Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #386 – Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Arcs 1 and 2 Review & Discussion

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.

Today’s main topic is another Weekly Suit Gundam extravaganza, but before that, we also give first impressions on The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for Nintendo Switch, react to Valve’s announcement of the Steam Deck portable PC gaming console, and talk about Jonathan’s nostalgic binge of American TV classic ER, and the wonderful, helicopter-related absurdities of the network TV dramas of yore. But then it’s time for Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Sunrise’s 2011 collaboration with video game giant Level-5, whose lead creative Akihiro Hino conceived of and wrote this child-friendly Gundam series that spans 3 protagonists over 3 successive generations in a century-long space conflict. AGE did poorly upon its initial airing in Japan, and has suffered a quiet and often negative reputation in years since. But we don’t think that reputation is deserved – through its first two arcs, at least, AGE is an imperfect but extremely compelling show, with a really cool central narrative conceit, great characters, and some really interesting ideas that take Gundam to places it had never been before. At the very least, it’s a show worth giving a serious shot, and in this first part, covering Arcs 1 & 2 and episodes 1 through 28, we aim to do just that.

Enjoy!

Time Chart:

Intro & Stuff: 0:00:00 – 0:37:40

News: 0:37:40 – 1:01:09

Gundam AGE: 1:01:09 – 4:00:12

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