The manufacturing colony Industrial 7, which is still under construction, floats at Lagrange point 1.
A youth named Banagher Links, who grew up without knowing his father, meets a mysterious girl who has stowed away on a ship bound for Industrial 7. As the white mobile suit Unicorn undergoes repeated tests and becomes the subject of diverse speculations, the hands of time begin to move.
Banagher does not yet know that he has been caught up in the conflict surrounding Laplace's Box.
What is Laplace's Box?
What secret does it contain?
The hundred-year curse of the Universal Century is about to be resolved.
Gundam Unicorn started out with a lot of promise and potential. The animation and characters were both excellent when I initially started this series. But over the course of the show, there's a lack of character development over time makes for a slightly weak ending. I don't care for the episode format of Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 the pacing get's broken up and loses the flow and grandeur of the OVAs. The OVAs felt more cinematic, and now they just seem to be edited down to 22 minute episodes which feels awkward.
If only the character development was held as well as the animation, this could
have been an outstanding series.
WATCH IT, IT’S AWESOME! Do you really need to read reviews to determine whether or not you're going to watch this?! While there’ve been many incarnations of Gundam since Char's Counterattack none of them take place in the universal century. UNICORN is the universal century in HD! This kids is return of your parents Gundam. This is why Gundam is approaching 40 years of airings. All the things we love about Gundam are here. Also, despite it being the sixth (don’t fact check me that’s off the top of my head) entry in the universal century You don’t need to watch all of that first.
All the important characters are explained here. It seems unapproachable given the history, large cast and terminology but once you get into it none of that will matter; you’ll go with the flow. I don’t know what ornamental words could convince one to watch this; you knew from the second you saw Gundam & 0096 whether or not you were going to watch it. It teaches the futility of war all over again including the roles corporations play in perpetuating war. What else can I say? If you love the universal century Gundam, watch it. If you love other forms of Gundam, watch it. If you’re curious what this Gundam thing you keep hearing about is, watch it. If you love the mecha genre, watch it. I recommend this series for everyone! The only people I can imagine not liking this series are people who don’t like Gundam in the first place.
To start off I enjoy the Gundam series a lot, but the one downside with Unicorn is you need some knowledge of the UC timelime. I have some knowledge of the UC timeline, but I haven't watched every Gundam series. Furthermore, the timeline for this show is pretty far ahead of last main line series taking place during the UC timeline; however, if you have no idea what Zeon or Char is, then you'll be lost when they are reference and why they are brought up.
Now in regards to this show, it's decent. It's strengths are the animation, sound, and action scenes. The fights and
animation of it are great, and the animation of the characters having a similar art style of the 70s and 80s was bold, and it works. Other UC timeline shows usually have an art style reflecting the time it was made, aka The 08th MS Team which was made in the 90s and has the same art style of Gundam Wing. This is where the show shines.
The show falls short on the story though. To be fair, towards the end the story and meaning of what they were after is huge and a great twist. Furthermore, even the character development you see throughout the show is solid as well. The problem with the show which is a frequent problem in Gundam shows is the pacing. At times a major event or plot point happens, then it stops and slows down in the next episode or 2. Same thing how you have constant action for a couple episodes, then nothing happens in a following episode, then you'll see some build up to the next point. Overall, it can get a little confusing with the various factions and how they change sides or work with the opposing side temporarily. Furthermore, this also happens with some of the secondary characters who seem to be brought in without much understanding of their motivations. The main characters are developed well, but the secondary staff is hit or miss.
Overall it's a decent show. Just for the animation and action scenes alone warrant a watch, but I recommend you have some background on the UC timeline and history before jumping in.
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