Key points for Anime Recommendation – Gundam Seed:
- Gundam SEED stands out for its intense focus on the war between Coordinators and Naturals, portraying the horrors and losses of conflict, making the war itself a central element of the plot.
- The protagonist Kira’s character arc is particularly noteworthy, showcasing his role as an outsider in the Earth Alliance and exploring the interesting dynamics that arise as their goals align. Other characters like Clyne also contribute to the series’ strong character development.
- Despite its 2002 release, Gundam SEED features impressive animation for its time, with a slightly dated look by today’s standards. The series also boasts memorable soundtracks, including iconic opening themes that enhance the overall viewing experience.
I will admit that a lot of this article comes from a sense of nostalgia about the series. But, when you are talking about a legendary series like Gundam, that transcends genres and generations, I think the nostalgia part is hard to avoid. And on top of that when it comes to exceptional seasons like SEED, it is even harder to avoid. If you have been into Gundam, you know for a fact that Gundam SEED is widely regarded as one of the best series the Gundam franchise has produced.
And that is for a good reason. So welcome back to another edition of our anime recommendation series. This week we are talking about Gundam SEED and what makes it so good. So let’s get right into it.
Like all Gundam anime, Gundam SEED is also an original anime by Bandai Namco. And of course, it is made by Bandai Namco’s own studio, Sunrise. It aired back in the fall season of 2002. The series is 50 episodes long and it has a bunch of side stories/spin-offs. There are quite a few sequel movies to the series, and the latest of them, Freedom, is coming out next year. So, there is quite a lot of content to check out. As with most Gundam anime, no, you don’t need to watch any other Gundam anime to enjoy this one.
Like most Gundam anime, this one is also about the war between humans who moved on to space (and have modified bodies) Coordinators and those who stayed behind Naturals. In something like The Witch for Mercury, the war serves as a way to enhance the plot but in SEED, the war is the plot. See, a group of rebellious Coordinators steals 4 state-of-the-art Gundams. Our MC, Kira pilots the last one and joins the crew of the ship, Archangel which is led by the Earth Alliance.
As I said, the plot is about the war itself and it shows. The anime holds nothing back in showcasing the horrors and losses of a war. There is a lot of action, yes but it is also supplemented by some great plot moments, world-building, and some impactful characters. Speaking of
Kira’s character arc is fantastic. He is technically an outsider in the Earth Alliance but their goals align so the dynamic there is interesting and it is well executed. Another character I really liked is Clyne, she appears to be your typical sweet girl but there is so much more to her character. With them and a supporting cast like Athrun, Flay, Rau, Yula, etc. makes for some cool character dynamics. And almost every character is well-written.
Animations and Soundtracks
Gundam anime have always had really good animation for their time. And that is true for SEED as well. Of course, since the anime came out in 2002, it does look a bit dated by today’s standards. But it still is very fun to watch because of how the art is in general. The soundtracks are pretty good as well, the series has also given us a few iconic opening themes.
That is all for now!
Here is why you should watch Gundam SEED:
- Great plot
- Amazing characters
- Great character dynamics
- Awesome fights
That’s all I have for now. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!!
Also, check out my thoughts on Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 here!