Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (US)

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Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (US)

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First Aired: April 17, 2004 Last Aired: April 16, 2005 Episodes: 50 colored episodes Age rating: Teenagers (May contain bloody violence, bad language, nudity) Genres: Drama, Mecha, Military, Romance, Science Fiction, Shounen Year 70 of the Cosmic Era. Tensions were mounting between the Earth Forces and the ZAFT Organization, but due to the Bloody Valentine Tragedy, these tensions suddenly escalated into a full-scale war. It seemed a foregone conclusion that the Earth Forces, with their superior numbers, would be victorious, but these initial assessments proved to be false. Over eleven months have passed, with no end in sight... Gundam SEED is a recreation and modernization of the original Mobile Suit Gundam. This show features deep explanations of mechanics and breathtaking action sequences destined to draw in old and new Gundam fans alike. Opening Song 1: "Invoke" by T.M. Revolution (eps 1-13, Japan) 1-50, North America Opening Song 2: "Moment" by Vivian or Kazuma (eps 14-26, Japan only) Opening Song 3: "Believe" by Nami Tamaki (eps 27-40, Japan only) Opening Song 4: "Realize" by Nami Tamaki (eps 41-50, Japan only) Ending Song 1: "Anna ni Isshodattanoni (Even Though We Were Together So Much)" by See-Saw (eps 1-26) Ending Song 2: "River" by Tatsuya Ishii (eps 27-39) Ending Song 3: "Find The Way" by Mika Nakashima (eps 40-50)

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Alison Matthews

Alison Matthews

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Donald Brown

Donald Brown

Sigel Clyne

Ron Halder

Ron Halder

Colonel William Sutherland

Vanessa Morley

Vanessa Morley

Cagalli Yula Attha

Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson

Capitan Ades

Tabitha St. Germain

Tabitha St. Germain

Flay Alster, Birdy(Torii), Haros'

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  • Two things that Gundam SEED is really lacking in...direction and testosterone.

    5.0
    Not really a big Gundam fan, ever since sitting through what I thought was going to be an excellent anime in Wing, I just couldn't bear watching another cookie cutter action scene with horrible political struggles. I gave Gundam another try though with SEED since it was the most recent, perhaps it doesn't suffer from the same deficiencies as Wing? Nope, it does, Wing and SEED are similar in so many bad ways; the reptitive and overused action scenes and a horrible story with disoriented political views on each opposing side, though SEED felt a bit more organized and had a pretty climatic and hotblooded ending compared to Wing outside of Endless Waltz. However the cast is infinitely inferior and way too melodramatic that really bars SEED from being a distinguished mecha anime besides having the label Gundam next to it.



    The premise of young boys and girls having the task of leading an entire country's military force may seem a little to cliche, but it works and offers some pretty unique situations in its comical relief moments. Where the problem lies is the immaturity and naiveness they bring onto the battlefield. Countless idiotic decisions one after another listening to their emotions instead of their logic, a lot of pondering about life, etc. Even worse is that just about every main and minor character along with the villains are around 16 years of age.



    Story revolves around the voyage of the Arcangel ship on the side of the Earth Forces who are being chased by their bioligically superior enemies ZAFT and PLANTS. Gundam SEED is unique in that we rarely see these types of adventures anymore with ships traveling around trying to escape from the grasp of an enemy force. Last I've seen is probably Last EXILE. The journey gets a bit underwhelming when the crewmembers start going through these emotional moments, crying and wishing they were home away from the conflict. You just get sick of these melodramatic sessions you tell yourself "Don't frikkin fight if you don't even know why you're fighting," which is sadly, common sense and a common theme in this anime. Was this supposed to be aimed at 7 year olds?



    The worst victims of the shows lacking themes are the lead male and female characters. In particular Fllay is what I would call a spoiled ex girlfriend; whines whines and whines, complains all the frikkin time and forgetting how fortunate she really is. It just makes you want to punch her in the face and smoke a cigarette after. Kira Yamato, the main character, is only slightly better but dislikable in the opposite sense. Being a coordinater, the genetically enhanced humans that the "naturals", the Earth Forces are fighting against, he is in a real bind battling and killing against his own kind. There was a lot of potential for some great character development, instead we just get all of this melodrama with Kira who likes to relieve himself by letting out the most pathetic cry my ears have ever heard. Never have there been two lead characters that are so uninspirational, annoying, and pathetic all in one package.



    While the story is more organized than Wing, it still lacks direction and realism. Following the Arcangel in its excavation for a safe haven out of the clutches of the ZAFT forces was actually a very unique concept. From time to time the Earth Forces would send their help but as soon as those reinforcements do arrive, ZAFT Gundams would swoop in and destroy them. This rinse and repeat process is so ridiculous to watch in just about every sense. First of all I have a hard time believing that just four machines can destroy entire, literally ENTIRE fleets in just about twenty minutes. The lack of congruency in the Gundams makes you hate to watch most of the fights. Secondly the same exact scenes are always always always repeated! Cookie cutter to its finest, embarrassing that this anime made in 2002 uses techniques that were somewhat acceptable in 1960.



    Second half of the anime starts going downhill, then goes back up a little bit during its ending. There is a time when the crewmembers of the Arcangel question if fighting for the Earth Forces is the best thing to do, in the end they optioned to side with ORB, a collection of neutral countries that are friendly to both naturals and coordinators. The Arcangel and the Strike, which was the Earth Forces lone mobile suit, were the earth's strongest weapons. They leave and out of nowhere, earth comes up with their own mass produced Optimus Prime look a like mobile suits with three Gundams of there own piloted by hotblooded teenagers. You ask yourself, where in the hell was all of this before? It went from Earth getting their asses handed to them endlessly by ZAFT to Earth being equal to ZAFT. It is just absolutely ridiculous, even if it somehow made sense the timing just makes you facepalm yourself.



    Ending was at least pretty climatic and exciting, unfortunately the battles still suffer from cookie cutter, save for the final episode that had original material. First half of Gundam SEED was pretty average that had a unique concept of survival, but the second half was just plain mediocre. It is saved by the final couple of episodes that was hotblooded to watch and exciting. Overall, Gundam SEED suffers from horrible cookie cutter fight scenes, underwhelming and melodramatic characters, overpowered Gundams that made the fighting boring to watch, and an atrociously timed plot. Other than its ending SEED isn't much better than Wing, which isn't saying much.moreless
  • One of my favorites.

    10
    In my mind, this is one of the best shows from Toonami. Here is a list of the good and bad sides of the show:



    The Good:

    Intense action scenes

    Pump rockin' music

    Lovable characters

    Sci-Fi anime

    Battles do not drag on

    Excellent dialog



    The Bad:

    Sometimes the DVD's are broken

    US version has edited out the good stuff

    Lacus' singing is bad



    Do not think I am crazy on this but...the show has powers! Every time I watch a volume of this series before a race weekend, really good things happen. When I watched the first volume, Danica Patrick won the IndyCar race in Japan, Matt Hawkins won the ARCA race in Iowa in his first start, Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race in Mexico City. When I watched the second volume, Denny Hamlin won the Nationwide race at Richmond, which is his home track, Intense Sprint Cup race at Richmond that Clint Bowyer won, Jimmie Johnson struggled, Joey Logano won the ARCA race at Rockingham, the dude is 17!



    I recommened this series to anyone (including race fans, like me). Well uhhhhhh, Good Bye!moreless
  • the most wanted and the most brilliance gundam story ever made.

    9.0
    this story about two friends kira yamato from earth force and athrun zala from zaft force fight each other to protec the one they love.but eventually their will join forces and save the world from total destruction.gundam seed is the best from the other gundam that i seen before.the story line is great than before.the character and the new mobile suit is more awesome.and if you not seen this story yet just give it a try and i think you will enjoy it.moreless
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, shortened to Gundam SEED, is an anime television series by Sunrise and Bandai Visual.

    6.1
    Directed by Mitsuo Fukuda (Future GPX Cyber Formula and Gear Fighter Dendoh) with music by Toshihiko Sahashi, the series is the first set in the Cosmic Era. This series begins with the Bloody Valentine War between Earth and the colonies that is similar to the One Year War of the original Gundam series with certain traditional elements from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and After War Gundam X such as the presence of five multicolored Gundam mobile suits and the threat of an apocalypse. On one side is the Earth Alliance, and on the opposite is the space colonies that form ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty). Mankind is divided over human genetic engineering, with normal humans known as "Naturals" and the genetically altered humans known as "Coordinators". Like the original series, ZAFT has a head start on mobile suit design, the Earth Alliance quickly catches up with its five prototype Gundams. With ZAFT having stolen four of the prototypes, young Coordinator Kira Yamato pilots the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam and is forced to fight his old friend Athrun Zala. Little do they know that there are sinister forces at work that go far beyond their worst nightmares.moreless
  • A remake of the original Gundam Series.

    8.0
    Gundam Seed is a remake of the original Gundam Series, but still pretty good adding news story lines. The animation is just great, truly breath taking. The music is pretty good. The action scenes were great, not lasting forever like other anime shows, but moving and intense. The show ran 50 episodes not to long to repeat stories over, but long enough to complete the story. I couldn't give it a 9 or 10 because it's a direct remake or the original series, I don't give 9 or 10s to remakes. I'm running out of stuff to say so I just end it now.moreless
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