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Dethroning Moment: Gundam
Alternative Universe Gundam always had to live under the shadow of Tomino's success. But there are moments where it feels more than ever in Tomino's shadow.
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Tropers/Falconwing: This might be almost sacrilege to say, but the death of Emma Sheen in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam was perhaps the biggest DMOS I could think of. Memo to Yoshiyuki Tomino just because you are writing a Kill 'em All ending to your anime, doesn't mean you can just derail experienced soldiers into idiots who leave their mobile suits in the middle of a war zone. It was so stupid, senseless, and downright out of character for Emma to leave her Gundam like that.
Amuro NT 1: One of the big, plot-critical moments in Gundam SEED comes when Kira and Athrun each kill one of the others' friends (Nichol and Tolle respectively), which leads to their berserk deathmatch and eventually to their realizing how futile the Cycle of Revenge really is. Fair enough...but then along came the HD Remaster of SEED, and the scene where Kira kills Nichol was completely reanimated. In the original, Nichol charges the Strike in an attempt to protect Athrun, and Kira reflexively swings his sword, nailing the Blitz Gundam in the gut. In the remaster, Nichol pretty much trips and runs into the sword blade with Kira doing nothing. Ignoring the fact that it makes Nichol look like an utterly incompetent pilot, it actually defeats the entire purpose of his death in the first place. There's literally zero reason for it to happen, except possibly the writing staff wanted to absolve Kira of as many killings as possible in order to maintain their stance that he's the Messiah of the Cosmic Era.
Justice Gundam: The absurd love story between Shinn and Lunamaria? Sorry, was I supposed to cheer for such a poorly done, nonsensical and Strangled by the Red String relationship? I don't care what people say about Shinn and Stellar, at least that pairing had a logical base instead of "Shinn, you killed my sis and my boyfriend... HOLD ME!".
Chrono: The duel between Kira and Rey. What the hell was that about? They were freakin evenly matched before their little argument on their ideology! All it took was one (cheesy) line from Kira, and Rey was basically one-shot killed immediately after that. Sure, in-battle chat is always a constant in Gundam battles, but that scene almost tainted that concept as a way to force your opponent into submission. You don't win fights with heroic speeches!
Tropers/mbeowulf: Neo. Freaking. Roanoke. More specifically, from Episode 33-ish onwards. Up to that point he'd been a fairly typical Mysterious Masked Man - kind of a less crazy and better-dressed version of his predecessor Rau Le Creuset. Then they made him Mwu La Flaga, who in one of Gundam Seed's most memorable moments had sacrificed himself to save the lives of his teammates by throwing himself into the path an antimatter weapon that had literally vaporized the entire cockpit block of his mobile suit...with no explanation. To add insult to injury, the finale recycles that entire scene again, minus the Heroic Sacrifice part.
Amuro NT 1: Adding to the above, the Akatsuki. Gundam SEED established that Cagalli's relationship with her father was strained because he opposed her participation in La Résistance due to his being an Actual Pacifist, but then we got the beautiful Heroic Sacrifice where he re-affirms his love for his daughter. Then in Destiny, we find out he was secretly building a super-advanced Gundam for her, to show that he accepted her choices in life and so she could defend Orb with a machine that symbolized its willingness to defend itself. It's a very touching moment...and she immediately hands it over to Neo after one battle, when he was still in "I don't know who this Flaga guy you keep talking about" mode, so she can spend the rest of the series sitting in an office. I've heard rumors that the head writer hated Cagalli's voice actress personally and took it out on her by screwing over her character; I don't know if it's true, but with crap like this it's easy to see where the rumors come from.
Fat R: I was willing to cut the second season of Gundam 00 some slack for a long time, thanks to its great battle animations. I forgave them their poor handling of turning sociopathic Designated Heroes into real heroes. And making antagonists eviler than forty Hitlers (after the morally ambiguous first season, mind you). And turning Graham into a fucking joke. And turningSoma Peiris into Marie. And turning Colonel Smirnov into a wuss. Making Louise go stark raving mad and turning Setsuna practically invincible with a God Mode upgrade (after which the series had almost no interesting battles) started to stretch it. But the final drop was Deus ex Machina of episode 24, which must be seen to be believed. A word to authors: Instrumentality-like magic is not a good way to resolve personal conflicts and main characters going all Super Saiyajin and single-handedly turning imminent defeat into victory is not only an overused trope, but also isn't really appropriate for "realistic" series.
Charred Knight: The revelation of Schenberg's plan being to evolve humanity into a new species by bombarding them with GN particles. Not only does it make a complete mockery of the series attempt to be realistic (a group of people are willing to spend 200 years and trillions of dollars following a guy whose plan is entirely based on theories) but the series claim that all wars are caused by misunderstanding is ridiculous. It shows that no one on staff has any understanding of current events, world history, or Japan's history. The entire thing doesn't even take into account the effect it would have on different culture or religion. The worst part is that it presents Celestial Being as right and anyone who dares stand against them as evil and misguided. Its like if Durandal was the hero of Gundam SEED Destiny.
Lily Nadesico 2: Episode 47. Kio goes into an Unstoppable Rage when his Vagan friend Deen is killed by Zanald, for a reason so illogical and detached from reason that it might as well have been For the Evulz. Kio goes apeshit on the bastard and dismembers his Mobile Suit... and then goes My God, What Have I Done? just when he's one second away from ending Zanald's worthless life. What have you done, Kio? You almost stopped a scumbag from wasting everyone's oxygen and possibly killing more innocents, this is what you've done. But you were too much of a pussy to go through with it. This was Kio's chance to rescue himself from the scrappy heap, and he blew it. I completely gave up on that Designated Hero by that point.
Shadow Revolution: Kio's Understanding alone was enough to be a dethroning moment itself. Kio's constant failures grew irritating and is a reminder of why people are getting sick of Gundam. Aka, having your cake and eating it too.
Gundam Build Fighters
Daishomaru: Episode 4. Kiara. Just... WOW. Kiara was a disappointment. The first three Gunpla Builders were AMAZING at first. Then the next episode preview shows us Kiara, who seems to be kicking Reiji's ass. It seems she would be a promising character, being a lookalike of Lacus Clyne/Meer Campbell, but an action girl as well. But nope, she's a cheating scumbag in the end. She could have been an interesting character, but all the potential just went down the drain.
Calamity2007: Replacing my last entry since in my opinion Nils is Rescued from the Scrappy Heap but my new one is for episode 21. Just ugh, as soon as the Embody system got introduced last episode I should have thought this would happen. But we get an overly drawn out emotional episode when Reiji thinks that Aila was in control when she humiliated Felini, so a good majority of the episode is them coming to terms with their feelings. But my problems don't really come up with until the battle itself, when the Embody system was turned on, the battle was quickly becoming a one-sided battle in Aila's favor but the charm she received from China and Reiji's bracelet reacted, giving them an "understanding" scene like the Trans-Am scenes in 00. Now while she did still decide to fight, she still was easily beaten in the next scene. Just so many things annoying about this episode like why couldn't she avoid a simple punch, even if it was enhanced by the RG System it still was coming from a ways away, and how did Sei and China know that the charm would do this? Also the whole "understanding" thing doesn't really fit right with this series and it just seems to highlight an ever increasing problem with the show to exploit the Plavisky Particles as Applied Phlebotinum that can do anything and is starting to border on magic now.