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I admit to being hesitant with this series when I saw the initial artwork. However, if you read my posts on the forum or my edits for the page, it's no secret that I'm enjoying Gundam AGE.
however, is not a flawless installment. For one, I swear that Akhiro Hino is Japan's George Lucas
when it comes to dialogue. While the nadirs were undeniably the entire Fardain arc and Asemu's reunion with Zeheart in Episode 24, the overall dialogue is definitely not Shakespeare. Also, the series has issues with its focus. For example, I think they could have skipped the Fardain Arc altogether so they could spend more time focusing on much more potentially intriguing segments of the story, not to mention further develop the characters, such as those within the Diva and Vagan.
That said, let me explain why AGE Needs More Love
. The MS designs are not only original, but are also a treat to see in action (Zeydra is my favorite). I also appreciate how AGE
takes fresh takes of classic Gundam tropes. Yurin's death scene, for example, showed her reliving her happiest moment with Flit before the environment dies around her. It was refreshing and more emotionally effective than if Yurin's last moment was the usual naked Newtype farewell in space. Moreover, as the antagonist faction Vagan is awesome.
Sure, there are rotten apples like Desil, but otherwise Vagan is morally grey like Zeon.
Overall, the first and second generations of AGE
are solid, not perfect. The series has issues with its focus and its scripts. Even so, the first two seasons of AGE
improved over Gundam Seed Destiny
and Gundam 00