Post Reply My opinion on how Toonami came across Gundam Wing
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I think when Williams Street was trying to dub its own equivalent of Power Rangers, similar to Sailor Moon, they came across Gundam Wing and saw numerous superficial similarities between that series and Power Rangers. Like Power Rangers, Gundam Wing also featured five teenagers with attitude piloting mecha, except rather than fighting an imprisoned alien witch and her monsters, they were fighting a corrupt aristocracy a la The Scarlet Pimpernel.

What they didn't realize at the time was that Gundam was an entirely different beast from Super Sentai, and thus Gundam Wing was likewise to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Super Sentai had primarily been a child-friendly male power fantasy that reinforced cartoony humor, kindergarten-level Aesops, and a repetitive episodic formula that might appeal to kids but would have otherwise turned off adults. Gundam, on the other hand, was a mature-rated series that dealt with serious real-world subject matter, including the physical and psychological ramifications of war.

And everyone could see that in Gundam Wing, as well. The Gundam pilots were even more like teens with attitude than the official "teens with attitude" from Power Rangers; where the Rangers never had any personality whatsoever to become actual "teens with attitude", the Gundam pilots were the de facto teens with attitude due to them threatening to kill each other on a regular basis, most likely due to each of them not being told about the other four ahead of time. And, where the Rangers defended Earth from alien invaders, in Wing, the Gundam pilots were the alien invaders, themselves.

So while Gundam Wing was a nice introduction to the Gundam franchise for the West, it was just simply Williams Street's answer to Saban's Power Rangers. I'm not saying that Gundam Wing was utter garbage like Power Rangers, far from it! It's just that Gundam Wing had a few similarities to Power Rangers, even though that mostly had to do with G Gundam doing the Gundam/Sentai thing before GW did likewise.
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The Scarlet Pimpernel was an Aristocrat saving other Aristocrats from being executed by commoners.
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HOOfan_1 wrote:

The Scarlet Pimpernel was an Aristocrat saving other Aristocrats from being executed by commoners.


*looks up Scarlet Pimpernel on Wikipedia*

Never mind. You're right.

And if that's the case, then what was Gundam Wing an allegory of, if not the Scarlet Pimpernel or the French Revolution?
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Commander_PonyShep wrote:


HOOfan_1 wrote:

The Scarlet Pimpernel was an Aristocrat saving other Aristocrats from being executed by commoners.


*looks up Scarlet Pimpernel on Wikipedia*

Never mind. You're right.

And if that's the case, then what was Gundam Wing an allegory of, if not the Scarlet Pimpernel or the French Revolution?


Well, there have been plenty of revolutions where a group of people living in one area revolt against an oppressive government ruling them from another area.

The American Revolution (although the oppressiveness of the British Government is debatable)
The Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire
South American Revolutions against Spain
The Ionian Greeks, Greeks and Macedonians fighting against the Persian Empire.
The Social War in Rome
Helot uprisings against the Spartans
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