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Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gyakushu no Sha
I guess it was a good move for me to buy Char's Counterattack because it has been a while since I have been truly impressed with seeing an anime title and in the case of this finale to the Char/ Amuro rivalry, it totally impressed me. It was clear Sunrise and Tomino wanted to end the rivalry in a big way for Gundam fans and they totally delivered on that. One big thing to keep in mind though is that watching earlier TV titles from the franchise in the form of the original series and Zeta Gundam are a necessity to understand the characters and events that led up to this point in the UC timeline of the Gundam franchise. I have yet to see Zeta Gundam as of this review, yet I could still clearly follow things in the movie for the most part and I am tempted to see Zeta Gundam at some point since seeing this movie has fueled my interest in wanting to seeing more of the Universal Century titles in the Gundam franchise.|
Char's Counterattack essentially comes full circle with the conflict between Zeon and Federation forces where Char has gained leadership over whatever remained of Zeon following their defeat in the first series and are determined to force humanity into space colonization by making the Earth inhabitable to live on. Standing in the way of Char's plans are Amuro and an insurgent force from the Earth Federation, which essentially reignites the heated rivalry that Char and Amuro had from the first series. The movie does enough to get you in on the tensions between both these men throughout the movie. Char still retains his manipulative and charismatic abilities which go well in his roles of both political and military leader to the Zeons to shift tense situations into his favor, especially with how he is able to organize his grand plan. Amuro clearly has become more outgoing and less impulsive since the original series becoming a field commander for the Lando Bell unit, yet still holds disgust towards Char for his radical beliefs. Both men have their sympathetic sides that the movie does elaborate on at points yet their differing ideologies and their animosity for one another make their rivalry the major highlight of this film as you are left wondering who to root for in their conflict as both men have justifications for their actions.
The movie also takes the time to focus on some new characters who are influenced by the two leads of this movie or just around to get a peek of how some prominent Gundam characters have been. Chan Agi and Nanai are introduced to be supporting figures for Amuro and Char respectively as both military staff and love interests. Quess Paraya, for as annoying as her character seems, adds an interesting exploration of a young Newtype seeking acceptance from one of her own kind like Amuro and Char yet finds herself being the victim of both Char's manipulations and being caught in a conflict that her young mind is not yet ready to fully handle. Bright Noa returns as well in this movie with his young son, Hathaway, making an appearance and being entangled in the problems surrounding Quess.
The visuals to Char's Counterattack are quite a sight for an anime film made in the 1980s featuring plenty of clean, smooth details and subdued color tones in creating the settings of the movie from the inside of space colonies to the intricate details inside a space battleship. This same effort also went into the designs of the Mobile Suits used among both Neo-Zeon and Londo Bell forces who engage in plenty of fluid and intense battle scenes with one another throughout this film. This is also the first title in the Gundam franchise to make use of CG animation in a brief shot of the Neo-Zeon's Sweetwater space colony. Character designs appear to be adapted from the style in which they were made from the original Gundam series yet they are better polished for this movie. The music for Char's Counterattack does its part to enhance the fierce battles taking place onscreen, as well as highlighting tense moments between characters.
Overall, Char's Counterattack does an excellent job at concluding the Amuro and Char rivalry in an epic way with the best quality visual presentation possible for it in the 1980s with a final heated conflict between Zeon and Federation forces that the movie does enough in its exploration to make you still care about both sides. This has definitely done enough to get my attention towards wanting to seek out more titles in the Gundam franchise.
Last updated Saturday, October 01 2011. Created Saturday, October 01 2011.
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Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gyakushu no Sha
I tell you, for a gundam fan, this movie stunk...I think funnels are a stupid addition to any mecha, and i am tired of Amuro and Char...Especially Amuro...The only cool thing i got from this movie...which i own...is the Sazabi...It wasn't called Gundam Sazabi it was just a Sazabi...Char's personal Mecha...as red as ever, and alot cooler looking than a gundam...Other than that, if you watched Mobile Suit Gundam...the original...you are just plain tired of the Amuro/Char conflict...The story was a snoozer for me...Just fast forward to anytime
the Red Mecha is in action and that should be good enough...
Last updated Friday, April 27 2007. Created Friday, April 27 2007.
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