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Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack

a.k.a. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Gyakushuu no Char

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Genre: Action/Drama
Company: Sunrise/Sotsu Agency/Bandai Visual
Format: 1 movie
Dates: 3/12/1988

Universal Century 0093, Neo-Zeon, led by the infamous Char Aznable, has risen once again to butt heads with the Earth Federation. Now, it is up to the Londo Bell task force, led by Amuro Ray, to stop Char’s plan to wipe out Earth. But can Londo Bell prevent Neo-Zeon from dropping Axis onto the Earth? Amuro and Char draw beam sabers for the last time as their lives (as well as the lives of their loved-ones and everyone in Earth Sphere) are put on the line in one desperate battle for the future.

summary by Ender

 

Reviewed: 04/26/2004 by
Grade: 90% av-Ender

Highs: Titanic ending to a thrilling saga

Lows: Background in Gundam universe necessary

It had to come sooner or later. One of the most violent and dramatic rivalries in anime history comes to an end. And what an ending at that. Char’s Counterattack is every bit the sweeping, dramatic, heart-stopping epic that it sets out to be.

The story, like in any good Gundam, throws the viewer straight into the action. This film starts off with a battle waged in space and doesn’t let up from there. Only a handful of the original cast return; Amuro and Char are of course in the center spotlight. Most of the supporting cast is taken up by newcomers, whom keep with Tomino’s time-tempered theme of relationships forged in the heat of desperation and violence. Of course, what Gundam saga would be complete without some knuckles-bared, drag-down mecha battles to propel the story? Believe me, there is no shortage of pyrotechnics in this movie. Saegusa Shigeaki (Zeta Gundam) provides his orchestral skills once more to create a beautifully sweeping musical score befitting this epic finale. This is one of those movies that you can just sit back and feel every inch of emotional power blast through the speakers and screen to attack your senses. Every bit of opera that Gundam was and will be.

Of course, this movie does have the problem of being the “end” of a very long story. Although one can appreciate the scope of this movie without being a Gundam fan, it will be rather hard for someone whohasn’t boned up on the three series preceding this film. People who don’t know what a “newtype” is might find the movie a bit alienating. Characters make several references to events and people that appeared in Zeta, Double Zeta and Mobile Suit Gundam. It’s also a good way to see how the characters from those series have changed and grown to this penultimate battle.

As an epic end to an already epic story, this film delivers the goods. Conducted with grace, Char’s Counterattack is an entertaining and emotionally driven roller coaster. And this is a roller coaster that doesn’t stop until you’re satisfied.

 

Char’s Counterattack can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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