Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #366 – Nintendo Direct & Zeta Gundam: A New Translation Review


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

This week brought our first full-length Nintendo Direct since September 2019 (!), but was it any good? Do a few far-off announcements for 2022, a Mario Golf game, and a low-effort Zelda port make up for Nintendo’s months of erratic communication? We discuss all this and cover a few pieces of exciting Diablo news from BlizzCon, before diving into our main topic, another Weekly Suit Gundam discussion in which we tackle a curious oddity in the history of Gundam: Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation film trilogy from 2005 and 2006, which saw the Gundam creator returning to the classic sequel series and compiling it into three feature films. There’s probably no Gundam series more difficult to condense in to three 90-minute movies than Zeta Gundam, with its enormous cast of characters, heady and challenging themes, and dense, complicated storytelling, but A New Translation is nothing if not a valiant effort, worth examining even if it never quite overcomes the sheer weight of factors working against it.

Enjoy!

TIME CHART:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:10:05

Blizzard News & Nintendo Direct: 0:10:05 – 0:49:27

Zeta Gundam: 0:49:27 – 3:10:09 

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