Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gundam Wing - Endless Waltz |
Anime Movie Classics
Actors: Mark Hildreth, Scott McNeil, Kirby Morrow, Brad Swaile, Ted Cole
Genres: Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
The year is After Colony 196, and for one year the Earth and its colonies have experienced an unprecedented age of peace. No longer needing their weapons of war, the Gundams are jettisoned into the sun. However, even in th... more »
A Definite Ending...and WHAT an Ending!
Sean Whitmore | Los Angeles, CA USA | 06/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD the day it came out and loved it instantly. But I didn't really have anything to say about it until watching the ending of another great anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Both the TV and movie versions of that series angered me to no end, but they made me realize how great "Endless Waltz" is.The ending of the "Gundam Wing" television series wasn't really that at all. Sure, the 'bad guys' were defeated, but anyone who thinks that's all that matters isn't a fan of good storytelling. "Endless Waltz" answers pretty much every question you might have about the fates of the characters, and I don't mean just the Gundam pilots, either. Every important character of the series is brought into play, and even some not-so important ones. As icing on the cake, this DVD also answers many(though not all) questions about the characters from before the start of the series.The animation, characterization, and excellent soundtrack ("White Reflexion!") all make up for the fact that the plot is slightly silly and a little cliched. More of a bad guys versus good guys thing as opposed to the complexity of the series. But hey, it's a movie, how deep do you want them to get, here?Two more reccomendations. Watch the movie version, as opposed to the OVA version. You'll be glad you did. It contains extended and all-new footage that really makes the story flow better, plus there's some great music in certain scenes that were silent in the OVA vesion. Secondly, and this is something I never ever say about anime, watch it dubbed. No, I'm not insane. It's actually better, I swear to God. I've seen it in both languages, and simple lines (such as many of Heero's) just sounded better delivered in English."
David Baker | Nosgoth | 02/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...but what an ending! Told mostly through flashbacks, the story of Endless Waltz is rock-solid. If you're a fan of the series, this explains the characters backgrounds and how they came to be, which is quite interesting (Trowa's origin, for example, was not only interesting, it's shocking). If you're new to Gundam Wing, well... it wouldn't be the best place to start... and at the same time, it would be if you don't want to sit through all those episodes (which is why I liked the flashbacks: I can show it to my friends and they wouldn't be left out in the cold as to what's going on in the film). Whenever you try to get someone's interest in a series, it's not always easy: nobody really has time to sit through a whole set of tapes/DVDs, and that's if you even have them; and when you try to show them a movie inspired from the series, they know nothing of the characters, and it seems that most movies expect that you already do (take, for example, Tenchi Forever: you can't show that to a first-time Tenchi viewer, as it wouldn't quite register [i.e., no explanation as to how the characters came about]). But, like I said, Endless Waltz gives you a whole background of the characters through the flashbacks, yet, doesn't take away from those that have followed the series--no easy feet. So what's the story here? Taking off a year after the Gundam Wing series ended, Mariemeia--the illegitimate daughter of deceased war leader, OZ chief Treize Krushrenada--has made plans to become the ruler of the new nation--thus taking over Earth and the Space Colonies. Obviously, this isn't good; it's, as the movie said, "An endless waltz of peace, war, and revolution." And obviously, our heroes aren't taking this lightly, either. Past villians are now good guys, the characters are more emotional than ever, and the battle scenes are the best in the entire Gundam Wing series--in fact, I honestly felt this was the peak of everything to the series: the characters have more depth, the story is at its finest, and the battle scenes are beyond amazing. If you've seen any of the episodes, you already know about dubbing: it's perfect. Very few anime titles I'll say I actually loved the dubbing, but the whole Gundam Wing series is just great. The animation is a bit dated (it was made quite awhile back), but the detail is still sharp. I'll be honest... the first time I seen Gundam Wing, I didn't care for it--I'm a Macross/Robotech fan, and I'll always fell that Macross/Robotech is king when it comes to mecha in anime... but I started liking it after awhile, and I truly feel that this movie represents all of Gundam Wing at its finest. Endless Waltz is a great, action-packed, anime movie that, hopefully, will get the success it truly deserves--definitely do not pass this up when its release day comes."
"As long as we can look each other in the eye"
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 01/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Strange to say, it was the building of miniature Gundam figures that first got me interested in Anime. But I was never all that drawn to what I knew of the plot. I am not a battle freak, nor much of a 'hard' science fiction fan. And, if nothing else, this story of the titanic struggle between earth and the colonies is truly hard science fiction. True to my nature, when I finally decided to see one of the films, I picked 'Endless Waltz' completely missing the fact that it was the last in the series.Oddly enough, that doesn't turn out to be a problem. While the story is very much based on what went before, the film (not the OVA version) takes just enough extra time to provide some needed continuity. In addition, the message behind it all is universal. Nor is the base plot hard to follow, even if it's sometimes difficult to place some of the characters at first. While 'Endless Waltz' didn't turn me into a complete Gundam groupie, it filled in a lot of what I didn't understand, introduced a lot of the characters and filled in the blanks behind some of the little figures that keep showing up on shelves around my house.Despite the battle scenes and technology, 'Endless Waltz' is a political drama, as Dekim and Mariemaia Barton plan to attack earth and either rule the Earth Sphere Unified Nation or drop an entire colony on it. The Gundam, disorganized and in disagreement, must sort out their own beliefs as they find a way to create a new peace that will not cave in to such efforts at empire. But the real message of the film is that the Gundam cannot create peace on their own. Instead, the people themselves must take responsibility for creating and sustaining the world they want to live in.This message, with the important subtext about believing that life is something far more precious than any product of technology, makes this a strong film. Even being as unfamiliar with the pilots as I was, I found something sympathetic and understandable in all of them. All of the characters are vivid, from the supremely chilling Mariemaia Khushrenada (Barton) to Relena Darlian who must also confront what she believes develop through the film, and are still growing at its end. Needless to say, artwork and battle choreography are excellent, providing a fitting end to the era of the mobile suit.Having both the OVA and film versions is a plus since there are a number of tiny, but significant differences that are interesting of themselves. My biggest criticism is that the subtitling is a bit too minimalist. I would have appreciated translation of the various signs and credits as well as the narrative."
David Baker | 03/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz on cartoon network. It was heavily edited, but I loved it because I love Gundam Wing. felt, like most movies based off of a motion picture, that it tried to cram everything that makes Gundam so cool into a single movie. They did a pretty good job, but the story seemed to move too fast. I guess that's just coming from someone who is used to watching episode by episode. Aslo, the story seemed slightly too epic and rushed.On the other hand, I really loved the movie. The impoved gundams look really good (Especially Sandrock!)and Talgeese rocks. The whole thing is marvelous. Good soundtrack, great animation. Voice acting is that same as the series, and I'll tell you right now that I've heard a lot worse.I reccomend this movie to all Gundam fans. You really do need to see at leat two or three episodes of the series to make sense of all the subtilities (spelling), however, and also the last episode.This movie is great Get it! If you can get the DVD, it's better because it actually has some features that are worthwhile. Otherwise, don't miss this movie!"