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Gundam Week: Top 5 Gundam Series

by on March 14, 2010

As mentioned before, Gundam has been around for quite some time. It has managed to produce several different series with different styles, characters, and of course mobile suits. Some left the viewers wanting more, whether it be due to a weak plot, characters you couldn’t care for, or simply because the action wasn’t entertaining. Others, however, went above and beyond what they were expected, and toonzone is here to acknowledge and celebrate those series. These five truly represent all that a Gundam series should be, kickass and awesome.

Top 5 Gundam Series

5. Mobile Suit Gundam 00

After the disaster that was Gundam Seed Destiny, the fans were certainly waiting for a series to recapture their trust with the Gundam universe. Fortunately, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 came along and delivered all they could ask for and more.

The concept is pretty awesome. Instead two opposing sides fighting, the private paramilitary force, Celestial Being decides that anyone who brings conflict into the world will be dealt with accordingly. This is of course easier said than done, though it doesn’t hurt that they have four (beautifully animated) Gundam’s at their disposal. The series is also great in that all four of the pilots are likable and undergo a decent amount of growth, something past series found difficult to accomplish well. While the first season is a bit slow at the start, towards the end everything kicks into high-gear and follows through in the second season. While events taking place during the series can be repetitive and, without giving too much away, the ending is a bit of a cop-out for anyone expecting a huge climax. This doesn’t stop the overall series from being a great ride, making it the fifth greatest Gundam series.

4. Mobile Fighter G Gundam

G Gundam is certainly different when it comes to what one expects of Gundam. Sure, in essence the show is about giant robots smashing each other just like every other Gundam series, but the tournament style this time around is unique. Perhaps one of the best features of G Gundam is the huge variety of Gundams. From the strangest to the coolest, G has them all and makes use of them in the best ways possible. This, of course, offers some of the best creativity with the fights too, Domon often has to think on his feet to defeat an opponent whose moves are insane, just take a look at Dragon Gundam. There is of course a plot, though in this case not deep enough to move the series higher on the list and it really kick into gear until the final act of the series. Still, it is a fun series and great watch for anyone who enjoys just some plain fun instead of having to get wrapped up in a whole lot of the emotions, making G Gundam the fourth greatest Gundam series to be made.

3. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

In terms of influence, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing certainly did a lot for the franchise in America with its premier on Toonami. Without going too far, it can easily be said that Wing is the reason Gundam has made such an impact in America. Previous series certainly failed to connect with the audience; Wing did not. This could be because of the enticing story arc that Wing brings with it, always clouded with a sense of mystery. The viewer can find themselves wondering who exactly to root for during certain points and the motivation for each of the Gundam pilots. Heero’s brutal, yet efficient effort certainly pleased the audience throughout his character arc. Of course with Wing we also get a decent mix of Gundam designs, one to please any viewer and with this we get a wide range of tactical and impulsive battles. This combined with a great range of characters and an intriguing plot makes Wing the third greatest Gundam series to be made.

2. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Zeta Gundam, like Mobile Suit Gundam, helps lay the groundwork for all future series. It is interesting to see the growth in technology between Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. The first series pits one Gundam against mobile suits, while in Zeta there are a variety of Gundams. While Kamille is a good lead character, part of what made Mobile Suit Gundam so enjoyable were the interactions between Amuro and Char. While both return for a second outing, this interpretation of Char is anemic by comparison and Amuro doesn’t enter the series until too late to be of any interest. Kamille does have a rivalry with Jerid Messa, but it is rather one-sided, with Jerid losing decidedly each time. Other than that minor detail, this series one-ups previous series in battles, which of course is due to both sides being evenly matched in terms of mobile suits, and the story is just as strong as ever making it the second greatest Gundam series to be made.

1. Mobile Suit Gundam

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the first Gundam series was decided as the best by toonzone staff members. The series is truly remarkable for its time and is able to craft an enticing story that keeps the viewers on their feet at all times. Amuro is an ideal protagonist that you want to root for, and in general it is fun watching the crew and members of White Base grow into responsible adults that have to properly deal with war. The fights become increasingly intense and the end of each episode leaves you wanting more. Mobile Suit Gundam truly sets the standard for the series that come after it, and to this day hits every element of entertainment, a true testament to its ability to withstand time.

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