Anime Review: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow of Zeon

U.C. 0083: Three years after the One Year War, a rogue Zeon armada known as the Delaz Fleet make their move by stealing the top-secret prototype Gundam GP02A. Rookie pilot Kou Uraki takes control of Gundam GP01 to pursue Zeon ace veteran Anavel Gato in hopes of recovering the stolen Gundam prototype.

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Plot:

Compilation movies and the Gundam franchise go hand and hand.  The original series get a trio of compilation movies after the TV ended.  The Seed series (I am including both shows here) got compilation movies.  The most recent compilation movies were for the Zeta series.  However there is one big thing that all of these shows listed have in common is that they are fairly long shows (longer than two seasons).  One of the thirteen episode OVA’s Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 also received one.  The real question that has to be asked here is does a thirteen episode OVA deserve a compilation move?

The short answer to this question is no.  However, you do not want a short answer as to why a compilation movie for this OVA series should have never been created in the first place.

With any compilation film, there needs to be that delicate balance of moving the story along and allowing some character development to occur along the way.  The biggest problem with this compilation film is that while it keeps the story moving at a brisk pace, there comes the sacrifice in terms of character development.  This makes it worse since some of the character development that is needed to show Kou developing more as a pilot and a person.

The editing is all over the place here with almost no rhyme or reason with what was left in and what was removed from the film.  A few characters just disappear without any explanation as why they are no longer there.  If you have seen the OVA series you will know why these people are not around, but if you have never watched the OVA series this can leave you scratching your head as to why these people just disappeared.  In addition, some scenes do not have any type of lead up or any type of resolution.  Again, if you have seen the OVA series you will know what is going on, but this will confuse those who have not seen the OVA before.

Art and Animation

Most of the art and animation was taken straight from the OVA series; however, it still has aged well even twenty years later.  There is a little bit of new animation at the start of the film and near the end of the film.  This new animation has aged gracefully as well.

Music and Audio

The music is the same as the TV series and still is good even twenty years later.  The same VA’s from the TV series are used for the movie though I do not know if their voices were recorded again of if they use their dialogue from the OVA.

One thing that needs to be mentioned is the subtitling for this film.  To start with, the subtitles use British English and not American English.  There also seems to be some issues with what the cast is saying and what is being said in the subtitles.  For example in an early seen the Captain of the Albion Synapse who rank is Captain is called Commander in the subtitles but the character who says his name clearly uses Captain.  Kou is misspelled as Koh and there are a few other things here and this.  Considering that, this never got an official R1 physical release I can cut some slack here with this.

Final Thoughts

While compilation movies are, a good way to watch a series that you do not have enough time to invest in and watch, this is just not one of them.  While it is only two hours in length, if you have to see this movie please watch the OVA series first otherwise you will be confused if not frustrated by the inconsistent editing and lack of starting or finish up some plot points.

Score: 1/5

Pros: It is only two hours of your time.
Cons:
Editing is inconsistent, subtitle issues, some issues with the plot threads.

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 – The Afterglow of Zeon is available for rent on the Playstation Network

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Anime Christmas Buying Guide Thing

Are you stuck wondering what to get your anime loving friend for Christmas? Obviously not, because anime fans have no friends by their very nature, but let’s just assume there’s one in your family and you’re obligated to get it something. You’re in luck, because I’ve come up with the definitive list of anime that any fan would love to get this holiday season. There are even handy links.

Number 5: Redline

Amazon: DVD , Blu-Ray

RightStuf: DVD , Blu-Ray

Number 4: Redline

Amazon: DVD , Blu-Ray

RightStuf: DVD , Blu-Ray

Number 3: Redline

Amazon: DVD , Blu-Ray

RightStuf: DVD , Blu-Ray

Number 2: Redline

Amazon: DVD , Blu-Ray

RightStuf: DVD , Blu-Ray

Number 1: Redline

Amazon: DVD , Blu-Ray

RightStuf: DVD , Blu-Ray

You may be thinking, “Oh ho, Antz. I see what you’re doing. You’re trying to really hammer in the point that we should BUY REDLINE.” You’ve completely missed the point, that’s not what I’m saying at all. I’m saying that you should buy that anime fan you somehow know five copies of Redline. Why five? One for watching, one to display on a shelf, one to lend out to people, one to do dirty unspeakable things with, and a backup just in case. “But Antz,” you may be saying, “Redline doesn’t come out until January 17th, and that’s after Christmas.” I don’t really see how that’s my problem.

Misleading articles

Note: this article is the sole opinion of OtakuAnthony and is not the opinions on Janaiblog.

Like many people these days I get my news online from sites such as CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo, etc.  However, an article that I read yesterday caught my attention for all the wrong reason.  The article is called “This is how you buy a gift for an otaku.”  Upon reading the article in full it is easy to tell that the article should be labeled “This is how you buy a gift for a weeaboo”.

Now why is this you ask?  Let me break down this article a bit into why this article is misleading.  The third paragraph talks about a USB drive by that is based on GoLion (or Voltron if you have never seen the original series) The paragraph is as follows:

“It’s hard to go wrong with a gift like a USB drive, especially since there are so many cool ones for fans of Japanese culture. For instance, the Voltron 2 GB USB drive is part pose-able toy and part storage monster, ready to transport your files with attitude. Plus, he comes with a blazing sword, which has no other function beyond making you look that much cooler. Voltron Force, go!”

Now a USB drive is never a bad idea for any computer person or an otaku.  USB flash drives a great way to do backups for things like word or excel document or some pictures.  So what is the problem with this one?  First, this is a rip off price wise.  Looking at some other sites just for USB drives shows that I can get a 2GB USB flash drive for $5.99 at Tigerdirect.  So if I can get a normal one for roughly $6.00 why should I spend $37.00 one.  Second, you are buying for the name not the product.  But if you are asking yourself what type of drive can I get the $37.00.  Well you can get this 32 GB for the same price as the 2 GB Voltron one.

I am not going to go into every little thing that the article talks about since that would take up too much of my time.  Most of the items in the article would fit in with a weeaboo, which may or may not be an otaku.  The only items in that list that an otaku would probably enjoy would the two figurines that they discuss and the overpriced calendar.  However, a person who collects figurines would probably already have them either pre-ordered or ordered already.

Therefore, now that I have talked enough about what is wrong with this article lets us talk about what you could get an otaku for the holidays or their birthday whichever comes first.  First off, gift cards or gift certificates to places that sell anime or manga is never a terrible idea if you do not know what anime titles or manga titles to get a person.  Places that sell anime like Amazon.com, Right Stuf, Best Buy, RACS are just some examples of places that sell anime and manga excluding Best Buy which does not sell manga and RACS which I believe does not have gift certificates though I could be wrong.

For those who have large DVD and BD collections there are a couple of gifts that could benefit otaku and non otaku alike.  Shelving to stores DVD’s and BD’s are great especially those like me with large collections that are growing by the week.  Those who prefer manga over anime would also enjoy have bookshelves to stores their manga on.  If you are like me and do not keep your DVD’s and BD in their cases storage wallets are great since it allows ease of access for their BD’s and DVD and they are a lot easier to take around the house or apartment then a bunch of cases.

Maybe new shelves are not what they need, but a way to play those DVD’s or BD’s they own.  Blu-ray players have come down in a price lately so getting them a player so that if they only have DVD’s but plan on upgrading to BD’s in the near future then they are set to go.

I really could go on and on about what to buy an otaku, but I will end it here.  While I appreciate CNN for their news articles and their articles on geek fandom this article on what to get otaku is misleading and can easily confuse someone into thinking that an otaku and a weeaboo are one in the same.

An anime fans thanksgiving (aka what I am thankful for as a fan)

Tomorrow if you are an US citizen or live in America it is Thanksgiving.  For everyone else happy Thursday.  Anyways we are supposed to be thankful for stuff that we have in our lives.  As a person I still do have a lot to be thankful for.  I’m thankful that I still have my parents who are supportive of me.  I am thankful that I have employment in these tough times.  However, as an anime fan I do have some stuff that I am to be thankful for this year.  Here is what I am thankful for this year:

1. I am thankful that we are still getting English dubs for some shows being released in North America.  In a perfect world all shows being released would have an English dub, but we do not live in a perfect world.  I am thankful that Funimation is still doing English dubs for the shows that they release.  I am thankful that Sentai is at least doing some dubs for their shows but A LOT less when they used to be ADV which in a way is probably for the best.

2. I am thankful that some older manga titles are being released again.  While I am grateful for Tokyopop bringing out many titles in their life, I am just as grateful if not more grateful to Kodonsha Comics for bring some of the titles that TP has released in the past and given a new life line in the English.  I am grateful that titles like Love Hina and Sailor Moon are being released again in English.

3. I am thankful for legal streaming.  Okay, so I do not really use legal streaming options because my laptop cannot stream well at all, but I am thankful that there are more legal options then there were ever before to watch anime.  This is great because not only can fans shows that either have never gotten an official physical release outside of Japan, but also watch the newest shows that come out of Japan each and every season.  Sure not every show being release is given a legal option but more shows than ever are given this option.

4. I am thankful for premium releases.  Times are tough for everyone including me; however, I am thankful that a few companies still put out premium releases these days.  Funimation has been doing this with the LE sets. Aniplex of America has been doing this with some imports and sets with a good amount of extra.   Nozomi does this with nice art boxes and some type of booklet about the series.  NISA does this with their first run of a series with a huge box and large book about the show.

2012 & Third Impact: This Time For Sure!

 

Uh oh ..... Pull shade ..... draw curtains.

2012 & Third Impact: This Time For Sure!

October 21 has come & gone & it looks as if Harold Camping is wrong again (He has since retired & now says no one can know the time …..). No rapture. No armageddon. No world destruction.

And for us Evangelion fans, no Third Impact! As for me, good!

But wait! There is 2012. When the Mayan calender ends. Even though there are no indications that something would happen there has been much speculation about ….. THE END (Roll credits.). It’s all bullcrap but then again what a better time for Third Impact to happen.

So, when the ball drops on New Years’ & “Guy Lombardo” strikes up the band (Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s later. possibly 12-21-12. Can’t be too careful though.), be on the lookout for any hovering, blue haired, Japanese albino schoolgirls in the vicinity. Do whatever you can to avoid physical contact. Fight, run, hide, whatever. Just don’t let her get close enough to touch you. You may not like what will happen if you do. That’s my advice to you, take it or leave it.

So there …..

OK, so much for that. I can only hope somebody takes this warning to heart. I can only do so much to …..

Awww ….. Nooo! Not you ….. AGAIN?!. It’s not even Thanksgiving let alone New Years’. Why are you always picking on ME?! We’ve been through this ….. how many times already? Twice. Yeah, two times before & both times I’ve rejected Instrumentality & came back. The last time what was left of me dribbled under the front door & I rematerialized outside my apartment. BUTT NEKKID! Have you any idea how embarrassing that is? (Good thing the door was unlocked.) Come to think of it I don’t think you would …..

Look ….. kid. I don’t want Instrumentality. Really, I don’t. I don’t wanna be one with the greater “whatever”. I don’t care to be joined to the collective conciousness of the oversoul. I’m not into that communal thing. I’m also not into that fetishy schoolgirl look you seem to effect ….. & …..

Never you mind what I’m into! That’s not the point! The point is I don’t wanna go! I like it here. I like being here. And I like me just the way I am. It may be lonely & “painful” but that’s the way it is. I can take it.

Now I know I can’t outrun you, so I’m just gonna step right here in this here bath tub (Plug’s in? Good!) & pretend you’re not here. I figure if I reject Instrumentality beforehand, I won’t have to go through the krap of “transcendance” again.

Let’s see now ….. I’m in my happy place ….. I’m in my happy place ….. my happy place ….. happy place ….. happy place ….. happy ….. happy ….. happy ….. Aw darn it! ….. BLOOOOOSH!

burble ….. burble …..

LCL ….. Crisp & clean ….. no caffiene. Never had it. Never will!

Article copyright © 11-10-2011 Jay Agan

This article first posted at Jays’ Tee Vee.