Mini-Review of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
It's tough being a working geek. While I have time to work at my day job and write for my blog, I don't always spare time left over to do other geek-related things, such as keeping up with the latest blockbuster movies. I didn't have time to see the new Transformers movie last weekend or this weekend, which means that I probably won't have time to see it before it leaves the theaters. Thankfully, a friend of mine helped me out with this situation by letting me borrow his copy of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team miniseries.
I've heard plenty enough about the Gundam franchise over the years to know that it's the equivalent of Dr. Who and Star Trek in terms of longevity, but I don't know much else about it. Such lack of knowledge didn't keep me from enjoying The 08th MS Team at all, which speaks highly about the quality of its story.
The 08th MS Team tells the story of the titular military unit stationed in the jungles of Southeast Asia during the war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. Even though this miniseries latest for only twelve episodes (eleven episodes with an additional episode that serves as an epilogue of sorts), it is populated with distinct, well-developed characters and features enough plot twists to keep you guessing what will happen next. In fact, because I'm such a big Robotech fan, many of the characters, stories and themes in The 08th MS Team reminded me of elements found in all three of the anime series that made up the first Robotech saga.
Overall, if you love epic big 'bot battles but can't stand Michael Bay, The 08th MS Team miniseries is a more than capable of meeting anyone's cravings for rock'em sock'em giant robots.