Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Doesn’t start with a Z?  And it’s two days late?

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is an anime about a wildly over reactionary high school teacher who has to teach a classroom full of anime cliches.

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Gurren Lagann

Like I promised, no games in this post.  Maybe in another G post though.  No promises.

Instead, we’re going to focus on one of my favorite shows: Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann.  Usually shortened to just Gurren Lagann.  You know what I love about this show?

It’s a show where you can literally invent teleportation to punch someone if you need to.

I KNOW.

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Redline

Lately, I’ve been working on a rather impressive backlog of movies, shows and games that I seem to keep putting off getting around to.  Whether they’re something I heard about, bought ages ago, or just plain haven’t been catching up on, I’ve got a lot that I wanted to see and/or play.

Which brings us to Redline.

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Misplaced Sympathy

I’ve consumed a lot of fiction in my time.  A lot.  I’ve seen villains of all shapes and calibers.  From horrible creatures beyond comprehension to small time thugs just looking to make things miserable for someone.  It’s easy to hate a good villain, they do awful things often times for awful reasons.

Sometimes though, I feel people don’t notice all the awful things they’re doing.  They get swept under the rug and it all just becomes “something they had to do!  BECAUSE REASONS” Continue reading

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Continuing with my last post, let’s move on to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.

Better known as “one of the best damn things I’ve watched.”

Zeta Gundam picks up about 7 years after the end of Mobile Suit Gundam.  The Principality of Zeon has been defeated and the Earth Federation is working to crush the remnants of the Zeon army.  As such, they’ve basically formed a counter terrorist organization known as the Titans, which is just as much counter terrorist as the Gestapo was.  The Titans are pretty wildly corrupt and have basically co-opted the Earth Federation military for their own ends.  As such, a group of people calling themselves the Anti Earth Union Group, or AEUG for short, have decided they aren’t going to take that and have started fighting back against the Titans.  The story picks up with a young man, of course, joining the AEUG as they attempt to steal a prototype mobile suit from the the Titans.  From there, the AEUG and Kamille, our previously mentioned young man, have to face increasingly deadly situations as people come out of the woodwork to exploit this whole Titans/Zeon/AEUG situation.

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Mobile Suit Gundam

I’ve been spending a lot of time talking about things I hate, dislike, or otherwise think should be set on fire.  It’s time for a change of pace.  Time for me to spread my proverbial wings and take flight on the winds of love.

That’s right, it’s time to talk about

So what is Mobile Suit Gundam?  Well, let’s talk about that a bit.  Back in 1979, Yoshiyuki Tomino came up with this show, Mobile Suit Gundam.  It aired for awhile on Japanese TV and wasn’t all that popular at first.  Like the original Star Trek though, it gained popularity overtime and eventually became a cornerstone of Japanese science fiction.  Although the states received dubs of War in the Pocket, Stardust Memory, and the compilation movies, there was no televised Gundam in the states.  The United States didn’t receive the show for over 20 years, until it aired in 2001.  It came in on the hopes of repeating the success of one of its spin-off shows, Gundam Wing (which I’ll get to in due time).

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