I was telling my friends that the movies were on the Gundaminfo channel, but looks like they are region locked in Spain, a country where Gundam never got a lot of traction and the original series is not available in any way afaik. Meanwhile I can watch them in the UK without a problem, and there is a recent release of the original show. One would think that they have nothing to lose (and maybe something to gain) in making it available in parts of the world where is not licensed. But that channel operates in a logic not of this world.
Speaking of regions, I was checking Gundaminfo channel to see what’s available now and the Thunderbolt OVAs are not region locked for the UK anymore. But it’s only the first two chapters because who knows.
The movies themselves were fine, more enjoyable than I remember. Being compilation movies they have a “things happens all the time” pace, which can be merciless given how long these movies are. And the Jaburo/Odessa part is confusing: it’s hard to figure out where the White Base is at each moment. But for all its flaws there is still an endearing story there. I like the approach of Gundam more than, let’s say, Star Wars “The World is Your Rollercoaster, Chosen One.” It tries to give more humanity to the world, even if it doesn’t get it right sometimes.
PD: The Gundaminfo version has a pretty bad video compression that gets really crazy during the “Amuro and Lalah meet each other too late and too soon” part
The whole scene is like this.