Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Movie review by
Brian Camp, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Futuristic battles are the center of this cartoon.
  • NR
  • 2000
  • 625 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The series promotes the idea that the highest military ideal is to die in the service of one's cause.

Violence & Scariness

Abundant death and destruction in explosive military battles between giant manned robots. In one video, a main character accidentally murders peace-seeking officers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi animated series from Japan is perfect for preteens and teens, who will thrill to the elaborate "mecha" (mechanical fighting machines), the melodrama, and the attractive characters. Gundam Wing offers adolescent and teen sci-fi fans a beautifully animated and imaginative array of technological warfare, covert operations, and teen melodrama in a story that's compelling, if occasionally confusing. Children younger than that (6-8) will be enthralled with the series as well for its constant action, but parents may balk at exposing their children to the series' nonstop military combat. For American audiences, the biggest problem may be the excessive militarism and the stubborn prevalence of the Japanese notion that the highest military ideal is to die in the service of one's cause.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent Written byStephanie G. February 19, 2018

Fun

I watched this show back when I was younger on Toonami.
I went to watch it again with my daughter and the language is coming back to me. A lot of uses of the D... Continue reading
Adult Written byHolly R. November 12, 2017

This was a gateway to Mecha for me

I remember watching this as a 12 year old back during the original Toonami run. I remember that the scene where Heero appears to have blown himself up under the... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymamasboy306 April 9, 2008

The best Anime series ever!

This show while being intriging,cool,action packed,and well written it's flaws are obvious in the uncut version 1. over 100 mild profanity uses 2. people a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byianbob306 April 9, 2008

favorite show

Semi Graphic violence over 90 profanities suicidal and homicidal maniaces and great action, storyline, and acting watch it if your over 11

What's the story?

GUNDAM WING is the first series in Japan's 21-year-old Mobile Suit Gundam animated franchise to be shown on American TV. In this series, explosive futuristic battles take place as teen pilots and their opponents clash. Shooting Stars, Vol. 1 contains the first four (uncut) episodes, and provides background for the young people involved in a civil war between space colonies and a one-world earth government. Dark Shadows, Vol. 2 introduces new characters and new intrigue in this hard-hitting animated science fiction series. Explosive military battles mix with political assassination, stalled peace talks, acts of lethal sabotage, and a brutal deception, which leads the hero to commit a horrendous murder. The Cold Battlefield, Vol. 3 has the villains getting more interesting and relationships deepening, all in the midst of spectacular high-tech battles, strategic maneuvers, and high school antics.

Is it any good?

Gundam Wing sets itself apart from American cartoons. The futuristic "mecha," or mechanical fighting machines, and expressive character design are quite sophisticated and outclass any similar animated efforts on American television. The frequent and explosive battle action is also on a scale unseen in any American cartoon, although it's a common feature of the long-running Gundam franchise. For American audiences, the biggest problem may be the excessive militarism and the stubborn prevalence of the Japanese notion that the highest military ideal is to die in the service of one's cause.

 

The story takes sharp turns, and the animation and design maintain high levels of imagination and spectacle. Fans will welcome the exciting mix of action, melodrama, and political intrigue of Shooting Stars, Vol. 1, while preteen and teens will probably be fascinated by the civil war subject matter in Dark Shadows, Vol. 2, and the character development adds even more drama to the third installment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film's theme of militarism and what their values are in terms of military power. What would you do if you were in the teen pilot's position? Is it a battle you'd be willing to fight? Why?

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