ANIME TOP TEN (LIST #2) - #7: Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988)

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Director(s): Yoshiyuki Tomino
Script: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Music: Shigeaki Saegusa
 
Yoshiyuki Tomino is not for everyone, and nothing highlights it more than this movie. People tend to either love it or hate it. I can't really blame some people for disliking it. The movie starts in medias res and many details as to how the conflict started are merely inferred. The movie will not hold your hand. The characters of Quess Paraya and Hathaway Noa are difficult to sympathize with, and their storylines seem to obscure more pressing matters, like the rivalry between Amuro Ray and Char Aznable. But I like the in medias res, myself, and really enjoy this movie for the large-scale final battle that was years in coming. What I like about the Quess and Hathaway portions is that Tomino's highlighting the problems that the future generation have. The movie is all about wanting humanity itself to grow up, but that means also throwing away self-destructive stubbornness, and I think it does that justice. It also has some pretty good production values which still hold up to this day. Can one man change humanity? You might wish he can.