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Favorite gundam series?
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1. Zeta
2. Turn A
3. 08th MS Team
4. Victory
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Wing
Mobile Suit Gundam (aka 0079)
08th MS Team

Special thanks to;
00
Zeta
UC
G-Gundam

Still need to see what ZZ and Turn A is. I tried watching After Wars and it was too bad to watch more than 3 episodes; completely unrealistic characters or something, I can't remember. Can't stand when anime people don't act like people.
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Wing, After War X, 00, and Build Fighters in order of release. Still have yet to watch the other two-thirds of the franchise.
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00, Unicorn, SEED (non Destiny), Wing, G, others...
I think I've watched every Gundam aside from the original oddly enough (I'm holding out until Gundam Origins drops since it's a little hard to watch anime that are TOO old (this and FotNS)).
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Well... Universal Century as a whole.

From that... Mobile Suit Gundam IGLOO, anything with Haman, and Gundam Unicorn.
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1. Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team
2. Mobile Suit Gundam
3. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

Mobile Suit Gundam: Wing gets an Honorable Mention for being my entry into the Gundam franchise back in the 90's.
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I'm a long-time Gundam fan that has already seen most of the TV series and OVAs with the exception of ZZ, Stardust Memory, and Turn A, and here are my three personal favorites:

1.) Gundam Seed - Something about Seed just clicked with me. I absolutely loved its plot, its style of storytelling, its memorable fights, and most of all, its badass mobile suit designs. I don't care what the haters say; I'm a Gundam veteran and I'm proud to admit that Seed is my most favorite Gundam show even now.

2.) After War Gundam X - As a young child, Gundam X was the very first Gundam show I have ever seen. It is thanks to this underrated show that I developed interest in Gundam and eventually became a huge Gundam fan. Surprisingly, even if I remove my nostalgia goggles for this show, Gundam X still holds up in both storytelling and mobile suit designs even after 18 years since its airing, despite its horribly rushed final arc.

3.) Gundam Unicorn - Out of all the Universal Century works I've seen, Unicorn easily bests all of them. Hell, not just the UC; I personally think that Unicorn has the best story out of ALL the Gundam shows today. I believe that Unicorn is pretty much the closest the Gundam series has ever come to a masterpiece. Even though Seed is still my favorite, I won't deny that Unicorn easily beats Seed and all other Gundam shows in nearly every single department. I've seen many Gundam shows, but Unicorn tugged my heartstrings so hard that I actually felt sorry for the mobile suit pilots and soldiers whenever Unicorn showed its unapologetic, brutal, and honest portrayals of warfare.

Special mention goes to the following:

- Gundam 00 TV series (NOT the movie)
- Victory Gundam
- Gundam Build Fighters
- Zeta Gundam
- Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy


With my favorites out of the way, allow me to introduce what I think are some of the WORST Gundam shows:

1.) Gundam Wing - Allow me to tell you all now that I DID NOT grow up with Gundam Wing and hence have no nostalgic memories of it whatsoever. That is exactly why when I tried to watch Gundam Wing for the first time a few years ago without having rose-tinted nostalgia goggles, I was completely put off by its atrociously bad story, its poorly-written characters, and its excessive use of fujoshi fanservice and yaoi-bait moments.

And no, it's not like I only watched the first few episodes and dropped it. No, I actually tried my best to like this show because I do admit that it has some pretty cool mobile suit designs. If you're curious, I actually endured 22 friggin' episodes of this garbage before I finally dropped it. Plus, prior to watching this anime, it was overhyped by many Americans as "OMG BEST GUNDAM SHOW EVAR!" or "KYAAA GUNDAM WING SO MASTERPIECE! HEERO BEST GUNDAM LEAD!" so I thought that there might have been a good reason for this show's popularity amongst Americans.

But no, as it turns out, Gundam Wing is just a poorly-written show even if you judge it by 90s standards. This show easily falls apart even if you compare it to other 90s mecha anime like Evangelion, Vision of Escaflowne, or even Gundam X. Its story is weak and Heero is definitely the most bland and boring Gundam protagonist I've seen so far.

Well, that ends my Gundam Wing rant.


2.) Gundam Age - Oh dear god, talk about a massive betrayal. This show could've been great: it had great animation, good music, awesome MS designs, and the first, second, and third arcs were very entertaining and showed a lot of potential of having a grand and epic final arc. Then the final arc comes, screws up REALLY badly, wastes a lot of time on filler, and even goes so far as to tarnish and ruin the potential that the previous arcs established, resulting in a horribly rushed, shallow, and facepalm-worthy asspull of an ending. I have never felt so betrayed by Gundam ever.


3.) Gundam 00 - Awakening of the Trailblazer - The Gundam 00 TV series was great. In my opinion, the 00 TV series is pretty much what I'd call "Gundam Wing done incredibly right." Then Sunrise unveiled the 00 movie and advertised it as the "epic" conclusion to the 00 saga. Naturally, I went and watched the movie. Expecting an epic finale to the 00 TV series's awesome politically-charged storyline, I instead got a movie with a plot so juvenile and retarded that it almost seems like it was either written by a teenage fanfiction writer on Deviant Art or by a group of wild gorillas.

If you're ever going to watch Gundam 00, I highly recommend that you just watch the TV series and stay far away from the movie because honestly, the TV series ending already gave a very nice closure to the storyline, meaning that the movie is completely unnecessary and will probably only ruin the 00 series for you.
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stardust memory is really good ZZ is meh to me and im watching Turn A right now and its not bad i would like other people's opinoin on that show since its the move divisive
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The only gundam series I've watched were SEED and Destiny. And they weren't bad. I thought Gundam SEED may have been slightly better than Destiny. Probably because I hated Shin.
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I'm not gonna go into a lot of detail, but my three favorite Gundam series are (in no particular order):

1. Turn A Gundam - For its character-driven story, very unique setting, and beautiful and original mech designs. I love the fact that this show focused more on drama, character interaction, and development rather than its mecha fights (which are still amazing, by the way). Plus the music. Oh God, Yoko Kanno's work on Turn A Gundam was incredible. In my opinion, Turn A Gundam has the best soundtrack out of all the Gundam series so far (followed closely by Unicorn). The story, from beginning to end, was very well done, and has one of the best Gundam reveals/plot twists in my opinion. This show is a solid A++ in my book

2. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn - Yes, it's the most recent Gundam series to conclude, but it surely does not disappoint. I love it for its "mature" feel, and its heavy focus on Universal Century political, moral, and ethical issues rather than outright war between two sides. I love that this show puts both Federation AND Zeon in a negative light, which further enhances its themes. Plus, I feel that it further enhances the Universal Century lore by adding great history, backstory, and a proper closure to the Federation vs. Zeon conflict of the first-half of the Universal Century, paving way to the second half (UC 100+). This show has amazing story, themes, mecha fights, designs, animation, and music. Everything a Gundam fan could ask for.

3. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (TV version) - This one I love because it's just darkness and brutal warfare from beginning to end. It's a brutal three-way combat between three factions, and there is no light at the end of that tunnel. It's definitely "Kill 'em all" Tomino at his finest, in my opinion.

But seriously, I am such a masssive Universal Century fanboy that I LOVE all of the Universal Century shows. Yes, even Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and Mobile Suit Gundam F91. In fact, my most favorite pilot/mobile suit pair are from ZZ Gundam: Mutha****ing Judau Ashta and his MSZ-010 ZZ Gundam



Honorable mention:

After War: Gundam X - Mostly for the nostalgia factor, since it's the first Gundam show I've seen as a kid in the 90's. However, I feel that it still holds up well even today. It's similar to Turn A Gundam where the prime focus is on the character drama, interaction, and development, but I feel that Tomino did it MUCH better with Turn A Gundam. Story is great until the last arc, where it then feel rushed. It's understandable though, since the show was cut short unexpectedly. I would definitely love to see a remake of Gundam X, this time with the intended 50 episodes.
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Seed is my favorite for sure but I really liked 00 and Unicorn as well.
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Lannae wrote:

After War: Gundam X - Mostly for the nostalgia factor, since it's the first Gundam show I've seen as a kid in the 90's. However, I feel that it still holds up well even today. It's similar to Turn A Gundam where the prime focus is on the character drama, interaction, and development, but I feel that Tomino did it MUCH better with Turn A Gundam. Story is great until the last arc, where it then feel rushed. It's understandable though, since the show was cut short unexpectedly. I would definitely love to see a remake of Gundam X, this time with the intended 50 episodes.


Just to ask, how did you see X? It alwas never dubbed or brought over, I had to buy a Chinese bootleg to watch it myself.

Additionally, X was directed by Shinji Takamatsu, and is indeed a great show. Unlike other Gundams, you don't have the reused Char clones, the Newtype pilot hero, Ramba Rals and Neo Zeons like every mecha and their mom have.

Nope, just a character focused story. Loved Garrod Ran and his stupid tryhard relationship with Tiffa, something I swear Eureka seven was inspired by.
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Felstalker wrote:


Lannae wrote:

After War: Gundam X - Mostly for the nostalgia factor, since it's the first Gundam show I've seen as a kid in the 90's. However, I feel that it still holds up well even today. It's similar to Turn A Gundam where the prime focus is on the character drama, interaction, and development, but I feel that Tomino did it MUCH better with Turn A Gundam. Story is great until the last arc, where it then feel rushed. It's understandable though, since the show was cut short unexpectedly. I would definitely love to see a remake of Gundam X, this time with the intended 50 episodes.


Just to ask, how did you see X? It alwas never dubbed or brought over, I had to buy a Chinese bootleg to watch it myself.

Additionally, X was directed by Shinji Takamatsu, and is indeed a great show. Unlike other Gundams, you don't have the reused Char clones, the Newtype pilot hero, Ramba Rals and Neo Zeons like every mecha and their mom have.

Nope, just a character focused story. Loved Garrod Ran and his stupid tryhard relationship with Tiffa, something I swear Eureka seven was inspired by.


I grew up in Southeast Asia, and Gundam X (along with W, G, and others) actually aired dubbed in our native language on primetime TV.
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wing definitely
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Seed/Destiny and 00 are my favorites in the Gundam series.
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