The year is After Colony 196. A year has passed, and peace between Earth and the space colonies is still a reality. With no need for weapons in a time without war, the majority of the Gundam pilots have decided to destroy their mobile suits by hurling them into the sun. However, one girl by the name of Mariemaia Khushrenada, daughter of Treize Khushrenada, threatens this peace. With the help of her grandfather Dekim Barton, Mariemaia has kidnapped Relena Darlian and plans for total domination. The Gundam pilots are the only force standing in Mariemaia’s way, but will they be enough to stop her?
Before we get into my review of the movie finale of the series Gundam Wing, I will say that I do love Gundam Wing the anime. Being one of the first animes I ever watched (the first being Escaflowne, followed by Gundam Wing along with Tenchi Muyo, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star and others on Toonami, ahh those were the days), it was a superb introduction to the art. While the deeper pro-war, anti-war, total pacifism philisophical arguments and the more complicated political intrigue might have been lost on me at the time, the art was amazing, the action was spectacular, and the overall story was unforgettable. I say all this as I will try to review this production as not just a movie in its own right, but also as the ending to an outstanding series. STORY While their is certainly a VERY good story to be watched here, it is unfortunate that time constraints limited what could be done. Everything was done VERY well, the pacing was great, it completely fit with the rest of the series, you could even say it nicely leaves you with an idea of whats in store for the future of humanity. Again, its simply too bad that there couldnt have been MORE. Setting that aside, the part I most enjoyed about the story is how they tried (and succeded) in reconciling the pro-war, anti-war and total pacifism factions, positions and arguments. A highlight of this movie was watching the local citizens taking up arms and pronouncing that sometimes you have to fight for peace, that sometimes it has to be earned, and that they were going to prove that they were worthy of the peace that they had fought and worked so hard for. This was done far better than the main series' stubborn iron grip which many characters had on the idea that total pacifism was the only way to achieve peace, all while others fought and died to protect them. One of my biggest peeves with the main series was that the pacifists were totally committed to their ideals but that they, by necessity, were under the constant care of the very warriors and weapons that they denounced. ANIMATION As with the main series, the animation was absolutely gorgeous. Endless Waltz not only had a larger budget (comparitively speaking) and was made later, so obviously the animation quality was better than the series, but just as the series, it raised the bar for its time. Everything looks fantastic, and the Gundams are ESPECIALLY awesome looking. All the various Gundams got a facelift and redesign and they are positively badass. The best part is the Wing Zero, whose wings have taken to an almost angelic look to them while still keeping their cold mechanical and deadly visage. I can absolutely guarantee that this movie will be a feast for your eyes. From beginning to end its a non stop action packed ground and pound and you get to see every piece of exploding mecha in all its glory. SOUND Along with the animation, the audio experience is another superbly done masterpiece. Every explosion, every round from Heavy Arms' gatling cannon, evey shell casing hitting the ground sounds fantastic. Thats far from everything though. Along with the main series, the English voice acting is well done (I think even more so than the main series) which is a pleasant relief from most attempts. The musical score as well is also top notch, with special consideration to the ending theme song, which was masterfully composed and chosen, and perfectly fits both the movie, and the ending of the series as a whole. CHARACTERS Unfortunately, aside from Mariemaia (who is a new character), and Rellena (who actually does come to some resolutions), no one really changes or grows in any way. Everyone is still the same old same old from the original series. Now not that I really expected anyone to change much (especially coming from a series the length of Gundam Wing), but SOME kind of character development would have been nice. OVERALL As I started this off, I love the main series. And while Endless Waltz may not itself be perfect, I think its a perfect ending to a fantastic story. Even forgetting that, aside from a few minor shortcomings, Endless Waltz is an epic production in its own rights. Theres something about giant robots facing off in a deathmatch, and Endless Waltz provides it in spades and masterfully polished, with a great story to boot. Whether or not you watched or liked the original Gundam Wing, I would recommend watching Endless Waltz, as this is simply Gundam Wing but refined, condensed, polished and presented like no other.
Rewatched Endless Waltz few days ago. Here my short review about this Gundam Wing movie sequel. Note: English is not my mother language so I apologize in advance for eventual grammar errors. --------------------------- StoryEndless Waltz takes place during Christmas Eve one year after the main events of Gundam Wing. The war between Space Colonies and Earth is ended but not everyone is good with the formation of a new unified global state and while the main heroes prepare to send their Gundam on the Sun for destruction as part of global disarmament, other forces are finally ready to start the true Operation Meteor and a new war against Earth and the newly set world order. Personally i enjoyed it. It's an hour length movie so there is not much to say about the plot. An important thing of this movie is that we explore the five main Gundam pilots past history more deeply, especially the one of Trowa and the true motivations behind the Operation Meteor that set the basis for the main series events. ArtCompared to Gundam Wing main series there is a bit of improvement about visual graphic also battles are more faster and graphically a bit more appealing. I quite liked the first few minutes when we see the final events of Gundam Wing series in a revamped look. SoundBesides few new tracks and especially "White Reflection" by Two-Mix i didn't notice anything worthy of mention. CharactersMain cast remain basically all the same (narrator voice included) with the addition of few new ones exclusive to Endless Waltz who play the villains role like Mariemaia, which somewhat i liked, i could have liked her even more if she had been more "mature" but, most of all, more villainous. Too bad in the end she's nothing more than a puppet. We also witness the return of Zechs, now fully allied with the G-Team. Wufei on the other side is ready to turn against his team friends for his personal reasons. He remains the usual hateful character from the main series who prefer to fight alone however he becomes more likeable here, especially at the end of the movie. OverallA good conclusion for the series and a must watch for Gundam Wing fans as this movie serves as sequel and explain important parts of some of the main heroes past.
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