Before I do my first review let me give some back story as to why I am doing this one first. To honor moving in with one of my best friends, a few weeks ago we went to an anime event at a mall, to where we had a discussion “Dude no Gundam series had a plot” he said looking for a darker anime. I thought for a moment only to find he is half right “Gundam series have plots, it just depends on which you are watching, granted some of them are stupid like when they were chibi sentient Gundams that traveled dimensions for something about magic or friendship or whatever” he issued the challenge the name one that has a good plot and that comes to now, my review and recap of G Gundam.
G Gundam was a series that aired 2002 on Toonami in the early 2000s. It takes place in F.C. 60, where there are colonies in space from each nation and known as Neo colonies (i.e. Neo-America, Neo-Japan ext.) It is the 13th Gundam Fight were leaders from the colonies choose and send down Gundam fighters, where we fallow our hero for this series Domon Kasshu and his mobile suit Shinning Gundam, later to change to the Burning Gundam. Within the first few episodes we are introduced to:
Rain Mikamura- Domon’s partner and love interest
Chibodee Crocket – Neo-America’s fighter, pilots Gundam Maxter. Domon doesn’t destroy his Gundam in their first fight because he sees his true fighting spirit
George de Sand - Neo-France’s fighter, pilots Gundam Rose. Is tricked into a fight with Domon by the princess to fight for honor, match ends in a tie.
Sai Saici – Neo-China’s fighter, pilots the Dragon Gundam. Domon is asked by his trainers to take him down after his suit is stolen by thugs, gets Domon arrested and later fights that ends in a tie as well.
Argo Guisii – Neo-Russia’s fighter, pilots Bolt Gundam. When Domon gets arrested he helps him break out and then fights, Domon defeats him. Argo is forced to be a fighter as he is a permanent prisoner with a bomb stuck to his chest.
Though out the first part of the series Domon travels to find a man in a picture he carries around that is later to be shown as his brother. In the episode “Fight, Domon! Earth is the Ring” he is taken back to Neo-Japan where he is forced to relive his last day on the colony. It is revealed that the man in the picture is Kyoji Kasshu, Domon’s older brother. Kyoji is the creator of the Dark Gundam and its pilot who wishes to rule the world. It is explained that the only one who can defeat Kyoji is “The King of Hearts” who happens to be Domon. It is also revealed that the power that Domon has that allows him to win above everybody else is his emotion, manifested in his move known as the SHINING FINGER. “This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! Its burning grip tells me to defeat you!” that move later turns to the Shining Finger Sword, not that great of a name but it can only be used when Domon’s pain and anger is at its highest and the Shining Gundam reaches its true form. “TAKE THIS! MY LOVE, MY ANGER, AND ALL OF MY SORROW! ALL IN ONE FINGER! SHINNING FINGER SWORD!” this move obliterates most enemies but that’s the end of the recap without gives away most of the fights and the ultimate ending of the series. If you want to know more I suggest watching it.
Now I think this proves to my roommate that this series as well as other have a good plot. Yes it revolves around Gundam fights but that’s what the series is. In my opinion this series has a good plot, granted the “heart of the cards” like power is a bit cheesy I still think that Domon’s power is epic and awesome. It’s a story of not only a man trying to save the world, but a boy having to fight his brother and avenge his family while having to pass through many obstacles in his way. Some parts are a bit cheesy, character development isn’t always great, and this isn’t that light hearted of a series if that is what you’re looking for. Gundams series as a whole are mostly awesome, there are a few that I just don’t get or like for one reason or another but G Gundam stands as one of my top 3 Gundam series and I enjoyed watching it again for this review, I highly recommend it.