(This only deals with the OVA rendition of Unicorn. I haven't read the novels yet.)
In a few words, oh dear God yes.
It's the year UC 0096, and it's been peaceful for a little too long in the Universal Century. A new Gundam is built, a new Zeon force rises up, and the dance of war, peace, and revolution begins again. Gundam Unicorn looks to take up a damned heavy flag - that of the Universal Century, the holy grail of Gundam. Fans demand certain levels of quality from UC Gundam. Fans will be glad to know that Unicorn absolutely refuses to disappoint you.
The plot begins simple: Banagher Links is a young man studying at Anaheim Industries. Things are normal. The day goes along as usual, with no changes whatsoever.
Then a girl falls out of the sky, and Banagher rushes out to be her white knight. Ironic how that turned out.
Before the day's over, what was supposed to be an ordinary day of learning has turned into a warzone, as the Sleeves, a Neo-Zeon remnant lead by Full Frontal, the "second coming of Char," attempt to obtain Laplace's Box, a device apparently capable of overthrowing the Federation as we know it. In order to stop them, the Vist Foundation's leader, Cardeas Vist, tosses Banagher into the cockpit of RX-0, the Unicorn Gundam. Banagher now faces something he never knew before - war.
Graphically, Gundam Unicorn even puts Gundam 00 in its place. Not particularly surprising, as OV As
are known for their higher quality, but apparently someone at Sunrise decided that "higher quality" wasn't enough and wanted to see entire theaters of people pick their jaw up off the floor. From the wonderfully detailed and designed mobile suits, to the classically designed characters, to the absolutely lovely soundtrack, Unicorn takes everything it can and runs with it. As usual, the first OVA leaves most wondering "who am I rooting for again?" The blurred lines of war UC Gundam is known so well for stand tall here. The storyline is easily better than most Gundam series within the last ten years, and that's just the first OVA. However, these are all irrelevant. The big question is this.
Does Gundam Unicorn deserve to stand alongside the legends of the original Gundam and Zeta Gundam?
Well, if the rest of the OV As
can stand like this one did... it deserves to shine beside them.