Finally figured I should watch the original Gundam since it’s about time. You can only delay the inevitable for so long, afterall.
I was really surprised so much of the space tech that’s throughout the various series was there from episode 1. They had the digital light up platforms that recede back into the docks when ships fly in/out, they had the… well, I guess that’s the only part of Gundam that I thought was way original. I mean, rotating space colonies has always been a thing.
Speaking of colonies, I was surprised that they included a colony drop in the first 3 minutes of the dang show where they have the infodrop explaining the current situation of the world. They really mercilessly threw kids right into the middle of war and politics with nothing behind them.
Also, dang do they reinforce that war is brutal. Fraw Bau’s family is killed as an afterthought halfway through the first episode. She only survived because she came running to tell Amuro off, narrowly avoiding the missile that killed everyone else escaping the shelter.
Also Amuro is such a massive dick. He tells Fraw to run off by herself, sheds a single tear for her, and then goes back to jizzing over the Gundam’s instruction manual and then steals it for himself, clumsily gets into a fight, and accidentally blows up a Zaku, blowing a hole in the colony, jettisoning his father into space.
Amuro killed his own dad.
(When I told that to a friend, she said, “so that’s why his dad never hit him.”)
Anyway, Gundam thread.