Kidou Butoden G-Gundam

Title:Kidou Butoden G-Gundam
G Gundam
Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Keywords: , , , , ,
Notables: Animation - SUNRISE
60 years ago, the nations of Earth fled the deteriorating planet to form colonies in space. To settle disputes, they created a war based on the principles of good sportsmanship! Known as the Gundam Fight Tournament, each nation sends a representative and their Gundam to Earth for a Tournament, with the winners nation granted the privlege of ruling space for four years! Now, as the 13th Gundam Fight Tournament commences, Neo Japan's Domon Kasshu has come down with his Shining Gundam and an ulterior motive: find his brother Kyoji, who hijacked his father's Ultimate Gundam and fled to Earth with the intention of destroying the planet! His mother dead and his father sentenced to a cryogenic sleep, Domon's only hope to restore his family is to kill his own brother and destroy the Gundam, but can Domon find it in his heart to kill someone he loved for so long?
49 TV episodes

[edit] The Gundam franchise:

Gundam (main story, UC0079-0083) Gundam Z (sequel, UC0087) Gundam ZZ (sequel, UC0088) Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (sequel, UC0093) Gundam Unicorn (sequel, UC0096) Gundam: Twilight Axis (sequel, UC0096) Gundam Narrative (sequel, UC0097) Gundam F91 (sequel, UC0123) Victory Gundam (sequel, UC0153) Gundam: The Origin (prequel, UC0068-0079) The 08th MS Team (side story, UC0079) MS IGLOO (side story, UC0079) SD Gundam Mobile Fighter G Gundam (Future Century) Gundam Wing (After Colony calendar system) Gundam X (After War timeline) Turn A Gundam (CC timeline) Gundam Evolve Gundam SEED (cosmic era) Gundam 00 (Anno Domini timeline) Gundam AGE Gundam Build Fighters Mobile Suit Gundam-San Gundam: G no Reconguista (Regild Century timeline) Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Post Disaster timeline)
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Watch 7 6 6 6 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:479#1552]
I remember watching episodes of several Gundam titles on and off back when Toonami was still airing on Cartoon Network yet the one that I did watch a majority of was G Gundam. Back then, I was glued on seeing what I could of the series while I was in high school thanks to the sight of seeing giant robots fight one another in a world tournament. But after having seen the show years later, the show hasn't really aged too well for me. Pretty much, the entire show has the feel of a shounen action anime where the plot is mostly a backdrop for mecha fights piloted by martial artists who regularly train for the sake of getting stronger and getting deep into self-doubt when up against a stronger foe where without anyone around to knock sense into them, said character would be too dense to know what to do, thus Character Induced Stupidity sets in. Characters brag about their "super special ultra secret" techniques, evil characters have the annoying habit to laugh evilly at their deeds and have little depth, the series has enough of a habit overemphasizing the importance of fights and all the other standard formulas of shounen. The major problem with sticking to these formulas is that potential areas of plot exploration such as the development of Rain and Domon's bond and the tensions between Master Asia and Domon are put to the back-burner just to show off the fights and when the show finally decides to focus on them, the handling of the plots didn't hook me in thanks to the heavy focus on fights. On the visual end, G Gundam is tolerable at points (good looking mecha designs and decent scenery) yet just awful in others (animation's poor, a number of reused animation frames, character designs are often off).

There are a couple positives that did keep me somewhat interested. A few of the side characters in the show did well at contributing some comedy such as the monks that accompany Sai Saici and George De Sand's butler. I even got some laughs at the expense of some silly looking mecha designs such as a couple Gundams shaped like a windmill and a bull. An episode focused on Sai Saici having his first romantic interest was the best episode I seen of the show where it did devote enough focus on the interactions between Sai and his interest.

Beyond that, G Gundam is a mecha anime following your cookie-cutter shounen anime tropes which while not all-out horrible, isn't too original and with much of the show's focus on mecha fights, those wanting more fleshing out with their anime won't be enjoying this series too well.

Last updated Saturday, September 25 2010. Created Saturday, September 25 2010.
Buy 9 10 10 5 10 9 adiree [series:479#1804]
this is my favorite of the gundams, i liked it even better than gundam wing... the main character - Domon - is a jerk, but you like for him for it - you like his attitude, his snobbery, his refusal to listen to anything anyone says to him - he's not a know-it-all, and is prone to mistakes, which makes him a fantastic lead character - he's not a fierce warrior who can do no wrong, you know? then there's Rain, who is one of the best female leads in a gundam series i've seen - not only is she intelligent, and emotionally sensitive, but she can fight! rain's one tough chick, a brilliantly done character....and the primary villains are deliciously done - with their own sense of righteousness and revenge and their own thirst for power...
my one complaint is that the supporting cast (the shuffle alliance and allenbee) remain sort of flat - it may be a necessity in order to concentrate on the main plot, but still, one can't help but want to see more of mr. crocket and mr. desand in action, as they are excellent characters....
the plot may be a little drawn out for some as 49 episodes can be a bit taxing, but take your time and get through it because it's definitely worth it - just when you think it's over, another wrench is thrown into the mix, and the plot wheels start spinning all over again, but thankfully, it just get better! the ending is fantastic (yes, a little mushy, but sometimes mush is a good thing) - so just take your time and watch it all they way through before you make up your mind
and the art in this series is superb - i really liked how the characters were drawn, how the gundam battles were done - excellent work here! and the outer scenes hold some incredible detail...
if you are a die hard gundam - especially the 00 series and wing, you may find this one strange, but just remember, these aren't the gundams you've seen before, this is an alternate universe, so keep that in mind, and if you don't like the gundams, and stay away from robots, well, there's enough drama and humour here, that your interest may be caught!

Last updated Thursday, January 20 2005. Created Thursday, January 20 2005.
Rent 8 9 9 5 7 8 Lonely Lockheart [series:479#801]
Overall, G Gundam is a pretty good show. It's unique and yet, has a more unbelievable line of fighting, but is definently worth watching.
Throughout the entire show, Rain and Domon grow a bit closer every day, and by the end of the series, it would make sense that they should be close. It isn't one of those instantanious loves, but one that grows over an entire year for them, with lots of twists and turns along the way, much like real life.
There are animes much better than this, but this one can easily hook and hold on it's own, and place itself on your 'favorites' list mighty fast. (For those who have seen it on Cartoon Network, be mindful that they enjoy cutting things for the kiddies, so don't be totally judgful by that!)

Last updated Tuesday, June 24 2003. Created Tuesday, June 24 2003.
Watch 8 8 7 7 8 8 Buggie [series:479#592]
This is truly a wonderful series. I recomend it to anyone who likes action anime. You have to give it a little while to get started, though. I have seen most of the end, and am right now watching the beginning, and it gets much better towards the end.
It starts out with Domone being mean and rather stoney faced, but towards the end, we see he actually is a nice guy, especially towards Rain, the girl he learns to love. If this is anything other than an action based anime with lots of robotics, it is a love story.
Much of the beginning is an introduction of the characters. Once that is out of the way and you finally see the Shuffle Aliance (Nah, I'm not telling exactly what that is. You have to see it:-) it is wonderful. It is filled with the question of what exactly is a martial artist? It mostly deals with questions revolving around martial arts and sportsmanship. If you don't like your anime with hidden meaning, you'll like it anyway because of its very nice action sequences (though there ARE better, this stuff IS good--and besides, it's pretty!).

Last updated Thursday, March 20 2003. Created Thursday, March 20 2003.

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