It’s Time To Let It Go People
After reading the latest demand for more 08th MS Team on Animesuki today, I figured I might as well just finally say it. The answer to the question why they don’t make more 08th MS Team, and a further look at how their have in fact been tons of real robot grunt warfare type stories since 08th MS Team with of course some opinion added into the mix. And yes this well feature some of my particular brand of angry and I’ll mention why a little in the actual text.
So 08th MS Team….why don’t they make more stories like it? Well actually…..they did, one was called MS Igloo 1 & 2 and it came out while all the people were bitching and whining about how they didn’t like 00’s take on the robot concept, wanted something more “real”,and what a surprise wanted “Moar 08th MS TEAM!!!!!”. You see here’s the thing….people are so caught up with the 08th MS Team that they fail to see when a show comes out (clear as day I might add to all those paying even the slightest attention) that IMO actually surpasses it in everything it tried to do as a story about grunt warfare, which I’ll say right now really is just special. If it wasn’t already obvious I’ve come to loathe all of this demanding that every Gundam show be the 08th MS Team. When people do that it’s as if to say “everyone else be damned, either a show is 08th MS Team or your going to have to listen to me pick it apart”. First of all that’s just selfish, and frankly I’ll say right now that 08th MS Team wasn’t even all that good IMO, but merely happens to be the OYW sidestory most people seem to know and memeparrot as being what they want more of.
That’s not to say it doesn’t have it’s merits, but I certainly wouldn’t even consider it to be in my top 5 sidestories of the one year war and post one year war period. That honour would go to in order from top to bottom
1. Gundam 0080 War In The Pocket
2. MS Igloo
3. Mobile Suit Gundam Sidestory Rise From The Ashes (which by the way just kicks the shit out of 08th MS in the grunt department by not even giving Master P. Rayer and his team a set of Ground Gundam to work with)
4. Gundam 0083 Stardust Memories
5. Mobile Suit Gundam Sidestory: The Blue Destiny [godly music]
6. The 08th MS Team and lastly
7. Mobile Suit Gundam Sidestory: Lost War Chronicles.
And I’ll admit that I don’t know if this is the case for other people, I’ve honestly come to resent 08th MS a little thanks to this growing trend of whining for more of it because I mean let’s be realistic here, it was one time period specific show that came out a long ass time ago (More than 10 years actually) and it told it’s story already so it shouldn’t be holding the franchise back from approaching new ideas and interpretations of Gundam. Luckily it isn’t no matter how much people cry over it being a done deal, but I’m still going to make a point of it because as I said I’m tired of people whining about it just the same.
That story is done so let’s please just get over it already folks. Besides if MS Igloo actually succeeds where the 08th MS Team failed in actually making a story about the plight of the grunt during the one year war, why would we need more of a lesser idea? Maybe if 08th MS Team hadn’t decided to focus instead on a love store and a bizarre ending episode it might have succeeded as well, but I can’t so.
Here’s the kicker to all of this though, right now there’s so much U.C stuff coming out that it doesn’t even make sense that people are still whining about Gundam 00. Maybe pull away from complaining about it long enough and you’ll see that there’s Gundam Unicorn on the way, Mobile Suit Gundam: Ecole Du Ciel still in print along with Char’s Deleted Affair, a new one year sidestory called Mobile Suit Gundam: Battlefield Record 0081, and apparently yet more MS Igloo on the way as well, but we’re still waiting on confirmation for that one. There are in fact more U.C products focusing on grunt and micro level sidestories being released this year than there are A.U stories (I can only name Gundam 00I), so the whining about wanting more 08th MS Team like stories actually makes no sense at all. So unless people specifically want 08th MS Team: The After Years I would request that their be no more demanding for 08th MS Team. If that’s not possible and people can’t get off the back of A.U for the sake of those who do enjoy it then….well….at least I can say I tried to steer people in the right direction.