Gundam Through the Ages

DSC_0192My favourite part about going to Japan is probably the intensity of its social culture, it’s where all my anime dreams come true. If you’ve watched any of the Gundam series or you’re into the mecha genre, you should totally go to Diver City in Odiba. Just across the Rainbow Bridge is the Diver City mall… and the giant Gundam. Stare in awe as all your Gundam fantasies come true.

Aside from all the staring and the picture-taking with the giant Gundam, there’s also a Gundam café where you can get a haro latte or zaku smoothie. Inside Diver City, at the uppermost floor is Gundam Front, an all things Gundam floor with figurines on display, a multimedia lights show and a museum of Gundam history and animation. The multimedia lights show was one of my favourite parts of Gundam Front because it took you through a history of all the different Gundam series and the developments of Gundam design from beginning to present.

Of course, there’s tons of merchandise available at the gift store for you to unleash your inner hobbyist 😉 Also, you can get your photo taken with Kira’s Strike Freedom or any of your favourite characters from any of the Gundam series at the photo hotspots.

The train ride across Tokyo Bay on the Rainbow Bridge is spectacular on its own. But for anime fans familiar with the Gundam series and looking to check out some really awesome mecha, this is a MUST SEE on your trip to Tokyo.

– Cloudy

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Manga Versus Anime FIGHTO! – Gundam Seed and GS Destiny

Everyone2Hi everyone! Welcome to the second Manga Versus Anime FIGHTO! Today’s battle is between the manga and anime of Gundam Seed and its sequel Gundam Seed Destiny. These two animes are quite a few years old, but classic. Gundam never goes out of style (Haha, see what I did there?) But in all seriousness, the legacy of the Gundam animes, manga series, light novels and figurines is a long lasting culture of its own that’s quite a distinct aspect of Japanese culture. My dad watched and loved the original Gundam series and years later, I’m also quite obsessed with Gundam.

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Kira & Lacus (37)I love the GS and GSD series, however I was thoroughly surprised when I first picked up the manga because the art style in the manga was completely different from the anime. The storylines of both the manga and anime parallel except for the extra OVAS and special edition endings added to the anime. The manga is getting harder and harder to find these days, but it’s not impossible and you can read the story online.  I feel that the art is very shonen compared to the brushed up pretty boys of the anime adaptation and as an arts student, I feel that the proportions of quite a few of the characters and frames are out of perspective. Being distracted by the art makes it harder to enjoy the plot.

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Anime Rating: 5/5 happy clouds5 Clouds Transparent

This anime gets a full set of happy clouds because of the deep philosophical thought and pervasive themes of war, love and tragedy that are brought up by the struggles of power and resistance taking place in a world hanging precariously in peace. The anime paints a very three-dimensional landscape of the war and the events taking place because of the omniscient third perspective that it’s told in. Every character represents a different archetype in stories as well as personas you so often find in wars. The soldier, the general, the pacifist, the reluctant hero, the reckless fighter, the embodiment of hope… I picked up this series years ago and I’ve recently re-watched the re-mastered version that includes a few new scenes.

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Rereading or re-watching this anime is like coming home. And yes, you might bawl at the end depending on how much you empathize with the characters and how deeply you feel immersed in the plot. I highly recommend you watch these two series one after the other because GSD takes place two years after GS and a lot of recurring characters appear. For one thing, the main characters in GS play a much more prominent role in GSD which is great if you’re favourite characters are among the main cast.

Kira & Lacus (40)I feel like this is one of those series you either love or hate because I get a lot of mixed responses when I bring it up amidst otaku discussions with friends.  I found the story and its themes insightful and thought-provoking so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Thank you very much for reading! I will talk to you guys soon!

– Cloudy

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