You didn’t think I’d let 2017 end without making one last post, did you? :3
Not gonna lie, guys. I thought I was gonna do just that. The latter part of this year was really…really rough for me. From losing a very close relative, to issues at home, to issues with finding steady work. Needless to say watching anime and posting about it on my blog was very low on my priority list for a long time.
But, I can’t mope around forever. It’s time I got back into the swing of things. And what better way to end 2017 and ring in 2018 than with a ol’ fashion NEETaku rant!
While perusing the various uploads of my Youtube subscriptions, I came across a vid by Sage from Anime Abandon about Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz. And while the video is full of great points about that OVA & the series itself, he made one observation that really sat down and made me think. In almost every….single…Gundam series that followed Wing…the main cast is made up of, as Sage put it, ” Pretty Boys With Problems”. In simpler terms, the pilots of the main mech suits are always Abercrombie & Fitch models that have some dark past/backstory.
At first I thought it was just a one-off joke. That is…until I did a quick Google search and had my mind completely blown!!
Holy, friggin crap! How did Bandai slip this past me for so long?! I’m usually one to pick up on trends in long running shows rather quickly, but I never once noticed that Gundam had gone the way of IdolMaster for such a long time. What was Bandai’s plan with having the main male characters in all those series be damaged, brooding, emo pretty boys? Were they seriously trying to market a shows about the senselessness of war and giant robots beating the crap out of each other to tweenage girls?! NEWSFLASH: It’s mostly guys who watch Gundam!!
Not saying girls can’t enjoy Gundam, but come onnnnn!! You know full well they aren’t the target demographic for mecha anime. Just like guys aren’t the targets for shows like Tokyo Mew Mew and Pretty Cure. Well….at least non-otaku, figurine/body pillow buying males aren’t.
The trend did start to taper off after SEED and 00 weren’t as successful as Wing was. And it’s no wonder that they weren’t. Wing was the right show at the right time when it first aired on Toonami. It was a new spin on an old formula that breathed new life into a sputtering franchise. We didn’t need 500 other versions of it. What we wanted something that took the franchise in a different route like it did. That’s why I enjoyed Gundam Build Fighters so much. It was NOTHING like previous Gundam series, yet it helped rejuvenate a fan base that had sorta died off.
But…much like with Hollywood…some people just can’t take a hint when things aren’t working like they think they are.
I’m NEETaku and Happy New Years everybody!!!