Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack was created to serve as the finale in the ongoing rivalry between notable Universal Century mecha pilots Char Aznable and Amuro Ray, as the former now leads the remnants of the Neo-Zeon faction and plots to launch a meteor into the Earth to trigger an ice age on the planet in defiance of the Earth Federation. This being said, I strongly recommend viewers watch up on the older Gundam titles before watching this movie as it is made in mind for viewers who have watched through Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, and even Gundam ZZ.
For the most part, Char’s Counterattack does a great job at getting into the heads of Char and Amuro as the final events leading up to their climactic battle play out. The radical motives that Char has planned for Earth may seem sudden compared to earlier depictions of his character. But considering the Gundam franchise has depicted the Earth Federation being just as corrupt as the Zeons in certain facets and the ignorance that those on Earth have to the prejudice faced by Spacenoids, it’s kind of hard not to blame Char for taking on a more jaded and cynical outlook to the ongoing conflict between Earth’s citizens and Spacenoids. The film explores the conflict between Federation and Neo-Zeon factions from both Amuro and Char’s perspective, with both clearly being weary and hostile toward one another due to their differing ideologies on the situation and being justifiable in whatever actions they choose to pursue against one another. This makes the final fight between the two all the more satisfying as it mirrors how their final fight in the original Gundam series played out and with the film being directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, what results from the finale is very fitting after things are said and done.
While the conflict between Char and Amuro is nice to see unfold, it does carry one major issue in the form of new character Quess Paraya. Her character appeared to be an attempt by the film to show how a child could be impacted by the perils of war. However rather than come across as a sympathetic victim, Quess comes off seeming more as a selfish, self-absorbed, and sociopathic little brat who is too obsessed with seeking romantic affections from either Amuro or Char, going so far as to try killing those who get in the way of trying to earn her affections for one of the two mecha pilots. Regrettably, her situation gets a decent amount of focus throughout the film as it takes screen time away from focusing on the main storyline of Amuro and Char’s conflict.
The visuals to Char's Counterattack amazingly still hold up rather well today for a 1980s anime film, featuring plenty of clean, smooth details and subdued color tones in creating the settings of the movie from the inside of space colonies to the intricate details inside a space battleship. This same effort also went into the designs of the Mobile Suits used among both Neo-Zeon and Londo Bell forces who engage in plenty of fluid and intense battle scenes with one another throughout this film. This is also the first title in the Gundam franchise to make use of CG animation in a brief shot of the Neo-Zeon's Sweetwater space colony. Character designs appear to be adapted from the style in which they were made from the original Gundam series yet they are better polished for this movie. The music for Char's Counterattack does its part to enhance the fierce battles taking place onscreen, as well as highlighting tense moments between characters.
While the film does have its occasional hiccups in quality thanks to the presence of Quess, Char’s Counterattack still makes for a fitting end to the story of Char and Amuro’s rivalry within the Universal Century timeline with the film’s focus on exploring how both respond to the final conflict between Federation and Neo-Zeon forces. It’s not the best entry in the Gundam franchise, but is still worth watching if you have watched any of the older Universal Century Gundam titles.
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Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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