YMMV / Gundam

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Gundam franchise is very unpopular in Brazil, since most of Brazilian anime fans dislike mecha series. The only anime aired in the country was Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz OVAs during the beginning of the 2000s in the Cartoon Network, but it was clearly overshadowed by other animations like Dragon Ball Z, Rurouni Kenshin and YuYu Hakusho in the channel. Even the Brazilian fansubs don't have interest on it, most of them don't bother subbing any of the series that came before Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
  • Broken Base: The fandom is generally grouped roughly based on which series brought you into the fandom, though this has died way down since Gundam's heyday in the early 2000s. The original split was between UC purists and Wingers, with a smaller faction of Seedlings arising later. Gundam 00 was divisive due to its much more Super Robot-styled Gundams and the First Contact plot of the movie given that Absent Aliens has long been a hallmark of the franchise. A later series, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, has caused some disagreements over its "kiddie" styling (to say nothing of the writing gaffes it suffered in its last two arcs).
  • Complete Monster: Has its own page.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: The main reason for the shift from the UC timeline to alternate universes.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Many people who have gotten into the model kits have found this. It's called "plastic crack" for a reason.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The 30th anniversary short "Gundam Perfect Mission", where the protagonist Gundams from every anime up through Unicorn work together to get the Core Fighter into space, where it forms into the original Gundam, the whole thing ending with a "YEAH!" Shot.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Most of the series have a strong anti-war theme, while simultaneously making sure every episode has awesome giant robot battles in it.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Even the original Mobile Suit Gundam made it clear that what was shown on screen was simply one small part of a large war. The UC timeline spans over two centuries, and then there are the Alternate Universe series, and that's not even considering fans making their own Gundam AU. There's also less of an aversion to fans making up all-new casts due to the practice of introducing a new lead character for every anime, manga and video game.
  • Fanon: The fandom is quite good at creating it, given how many Alternate Continuity versions and contradictory source materials there are.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Contrary to popular belief, there is no official words removing G-Saviour from Universal Century. However, its existence is generally ignored by both the fans and the creators.
    • Some fans really want to believe that the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam remake movies have shunted the less-popular Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ out of canon, but that's not the case (see Canon and Continuity Snarl on the main page).
  • Foe Yay: The Hero and the Big Bad / The Rival are prone to this.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Proportionally speaking, the Master Grade line of model kits sells incredibly well in most foreign countries like Australia.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • In terms of Gunpla collecting, most of the (foreign) fans are not satisfied to their favorite Mobile Suits, either main or minors, is being released as a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusives. (Unless they know how to order them and use their shipping fees.)
    • Fans are not amused to the fact that some higher-priced kits still include stickers on some details instead of parts separation.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Why some fans enjoy the franchise despite finding the plots boring and the characters irritating. It's still got giant robots blowing each other up!
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to have its own page, as well.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Yes, the Federation has corrupt leaders. Yes, Zeon has many good, moral people who serve it. Yes, the Titans are bad. That being said, it's a little scary how many fans will knee-jerk a SIEG ZEON for a regime that murdered billions of people and continued to wipe out metropolitan centers every few years "for freedom".
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The Newtype flash.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Some fans dismiss any Gundam series not set in the UC continuity or made by Tomino regardless of their actually quality.
  • Rooting for the Empire: For UC, Zeon has far more vocal fans than the Earth Federation. In CE, just mentioning it in reference to the Earth Alliance or ZAFT is likely to cause a Flame War over who was really the bad guy. Ditto, though to a lesser extent, for Mobile Suit Gundam 00. The same debate over whether Vagan or the Earth Federal Forces is worse in Gundam AGE is getting ugly as well. The same goes through Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans where you got Tekkadan vs. Gjallarhorn (particularly in Season 2) debate.
  • Star Trek Movie Curse: For Gundam, it's the "sequel series curse", where sequels to a series other than the original MSG tend to be poorly received in comparison: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, and to an extent the second seasons of Gundam 00 and Iron-Blooded Orphans. Averted with Gundam Wing and Endless Waltz. For the moment appears to be downplayed with Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try, with BF being a Tough Act to Follow but reactions to Try still being generally positive, if not to the degree of its predecessor.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks! / It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The series often gets complaints that the Gundams all look way too similar to each other. Yet when they went with going with a very different design approach in ∀ Gundam by bringing in American Syd Mead, it was met with heavy derision from the community.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Many fans view Tomino's work as this, with anything set in an Alternate Universe very rarely holding up to Tomino's standard. Shows set in Tomino's Universal Century have fared much better, with all of the OVAs (none of which had any input or involvement from Tomino) being highly rated by both fans and Tomino himself.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Zeta Gundam, while having one of the bleakest endings in all Gundam, is generally considered to be one of the best of them all. Gundam 0080 is similarly dark, and similarly exalted. On the other hand, ∀ Gundam is also considered to be among the best, and it's arguably the happiest Gundam series. Ditto for Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam another series that avoids the Kill 'em All status Tomino is infamous for. Incidentally, Tomino wrote Zeta, Turn A, and Crossbones. Gundam Build Fighters, which is orders of magnitude more lighthearted than anything else in the franchise, also got a very positive response.
  • Wangst: Happens when the protagonist takes True Art Is Angsty too far, which is depressingly frequent for people who just want to watch giant robots fighting.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After numerous failings, Gundam was completely pulled from US markets. However, the success of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn overseas, combined with high ratings on official Gundam Build Fighters streams led to the franchise being picked up by Nozomi Entertainment, with a dub of the anime version of The Origin on the way. Gunpla has also been showing up at select Barnes and Noble retailers, and Bluefin opened up a Tamashii Web Shop in the US, with hopes for a Gunpla Shop. And as if to say "sorry" for leaving before ∀ Gundam could be released during Bandai Entertainment's run, it will be one of the first series to be released by Nozomi. Things are looking for a grand return...


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