Episode 1-2 Impressions: Gundam: G no Reconguista

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Surging through the skies is not a bird or a plane, but a mobile suit. Gundam is back, and Tomino’s involvement has all Gundam fans ready to suit up. Given the variety in the multiple Gundam verses, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, a double episode premiere was sure to shed light on where this show is headed.

e1gundamgnoreconguista1Synopsis
The year is R.C. 1014 (Regild Century). Bellri Zenam is a cadet in the Capital Guard, a unit dedicated to protecting the Capital Tower. This tower serves as an orbital elevator that supplies the Earth with energy from space. His first non-simulation exercise gets interrupted when Aida Rayhunton, a beautiful space pirate, takes the unit hostage with her “G-self” suit. After an all-out space battle, Bellri manages to capture Aida. However, the G-Self seems to respond to Bellri as well. A suit that usually only responds when Aida is the pilot.

The second episode shows the logical aftermath of Aida’s capture. The space pirates, having lost one of their own, attack the Capital Guard which triggers the first large-scale battle. Bellri and his comrades rush to retrieve Aida from the now destroyed prison. Aida, still loyal to her fellow pirates, tries to take the G-Self from Bellri’s control. But in the heat of the moment, Bellri kills Aida’s captain, Cahill. Beloved among the Amerian people, the political implications of his demise are sure to be troublesome…

e2gundamgnoreconguista2Thoughts
Being quite the Gundam fan myself, I must say I’m incredibly relieved. From the classic “Bright slap” to mobile suit cameos from previous eras… Long-time Gundam fans could definitely enjoy several recognizable aspects. However, I must stress that previous knowledge of Gundam isn’t required to tag along for this one. It’s a standalone series that, so far, has other selling points. The 80’s style animation certainly differentiates it from most modern anime when it comes to approach. That blatant choice of style is strengthened by the old school OST and sound effects.

e1gundamgnoreconguista3The characters are what we can expect from Gundam to an extent. There’s the beautiful girl who’s bound to be a princess. The happy-go-lucky protagonist who should be a legend by the end of the series. Political and religious figures that influence the verse… All the ingredients that make Gundam what it is.

The only negative for me is the dialogue. Quite a lot of it could have been executed differently to avoid confusion. Then again, Gundam typically throws the viewers into the verse, leaving them confused until later on. But all in all, a decent start for Gundam: G no Reconguista. As someone who thoroughly enjoys Gundam, I welcome this very Gundam-like Gundam show with open arms.

Episode 1: The Mysterious Mobile Suit
Episode 2: G-Self, Start Up!

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Great!

Pros:

  • Faithful to Gundam principles
  • Relatively good pacing
  • Bold old school approach that works

Cons:

  • Dialogue needs improvement

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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By offering anime and manga reviews, Ernest aims to cater to the needs of the geeky masses. After having written for various platforms including KissAnime, and with a perspective backed by a plethora of content, he now lends his writing skills to OtakuSpirit.