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Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack [Anime Movie Classics]

Brad Swaile , Michael Kopsa , Yoshiyuki Tomino    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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The fourth Gundam feature (1988) takes place 14 years after the third and continues the rivalry between Earth Federation mecha pilot Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, now ruler of the space realm of Neo-Zeon. Char so hates the Earth, he plans to bombard the planet with asteroids, causing a deadly nuclear winter. Although the corrupt Earth Federation commands vastly superior resources, all that really stands in Char's way is Amuro and his Nu Gundam Mobile Suit. Writer-director Yoshiyuki Tomino continues the story of the Newtypes, humans who possess psychic powers. The latest possessor of these abilities is Quess Paraya, an obnoxious teenager who whines and fusses until she's finally killed. Char's Counterattack is essentially a two-hour space battle, and although Tomino had only limited technology at his disposal, the choreography of the mecha duels is generally effective and exciting. Rated 13 Up: Violence, mostly robot vs. robot. --Charles Solomon

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent conclusion to a legendary rivalry June 25 2004
Mobile Suit Gundam - Char's Counterattack is an anime masterpiece. It is the final chapter in the feud between the legendary Newtype Amuro Ray and the former Zeon Newtype ace, Char Aznable. The movie lives up to all the expectations a Gundam fan would have about this epic conclusion, and it is a film every Gundam fan must have in their DVD library.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gundam film EVER. April 2 2004
By Prons
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's counter attack begins right up with familar characters, if you have seen Mobile Suit Gundam you will know Amuro Rei and Char Aznable right away, throught "Mobile Suit Gundam" and "Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam" the characters had times where they not only fought agaisnt each other, but along side each other. This time Amuro Rei is thrown in with Char Aznable in one last clash of the titans (Excuse the Zeta gundam Pun) this movie is actually more of a two hour space brawl, the action, both fight wise and character wise is amazing, not only do we get to see great robots like the "Nu gundam" and "Refined Zeta gundam" fighting against robots such as "Sazabi" (Which by the way, the Master Grade Sazabi is one of the bigest 1\100th scale models there are.) and the other Neo Zeon mechs, we are introduced to new characters like Quess Pyra and Gyunei, but also we have Bright Noah, from the origanal and Zeta gundam, Mirai from MSG\Zeta, and Bright Noah's son Hathaway, from Zeta Gundam, who is all grown up now. We also get to see the green ball robot "Haro" again, overall the movie provides a great atmopshere, an unbelivable chemistry between characters devoloped in SUCH a short time, great mech battles, with that said great MECHS, and the ending was one of the most fufilling endings I have ever seen. 5\5, pick this and the original mobile suit gundam Movie set, you will not regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, but still good Dec 30 2003
By Katie
While a good movie, I think that CCA had a lot of potential but did not fully use it.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Gundam movie ever! Oct. 26 2003
By A Customer
Char's counter attack is the best Gundam movie. It was originaly released in Japan nearly 15 years ago, but this movie is really the best of all Gundam movies ever made. If you love the first Gundam, you don't have to think twice! Just go and get this movie.
The only thing is that you should see Z Gundam and ZZ Gundam series to get better understanding of what happened between Amuro and Char after the one year war. And I know Z and ZZ haven't been released in US. Even if you haven't seen these two series, I'm sure you'll enjoy this movie. I actually hadn't seen Z or ZZ, when I first saw this movie in Japan, but I liked this movie and was excited about seeing grown-up Amuro piloting the coolest Gundam and Char still piloting a red mobile-suites. And a few years later, I had a chance to watch Z and ZZ. Then things made more sence to me. This DVD also has a little booklet, which explains a little bit about what happened after 0083. It'll help but it doen't spoil Z and ZZ.
When Z and ZZ are released in US, you'll go "Yes, this is what Char was talking about in Char's counter attack!" And you'll see this movie again with the knowledge of Z and ZZ and you'll enjoy it again just like I did! So, don't worry so much about Z and ZZ right now, this movie itself is worth for your Gundam collection anyway!!
This movie won't disappoint Gundam fans!
By the way, some characters from Z and ZZ also appear in 0083 series. Haman, who Char mentioned in this movie appears in 0083 volume 3, she has pink hair and speaks a few words in Axis. Jamitov, the founder of Titans from Z Gundam appears in 0083 volume 4. And also, Bask, one of the most important Titans' person from Z Gundam appears in 0083 volume 4. He is in charge of the Solar-system and wears wired glasses. He also gives order to fire the Solar-system at Uraki's Gundam and Neue Ziel. His cruel character in 0083 is also seen in Z gundam.
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4.0 out of 5 stars char's review
It's a good movie,however you really need to have seen the first three series (gundam,zeta,zz)to really understand the whole series.
Published on Aug. 31 2012 by sylvain
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
As the legendary rivalry between Amuro Ray and Char Asanable respark in this legendary movie, The people are sure to get what they want. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Adaptation
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite anime movie!
Please note that if you havn't at least seen the original Mobile Suit Gundam you should stay away from this movie. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Levon
4.0 out of 5 stars Char's Counterattack good movie-sequel to shows.
First of all if you like the original gundam-released in both a 3 movie version and in a series-then you will like this film. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling
I simply love this movie. There is a lot going on in it but it's defiantly worth viewing. If your a first time watcher of the Gundam series. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by Donatella
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok but was kinda confusing for me
i saw this movie a while back and i remember that there were a lot of characters i just didn't recognize at all and i was later told that it had characters from some of the other... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Uh......huh?
okay first of all i'm not going to beat around the bush, this DVD has a lot of good stuff. the animation, the story, the new characters(except one), and of course Char and Amuro. Read more
Published on July 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars newgundam vs sazabl who will win
this a very cool dvd get it if you are a gundam fun allso get the game.
Published on March 8 2003 by Lynn C Bilawa
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw it on cable!
I was channel surfing late one Sat. night and accidentally tuned in. Just a matter of time before I get this one. It blew this 43-year old kid's mind!
Published on Feb. 16 2003
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