Opinion Prone

My opinions, let me tell them to you.

Three months after this series finished, and I’ve finally finished the review for it. Finally.

I had such a hard time writing this. It’s hard to find a reasonable voice when all you can remember is everything that sucked. It isn’t an objectivity issue since you obviously can’t be objective writing something that’s completely opinion, but it’s still hard to fashion your opinion in a way that doesn’t make you seem like some fanraging idiot. After all, reviews are also supposed to be subtly persuasive, and it’s hard to be persuasive if you sound offended or butthurt about how terrible something is. It’s the same reason people tend to take the opinions of fanboys with a grain of salt. Don’t be overzealous. Write intelligently. Well, I tried.

Honestly, when this series first ended, I wanted to write a long, raging rant about how much I hated the ending and how terribly disappointing the entire thing was on a variety of different levels. But then I put it off and eventually didn’t feel like it anymore. I got the urge again as I was writing the review, and subsequently, the review spiraled into a bunch of sarcastic remarks. Some of them got edited out. Some of them didn’t. I guess I shouldn’t worry too much about it.

I do this for fun! This is fun, see? Fun!

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  1. ghostlightning on June 17, 2009 11:40 pm

    I read the review and I think it's fair. I don't think I disagree with any of your points.

    However, I have forgiven 00 for all of this. Perhaps I'm being sentimental, because 00 is the first Gundam I wanted to see all the way through and acted as the gateway to such a vast and interesting universe.

    Maybe I didn't catch it, but I don't think you got to comment on the TERRIBLE dialogue. I mean why the flying fuck do they have to repeat names over and over?

    "marie… Marie.. MARIE! MARIE PARFACY!!!"

    God dammit that really bugs the shit out of me.

    So despite all of these, I think I love Gundam 00 and find it quite an interesting entry to the franchise.

  2. Kiriska on June 18, 2009 12:08 am

    Haha, well, the name calling is hardly unique to 00. It's common in a lot of series, though I think Inuyasha takes the crown as far as being easy-to-mock goes. "Inuyasha!" "Kagome!" "INUYASHA!!!" "KAGOME!!!!!!!!!!!" etc.

    As far as forgiving it goes, I can understand that. It's probably why I'm going to forgive Wing when I eventually rewatch it since that was my gateway.

    Anyway, I'm glad you thought the review was fair. I always worry about that.

  3. Matt on June 18, 2009 12:37 am

    Wow, didn't realize I actually had an account to post comments until after I spammed your Twitter lol.

    But I do have more to say.
    Again, the very first thing I think when Gundam 00 is mentioned, is way too much detail for a total 50 episodes. I really feel like each season should have been 50 episodes. So many loose ends left just after the first season that I expected to be covered in Season 2, only to find more loose ends.

    "Will Allelujah ever actually do anything important in this series or say a word other than "Marie"?"
    This made me laugh, and I completely agree.

    And what was with the ending? Oh snap, green light is awesome! Louise might be healed! Sumeragi apologized to Billy! Setsuna's eyes changed and becoming apparently the first Innovator and the other Innovators are just Innovates! People realizing stuff!!!!! ….I can realize stuff too please? Life what the hell is going on?

    Lyle was completely uninteresting and never was expanded, I prefered the old Lockon so much better. And I missed Hallelujah.

    Again, just too much detail which I believe caused all these problems. If they had expanded the number of episodes, there could have been a great chance for an amazing Gundam show.

  4. Kiriska on June 18, 2009 1:00 am

    Haha, twitterspam is fine as long as they're direct replies. It's only annoying when someone is flooding your feed with conversation directed to someone else. :P

    I still think 00 would do better contracting to 25 episodes rather than expanding to 100. It would have been sufficient enough to cover the motivations and conflicts of the four (original) Meisters along with Ribbons and the "ultimate plan." Many, many of the secondary characters' roles could be reduced significantly or cut altogether. All of the Trinities, Wang, Long, Saji, Louise, Graham, Billy, and Patrick could be eliminated completely without affecting much, along with a few of the Innovators… or actually, all of them except Ribbons. If we cut Lyle out of the picture, we don't need Anew. And I don't think Regene was important enough to Tieria's development to warrant staying either. The rest were just battle fodder.

    That leaves Kati, Ali Al-Saachez, Shirin, Klaus, Marina, the crew of the Ptolemy, and maybe a few others as minor characters with varying degrees of significance. If we nix the timeskip and just have things flow more naturally, that'd also cut back on unnecessary filler nonsense.

    I missed Hallelujah a lot in the second season as he was the most interesting thing about Allelujah — the writers much have thought so too since Allelujah didn't amount to much without him. In addition to the fact that he was a replacement for Neil, I never warmed up to Lyle because I didn't know what his motivation was — if he disagreed so much with his brother's goals, why was in Kataron, and why did he join CB? We never really find out.

    As for the ending, I just thought it was a huge cop-out. Ribbons is defeated and SUDDENLY the whole world sees where they had been wrong to allow the A-Laws to take over and magically right everything and everyone lives happily ever after except that CB is still doing armed interventions and nothing has really changed. Awesome.