Title: G Gundam vol 3 (of 3)
N/A (US release reviewed)
Author: Kouichi Tokita, Hajime Yadate &
Suggested Retail Price (SRP): $9.99
Number of Pages: 186
Reviewed: 29th September 2004
Reviewer: Tom (Webmaster)
I’ll start this review with a statement: the
more high-end serious films I watch, the more I enjoy the cheesy films at the
lower end of the spectrum. For every Kurosawa film I see, the more I enjoy
the latest Friday the 13th movie. Seeing several serious films can
make you crave something that does not make you think or question humanity but
simply take you on a fun, clichéd ride that effectively makes you laugh at
yourself for taking another piece of celluloid so seriously before it.
Watching a cheap straight-to-video flick every now and then will make you
realise that entertainment should be the first priority, so the more cheese and
bad one-liners the better. Yep, I cannot deny my love of cheese and I
often say the cheesier the better as it will make it more entertaining.
This is something I have always believed.
Then I read G Gundam.
Oh my God.
You’ll have to excuse me for a minute as I compose myself and give myself the
strength to finish this review, as it will mean I will have to think about G
Gundam after trying to clear my head of it.
< pause >
G Gundam is simply one of the most shocking manga I have ever had the
misfortune to read, and it was certainly difficult to finish reading it.
If you think this is going to be anything like the stylish Gundam Wing
then think again, because G Gundam is worst collection of clichés, bad
dialogue, uninspiring art and laughable Gundam designs you will ever see.
G Gundam tells the story of Domon Kasshu, pilot of the Shining Gundam
and Neo-Japan’s (yes, NEO-Japan) entrant into the inventively titled 13th annual
Gundam Fight. Domon has not entered for personal glory though but
to find his lost brother and the legendary Dark Gundam. Domon’s
quest will be a cliché filled story of love, growing-up and stereotyped
Gundams. He will undertake the standard battle with his old master
Undefeated Of The East (yes, you did read that correctly), learning that the
power of love can conquer all and that when mankind unites they can overcome
ANYTHING!! Sadly I am not making any of this up.
My last hope was the action and that unfortunately does not
deliver like any of G Gundam’s counterparts, it is just a damp squib due
to the sheer stupidity of it all. Although the artwork of the Gundams is
the same as other Gundam incarnations, the daft designs of each Neo
country just have you laughing too much to care (that’s laughing at, not
laughing with). Greek Gundam has a beard! Norwegian Gundam
is a fish! Spanish Gundam is a bull! Dutch Gundam has
a windmill on it! A windmill!! This would just be ok if it wasn’t
for the terrible dialogue as well, which combined with the daft designs and one
of the most predictable plots in manga truly make a G Gundam a very bad
G Gundam is a poor addition to the Gundam franchise and is a
typical example of selling a property purely on a name. G Gundam
feels like it has been knocked up in a weekend and to be frank I’ve seen better
Hollywood sequels then this atrocity. Speed 2 is Oscar-worthy
compared to this!