First of all, the packaging is very nice. The DVD comes with a dark red slipcover featuring a golden Neo Zeon emblem on one side and the head of the Nu Gundam on the other. It looks great and gives the DVD a classy look. The cover on the DVD case itself features a dueling Nu Gundam and Sazabi, and it looks good as well. But, the cover is reverseable and features the Japanese cover on the other side, which depicts Amuro Ray, Char Aznable, and Lalah Sune, and it looks even better than the default cover. The DVD itself has a Neo Zeon emblem on it as well as the title of the movie. A small booklet outlining the events of Gundam series leading up to Char's Counterattack can be found in the case, and it also provides insight to battle tactics and Gundam devices. It isn't terribly informative, but it is still nice to have for those relatively unfamiliar with the Gundam series.
A word of warning: if you have not watched the original Mobile Suit Gundam, do not bother with this movie, as the original series sets the stage for this monumental duel between Amuro and Char. The main problem with this movie is that you really need to have a passing familiarity with Zeta Gundam, the sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam which has not yet been released in America. However, if you have seen the original series, you can understand the basic storyline, but the finer points may be lost.
The storyline itself is very complex and rich.Read more ›
First off, I think that they should have released Zeta and ZZ before this movie, since I see a lot of reviews here complaining about things that have an explanation in Zeta or ZZ, such as why Hayato Kobayashi is not in this movie. I would highly recommend watching at least Zeta first; and since it will soon be released that shouldn't be too much of a problem!
Anywho, my main problem with this movie are the characters. Char and Amuro seem horribly out-of-character; in fact, it's as if they switched personalities. Char becomes whiney, and Amuro becomes mature and calculated. It's nice to see Bright back to his old authoritative self (after that embarassing role in ZZ), and Astonauge is always welcome in a Gundam series.
Someone said that CCA is too focused around the stupid annoying kids, and I'll agree there. Quess is annoying, and not even that pretty, and Hathaway just makes me want to slap him (even his own father can't resist!) Although someone earlier called Hathaway unimportant, which is simply not true: he is the star of a novel that takes place when he is older, and these events in CCA inspire his behaviour in said novel.
Hathaway may not have been one, but CCA did have its throwaway characters. Gyunei, for example, who may have been cute but was absolutely useless; as well as Rezin (the girl who hates Newtypes) and Chan/Chein. Don't get me started on her; her only personality was that she loved Amuro. I much preferred Beltochika from Zeta, who was Amuro's love interest in the CCA novels. Even Nanai's existence was pretty pointless... and I hate to include Mirai in this list, but they did not have to show her that much.Read more ›