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Akushin'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

--Before I start with the review I'm going to tell you this: I've been obsessed with Gundam for like eight years, so this might be a bit biased.--

Anywho, the setting for Gundam SEED Destiny is around two years after the end of the battle of Jachin Due, which concluded Destiny's prequel, Gundam SEED. People are just getting used to the peace between the genetically modified Coordinators of the space colonies, the PLANTs (Productive Location Ally on Nexus Technology, don't worry, you don't need to know what that means) and the Naturals of Earth. But after the theft of top-secret ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty, the military of the PLANTs) brand-new Gundam mobile suits, the world is thrust into a bitter war once again. The plot mainly revolves around a 16-year-old victim of war and Coordinator, Shinn Asuka, who pilots one of ZAFT's (unstolen) Gundams. There are many new faces as well as much of the cast from SEED returning, which makes for a very diverse cast. The story itself is very well thought out, it always keeps you guessing and there are plenty of plot twists, especially nearer to the end.

Rating: 8

Art

The artwork for Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is amazing! The character artist, Hisashi Hirai, returns from Gundam SEED (he also did things like Soukyo no Fafner and s-cry-ed). In my opinion, Hirai is among the best, and I am very happy that he came back for Destiny. The animation is excellent and the art is all very…err…clean. The mech designs are amazing! Even the mobile suits like Zakus that have been brought back from the dead (not literally, of course) have a great new more modernized look. My only complaint is that there are a lot of repeated animations, especially (maybe only) with the mobile suits. It’s kind of bad when you notice that Freedom’s doing the exact same thing that it did in SEED. If it wasn’t for that, I’d give the art a 10.

Rating: 9

Sound

The sounds from Gundam SEED Destiny are excellent as well. The Japanese voice actors are very good, but I don’t have high hopes for the English dubs after what they did to SEED. The background music is one of the best I’ve ever listened to, even though I don’t particularly like orchestral soundtracks. The openings and endings are, for the most part, fairly good. Many popular artists performed them, such as T.M. Revolution, who did the first opening, Ignited, as well as two insert songs, Meteor (from SEED) and Vestige, all of which are great. The only thing I have a problem with is the fourth opening, Wings of Words, by Chemistry, which I hate with a vile passion. It doesn’t really seem to fit Gundam at all, but oh well. Overall, though, the music is outstanding.

Rating: 8

Presentation

Okay, since this is a Gundam, it stopped being original awhile ago. Especially since many aspects of the plot are taken from Zeta, as well as other Gundam series. Heck, they even have Zakus, Goufs and DOMs now! Not that I'm complaining, because it still manages to take Gundam in a slightly new direction. DO NOT WATCH GUNDAM SEED DESTINY IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A FUNNY TIME! Gundam is usually not funny at all, and this really is no exception. I’ve probably laughed about twice in the 44 episodes that have been released. Quietly. Though that is not a bad thing, because it’s not trying to be funny, it’s almost always very serious and tense. But if you’re looking for something a little more dramatic, look no further. This is one of the most gripping and entertaining anime that I have ever seen, definitely compared to other Gundam series. If you just want to watch a bunch of giant robots beating the crap out of each other, look somewhere else. That’s not what this is (though most of the battle scenes are incredible!).

Rating: 7

Final Verdict

7.83 (good)

Reviewed by Akushin, Aug 21, 2005

Comments

  1. kyubinaruto Aug 21, 2005

    maybe hate is too strong to use (referring to the comment about wings of words) It might not be good, but other people might like it ^___^
    A review should not be biased, right?

    But nonetheless, it's a great review ^___^

  2. toxictea23 Aug 21, 2005

    Theres absalutely no point in creating a review if your p.o.v. is a biased one -.-

  3. Hum4n01dTyph00n Aug 21, 2005

    I saw seed, but I don't know if I want to see Destiny. My friend watches destiny, and I saw some of the Gundams, I don't like the way they all look in the new series. One of the is gold, bling bling. And Strike Freedom? wtf could they make him any more powerful?

  4. Collinxx Aug 22, 2005

    Most of the people thing the ending is Destiny VS Strike Freedom.....
    [img]ZAFT[/img]

  5. Collinxx Aug 22, 2005

    Good Question? Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    1. When do Kira and Lacus come back into the picture, if at all?

    2. Do we see more of the "Three Ships Alliance"?

    3. Does this series hold up the standards and quality of the original series? (I'm up to episode 7 right now and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet...)

    4. Where the heck are the Buster and Duel Gundams?!?! Why would Izak and Dearka trade those in for a Ginn!

    Thanks!

  6. Akushin Aug 23, 2005

    Quote by CollinxxGood Question? Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    1. When do Kira and Lacus come back into the picture, if at all? 2. Do
    we see more of the "Three Ships Alliance"? 3. Does this series hold up
    the standards and quality of the original series? (I'm up to episode 7
    right now and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet...) 4. Where the
    heck are the Buster and Duel Gundams?!?! Why would Izak and Dearka
    trade those in for a Ginn! Thanks!

    ---SPOILERS---

    1. I think it's around phase 14...
    2. A LOT about halfway through the series ^^
    3. In my opinion, I think it's better in many of ways, but I won't be sure until I see the rest (only 6 more episodes t_t)
    4. No details on them, but Dearka gets a Zaku Warrior and Yzak gets a Gouf Ignited...

  7. CplayerL Aug 24, 2005

    Isn't a review a set of personal opinions on the performance of the subject under review? If you wanted unbiased information we'd be reading a dry news report (which should be unbiased, though that's often not the case) instead of a consumer review. The whole purpose behind a review is to find someone's opinion on a certain object of consumption and to use that set of opinions to decide whether or not to partake in consumption yourself.

    You wouldn't want a food review to just list the restaurant's menu would you? You want to know how the food looks, and most importantly, how it tastes. It either tastes "good", "bad", or "OK."

    I'll concede that you shouldn't review something if you "hated it before you watched it", expectations can color someone's reaction to something resulting in an overly biased review. But reviews in themselves shouldn't be unbiased at all, =P

  8. StellarAsuka Sep 07, 2005

    I would like to say that the show is interesting but now a days I am starting to lose some interests in it, my favorite character is dead and I am happy to say that Meer (The Lacus inpersonator) got shot which is kinda a good thing. I know that was rude but she had it coming, even Athrun warned her in one of the episodes.

    Anyways, all in all it's a hate love situation, I still hate the fact that Stellar Died and that Shinn is with Lunamaria Hawke =(

  9. tornado Sep 20, 2005

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa......whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...best of the best and best also....

  10. mssl30 Sep 20, 2005

    thank you for telling us this stuff

  11. Freedom-X Sep 26, 2005

    I love the Gundam Saga as well, this series is one of the best, but if you watched Gundam Seed before you, might notice that the storyline is almost the same but happens with different characters.

  12. exercise Sep 28, 2005

    well, Destiny is okay....but not as good as seed, coz there are too many stupid side stories...and the parings...really sucks.....but i'm really glad that AThrun broke p with Cagalli...to all AxC fans....gomen ne...but I really can't like this pair...

  13. Loser150 Oct 02, 2005

    Has anyone seend the last episode yet?
    I found it very dissapointing.

  14. Kouken Oct 06, 2005

    Hmm...well the ending was very crappy...and I didnt like Athrun and Cagalli breaking up (if you can call that a break up) but yea, everything else was alright lol. Oh yeah...whats the deal with the 4th opening...doesn't even suit gundam...

  15. Missy-K Nov 04, 2005

    Some of the character descriptions seemed harsh but true. In fact, the whole series was a let-down. There was so much potential and expectations were high. I only liked this series for the art and music. SEED was so much more successful.

  16. bloob100 Dec 09, 2005

    Humph everthing here are true.....welll its reli good.Ho yah Shinn IS JUZ A CRY-BABY

  17. Sanisa Sep 21, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

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