I'm just going to say this outright: a lot of the criticisms of Gundam AGE are nothing more than kneejerk reactions because herpderp, Hino and character designs. And Gundam AGE is turning out to be a hell of a lot better than a lot of angry neckbeards would have expected, and although I can't say anything for the story as a whole, the initial six episodes are perfectly fine. In them we get introduced to probably the most important people in the initial cast and, more importantly, the world of the Advance Generation. We see just how the UE operate (and much to my enjoyment they don't feel like a rehash of a faction from a previous show) along with Flit's growth from just a prodigy mech designer towards being a real soldier and Captain Grodek's awesome antics. I like the scale the story has right now. The story is starting small, with fairly basic mobile suits mostly armed with little more than popguns seeing as how damaging they are, which is good. As the century goes by we'll be able to see the technology become more advanced; that was a problem I really had with Gundam SEED and it's very rapid technological advancement. Heck, the Gundam doesn't even have its beam saber yet! The AGE builder also isn't being spammed in every episode, which is nice. Instead of rushing through the set pieces, as the battlefield changes Flit has to adapt his Gundam, and in fact his crisis of needing more close-range weaponry seen in episode 6 (which was never an issue) looks to be what births the Titus parts. As for the characters, well who isn't to like? My only real complaint is I want to see Largan do more. He almost seemed like he was going to be the story's ace pilot character in the first episode, but now he seems more regulated to some kind of mechanic position. It's unfortunate, really. I also like what it looks like they'll be doing with Desil. As someone on /m/ pointed out, if Flit were to have an older rival, it would probably amount to being some evil variant of Woolf, a UE ace pilot. Giving us a younger, better, more confident, and also downright smug bastard of a rival for Flit just amps up the tension between them. So then. Is AGE perfect? Hahahaha, no. No Gundam series deserves that title. But it's entertaining and it's trying to do something new and I appreciate that.
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