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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: C+
- Menus Rating: C+
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 125
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam Vol. #02
By Alex Bornstein
February 16, 2002
Release Date: October 02, 2001
When people think of Gundam in America, most think of Gundam Wing. While there's
nothing wrong with that (Gundam Wing introduced me to how awesome Anime can be), it is almost unfair that Mobile Suit Gundam has to debut in America like this. This is probably one of the greatest Anime sagas EVER. Almost every mecha series borrows something from Gundam and now, America gets to see what launched an empire.
Oh man, the original Gundam series with no Japanese track? It seems that Bandai Japan wouldn't allow the use of the original track for some reason so all we get is a dub. Fortunately, it is far from the worst dub I've seen. The character's voices are well placed,
but every now and then there's a timing error. (i.e. "Don't you understand.......Bright?") There's nothing in the dub to really detract from enjoying a great series. At least they kept the original openings and music unlike a certain fighting series. The DVD delivers sharp and direct audio with the usual 2.0 DD mix. the music suffers some scratches and minor aging, but this series is 21 years old so its quite good for such an aged series.
Again, with wear comes tear. The video is a little scratched up in parts, but for a series this old the colors are quite vibrant and detailed. Bandai did some very detailed remastering and the quality between these and the movies on VHS are quite different. Any person who has never seen this series or the movies before BEWARE (Gundam Wing
people especially), the animation is very old and unappealing to certain fans. But, the story is the driving force and after awhile you kind of end up liking the animation and become very immersed.
Well....um not too much for packaging here. The picture they chose is cool shot of Char kneeling next to his Zaku aiming its gun with the Zeon flag behind it. But, its the same picture for the disc, insert, and sticker they give you so its very repetitive.
Menus & Extras:
Very basic menus, but they get the job done. Shows another picture of Char with episode selection, etc. Only extras here are a MS encyclopedia and a sticker with the Gundam logo in a corner.
After escaping to Earth, the White Base finds itself deep in Zeon territory. Captain Garma Zabi is relentlessly pursuing them. After numerous battles, the civillians that were picked
up on Side 7 become very upset and take a stand so they can get on the surface of Earth. After they are able to unload the civiallians, they again are trying to leave the Zeon territory they were brought into by Char. When they make it into a destroyed city, they become cornered and Garma sees this as a time to strike and Char Aznable sees it as a
chance of revenge. I know this is a spoiler but, Garma's father killed Char's father so the Zabi family could control Zeon in a more militant way. This is the hidden agenda behind
Char who wants revenge for his father's murder. Char leads the attack to take out White Base, but actually helps it by decieving Garma of its position (purposely) and White Base damages Garma's "Gaw" enough that it begins to plummet to the ground. What is so
cool about Garma's demise is how Char completely tricks him into thinking he found White Base (these two were best friends for at the time) and uses his trust to lead him right into a barrage that ends in his Gaw being wiped out completely. This adds a lot to the story and is a few episodes that can't be missed.
The series is a landmark in animation and even though the original isn't available, this is not a bad consolation at all.
RCA 25 inch Television, Sony DAV-C700 Home Theater System