The unique Gundam Thunderbolt manga began out pretty gritty when it got here to its tone. Utilizing older One Yr Warfare cellular fits in a extra plausible approach, the anime adopted go well with. Nevertheless, the later elements of the Gundam Thunderbolt manga get a bit carried away and that is the place Bandit Flower is available in.
Very similar to how December Sky was an anime film produced from numerous episodes, Bandit Flower does likewise however from the afterward within the story.
The One Yr Struggle is over and the Federation is mopping up the remnants of Zeon however there’s one main weapon that is still unaccounted for, specifically the MS-06R Zaku II Excessive Mobility Sort.
As this cellular go well with incorporates psycommu know-how, it makes it particularly harmful within the arms of highly effective Newtypes. Similar to Levan Fuu of the South Seas Alliance, who can also be brainwashing his followers together with his Newtype powers.
Whereas all of that is the backdrop for the occasions in Bandit Flower, extra of the main target is positioned on Io Fleming in his new and preposterously highly effective Atlas Gundam.
Admittedly, we see a few of Daryl Lorenz and the remaining Zeon forces however the story of Bandit Flower is clearly meant extra of a setup for occasions to return, specifically an enormous battle with the likes of Levan Fuu.
Whereas December Sky takes a considerably parallel strategy to occasions and particularly know-how from the One Yr Struggle, it didn’t deviate all that a lot and was additionally gloriously entertaining, not least on account of its fantastic animation.
Against this, Bandit Flower performs merry havoc with occasions within the timeline after the One Yr Struggle and ramps up the efficiency of varied cellular fits, with the worst offender being the Atlas Gundam.
Admittedly, it nonetheless appears superb and most of the battle scenes are extremely animated however the story is far thinner, as that is clearly meant as a story setup for issues to return.
There are fascinating parts to do with teams inside the Federation from the Moore colony, together with Io Fleming, however once more this isn’t actually expanded on additional.
In some methods, I had hoped this a part of the manga was reworked considerably however it does comply with on fairly faithfully and that makes it really feel a bit jarring in comparison with what has come earlier than.
With anime collection akin to Gundam 0083, which tried to fill within the hole between the unique Cellular Go well with Gundam and Zeta Gundam, Bandit Flower is now pre-courting that with additional and fairly dramatic modifications.
To not point out video games like Gundam Senki 0081, that are additionally set across the similar time interval, undoubtedly contradict the technological leap in Bandit Flower.
I feel the difficulty in Bandit Flower, is that in contrast to in December Sky the place the FA-seventy eight Full Armor Gundam is used, this new a part of the story creates an all-new Gundam that might not be misplaced afterward through the Gundam F91 and Crossbone Gundam a part of the timeline, albeit a bit greater in measurement.
Utilizing the FA-seventy eight Full Armor Gundam within the earlier elements of Gundam Thunderbolt labored as a result of that was a modified model of a pre-present MSV design. In Gundam Senki 0081, we had the RX-seventy eight-7 seventh Gundam, which was once more a re-used MSV design.
Put merely, the groundwork for these cellular fits already existed inside the Common Century timeline. That meant they didn’t actually really feel misplaced like a lot of the know-how now does in Bandit Flower.
Whereas this will sound like a trivial drawback, if you recognize something about basic Common Century timeline Gundam you’ll know that this a part of the story is already very particularly outlined from quite a lot of sources.
Gundam Thunderbolt already bent the principles round that a bit however the latter elements of the story seemingly disregard plenty of what has been created beforehand.
Sure, collection like Gundam 0080 and Gundam 0083 employed their very own loopy Gundam-sort cellular fits however they not solely fastened their inclusion within the timeline but in addition didn’t deviate that wildly from the technological background both.
So it’s troublesome to discover a method to advocate one thing like Bandit Flower. On the one hand, it’s a visible spectacle with an fascinating although undeveloped story however on the opposite, it simply doesn’t actually match anyplace.
Like with the discharge of December Sky on Blu-ray, this launch of Bandit Flower is equally unbelievable. That is an impressively animated film and the Blu-ray format leverages that each visually and aurally.
The English dub isn’t too dangerous both however this launch additionally consists of the unique Japanese audio with English subtitles.
General, in case you simply need a Gundam-themed anime that operates in a parallel method to a lot of the early narrative, then you’ll possible take pleasure in Bandit Flower. Nevertheless, if you wish to get into the collection correctly, then Bandit Flower will simply depart you confused and asking numerous questions.
Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is obtainable on Blu-ray from Proper Stuf Anime.
Disclosure: Proper Stuf Anime despatched me this Blu-ray launch for the needs of this evaluate.
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