Mobile Suit Gundam Seed anime review

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed anime review
Heliopolis, a so-called neutral space colony was holding a top-secret weapons research facility, producing Gundams for the Earth Alliance. ZAFT, which is composed of Coordinators (genetically modified/upgraded humans), attacks Heliopolis, stealing 4 out of the Alliance's 5 Gundams. In the battlefield, civilian Kira Yamato stumbles upon the Strike, the last remaining Gundam of the alliance, and is forced to pilot it. In the midst of battle he encounters his best friend, Athrun Zala, as one of the hijackers of the 5 Gundams, who sides with ZAFT. Being a Coordinator, he is the only one who can pilot the Gundam. But Kira is not with ZAFT, even though they're his own kind, nor the Alliance. Since the Alliance is the only place he could turn to at the time, he sides with them. He pilots the Gundam to protect his friends, and to fight his best friend, which pains both of them. It's a war between individual beliefs.

Outside of the original incarnation, the Gundam franchise isn’t known for its innovation. One must wonder how many times you can tell the same story before people start realizing it’s the same thing. While Gundam Seed brings some new concepts to the franchise, any science fiction enthusiast will quickly realize that originality is not director Fukuda’s specialty.

Everything from genetic manipulation to cloning is addressed in this installment. Instead of creating a harmonized world where science is embraced a la Gattaca, Gundam Seed portrays humanity in a struggle for purification, and for the genetically enhanced humans, the Coordinators, survival. While the genetic antagonism is thoroughly understandable, the series would have been better if it had cut down on the melodrama.

The cast does nothing to aid the sketchy backdrop. While teenagers are usually interesting subjects for study, the characters here behave in an extremely scripted manner. Considering that most of the dialogue consists of constipated screaming along with philosophical rhetoric, there is little time to see genuine chemistry among the cast. The only truly poignant moments are the civilian casualties. While collateral damage is not uncommon in war anime, Gundam Seed is relatively unabashed in killing its side characters.

Probably one of the few saving graces of this anime is the music. Gundam Seed bolsters one of the largest collections of memorable J-pop pieces and the art is easy on the eyes. However, these elements are hardly enough to save this titanic clunker. Gundam Seed could have been a good anime had it stuck to its guns. However, for some inexplicable reason, the producers decide to turn the Ikari Shinji-esque lead character, Kira, into Yuy Heero. The final quarter, thus, becomes an exercise on how well Kira can blow up random enemies.

Despite the hype, Gundam Seed is better suited to the shelves. The OST may be worth purchasing, but at fifty episodes, the anime is not worth your time.

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