Caramelldansen Meisters

Posted by Neko Kyou in Random Fun on March 16th, 2008

Suddenly Gundam 00 feels so funny, I can’t stop myself from rolling all over the floor laughing and banging my head against the wall.

And don’t forget to check out the absolutely delicious Kyou’s version *droolz* here:

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g00 g0t g00d

Posted by Neko Kyou in Gundam on December 21st, 2007

Gundam Exia

A few weeks ago I made a post saying how/why Gundam 00 sucks, but now I’m forced to pull back some of my earlier comments because damn, it got better!

While I’m sure most would agree that Sergei is currently the most kick-ass character in the g00ey-verse (just as how most would agree that Saji and Louise are nothing more than annoyance that leeches screen time to drag the episode a few minutes longer so far), both Graham Acre and Ali al-Serges have slowly faded away (temporarily, just to make way for Sergei to show off his awesomeness, I’m sure).

And the Meisters actually got some character development time! Sure, the Meisters only developed their emo-selves, but still development nonetheless.

Apparently, the Meisters names as we know it are all fakes. That explains “Lockon Stratos” to some degree 😛 At least we now know he wasn’t born to be a sniper, but a name he later on took up. Now I’m curious as to what the F. in Setsuna’s name stands for… I can think of a few but none are pleasant enough to be mentioned and they are all variations of the same “F” word.

Some Truth Behind the Meisters

Setsuna F. Seiei isn’t really a Japanese like his name might imply. He’s really a Kurdish (but you can’t really tell nationalities or even race in anime most of the time) by the name of Kamal Mazirif. Okay so I no longer have a gripe with his name. I do have a gripe that he just easily divulged top secret information to Marina that easily. Tiera would have a field day if he found out.

Setsuna F. Seiei aka Kamal Mazirif

Lockon Stratos really is Neil Dylandy, an Irish who lost his parents in a terrorist attack. However, it seems that he had (or rather, still have) an evil twin brother. Still not much is known except for what he had revealed to Felt.

Allelujah probably has the most interesting story so far. He is very likely a HRL citizen since he came from the same lab as Soma, a fellow genetically advanced human (aka 00-NewTypes). And, he has a second personality, Hallelujah, the Mr. Hyde of Allelujah Haptism.

As for Tieria, I’ve always regarded Tiera as a she-male and now Sunrise has decided to prove that theory with Nadleeh:

Gundam Nadleeh

Google “Nadleeh” if you don’t know what it means yet.

Other than being a she-male, Tiera seems to have an ability to hack into systems using his mind or something, which is shown when his eyes starts to glow colorfully like the shiny part of a CD that’s reflecting light.

Veda Veda Veda

Right now I’m most curious about Veda. It’s easy to assume that Veda is a supercomputer with some degree of AI, but what exactly is Veda, what makes it so special and why are the Celestial Beings following Veda’s orders?

Did Veda came up with the Gundam designs? At this point, I would believe that it might have something to do with them. After all, its obvious that the Meisters were picked out by Veda.

With the appearance of Nadleeh, I think it’s only a matter of time before the other Gundam starts revealing that there are more to them than meets the eye. So far I can only guess that Exia’s complete form would look something like Destiny (well, makes sense, especially when you compare both pilots) capable of producing some sort of “Wings of Light” as shown near the end of the OP animation.

Gundam Exia

Possible Hint towards “Final Form” Exia?

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4th Day of an Anime Christmas

Posted by Neko Kyou in Random Fun on December 17th, 2007

On the 4th day of Christmas, my anime gave to me…

Gundam 00

4 Brand New Gundam.

Gundam 00 (aka g00ey) first few episodes did not impress me at all. While many others had praised it, I found it to be sucky and downright poor. Even Gundam Seed Destiny’s first impression was better.

But in later episodes I began to find a strange appeal to the very overpowered Gundams, especially in the latest few episodes. The Meister’s are beginning to push their Gundams more as they are backed into a corner and the struggle that was lacking earlier on finally forces some character development to take place among the emo pilots.

The Meisters aside, the Gundams are cool. And if they can continue to come up with surprises such as the one below, it’s only going to get better.

Gundam Nadleeh

“Surprise! I am a she-male after all!”

I know I make fun of g00ey a lot, but seriously, it’s much better than I expected and is definitely memorable. How often do you see a Gundam perform a sex-change (or at least, turn into another unit) in front of your very eyes? :)

12 Days of an Anime Christmas thus far…

Don’t forget to check out what the others have posted up for today:

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Reasons to Watch Gundam 00

Posted by Neko Kyou in Gundam on November 23rd, 2007

Back to my previous post on why Gundam 00 sucks, this time I’ll give 10 7 5 a few reasons why you should watch it.

Celestial Beings are over-powered

With the exception of the 3 ship alliance in Gundam Seed Destiny (and they can hardly be called new and inexperienced in mobile suit wars), Celestial Beings are to my knowledge the first ever organization with Gundams that pwned everyone from the very beginning.

The Gundams are simply in a different league mainly due to the mobile suit itself as shown by the battles between Setsuna against either Graham Acre or Ali Al-Serges. It gives you a sense of excitement to see just how powerful a Gundam is even when compared to the latest prototype any of the other factions could throw at it with highly skilled and experienced pilots.

Unlike previous Gundam series as well, Celestial Beings roam around rather freely and instead of running away from certain authorities, they go to them whenever challenged and make ’em piss in their pants with the entire world watching.

Gundam 00 - Exia, Dynames, Kyrios, Virtue

This style reminds me of the Saiyuki series, with 4 rather eccentric bastards party members who could easily pwn most enemies right from the start. Its a formula that worked really well with Saiyuki, and seems to be doing OK for g00ey.

Impressive Side Characters

Graham Acre, Ali al-Serges, Sergei Smirnov and Wang Liu Mei (just for being pretty 😛 ).

Gundam 00 - Graham Acre, Ali Al-Serges, Sergei Smirnov, Wang Liu Mei

Graham Acre is the elite of the elite in my opinion. Not only is he a superb pilot, he’s just brimming with confidence and a little bit gung-ho. His only drawback is his obsession with Gundam thats a little too much over the top.

Ali al-Serges is even more crazier than Graham Acre, and also more mysterious. From what I can make out so far, he seemed to be behind the war which we saw Setsuna fighting as a child at the opening of the series. He also apparently influenced many children to murder their family and join his cause to fight for their God. He’s charismatic in a sense, but Ali al-Serges is holding back a lot more than what we or Setsuna knows.

My first impression of Sergei Smirnov was that he’s your usual heartless, hardheaded military top official who follows orders without questioning them. But I was wrong, he seemed to be the most compassionate of the entire Gundam 00 cast. If only he had a cooler suit than that poor excuse of scrap metal.

Wang Liu Mei caught my attention from the very first episode. She had that deep mysterious aura that pulls you in, although so far other than sitting there and looking pretty, she had contributed pretty much nothing for the plot. But hey, she’s great at sitting (or standing) around looking good 😀

Are the Gundam and Veda Alive?

Another reason that compelled me to watch the episodes one after another right now is to find out the secret behind the Gundam and the GN Particles. The Meisters often calls out to their Gundam as if talking to them and telling them what to do or what they are going to do. I’ve never seen any pilot “talking” to their MS and I’m really curious about the reason behind it.

This is especially so with Veda, which appears to be Sumeragi’s computer. Looks to me as if all those “Sumeragi’s predictions” are really Veda’s predictions. Just what the heck is Veda? Allelujah also mentioned that the Meisters were chosen by none other than Veda.

While it is possible that the Meisters are just relaying information back to Sumeragi by announcing their unit and action, somehow it just feels a bit stupid to be announcing your every action when Sumeragi can see everything anyway.

Gundam 00 Sucks. Go Watch It!

Gundam 00 sucks, but in a way that would make you want to watch it, for better or worse. Am I glad I decided to watch g00? Yes, definitely. It’s actually rather fun, in a weird kind of way, at least that’s how I feel. How about you?

Haro Haro!

Haro’s #1 Reason to Watch Gundam 00 – “Haro, Haro, I’m in it! Watch out for me!”

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Gundam 00 Sucks. Go Watch it Now!

Posted by Neko Kyou in Gundam on November 14th, 2007

Gundam 00 (or g00 as I affectionally call it) is already in its 6th episode. It’s definitely not Seed or Wing and it’s without a doubt serious business.

Gundam 00

“We’re very serious. You should be, too.”

Gundam 00 has mysteriously got me hooked, having me wait anxiously every week for the latest episode. It has become one of my most anticipated weekly doses of fresh anime.

However, ask me why it’s good and you would see me pausing and hesitating for a while trying to think of an answer. Ask me what’s wrong, and be prepared to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea. It’s gonna be quite a lengthy ride.

Prominent Characters

Side characters have more depth compared to our “heroes”…

Gundam 00 has some prominent characters. Unfortunately, none of them are part of the Gundam Meisters. Sure the Meisters gets the most screen time and action. But other than Allelujah’s sudden madman outburst in episode 5 and Lockon’s conversation with his best robo-buddy Haro, there just isn’t any attraction to the Meister’s characters.

Gundam 00 Graham Acre & Ali Al-Serges

On the other hand, side characters are leaving a deeper impression. Graham Acre is possibly the most well built character so far and is much cooler than any of the Meisters. What’s even more worrying is that a new character that has just been introduced and has about 5 minutes of screen time is already becoming THE coolest cast of all – Ali Al-Serges.

In his on-screen debut mobile suit battle, he’s already pwning the great Exia who had just been upgraded with new equipments. If Setsuna can defeat an entire army on his own, and he’s getting his ass whipped by Ali, think of what Ali could do! Then again, it could just mean that Exia is an awesome suit and Setsuna just plain sucks. Either way works for Ali and against the Meister’s reputation.

Let’s not forget Sergei as well. He appears to be the most reasonable person in the entire Gundam 00 cast. If only he didn’t have to pilot that ugly mobile suit. It makes Zaku looks like a beauty contest winner.

Awesome Naming Sense

Read: Sarcasm…

Setsuna F. Seiei. First time I’ve heard a Japanese with a middle name and actually introduces himself as such. Okay, so that could happen. But it still feels weird. And let’s not even get into Saji and Kinue Crossroads (unless their father is a western).

Allelujah Haptism. Haptism? Baptism? I wonder if Sunrise took the idea from the PC game, Worms. If you’ve played the game you will definitely know of the Holy Grenade. You know, the one that goes “allelujah~” before it decimates your opponents (or yourself, as the case may be). Seeing how Allelujah did explode and went mad in episode 5, that might really be the case. Seriously… Allelujah?

Lockon Stratos. A sniper. “Locked-on stratosphere”? When Setsuna shouted for Lockon to fire in the first episode, I didnt’ even realize he was calling his name. I wonder if Celestial Being gave him the sniper Gundam, Dynames, because of his name. It’s just too twisted.

Tieria Erde. Sounds like a female name. Tieria looks like a female. Until he opens his mouth and reveals the shocking truth. “She” is a “he”. Up until the final moment in the final moment in the first episode, I’ve thought Tieria was a girl (even though I should have known when Virtue made its debut, but still the realization never hit me until Tieria was out of the suit).

Return of the NewTypes

Gundam 00

And I thought they threw it out together with the Zaku’s…

Allelujah and Soma obviously shares some kind of connection resembling the NewType ability to sense each other’s presence. But that’s not where it ends, the ability gets an upgrade now that both people could enter each other’s mind and communicate directly via telepathy.

Graham Acre is Gay

Especially when he steps into his Flag…

He’s so passionately obsessed with Exia that the only explanation I can think of is that he’s gaying with the Gundam. He might have a thing for younger guys too, since he could so easily “sense” that Exia’s pilot is young. It just feels gay. But Graham is still cool.

Emo Pilots

Gundam 00 Gundam Meister

Picture worth a thousand words?

Have you ever seen a grouchier bunch of Gundam pilots? Okay, to be fair, Lockon isn’t that emo. He’s quite lively actually compared to the rest.

Gundam 00 Sucks?

I find Gundam 00 sucks, yes. However, I’m definitely growing to like it as well. As I did this rant I came to realize some of the reasons why Gundam 00 has increasingly grab my interest with each passing episode. But that is a story for another day…

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