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> Turn A Gundam (∀ Gundam)
Nomake Wan
  Posted: Mar 4 2013, 02:00 AM


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I was going to post this in the Gundam General thread but the last post in that thread was in 2010 and I don't feel like necroing it--especially when it doesn't list CC in its description! Hah!

Anyway, figured I'd give a review of Turn A Gundam now that I've seen all 50 episodes and the two compilation movies. I'll start with a spoiler-free review then delve into the thick of it with a spoiler tag. In my opinion it's a series good enough to warrant watching without spoilers despite having come out over a decade ago--especially seeing as most of you probably haven't seen it yet!

So without spoiling anything, don't watch the compilation movies. I'm well aware that it's incredibly tempting to do so for many reasons. For one, they're shorter! Two movies seems to be way more accessible than 50 episodes. For another thing, they were released on bluray! I was quite tempted by the movies and tried to watch them first. Huge mistake For one thing, the subtitles for the movies are taken from Hong Kong bootleg DVDs and result in some rather hilarious scenes. For instance!

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Now, as some of you know I have a pretty good grasp of the Japanese language, enough to turn the subtitles off and know what's going on. So I did just that, disabling the horrendous subtitle track and watching both movies back-to-back. What I found was that even after watching both films I was utterly in the dark about what the story was supposed to be. Nothing was explained. Stuff was thrown in randomly. Plot would progress at a jarring pace that left you often wondering how the hell you got from point A to point B. The films were just...bad.

When I watched the series I discovered this was because the movies skipped over most of the intermediate plot points. For instance, Movie I ends at episode 27. Movie II starts at episode 37/38 and skips around. There's a ten-episode gap between films that is never actually explained. One minute we're worried about nukes on Earth and the next we're at an asteroid floating in space. What!? What the hell happened here!? That's only one of the worst offenders. The fact is, the movies tried (unsuccessfully) to compress nearly 17 hours' worth of content into two two-hour-long movies. You can't do that. Even if it had gotten three movies (Mobile Suit Gundam, Gundam 00 Special Edition, etc) I feel it would still have felt rushed. That it was a Tomino series just made it that much worse. More on what I mean by that later if you don't already know.

So basically, don't bother with the movies. I know it's tempting but just don't, you'll only hate yourself or you'll think that Turn A Gundam is a terrible show and you can't figure out why so many people online seem to like it. Since that would be almost the level of a sin I am warning you now. Do not watch the movies. Watch the TV series.

Bottom-line: Turn A Gundam was amazing. It was the last Gundam series I had not seen and I don't regret watching it for a second. I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in Gundam or sci-fi Anime in general as long as you have some patience. It starts pretty slowly but once it gets going...you'll be glad you stuck with it.

Here's a download link for the series subtitled in English. If someone ever releases it domestically I will rant all day about how everyone needs to buy it but as of right now Bandai has dropped the license so the chances of that are slim to none. Thus I can without guilt point you to a reliable source and tell you to grab it and enjoy on your own.

Now that that's done, on to the more comprehensive review.

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This is one of the Gundam series I first read about from a Gundam encyclopedia book I got many moons ago and still possess. The mustache Gundam turned me off quickly but I was still curious to see what the series was about to a degree. I just never got around to checking it out. It's certainly still on my list and I may start on it once I finish off Eureka Seven. Thanks for the review.
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Definitively one of the cooler looking Gundam series out there. Thank you for the comprehensive review N1! This is totally bumping the series onto the top of my must watch list. Now I just have to find the time to watch... Are you planning on doing in depth reviews for all the different Gundam series, because that would be pretty rad. happy.gif
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Just a heads-up that this series is finally getting a well-deserved Bluray release! Previously only the (horrendous) movies were available on Bluray, and while they looked amazing...they were the movies. The first half of the TV series will be available on September 24th and the second half will be released December 25th. Merry Christmas! Have a Laura on me! cool.gif
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That's some great news, makes me wonder if one of the better groups who did some Gundam subtitling projects (Encodergasm) will work on it, that is if they're still around.
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EG supposedly retired a year ago...then spontaneously reappeared and began releasing Gundam shows as if nothing at all was the matter. Thusfar he's the only group to have properly released the blurays for the original Gundam and Gundam Wing.

So he might rehash his old release's subs for it, we'll see.
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Turn A is my second favorite gundam of the entire metaseries with Zeta retaining it's spot as my favorite. It was an incredible show. Had a really fleshed out cast and really interesting story that was honestly surprising, also THAT ART.
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ May 8 2014, 08:07 PM)
EG supposedly retired a year ago...then spontaneously reappeared and began releasing Gundam shows as if nothing at all was the matter. Thusfar he's the only group to have properly released the blurays for the original Gundam and Gundam Wing.

So he might rehash his old release's subs for it, we'll see.

I didn't even realize there were blu rays of Original Gundam, I thought the best that was out a Remastered release that was in 480p.