Universal Century 0096. Several months have passed since the incident surrounding Laplace's box also known as the Universal Century Charter. The Earth Federation Forces dispatches a group of investigators to the severed Axis which is drifting outside the Earth Sphere. Two civilians participate as members of the research group: Arlette Almage and Danton Hyleg. Both have pasts with government service to the Principality of Zeon and Neo Zeon as an engineer and test pilot. Having infiltrated Axis, the investigators come under attack inside a base where no one should be. Arlette and Dalton are confronted with an incident they never imagined.
Gundam Twilight Axis is the physical manifestation of that slap Bright gave Amuro in the original 0079 series with Bright being Sunrise and Amuro being the UC Gundam fandom.
Not even my father ever hit me as hard as this piece of trash did!
OVERALL: 2/10 (barely at that)
Have you seen one of those ''*anime name* in 10 seconds'' videos? Apparently Sunrise has and decided to actually make their anime 10 seconds long as a joke.
I'm not laughing Sunrise. Neither does anyone that has seen it.
From what I was able to comprehend the story was about a girl that apparently is NOT a pilot but
a mechanic despite being a newtype or something. It doesn't matter. No on likes Gundam for its interesting storitelling, amirite.
Even as I'm writing this, thinking of what to say about the plot, all I can recall are flashy lights, screaming and a brief shot of Char and Lalah that was repeated in every second episode as if to remind me that I was watching UC Gundam and not Aldnoah:Zero speeded up.
I actually enjoyed the art, I thought that it was well-made for the most parts. The MS there too flashy for no reason and the candy coloured Normal Suits were a grit in the eye but it was still watchable, for that aspect at least.
What sound? I honestly don't remember anything.
What character? I honestly don't remember anyone. Seriously, I bet no one was able to remember anyone's name through watching it.
I felt as if I was watching a comercial for the new season of Gundam SEED.
The animation saves this series from being 1/10 really.
GUNDAM FANS - Stay away!
AVERAGE ANIME VIEWERS - Stay away!
AUTISTIC PEOPLE THAT WATCH TOO MANY TV COMERCIALS - Be my guests and watch it, you might have a blast with it.
Pro: Well the gunpla is a fun remould job...
Con: Darn near everything else.
While we could delve into the specifics of how everything went wrong in Twilight Axis, they all ultimately come back to one point: the runtime. The director has 21 minutes to use across 6 episodes. He opted to go for a non-chronological order, of short clips of miscellaneous events. There is nothing for the viewer to grab onto here. The story is both hard to perceive and meager, the art is tightly budgeted and presumably Sunrise's inexperienced artists, I have no idea who was even in this show a few days after watching
it, and I could derive absolutely no pleasure out of it.
The 1/10 review makes me sound like I hate this show, but it's not right. It's that this show's existence genuinely confuses me. I can't perceive how this could have possibly benefited either Gundam fans, Sunrise, Bandai, or a general audience. Not just in practice, it makes no sense on paper either.
What Gundam: Twilight Axis has to offer in its whopping 30-minute total runtime is quite the list. If you thought that this is another Gundam series that has a thought-provoking storyline and thrilling mobile suit action, then this is not the anime you thought it was.
The storyline is disjointed, scenes and music cut abruptly, the characters ain't fleshed out in the slightest and there's too little dialogue. Every episode leaves me dumbstruck because I had simply no clue what the heck is going on. Each episode is about four minutes in length, and because of the sheer amount of flaws in each, the whole series
seems exactly like 6 poorly made fanmade summaries stitched together.
At least the music is decent, and the art is still fine. If you don't think too much about the fact that many scenes have static models or are static themselves with SFX to cover for it, maybe you can even have an inkling of appreciation for the series.
I'm disappointed, but I'm also surprised that Sunrise decided quite arbitrarily that they were going to make 3-minute episodes, since series with episodes that length are usually long-running and comedic in nature. However, if the studio is just going to release a half-assed series like this that might tarnish the good record of the Gundam franchise thus far, maybe they were better off not creating Twilight Axis at all.
Twilight Axis is a skippable trainwreck that isn't worth watching, simply because the faults of this series far outweigh its merits. Rather than waste your time on this, maybe watering your plants or catching up on some work will be a good way to spend this half an hour that you have just saved by not watching this series.
If you are standing in an elevator and say Steven Spielberg for example walks in, you have about 30 seconds to pitch your movie idea to him to get him interested in making it. Twilight Axis plays out like it in this regard.
So how do you tell a complex and character driven story, in less than 25 minutes ( 5 episodes, 3 min. Ep 6, 9 min )? The answer is that you bombard the viewer with visual feedback and only serve the key plots as if they were arriving on a conveyor belt. Twilight Axis feels very much like
a show that couldn't afford a full 12+ episode run but they really wanted to push this important story out and as a result, the work suffers for it.
I can respect them for what they were trying to do with this story, but that doesn't stop it from coming off as a very pretentious piece of art. The visual design of the show is rather good, but the sound feels distracting. I almost wonder if the show would had been better if they didn't use any voice actors at all but instead just focused on sound effects, visual design and music to convey the story. But changes are it may have gotten even more pretentious in that case.
But then, there's the glaring plot-errors and stereotypical character personalities that bring it down, which is a shame. My favorite part was episode six, simply because I started to try and figure out just what the mobile suits were, and it becomes really apparent in hindsight when you think about it that the whole final fight is a very extremely condensed visualization of all the wars leading up to the Char's Counterattack.
Overall, I recommend this show but only in the form of 'Make up your own story' to train your or a 'Enjoy the visuals' for other Gundam fans out there, but make no mistake: This was disappointing in the end.