9/11 shook the world as we knew it and changed life forever. Countries all over the world reassessed their security provisions and forces to meet the challenges of the new environment.
9/11 also affected pop culture everywhere. Many television shows, movies, comics and books started playing off current events ad nauseam.
The successful Mobile Suit Gundam franchise followed suit in 2007 with its own take, entitled Mobile Suit Gundam 00 which ran for two seasons. A cinematic sequel was released in 2010 — Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer.
There were also video games for the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation 2.
Wild unrelenting battles and non-stop action are hallmarks of the series. The year is 2307 AD. Mankind has used up all of its fossil fuels and now relies on solar energy to power its cities. The shift in power has the rich and poor nations battling it out for access to the solar power collectors which orbit the Earth.
The Celestial Being strike force is created to maintain order between the nations. They bring a swift end to any aggression anywhere on Earth. The Celestial Being’s weapons are, of course, Gundam battle armor technology.
The rise of Celestial Being results in backlash from nations on Earth, who brashly question their motives and their authority to police the planet in the first place.
Before you can say – “We are Gundam!” – a war breaks out between Celestial Being and the United Nations Army.
During the rare lulls in the action there is lots of behind-the-scenes politics. Relationships and maneuverings of the Gundam Meisters also play a key role in the story as well.
The Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition OVA DVD set from Right Stuf Anime contains the first three episodes. It lays the groundwork for an expansive and often complicated story. It isn’t as bad as Game of Thrones but you must pay close attention to all of the relationships as they evolve.
What differentiates Mobile Suit Gundam 00 from other Gundam series is the discussion of religion. Setsuna F. Seiei, the main hero, has his faith shaken as so many on Earth use religion as a reason to war. At one point he even declares that there is no God on Earth. The definition of terrorism, what role religion plays in it and our world and meeting force with force instead of diplomacy, are themes that flow throughout Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
Although there is more action that you can fire a laser cannon at, Gundam 00 is deeply thoughtful. It even raises more questions and answers about the real world we live in.
- THE GOOD
- Lots of action
- Lots of intrigue
- Lots to ponder after it is over.
- THE BAD
- Lots of relationships to balance.
The dramatic, soap opera elements are kept to a minimum as giant robot battles rule the day. And who doesn’t like giant robot battles?