Penguin Truth's blog
Now, the concept of ranking anime programs via tiers is a pasttime of the people on 4chan. Well, actually, they do it with various types of media, and even people and music. Usually tiers lead to a lot of shitstorms, though, and generally tier threads are (and should be treated as) troll threads. Tier threads are absolutely awful, mostly because the rankings go unexplained and they lack the nuance of a more ordered numbering system. Still, those tier charts are tempting to attempt.
So, with Gundam anime, I've decided to compromise, and try my hand at one of these things, but also provide reason for my decisions as to where to rank each entry. Now, as I have yet to finish watching some of these, or haven't watched one or two for a long while, the list remains "open" to a degree. There's some possibility for mobility, as well as reconsideration for most of what's on here. So keep that in mind when you're reading this.
Tier charts are usually divided into a few different tiers. Here I've divided it into the popular ranks of "God Tier", "High Tier", "Mid Tier", "Low Tier", and "Shit Tier". "God Tier" being the tier in which, in my opinion, the best Gundam anime are in, whereas "Shit Tier" has the worst Gundam has to offer. Since I enjoy ending on a high note, let's begin with the worst of the worst, the Shit Tier.
I wanna have a pure time. Everyone's a noble mind.
There's no doubt that I'm a fan of the Gundam franchise. For years, I've watched the programs, collected the DVDs, downloaded the pictures, read the notes, and pieced together the models (though, poorly). I've immersed myself in the world of giant robots, angst-ridden teen pilots, colony drops, and downer endings for quite a while now. I have definite opinions on mechanical designs, plotlines, and alternate continuities. I'd like to think that most of them are well-informed by my experiences in Gundam fandom.
I'm a subscriber to Sirius Satelite Radio. I love satelite radio. Commercial free music with great variety, crisp sound, comedy, sports, radio classics, news, talk. Howard Stern. I wanted satelite radio for years, but got Sirius for Howard Stern. It was the difference between Sirius and XM to me (yeah, Judd, I realize you prefer O&A on XM). So, I'm largely a subscriber because of Howard, and though his show has somewhat waned in quality over the years, he still puts on a good one, and one of the few radio comedy shows I can stick with long term.
I just came back from watching Quantum of Solace. I've been a huge Bond films fan for several years, having watched most of them three or four times, or where great, possibly more. Granted, not all Bond films are created equal, though they may seem like it to the untrained eye, the casual fan. This is okay. It's all right if the Bond movies are just an enjoyable romp with gadgets and villains for you. It's all right not to expect much from them, because you likely haven't looked at them as any more than action films. But, for me, I've become somewhat more selective. And so, for the past few Bond movies, I've been somewhat unimpressed.
Third Time's No Charm: The Problem Of Tenchi Muyo OVA 3
(SPOILERS AHEAD, but don't worry, the third OVA is shit, so if its spoiled, it won't matter.)
Anime, you might say, is a passion of mine, and growing up, an OVA by the name of Tenchi Muyo! (or, "No Need For Tenchi!") aired on the little-known Turner cable television channel, Cartoon Network. It was on the now deceased Toonami block, airing in the afternoon/early evening hours. It had been advertized for a while. "Coming soon: Tenchi Muyo! Love stinks." All right, I thought. Looks good. Science fiction, comedy, maybe some romance. I'd seen a little of the first movie, dubbed, on the Sci-Fi Channel's Saturday morning anime block. I was wondering what it was really all about.
Dear Masaki Kajishima,
This is Tenchi Muyo:
This is not:
Please apologize for the entirety of Tenchi Muyo OVA 3, strike it from the records, and we can all get on with our lives.
This season is all about three shows for me: Mobile Suit Gundam 00's second season, Casshern Sins, and Tytania.
Gundam 00's second season aired its first episode this past Saturday in Japan. Menclave and Shinsen are both subbing it. After the defeat of Celestial Being at the end of the first season and the forming of the Federation, our plucky Gundam-obsessed Arab hero, Setsuna F. Seiei disappeared, only to return to fight the Titans-like A-Laws. It seems like the there's also another group opposing the Federation, which Marina's former assistant Shirin is part of. Saji Crossroads, the put-upon loser from the first season is bullied by the A-Laws and put into a forced labor camp, only to be rescued by Setsuna, who is himself rescued by Vowels... er, Tieria Erde, in his new Gundam. Setsuna recieves his mandatory mid-show upgrade, the Gundam 00, and then goes to recruit Neil's twin brother Lyle to be the new Lockon Stratos.