ANIME TOP TEN (LIST #2) - #5 Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Trilogy (I - 1981, II - 1981, III - 1982)

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Director(s): Yoshiyuki Tomino, Ryoji Fujiwara, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Screenplay: Kenichi Matsuzaki
Music: Hiroshi Matsuyama, Takeo Watanabe
 
As I said about the TV series, the now classic Mobile Suit Gundam wasn't very popular at first. But due to its popularity in repeats, it garnered enough attention to warrent a film series adaptation. The TV series is a classic, but most of what it does, the movies do better. Some of the more garish toy advertisement elements were replaced with better looking alternatives and the story and themes are streamlined, without some of the clunkiness of the show. The new animation, most present in the third movie, is good enough to impress, but is also flawlessly in tune with the old animation. The new footage was headed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, so perhaps more credit can be given to him than for Tomino for the films.