Unique take on war, and Gundam.
Prons Walls | 05/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Taking place at the same time as "Mobile Suit Gundam" the OVA series "Gundam 0080" actually does not take place through a soilder's view, rather, it shows a kids prespective, and surprisngly, the show was Pro-Zeon. Meaning 0080 was probably the most original Gundam Series as of this time, Even though the show has a ton of action it mainly showcases the human side of war, as we watch Al's prespective of war change, it stops being a living cartoon to him and shows its true colors, Al learns that war is a hard and sad thing, and its interesting to watch. Al also showcases the usual kid habits of wanting to help out, wanting to feel important, Al is really a manifest of a lot of childish traits we all had growing up, which is what makes him an amazing charater. But the other characters are great too, they devolop amazingly, and after 6 episodes you begin to really care for them. The ending is really unexpected and sad, I almost cried while watching it, and thinking about it sends a shiver up to my spine.Would I suguest Gundam 0080? Yes, very much. To fans of war drama, to mech anime fans, and to general people."
A classic anti-war film
Katie | United States | 12/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Seriously, 0080 reminds me of a foreign film. It's just so simple and poignant, and you're truly touched by it. It doesn't have a lot of action, but you fall in love with the characters. What's also incredible is that it shows the nice side of Zeon, and even an EF fan like myself can sympathize with the Zeeks.If you can't get past the fact that the animation isn't shiny and mecha aren't constantly blowing each other up, then it's your own loss."
REFLECTIVE ANTI-WAR STATEMENT
DAMON MUDGWAY | New Zealand | 02/07/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As far as mecha anime shows go, this 6 part OVA is depicted from an original and thought provoking angle, that of 11 year old Al, a normal (if you can call living in a space colony normal) kid who loves playing soldiers, not caring for the political reasons for war, but playing at it from an innocent's point of view. On initial viewing of this series I was immediately impressed with the standard of the animation for a series made in 1989. The assault by the Zeon force on the Feddies on the ice pole is nothing short of stunning. While the mobile suit battles are few and far between, the story as a whole makes up for any real lack of action. I even played this for my fiancee who loathes anime, but is a teacher, and she felt a real emotional impact at the end of the series. I've watched this several times now,and it gets better on each viewing. I would like to see Sunrise continue with the Universal Century story line, the depth of which can only be matched by Gundams Western equivalent, Star Wars. Roll on Zeta!!!"