Gundam 00: Social Commentary
–The Truth Beneath the Rose by Within Temptation. Lovely song.
–Heart of the Rainbow by Freedom Call
The Gundam metaseries has always been a social commentary on war, peace and ideology. At times it gets so philosophical (Gundam Wing had a lot of this) that it ends up being trite.
This disappeared somewhat in Gundam SEED (and its infernal spawn, SEED Destiny), as both of those were so full of flashbacks, stock footage and cheesy poses that there was actually more rehashed material than plot development. There was more angsting than philosophical reflection.
Now, with Gundam 00, we get a renewed sense of the heavy anti-war sentiment that suffused the previous series. Just check this out:[pic]
Yes, 300 years into the future, our friend Dubya will still be doing the same thing. Or someone who disturbingly looks like him will be doing the exact same things he does. (This character is the president of UNION, which is based in Washington, D.C.)
I don’t really feel strongly about the foreign policy of the US, but I can’t deny that it has very nasty and far-reaching effects. And that even anime pokes fun at him.
~ by J. R. R. Flores on October 21, 2007.