For starters, I expect little in the series thanks to the artwork but what made me decide to watch it is the basic plot, a series that chronicles a 100 year war starting with a robot being passed around from parent to child as the centerpiece. So is the first episode good? It exceeds my expectations.
Before talking about the good things about this series, let’s talk about the bad things about it. Namely, the artwork, granted that the series was also produced by Level-5, best known for Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven, but the artwork doesn’t convince me that the lead protagonist, Flit Asuno is a 14-year old boy. He looks more like an 8-10 year old kid. Also, the artwork is a bit cutesy, which turns me off a bit but what made me forget about my issues about the art that would be the story and the protagonist.
First is Flit, unlike most Gundam pilots that I know in which at the start of the series they either hi-jack the Gundam/accidentally got into one Gundam/trained to pilot one, he is different; he wants a trained military official to pilot the Gundam. What’s more is that asides that he created the weapon based on the blueprints his mother gave is that the only time he decided to pilot it is that they he doesn’t have any other option since there is no trained military official to pilot it! And since he made that thing, he doesn’t need to flip manuals just for him to pilot it. As for his overall personality in the first episode, he is one likable protagonist.
As for the plot, they were able to establish in the first episode that no one knows who the UE are and that they first attacked 14 years before the start of the series. Which makes me wonder, are these guys actually aliens? Or humans piloting some advance robot that looked like aliens? That kind of mystery interests me. More on the UE, I love that they are emotionless towards their comrades. As for their mecha, it looks beautiful thanks to its creepiness factor. Also, there is something in the ship captain that interests me since he reminded me of the captain back in Gundam X. Another thing that they establish in the first episode is that the Asuno clan is famed in Mobile Suit smiting and that based on one scene, it seems that they help build the first Gundam, the RX-78-2 Gundam. Hopefully, they could expand that history.
For Flit’s history, I love it. It was simple, yet it properly establishes his motivation in building the Gundam and why he is determined to stop the UE with their attacks. Now to Gundam AGE-1, the overall design reminded me of the first Gundam as for its initial functions, I say, I am quite impressed. Hopefully, we could see more of its specs in the later episodes. As for the mass produced mecha, the Genoace, it looks lame like every lead faction mass produced mecha. Seriously, why all lead grunt mechas are like that?!
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