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» Company
Bandai Entertainment
» Running Time
124 minutes
» Genre
Action, Drama, Mecha
» Type
Movie
» Final Score
9.0
» User Rating
No user votes yet.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack

» written by Dark Wind [Discuss]

Synopsis
Thirteen years have passed since the One Year War of 0079 in the original Mobile Suit Gundam series (making it 0093). A lot has come to pass since then for the Earth Federation and the colonies, and now Char Aznable (with his Sazabi) has come back yet again, this time with a Neo Zeon Army backing him up. His plan is to drop colonies and asteroids on Earth until it creates a nuclear winter and every human will be forced into space and evolve into Newtypes. There to stop him are Amuro Ray (his arch-rival) and his army unit, the Londo Bell. Amuro has a new, all-powerful Gundam on his hands (the Nu Gundam) to stop Char and save the earth from a nuclear winter.

Review
Man oh man. A Gundam fan’s wet dream. Char’s Counterattack came out in 1988 to finally finish the Zeon/Federation and Amuro/Char rivalries once and for all. Everything comes to a head in this film, with people dying left and right and political betrayals up and down the ranks. Despite being the end film after the release of three major Gundam series (Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, and Gundam ZZ), the only returning characters are from Mobile Suit Gundam, which has already been released in the States. So my recommendation is you make sure to definily watch that, and then you can watch this with relatively free hassle.

Being the end of an era, there’s a massive amount of action scenes, a lot of people dying, and a lot of philosophizing. If your a Gundam fan, you’ll love this. If you’re not, then you won’t like this. It basically comes down to that, since Counterattack is a Gundam show through and through. There’s lots of awesome Gundams in this one, a lot of Newtypes, and a lot of useless technical jargon. The music isn’t anything special, but the animation for a film from 1988 is wonderful. The mobile suit action sequences are done with a style and veritas I rarely see with giant robot anime, and I can see myself watching these again for fun many times over.

The Breakdown
As I keep saying, only the Gundam faithful should watch this, since otherwise you won’t really understand what’s going on. If you are a Gundam fan, this is exactly what you’re looking for. Tomino couldn’t have resolved everything any better.

 

» The Pros
The end all, be all of Gundam. It ends the major story between Char/Amuro and the Zeon/Federation, and does it with impeccable style. The animation is amazing for it's time and really gets you into things. The story really throws you for a couple ringers since everyone is betraying everyone (for good reasons) and people's own ideals finally come out into the open since it's basically now or never. THE payoff.

» The Cons
The music is nothing notable except for the ending theme song, which is usually par for the course of a Gundam show. The story could have used less new characters and more from older shows, since you really wouldn't watching this unless you had a good familiarity with the previous Gundam shows off of which this is based.

» Animation
9.0
Taking into consideration the time it came out (1988), I think the animation is amazing for this film. From the robot to character animations, everything is vividly detailed and drawn.

» Sound
6.0
I did really enjoy the end credits song, but other than that, none of th emusic stood out for me. None of it really bothered me either.

» Story
9.0
If you know Gundam's story and like it, this gets a 10.0. If you don't like Gundam's story, then give this a 1.0. If you've never seen Gundam, then don't start here.

» Recommend
9.0
I can only recommend this to fans of Gundam or those who know the story so far. Everyone else, go watch the other Gundam series first.

 

» Other Information
Language: English/Japanese with English subtitles

Extras:
How Model Kits Are Made Video, Tomino Filmography, and a 12-page insert booklet

Package:
Very cool brown slip with embossed gold Neo Zeon symbol on one side and a Gundam head with the title on the other. The standard case inside the slipcase has an art-like picture of a battle scene involving the Sazabi and Nu Gundams.

 

 

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