I’m pretty sure that I watched some Gundam Wing and Gundam Seed when I was a kid, but I was never really big on Gundam so they didn’t have that much of an impression on me. However, since becoming a fan translator of the Japanese radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~ , I often hear one of its hosts, seiyuu Kamiya Hiroshi, talk about his dream-come-true role as one of the Gundam Meisters of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00 or Double 0 for short
Since I don’t understand most of the Gundam references he uses when talking about the show, I was guilty of tuning out and not really translating what he was saying. I can’t deny though that it was DGS that made me curious about Double 0, so I put it on my ultra-long to-watch list.
It wasn’t until Fall 2015 that I finally decided to watch it. Unfortunately, after just 5 episodes, I dropped it. I guess it was too intense for me at that time. After the New Year this January 2016, I finally picked it up again but I found that I couldn’t watch more than one episode at a time. The scenes reminded me too much of the recent terror attacks our world suffered recently. It literally made my chest hurt.
Then I decided to hog our family TV and watch it there, forcing my dad to watch it with me. I don’t know, but I think my family’s presence gave me courage to tough the intense terror attack scenes and I finally managed to watch the entire first season.
By the second season, I didn’t need to watch with other people anymore. Season 1 successfully absorbed me that I was literally impatient to start Season 2. After Season 2, I watched the concluding film Awakening of the Trailblazer.
My eyes have been opened! I hereby declare that I am no longer a Gundam snob! It’s presumptuous at this stage to say that I’m a Gundam fan, but I can still confidently say that I’m a Double 0 fan!
Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 🙂 (4 & 1/2 grins)
What I love about Double 0:
1. The Hot Guys
I think most of you already know that I love ogling hot anime bishies. Lockon, I love you!!! Tieria, you were a huge jerk at the beginning, but you’re the most awesome Gundam Meister to me at the end! Setsuna, you’re not my type but you’re HOT and you rock the entire series! Allelujah, you’re so nice that I sometimes want to smack you because you’re too nice. I like your other personality Hallelujah more.
2.The Seiyuu Cast
Well, if it weren’t for DGS and listening to Kamiya Hiroshi talk about Double 0, I don’t think I’ll give this series a time of my day. And oh my gosh, 3 out of 4 of the Gundam Meisters are some of my favourite seiyuu! Miyano Mamoru’s performance was phenomenal! Like seriously, Miyano totally deserved his Best Actor win for his role as Setsuna F. Seiei at the 2nd Seiyuu Awards in 2008. And of course, Kamiya Hiroshi bagged the Best Supporting Actor in the same Seiyuu Awards as Tieria Erde. As for Miki Shin’ichiro, he also won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lockon Stratos at the 4th Seiyuu Awards in 2010. Totally deserved! Not to mention that I love him as Fujiwara Takumi from my fave car racing anime Initial D. Finally, I like Yoshino Hiroyuki’s performance as Allelujah Haptism but I think I know the other 3 more than him as voice actors.
3. Great Art & Animation
l really like it! I don’t give a freak about what other hardcore Gundam fans say, but I think that the animation and art style of Gundam 00 are really great. Of course, there are some episodes where the art style and animation are inconsistent, but overall it’s a treat to watch.
4. Deep, serious & entirely possible premise (I think)
This can happen. It portrayed, in my opinion, very realistic possibilities of futuristic humanity, Earth, and space colonization. It also gave me goosebumps to watch how it mirrored the power dynamics of our current world, the reality of war, and the ugliness of human nature. Kind of like Attack on Titan when it comes to the big question of survival of the human race.
5. Awesome Music
Love all the opening and ending theme songs and of course the background music! This is the first opening theme song “Daybreak’s Hell by L’Arc~en~Ciel. Got stuck in my head for days.
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Watching this series is like reading an awesome book. Love it! I love it so much that I’m currently rewatching the entire series after watching it the first time. It sparked my interest in the Gundam franchise. I’m planning on watching the old Gundam Wing next. I tried watching Gundam Age but it’s too kiddie for my taste right now. Perhaps when I’m in a different mood, I’ll watch it.
Are you a Gundam fan? If yes, which series is your favourite? Do you have any recommendations for a Gundam newbie like me?
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Official Website (Japanese)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 RG 1/144 GN-001 Gundam Exia
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