Okay first off a question have you seen any of the following shows: Mobile suit Gundam, Mobile suit Gundam wing, or Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, you probably have a really really good idea of what to expect of this series. Basically it is about some kids who pilot giant fighting robots, and fight alot while philosophizing about how bad war is....while fighting in one...VOLUNTARILY.....wait did I describe Gundam Seed, or JUST ABOUT EVERY SINGLE GUNDAM SHOW.
So how does the successful (at least in Japan) Gundam formula work this time?
Visual Quality-17 points. Overall this is a pretty well animated series, and features some great animation. Considering the fact that it had a whole bunch of money put up behind it, and was made in 2002, it had better have some top quality stuff. The show features lots of vivid bright colors, and fluid animation, THAT IS NOT THE PROBLEM WITH THIS SHOW. The problem with this show is that the character designer completely sucks. Perhaps I should explain myself, the man's name is Hisaishi Hirai, and he runs by the pseudonym "He that can only draw three faces". If you don't believe me then watch S-cry-ed, Fafner, or infinite ryvius and see if you don't recognize a few characters (I haven't seen Fafner or Infinite Ryvius, but I can only guess that they are the same).
Plot-28 points. Oh yes, when I said everything in this show is a copy of previous Gundam shows before it, I was not excluding the plot. The story reads like a checklist from any Gundam show before it,
- Blonde haired villain in a white mask
- Young kids with genetic abilities
- Said young kids stealing Gundams from the "enemy"
- Death of the main character's girlfriend
- Main character is an orphan
- Race wars
- Death of "cool" character
- Equal representation of both sides of conflict
Those above mentioned bullets are just a handful of the obvious shortcuts that this show has taken in plot. Oh wait I'm sorry, according to wikipedia Gundum seed is a "reimagining of the original Gundam show", oh okay Geez then every single Gundam show after it must be a reimagining also then? These things could be forgiven if the show was actually entertaining, but I personally had problems staying awake during this show, and this doesn't happen very often with me and animes. In conclusion this show is really boring, and copies the plots of other Gundam shows before it BAAAAADDDDDD!!!!!!
Characters-22 points. The only reason I could remeber any of the characters names was that the main characters kept yelling out each others names a couple times every episode, which I guess is this show's form of character development. So I guess I was a little harsh with that character development crack, they have some fairly good development in this show, and you end up knowing something about each of the characters, even if you don't know their names. Also all the characters are transplanted from other Gundam shows into this one. Want an example:
Is that Char Aznable? No its Sechs Merquise? No it's Rau le creset!!
Confused yet? I sure was.
Music-10 points. The music in this show was pretty good, the theme song was alright. Frankly this show needs the extra points for the music, I think I'll leave it at that.
Visual Quality-17 points, Plot-28 points, Characters-22 points, Music-10 points.
Overall score- 77 points