Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Re:0096 – Preview
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Re:0096:
Original Air Dates: April 2nd, 2016 – ???
Synopsis: Three years after the end of Char’s Rebellion, Banagher Links, a young man living on the manufacturing colony of Industrial 7 happens upon a mysterious girl in need of saving. She calls herself Audrey Burne and claims she’s trying to stop a war. She says the Vist Foundation for whom Banagher’s father works for, is planning to hand over the Laplace’s Box to the Neo Zeon remnants, known as the Sleeves. This act would bring about another war, and seeking only peace, Banagher decides to help her. But in their efforts, the colony becomes a battlefield between the Sleeves and Earth Federation forces. Can Banagher prevent the war and escape Industrial 7 with his life?
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: Gundam Unicorn is Mech Porn. Pure, straight up, unadultered Mech porn. These mobile suits are animated with such exquisite detail (expected of a formerly OVA series) that rivals that of 0083, often considered to have some of the highest visual quality throughout all of the Gundam franchise. Any serious mech fan will be impressed and pleased all alone by this incredible visual quality.
Linny: Look, I’m really happy for all you mech fans because even I, a non-gundam person, will admit that the animation in this series is amazing and gorgeous. Not only are the movements of the mech fluid, even the battles are beautiful to gaze at.
Tom: There’s even a massive mech porn commercial at the end of the Daisuki.net stream that showcases tons of mech battle spoilers throughout Unicorn. If you’re fine with spoilers, you’ll enjoy, even if it is a commercial, watching the wealth of high quality animation as it tries to sell you on the Gundam Models of each of this series’ impressively rendered mechs. Character designs themselves are extremely reminiscent of the mid 80s to early 90s Gundam animation style, and will without a doubt appeal to long time Gundam fans that have yearned for this classic style to return amongst the modern animation trends.
Linny: As this episode is mostly set up, you don’t get much information about each of the characters even though you spend a decent amount of time with the protagonist, Banagher Links. What you may immediately notice, or conclude after the episode, is that the show is staying true to its roots with your classic Gundam goody two shoes hero joining up with a maiden to save or aid her in war times/matters.
Tom: We don’t really get a whole lot of info with this episode, unsurprising as this was always an expected flaw when chopping up 50-90 minutes OVA episodes and turning them into sub thirty minute chunks. My one fear is that we might see chunks of the OVAs cut in order to squeeze Unicorn down into thirteen episodes. Sadly I have never gotten to see the OVA, so if we’re already missing content, I’m sadly unaware. That said, from what is here,we don’t really get to know anyone too well, outside of Banagher who is very very newtype already, able to sense the Unicorn Gundam outside the colony, and even Audrey while she’s in distress. There’s already a lot of characters in play, from the Neo Zeon troops sneaking into the colony, Banagher’s father and the Vist Foundation, and even his classmates. Hopefully with another episode under our belts next week, it’ll become clear who exactly is our core cast going forward.
Linny: There’s so much action, you guys, so much so that as a non gundam fan I was struggling not to zone out. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just letting you guys know that the fight scenes feel like they go on forever so if you like mech battles, it’s going to be awesome. However, like Tom mentioned, this means you get minimal story and all I managed to gleam of importance was some very basic world building and that surprise, surprise, there’s a war approaching that needs to be avoided. The show also starts off with a confusing flash forward, one that threw even Tom off, to the point where we had to spare a second to figure out if the beginning sequence was a flash forward or not. So, in case you’re idiots like us, IT’S A FLASH FORWARD.
Tom: The story is indeed a little confusing initially, starting in the thick of things, flashing all the way back to the beginning of the U.C. Era, and back to the present again, but before where we started the episode at. It’s jarring, but ultimately something we adjusted to fairly quickly. But non-gundam fans will definitely get a little confused, making it hard for me to recommend Unicorn as a good jumping on point. That said, the story is easy to follow afterwards, so once past the initial confusion, everything should make sense, but there are quite a few call backs to the older Gundams. So non-fans won’t be getting a lot of the fan service available here, making for a less gripping watch. As an aside, we decided to watch the simulcast dub for this review. The dub is quite good, evoking similarities to the 0083 dub, with mature voices rather than younger voices often featured in the spin off gundams when depicting younger characters.
Linny: I always feel awkward reviewing or previewing these shows, but I figure that through my two cents, at the least, Gundam fans will be able to gauge which shows to share with their Gundam repellent friends like me. This show should be a great boon for fans who never got a chance to watch the original Gundam Unicorn OVAs and is a good choice even just for the sheer quality of animation and quantity of action. However, for non Gundam fans, this is probably going to feel like any other classic Gundam boredom experience.
Tom: Gundam Unicorn Re:0096 is a broadcast/reedit of the OVA released back through 2010 to 2014 and it shows. The first episode ends so abruptly, and at such an odd place, that it makes me wonder if this’ll be a consistent issue moving forward. I really wish I’d been able to see the OVA before this, but alas, I’m not the person who can compare the differences. No matter what, I do recommend what I’ve seen here to long time Gundam fans, but newcomers should stick to something like Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, it’s much easier to jump into.