Note: I do not own SD Gundam Force or any of the images and videos you see here.
Yeah this going to be a bitch... (・へ・)
Behold ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! This is a prime example of franchise mangling! Here today we look at a spinoff of the popular Gundam franchise known as SD Gundam Force which aired in the year 2004. Now take a good long look at the video above. I mean look at it! Damn it who thought this was a good idea?!?
|Yes this is a character from the series. Let that sink in for a moment|
I remember seeing this on Toonami when I was younger and to this day I cannot believe what I saw.
The first problem is the visuals which are very visually awkward and jarring to look at. Plus if you cannot stand cutesy things then this will a painful experience because there is a buttload of "kawai" in just about every single episode. ｡◕ ‿ ◕｡
Second is the plot. A terrible force of evil called the Dark Axis wants to wipe out the futuristic city of Neotopia where both man and robots live in harmony by(get this...) turning everyone into stone. I feel that this is something 4Kids would've came up with. This is a major far cry from the other series which involve complex plot lines of war, human drama. politics, love, and sacrifice things that made Gundam such a big hit!
|Kneel before me in fear!|
From what I've read if my sources are correct this was meant to be a parody. If that's true then they totally failed in that aspect. Its not really funny or fun aside from the clumsy Zaku henchmen who I found myself rooting for. It also turns out there are other SD Gundam series out there and while I have never seen them before I doubt I ever will after having to suffering through this.
Its amazing that it lasted for 52 episodes along with a lot of toys and games considering the kind of reception it got. Currently on Anime News Network its #1 on the Worst Rated and is a rather touchy subject for the hardcore fans. Even in Japan it didn't so well being only viewed in 2.1% of Japanese homes(OUCH!).
Although I really do not like this series its not as horrible as people make it out to be considering its target audience are kids but it seemed to get under the skin of so many people especially hardcore Gundam fans. Me personally I just couldn't get into it when I was younger considering I preferred more mature shows with developed characters and complex plotlines.
There are far far worse animes out there trust me! If you want really bad watch Demon Lord Dante, X The Movie. or the dozens of god damn Ecchi animes that keep getting pumped out! Would I recommend this show to anyone? A younger audience might enjoy it but adults would be squirming in their seats waiting for an episode to end as soon as possible and if you are a major fan of Gundam STAY CLEAR!
So that's the end of this review remember to leave any comments or questions in the comments section below the article. Stay tuned everyone for the 50th Review of A Reeler Movie Reviewer coming soon! Its going to be wacky ride! \(^_^)/