Anime Review 2.8 Code Geass R2. (The train-wreck squeal that no one wanted)

Well, folks, it has been a short time but I am now ready to take a look at one of the most notorious anime of all time Code Geass R2.
Code Geass R2 come out at 2008 and ever since it finished airing anime fans were heavily divided on R2.
There are people who called it a masterpiece and saying it’s one of the best anime of all time people despising it with a burning passion and calling it a train-wreck or people wh thought it was okay.
What boat am I in?
For a long, while I use to be a boat where I thought Code Geass R2 was a masterpiece and I thought no anime can top Code Geass R2

However as the years went by as I got older as well as watching more anime and started to buy anime on Blu-Ray/DVD my opinion on certain anime has changed.

For example, I use love Sailor Moon as a kid but after watching more magical girl shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Madoka Magica as well as re-watching first season of Sailor Moon again in 2016 I thought the show didn’t hold up well as it has a lot of flaws such as weak episodic story, mediocre characters and lackluster animation that has a lot of stock footage.

Well after recently re-watching Code Geass R2 for the 18th time on DVD from Manga Entertainment in the UK.
Did my opinion of Code Geass R2 change?
Do I think Code Geass R2 is a masterpiece, do I think Code Geass R2 was an okay show or now do I think Code Geass R2 is a train-wreck?
Well, you will find out from this review.
Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will be reviewing Code Geass R2 and with that out the let’s begin.

Story.


The year is now 2018. It’s been one year since the failure of the black rebellion and the supposed death of Zero. The Black Knights have been defeated by the Britianians. Lelouch is now living a normal life at high school where all of his memories about his sister and him being zero have been completely wiped out. One day Lelouch along with his pseudo brother Rolo decided to go to gambling at the Babel Tower. Soon the black knights lead by C.C Launches an attack on the complex to retrieve Lelouch. She restores Lelouch’s memories allowing him to use Geass to kill his enemies and resume his role as Zero, the masked leader of the Black Knights. Lelouch later finds out that the emperor, his father has altered his memories with Geass as well learning that his sister Nunnally is still alive. Now Lelouch must try to rescue her sister back as well as once again try to defeat the holy britannian empire with the help of the black knights.

The story of Code Geass R2 is honestly not that good. In fact, it’s really bad, especially when coming from R1 which for the most part had a great story that good writing for the most part.
The first half of R2 is mostly a big rehash of R1 where most of the events are taken straight from R1 and they slapped it on to R2. Sure there are differences here and there but a lot of the time I get a huge sense of déjà vu. It also doesn’t help that pacing for the first half was just terrible as it very slow and boring. Not to mention the tone shifts in R2 were unbearable here as the first half of R2 likes to change very quickly from a very serious tone to a more goofy tone. It’s honestly really distracting. In terms of writing, story direction and themes the second half of R2 is absolutely horrendous. It’s like the writers just give up and said screw it let’s just throw shit on the wall and see what’s sticks. From black knights betraying Zero due to them trusting the enemy Schneizal to the whole Sword Of Akasha subplot bullshit which was pretentious as hell.
Not to mention themes and realism are just thrown out the window in favor of people preaching to unrealistic nonsense.
Now am going to list 5 biggest flaws that I have with R2. 5 Major problems of that completely destroyed the show’s quality
1. The school episodes.

The school episodes of R1 while annoying they were actually tolerable to watch for the most part. The school episodes R2 are just awful to watch. Those episodes alone completely butchered to the tone of series and most of those episodes were pointless in the long run.

2. China Arc.


This arc was pain filler. That arc didn’t do anything in the story, it didn’t have a real purpose of existing and everything in that arc gives us nothing but plot holes.
I have nothing more to say about this stupid arc.

3. Cliffhangers


The cliffhangers in R1 were well executed and it manages to make the viewer excited for the next episode just to see what happens next. The cliffhangers in R2 are very hit or mess with some them being good the others are flat out retarded.


4. Plot holes.
Oh my god I have never seen an anime that has this amount of plot holes in my life. Keep in mind I was the same guy who has seen Gundam Seed Destiny, Guilty Crown, Digimon Adventure 02 and Sword Art Online and all of these shows that I just mentioned has a tonne of plot holes. Code Geass R2 has some of the worst plotholes I have ever seen.
Am going to list some of them right now.
How did Suzaku survive the explosion after the battle with Kallen
How is Suzaku still consumed by Lelouch’s Geass by the end of R1?
Where did theses Knightmare come from?
The show never bothers to explain stuff like this as the show likes to waste on pointless stuff.
5. Sword of Akasha subplot.
This is what fucking happens if you take 13 episode subplot and crammed it in into one episode.
It’s fucking awful and it makes the show a lot worse than it already is.
Not only there was no real build up or foreshadowing but it had a bunch of pretentious dialogue that is cringe-worthy.
Let’s not forget a number of plot holes it has and even an average viewer can easily notice all the plot holes in the stupid subplot. Did I forget the pacing was nothing but horrid as it moves way too fucking fast and by the end of the subplot you will not care at all due to how poorly written and paced it was? Before I close the story selection off I like to say this.


Dead characters that die in a series should stay dead. Seriously did the writers read the Bible of Jesus Yamato or something?

Overall the story of Code Geass R2 is hot garbage. Really hot garbage. Most of the writing in this show felt like a bad fanfic done by a 13-year-old on fanfic.net who had no idea of what he was doing.
The pacing was awful, the tone shifts were unbearable, the plot holes were everywhere and it has some of the worst executed subplots I have ever seen in a anime.
Thankful the ending of Code Geass R2 manages to give us a satisfying end to the series that was well executed but this does not excuse the awful writing in the series.
2/10

Characters.


I honstly have mixed feeling for this cast. In R1 most of the characters were likable and interesting but here some of the previous characters in R1 went from good to either being mediocre or downright bad.
Now normally I would talk about the main character first but here I would like to talk about some of the supporting characters first before we get to the main characters because I have a lot of complaints.
Let’s start with the members of the black knights minus Kallen and Lelouch.


In R1 most of the black knight’s members were kinda likable in they own way and they actually felt like actual soldiers with a goal.
In R2 almost all of the black knight’s members became really unlikeable due to the stupid decisions that they made especially in the second half were in one point of the show they downright betray Zero after they being convinced by schnitzel words.
Okay why you all follow the words of an enemy. Expect to be complete dipshits!!!

Mily and Rivalz. I thought they were fun and characters in the show even tho they were not important in the main story. Also, Mily’s graduation from Ashford Academy is one of the sweeter and better moments in R2.

Shirley. Just I thought this dumb bitch can get any worse this show happens. While it didn’t go into any detail of this character in R1 I wanted to save all of my criticism towards Shirley in R2 because she is by far the worst character in the whole entire series.


Throughout the series, she does nothing but talks about Lelouch. Almost every freaking time.
It’s one thing to be in love but it’s a different thing to only exist to suck on a guy’s dick and to service tension bait for the plot, events, and writing.
She was bad in R1 but this show manages to make her even more insufferable. She is bland, her dialogue is asinine and she’s is an overall bitch of a character who only exists to suck on Lelouch’s dick from start to finish.
Am glad she was killed off in the second half because man I was a happy camper when it happened.
Shirley is a definition of a very poorly written character and I hope the directors and writers of Sunrise will not make a female character like that ever again.

Nina. She is an annoying trashy character who still can’t get over Euphy’s death as well as only existing to cause drama.
I have nothing more to say about this character.

Kallen. What did they do you, Kallen?
In R1 she is a beautiful badass pilot who is likable and had a bit of character development. In R2 the writers were like do you know what let’s take all the development we had for Kallen. Threw it out of the window and turn her into a unlikeable fan-service character who gets kidnapped by the Britannia forces and later just like the Black Knights she ends up joining Britannian side after being convinced by the dipshits that are called the black knights.
I will never understand the writers logic.
You took a character that I loved and has such amazing potential. Killed it shredded to pieces and turn her into a unlikeable bitch who has been reduced to fan-service bait for the horny teenagers out there.

Rolo. I really despise Rolo I really fucking do.
He is an annoying brat who whines a lot. Also, this little shit wanted to kill Lelouch’s Little Sister Nually who keep in mind is blinded fragile disabled girl on a wheelchair. Who the hell write this shit?
C.C.
In R1 she was an interesting character with a lot of mystery behind her and I overall like her relationship with Lelouch. She mostly stays the same in R2 but after that character reset for short while she has been reused into a fan service object that has lost all memories.

Suzaku. While I kinda liked him in R1 despite him being hypocritical at times. In R2 Suzaku became a recantation of Kira Yamato (Jesus Yamato) (Gundam Seed) complete with his hax plot armor bullshit along with his preachy attitude and hypocritical ideals. Like with Kallen everything that I liked about Suzaku is now thrown out of the window and he devolves into a Gary sue.
I have nothing more to say about this Hypocrital fuck.

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Lelouch.
I honestly have mixed feelings towards Lelouch in R2. While I like him for having good character development in the second half due to set events but at the same time, I really have to question his character ideals and attitude.
Remember in R1 where Lelouch had a more calm and confident attitude and had great ideals that were believable. R2, on the other hand, is more aggressive and more impatient meaning his a lot whinier not to mention his not as consistent as a character compared to his R1 counterpart.
His so called brotherly relationship is honestly retarded
Throughout the series, he had a deep hatred from Rolo and he wanted to kill Rolo. However, after a certain event in the second half of R2 as well as the black knights betraying him he out of nowhere starts caring for Rolo…
I will never understand Lelouch logic whatsoever.

I honestly prefer Lelouch in R1.

Ás for the rest of the characters.
Minus the ones liked in R1 there are pretty forgettable especially the knights of the round.
Overall the characters in R2 are a massive step-down compared to the R1 counterparts.

4.5/10

Visuals.


The visuals of Code Geass are still good as ever. Character movement is still smooth as ever Characters designs still look great and the animation for the mecha battles are still great.
However, there is one thing that really annoyed me about the mecha fights in R2.

The overkill formula. You see the mecha battles in Code Geass R1 had actual strategy and tactics making the mecha battles more fresh and exciting to watch. For some reason, the writers decided to use that stupid overkill formula that we saw from Gundam Seed and Wing and decided to put it into R2.
It honestly makes the mecha battle boring and unexciting to watch as most of the main characters mechas just pop out of nowhere and countless amounts of nightmares with a single shot.

The mecha design pretty much the same as R1 we still have the god awful Sutherland’s and other boring mechs. However, there were some great mecha designs in R2 for key characters such as Suzaku’s Lancelot Albion, Gino’s Tristan Divider and Kallen’s Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. Eight Elements.

One more thing that I like to mention is the fanservice. R1 had fan-service and least in R1 the fan-service was not that distracting as its only exist for comedic moments of the show with a few exceptions. R2 on the other hand no so much. It’s all over the pace even in serious moments of the show and it’s really distracting to watch.

Overall while the visuals of R2 are still good but the mecha battles were very lackluster.
6/10

Sound.


If there was one great thing to come out from R2 is the music. I really like the soundtrack as almost all the tracks were memorable and had a great tone.
The first opening theme 02 is a very catchy song. The second opening theme World End is one of my favorite anime openings ever.
The endings themes are a mixed bag for me. The first ending theme Shiawase Neiro is a good opening theme while the second ending theme Waga Routashi Aku no Hana is a forgettable ending theme.

The sub is good but I personally still prefer the dub as it very well acted for the most part not to mention it has Johnny Young Bosh as Lelouch who does a wonderful job voicing Lelouch.

8.5/10

Final Thoughts.


Man, what a review this has been.
Overall I can say that Code Geass R2 not only a bad anime from Sunrise but it’s just a plain bad anime squeal in general
The story was terribly written, the plot holes were outrageous and most of the characters including the new ones sucked.
The only things that saved Code Geass R2 of being in the same tier as Gundam Seed Destiny, Victory Gundam and Accel Word were the music, visuals, the ending and some of the characters that were in it. Everything else was a trainwreck and it made me wonder what exactly went wrong here.
Fortunately, There is a reason why Code Geass R2 ended up the way it did. Originally Code Geass R2 was meant to be on a midnight timeslot. However, due to fan popularity as well as Gundam 00 Season 2 taking that Saturday midnight slot it was moved to Sunday afternoons at 5pm. That alone explains why the most of the mature content, script, and themes from R1 had to be heavily toned down and it ultimately affected the overall quality of Code Geass R2 especially the first half.
It’s such a shame really because Code Geass R2 had to potential to be great but it ended being a failure as a result.
I hope when it comes for future shows from Sunrise that the directors and writers learn from the mistakes that were made in Code Geass R2
The anime may be popular during its run back in the day but as the old same goes. Popularity does not equal quality and Code Geass R2 is no different.
I hope Code Geass Lelouch of the Resurrection fixes everything that was wrong from Code Geass R2.

I give Code Geas R2 a 3.5/10
Anyway, this was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.

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Anime Review 3.0 After War Gundam X Review.

Before I even watched Gundam X. I have been told by people that Gundam X is either one of the most underrated Gundam shows or one of the worst Gundam shows. Also, notice that Gundam X only had 39 episodes instead of 49 episodes like Wing. Well after finishing Gundam X from start to finish I really have to say this. Gundam X is not only one of the best Gundam shows that I have seen but it’s one of the most underrated animes I have ever seen in a long while.
Why is that you may ask?
You will see throughout this review.

Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and welcome to my review of Gundam X and with that further ado let’s get started.

Story.

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It is the year after war fifteen. Fifteen years after the 7th space war which ultimately destruction of the whole world and killing billions of people. Many of the surviving residents of Earth now try to make a living as best as they can in the new post apocalyptic world with many of the mobile suits and the technology that was left over from the war becoming extremely valuable to many civilians and organizations.

The story of Gundam X mainly focuses on a 15-year boy named Garrod Ran who make a living by selling and taking old jobs. He eventually gets hired to rescue a mysterious young girl named Tiffa who is later revealed to be a special kind of human called a newtype.

During a struggle between Garrod and the people who hired him, he discovers a powerful mobile suit that took part in the 7th space war and that mobile suit is called the Gundam X. He uses it to fight off his enemies and protect Tiffa. The two young teens meet up with a crew of vultures lead by Jamil a man who wants to rescue and protect new-types like Tiffa from being exploited by enemy organizations. Soon Enough Garrod and Tiffa part of the crew and throughout the series they will come face to face with various opponents that as the prevent another war.

The story of Gundam X is really good and well executed
Aside from some typical elements from the Gundam franchise like the young boy discovering a Gundam as the presence of char clone kinda character, it’s unlike most of the other Gundam shows that are out there. All of the Gundam shows minus G Gundam, this show Turn A, Build Fighters and G Reco revolve around a full-scale war between two factions but Gundam X in a post apocalyptic setting where people are trying to prevent war and most of humanity is trying to regain their lives. Out of all of the alternative universe shows Gundam X has the closet with the universal century timeline.as it has a lot of elements that we all familiar with within the universal century such as the appearance of newtypes. The newtypes in X play a much bigger war in X than any of the Universal Century shows.
Themes of exploitation, power abuse, moving forward in the future instead of being clinging to the past were well explored and they expanded as the series progresses.

If I had minor complaints of the story in X it would be the pacing for certain story arcs. Unlike in Gundam Wing constantly had bad pacing as well as having too much info-dumping from that stupid narrator. Gundam X mostly had good pacing but some of the arcs were either pacing way too long or way too fast like the final arc which I will explain now.
Gundam X was originally gonna to have 49 episodes like Gundam Wing and G Gundam but it was reduced to 39 episodes after the decline of the ratings.
This explains why the ending of Gundam X was kinda rushed as well as having no time to build up a proper climax. Despite that, the ending of Gundam X does ties up most of the loose ends giving us the feeling of satisfaction.

Overall despite Gundam X being cut down to 39 episodes, I thought the story of Gundam X was really good and well written.

8.5/10

Characters.

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The characters in Gundam X are mostly great as they are very likable, relatable and they were enjoyable to watch from start to finish.

Garrod is honestly one of my favorite Gundam protagonists.

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He may have an outgoing personality who is filled with life but he’s not afraid to get serious when he needs to be. Also unlike Heero his a well-written character who gets great character development. What makes Garrod stand out from other main protagonists from Gundam that he is just a normal kid. No special powers( Amero), no intense military training( Heero) and no martial arts mastery (Domon). He is just a normal human like you and I. Even though his a normal human being he still proves himself to be a badass pilot.

Tiffa is one of the best female characters from the franchise.

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She is quiet and tends to hide her emotions but she starts to open up more as the series progresses especially around Garrod. Tiffa’s role in Gundam X is unique in Gundam since she is a newtype with extraordinary powers thus making her a very valuable target for many people that tried to capture her.

The relationship between Garrod and Tiffa gives a lot of Eureka Seven vibes even though Eureka Seven came out after this show. The one thing that I really loved about it is how different they personalities are. Garrod a loud mouth while Tiffa is calm and collecting. Aside from that, it’s a really down to earth relationship that was build up extremely well and it makes you believe that they are really made for each other. It’s personally one of my favorite pairings in the Gundam franchise.

Another character that I really like is Jamil who is one of my favorite captains from the franchise. His background is based off Amuro Ray but his adult personality is very similar to Bright Noa with a little bit of Char mixed it making him a great badass combination of three of the most iconic characters in the franchise..

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Roybea may be a lady’s man and Witz may be a hot headed but they much more dimensional to them as characters as opposed to the Wing boys in Wing, The Mary sues in Seed, and the Try Fighters from Build Fighters Try.

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The other characters are also great and very likable with some of my other favorite Gundam X characters being Ennil El, Malme Toniya and Kid Salsamille.

The only characters I was not a fan were the Frost Brothers aka the main villains as they come off as generic villains’ They were not bad characters but they could have been much better but the end of the day I pick the Frost Brothers over the Try Fighters and the Wing Boys.

Minus the Frost Brothers, I thought the character cast for Gundam X to be pretty great as they are very memorable likable, interesting not to mention they have a purpose and have an important role in the story.

This is one of my favorite characters casts from the Gundam franchise.

9/10

Visuals.

Visually Gundam X is very similar to Wing, however, it a massive improvement over Wing in every field.

The characters designs are well designed and they are mostly consistent.

As for the actual animation, it’s a big step from Wing. The mecha battles are fun to watch and we actually see a lot of skill being shown by the pilots throughout the fights.

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Also, the mecha designs are really good.

The Gundam X may appear like average Gundam but once the moon is out and it charges its satellite cannon. It will terminate anything in its path. The X divider is pretty cool but its big brother the double X is in my top 3 favorite Gundams. Gundam Leopard

The other Gundam designs also great Gundams like the Air Master, Gundam Leopard, and the Versago.

Overall Gundam X visually is pretty good and unlike Wing, it has aged pretty well.

8/10

Overall the visuals of Gundam X are really good as it a massive improvement of Gundam Wing and the battles were very exciting.

8.5/10

The soundtrack of Gundam X is just beautiful filled with memorable tracks.

The first opening Dream is a very hard hitting J POP song.

The same thing can be said about the second opening theme Resolution which is one of one of my favorite opening themes in Gundam.

The first ending theme Human Touch is easily one of the best composed in all of Gundam as well as being one of my favorite ending themes in anime.

The second ending theme Gin-Iro Horizon is pretty good.

The voice acting of Gundam X is amazing that is filled a lot of talented and high profile Seiyuus.

Some of my favorites performances were Knyuu Horiuchi as Jamil, Mika Kanai as Tiffa, Chieko Honda as Ennil, Motoko Kumai as Kid Salsamile, Kazuya Nakai as Witz and I could go on.

Sadly Gundam X didn’t get a dub which is honestly sad because if anything this was the show that needed a dub.

9/10

Final Thoughts.

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I really love Gundam X. I think is one of the best Gundam shows from the franchise.

The story was greatly written, almost all of the characters were great, relatable and likable, the visuals still hold up well compared to Gundam Wing, the mecha battles were exciting to watch and the soundtrack is just amazing.

If this show were to have all 49 episodes as well maybe having an English dub than I would have giving it a 10/10 as well as being my favorite Gundam show but sadly that isn’t the case.

Gundam X ended getting canceled making it the only other Gundam show besides Gundam 0079 to get canceled before finished. There’s has been a lot of speculation on why it was canceled. One theory stated that it got low ratings due to a sudden timeslot switch and an another theory state that people were just burned out from watching Gundam after four years of back to back releases. Whatever the case may be I still thought Gundam X was an amazing show and I consider it to be one of the best Gundam shows in the franchise.

If you are tired of Gundam having the same old formula from past Gundam shows then I highly recommend watching Gundam X as it offers a different yet amazing experience for anime fans as well as hardcore Gundam fans.

Gundam X has been licensed by Rightstuff in the US on DVD.

I give Gundam X a 9/10.

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Anyway, this was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.

Anime Review 2.5 Code Geass R1.

It was the year 2011 of the normal century. I decided to return to the anime medium after a 2-year break from anime due to me being more interested in video games. I went on the Internet, went on google and typed in best anime of all time on the Google search bar. Then I click on a couple of websites and I saw the anime series called Code Geass as it was placed 1st in many best anime lists. Then decided to check to see if it does deserve that spot of best anime of all time.

So I watched the whole series of Code Geass on some random streaming website for that weekend and I absolutely loved. I loved it so much its literately became my favorite anime series of all time for a good 5 years.

Fast forward to the year 2016 of the normal century where I became a more experienced anime fan who has seen over 800 anime as well buying anime on DVD/Blu-Ray because I wanted to support the anime industry.

It was during that same time where Code Geass would be receiving a follow-up squeal to Code Geass R2 called Code Geass Lelouch of the resurrection.

Now quickly fast forward to early 2017 where I decided to re-watch both seasons of Code Geass for that weekend and well.

Does Code Geass still hold up well after these years?
For this review, I will be reviewing Code Geass R1 and my R2 will be reviewed at a later date.

Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and welcome to my review of Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion Season 1 (Code Geass R1) and with that out of the way, let’s started.

Story.

So the story of Code Geass is set in an alternate history country area 11 formal known as Japan before getting beaten in a war on the hands of the Holy Britannia Empire.

Our main character Lelouch was once a prince before the assassination of his mother as well being disowned by his father left him and sister going into hiding as a Britannia school somewhere in area 11 with his blinded sister Nunally. 

Lelouch pilots his revenge towards the Britannia Empire but everything changes during a chance encounter with terrorists where is given the power of Geass by meeting a strange girl named C.C. The power of the Geass enables Lelouch to give a single command to anyone and they must obey him. It’s during its time Lelouch reunites with his childhood friend Suzaku Kururugi the son of the former Prime Minister of Japan. Now Lelouch must learn his Geass power to carry out his plan of destroying Britannia as he becomes a notorious terrorist known as Zero as well making a terrorist group called the Black Knight who is a group of terrorists who are fighting for the independence of the country so they fight against Britannia forces.

The story for Code Geass is pretty good for the most part.

For starters, I really like how Code Geass R1 is paced. It’s fast and very engaging.

The worldbuilding in Code Geass R1 is very good as it manages to showcase how people are living in war Circumstances in both sides as well as labeling nations as well as distant names to relevant locations in the story.

Also, I liked the overall story direction for the most part as its very entertaining to watch as well has had great moments.
Code Geass does a great job at cliff-hangers has it keeps the audience interested of the show

However, Code Geass is not the best-written show in the world. In fact, Code Geass R1 has some notable flaws in the story department. 
One. Tone consistently

The tone of Code Geass can be quite an inconstancy at times especially the middle portion of the show. 
Two. The school episodes.

They could have been better written because those episodes feel very cheesy and out of tone not to mention the pacing for those episodes were not that great.
Three. Plotholes.

Code Geass is notorious for its amount plotholes and while the plotholes in R1 is not as bad as it squeal. There were some plotholes in R1 that kinda annoyed me.

Why did Lelouch let Villetta live past the second episode?

How did Lelouch’s phone have Euphemia number even though Lelouch was Euphy enemy? 

How did Lelouch manage to plot the other mech perfectly? We never saw him read the menu at all.
Believe me however the plotholes in R1 are tamed compare to the plot holes of its squeal.
The last issue that I had with is episode 22 especially the second half of it.

I won’t mention it here due to spoiler reasons but my god was the moment terribly directed.
Besides these flaws, the story for Code Geass is pretty good for what it is.

7/10

Characters.

The characters in Code Geass are hit or miss depending on your tastes.

For me, I personally enjoyed most of the characters for what they were.

In my opinion Lelouch is one of the best main protagonists I have seen in any anime. He the type of character that you can relate to in a very good way. Not to mention Lelouch has great character development and we do get to see that character development as the series progresses as learns more about that Geass as well as doing cruel but justifiable things towards other people.

While am not a fan of Suzaku I still found him to an interesting character to watch and he was still a pretty enjoyable character at times despite him being hypocritical at times.

C.C is an another interesting character that is enjoyable to watch. She starts off emotionless but as the show progresses she begins to have show more emotions as well as caring more for Lelouch.

I honestly really like Kallen as a character. She’s a beautiful badass fighter for the black knights.

She also develops quite a bit as a character as the show progresses during a certain character arc in R1.

The rest of the characters of Code Geass are also a hit or miss.

This can be very polarizing cast for some.

For me, I liked most of the characters because there fun and very interesting.

For example, I liked characters like Cornelia, Lloyd, Jeremiah, Euphemia, and Milly because I found them to be interesting and very enjoyable

Oh the other I found characters such as Shirley, Nina, and Mao to be very annoying and they actually hurt the show quite a bit

8.5/10
Visuals.

Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion was done by Studio Sunrise who also produced other great titles such as Outlaw Star, Gundam series, Cowboy Bebop and Tiger and Bunny and to be honest Code Geass has visually aged well.
For starters Clamp really did an amazing job with the characters designs. They just very well designed and for the most part fit very well with the setting.
The animation for Code Geass R1 is great and smooth and has no stock-footage.

Sadly I cannot say the same thing for mecha designs as most of the mecha designs are very generic and boring to look at especially the grunt suits aka the Sutherland

However, these are three mecha designs that I really like.

These were the Guren Mk-II, Gawain, and the Lancelot.

I liked the design for them as they look really cool and they are very good at combat.

Overall the visuals of Code Geass are very good.

8/10

Sound.

The soundtrack for Code Geass is just great and it really fits with the setting and the theme of Code Geass rather nicely.

One of my favorite tracks in Code Geass is a track called Stories which is one of my favorite track pieces that I heard in any anime
The first opening of Code Geass is easily one of the best things about R1 because it’s so iconic, memorable and not to mention the song itself is great.

The other two openings themes on the other are not so great. I personally found those next two opening to rather bland and they don’t fit well to Code Geass at all.

The ending themes of Code Geass are great as they are very memorable and they fit with the tone of Code Geass very well.
As for voice acting, both the sub and dub are great in they own right as well as being well acted but I prefer the dub due to Johnny Yong Bosh amazing performance as Lelouch.

The rest of the characters sounded great in the dub in my opinion.

Overall the soundtrack is great, the first opening was amazing, both endings are great and both sub and dub are great and well acted.

8/10

Final Thoughts.

After 6 years since I watched Code Geass for the first time how does the first season 1 hold up?

For me, Code Geass R1 has aged pretty well.

It has a good engaging story that will keep your edge on your seats, good world-building, good and enjoyable characters especially the main character Lelouch, Great visuals and animation besides the generic mecha design for the Sutherland. Great soundtrack along with a great English dub.

Sure it has issues such some annoying supporting characters as well as having a couple of story issues such as tone shifts for the school episodes to the plotholes but these issues can be ignored due how good the story and characters were for me.
Code Geass will, unfortunately, take a dark turn for the worst as the squeal called Code Geass R2 which by the way won’t have a lot of positive praise from me. 

Despite that Code Geass R1 is a great and enjoyable classic in its own right. Not a masterpiece by any means but still a great show in its own right

I give Code Geass R1 a 8/10.

Anyway this was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.

My top 50 favourite anime openings 

Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and welcome to my next anime countdown.

For this countdown, we will go through anime openings that I adore.

I have previously made a top 30 favorite anime openings but now that list is horribly outdated as my opinions for set openings have changed.

There are a few rules for this countdown.

First I will only include one opening for every show.

Secondly, I also am including anime openings for a shows that I don’t like along with shows that I liked.

Thirdly I will be adding my peronal rating for each show on this list. So if you like a show that I gave a low rating and you have an issue with that please leave a comment and we can discuss this.

With that further a do let’s begin

50. Full Metal Panic The Second Raid Opening
My rating 7/10

49. Rurouni Kenshin Opening 1.

My Rating 8.5/10

48. Cardcaptor Sakura Opening 1

My rating 9/10

47. Your Under Arrest Opening 2.

My Rating 8/10

46 Shaman King Opening 2.

Rating 8/10

45. A Certain Scientific Railgun S1 Opening 1.

Rating 8.5/10

44. Kokoro Connect Opening 1.

My rating 8.5/10

43. Snow White with the Red Hair opening

My rating 7/10

42. Gundam AGE opening 1

My rating 5.5/10

41. Digimon Tamers Opening.

My rating 9/10

40: Haibane Renmei Opening.

My rating 8/10 (Needs re-watching)

39: Kaleido Star Opening 3.

My rating 10/10

38 Martian Successor Nadesico Opening.

My rating 8.5/10

37. Toradora Opening 2

My rating 9/10

36. Gundam ZZ Opening 1.

My rating 3.5/10

35. Cardfight Vanguard Link Joker Opening 3.

My rating 6.5/10

34. Serial Experiments Lian Opening

My rating 9/10

33 Macross 7 Opening.

Rating 6/10

32. Clannad After Story Opening.

Rating 7.5/10

30. Code Geass R1 Opening 1.

Rating 8/10

29. Zeta Gundam Opening 2.

Rating 9/10

28. World Trigger Opening 2.

Rating 8/10

27. Re:Zero Opening 1.

26. Re:Creators Opening 1.

 

25. Cowboy Bebop Opening.

My rating 10/10

24. Gundam Seed Opening 3

My rating 6/10

 

23. Hakkenden Eight Dogs of the East Opening 1.

Rating 8/10

22. Nura The Rise of The Youkai Clan Opening 2.

My rating 8/10

21. Kill La Kill Opening 2.

My rating 9.5/10

20 Food Wars Opening 1.

My rating 8.5/10

19. Gundam Build Fighters Try Opening 2

18. Gundam Seed Destiny Opening 3.

My rating 4/10

17. Little Witch Academia Opening 2.

My rating 10/10

16. Kodocha Opening 1

My rating 10/10

15. Assassination Classroom Opening 4

My rating 9.5/10

14. Guilty Crown Opening 1.

My rating 1/10

13. Gundam Build Fighters Opening 2

My rating 9.5/10

12. My Hero Academia Season 2 Opening 1

My rating 8.5/10

11. Outlaw Star Opening.

My rating 9.5/10

10. Gundam X Opening 2.

My rating 9/10

9. You Lie In April Opening 1.

My rating 8.5/10

8. Little Busters Refrain Opening.

My rating 9.5/10

7. A Lull In the Sea Opening 2.

My rating 9/10

6. Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 Opening 1.

My rating 10/10

5 Gurren Lagann Opening.

My rating 9.5/10

4 Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG Opening.

My rating 9/10

3.Witch Hunter Robin Opening.

Rating 8/10

2. Wolfs Rain Opening.

My rating 8/10

1: Gundam 00 Opening 1.

My rating 8.5/10

I hope you guys enjoyed this list.

Anyway this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.

Anime that I love but have subpar dubs.

It’s no secret that I love to watch my anime dubbed. I wanted to give the English Voice Actors a chance and while I liked a lot of dubs there that some shows that I love that have disappointing to subpar dubs which some of them are flat out awful and they completely butchered the show themes, character to even the story.

With that further a do let’s begin with this list.

Digimon Adventure Season 1. 

Episodes 54

Studio Toei Animation.

My score 9/10

Dub score 3/10 

Reason. Horrible script, soundtrack and butchered story and characters.

Digimon is honestly one of my favourite anime series of all time and out of all the Kodomo shows that I watched this is one of the few animes that still holds up to this day. It the show that has a great story along with amazing character arcs that have a theme or a social topic along with the great soundtrack and characters.

The dub not so much firstly the show became more American with immediately butchered a lot of themes and characterization of the show. Also it’s was censored to death with a shitty script.

The only good thing about the dub is the voice acting with was well done.

I could say the same thing for Tamers, Frontier and Tri but I have to admit they are actually have pretty decent dubs but season 1 was the worst offender of the bunch.

Full Moon Wo Sagatashite 

Episodes 52

Studio Studio Deen

My score 10/10

Dub score 2/10

Reason: shitty acting for everyone plus it’s incomplete.

Full moon wo Sagatashite is one of best animes that I seen in recent memory. It is a great coming of age story that deals with the themes of making your life worthwhile before you pass on, enjoying your set dream to the fullest etc. Great characters along with a beautiful soundtrack. Eternal Snow is one of the best songs I have in fiction.

However the dub didn’t do the show any justice as it was plagued with awful and forced acting for everyone. Plus they made Mitsuki more like a bitch in the dub compare to her soft nice and inconstant little girl who just wanted to achieve her dream in the sub.

Am glad they pulled the dub in the second half because that dub was dreadful.

Gatchaman Crowds.

Episodes: 25

Studio: Tatsunoko Production.

My score 8/10

Dub score 2.5/10

Reason Miscast for Hajime and Rui, Subpar and forced acting 

I personally liked Gatchaman Crowds despite its flaws mainly Insight but if there’s one thing I cannot stand about Gatchaman Crowds is the dub.

Hajime may be kinda of a Mary Sue but the dub made it her even more of a Mary Sue as she preachs a lot more in the dub not to mention her engeric noise really got in my nerves very quickly.

As for Rui he sounds more like a bitchy girl in the dub who seriously has health issues. Even tho Rui was my favourite gatchaman crowds characters the voice actor for Rui made him a lot weaker compare to his sub counterpart.

As for the others they are just so forced as hell and they really got annoying really fast.

So if your planning to watch Gatchaman Crowds just watch the sub instead.

Gundam Build Fighters.

Episodes 50 + 1 OVA

Studio Sunrise 

My score 

Gundam Build Fighters Season 1 9/10.

Gundam Build Fighters Try 4.5/10

Dub score GBF S1 4/10, GBFT 1/10

Reason: Lots of miscasts along with poor audio quality especially in Try and super acting especially in Try.

I personally loved Gundam Build Fighters mainly season 1 it had loveable characters good themes along with great visuals that has no stock footage and a amazing soundtrack.

Try on the other wasn’t that good compare to season 1 in fact is one of the weaker Gundam shows that I watch. It’s not awful like the 00 Movie, Seed Destiny or Victory Gundam but it was just a average Gundam show that disappointed me with less 2d characters along with asspulls, plot armor, Wing level of stock footage and soundtrack that gets reused.

Also the Build Fighters Try Island Wars is awful and I consider it to worse than Seed Destiny.

The dub for Build Fighters S1 is Mediocre at best and while it had some characters with good voice acting many for them just felt flat. Sei voice was the worst one of the bunch as he sounds more like a baby in the dub compare to the more mature and determined counterpart in the dub. Reiji voice sounded too old and out of place for a young man. However this is tamed compare to the dub for Build Fighters Try. 

The dub for Gundam Build Fighters Try is downright fucking horrendous. It features a lot of shitty voice acting along with a awful audio quality.

Everyone in the dub either sound like a dumbass or a wooden edgylord.

Sekai voice is just disgusting to listen as it was so forced. Not saying that Sekai was a good character or anything in fact his is the worst character in the build fighters universe and the dub manages to make him even more insufferable with his Gary Sue bullshit that rivals Kira Yamato not to mention he’s a idiot who has no interest of the sport or hobby of Gunpla whatsoever. All he wants to do its just smash things with is Build Burning Gundam without giving a second thought about his health and condition of his Gunpla. Even Shin Asuka is better written than this Reiji hack.

Back to topic.

Yeah the first season dub is kinda mediocre that can be enjoyed but the one for try is one of the worst dubs I have experience in anime.

K-On!

Episodes: 40 + 1 Movie

Studio: Kyoani 

My score 8.5/10

Dub score 3/10

Reason: Miscasts and shitty acting.

K-On may get a lot of hate of the anime community but I thought is one of best music anime that I seen.

The show may start off slow but slowly becomes one of the most enjoyable animes that I seen that is paced with great themes and characters. Not to mention the music is just wonderful to listen.

However the dub of K-On butchered the shows quality big time as there a lot of miscasts and bad acting.

It was so bad that I stopped watching K-On after the first disc.

Kodocha.

Episodes 102 (Only the first 51 episodes have been dubbed)

Studio: Studio Gallop.

My score 10/10

Dub score 4.5/10

Reason: Subpar acting with a quite a lot of miscasts along with butchered script in the dub.

There’s no secret Kodocha is my favourite anime of all time.

It has a great coming of age story of Sana slowly trying to understand the world through growing and learning important stuff such as human emotion, relationships and love. All of the characters were great and enjoyable including Fuka. People may hate Fuka but I personally loved her as she made Sana a stronger character by messing around the relationship with Sana and Akito and Sana learning what is like to have your boyfriend being taken away from your good friend. Not to mention she has a more purpose than the likes for Shirley from Code Geass where she mostly exists to lick on Lelouch dick without any reason. 

The soundtrack and the Japanese voicing of Kodocha is just beautiful and well acting.

This hurts me but I thought the dub kinda sucks

Firstly many of the English voice acting just got tiring after a while with many of the characters sounded stuff. Also the script is a major downgrade compare to the Japanese version as it likes to censor a lot of themes and social topics.

As much I hate to this but Laura Bailey as Sana is worst lead role. Laura Bailey as Maka and Tooru may be bad but my god Laura Bailey as Sana was just disappointingly bad. Her Sana just sounds so forced and uncomfortable. I know many people like Laura as Sana but I was just disappointing with her performance compare to Shizue Oda as Sana who does much better job as Sana hyperactive personally.

As for the others were are decent at best.

If there the show needed to be Redub it would Kodocha done by Blue water studio or even better Viz Media or BangZoom.

The only reason why am even buying the DVDS for this even tho are out of print is because I a big fan of series and I personally like buying out of print anime.

Say if you want to watch Kodocha watch it sub or wait for a re-dub sometime in the future.


Little Busters.

Episodes 39 + 1 OVA

Studio J.C Staff

My rating 9.5/10

Dub 2/10

In my opinion Little Busters is the best thing from Key.

It has great character arcs filled with great themes exploration. The characters were a very likeable and a great improvement over Clannad and Kanon. The visuals and soundtrack to the acting was just great.

Sadly like Kodocha it suffered from a very weak dub but it’s nowhere nears a bad as the Gatchaman Crowds dub.

Many of the English voices just sounded forced and at times they butchered the character arc due to lacklustre acting and emotion. Not to mention it has lot of miscasts. 

Like with Kodocha I was really disappointed with the dub and now on I will just stick with sub if am planning to re-watch this series.


Madoka Magica.

Episodes 12 + 3 Movies

Studio Shaft

My rating 8/10

Dub 4/10

I personally liked Madoka Magica despite its flaws. Good character along with a great soundtrack and themes exploration. However like with Kodocha and Little Busters it’s suffered from a weak dub that is filled with miscasts.

The only good character in the dub is Sakura everyone else sounded so forced and wodden.

Madoka Magica should only be watched in subbed.


Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Episodes 26 + Movie 

Studio Gainax 

My rating 9.5/10

Dub 2/10

Reason. Horrendous script along with pissed poor voice acting and butchered themes.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most important animes that I seen in my life as it has great social topics along with great use of symbolism and theme exploration for every character. The visuals while dated it’s impressive and good looking. Also the soundtrack is just amazing fits the tone of the series perfectly along wit great voice acting sub version.

However the dub is horrendous that is plagued with butchered themes, abysmal dub script, cringeworthy voice acting and audio quality.

Everyone sounded awful.

If your planning to watch Evangelion just stick with the sub and avoid the dub like a fucking plague.


Slayers
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Episodes 104

Studio. J.C Staff

My rating 9/10 minus Revolution and Evolution R

Dub rating 3.5/10.

Reason. Forced acting along with no emotion.

Am going to say this right now Slayers I one of the best fanasty animes I seen. The story was good and enjoyable along with great and funny characters. The sub is just great and well acted especially Lina. 

The dub on the other other hand didn’t age well for me. G Gundam and Outlaw Star may be cheesy for some people but least those shows had a excuse and they gotten better as those shows progressed while Slayers didn’t because most of the voice acing in the dub got really stale after since there was no real range of emotion.

The Japanese Seiyuu who voiced Lina did a wonderful job portraying her character well that is filled with emotion and range while the in the dub she always sounded the same in every scene completely butchering her character emotions.

As for the others they just so flat and annoying especially Amelia in the dub.

It’s best to watch Slayers subbed.


Soul Eater
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Episodes 51

Studio Bones

My rating 7.5/10

Dub score 4/10

Reason. Lots of Miscasts and forced acting in the dub.

I personally liked Soul Eater it has a good character cast along with great fights and a good soundtrack.

The only other thing I don’t like about Soul Eater minis that bullshit ending is the dub.

Like the dub of Kodocha and Little Busters I was really disappointed with it due to mediocre acting that somehow made some of the characters more annoying than they sub counterparts.

Maka is more annoying and more  hypocritical in the dub while Black Star is more annoying in the dub even tho his my favourite character in Soul Eater and I really liked him a lot in the sub. However his charm has been thrown out of the window in the dub.

So yeah its best to watch Soul Eater subbed for the better experience.

So that’s my list of animes that I loved but have weak dubs.

What animes do you love but have subpar dubs?

Please leave a comment below because I want to see what anime that you loved but have bad dubs.

Anyway this has been Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I see you guys next time. 

Kurata’s Offical Guide To Gundam.

Do you want to get started with Gundam then you come to the right place, my friend?

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The Gundam series is one of the longest running franchise in anime and it’s still going today.

The franchise started on April 7, 1979, as an anime TV series called Mobile Suit Gundam or Gundam 0079 which was revolutionary in that it defined the real robot genre of anime by featuring giant robots in a militaristic war setting.

The popularity of the first TV series and the merchandising that followed spawned a franchise that has come to include works released in numerous media. Titles have appeared in the form of multiple television series and OVAs, movies, manga, novels, and video games. The franchise has also led to the creation of one of the biggest toy and hobby franchises in the Japanese toy industry.

With that all that said and done Hello everyone this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and welcome to my official Gundam guide.

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Universal Century Timeline.

The Universal Century or U.C timeline for Gundam is honestly the best timeline for newcomers to get into Gundam itself. The Universal Century Timeline will give you a proper view of what Gundam is really all about and overall it’s the most professionally made Gundam Timeline out of everything that is Gundam. And when you eventually make your way into Alternate Universes of Gundam that are Outside the Universal Century, you will be able to spot key elements that were adapted *from* the Universal Century Timeline in Other Gundam Universes as well.

The Universal Century timeline of Gundam consists of multiple anime to watch.

You can watch the U.C Gundam in this order

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Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin (Still airing)

Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 TV series or Movie Trilogy

Mobile Suit Gundam 08th M8 Team OVA

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in The Pocket OVA

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory OVA

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam TV

Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam (Skip episode 1 and go straight to episode 2 because episode 1 is just a recap of 0079 and Zeta Gundam)

Mobile Suit Gundam Char ‘Counterattack Movie

Gundam Thunderbolt.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA or Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 TV series.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91 Movie

Mobile Suit Victory Gundam

Gundam Reconguista in G

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Out of all of the Gundam shows in the Universal Century timeline, there are some things to note with 3 Gundam anime from the U.C Timeline.

The first is being ZZ Gundam. Zeta Gundam is a very cruel and dark Gundam anime especially in the last quarter of the show. ZZ Gundam, however, takes the usual style of Gundam and does a complete 180 with it.the series became dark in the end.

However, the second half is much darker.

I personally found ZZ Gundam to quite decent.

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The Next one is F91 which was meant to be a TV series due to Bandai saying no to Tomino he was forced to make it as a movie instead of a 50 episode TV series.

Sadly the movie was too short for its own good and they became a rushed mess. Go read the manga and don’t bother witha F91 movie at all.

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The third one is Victory Gundam.

You thought Zeta Gundam was dark Victory Gundam is very dark and brutal from start to finish with characters dying left and right in almost every episode.

To be honest I consider Victory Gundam to be the weakest U.C show because while the first half was pretty entertaining and enjoyable the second half starting from episode 29 is awful. Bad looking visuals, characters die left or right no reason, most of the characters became annoying mainly the females and creepy and it has some of the worst written/direction I have ever seen in my life (*Cough end of Episode 38*) I highly recommend avoiding watching that show unless you want to get depressed or even offended.

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An example of Victory Gundam atrocious writing in the second half.

Alternatively, once you finish watching Unicorn and Thunderbolt go watch Turn A and G Reco instead of F91 or Victory.  You will thank me later.

Only watch Victory Gundam once you finish the rest of the U.C Gundam shows minus Turn A and G Reco.

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One more thing Gundam Recongutsia in G has a large time skip from the end of Victory. Taking place over 800 Years past Victory, and way after the Universal Century Timeline itself came to an end. But it is still very much canon to the events of the Universal Century, and this is made very apparent with what happens in the series. But with this anime, in particular, you have to make sure to PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION to the dialogues and what is going on. If you miss even a single bit of dialogue, it is very easy to get lost in the story. But thankfully, the story does become easier to follow as the anime progresses. But I’m just warning you about it now, in advanced. I personally liked G Reco for what it is.

In short start off with Mobile Suit Gundam 0079, and make your way down the list as you finish that anime and move onto the next one, all the way to G Reco.

Now once you get through all of that, you may ask: “Wow! So….where do I go next?”

Once you finish up the Universal Century Timeline (and G-Reco), you are then able to check out all of the Alternate Universes (A.U) and Spin-Off Series that exist in the Gundam Metaverse as well. These Alternate Universes and Spin-Off Series have absolutely nothing to do with the Universal Century Timeline; story wise. But they are heavily inspired and derive a lot of their source material off of things from the Universal Century. To be honest, after you finish up the U.C. Timeline, you’re pretty much a free bird meaning you can watch any Alternative Universe Gundam show you want without any problems.

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The best A.U show that I highly recommend checking out as your first A.U Gundam show is 00 it’s easily the best mainstream Gundam series out there.

The four mainstream Gundam shows out so far are its follows.

Gundam 00.

Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans.

Gundam Seed.

Gundam Wing.

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Gundam 00 takes place in the Anno Domini Timeline; which is currently the timeline we live in right now, except way into the future. The interesting thing is, the Universal Century Timeline also at one point took place in Anno Domini before it became “Universal Century”. It’s said to be between 2055 and 2134 or something like that. Gundam 00, however, is in the year 2300’s. So, that’s Hundreds of Years past anything Universal Century had.

There are some things that you should consider while watching Gundam 00.

To start off-season 1 of 00 was just great from start to finish. It had great theme exploration of war and the characters, world building, and visuals were just amazing.

00 S2 is good for what it was but wasn’t at the same level as season 1 of 00. You will most likely notice this from your watch though since most 00 fans acknowledge this openly.

There is a Gundam 00 Movie Sequel “Awakening of the Trailblazer” which you should skip at all cost due to how lackluster it was. 00 fans really don’t like that movie.

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Next, we have Gundam Wing which has a very interesting fanbase and to be honest.

Gundam Wing is kinda overrated in my opinion.

Gundam Wing is kinda of a decent Gundam by itself but it had problems such a bad pacing, in the beginning, the wing boys are barely 2 dimensional, has a lot of stock footage and it had that stupid overkill formula.

Even tho I give Gundam Wing a 4/10 in my review I still recommend this title for anyone who wants to a watch a Gundam show from the 90s. You might like it and enjoy it but as for me, I wasn’t a fan of Wing.

(Updated I give Gundam Wing a 6/10 despite its problems that I have with it).

It has a squeal called Gundam Wing Endless Waltz which improves a lot of things from the TV series but it still had its fair share of flaws.

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Next, we have Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans which just finished airing in 2017 with 2 seasons.

Iron-Blooded Orphans has recently gained the love or hate reputation by many Gundam fans from the respective fan-bases.  Some say it’s a great entry to the Gundam franchise other say it was a train-wreck.

For me, Iron-Blooded Orphans is a pretty good entry to the Gundam franchise. While I prefer 00 over it Iron-Blooded Orphans still a solid Gundam show in my opinion. It has its problems such as confusing world building in the earlier parts of S1, the second half of S2 was kinda rushed and not all of the characters were properly fleshed out.

Iron-Blooded Orphans in my opposition is a fun and an enjoyable Gundam show.

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What about Gundam Seed. Is that show even worth watching at all? Yes and no.

Why do I say this?

Well, you see Gundam Seed as well as the cosmic timeline has a notorious reputation from many Gundam fans for being a mess that has many problems such as lots of stock footage, very hit or miss characters and meh mecha designs that sometimes can be unoriginal etc.

The first Gundam Seed is not a masterpiece or awful it’s just above average that has great moments every now and them but it has its issues. I personally give Seed S1 a 6/10 and as it’s my guilty pleasure Gundam show.

However, I cannot say the same thing about its squeal which is called the Forbidden Gundam show by many Gundam fans myself included and that show is Gundam Seed Destiny.

Am going to be straight honest with you know Gundam Seed Destiny is easily the worst Gundam show that has ever been released so far. It has a tonnes of problems such as meanless war, awkward tone shifts,, an unlikable MC who goes by the name of Shin Asuka who is always angry, has emotional problems and has idiotic ideas that make no sense at all, has more stock footage than freaking scooby doo and the show has the most unoriginal Gundam designs ever made. Looking at you Destiny Gundam.

You’re only going to a massive headache while watching it If you’re curious about it, you can check it out but watch it with friends with the HD remaster version or the Movies because watching this alone is a really painful experience that no one should suffer through by themselves.

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Lucky There is One Gem out of the Cosmic Era that got itself a 3 Episode OVA called Gundam SEED Stargazer C.E.73. This is probably the Best Anime Adaptation so far that the Cosmic Era has ever received. When Gundam Seed & mainly Gundam Seed Destiny did so many things *wrong*, Stargazer did so many things *right* that it’s like you’re almost watching a completely different Gundam Series entirely! I seriously wish it was more than just 3 Episodes, I want to see MORE out of it! That’s how much I enjoyed it! And I’m willing to bet that you will too.

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Gundam X is a good Gundam show that I highly recommend to anyone despite being cut down to 39 episodes due to poor ratings in Japan. Gundam X is basically a “What-If” Universal Century Timeline and takes a lot of elements from the U.C. Timeline and kinda changes them around in its own way. It’s not part of the official U.C. Timeline in any way, shape, or form. But it re-imagines it from a different perspective, and in a damn good way!

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Mobile Fighter G Gundam, may be an Oddball of the Gundam Franchise as its more of a super robot shounen anime intend of a war but do you know what G Gundam is freaking amazing and epic from start to finish with great and lovable characters that will grow on you as the series progresses and the battles and soundtrack is great and exciting. As long as you don’t take it that seriously, you will probably end up Loving this one.

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Like with Gundam Seed Gundam AGE is a controversial Gundam show. I wouldn’t recommend looking at that one until you’re more into Gundam. AGE being one of your 1st Gundam Animes is a very bad idea, cuz that will give you an even more False View on what Gundam is all about.  Despite that Gundam AGE is a decent Gundam where it only becomes great in the AGE GEN 2 arc. However, Gundam AGE kinda falls apart in the last 10 episodes as it’s almost as bad as Seed Destiny. The first 2 arcs are good and very enjoyable to watch while Gen 3 arc is mediocre at best.

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Lastly, we have the Gundam Build Fighters saga.

This one I would not recommend checking out until you’ve gotten very familiar with Gundam as a whole, and are well aware of Mobile Suits, references and Characters from all series beforehand. This whole saga is just nothing but a massive love-letter to the entirety of the Gundam Franchise.

In terms of quality, The first season of Build Fighters Absolutely FANTASTIC in almost every way possible has great characters, amazing visuals, great mecha battles that use a lot of strategy and tactics for Gunpla battles, racing etc.

Personally, this is my 2nd favorite non-U.C Gundam show as being in my 4th favorite Gundam show of all time.

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Build Fighters Try not so much.

I don’t hate it on anything but compared to S1 it’s a massive step down in a lot of areas. It’s not Seed Destiny, the second half of Victory, F91 or 00 movie levels of bad but when compared to S1 it’s kinda disappointing. On its own it’s a decent Gundam show that it has great moments every now and then but it couldn’t keep up to the greatness that is from S1.

Just like G Gundam. Do not take them seriously. Hell, they don’t even take THEMSELVES seriously. So why should you? Just wanted to clarify that last thing there, because there actually are idiots out there who hated Build Fighters and Try because they made the stupid mistake of actually trying to take them seriously.

You can buy the Gundam Blu-Ray/DVDs on theses following websites.

Gundam Blu-Rays USA. RightStuff.

Gundam DVDs USA. Rightstuff.

Gundam DVDs UK Otaku.com

 Since Anime Limited is only releasing Gundam on Blu-Ray for the UK. This is the cheapest way you can buy all the newest Gundam shows on DVD. However, you will need a Region Free player as all of these shows are official US releases from right stuff.

AllTheAnime Store UK (Blu-Ray Only) They sell collector editions on many Gundam shows. Only buy them if you a fan of the those Gundam shows. They can be very pricey so watch out.

I hope this helps clarify your confusion you had with the Timelines of Gundam and helps you make the right choice on what to go with.

Welcome To Gundam. 

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I hope you will enjoy what this franchise has to offer.

Hopefully, I will review all the Gundams shows in the future.

This was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.

Kurata’s Guide To Gundam.

Do you want to get started with Gundam then you come to the right place, my friend?

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The Gundam series is one of the longest running franchise in anime and its still going

The franchise started on April 7, 1979, as an anime TV series called Mobile Suit Gundam or Gundam 0079 which was revolutionary in that it defined the real robot genre of anime by featuring giant robots in a militaristic war setting. 

The popularity of the first TV series and the merchandising that followed spawned a franchise that has come to include works released in numerous media. Titles have appeared in the form of multiple television series and OVAs, movies, manga, novels, and video games. The franchise has also led to the creation of one of the biggest toy and hobby franchises in the Japanese toy industry. 


With that all that said and done Hello everyone this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and welcome to my official Gundam guide.

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Universal Century Timeline. 

The Universal Century or U.C  timeline for Gundam is honestly the best timeline for newcomers to get into Gundam itself. The Universal Century Timeline will give you a proper view of what Gundam is really all about and overall it’s the most professionally made Gundam Timeline out of everything that is Gundam. And when you eventually make your way into Alternate Universes of Gundam that are Outside the Universal Century, you will be able to spot key elements that were adapted *from* the Universal Century Timeline in Other Gundam Universes as well.

The Universal Century timeline of Gundam consists of multiple anime to watch. 

You can watch the U.C Gundam in this order

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Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin (Still airing)

Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 TV series or Movie Trilogy 

Mobile Suit Gundam 08th M8 Team OVA

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War In The Pocket OVA

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory OVA

 Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam TV

Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam (Skip episode 1 and go straight to episode 2 because episode 1 is just a recap of 0079 and Zeta Gundam)

Mobile Suit Gundam Char’Counterattack Movie

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA or Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 TV series.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91 Movie 

Mobile Suit Victory Gundam 

Gundam Reconguista in G 

Turn A Gundam

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Out of all of the Gundam shows in the Universal Century timeline, there are some things to note with 3 Gundam anime from the U.C Timeline. 

The first is being ZZ Gundam. Zeta Gundam is a very cruel and dark Gundam anime especially in the last quarter of the show. ZZ Gudnam, however, takes the usual style of Gundam and does a complete 180 with it and the series became dark in the end.

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The Next one is F91 which was meant to be a TV series due to Bandai saying no to Tomino he was forced to make it as a movie instead of a 50 episode TV series.

Sadly the movie was too short for its own good and they became a rushed mess. Go read the manga and don’t bother with an F91 movie at all.

The third one is Victory Gundam. 

You thought Zeta Gundam was dark Victory Gundam is very dark and brutal from start to finish with characters dying left and right in almost every episode. 

To be honest I consider Victory Gundam to be the weakest U.C show because while the first half was pretty entertaining and enjoyable the second half starting from episode 29 is awful. Bad looking visuals, characters die left or right no reason, most of the characters became annoying mainly the females and creepy and it has some of the worst written/direction I have ever seen in my life (*Cough end of Episode 38*) I highly recommend avoiding watching that show unless you want to get depressed or even offended. 

Alternatively, once you finish watching Unicorn go watch Turn A and G Reco instead of F91 or Victory.  You will thank me later.

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An example of Victory Gundam atrocious writing in the second half. 

 

Only watch Victory Gundam once you finish the rest of the U.C Gundam shows minus Turn A and G Reco.

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One more thing Gundam Recongutsia in G has a large time skip from the end of Victory. Taking place over 800 Years past Victory, and way after the Universal Century Timeline itself came to an end. But it is still very much canon to the events of the Universal Century, and this is made very apparent with what happens in the series. But with this anime, in particular, you have to make sure to PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION to the dialogues and what is going on. If you miss even a single bit of dialogue, it is very easy to get lost in the story. But thankfully, the story does become easier to follow as the anime progresses. But I’m just warning you about it now, in advanced. I personally liked G Reco for what it is.

 

In short start off with Mobile Suit Gundam 0079, and make your way down the list as you finish that anime and move onto the next one, all the way to Victory Gundam.

Now once you get through all of that, you may ask: “Wow! So….where do I go next?”

Once you finish up the Universal Century Timeline (and G-Reco), you are then able to check out all of the Alternate Universes (A.U) and Spin-Off Series that exist in the Gundam Metaverse as well. These Alternate Universes and Spin-Off Series have absolutely nothing to do with the Universal Century Timeline; story wise. But they are heavily inspired and derive a lot of their source material off of things from the Universal Century. To be honest, after you finish up the U.C. Timeline, you’re pretty much a free bird meaning you can watch any Alternative Universe Gundam show you want without any problems.

The best A.U show that I highly recommend checking out is Gundam as your first A.U As 00, from what I have seen, is without a doubt: THE BEST Mainstream Gundam Anime up to this point.

The four mainstream Gundam shows out so far are

Gundam 00

Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans 

Gundam Seed

Gundam Wing.

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Gundam 00 takes place in the Anno Domini Timeline; which is currently the timeline we live in right now, except way into the future. The interesting thing is, the Universal Century Timeline also at one point took place in Anno Domini before it became “Universal Century”. It’s said to be between 2055 and 2134 or something like that. Gundam 00, however, is in the year 2300’s. So that’s Hundreds of Years past anything Universal Century had.


There are some things that you should consider while watching Gundam 00.


To start off season 1 of 00 was just great from start to finish. It had great theme exploration of war and the characters, worldbuilding, and visuals were just amazing.

00 S2 is good for what it was but wasn’t at the same level as season 1 of 00. You will most likely notice this from your watch though since most 00 fans acknowledge this openly.

There is a Gundam 00 Movie Sequel “Awakening of the Trailblazer” which you should skip at all cost due to how lackluster it was. 00 fans really don’t like that movie.

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Next, we have Gundam Wing which has a very interesting fanbase and to be honest.


Gundam Wing is kinda overrated in my opinion. 

Gundam Wing is kinda of a decent Gundam by itself but it had problems such a bad pacing, in the beginning, the wing boys are barely 2 dimensional, has a lot of stock footage and it had that stupid overkill formula. 

Even tho I give Gundam Wing a 4/10 in my review I still recommend this title for anyone who wants to a watch a Gundam show from the 90s. You might like it and enjoy it but as for me, I wasn’t a fan of Wing. 

(Updated I give Gundam Wing a 6/10 despite its problems that I have with it).

It has a squeal called Gundam Wing Endless Waltz which improves a lot of things from the TV series but it still had its fair share of flaws.

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Next, we have Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans who just finished airing in 2017 with 2 seasons. 

Iron-Blooded Orphans has recently gained the love or hate reputation by many Gundam fans from they respective fan-bases.  Some say it’s a great entry to the Gundam franchise other say it was a train-wreck.

For me, Iron-Blooded Orphans is a pretty good entry to the Gundam franchise. While I prefer 00 over it Iron-Blooded Orphans still a solid Gundam show in my opinion. It has its problems such as confusing world building in the earlier parts of S1, the second half of S2 was kinda rushed and not all of the characters were properly fleshed out.

Iron-Blooded Orphans in my opposition is a fun and an enjoyable Gundam show.

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What about Gundam Seed. Is that show even worth watching at all? Yes and no.

Why do I say this?

Well, you see Gundam Seed as well as the cosmic timeline has a notorious reputation from many Gundam fans for being a mess that has many problems such as lot’s of stock footage very hit or miss characters and meh mecha designs that sometimes can be unoriginal etc.


The first Gundam Seed is not a masterpiece or awful it’s just above average that has great moments every now and them but it has its issues. I personally give Seed S1 a 6/10 and as it’s my guilty pleasure Gundam show.


However, I cannot say the same thing about its squeal which is called the Forbidden Gundam show by many Gundam fans myself included and that show is Gundam Seed Destiny. 

Am going to be straight honest with you now Gundam Seed Destiny is easily the worst Gundam show that has ever been released so far. It has a tonnes of problems such as mean less war, award tone shifts, an unlikable MC who goes by the name of Shin Asuka who is always angry, has emotional problems and has idiotic ideas that make no sense at all, has more stock footage than freaking scooby doo and the show has the most unoriginal Gundam designs ever made. Looking at you Destiny Gundam.

You’re only going to a massive headache while watching it If you’re curious about it, you can check it out but watch it with friends with the HD remaster version or the Movies because watching this alone is a really painful experience that no one should suffer through by themselves. 

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Lucky There is One Gem out of the Cosmic Era that got itself a 3 Episode OVA called Gundam SEED Stargazer C.E.73. This is probably the Best Anime Adaptation so far that the Cosmic Era has ever received. When Gundam Seed & mainly Gundam Seed Destiny did so many things *wrong*, Stargazer did so many things *right* that it’s like you’re almost watching a completely different Gundam Series entirely! I seriously wish it was more than just 3 Episodes, I wanna see MORE out of it! That’s how much I enjoyed it! And I’m willing to bet that you will too.

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Gundam X is a good Gundam show that I highly recommend to anyone despite being cut down to 39 episodes due to poor ratings in Japan. Gundam X is basically a “What-If” Universal Century Timeline and takes a lot of elements from the U.C. Timeline and kinda changes them around in its own way. It’s not part of the official U.C. Timeline in any way, shape, or form. But it re-imagines it from a different perspective, and in a damn good way!

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Mobile Fighter G Gundam, may be a Oddball of the Gundam Franchise as its more of a super robot shounen anime intend of a war but do you know what G Gundam is freaking amazing and epic from start to finish with great and lovable characters that will grow on you as the series progresses and the battles and soundtrack is great and exciting . As long as you don’t take it that seriously, you will probably end up Loving this one.

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Like with Gundam Seed Gundam AGE is a controversial Gundam show. I wouldn’t recommend looking at that one until you’re more into Gundam. AGE being one of your 1st Gundam Animes is a very bad idea, cuz that will give you an even more False View on what Gundam is all about.  Despite that Gundam AGE is a decent Gundam where it only becomes great in the AGE GEN 2 arc. However, Gundam AGE kinda falls apart in the last 10 episodes as its almost as bad as Seed Destiny. The first 2 arcs are good and very enjoyable to watch while Gen 3 arc is mediocre at best.

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Lastly, we have the Gundam Build Fighters saga.

This one I would not recommend checking out until you’ve gotten very familiar with Gundam as a whole, and are well aware of Mobile Suits, references and Characters from all series before hand. This whole saga is just nothing but a massive love-letter to the entirety of the Gundam Franchise. 

In terms of quality, The first season of Build Fighters Absolutely FANTASTIC in almost every way possible has great characters, amazing visuals, great mecha battles that use a lot of strategy and tactics from gunplay battles, racing etc. 

Personally, this is my 2nd favorite non U.C Gundam show as being in my 4th favorite Gundam show of all time. 

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Build Fighters Try not so much.

I don’t hate it on anything but compared to S1 it’s a massive step down in a lot of areas. It’s not Seed Destiny, Second half of Vicory, F91 or 00 movie levels of bad but when compared to S1 its kinda disappointing. On its own it’s a decent Gundam show that it has great moments every now and then but it couldn’t keep up to the greatness that is from S1.

Just like G Gundam. Do not take them seriously. Hell, they don’t even take THEMSELVES seriously. So why should you? Just wanted to clarify that last thing there, because there actually are idiots out there who hated Build Fighters and Try because they made the stupid mistake of actually trying to take them seriously.

You can buy the Gundam Blu-Ray/DVDs on theses following websites.

Gundam Blu-Rays USA. RightStuff.

Gunam DVDs USA. rightstuff.

Gundam DVDs UK Otaku.com

 Since Anime Limited is only releasing Gundam on Blu-Ray for the UK. This is the cheapest way you can buy all the newest Gundam shows on DVD. However, you will need a Region Free player as all of these shows are official US releases from right stuff.  AllTheAnime Store UK (Blu-Ray Only) They sell collector editions on many Gundam shows. Only buy them if you a fan of the those Gundam shows. They can be very pricey tho so watch out

AllTheAnime Store UK (Blu-Ray Only) They sell collector editions on many Gundam shows. Only buy them if you a fan of the those Gundam shows. They can be very pricey so watch out.

I hope this helps clarify your confusion you had with the Timelines of Gundam and helps you make the right choice on what to go with.

Welcome To Gundam.

I hope you will enjoy what this franchise has to offer.

Hopefully I will review all the Gundams shows in the future.

This was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time