's a good show and it's about to get even better than it already is.
 
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MattComix

Super Moderator
I've been enjoying quite a bit. There's been a couple of clunker eps but nothing that's bad enough to put me out of the series so far.

I also have no problems with the artstyle and I like Age-1 Titus. But I'm also a G-Gundam fan so probably at least part of why it doesn't bother me.

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FlashNeko

Member
AGE is one of those shows where I enjoy watching it for its color and flash. The surface emotions are done well enough that, if you don't really stop to think about it too hard you can get into the flow.

The problem is that if you DO stop to think about it, you start running into a lot of issues with the narrative. It runs pretty heavily on Idiot Plot a lot of the time (in that everyone but Grodik and Wolfe is an idiot) and the Faradin arc in particular doesn't really make much sense when you really look at it closely. It really plays off as a plot that would work a lot better for a JRPG than an anime.

Now, this is a problem but at the same time AGE has a leg up on 00 in that, unlike Setsuna's Stupid Adventures, the plot does not actively try to force you to pay attention to its dumber elements unless you want to.

It also has the issue that sometimes mecha like the Titus and Spallow (as well as a pretty spoilerific robot that shows up in episode 14) just seem really out of tone, design wise with the story the show is trying to tell. I really like them on their own but they are a little ill-fitting.

So if you want to watch something that can be fun to watch and is fairly well animated AGE does the job. However, iif you're looking for a big, sweeping, intelligent mecha drama... look elsewhere.
 
I thought having a middle eastern lead for Gundam 00 was the best gamble Gundam ever took especially considering the reality view of Middle Eastern people today. Plus Setsuna didnt start crying and hurting my ears like Kira...:laugh:
 

FlashNeko

Member
The problem with Setsuna is that the middle eastern decent thing isn't used to any real effect, since he just takes a super Japanese name and a super Japanese value set.

He's a half-assed clone of Sosuke from Full Metal Panic who never has a real character arc or real growth and change. The world just sorta randomly decides to make him god for no real reason.
 

FlashNeko

Member
How?

I'm not trying to get on your case or anything but I'm legitimately curious as to how he was "fine".

I mean, if you just enjoyed his Gundams and the surface concepts at play, okay, maybe that works? But it's really a problem when you realize you could completely remove him from the story and the major plot elements can survive completely unchanged.
 

Dark Kabuto

In Justice, We Trust!
I've been enjoying AGE quite a bit. I can't compare it to 00 since i haven't seen it in it's entirety, but I can tell you that it's better then SEED. I know the designs make the show seem like it's kiddy, but it's very serious right from the get-go. Give it a chance, you won't regret it. :thumbs:
 

MattComix

Super Moderator
I don't see the designs as kiddy so much as old school. Flit looks like he could inhabit the same universe as Koji Kabuto or Giant Robo or the Kikaider OAV's. It's more rounded edges than the usual hyper-jagged and pointy stuff that's become so damn common place in modern anime.
 

Nanami Tenkawa

優しさの大人少女
it may be kiddy, however that reminds me when i love watching Mobile Suit Victory Gundam. AGE story was interesting so does new girl which related to Tifa Adil. however Usso Ewin still my fave in youngest pilots than First Amuro or Setsuna in first season.
 
How?

I'm not trying to get on your case or anything but I'm legitimately curious as to how he was "fine".

I mean, if you just enjoyed his Gundams and the surface concepts at play, okay, maybe that works? But it's really a problem when you realize you could completely remove him from the story and the major plot elements can survive completely unchanged.

Let me try.

I find Setsuna to have plenty of character growth throughout the series. He was a kid that got brainwashed into fighting a "holy" war and a self-made orphan. Under Celestial Beings wings he became a quiet, unattached soldier that aimed for a united world, one that wouldnt need kids soldiers like he once was. Season 2 showed him trying to grasp the true meaning of their mission while juggling overthrowing A-LAWS, protecting his friends/comrades, mourning and mulling over ppl he lost, and discovering his transformation as a true Innovator. The movie gave us a Setsuna that has grown accustomed to his new role as Innovator and person to fulfill Aoelia's master plan: preventing a war with alien lifeform (not with typical shonen kill-em all beam spam that ppl seem to hav preferred, but rather with communication and understanding).

To me, the greatest joy of the movie was seeing the Setsuna at the ending scene and comparing him to the kid that crashed Patrick Colasour's parteh :laugh:. He's come a long way. I understand that Setsuna is stoic, and always seemed to keep to himself, arguably inhuman at times but I didnt think it ruined his character. That's what he's always been: a soldier. He just found a better way to earn peace for mankind.

So yea, Setsuna from ep1 (excluding flashback): unattached soldier that only knows how to fight and lives only for the mission, Setsuna from the movie: a more empathic but still skilled fighter that ultimately chose to use feelings and (CAPTAIN PLANET) heart so that humans and aliens can coexist and end the bloodshed.

And if they ever did remove Setsuna from the story and the series can still survive doesnt necessarily mean that the character is at fault, rather it would be a testament to the durability of the story. It's Mobile Suit Gundam 00, not The Setsuna F Seiei hour. The one person you CANNOT afford to take out of the series though is Patrick Colasour (heads will roll if he ever left).

Personally, I loved 00 and am very interested in seeing AGE. Just letting the episodes stack.
 

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