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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