It made perfect sense from the standpoint of the first "Mobile Suit Gundam" series, the whole point was that a colony of innocents was suddenly assaulted by an enemy force, and with most of the earth forces wiped out, they had to depend on a youngster of pure talent for their survival, and in fact those type of situations do sometimes arise in war (also, you got to remember that giant robot shows were aimed at boy audiences, so kids were invariably the operator to help the audience identify with the hero--Mobile Suit Gundam kind of stood at the transition between these earlier shows and later more serious space opera). Unfortunately, they turned the hothead teenager into a cliche for subsequent "Gundam" series.Originally Posted by BrendaBat
My list for underrated anime:
"Monster Rancher". The RC Cola of the mon shows, too many dismissed it as a "Pokemon" or "Digimon" clone instead of actually watching the show and appreciating its intriguing characters and dramatic storyline.
"Zoids". Could have easily become the new "Gundam" franchise with a bit better luck. The first two seasons had a very dramatic storyline, the third season rebooted with revved up action and great comedy. And the exotic world of Zee was practically a character in itself. Too bad a terrible fourth series deep-sixed it.
"Samurai Pizza Cats". A great, great comedy.
"Gunbuster". This, not Evangelion, is the great Gainax giant-robot series.
"Jungle Book". Unlike the Disney version, this has great drama, such as the episode in which Mowgli stays with his foster grandfather as he sees his final sunrise.
"Irresponsible Captain Tylor". A very funny series that spoofs anime space opera and about everything else in sight.
"Magic Project S". Its banishment to subbed-only Hades hid the fact that it is just about the most laugh-out loud series from the "Tenchi" multi-verse, with a couple of surprisingly touching moments.
"Read or Die". It really ought to be a runaway success. Seldom has a great musical score, great action, tragedy, farce and downright homey moments been weaved together so seamlessly. Meant to be a knockoff of James Bond, and yet very anti-James Bond in that the heart of the story is really people and their relationships. And unlike many animes, the story hangs together for a great ending.