minayuri's Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Tv Review

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny tv Review

The year is CE 73. Two years after the battle of Jachin Due, tensions still run high between naturals and coordinators. ZAFT has developed several new mobile suits, including several new gundams, and is preparing to unveil them to the world.

However, three of the gundams are hijacked by three of the EAF's Extendeds: Sting Oakley, Auel Neider, and Stellar Loussier. To recover the stolen mobile suits, the new ZAFT battleship Minerva heads out, with Shinn Asuka piloting the new Impulse Gundam. Once again, the world is plunged into a state of war between ZAFT and the EAF. Where will this new war lead? And how will the heroes of the previous war, Athrun Zala and Kira Yamato, react?

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Story & Characters

The story of Gundam SEED Destiny did pretty well, up until ep.34 and the series went downhill for me. The director and his staff of writers disappointed me as a fan of the SEED series. It was disheartening to see the members of the Minerva take the role as antagonists and experience the tragic endings, such as the Minerva's commander, Talia Gladys, a character I found very likeable. I didn't like how Shinn Asuka was then made to serve as the antagonist to Kira and Athrun in the last quarter of the series, I thought Shinn's character would've greatly improved with Athrun serving as his mentor and not as his enemy. I felt Shinn needed someone like Athrun around to ease the rage that was within Shinn. Athrun's character development suffered greatly when he became a second-time defector. At least in the final episode, Shinn makes peace with himself and Kira and Athrun. Also, the issue with Athrun and Cagalli's relationship going downhill, I interpret as the director deciding to end their fairy tale romance. So the fault of the AsuCaga relationship ending is because of the director and his writing staff planning to do so, not Meyrin Hawke that is by Athrun's side after the pair leave ZAFT. In defense of Meyrin's character, for example, Meyrin DID NOT say anything bad about Cagalli in front of Athrun like her sister Lunamaria did. I guess AsuCaga could've survived maybe if Cagalli wasn't tied down to her responibilities as Orb's leader, and being a leader of an entire nation takes a whole lot of work, both in war and in peace times, so Cagalli was probably faced with a dilemma in choosing to devote the majority of her time to being Orb's leader, or trying to do that plus keeping up with her relationship with Athrun. I felt sorry for Cagalli, especially when her council was going against her wishes and being pushed into marriage to a man she didn't love. I also was disappointed in the lack of screen time for Yzak and Dearka, two characters of the old cast I thought made the most character development from the type of characters they were in the first series. Yzak and Dearka deserved more screen time than they did. I think if Tomino-sensei was around to supervise, since a lot of the elements used in the GS series was used from his own works, he would given the director and his staff a few face slappings(a theme used frequently in his UC series), and tell them to be more original and improve the story.

Rating: 6


The art I was very pleased with and the designs of the characters, mechs, backgrounds, and etc looked very sharp and beautifully made. Although certain characters of the new cast could've been made to look a little more different as not to compare to the likenesses of other GS characters, with the exception of the Lacus look-alike, Meer Campbell, although I didn't care much for the design of Meer's outfit. I loved the design of Stellar Loussier's outfit, it was rather pretty.

Rating: 9


The sound was very pleasing as well as it was the sound effects used from the original Gundam series and I liked that Shuuichi Ikeda(Char Aznable of UC Gundam) was cast as a character of the series, Chairman Gilbert Dullindal. Houko Kuwashima did an excellent job as Stellar Loussier and I loved the characters image song, Shinkai no Kodoku, very beautiful and melodic. Other well known actors in the series is Masakazu Morita as Auel Neider, Junichi Suwabe as Sting Oakley, and Fumiko Orikasa as Meyrin Hawke, the three actors also known as Ichigo Kurosaki, Grimmjow Jaegerjaques, and Rukia Kuchiki respectively off the Bleach series. Another famous seiyuu in the series is Maaya Sakamoto as the voice of Lunamaria Hawke. Ocean Studios worked on the dub and the performances I was pleased with was Ted Cole as Dullindal , Venus Terzo as Talia, and Maryke Hendrikse as Lunamaria. Of course, even though I like both the original Japanese and dubs, I prefer the original Japanese performances. However for the background music track, I liked the certain pieces, but I liked the background music of the first series better.

Rating: 8


Not much extras on the DVD's of GSD though(not like the amount of extras they put in the DVD's of Code Geass, and I like DVD extras). The storyline wasn't very good anymore after Stellar's death and Athrun's second-time defection from ZAFT, as well as Shinn's development into the the troubled new protagonist to Kira and Athrun's antagonist. It was wrong to take Athrun away from Shinn asit seemed to me that Athrun was the only one who could keep Shinn in line, whereas Lunamaria and Rey don't do much to keep Shinn's ego in check as much as Athrun did. Athrun was a good balance for Shinn's character as Athrun was like a mature big brother. It was also wrong to make the Minerva and her crew into the antagonists in the last quarter of the anime, I really respected Talia as a commander, and it was sad of what happened to her in the end. It was totally unfair for the Minerva's crew. It was kind of repetitive with the continuing thread of Natural's vs. Coordinators within this sequel, just because one side has enhanced features aside from those without, they are still human beings. Also I was kind of hoping to see Murrue Ramius move on to Andrew Watfeld, I thought they would've been a nice couple. After what happened to Mwu La Flaga in the end of GS, I thought he would've been blown to bits and it would've been impossible to revive him, of course that's the magic of anime for you. Nice voice acting on both Japanese and English side. Great job to Rie Tanaka and Houko Kuwashima for their respective character image songs as well. Not so great job for the director and his staff for plot development in the story.

Rating: 7

Final Verdict

7.1667 (above average)

Reviewed by minayuri, Jan 08, 2010


  1. Chitose-Bloodmoon Jan 09, 2010

    Character design is very good~~
    Good music to listen to~~Wonderful story~~
    No people do not know it~~

  2. Kikiyo Jan 10, 2010

    I for one love Mobile Suit Gundam Seed destiny~!

  3. 0Neosis Jan 13, 2010

    I think your review's a little off; first of all Shinn is not an antagonist in the second act, secondly Lunamaria and Rey (even though he was using Shinn) were better friends to Shinn than Athrun who came off kinda harsh and strict and could have been more kinder and understanding. Also Lunamaria never insulted Cagalli she was just commenting on her present actions. Lastly I will agree with you that it was wrong for the director to portray Shinn and the Minerva's crew as the bad guys cause in the end they were all being used.

  4. SchRita Jan 15, 2010

    Thanks for the review!

  5. Sanisa Feb 24, 2010

    Thanks for the review! Nice ^__^

  6. SchRita May 01, 2010

    Thanks for the review!

  7. fitarol15 Oct 07, 2014

    I love this series but i still think SEED Is better..
    And you're right about meyrin most of Asucaga fans Hated her thinking she was the one who ruined The relationship between asucaga...but she didn't do anything i really like meyrin she doesn't deserve this hating..
    Thanks for the review..^_^

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