In the year Cosmic Era 0071, a wartime brawl between two mobile suits results in the destruction of a neutral country. Shinn Asuka finds his entire family killed as casualties of the violence, and swears his life toward a vengeful pursuit of the Earth's Natural forces, under the impression they were the ones responsible for his family's death. Shinn works his way up through the ZAFT military forces, eventually gaining access to the cockpit of the prototype Impulse mobile suit.
Athrun Zala, a veteran of the recent war employed in the service of diplomat Cagalli Yula Athha, finds himself drawn into a new conflict between the Naturals and the Coordinators: human beings artificially enhanced before birth and hated by the Naturals for their biological advantages.
As the new war rears its head and violence becomes inevitable, Athrun finds himself as a mentor to the bitter Shinn. Athrun must steer the young pilot towards a mindset of mercy before his rage and desire for vengeance consumes him.
#1: "Ignited" by T.M.Revolution (eps 1-13) #2: "Pride" by High and Mighty Color (eps 14-24) #3: "Bokutachi no Yukue (Our Whereabouts)" by Hitomi Takahashi (eps 25-37) #4: "vestige" by T.M.Revolution (HD Remaster eps 38-50) #4: "Wings Of Words" by Chemistry (eps 38-50)
#1: "Reason" by Nami Tamaki (eps 1-13) #2: "Life Goes On" by Mika Arisaka (eps 14-25) #2: "Result" by Nami Tamaki (HD Remaster eps 12-13) #3: "I Wanna Go To A Place..." by Rie Fu (eps 26-37) #3: "Shinkai no Kodoku" by Houko Kuwashima (HD Remaster ep 32) #4: "Enrai (Tooku ni Aru Akari)" by HIGH AND MIGHTY COLOR (HD Remaster ep 40) #4: "Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru (You are Similar to Me)" by See-Saw (eps 38-50)
Sometimes, sequels to popular series work. Most of the time, they don't. Destiny was one of the latter.
STORY - The fact that this is a direct sequel to a Gundam series already puts Destiny's story at a disadvantage. Think about it -- all Gundam series start with war and end with resolution. Thus, SEED had resolution, and the only way for Destiny to begin is by destroying that resolution. And it has to be a cheap and forced-feeling destruction because there's hardly two year's difference between the end of the first series and the start of the sequel since they wanted to reuse a majority
of the cast. So yeah, we're not off to a great start here. Admittedly, it is near-impossible for me to view Destiny as a standalone series, and as a huge fan of SEED, I know I'm prone to being a lot more critical than usual on its sequel. And that's me admitting to my bias upfront.
Moving on. Destiny seems to try too hard in mirroring many circumstances and storylines already present in SEED, making them seem forced, unoriginal, and repetitious. (If SEED already had a few recycled storyline elements, then certainly Destiny has them in spades.) The basis for the new war seems trivial compared to the previous, and all the countries far too eager to participate in the conflict considering their hard-won peace. The twists were too predictable. Surprisingly significant and unexpected character death was one of the greatest merits I found in SEED, and Destiny tried to perform the same tricks. Unfortunately, these attempts all failed as almost all the character deaths in this sequel could be seen a mile away. The final resolution at the end of the series is also weak and rushed.
In all, I can think of very few story element that surprised me or that are worth mentioning on grounds of praise. Even the ones that were kind of interesting -- such as the replacement double for Lacus Clyne -- were overshadowed by the lackluster quality of everything else (and unsubstantial character development as addressed below). I feel like I should maybe elaborate more here, but there really isn't much else to say, and specifics are hard to point out without invoking spoilers.
CHARACTER - SEED had a fantastic cast of realistic and noteworthy characters. Destiny took those existing characters and warped them into sub par, flat versions of their former selves, or else twisted them so badly that they were hardly recognizable. And Destiny's newly introduced characters hardly make up for it. I found Shinn, our brand new protagonist, incredibly difficult to sympathize with, which is never a good thing. His background seemed far too much like a generic sobstory, and his fixation on his own tragedy made him out to be too narrow-minded and self-righteous. Done right, those might have been interesting qualities for a protagonist, but for Shinn, it only made him incredibly annoying to put up with.
Kira, the initial protagonist of SEED, had been flattening as a character since halfway through the first series. In Destiny, he reached the height of one-sidedness. He is self-righteous to the extreme and seems to think that only his morals and way of dealing with things is the correct one. In some ways, this isn't an entirely bad thing -- it just changes his role within the series, I suppose. He transforms from one of the main protagonists into a more secondary character that contributes one viewpoint without variation. Perhaps he'd just reached the point in his development when he doesn't need to change anymore. Still, it may be frustrating for some to see a once-fleshed out character become so generic, even if he remains a fantastic foil to Athrun.
And Athrun? Of the original cast, he is certainly one that retains a majority of his previous characteristics. His multi-faceted personality is intact, and his emotions remain complex. Once again, he is a very interesting character to follow as he is caught between a conflict of both morals and ethics and the alliance (or lack thereof) between his friends. With both Shinn and Kira on their respective high horses with unwaivering opinions, Athrun serves to contrast with the both of them and again offers the same inner turmoil that he provided in SEED. Essentially, Athrun is the same character that he was tossed into a "new" setting, but as the similarity of his situation forces similar reactions, those who've already seen SEED aren't really getting anything new at all. And then there's the matter of romance...
It's almost comical how many female characters are thrown at Athrun in Destiny; indeed, it seems like all the girls except Stellar are utterly in love with him. This might have been more amusing had he not already had a perfectly good and stable relationship with Cagalli, and had they not been "broken up" for no good reason at all. The entire romantic ordeal seemed like a cheap (and completely pointless) shot at riling up all the fangirls and boys and to reject the already canonized pairing established in SEED. Certainly Athrun and Cagalli's relationship was put under stress in Destiny, but I found a lot of it to be rooted in a lack of communication that was entirely unreasonable. In an age of mechas and space colonization, I can't imagine it would have been too difficult to send a quick email now and again. If nothing else, the number of new suiters for Athrun reinforced his feelings for Cagalli, but the entire subplot was a waste of time because we knew that already.
As well, Cagalli is ridiculously out of character in Destiny. She goes from being a headstrong and independent girl to being a political pawn. Certainly she faces some pressuring circumstances, but considering her development in SEED, it would have made more sense for her to tackle them with head-on rather than...anything she decides to do instead. It's extremely disappointing to see her take such a step back and for her to devolve into such a generic "save me, I'm a weak girl"-type character (especially since we already have one of those in Destiny). It just didn't make sense to me. I'd read somewhere that Destiny had controversially employed a mediocre writer that was in a relationship with one of the producers and that much of the poor character renditions were a direct result of this person, but I can't confirm this for sure. Whatever the reason though, Cagalli was among one of the biggest disappointments here.
But finally, there's the matter of all the other characters. The remaining carry-over characters from SEED are casted as less complicated versions of their former selves, though most of this can be attributed to the fact of their diminished significance beyond practical roles (captains, pilots, ship controls, etc). The other new characters introduced in the series are mostly reincarnations of characters that didn't make it to the sequel (Stellar and her companions take the place of SEED's druggie trio, new masked guy takes the place of old masked guy, Captain Gladys is almost identical to Captain Ramius, etc), which further supports the idea that Destiny is just an uninspired rehash of the original SEED. Otherwise, they were generically casted archetypes, including the blindly loyal devotee, the bubbly spaz girl that is willingly manipulated, and the political figure with ambiguous intentions that aren't really that ambiguous. Certainly a few characters are interesting -- Stellar is actually a fairly intriguing character that grows and changes with the story -- but like any interesting story elements, they're largely overshadowed by everything else.
PS - There is also the matter of the resurrection of a character that dies in SEED. This was completely unnecessary and ruined a perfectly touching and emotional death. Come on, no more of this I-survived-but-lost-my-memory bullshit, please.
ARTSTYLE & ARTWORK - Thankfully, the art and animation did not change between SEED and Destiny. I'm still fond of the particular style used in the series, and everything else stayed in that average range that's perfectly acceptable.
MUSIC - Considering the general failure of the above sections, I was especially grateful that the music in Destiny lived up to SEED's, which I absolutely adored. The composer and most of the artists involved remained the same, and thus, beautiful music ensued. T.M. Revolution returns to perform fantastically upbeat and energetic pieces, including the first opening theme ("Ignited"), just like last time. Nami Tamaki also returns to provide its first end theme "Reason," as well as a number of insert songs. And SEED threw young Nami Tamaki into the j-pop spotlight, Destiny did the same for Hitomi Takahashi, who sang my absolute favorite opening for the series, "Bokutachi no Yukue." Additionally, Rie Tanaka, the voice of both Lacus Clyne and Meer Campbell, sings both a super-energized remix of her "Shizukana Yoruni" from SEED and a slow, peaceful, and absolutely gorgeous new song, "Fields of Hope." And last, but not least, Rie Fu, who did the famous first ending of Bleach ("Life is like a Boat") comes in to sing "I Wanna Go to a Place," possibly my favorite ending theme in Destiny. Seriously, I adore all of the vocal tracks used in this series.
And of course, Sahashi Toshihiko once again provides four new soundtracks worth of fantastic orchestral and piano music for the background. These include updated versions of old, familiar tracks, as well as dozens of new themes that are just as fun. And as a piano player myself, it especially pleased me to see the inclusion of more piano tracks that are actually played within the content of the series since Rey Za Burrel takes Nicol's place as your character-that-can-play-piano. Fun stuff all around, guys. :D
VOICE ACTING - All of the actors that reprised their roles from SEED were once again excellent. I still love Akira Ishida as Athrun Zala. Of the new roles, Stellar stood out to me as a pretty awesome performance given the strangeness of her character. Other than that, the rest of the voices did well to fit their part, but weren't anything particularly memorable. As far as I know, Destiny hasn't even been released Stateside (probably because of SEED's strangely dismal failure), but it did have a Canadian release, so I assume there's a dub out there that I haven't seen. I imagine it'd be pretty much the same as the SEED dub though, which was very average.
OVERALL - Almost everything about Gundam SEED Destiny annoyed me, and though I'm not sure how high my expectations were in the first place, I don't think I could have been more disappointed with this sequel. Other than the technical aspects (sound and animation), nothing lived up to the standards set by its predecessor. Maybe if it were judged as a standalone work, it would score a little higher (especially on the character scale), but as a direct sequel to a series, I don't really see the point. It astounds me sometimes that some fans of SEED actually enjoyed Destiny, 'cause in the end, Destiny, for me, only served to reinforce the idea that sequels to perfectly good series are utterly unnecessary.
Story: Although I thoroughly enjoyed Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny was not what I had hoped all together. My only objections were that the ending seemed VERY rushed and everything happened way too quickly in the last episode. And the ending is a really critical part of any anime, so it's important to really take care with it. I don't feel it was done as well as it's prequel. However the remainder of the story was great. I was very happy with some of the small plot twists that once again separated the character's beliefs and made them have to realize what they are really
trying to fight for. I was really excited when select characters decided they needed to join the action on the battle fields once again if they wanted to see an end to the war. One thing I did notice though, there were a few plot repeats, just in different scenarios. However, don't let that make you not want to watch because there are plenty of other great plot points.
Art: The art of Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny has always been fantastic. The character designs are still my all time favourite. I love the design of the eyes and the hair styles. Clothes are also something I thought looked awesome. And of course, the Gundams look spectacular. Even better looking Gundams in Gundam Seed Destiny. Not much else to say here.
Sound: A similar set of sounds and music from Gundam Seed, but there were a few opening songs I didn't like very much. I felt that in Gundam Seed the openings were very fitting to the mood of the anime in its current episode, but I can't say the same for Gundam Seed Destiny. Especially for the last set of episodes. However, some of the ending songs were amazing and I really liked them a lot. I thought they were very fitting, just like Gundam Seed did once before. Somehow the ending just always fits in with what's going on in the end.
Character: I was happy to see certain characters return, and then be even further developed. And then to add new characters on top of that. However I don't think they did as good a job in Gundam Seed Destiny in defining the newer character's beliefs and motives. But for the most part, I was very happy with the cast. Not much else here.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed Gundam Seed Destiny all the way until the ending, as I said I felt it was rushed. (This is excluding the remake of the last episode). I loved every minute of it as I did Gundam Seed. Sadly that's all I have to compare it to. I had hoped Gundam Seed Destiny would have been better, and maybe a bit longer. But I was happy with most of everything.
Overall: Overall I thought Gundam Seed Destiny was a great addition to the Cosmic Era of Gundam. As you can see, I marked a 9 for most categories. I was very happy that I could enjoy yet another fantastic 50 episodes of the characters I grew so fond of in Gundam Seed. The battle scenes were great, as always, and I really enjoyed seeing certain characters come back to the action. It's a great anime nevertheless and I wish that everyone enjoy it as much, or greater, than I.
Destiny is a tale of two shows, the show it could have been versus whatever the hell the staff of the show presented it as. To get to the point, I’ll point out the shows main problems immediately. The show’s pacing, character development and plot I felt were all horrible and on top of that unoriginal.
Destiny started off better off than any Gundam series I’ve watched so far. While most series in Gundam canon usually start off slow and tedious. Destiny gave you some brief, but useful enough introductions. The age old practice of stealing Gundams right from under the
enemies' noses was fine, I chalked that up to them paying homage or going with a tradition. And then you were thrown headlong into the action. Pacing was pretty good throughout the first half, while they developed this somewhat annoying formula of action, followed by character development episodes, the action was good enough to make you put up with the way stuff was spaced out. A particularly enjoyable part of the show was the interaction between Athrun and Shinn. Though whiny, generally ignorant and pretty arrogant, he showed signs of hope, realizing at times that Athrun’s advice and tutelage had helped him for the better.
In the second half of the series, the trend continued, but with far less interesting action. The Gundams became over powered and the later battles seemed inconsistent and unfair at times. Also, the change in focus about half way through meant that you had to sit through the same babbling that permeated the original SEED, but this time its just a rehash of their already stated opinions and can’t be counted as character development. Clip shows and flashbacks were also used EXCESSIVELY and killed pacing. The worst pacing came towards the end, as entire episodes seemed wasted on minor characters or minor developments and MORE flashbacks, only to have a very short, rushed feeling ending that seemed to have a lot of out of character moments, but that’s an issue for the next paragraph.
Destiny showed signs of good characters and good character development. Instead of getting a patchwork group of out of place soldiers and refugees, you get professional soldiers in their element, facing extreme challenges (except for Arthur, I don’t know how he became an XO). Durrandal started to become my favorite character that, even though he showed signs of being evil, was just a very smart, sharp character with a lot of charm and who made a lot of sense. Shinn though a professional soldier is whiny and arrogant. Captain Gladys seems like a character with logic and a good amount of insight into the world. Athrun shows up as a conflicted character, who ends up being a mentor to Shinn. And tries to show him what is wrong with his impulsive and arrogant attitude.
Unfortunately, the interesting characters of Destiny are replaced halfway through with the much less interesting characters of the original SEED. And then the previous cast gets a serious downgrade in on-screen time, skills and even intelligence. The characters from SEED seem like less than objective observers, until they start meddling and screw everyone over. The characters of Kira and Lacus show no change, nor room for it. Athrun changes, but only in the way a pendulum does. It takes him an entire series to come to the same realization he had in SEED, war is bad, no one should be killed and hatred will destroy the future. The characters come off as almost god-like, knowing all, looking down on the world and generally being untouchable, literally.
As for the new cast-away cast, once they are pushed to the side, you don’t know whether the director wants you to root for them or not. They go from saving the day, to be viewed as oppressors in the span of an episode. On top of that, their skills and intelligence seem to change as the episodes go along. In one episode, they are able to practically fight off the entire Orb military by themselves, later in the series they are unable to take down Orb even with the entire ZAFT military behind them and with Shinn and Rey using upgraded, super powerful Gundams. The Alliance was able to take down Orb in the original series even with Kira, Athrun and the Archangel present, yet ZAFT receives a brutal punch to the nose and retreats. This is also in contrast to when they fought the Alliance earlier at Heaven’s Base. With no less than 5 Destroy Gundams (mountainous Gundam death machines with more weapons and armor by itself than most militaries), they pretty easily take their objectives. Even earlier than that in the series, one Destroy Gundam was enough to hold off both Kira and Shinn by itself.
The worst case is the final battle, where everything comes to a head. The same ZAFT that pretty easily defeats the entire Alliance, and takes their super weapon for themselves, gets a resounding defeat by a pretty small Orb force in what has to be the worst Gundam ending ever. Their ace pilots are easily chopped up, the Minerva is defeated, not by the Archangel, but by a restored Mu La Flaga in his overpowered (Hyaku Shiki rip-off) mobile suit. And in the end, three major characters on the ZAFT side decide to cash it in and commit suicide, while two more lie on the surface of the moon, next to their destroyed mobile suits crying.
My final gripe is with the overall plot of the show. Sure it started off pretty simple, but it then threw a pretty nice twist at viewers, by dropping a massive celestial body (Junius Seven) on the Earth at the beginning arc of the show instead of during the last two episodes like most shows. Great! Then the plot goes into the basic war itself between the Alliance and Z.A.F.T. Once the Archangel starts screwing with things though, it becomes a slower more convuluted plot. And when it gets near the end, it just seems to become nonsensical and chaotic. It really isn’t that complicated and there aren’t many surprises.
If the point of the show was to show that repeating one’s mistakes was foolish and stupid, then this show proved that perfectly. Then didn’t just repeat the stakes of the original SEED, which was a good show in its own right, it doubled them. Great character and mecha designs and potential are wasted by the flawed plot and logic. And this show has left me disappointed to say the least.
Gundam Seed is one of the most beloved Gundam series of all time. Ever since it’s a success back in 2002 it has gained a big following especially in Japan where it was most successful. The series has been praised for amazing music, engaging plot twist as well telling an intriguing story where two close friends are in the opposite side of the battlefield fighting each other. While Gundam Seed Season 1 didn’t impress me all that much with its storytelling and characters it was still a fun watch despite being average. Once I was done with Gundam Seed I decided to check out the
squeal called Gundam Seed Destiny. Now unlike the original series many people especially hardcore Gundam fans seemed to have a polarizing reaction of Seed Destiny where it’s very diverse. Camp A is the people who loved it consider it to be one of the greatest Gundam shows ever made while Camp B are the people who despise it with a burning passion. What camp am I in? Well after watching Seed Destiny twice I can say that I am camp c the people who were fine with it however despite my being in Camp C I still don’t Seed Destiny to be a good whatsoever, however, I don’t think is as bad something like ZZ Gundam and Gundam Build Divers.
It is the year Cosmic Era 7.3 the leader of orb Cagalli arrives at armoury one to discuss the construction of new mobile weapons with the chairman of the plants Gilbert Durandal. During the discussion, the earth alliance phantom pain special forces completely raid an armoured base and steal three new Gundams. In response to that Cagalli bodyguard, Alex Dino aka Athurn takes one of the new Zakus in attempt to fight back against the stolen Gundams. During the conflict, a brand new mobile suit named the Impulse Gundam mergers from the sky to join the fray piloted my Shin Asuka who has a massive hatred of Orb of what happened to his family during the Bloody Valentine war where they got killed. After fending them off Cagalli, Athrun, Durangel board the Zaft warship called the Minerva where continue the fight against the phantom pain in space, During all this, a group of radicals remain loyal to Patrick ideals commenced a vile plan to drop Junius Seven drop into the earth. Minerva and ZAFT tried they best to stop it and managed to break it into small pieces. Unfortunately, the small pieces that they made still caused massive damage everywhere on earth. So after the earth alliance retaliated by ditching out nuclear missiles, the second war commences between the factions only this time orb teams up with the earth alliance. Kira, Lacus and the archangel gang shows up to try to prevent the fighting. Athrun returns to Zaft to fight once more and Shin, Rey Luna and the rest of the Minerva crew must now fight against the Earth Alliance as well deal with the Archangel to survive and succeed in the new war.
Since the creators of the original seed decided to take elements of the original Gundam series the creators of this decision to take story elements of Zeta Gundam. There was a quite a lot of parrels between this show and Zeta Gundam. Shin and Kamile lost they parents due to the hatred for a certain faction, Four and Stella are unstable subjects that fall in love with the protagonist of the respective series, the first battle is in a colony, veterans from the previous series return to help the new cast grow and so and so though. However, despite the show borrowing a lot story aspect from Zeta Gundam I feel like they were executed very poorly as not only Gundam Seed Destiny is a poorly directed piece of shit that is filled with terrible writing but the show seemed to not understand of what made these elements of Zeta Gundam so good in the first place as the show especially the final quarter seemed to a complete reversal of these elements to a point it’s become cringe-worthy to watch.
Unfounally this is just the least of my problems of Seed Destiny there’s a hell of a lot more wrong with Seed Destiny story wise.
One of the first biggest mistakes that Seed Destiny makes is how it’s very similar to its prequel. Yes, there were differences every now and then but a lot of the time I get the sense of familiarity. It’s is embarrassingly notable in the final quarter of the series which was a rehash of the final battle of Seed but downgraded thanks to the shitty ending.
The flashbacks from the original seed but it’s somehow even worse as half of the episodes of the series contain least one or more flashbacks scenes and because of all the pacing is at best incompetent as hell where the show could have greatly reduced its flashback in favour of probably establish it’s plot elements correctly which this show does not do that at all.
On top of this show preachy themes that for the most part barely mattered in a long as well the shows terrible directing, script and even dialogue then you got on hell of a bad show in your hands that doesn’t know what it’s doing half of the time. While the first half was at best mediocre and at worst incompetent, it’s the second half especially the final 11 episodes is where the show competently shits the fan writing and directing wise to a point it comes insufferable to watch and it actually gave me a headache…
Let’s not forget about the disgusting plot armour in Seed Destiny because of you see any chararters from the original series would not die any circumstances because the plot has to screw over the new characters by making do dumb things that would likely get them killed or my personal favourite have the chararters survive explosions for no reason that is never explained in the plot whatsoever.
This is all because Gundam Seed Destiny is a horribly written fanfic has no idea of how to use it’s a new cast in the plot let alone having a function that doesn’t contain character wish-fulfilment aka Kira and Lacus.
When it comes to the character cast for Seed Destiny I have almost nothing positive to say about them due to them being poorly managed.
Let’s start with the new characters first. I will save Shin aka the so-called protagonist for last.
I start with the Phantom Pain trio.
Sting may be the most clam of the three but his also the blandest of the three.
Auel is a crazy girl who has mother issues. That’s all I can say about him
Stella is a decent character overall as she has quite a bit of character development thanks to Shin. She may be a poor man’s version of Four but the end of the day I rather have her than almost any character in Seed Destiny. Too bad were at a certain point of the series something nasty happens to her that ultimately cause the downfall a certain character that I will mention in a bit.
My favourite in Gundam Seed Destiny is without the question is Talia. Talia is basically Murrue done right as she’s a not only a competent captain for the Minerva where she’s is a brilliant combat strategist but she actually has guts to punish her crew members if they did something wrong. The thing that puts her in my favourite Gundam chararters list is that completely immune to Lacus Clyne Mary Sue bullshit. After that speech on Orb that Lacus gave everyone in the Minerva crew was in a panic everyone in their mother was going around that ”Oh my God there’s Lacus Clyne who the real one holy shit” while Talia just came out with a dead serious face and said ” ah guys what the hell it’s the big problem it’s not like Lacus Clyne is our commanding officer or anything” Thank you Talia for putting that stupid situation to rest.
She’s easily the best thing to come out from Seed Destiny and her presence along really made the show less tedious to watch.
My second favourite chararter in Seed Destiny is Meer. She is basically chosen to be the next Lacus Clyne in replace of the old one who went missing in the first Bloody Valentine War and she ended up getting corrupted by her own fame where she starts to realise that she just needed to follow her own dream and not the dream of another.
Now start talking about the big 3 of the Minerva crew starting with Lunamaria.
Wasted Potential is the best word to describe Lunamaria.
When I first saw her I thought she will be a badass Gundam pilot that has a love interest for the protagonist. I wanted her to be great but no instead what I got is a subpar Gundam chararter who for no reason likes to fanboy to Athurn as well being irrelevant to the story. Such a shame because she should have been great.
Rey, for the most part, is just there. Apart from being Shin’s voice of reason he barely anything in the overall plot as the same chararter from start to finish. He may be connected to the previous villain from the original seed but the plot element was so badly directed and uninspired that you couldn’t frankly give a shit.
Finally we have Shin himself and to be honest he’s probably the favourite new chararter in the show outside of Talia and Meer. I know that’s an unpopular opinion since, after all, he was an immature douchebag through half of the series but I don’t he is bad as everyone says he least for the first half. I mean I prefer him over the likes the old chararters that return for this show aka Kira, Lacus, Cagalli etc.
In the first half, we see Shin developing as a character as he not only learns to control his anger but he slowly starts to develop relationships with his crew members.
Unfortunately as the series progresses my opinion of Shin takes the turn for the worst and by the final quarter of the show he devolved into unsympathetic one dimensional manic where the series completely shits on Shin chararter development from the first half.
Now with the new chararters out of the way let’s talk about old characters because I have nothing positive to say about them whatsoever starting with my favourite girl from the original seed Cagalli.
What the hell happened to you went from being this badass tomboy girl in the original to this borderline useless Damsel in Distress who loves to cry and whine a lot.
My disappointment doesn’t end there Athurn from being a cool character in the original to this clueless idiot who doesn’t know what he’s doing halftime as he constantly likes to switch sides because of plot reasons.
I also never forgive him for ditching Cagalli over Luna sister Marie who btw who barely anything in the narrative other to a fangirl of Athurn.
Now we get the worst things about Seed Destiny as a whole. Kira and Lacus. I didn’t care for them all the much in the original seed but I thought were meh chararters in the original however in Seed Destiny Kira and Lacus are nothing but shallow and preachy mary sue idiots. Not only these two were annoying as hell which they wried preachy dialogues bur overtime theses two slowly to take overthrow the protagonist after episode 39 Lacus and especially Kira seemed to the main chararter staus while Shin and the rest of the Minerva crew seemed to devolve into a villain role…
Because of these two idiots, I despise Kira and Lacus in Gundam Seed Destiny.
Overall the chararters in Gundam Seed Destiny were badly managed and poorly executed.
When it comes to the visuals of Seed Destiny is almost identical to the prequel but downgraded.
The art may look a bit cleaner and sharp compared to the original seed buts all I can say about it.
The character designs haven’t really improved at all as most of the characters facial wise look identical to each other when you take off the hair and eye colour.
The mecha designs in Gundam Seed Destiny let’s just say uninspired as many of the Gundam seed destiny seemed to either taking straight from the U.C timeline aka the Zakus or shamelessly just adding a few features to preexisting mobile suit from original seed and calling them new mobile suits. Cough Strike Freedom and The Saviour.
Don’t get me started with the train-wreck that is the Destiny Gundam good god this is second worse Gundam I have ever seen only losing to Gundam 00 Diver from Gundam Build Divers. Not only Destiny was inspired by 6 other mobile suits from past Gundam series but its portrayal in the story is hot garbage as it was piloted by an angsty pilot Shin Asuka. Also, let’s not talk about how Shin tried to use palma fiocina hands to catch beam savers in the second last episode. That shit was so infuriatingly dumb to watch it gave me physical pain…
The only Gundam design that I actually liked from Seed Destiny is the Infinite Justice because not it’s was very original in terms of design but portrayal in Seed Destiny was amazing. The Infinite Justice was so good that I consider it one of my favourite mechs from the Gundam franchise.
Outside of the Gundam designs, the ship design for the Minerva is one of my favourite ships in Gundam because not only it was a very well designed shit that is filled with life and identity but the interactions in the ship were so much better than the White Base of the cosmic era aka the Archangel. Also, the security of the Minerva is so much better than the Arcangel.
Now lets to the actual animation which is by far the second worst thing about this show right behind the god awful story.
If you thought the likes of Gundam Wing, Macross 7, Sailor Moon as well it’s prequel series was bad with stock footage. Oh man, you’re are in a real treat when you watch Seed Destiny.
I personally don’t mind if the show uses recycled footage from previous episodes. But no. Oh no no no.
They actually it to a whole new level where they take footage from the prequel and slap it to this show with no changes whatsoever. THAT IS FREAKING LAZY!!!
It’s so bad they had to recycled footage for some of the god damm openings sequences.
It’s like the staff of Seed Destiny blew the budget so can get highly talented voice actors. If you’re planning to watch Seed Destiny make sure to bring a group of friends, beers and make you have a drinking game where you take a shot for every recycled footage in the show inducing when the show has a new opening sequence. If you can do that then you are going to have a great drinking session while watching this shit feast of a Gundam show.
As for the overall formula is it’s now at its all-time worst as most of the fights the Gundam just destroy the enemies suits likes flies and because of that not only that most of the battles are tedious to watch they are also not fun at all.
Overall the visuals were very disappointing when compared to the original and the animation is without a doubt one of the worst I have ever experienced not just for a Gundam but in a mecha show period.
Thankfully the soundtrack is still the best part of Seed Destiny. I really loved all the tracks that play in the show especially the interest songs that play in certain episodes.
All the opening and ending themes are still good as ever minus Wing Of Words aka the 4th opening.
Now for sub vs dub.
The sub is still good as ever as both the new and returning Seiyuus did a solid job with the roles they were given.
The dub of Seed Destiny was average but it’s didn’t really stand out all that much compared to the subbed.
Overall I can safely say that Gundam Seed Destiny is not only a bad Gundam show but it’s just a plan bad anime in general.
The plot was awfully written, most of the characters were utter shit and the visuals, for the most part, were lacklustre. The only good things about Seed Destiny are the music, voice acting and the few characters that are in it. Everything else was a mess that was filled with poor directing.
While I don’t think that Gundam Seed Destiny is the worst Gundam series thanks to the existence of ZZ Gundam and Build Divers it’s still a pretty terrible Gundam show you should avoid unless you are a fan of the original Gundam Seed.
Final Score 3/10
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