This post is kind of a disjointed fit of rage, so please excuse me.
It’s not so much that I’m mad at Gundam 00. I’m not one to get mad at TV shows, that’s a silly thing to do. I am however mad at people watching and liking it. This, again, is something very silly. I usually don’t get mad about things like this, but Gundam 00 is kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back. In that, it was the breaking point on a build up of rage I have towards modern anime fans for having shitty taste in general.
Gundam 00 on its own isn’t that offensive. I mean, it’s just your normal boring anime, one of many that clogs Japanese airwaves these days. I think what pushes it to moderate hate level is the clear fujoshi pandering and the absolutely horrible opening and ending numbers. What causes me to explode into FITS OF RAGE is when I read gay fanboying like this (yes, I did just call DarkMirage out. Your blog FUCKING SUCKS, by the way.) The first thing that crosses my mind is, “have these kids even seen the original Gundam?” I was one of the many kids who was first introduced to Gundam through Gundam Wing on the Cartoon Network, back in 2000 (though before then, a friend of mine had a Gundam shirt which I found very cool.) Back in those days, I thought Wing was alright, simply because it was something I just had never seen before (incidentally, ever wonder where the “heero” part of my screenname comes from?) It was probably my first robot anime, actually. However, deep down I desperately wanted to see the original. When Cartoon Network announced that they were going to air the original, I was fucking ecstatic. I tuned it right as it came on, and I’m pretty sure I was thoroughly blown away. I didn’t fully understand its true awesomeness then, but I knew it was far better than the trash I had been fed earlier (though I will admit, Wing gets good points as a comedy.)
While I was eating up good ol’ UC Gundam on the CN, a bunch of other kids weren’t watching it. Thusly, the show gets canceled, and I am left in despair. Basically, what I’m trying to get at is, why do people settle for less? Anyone with half a brain can tell that Gundam 00 is written for idiots. Why watch that when you could watch the original three movies, Zeta Gundam, and the various UC OVAs? While those all vary in quality, they are all WORLDS better than any Alternate Universe Gundam (not counting G-Gundam, since G-Gundam is AWESOME.) I guess the answer to that question is that people actually like it. This confuses me to no end. I mean, I can understand liking the Seed series as a sexy comedy, but actually taking it seriously? Give me a break.
What’s more distressing is how now-a-days I feel a lot fans simply have no grounding in anime. How many newer fans have actually sat down to watch classics like Lupin III, Ashita no Joe, Space Battleship Yamato, Cutie Honey, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, and of course, First Gundam (comedy Fist of the North Star option). I can’t say I’ve watched all of these, but by just watching of a few of those listed there, I’ve gained great insight into more modern shows and their influences. So, naturally, it bothers me when I see your average Joe anime blogger fanboying about your typical horrible anime, clearly displaying a lack of knowledge or perspective.
You know, I don’t even know where I was going with this. Actually, I’m just really mad. This is the first FIT OF RAGE I’ve had in a while. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go watch Kaiji or something…