Continuing with a mecha theme for the moment I turn my attention to the massive Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. For the most part this franchise, particularly in the early days of my anime fandom, just never interested me. I also kept hearing that it was, allegedly, an anti-war franchise from the perspective of “war is hell” but for the most part never quite seemed to manage that message properly.

But one instalment did get the message right: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket.

War in the Pocket is a tightly plotted (6 episodes) OAV series with fabulous character designs by Mikimoto (think early Macross), and an ending that is pure tragedy. However there is also a “war is pointless and futile” lesson that is painfully learnt by the 11 year old schoolboy who previously thought that war is cool. Highly recommended if you can track down a copy, and do put up with the annoying kid, the payoff is worth it.

Day 1 – Very first anime: Robotech, Gall Force, Vampire Princess Miyu
Day 2 – Favourite TV series: Card Captor Sakura
Day 3 – Your anime crush: Oh grow UP already.
Day 4 – Favourite Film: My Neighbour Totoro
Day 5 – Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Kinoshita (Rocket Girls)
Day 6 – Most annoying anime character: Lynn Minmei
Day 7 – Character you’d most like to slap: Hiyama Hikaru
Day 8 – Most epic scene ever: Launch day – Wings of Honneamise
Day 9 – Saddest anime scene: The passing of the Fortune Twins – Nariya and Eriya
Day 10 – Favourite slice of life anime: ARIA
Day 11 – Favourite mecha series: Patlabor: The Mobile Police
Day 12 – Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: The War In The Pocket
Day 13 – Worst instalment of a franchise you do like.
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 – A reality check for a genre you like
Day 16 – An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you.
Day 17 – Best Background Music
Day 18 – Best Five-team (?)
Day 19 – Change you’d like to make to any one anime
Day 20 – Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 – Animation studio you’d most like to slap.
Day 23 – Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 – Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 – Best anime villain
Day 26 – Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 – Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 – Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 – Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 – Favorite anime ending theme