Gundam Unicorn – 01: Hang on to Your Kidney

I know Unicorn was laid down long before Gundam 00, but if that Laplace Box is a GN Drive I am going to shoot some one…

The Winter of Despair is finally over or at least we have a little more solid respite in addition to the meager mecha rations in Sora no Woto and Railgun. While the Remember Love Clique would soon declare that funnel spamming Zeke machine to be a participant in an EPIC fight they are categorically wrong. For unlike Norris Packard vs 8th Team that Funnel Carrier not only had funnels but hardly got a paint scratch nor did Marida display the kind of piloting skill as the renowned Packard also packing 24 funnels when your opponents have none isn’t going to make for the kind of intense mecha combat that Norris had to fight in. Moreover unlike the esteemed Arleen Nazon, Marida  had no team nor was she fighting in a BIG FIGHT with combined arms or the kind of numbers that Igloo 2 03 boasted. Hence while mechafetish prattles on about this contemptible Zeke she has yet to earn her place in the annals of EPIC Gundam Fight, after all she is not only a solo funnel spammer she lacks an ULTIMATE SECRET TECHNIQUE and has not even so much as signed up to join the School of the Undefeated of the East. To be fair to my misguided comrades of the We Remember Love Clique, the fight was merely AWESOME with only one kind of WIN due to excessive funnels. (Also my sincere apologies to the Puru fans out there, you know I am talking about…)


However that nameless Feddie Hero piloting that Stark Jegan now he showed some skill when he purged his armor, conserved his missiles, and by all rights should have won with a beam saber through the cockpit. Sadly Marida has a some sort of shield, which I suspect to be plot armor, and it pretty much signaled that nothing short of a Gundam could really give that over grown funnel carrier a good run for its money. Still those courageous ReZEL Pilots fought with some respectable skill though the Zeke Sympathizers would place most of the blame on them for tearing up the colony when it was Marida who bravely hid inside of the colony. Such is the the tragedy that occurs when Zekes cower despite their newtype powers and funnels, for all their prattle about oldtypes when it comes to a BIG FIGHT they are certainly craven when the time comes. This Vist Foundation was headed by a known terrorist and as such is far less trustworthy and the Feddies who serve under the great progenitor of the Bright Slap. To Noa’s credit his men did well to cordon off the colony and attempt a daring commando raid in force. Sadly the Zeke presence was more powerful than anticipated and losses ended being rather heavy though it seems that the primary objective was secured and due in no small part to Cardeas having cold feet over the exchange ensured that the Zekes went away empty handed.

While Anaheim Electronics has been profiteering for years and sells to both sides getting fat on blood money, the Feddies had the decency to save two colonists involved in arms sales and one unarmed Zeke, compared to the Zekes who saved zero. Marida being a “great” pilot according to some circles was so “great” that she hit the reactor of one of her kills causing a hull breach, if that is the mark of “great” piloting I suppose it only applies to Zekes as they count civilian kills when making aces. To be sure this Marida is no Urdnot Grunt, she’s not nearly as fun nor nearly as skilled despite being tank bred. I can only imagine what lame tragedy she will try to cite as her reason for fighting inside colonies, in anticipation of this I wish to start a new method of helping this poor Zeke and other potential whiners along to the path of adulthood and emotional healing. In an age long forgotten there was something called T.S. Card (I wonder how many still remember the true meaning of the initials…), I have started to issue them out again as these are dark times and every one can use a little light of SHINNING ZEUS in their lives. At any rate working for some masked dude with the name Full Frontal hardly makes the Zekes look like decent people, I wonder how many people they intend to blind for Neo Zeon. Speaking of Neo Zeon which one are we on now? They seem to occur with every new series despite Char being dead at the end of Char’s Counterattack.

On the Audery Burne front she seems to be some one of authority she reminds me of one Quattro but who could she be? No doubt her suitors will be asking me to marry her off to one of them but for now she seems to have earned some unwanted attention in the form of Banagher Links. I have to admit I was quite amused at Banagher’s attempted confession that was mercilessly crushed, clearly his father never taught him how to woo a lady. Micott seems to be a real stalker though don’t really think she has a good shot in the Banagher Sweepstakes even if she’s the only one in the running right now. I have to say though Cardeas was shitty dad and even his end didn’t engender much of a reaction, though at this point every Gundam lead seems to have issues with their parents. The use of the unicorn is a fitting symbol though because the source material is rather fortunate or unfortunate to be of the same vintage as Charlie the Unicorn. As such it is very tempting to to mock the unicorn imagery, even as I type I am oh so tempted to name the main mecha Charlie, call the adventure as the journey to Candy Mountain, tell Marida to put a banana in her ear, etc. Suffice to say much of the imagery is harder to swallow that it should be. Still if we go by old unicorn mythology as a creature that can only be tamed by a virgin maiden…well Banagher is a virgin so I wonder how far he will go to master it.

While much of it was AWESOME I do have two major complaints… First off the price for the Bluray is FUCKING RIDICULOUS the discount is large but we’re in a goddamn recession here! This is bullshit, for that much I can get Stark Jegan and RGZ-95 Commander kit. Secondly I WANT TO SEE MARIDA GET HER ASS KICKED SOONER rather than later. Still I am anticipating a great ass kicking come next time.

It seems that someone forgot to expend all their ordinance…

Ah so you found the monolith…

Indeed for your last name is not Asia and you certainly aren’t undefeated…though I suspect you have a maid fetish.

It’s name sounds like a bad rapper, bet that that 666 designation is to keep it REAL.

Sadly those big holes are not speakers…so much for a BOMBA.

Sadly there was still no ECM package to defeat funnels…

Now this guy showed some skill and in a mid-range support unit no less!

Too bad he didn’t have as much firepower as a RTX-440…

Improvised chaff…

I wish his hand was GLOWING WITH AN AWESOME POWER, but alas…

No doubt, NO FEAR!

It sort of reminds me of GP-01 vs GP-02, heck Marida is a Royal Guard and just as dumb as Gato. Though the courageous Feddie is much more tolerable than Uraki.

His suit was damaged and his opponent had a better machine, if only more pilots like him were given the chance to pilot a Gundam…

Such superb close combat techniques! May he be reborn as a student of the Undefeated of the East…

So close…

Sadly this brave Feddie did not have Patrick’s luck…

They can’t even wipe their own asses without funnels…

He faps to mecha just so you know…

He will slap the shit out of you ya know…

I know there is many a Zeke who would have jumped Audrey then and there…

It’s so beautiful just look at that gaping hole where some dumb Zeke was turned into hamburger…

Chilli Dogs, eh? Well this Audrey might be as lady like as Cathy Glass, but is this Banagher as cool as Ozma? More over does he have as good taste in music…

I see what you did there, is this a portent of Banagher’s love life?

Marida was so hard up for hired goons she had to settle for a Nappa and Vegeta impersonators…sadly neither had a scouter

Nice to see that she grew up.

So the tank bred can jump high…but can she dunk?

Ah the Marida Toss.

Let the creepy stalking begin!


Oh Ms. Bartsch…if only you showed such zeal in your studies. – Your Chaplain

Umm…

A confession is like sex, when and where do matter…

Now that is why you don’t confess to a girl in front of your dad…

I’d wish you luck but I am sure some one is going to claim Audrey as his/her waifu before you recover from this…


Here take this to Fedex/Kinkos to get a physical copy Mr. Links. I’ll see you again next time. – Your Chaplain

Made in Zeon much?

For the first time in his life he pissed and shat himself at the same time…

Seems Made in the Federation is just that good. Remember you filthy Zeke good goods are never cheap, cheap goods are never good.

Such as infinite ways of killing a Zeke.

Yo Zeke your Gundam Spiegel cosplay sucks!

Do you need a safety recall Zeke?

Silly greedy Zeke. Space is vast, but such selfishness…he probably takes seats form old ladies can calls it manifest destiny.

It’s like he’s doing ballet…

You mean Neo Neo-Zeon…

I think that is their intention…Char never did like planets.

Damn irresponsible Zekes always blaming every one but themselves.

I can’t wait to get a model kit for this.

Nice shooting there Zeke way to hit the reactor…

I know who failed sniper school…

I think Marida enjoyed the glow…

The only hero of the day.

At least they weren’t cheering that school was out, not that they paid much attention in school to begin with…

Sad to see that RGZ-95 pilots weren’t as good as that Stark Jegan’s, well at least they put in a lot of effort.

At least he’s honest…

It’s just like Macross…

Putting all your ducks in a row…

Please let there be a Master Grade for these.

LOLTOMINO without Tomino, that’s one way to minimize teenage angst.


Ms. Bartsch it is not okay to use the deaths of your friends to get a boyfriend. Just saying. – Your Chaplain

The Feddies are green and very very mean…

Another one bites the dust…

I am surprised that a Loto would challenge Marida, but at least he didn’t botch his ambush like that Geara Zulu.

I guess this one is even gutsier than Shiro…

Even if the professor wins in terms of save count, the Feddies beat the Zekes 3-0.

I hereby declare him the Blue Baron if only he had a Zentradi uniform…

I have decided to dub this the Funnel Cakey it’s easier to spell and now fully baked…

You know–you know what I noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan”… even if the plan is horrifying. If tomorrow I told the Zekes that, like, a whole colony will be displaced for a one use laser, or a colony will be dropped, nobody panics, because it’s all part of the plan. But when I say that one little old Zeke will die… well, then every Zeke loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, then everything becomes…chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair.

That is some good bye, well at least the only witness to your confession FAIL is dead.

THAT’S RIGHT COWER! BE AFRAID! TIME TO FIGHT SOMEONE WHO ISN’T VULNERABLE TO FUNNEL SPAM!

…and the air bag obeyed in record time.

Still rather evocative (through no fault of their own) of Trans-AM but at least they cut back on the glowing magical pixie dust.

To My IRL Flock

Well Mr. Ghostlightning I hope winning the bet was worth it. – Your Chaplain

At least you weren’t doing drugs while you were away from Zeus’ light. Also for you own good don’t move to Australia. Still good to see that your are still alive. – Your Chaplain

Mr. Mechafetish it’s okay if you don’t give your able to the Temple. Maybe there are other clones of Puru…you never know. – Your Chaplain

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70 Comments

  1. Posted February 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Your hatred is embarrassing, seriously.

    First of all, neither mechafetish nor I claim that it’s better than the Norris fight. We like the Norris fight, and it’s really one of the best in the whole franchise, if not the best.

    Also, you’re judging the fight on the merits of combatants’ skill, etc. which is fine; but I’m perfectly sure that both of us at WRL enjoyed the fight on the level of it’s very exciting to watch.

    For the record, I am not a fan of funnels. Not because they are b0rk3n, but because the shows have utterly failed in portraying how broken they really are. Seriously. Up until Unicorn, funnels serve one major purpose (2 sides to it):

    Portray Newtype power #1: ability to control funnels
    Portray Newtype power #2: accuracy and skill to destroy funnels (very small targets darting about in space)

    It’s the second side to the NT showcase that is FULL OF FAIL. Why? It’s because if funnels were properly portrayed, they’d never be picked off like that ONE BY FUCKING ONE. Always, always the bigger and more important target is the mobile armor or mobile suit that controls them. BUT NO, THEY HAVE TO SHOW HOW AMAZING AMURO IS. So despite being unable to hit Zakus consistently, Amuro not only can make the clunky RX-78-2 DODGE fucking beam crossfire, but also GET FUCKING CLOSE ENOUGH TO SWAT THEM WITH HIS BEAM SABER.

    This persisted in Z Gundam, and was pretty much standard in ZZ Gundam. LOLTOMINO. Do you see what I’m talking about here?

    Now in Char’s Counterattack there’s much less whack-a-funnel action (thankfully). Part of it must have to do with Tomino figuring out how lame he’s been portraying funnels after 10 years of UC Gundam. I don’t hear much bitching about the Nu Gundam’s use of the fin funnels, and certainly none from a Zeke-hater like you.

    Now, what we appreciate from Gundam Unicorn is a much more sensible portrayal of the very powerful system. Why (Neo) Zeon hasn’t won despite this technological advantage has to do with the wholesale and irredeemable fail within their ranks in ZZ Gundam. But if they had their shit together, even Gundams would not be able to stop them (until they used their own fin funnels in CCA).

    But of course, NO ONE CAN BEAT JEWDOUGH. That was another reason why they failed (not to mention H4xx0rz like the Newtype Barrier used by Kamille in Z Gundam, also used by JEWDOUGH; and of course Amuro’s Asteroid-stopping God-mode shit).

    Do you finally get it? We don’t pick sides as easily when watching Gundam, so stop projecting us as Zeke-loving cultists. IF I WANTED TO WATCH AND ROOT FOR MORAL CHARACTERS ONLY, I WOULD BE WATCHING THE HALLMARK/CATHOLIC/MORALFAG NETWORKS 24/7.

    Evil and hypocrite characters make for interesting narratives.

    Now, if you hate Newtypes and the whole concept of them… then you seriously can’t enjoy much of Gundam. You’ll be left with a few OVA side-stories and that’s it. It took me much effort to get over the whole thing. I just have to accept that to love Gundam is to accept Newtypes as a core concept within its narrative, as well as the Deux ex Machina crap that comes with it.

    In my post on Unicorn, I mentioned:

    My love and fondness is tested and proven by many of the things that still bug me about the whole thing. Some major, some minor, but the net result is that Gundam never really fulfilled its possibility given the immense library it has.

    Not to say it doesn’t have its moments. Such moments can be sublime, as far as I’m concerned. But for the most part there are lots and lots of things that I must work hard to rationalize and apologize for. Without doing so I will fail to enjoy myself watching the shows. It’s beyond mere suspension of disbelief, but I don’t know what to call it.

    Can we finally see a portrayal of Newtypes and their powers that isn’t as obnoxious and annoying? Maybe we will. MAYBE. But this possibility is what excites me about Gundam Unicorn.

    If you still insist on reducing my whole post into some rhetoric about fapping to Zeon because of funnel spam (oh yes this is what you’re making us look like), then you can bury your GM in a hole.

    • Crusader
      Posted February 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

      Just as you are comfortable with your unkillable love for Minmay and Ranka I am comfortable with my undying hatred for Zekes. You Remember Love I remember Hatred. Don’t forget that comrade.

      To keep with the spirit of things, your love of Minmay is embarrassing seriously… :P

      It would be nice if they reign in the newtypes and funnels but time will tell. Personally and with all due seriousness it rather unsatisfying to see grunts get pummeled by newtypes, if things are almost even then things get really fun. Remember how fun it was in CCA when it was almost a dead heat? To me Marida’s fight was like grinding not like a real OH SHI- she’s in the fight of her life, kind of deal. There wasn’t much sense that she was facing serious opposition like that Stark Jegan when fighting a platoon of RGZ-95s. Tell me did things get worse in newtype land as time passed or was it always like that for you? I felt that it got noticeably worse as time went on, though ZZ did have some good laughs at the Zekes expense.

      Still I like that you put so much effort into accepting newtypes, some day I will finish Macross 7 Like you finished ZZ. You sir a glutton for punishment. I assume that this is the power/desire to love?

      I am not a newtype I don’t mistreat my MS as egregiously as Amuro did when he buried his Gundam in the sand…

      • Posted February 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

        First love never dies.

        Cool man.

        Don’t sweat it. The Kshtarya and the NT has to be made to appear menacing and powerful so as to make a credible opponent for what I imagine to be a very powerful Banagher and his Gundam.

        Mechafetish is going into the details of the combat in an upcoming post so watch out.

        My best case scenario too would indeed be a power beaten by creativity rather than either a power escalation mess like in DBZ, or a h4xx/tech arms race mess like in Code Geass and 00.

        Sieg Zeon

        • Crusader
          Posted February 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

          First Love never really works out…

          I look forward to what Mechafetish has to say, only he’s not going to convince me that Marida IS AN ACE by beating up Unknown Feddies. She’s decent but that Stark Jegan was not defeated by fancy flying on her part or superior swordplay.

          Part of the fun in these shows is limitations if tech isn’t improving by leaps and bounds and the characters aren’t becoming homo superior then the only way to get better is to train better to fight better. One of the reasons why I like Alto-hime as a character was that he struggled to get better, he never got there by the end but hime did improve.

          Also you must be talking about Neo Neo Zeon the one lead by that lewd Full Frontal.

          Sieg Sheryl, Sieg Misa :P

  2. ectholion
    Posted February 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    whats with the no love for kamille not only did he pawn axis and the titans but he mad char his personal bitch for the series as we as racked up the most named character kills. and for shame that ranka didnt end up sexing brera then they could of had deformed children of an antigone style ending

    • Crusader
      Posted February 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      Of course there is no love for Kamille it’s because of him Four died.

      Grace had one helluva revenge planned alas Ranka went slithering back to my Alto-hime as if she deserved to be forgiven

  3. Ryouichi
    Posted February 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    If anything, I loved the music. It needed more epic combat though.

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      If Banagher’s piloting skills mirror his skills as Marida tossing then we might be in for a treat…

  4. blind_dead_mcjones
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    crusader, you shall be pleased to know that the badass Loto pilot with the bazooka has a name, its dazuga mackle, commander of the ECOAS 920 special forces, and in the novel version of his attack the bazooka fires a net which traps two of the khsatriya’s funnels, also in the book he becomes a mentor figure to Banagher, trying to put him on the path to manliness

    at least he londo bell pilots were more competent than regular feddies even if they did eventually get the shaft

    also the Loto is my new favourite mobile suit, by virtue of the fact that its smaller than normal mobile suits, and is also an awesome personnel carrier

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      The Loto is quite an IFV it’s like a Bradley on steroids!

      I hope Hero Mackle will make sure that Banagher becomes a man worthy of Audery. As for the Pilots of Londo Bell only the Stark Jegan Pilot was worthy of the title of Machida, with any luck others shall prove as great as that Unknown Feddie in the RGM-89S.

  5. Kherubim
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    If it lives up to the UC name, these things WILL happen (didn’t read the light novel, so no spoilers):
    1) Something big and heavy (like Axis or a Colony) will be dropped on Earth, the Moon being a lesser substitute…
    2) The protagonist will get all whiny and emo before attitude adjustments arrive in the form of Brightslaps…
    3) All female mobile suit pilots will die horrible and pointless deaths…
    4) All awesome and badass male pilots (who are not a CHAR) will die horrible and pointless deaths…
    5) At the end of it, the victorious will get screwed over royally by the Federation, to set the stage for Hathaway’s Flash…

    • blind_dead_mcjones
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:23 am | Permalink

      lesser substitute? the moon is the size of australia.

      i hope you were being sarcastic

      • Kherubim
        Posted February 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

        I meant the Moon as a lesser substitute TARGET… not something to drop on Earth…

        Dropping the Moon would result in Pime Taradox as the only official trap ever to pilot a Gundam would be removed from existence… :D

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      Maybe Lady Cima’s plan to colony drop Luna II will finally happen.

  6. JDMFLCL
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    Kamille had the most character kills? Are you mad?

    Remember Yazan!

    Honestly, Zeon/Neo Zeon is retarded, if you have fucking funnels, it basically negates the effectivenss of any other weapon. The only thing better than it is the fucking “quick attack” mode of the F91 gundam with the VSBRs. I think one thing that gundam fails to portray about funnels is how psychologically intimidating they would be to fight against. Never knowing where they are all coming from, small, quick, fast….invincible.

    How Haman lost to the fucking 10 story tall ZZ gundam with her quebeley boggles my mind.

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      Yazan is still out there, may he return to kill off some more Zekes.

      No weapon is invincible, them funnels have to run out of juice at some point… Anything that man can build he can destroy.

  7. ReddyRedWolf
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Minerva is back and older. For that matter a Puru too, Marida, though she is number 12 of the Purus. Captain not wanting to be called Master confirms he’s not a sick pervert.

    Lots of references from Amuro to Char to Haro and Bright Noa.

    Yeah seeing the sick things that Zeon and its Neo Zeon movements did I understand Vist Foundation being reluctant giving whatever it is to bunch that has no restraint in committing wholesale genocide.

    Oh for those wondering is Marida is the only living Puru left Gundam Evolve 10 had Judau save a Quebeley whose pilot is a Puru.

    • Kherubim
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 3:15 am | Permalink

      Never really gave much thought to whether if Judau established a space harem around Jupiter (Roux was there too) before his Grey Stoke years… but then “ANIME JA NAI!!!”

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      We shall see if this Zeke Zinnerman is not a pervert after all Marida started calling him master for a some sick reason and he works for some guy named Full Frontal…

      • Kherubim
        Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

        Somehow I don’t think those guys would be interested in a post-pubescent Puru…

        • Crusader
          Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

          Zinnerman might not be a lolicon, but he is still a Zeke and therefore a sick human being.

  8. Zentari
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    I was wondering when you will do the review :p.
    Now here comes the LONG wait until the next episode >_> .

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      Until then I can loop Igloo 02 03 to watch Zekes get shot to pieces.

  9. grss1982
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    I’ve been wondering when you were going to do a review, Crusader. :)

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      It was destined to happen for the Stark Jegan Pilot made it TOTALLY worth it.

  10. ectholion
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    thought the death of four was indeed sad i believe that she was doomed due to he personality remodifications, she would of died anyways unfornately but i have to give kamille props for being one of the few gundam lead characters that dont go emo for half the series like lyle that cursed, rapist bastard. and though yazan was pwned by kamille due to plot armor i would of liked to see a better fight between the two and i dont remember alot of character kills and i dont count emma as one of his due to the fact she was fatally wounded by debris as for the radish it was slow and hunkering that is no great feat, from him i remember a crazy bot smash though. as for this mr links, i await the day when many bright smacks come to smack his angsty litlle selfrightous self into manhood hopefully. as for maria im waiting for banagher to pwn the ever loving crap out of her and her funnels next episode

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

      I think you need to see Zeta again, Kamille had plenty going for him, dead souls from BEYOND THE GRAVE. Yeah that was umm…yeah…

      • ectholion
        Posted February 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

        i mentioned the beyond the dead i just called it plot armor since thats what it wasin my opinion. what i was saying is that kamille and yazan didn’t have a good fight and it would of been nice to see a fight minus the bogus plot armor..also they should of killed him at the end instead of saving him a gag in zz gundam. He could of gone out with a bang and been glorified as yet another badass oldtype, instead of being humiliated in zz gundam.

        • Crusader
          Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

          Well if the writing out of ZZ if finalized then Yazan died undefeated and Kamille was dead as a door nail.

          • ectholion
            Posted February 28, 2010 at 5:48 am | Permalink

            agreed

  11. Posted February 27, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Micott is mai waifu. Do not claim.

    • Posted February 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      ugh, all yours

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

      Does that make Micott a trap?

      • Kherubim
        Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

        Depends, did Shin fap to Tieria and Loran???

        • Crusader
          Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

          Depends on how long his Australian exile lasts.

        • Posted February 28, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

          I fapped to [spoilers]Tieria in a dress[/spoilers] Who is Loran?

          • Posted February 28, 2010 at 5:43 am | Permalink

            Turn A Gundam lead, the scene in 00 where Tieria cross-dressed in a ball is remembering love for Loran’s trapness. Loran really was known to many people as Laura Rolla. He’s as trap as they cum.

    • Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      SORRY, I MEANT ELPEO PURU PURU PURU

      • Crusader
        Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

        So wait you’re dumping Micott? Then does that make Show ▼

        a dude?

        • Posted February 28, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

          >implying I only fap to men

          Also, mind blown.

  12. waha
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Marida is a Puru clone 12 Show ▼

    Audrey is a Show ▼

    hey at least she’s being useful…at the moment. just dont go singing a song..

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      Please use spoiler tags next time mate.

      Zekes can’t be wrong and still right, pure reults dervice from pure methods. In the case of Zekes decent goal, unacceptable methods, unacceptable actions, no choice need to kill them…

  13. lubczyk
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I’d watch this, but……………..one episode every 6 months? This thing doesn’t end till 2012. Just like Hellsing Ultimate, I’d lose interest in this.

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      Well we are quite desperate for mecha this season… sadly it is not as self contained as Igloo.

  14. ToastCrust
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I always figured Gundam was more about good soldiers being forced to fight each other by two almost equally incompetent/corrupt/retarded powers. I can’t really admit bias for or against Zekes and Feddies–it’s kinda a silly debate, since both sides have always been defined by utterly retarded leadership and philosophy, and all good either side ever really gets is some star figures of theirs who turn out to be quite sympathetic (Bright Noa being one of the most prominent of them). Char being a somewhat consistent one for the Zekes, until Becoming A Politician Makes You Retarded.

    Not sure what liking Minmay has to do with anything, but for the record I am a fan of hers too, though more because she was a very apt portrayal of the whimsical young teenage (15) girl, more than her being a valid ship with Hikaru (especially what with her rival being not only older, but /still/ quite mature for her age). Frontier I can’t say to be fans of Ranka or Sheryl, and instead amused myself with the non-standard ship of Klan Klansman.

    As for funnels, I enjoy them as an idea, but like ghostlightning I really dislike their use thus far in all Gundam. Unicorn at the least, stepped things up slightly as Mariya at least usually used them all at once, as an all-angle trap attack, rather than having them chase something and fire sequentially for no reason…. Can’t say I was brave enough to watch ZZ though, so I might be missing something. But yes, still can’t say I really like how bits and funnels are used. Ignoring the fact they’re newtype exclusive (one of the things that make me favour incoms…), they just aren’t ever used very efficiently, and are kind of portrayed unrealistically., since we’re expected to believe they not only have enough power to drive particle cannons powerful enough to destroy full suits with ease, but that they can keep flying without effort after having discharged their shot…. At least, I thought funnels would be neater, if they were either one-shot only, or at least floated uselessly for a small cool-down period after discharging a high energy shot. For that matter, it’d then probably be more efficient to have funnels of low-power beams (for continuous fight and multiple fire) that simply snipe off low-armor parts of suits such as cameras, weaponry, precision digits, or thrusters to neuter suits, to either disable them or prep them for main weaponry…. At the least, make them used them as merely pressure to trap other suits in desireable locations… (though I might be too fighting game minded on that point). As they’re portrayed, they’re pretty overpowered and not too compelling, but as aforementioned, the use by Mariya with them all shooting *together* from multiple directions, is certainly a step up from them all skirmishing without coordination.
    But I suppose that’s my bias; I would just simply find funnels more compelling if they were portrayed and used as such, if at all…. Incoms at least ostensibly have a solid link to provide power for movement and fire, so as to not have to sacrifice power for mobility. But maybe I’m just showing my naivety?

    In regards to the suicidal Neo-Zeon in the Zaku suit (I do like the mono-eye design, aesthetically…), I think he was supposed to, in part, portray the fervor and craziness of the Neo-Zeonist remnants…. For that matter, despite all shouting and yelling, it was a nice display of a pretty cruel and efficient outnumber and skirmish, hit-and-run-and-hit-again tactic. There’s not much glory there.

    I really liked seeing some really good work in general by Londo Bell forces, despite being up against a grossly overpowered suit piloted by an underwhelming pilot (even if theoretically her tactical theory doesn’t sound too bad, she generally seems pretty clumsy and not a great pilot…., at least, that’s what I got from watching her fight).

    The suits that could infiltrate and also deploy ground infantry really caught my eye and attention.

    Finally, Links beating the shit out of Mariya in person, and completely outmaneuvering her in general, at least to me, already suggests a lot… so I am fairly satisfied already.

    Oh, and I think Bannagher may very well be the Unicorn himself, with Audrey instead being the virgin maiden (he seems pretty tamed to me, anyhow, so to speak). I also never actually found the Charlie the Unicorn meme very compelling. So I didn’t even think about it til’ you mentioned, and it’s still sort of meh in my head.

    • Posted February 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      Awesome.

      While I may disagree with minor details, I think we share the fundamental appreciation for things. The Minmay dig by Crusader is just something personal (in the spirit of fun) between us Macross lifers.

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      Bah the death of the Geara Zulu was mercy in the end it prevented one colony/asteroid drop. I disagree General Revil was not retarded, Bright Noa is also not retarded. Funnels have been abused to the point that there is little hope that they will reign them in, I wish them luck but old habits die hard.

      If funnels had limitations then at least their employment would be more about finesse than merely spamming the things. But they don’t seem to have any limitations to speak of. If only the standard grunt has something to counter the funnels besides having a funnel carrier on his team it be less of a problem and reult in something a little more closely fought than Marida’s grind session with the RGZ-95s.

      • ToastCrust
        Posted February 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

        I’ve never really counted Bright Noa nor General Revil among “politicians”.

        The closest thing was Bright being a major figure in AEUG, but even then he did close to nothing with the highly political parts of the operation.

        That said, AEUG was probably one of the few real political bodies that was ever /not/ totally broken in some way.

        • Crusader
          Posted March 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

          They had political powers of a sort, after all war is the continuation of policy through other means.

  15. cloudstrife45
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    “He faps to mecha just so you know…”

    Don’t all men?

    • Crusader
      Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      He’s not a man yet…he’s just a boy.

  16. Coolguy25
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    I thought Marida used her engines and not “some sort of shield to stop” the advance of the Stark Jegan.

    • Crusader
      Posted February 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      It was still bullshit.

      • Coolguy25
        Posted March 1, 2010 at 1:09 am | Permalink

        Shake your head, open your eyes and rewatch the scene, you damn eathnoid with your soul tied to Earth! It was not bullshit, it was good piloting.
        Kshatriya is an overpowered machine but Marida is a good pilot. Maybe not on the level of Norris Packard but still good.

        • Crusader
          Posted March 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

          We shall see if Marida is a “good” pilot or not when she faces the Rookie who tossed her off a ledge, Banagher… Right now she is merely competent and decent. Her true test of sill will be when she fights some one on a level playing field against a comparable unit.

          My soul may be tied to the Earth, but Earth hating Zekes like you make Master Asia FURIOUS. Besides The lack of gravity seems to have caused your minds to float out between your ears and bloated not only your girth but your egos as well… :P

          What do you mean “maybe” she’s not as good as Norris Packard? SHE ISN’T.

  17. Posted February 28, 2010 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    fap to mecha = fail
    anyways, interesting post… the episode was surprisingly more well-developed than I had thought it would be.

    • Crusader
      Posted February 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      We shall see if that brave Loto Pilot will make a man out of Mr. Links…

  18. Soulstrider
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    After months of wait I can finally say:

    Sieg Zeon, may the blood of a thousand pilots drown the Feddie Government.

    • Crusader
      Posted February 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

      Silly stupid Zeke unlike Zekes who hate oceans and planets we Feddies can swim. Also I look seeing Neo-Pet Zeon try and drown the Feddies with the blood of a thousand ZEKE pilots.

      Remember you filthy Zeke Mr. Razor goes across the street for attention, Mr. Razor goes down the street to do something… I look forward to seeing many Zekes dies in the attempt.

  19. grss1982
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    http://www.thatanimeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Gundam-Unicorn-01-42.jpg

    Loved the Londo Bell insiginia. Although I never thought having two bells as an insignia could be so bad ass.

    • Crusader
      Posted March 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

      Ding Dong the Zeke is dead…

  20. Musha29
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Gotta agree with Crusader here. Death to all the Zeek dead enders!

    The thing that I hate most about the Zeeks is their rank hypocrisy. I mean, the random Zeek dead ender (like the Geara Zulu pilot above) will rant about how they’re fighting for ‘spacenoid independence’ or ‘spacenoid freedom’ yet gloss over the fact that Zeon wiped out billloins of spacenoids in the One Year War.

    Sadly, it looks like Sunrise is now run by the Zeek fanboys, which is why we get historical revisionist trash like MS IGLOO where the Zeek’s numerous war crimes are basically glossed over with a ‘So What?’ and Gihren’s rant of Zeon being the superior race gets conveniently omitted from his A Bao A qu speech. I haven’t seen Unicorn yet, but from what little I’ve heard about it, i’m not confident of it giving a balanced view of the Feddies. Most likely we’ll have the Zeeks whining about how corrupt and bound by gravity the Feddies are, no one calling out the Zeeks at their attempt to wipe out all life on earth just a few years ago (in universe) and Zeeks gunning down Feddies by the dozens with the power of their Newtype hax.

    • Blind_Dead_Mcjones
      Posted March 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      This.

      another thing Zekes seem to forget that they owe their existence to the earth, and that if there wasn’t gravity they’re oh-so-precious principality would’ve drifted all over the place, most likely in the path of an asteroid.

      we australian earthnoids haven’t forgotten the anihilation of sydney, the murder of several million innocent civvies through the cowardly act of a colony drop, yes sydney has a fruity looking opera house but it was OUR fruity looking opera house dammit

      may the white dingo team haunt every breathing moment of every zeke, with the fear that they’ll sneak into their camps and snuff out the lives of their vile offspring as punishment for their persistent insolence

      • Musha29
        Posted March 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

        Gotta agree with you there. White Dingos forever!

        All that ‘bound by gravity’ crap is just Zeek propaganda. I mean, looked at objectively, what have the Spacenoids created? Their colonies were buiit by the Earthnoids. Meanwhile, whenever the Spacenoids form a nation, it always ends up being some fanatical, genocidal dictatorship (Zeon, Zanscare, Cosmo Babylonia, Jupiter Empire).

        Sometimes I think being ‘unbound by gravity’ is a euphemism for being unbound from the norms of human decency and civilisation. It means cheering on madmen like Gihren and Char. It means ranting about the righteouness of Zeon/Zanscare/Coco Babylonia while gleefully engaging in mass murder through colony drops/Bugs/Angel Halo. If that’s what it means to be unbound by gravity, maybe its better to have one’s feet planted firmly on the ground.

        • Blind_Dead_Mcjones
          Posted March 3, 2010 at 1:43 am | Permalink

          being unbound by gravity also means you suffer from decalcification and degredation of your skeletal structure and atrophying of muscles, considering the brain is a muscles most of their intelligence probably goes with it, they can’t even get planes right.

          the only things Zekes created were mobile suits (but even then the feddies ended up making better ones anyway so its a moot point)

    • Xabine Nau
      Posted September 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      The Titans, that’s all I need to say. The Federation is NO BETTER than the Zeon. They attack an unarmed colony with gas, then do it again, they shoot one with Gryps II, yet you Feddie pigs just say oh well the Zeon did this, and the Zeon did that. BS, Once you do something along those lines you no longer have the right to speak so condescendingly on others who do it. The Federation got down and rolled in the genocide mud as well. It’s just the Zeon can hide it under “honorable” causes. The only cause the Federation has is to spread it’s ignorance are stupidity into the stars. Zeon died out with a bang. I was glad to see the Federation just slid into irrelevance until it was dissolved. The Feddies are thugs who wish to impress the rule of an equally oppressive and dictatorial government on the colonies. One of total democracy. They FORCED migration into space of those they didn’t want on Earth and then got pissed off when those people wanted to be rid of the shackles of the Federation.
      They are as rank in their hypocrisy as anyone.

  21. d3v
    Posted March 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Meh, whether you lurve the Zekes or hate them with a passion (like any good Feddie should), you ahve to admit, they’ve got douchebags for leaders on both sides.

  22. d3v
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Damn, just heard that episode 2 is coming IN THE FALL! I seriously cannot wait that long for more of this.

  23. Lucas
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    It’s not a GN drive, because Unicorn happens in another universe.

    Unicorn = Universal Century = Classic Gundam
    00 = Anno Domini

  24. Patrick
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I was surprised that personal body armor /worked/ in this show. I mean. It like, never works! Kevlar only works when it’s convenient to the plot! What is this silliness?!

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