Gundam 00’s Episode Zero? 00vsWing

‘The August issue (on sale on June 26) of Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Gundam Ace magazine has launched Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Aoi Kioku (Blue Memories), Tarō Shiguma’s new manga series based on the Gundam 00 anime television series. The magazine summarizes how the manga will deal with the lives of the Gundam Meister pilots by saying, “The present and the past…fiction and memories…the true selves of the boys will be revealed.” The first installment, “Memory: 1 Setsuna,” covers the memories of the main protagonist Setsuna’s early childhood.’

Why is this so much like Episode Zero of Gundam Wing?

I sincerely hope they do not intend to copy 00 off Wing any more than they already have, because 00 will never be able to match up to the awesomeness of Wing, having a far more inferior cast, and somehow the Celestial Being making us question morality stuff is hardly able to match up to Treize-and-Zechs-planned-battle-for-humanity thing. The girls are generally weakly done in g00 too, except for (possibly) Wang Liu Mei and Feldt. There is no awesome Noin, whom I have almost decided to fangirl, and there is no awesome Lady Une, nor is there even a Treize Khushrenada in the first place. Neither is there a Relena. If Marina Ismail is supposed to be the 00 version of Relena, it’s not working.

Also Mobile Dolls are the most awesome concept I have ever seen in the Gundam series, and pushes it a lot closer to reality.

Wing is for the extremely open-minded though, because there are quite a lot of issues you can’t really get your mind around while watching, but it’s all explained, whether through Endless Waltz or Episode Zero or whatever. I think Wing a lot of things can be understood by feeling, not by rationalizing. And since I’m really bad at the latter and somewhat good at the former I love it.

This makes 00 have somewhat of an upper hand because I think 00 things are more obviously rationalized, but there are still a lot of small things that work against the plot.

In the end, I conclude Gundam Wing > Gundam 00.

If I’m not wrong Wing didn’t enjoy as much success as, say, SEED, because there seems to be a curious lack of things for Wing. LIKE MASTER GRADE GUNDAMS. For things other than Wing Zero, like Heavyarms/Heavyarms Kai. I WANT A MASTER GRADE HEAVYARMS KAI.

But both Wing and 00 didn’t enjoy TOO much success in Japan, comparing with things like SEED (And I have no idea why because both Wing and 00 are a lot better) but they’re quite crazily popular in USA.

This post has no point.


~ by Someone in the Universe on June 29, 2008.

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