Gundam Creator Reconquers Gundam Reconguista in G With New Movie

Released in 2014, Gundam Reconguista in G celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Gundam franchise and saw the return of Gundam creator himself, Yoshiyuki Tomino helming an entry for the first time in fifteen years since 1999’s Turn-A Gundam. 

While there was much excitement to see the return of Tomino at the helm coupled with the series’s fresh designs and stunning, vibrant animation, it was met with great criticism. The series gained a sort of infamy among viewers for its break neck pacing, confused story line and almost unintelligible dialogue. Tomino himself admitted to the series’s issues.

"Frankly, I didn't think it would be this horrible. Fundamentally, people don't respond to stories made with cold logic. If the logic is overpowering, it won't be a story you can be emotionally attached to. That's all. After Episode 19, we improved so it became a little easier to watch, but gosh, it was too late. With a terrifying amount of effort, we managed to wrap everything up by Episode 26."

The director would later have the chance retell the series in the form of five compilation films. The film series was announced in November 2018 as a part of the Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Project. The compilations were to include new scenes and newly recorded, updated dialogue. The first entry in the film series is Gundam Reconguista in G the Movie I: Go! Core Fighter that released in Japan on November 29, 2019, with a Blu-ray/DVD on January 28, 2020.

Photon Batteries, Earth's energy source, are brought down from space via the Capital Tower protected by the Capital Guard. Bellri Zenam, a Capital Guard cadet, gets involved in fending off an attack of pirates during his first practical training session, and helps to capture them. He feels something mysterious with the captive girl Aida and finds himself being somehow able to activate the high performance mobile suit that she calls "G Self."

Synopsis by RightStuff

This first film covers the material from episodes 1-5 and was an absolute improvement on the TV series, correcting its pacing issues and the improved dialogue made the story, characters and world building flow more naturally. Viewers are able to get a better sense of the series conflicts and themes with the nations warring over resources due to the Capital’s monopoly over the coveted “Photon Batteries”, the classism against the Kuntala,  and the controversy of their growing militarism violating certain technological taboos. We are able to resonate with the characters more and their motivations such as Bellri Zenam’s incentive to relucantly fight along side  the Pirate Corps and Aida Surugan’s turmoil of losing a beloved officer in Captain Cahill.

The next entry in the film series is Gundam Reconguista in G the Movie II: Bellri’s Fierce Charge. The film releases to Japanese theaters February 21, 2020 with Blu-ray/DVD release on March 27.

In an attempt to rescue Bellri and the others, Dellensen launches an attack on the pirate corps's Megafauna. Bellri, forced into space combat in Earth orbit, fails to realize he is facing his former instructor and shoots him down with the G-Self. Meanwhile, the Capital Army demands the return of the G-Self and Raraiya Monday, and deploys first the Mask team's Elf Bullocks and then Becker's Wuxia team. Behind the scenes, a crisis is developing which will drive them all to violate the taboos of SU-Cordism--the existence of a threat from space.

Synopsis by Rightstuf

Source: Anime News Network(Quotes), Right Stuf(Synopses)

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