English: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
Synonyms: Kidou Senshi Gundam SEED
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2002 to Sep 27, 2003
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.991 (scored by 46759 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
action drama mecha romance
SynopsisC.E. 71: In the midst of war between the Naturals (OMNI) and Coordinators (ZAFT), a unit from ZAFT is dispatched to hijack the Earth Alliance's newly developed mobile suits on the neutral colony of Heliopolis. Orb Civilian Coordinator Kira Yamato attends the technical college on Heliopolis. After ZAFT hijacks 4 of the 5 mobile suits, Kira stumbles upon the last one, Strike, forced to pilot it to save his and his friend's lives. During this confusion, Kira also reunites with his childhood Coordinator friend, Athrun Zala, who ironically turns out to be a ZAFT soldier and one of the hijackers at Heliopolis. Having control of Strike, Kira joins the Earth Alliance boarding the ship known as Archangel, to protect his friends while despairing over becoming the enemy of his childhood friend and people.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Other: Mobile Suit Gundam
Sequel: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: After-Phase Between the Stars
Side story: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed MSV Astray
Summary: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Special Edition
Spin-off: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Seed Supernova - Tanekyara Gekijo
Characters & Voice Actors
Gundam SEED started off as just another Gundam series for me. I watched it because it was airing and convenient... I didn't expect it to become my favorite Gundam series of all time.
STORY - At this point, you'd have to stretch pretty far to find a Gundam series with a mindblowingly different premise, so there's no point in really focusing on the fact that yes, this is another series about teenagers in giant robots fighting a war that's pretty pointless. There is nothing new about Gundam SEED, but then, it deserves points for being able to stand out despite that very fact. For me, one of the most appealing things about SEED was its very easy-to-understand plotline. The root of the war, while decidedly trivial to some extent, is simple. I'm sure more than a few people were confused, and subsequently put off, by the political madness that ravaged the plots of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, as well as newer classics like Gundam Wing, so it was nice to see something so simple come along.
In addition to the war, one of the strongest story points for me was the conflict between Athrun and Kira. The cruelty and tragicness of pitting friend against friend works very well here, and I know I've said before that I'm just a sucker for this kind of stuff. For SEED, this conflict was well done, progressed smoothly, and resolved rather satisfactory. It was pretty neat to see the same conflict mirrored later with Dearka and Yzak too. Also, this series was one of the first in a long time to surprise me so much with things happening in the story. People died. People you really didn't expect to die died. So many people die that at some point, you kind of started wondering if anyone was actually going to live! But despite the number of deaths, you never got the feeling that it was overdone, or that any of the characters' deaths didn't have some significance or meaning, and that's definitely a feat.
Those two aspects of SEED made up for all the cliches that came with being a Gundam series -- white mask's ulterior motive was nothing amazing, and the ending to the war wasn't anything special either. But by the end of it all, it isn't the basics of the story that's important, it's all the progress you've made with the characters and their own personal resolutions.
CHARACTER - The characters in SEED probably contributed the most to gaining my favor. All of them are exceptionally well done. Yes, even the minor characters, which is definitely a rarity in anime. All of them seem like real people; they're complex and have emotions, motives, flaws. Both of the protagonists are split between a side that has to fight and a side that hurt because of everything that's happening. After all the stoic personalities in Gundam Wing, it was incredible for me to see characters that would actually cry. On several occasions, even. In fact, for the first half of the series, it seriously surprised me just how much of a crybaby Kira was. But it worked for his character, so even though he kind of turned into a godmodding, self-righteous bastard later on, it was okay.
Kira aside, for me, Athrun was the most interesting character and had the most depth. Throughout the entire series, he was in conflict. And as soon as one conflict was resolved, another would present itself. The poor guy was in constant turmoil, which was really great to see. He was easy to relate to and never grew out of reach like Kira did. Secondary characters like Cagalli and Lacus were also refreshing to see -- female characters that had strength to stand up on their own. Indeed, one might venture to say that our male protagonists depended much more on their female counterparts than the other way around, as is traditionally the case.
It would be exhausting to go through the list of other characters, though many of them are also important and very relevant. Suffice to say that there are almost NO flat characters in SEED. All of them have dimension and depth and develop throughout the series. I don't really think this happens in many other anime.
ARTWORK & ANIMATION - I rather like the art style of SEED (the same people also did Sokyuu no Fafner); it's pleasing to the eye and works well for the content of the series. The animation itself is pretty average, and I'm still waiting for the day when explosions in the distance graduate from looking like Pacman, but oh well. There's nothing else really worth noting, but it certainly isn't an ugly series.
MUSIC - I... adore the music for this entire series. All three instrumental soundtracks are well worth getting! The battle music is strong and epic! The introspection music is interesting and intriguing! The tragic music makes the already tragic scene ten times more touching. It's just fantastic all around. After the bigshots Yoko Kanno and Yuki Kajiura, it's Toshihiko Sahashi that makes it on my playlist the most! And the OP/ED themes are pretty much all top notch as well. I've been a fan of T.M. Revolution for a long time, so "Invoke" was perfect for the first opening. SEED introduced the world to Nami Tamaki, and I must say I've definitely become a fan since her debut. SEE-SAW and Mika Nakashima are always good as well, and even the lesser known artists in the lineup are pretty awesome.
DUBBING & VOCALS - I saw the first half of this series in English but ended up seeing the second half subbed (because SEED was, for some reason, so unpopular that CN shoved it in a death slot). The dub was nothing spectacular certainly, but it was decent. None of the voices were up to par with their Japanese counterparts, but the only one that seriously annoyed me was Richard Cox, and that was mostly because the man can't seem to change his voice between characters (and thus, the character he voiced sounded like Inuyasha to me). The Japanese cast, on the other hand, is top notch. Akira Ishida as Athrun remains one of my favorite performances ever, and Souichiro Hoshi as Kira was pretty great too. And of course, you can't forget Rie Tanaka as Lacus -- Lacus has several songs she performs within the series and Tanaka is the one singing all of them. It always pleases me when they're able to do that and helps reaffirm the fact that the Japanese seem to take their voice acting much more seriously than we do.
OVERALL - I know I haven't seen all of the Gundam series out there, but of those I've seen, this is definitely my favorite. The characters come to life and everything else falls into place behind that. A lot of people cling onto Mobile Suit Gundam as the only good one because it's the original, but though it was a good series that obviously propelled the creation of all subsequent Gundams, for this generation of anime fans, it's sorely outdated. I really feel like Gundam SEED should be the series taking its place for the post-2000 generation of fans. That statement may bode well in Japan, as this series was wildly popular, but I'm disappointed to see that it failed miserably in the States. Chalk that up to other factors though, 'cause this series is damn good. read more
My thoughts haven't changed much since last year after watching SEED in its entirety and I had dropped this last year after seeing 9 episodes. Like Gundam Wing, this series got a great deal of hype and praise from fans in the early to mid 2000s among Gundam fans. At the same time, there are folks that accuse SEED of being a poor-man's Gundam 0079 with its blatant rip-off of story elements and structure from the original 1970s series and its nice load of angst and melodrama that are regularly pushed throughout the course of the series. Between my original watch of SEED from last year and now, I'm gonna have to go with the latter camp.
I might as well deal with the elephant in the room and address the obvious dilemma with SEED in its blatant use of elements, themes and plot structure from 0079 and several older titles in the Universal Century continuity of the franchise. If you've seen your fair share of older Gundam titles, you will see enough parallels in what gets rehashed from UC titles here in SEED. The clashes between humans and enhanced humans with Naturals and Coordinators? That's a recurring plot element with many later titles in the UC continuity with Oldtypes and Newtypes. The struggle of the lone battleship's journey to get to allied headquarters against enemy forces with the Archangel? The same thing happened with White Base in 0079. The enemy stealing allied Gundam units here? The same thing was done in Gundam 0083. A great tragedy starting war between Naturals and Coordinators with the Bloody Valentine massacre? Same thing occurred with the 30 Bunch Incident with Zeta Gundam. Kira getting a Gundam upgrade in SEED's second half? Same thing done in Zeta with Kamille. I could go on, but I don't want to drag this review out any further than necessary.
Setting aside its obvious use of Universal Century themes and elements, the series does make some attempt at adding in some new elements to its plot by adding modern issues into the story of the series such as cloning, genetic engineering and nuclear weaponry. Plus, some of the major characters do get enough focus and depth where you know who they are and can care for their issues, like Cagalli and some members among both Naturals and Coordinators. However, this series has a pretty large cast and characterization suffers in this series greatly thanks to SEED's greater focus on plot development and advancement. Characters who get introduced either get reduced to archetypes, don't get enough focus for viewers to connect with them or the series rushes through any developments that could have been built up on throughout SEED's episodes. Like many past Gundam titles, this series has a high kill count with mooks, supporting and even major characters. You'll be caring less for many of the character deaths here since SEED never bothers to devote enough focus on many of its characters and the nice amount of angst that gets packed during such moments.
Ah, the angst. SEED loves pushing its angst and melodrama quite heavily at many points throughout its run in its superficial attempts to have you care for the issues faced by the show's characters. However much like Gundam Wing, the series gets too overbearing with its angst and melodrama where it makes what should be emotional moments pretty irksome and even laughable as characters either get reduced to pathetic angsting messes, screaming out character names if they get killed or get in the habit of spewing random philosophic rhetoric during heated battles in a vain attempt to sound like they are saying something meaningful. The plot does become a bit of a mess in later episodes of the series when multiple story developments get rushed through and resolved during the climactic final battle of the series, as well as trying to toss in some unconvincing romantic pairings among major characters that seemed artificial and lacked natural chemistry. Also, expect some clip shows and recap episodes to pop up at points in the series.
The animation to SEED is a mixed bag. The series sports a diverse number of scenic shots in space, Earth and on space colonies that are nicely detailed and sport vivid color. Mecha designs look slick and pleasing on the eyes, despite their obvious influence from past Gundam titles and there is some decent use of CG animation in rendering space battleships and weapons moving or being used despite sticking out prominently compared to the cel-shaded animation. However, character designs are a bit on the plain side and the series likes resorting to a nice number of animation shortcuts rather frequently throughout the course of its run such as speed stripes, still shots and reused animation frames. The soundtrack consists of dramatic music inserts and upbeat J-Pop tracks used for OP and ED tracks that are pleasing on the ears, do well at flowing at whatever scenes they are played in and is perhaps the highlight of the series for me.
Overall, I feel Gundam SEED is just as overhyped as Wing in being a quality addition to the Gundam franchise thanks to its complete ripping of major elements and plot structure from Gundam UC titles, its heavy reliance on angst and melodrama, limited depth and focus on many of its characters and rushed later episodes. You would be better off watching Turn A Gundam if you are looking for a good quality alternate continuity title in the Gundam franchise. read more
This is my first review so I will keep it simple. Gundam seed was the first anime I have seen so I felt it was appropriate that my first review should be about it. Also, please keep in mind that 7 is a good score, as I use 5 as my average.
The story of Gundam Seed explores in depth the racial issues between genetically enhanced humans (referred to as Co-ordinators) and normal humans. The story itself revolves around Kira Yamato, who is a co-ordinator living as a student in neutral territory. The war between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty), the alliance governing the co-ordinators has escalated tremendously and tensions build up as the result of the war is uncertain and with no sight in end. Early forecasts had initially believed that the Earth Alliance would have a complete victory and win the war with sheer numbers, but years have passed and there is no end in sight. Kira Yamato and his friends are involved in a ZAFT attack on neutral territory under the suspicion of developing weapons for the Earth Alliance. Leaving him with no choice, Kira Yamato is forced onto the battlefield in order to protect his friends. During Kira's journey, he discovers the consequences of his actions and that in order to protect his friends he has killed many people who also have friends and family. Gundam Seed magnificently explores the terrible effects of war and the weight of death is regarded highly as the viewer also experiences grief along with Kira along the journey. Gundam Seed's backstory is intriguing but the actual journey should not be underestimated. Overall, the story is satisfying and well thought out, demonstrating aspects of ethical issues and racial differences.
The art style in Gundam SEED takes a unique approach, differing from conventional anime of it's time. Despite the lacking art clarity (due to being a fairly old series and airing in 2002), Gundam Seed manages to incorporate high level of details that are noticeable even in the background, particularly in battle scenes which more than makes up for the old art. The character designs are fairly standard, and the civilian clothing can be considered somewhat strange, but the actual mecha design and uniform were excellent. The most disappointing factor in Gundam Seed's art was that it recycled scenes to the point of the audience noticing. Many battle scenes were reused over and over again, appearing many times throughout the course of the anime.
One of the strong factors in this anime was the sound. The opening and ending songs were not particularly special but nevertheless accomplishes it's job. The music was particularly effective during battle scenes, and the viewer can feel the emotions of the music, excitement as the battle was raging, or melancholy as the anime explores the death of a character. The music involved an entire orchestra and are well deserving of the effort developing the music. There is a very large amount of soundtracks used in Gundam SEED, and it never gets too repetitive as there are many variations of each theme and the anime constantly changes between them. Find the Way, by Mika Nakashima became one of my favorite songs, and this song was incorporated into one of the final ending themes. This song had a particularly large impact as the anime was reaching it's climax and already so many people have died in the war, I feel that his song expresses the feelings extremely well.
Another strong point of this anime, the audience is introduced to a wide variety of characters, some of which are particularly lacking in present anime. The main character himself encompasses a charisma that uniquely defines him and differentiates him from other characters. Other characters, despite being supporting characters also display a characteristic that is rarely seen in other anime and the viewer is able to empathize with both sides of the war. Gundam Seed was explored through the views of many characters, and not just through the main character. Furthermore, the characters in Gundam Seed actually felt like real people, they had a presence which showed that they had emotions and flaws in their characters. Every character had emotions, and flaws, even the minor characters.Through the course of the 50 episodes, the viewer finds himself/herself attached to many of the characters in Gundam SEED.
I found myself to enjoy this series greatly, and have rewatched the series several times. Being the first anime I have watched it pleases me to say that I was glad that it was the first anime I have seen.
A great anime that has become one of my all-time favourites. The art may take a while to get used to, but a splendid anime nonetheless. The series has been Remastered in HD, but it looks mostly the same.
I’m not really into mecha anime, so when I decided to watch Gundam SEED (GS) I was a bit reluctant. I was primarily expecting lots of action and very little on story and characters. However, considering the positive reviews I decided to give it a chance. Anyway, before I start I would like to say that I watched several universal century Gundams (0079, Zeta, and Char’s Counterattack) and even did reviews for them. So I may make several references and comparisons.
GS was considered to be an updated version of the original Mobile Suit Gundam (MSG) for the 21st century, as it deals with more contemporary issues (ie cloning, genetic modification, etc). So it should be no surprise that GS starts out in a very similar vein to MSG. However, this isn’t to say that GS copied MSG, instead GS took the best parts of MSG and improved it. Well at least for the first half of the series. The pacing was a definite improvement as it was nearly flawless, I can’t really separate the episodes easily as they blended so well together which makes GS ideal for marathoning. The story is also very similar, 2 warring factions, political intrigue, and the viewpoint of both sides, typical Gundam. I don’t need to get in to specifics, in general the crew of the <new advanced ship> attempts to escape/fight off another ship and its crew. This is while trying to get to a specific destination and completing various checkpoints. Sure it wasn’t the most original of stories but paired with its fast pace and execution it was damn entertaining in its own right. However, in the case of GS the characters take a much bigger role. While the 1st half was good and entertaining it doesn’t compare to its 2nd half.
The 2nd half was where GS breaks free from its MSG roots and finds its true self. Here, GS really focuses on the characters, in particular the conflict between Kira and Athrun. Not only them, there was a lot of focus on the various character’s conflicts as well as plenty of character development. Here the action/battles take an even more secondary focus and the characters/narrative clearly becomes the primary focus. The overall structure of the story improved tremendously as it’s no longer linear (from checkpoint to checkpoint); instead GS features a more dynamics story structure. Pacing for the 2nd half moves even faster and GS rides this momentum until the very end. However, its not without its faults. The new antagonist introduced felt like they were introduced for the sake of having Gundam battles/make more toys. This is due to them being extremely one-dimensional. Finally, there were quite a few coincidences and illogical moments throughout. For example, when the odds becomes overwhelming Kira or someone else coming out of nowhere to save the day. Considering the overall quality of everything else, those moments can easily be forgiven.
As I mentioned before there was a much bigger focus on the characters in GS than in MSG. For the most part, the characters are multi-dimensional and likeable, the major exception being the newly introduced antagonist in the 2nd half. Kira in particular has gone through quite a bit of development. The angst Kira goes through in the beginning is often exaggerated by some people. If anything Kira is quite admirable, fighting/doing what he has to despite his fears and doubts. He doesn’t let his feelings get in the way of what needs to be done and the only person he’s complained/confided in was Fray. This is unlike Amuro or most of the cast of Zeta where they do whatever they want for no concern for the greater good. However, Athrun get my vote for most complex and interesting character in GS. Not only does he have to deal with having his best friend as an enemy, he also has to deal with his father, own beliefs, etc. Plus he’s a badass when it comes to all forms of combat.
In terms of purely technical merit, GS features good animation and artwork. Rarely does the quality drop. My only major complaint would be with the constant use of recycled animation, a major pet peeve of mine. Also, the action scenes feel a bit uninspired. Gundam shoots, close up of plot screaming, Gundam does a melee attack, close up of pilot and repeat. What made these mecha battles more exciting was the excellent and powerful music. The ost in general is also well done and features some very good insert songs.
Another interesting thing to note would be the recap episodes. Normally, I hate recaps but in the case of GS there were a few that were worth watching. This is because some of the recap episodes actually add background information to the GS universe. Nevertheless a recap episode is still a recap episode and they had far too many. (Not 1 or 2 recap episodes but 4!)
I also have to warn the viewer that GS features many references to other Gundam titles and the Gundam universe in general. References such as newtypes, Char clones, etc will go over the head of viewers not familiar with the Gundam universe. While its not necessary to watch other Gundams to enjoy GS it will most likely increase one’s enjoyment.
GS is easily one of the better mecha anime titles I’ve seen. The first half was light and enjoyable with a fast paced plot, albeit very linear. It feels like the crew of the Archangel was simply moving form checkpoint to checkpoint. When the 2nd half comes the overall quality increases. This is partly due to GS becoming its own and really focus on the character/narrative. The 2nd half was distinctly more serious and dramatic. Plus it takes its momentum and keeps building and building until the very end. Animation and art were all top notch, suffering from a few thing namely, recycled animation and slightly uninspired action scenes. GS also suffered from too many coincidences and illogical moments. Although, considering the quality of everything else, those things can be ignored. In the end Gundam SEED is fast paced entertaining watch, but the true strength of Gundam SEED can be found in the 2nd half with its characters. read more
Both of these shows focus on the ongoing battle between two childhood best friends on opposite sides. They also both have mecha has a pivotal focus point in combat. While their settings are different, there are many similar character relations and plot points that viewers of both of these shows will probably enjoy.
Sunrise created both gundam seed and Code Geass and the storyline is very similar as there are two best friends who are forced to fight each other etc.
Gundam Seed and Code Geass both have the same relationships between the characters. Lelouch and his best friend are fighting for opposing causes and end up fighting each other. They are both Mecha anime and have really Twisted story lines. But thats what makes it so good :)
Mechs used for war, childhood best friends pitted against each other because of war, main characters are both chick-magnets so there are awkward love/anti-love triangles
If you're like me and adored all of the character interactions in Gundam SEED, then you will certainly love the ones in Code Geass. Admittedly, the stories are very different. But hey, they both have mechas, and they both pit best friends against each other. Always a fun conflict to see, right?
In the last few weeks I've been singing the praises of Code Geass, and when people ask why I always end up comparing it to Gundam Seed. Both series have a similar plot, you've got a character who is silly smart, and decides to 'save the world'. Through both series you'll find you'll have yourself pondering about which side your really on. While Code Geass has Lelouch doing questionable things, you'll find half the characters in Seed lost themselves trying to decide who are the good guys. Although there is obviously a little more fighting and Mecha in Seed there is still a strong storyline and you'll find yourself wondering how each episode will conclude, although there's never much doubt on who will win.
When I first began watching Code Geass, the plot immediately reminded me of the first episode of SEED. The only thing that was different was the personality of the protagonist. Other characters seem similar too.
Later on it's quite obvious that parts of the plot are extremely similar, you if you enjoyed SEED, you would like Code Geass, or the contrary.
The same sort of racially-charged war with some that switch sides and such. Mech-suits are common, too.
Both are mecha animes and with actually plot that is moving... Both take place in the future and there are some fantasy and romance elements too.
Confirming what the others said having watched over half of SEED, the similarities between CODE GEASS are tremendous.
The mech combat is very well done and any fan of mech anime or of futuristic combat will appreciate both series.
Good anime, both deal with love and have best friends pitted against each other.They're both mecha though Code Geass focuses less on mecha but more on the story. And of course they both have pink haired princesses.
Code Geass is Death Note meets Gundam SEED. Nothing more needs to be said.
Gundam Seed is what you might call Code Geass' fraternal older twin. Like "Code Geass," it focuses on two childhood friends, Kira and Athrun, who end up on opposite sides of the battle. Lelouch fans/fangirls will be enthralled with Athrun Zala, and Suzaku fangirls will like Kira. However, this series is from Kira's point of view, so if you liked Suzaku's way of seeing war, then you'll agree with Kira. Strong female leads are a huge plus in this series, with Lacus as a more powerful Euphie, and Cagalli as a less fanserviced Kallen.
Biggest Differences: space battles, both main characters pilot mecha, SEED spends more time on battles, Kira also has an evil girlfriend.
both are related to mecha..and not just any normal mecha,but rather of the "HIGH CLASS"
Eventhough the characters themselves aren't that similar except for Princess Euphemia and Lacus and their pink hair, the relationships they have are pretty much the same.
The friendship between Suzaku and Lelouch with them being on different sides of the battlefield are the same with Kira and Athrun being on different sides, one on ZAFT and one on EARTH Alliance.
The relationship between Kira and his sister Cagalli are to the same extent that Lelouch shares with his half sister Euphemia.
And also the romance between Cagalli who is a natural and Athrun who is a coordinator is similar to Euphemia who is a Britannian and Suzaku who is an eleven.
The only similarity isn't just the character relations, but the show itself because both Gundam Seed and Code Geass have mechas that are used as the primary fighting weapons.
Both are involving battle and two childhood best friend.
Another anime by Sunrise, both both Athrun and Lelouch were directly based off of Char Aznable but they and other characters share many similarities with one another, both betray their nation (ZAFT/Britannia), both have a brown haired friend they fight against (Kira/Suzaku), Code Geass just happens to change the perspective (though both focus on the other protagonist too). SEED is much more better but I recommend Code Geass first because it will disappoint if you watch it afterwards.
obvious similarities: both have mecha, military, war, action and two best friends on two opposing sides fighting ideological battles and their own sense of justice and trying to persuade the other to join his side, a pink-haired princess etc.
also everytime kira sits in the pilot's cockpit it always reminds me of suzaku. heck, even character designs are largely similar for kira and lacus, and suzaku and euphemia respectively. both are also full of battle strategies, plot twists, though code geass definitely has crazier twists and higher unpredictability. also, BOTH ARE TRAGIC, FULL OF ANGST AND INTERNAL CONFLICT, and both made me cry (;
both also have awesome soundtracks, ops and ending songs. (:
i came to gundam seed trying to look for something similar to CODE GEASS, THE ANIME I LOVE THE MOST <33, and though code geass is still the best imo, gundam seed was undoubtedly very good.
if you are a fan of one or the other, THE OTHER IS A MUST-WATCH.
Both anime involve two teenagers that were once good friends, but are now forced to battle each other in their state-of-the-art mechs.
Ongoing battles between 2 childhood friends on the two opposite sides, although their end goals are similar. Both are also heavily dependent on mecha as the central technology in their setting.
The relationship between the main characters in each anime is very similar. They both have to fight each other. Both series are also in the mecha genre and have great fights.
They both have a very smart character or strategist. Both have best friends that are fighting on different sides from the start LOL. And both have mobile suits (or mobile suit looking things) that are well equipped and the main characters pilot them well. Kira is drawn like Suzaku. LOOOOOOL. It's like the Naturals vs Coordinators and Elevens vs the Brittanian Empire. Except Kira wants peace, and Lelouch wants to annihilate Brittania. There's also a Lacus-like character LOL. You'll get hooked onto the other anime if you really like one of them.
These series both focus on the struggles of two friends who find themselves on opposite sides of a major conflict. They both feature giant robots. They also both delve into the causes of war and the hatred that breeds it. While the characters may not be direct matches, the similarities are definitely there.
Both shows contain:
-Main characters who are students (though it is a bigger factor in Code Geass)
-A large cast of characters
-Childhood friends who end up at odds with each other
-Some romance (much more so in Seed)
-Themes of betrayal and loyalty
-A good deal of drama
-Blurred lines between right and wrong (more so in Code Geass)
Gundam Seed in my favourite anime. However, if I had watched Code Geass first, I would not be sure which of the two I would choose. Despite the initial assumed similarities, the progression is still unique. Here are the comparisons, but I think it's better to see for yourself.
Unlike Gundam Seed, Code Geass focuses on the strategical aspects of the battle, not just at the different designs and capabilities of the Mechas. Definitely a satisfying watch for the logic crazies.
The different perspectives about war and the world are covered in both, but only Code Geass managed a definite resolution (although it might be a grey area, yet genius-ly executed).
While we have the Seed which leans toward Sci-fi, Code Geass leans more towards the fantasy side.
There's no doubt you can draw many parallels in each of the characters and their relationship however Code Geass' character development sets them apart; it cleverly ties down to the plot/plan.
Initially, I was upset with how similar it all started out but it soon proves to be a different story on its own. If you ever find yourself disagreeing, then comfort yourself with this: I saw from a review that rather than "copy", Code Geass was inspired by Gundam Seed. After all, they're both by Sunrise Studios, so I expect nothing less than terrific and clever. Both series went beyond my expectations.
The character design was done by the same person. Although both are Mecha-animes I wouldn't say that the plot is all that similar though.
Yeah, both series have the same char designer, so spectacular!*_*
And always both anime have the mecha side as a main part of the story..
I suggest to watch both ^^!
Both are mecha shows featuring teenage soldiers and Hisashi Hirai character designs.
Same character design and both are mecha. Both focus on character psychology and both has conflict between natural and genetically manipulated people, but in Fafner its not main plot.
Both have mecha and maincharacters that are alot alike. they also give of the same feeling.
if you liked one of them you'll probably like the other.
Same art style and similar premise in terms of how the main character gets involved in a situation which changes his life. The characters get involved with wars which influence them psychologically and we get to see the impact war has on them. Also mech is the main focus of the plot.
Well, in both series there's the similar character designs. There's plenty of action as well as a noticeable OST. The main male protagonist gets caught up in events that changes his life forever. However, they join the cause in what they believe in. Along the way, they meet both friends and enemies as well as discovering more about themselves and the world that they reside in.
Both series also have many science fiction themes.
Both series are about a male student getting involved in a war when their neutral colony(Heliopolis/JIOR) gets assaulted by ZAFT/Dorssia. The assaulter's purpose is to steal a super weapon(Gundam/Valvrave) secretly developped in that neutral colony. The main characters have different perspective about the war. One has an internal conflict, doesn't want to fight, but has to in order to protect his friends. The other harbors hatred for the Dorssian, but is unsure about his role in the war. Also, the soundtracks for OP/ED are similar in both anime. The main difference is in Valvrave, the main character obtained an inhuman power.
Kakumeiki Valvrave or valvrave liberator contains same action like gundam seed.
The MC is similar. Both of them is T.M revolution opening
All i can say is Kakumeiki Valvrave is a 2nd generation of gundam seed.
Both are space operas featuring giant mechas. Like in Gundam Seed, an invasion takes place in the first episode of Valvrave, forcing the protagonist to pilot an overpowered mecha to fight off his enemies.
In technical terms, both series are handled by Sunrise. But in a more general sense, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Kakumeiki Valvrave (Valvrave the Liberator) both involves a war between two sides that tries to gain dominance over one and the other.
Among that war, there are characters who gets involved in particular a young man who is still in education. They discover a mecha and uses it to save those they care about.
In fact, both series presents mecha action among the nations as an ultimate weapon to gain dominance. It strikes fear and often results in devastating results when employed in the line of duty - both physically and psychologically.
There is plenty of action, drama, some comedy, and bits of romance involved.
Just like in the first episode of Gundam Seed, an enemy invasion takes place in the first episode of Valvrave. In both shows, the main focus is on teenage characters and their involvement in political and military struggles between different fractions. First Opening Themes in both shows sung by T.M. Revolution.
Both are military sci-fi and mecha anime from Sunrise. The plot of Gundam SEED and Valvrave start off quite similarly, the neutral nation of ORB is caught between two super powers; ZAFT and the Earth Alliance, in Valvrave, JIOR is caught between ARUS and Dorssia. Kira Yamato is a 16 year old who stumbles upon the Strike, part of the secret mobile suits that ORB has been building for the Earth Alliance and must save his friends after ZAFT invade to steal the suits. In Valvrave, Haruto stumbles upon Valvrave I, a robot that JIOR built to defend itself and must also save his friends after Dorssia invade.
There are some differences; Gundam SEED is more realistic and goes into the horror of war like a lot of Gundam series do showing genocide, people getting fried by radiation, Valvrave horrifies us with fantastical elements; Vampires, body-swapping.
In Gundam SEED Kira's colony, Heliopolis is destroyed by ZAFT and he and his friends escape on the Earth Alliance ship, the Archangel led by adults, in Valvrave, Haruto's sets adrift the module his school is in into space and his childhood friend and love-interest, Shoko declares it an independent nation, using social media they gain supporters from ARUS and Dorssia-occupied JIOR. The only adults are the teachers, one is not so competent compared to Captain Murrue Ramius of the Archangel in Gundam SEED, she might as well be one of the students, the engineer/science teacher is more competent and is similar to Kojiro Murdoch, the engineer of the Archangel.
While both unfortunately have the child-soldier elements Gundam SEED has less of high-school drama than Valvrave but Valvrave makes up for this by including the use of social media in international politics.
Superficial similarities: L-elf and his former teenage comrades is similar to the psychotic Extended (druggies) in Gundam SEED.
A group of students finds themselves involved on one side of a war that is being fought between two races fueled by hate and fear. Trying to connect the two sides is a pacifistic emissary from the "enemy" side who eventually takes matters into her own hands once she learns the truth behind the motives of her allies.
Aldnoah.Zero is pretty much a blend of Gundam Seed and Code Geass. If you enjoyed either of those series (or both), you will likely enjoy Aldnoah.Zero.
Gundam Seed and Aldnoah.Zero:
Mechas - Check
Politics - Check
Student getting caught up in a war and being surprisingly good at it - Check
One ship setting off and defeating strong enemies against all odds - Check
Superior offshoot of humanity looking down on humanity as inferior beings - Check
Code Geass and Aldnoah.Zero:
Mechas - Check
Politics - Check
Aristocracy-based militarily-strong nation vs. powerless nation - Check
Protagonist using his brain to defeat braun - Check
As soon as I read the plot line for Aldnoah, I immediately thought of Gundam SEED. A special guy that has the capabilities to man a mecha, a princess that promotes peaces who ended up with the enemy ship while doing so, flying battleship, Earth vs space dwellers, manipulative antagonist. All in all Adnoah seems to belong in the Gundam series. Maybe "Mobile Suit Gundam Aldnoah?"
Both titles tells about war between 2 different races of people, one of them left Earth, and one stay at Earth.
Both stories tells how WAR changes people.
Both have similar mecha desings, like more tech than bio.
Both have GLOBAL plot.
Some students gets involved in a war between two human races, one is the ones that live on earth and the other is an upgraded and somewhat more powerful version of humans who migrated to space/mars. One of the students becomes the trump card of earth forces and reluctantly keeps fighting.And both animes are action packed mecha series..
A war between the human race - those in space and those on Earth. You have the princess trying to act as the bridge for peace (Lacus/Seylum), two different main character that are related to her (Athrun/Slaine and Kira/Inaho) and epitomize what each side is fighting for. Both are mecha/war genres, both foster a 'superior' gene. Other similarities include female captains that lost a loved one to the war, the best friends that take up war to support the main character, and troubled veterans who give guidance to the new generation of fighters.
One of the main characters, Lacus Clyne, is also a Intergalatical peace-keeping singer.
Both are set in space, and involve battles between mecha/transformer type machines.
Both have elements of drama, sci-fi, romance (love triangles and rectangles, oh my!).
Similar space/mecha opera but much better at storytelling.
Lacus - Sheryl.
Valkyries - Gundams.
A young man (Kira Yamato / Saotome Alto) finds himself forced to pilot a mecha to defend himself and another, he later ends up joining the army. A well known pop star singer & promoter of peace (Sheryl / Lacus Clyne) makes appearances. Both anime are set in space, full of mecha space battles & drama.
Both are backed by a massive franchise - Gundam & Macross.
Chances are, if you like one, you'll like the other.
The Store and Setting in Macross Frontier remind me of any Gundam but i think Seed is the one that's most alike with Macross Frontier. Lacus & Sheryl are both Peace-keeping singer and both series take place in Space with Gundam like machines. Both Series has the genres of drama, sci-fi, romance, Mecha, Action and even Music. But Macross Frontier is much better at store telling.
Opening Theme#1: "INVOKE" by T.M. Revolution (eps 1-13)
#2: "moment" by Vivian or Kazuma (eps 14-26)
#3: "Believe" by Nami Tamaki (eps 27-40)
#4: "Realize" by Nami Tamaki (eps 41-50)
Ending Theme#1: "Anna ni Isshodattanoni" (あんなに一緒だったのに; Even Though We Were Together So Much) by See-Saw (eps 1-26)
#2: "Distance" by FictionJunction (HD Remaster eps 27-43)
#2: "River" by Tatuya Ishii (eps 27-39)
#3: "Find The Way" by Mika Nakashima (eps 40-50)
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