On the Seventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Seven Gundam Universes

On the Seventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me,
Seven Gundam Universes,
Six Macross Titles,
Five Delicious Openings,
Four Quirky One Shots,
Three Big Contenders,
Two Amazing Rivals,
and Char Aznable on a Horse

hehehe...

As another one of my goals for 2010 I said I wanted to watch ALL Gundam. I had only seen Gundam Wing way back in the day and I enjoyed what I saw. From then on I had always intended to watch the others. I started my year out making a huge list of The Gundam Universes for personal use. It took me quite a few days carefully tiptoeing around the internet searching for all the information but I did it. Throughout the year I have watched all titles on this list, except Seed because I was watching it with a buddy that disappeared for a while.

This project was a lot of fun for me honestly. I love space battles and there's plenty of that in Gundam. I love great characters and yummy politics for a pretend Universe. Real life politics only irritate me. I love hating on things and Gundam had a lot of that for me too. All around everything was just awesome!

The fairest way to honestly rate these would be in 3 groups. One will be for all the titles in the Universal Century Gundam. One will be for all the other Universe titles and the last will be all 7 of the Universes as a whole.

Universal Century Gundam

#1 Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

This one ended up my favourite because it was SO much like Macross Plus. Everything about it was well executed and it was just perfect.

#2 Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team

It was short, exciting, and wonderful! The action and characters were just so well done I was taken by it completely.

#3 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

It might be the pretty graphics talking me into putting it here... But it's a good place for the moment since there are only 2 episodes out.

#4 Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Ah there's too much to absolutely love about this series. It gave me such enjoyment while watching it. It was everything I wanted the first Gundam to be and more.

#5 Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO

These were a joy to watch! So pretty. MS IGLOO 2 for some reason wasn't as enjoyable as the first 2 were. I should re-watch to pinpoint that reason at some point.

#6 Mobile Suit Gundam

I really, really appreciate this for being the first one and all but I just couldn't get into it as quickly as I had hoped. I will say that the condensed movies were really great and I will be watching them again at some point.

#7 Mobile Suit Victory Gundam

There was a lot of death in this one. It certainly earns the title as the most depressing Gundam made. It's just too bad I didn't care about most of the characters... Gundam F91 was a great pre movie for this series though. It was delightfully twisted.

#8 Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

Nomnomnom hamburgers...

#9 Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE... I think you get the idea... Saving grace was Haman Karn... But even she couldn't save it...

The Other Universes

#1 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (Anno Domini)

Gundam 00 was a pleasure to watch from start to finish. Even though it's S2 wasn't nearly as awesome as S1 I still was addicted. Hell S2 even managed to make me cry! Only 5 other anime have ever done this so that is an achievement in itself.

#2 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (After Colony)

This was my first Gundam title and yes, I watched it on TV in English. I remember being blown away by it and even though a lot of fans hate it with a passion, I'll always cherish it because it popped my Gundam cherry. Everyone remembers their first time!

#3 Turn A Gundam (Correct Century)

HARRY ORD... Honestly enough said...

#4 Mobile Suit G Gundam (Future Century)

Shounen fighting meets Gundam! It's everything I could have asked for and more. Sides, who doesn't like seeing different countries represented by really weird Gundams?!

#5 Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (Cosmic Era)

I will admit that I've only seen 10 episodes of S1 so far. I'm fairly confident that it won't top the enjoyment I got out of G Gundam or any of the other higher series. It's ok so far but I've hear a lot of people telling me it is pretty bad. But it was a gateway Gundam for a lot of fans out there so it can't be all that bad... After all, I have fond memories of Wing and I am drawn to things that are bad anime wise...

#6 Mobile Suit Gundam X (After War)

Honestly all of the other Universes are pretty awesome except for Gundam X... I hate this one a lot...

All Gundam Universes

#1 Universal Century

#2 Anno Domini

#3 After Colony

#4 Correct Century

#5 Future Century

#6 Cosmic Era

#7 After War

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365 Days of Anime Characters: Day 312/365 Haman Karn

Day 312/365

Haman Karn

From the anime Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Haman Karn is the daughter of Admiral Maharaja Khan and the leader of Axis which is a small group that still carries the Principality of Zeon. She also takes care of the only remaining member of the Zabi family, Mineva Lao Zabi. Her mobile suit is the Qubeley which amplifies her telepathic abilities and has 12 remote weapons known as "funnels".

Why I like her: She's a completely bad ass woman. She knows what she wants and won't let anyone stand in the way of her beliefs. I really enjoyed the amazing rival between her and Char. There is some really interesting personal feelings lingering.

Why I hate her: Arrogance can sometimes be a good thing among men but when a woman is arrogant it just bothers me greatly. Otherwise she is a fantastic character.

Overall: She is a delightful bad guy character you'll love to hate.

Her Mobile Suit Qubeley

Haman and "Quattro's" first meeting after a long time. lol

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