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.
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.
This is pretty laughable. Gundam Twilight Axis already looked to me like it was going to be boring to begin with but, each episode being a mere 3 minutes, it fails to tell any story properly. This is based on a novel, which is supposedly short but quite detailed (at the very least in comparison). However, this is condensed to the point where you know almost nothing. You don't know the characters. You can barely tell what they're doing or even why they're doing it. Unless you actually read the novel (which defeats the purpose of making a fucking adaptation to begin with) you learn
nothing about them other than what can be made from inferences. It's like the PV for this (which, by the way, was more than half the length of the episode) was just a trailer for a trailer. This is Sunrise's biggest loss in years, it's little more than a lazy mess. It's like a school assignment rushed for the last minute except it actually took them over a month to put it out.
A short show only needs a short review so I'll write no more of this. The only good thing about Twilight Axis is that you will only waste 3 minutes of your time watching each episode.
*This’ll be a quick one, also mild spoilers but this show isn't worth your time anyway so proceed regardless*
Gundam is an interesting franchise. It's huge, it's powerful, it's very marketable, and its shows can range from absolutely amazing to mediocre to god awful. It seems like for every Gundam Thunderbolt, there's a Gundam SEED and for every SEED, there's a Gundam Wing...respectively to the previous sentence. Widely heralded as the largest and best timeline in the franchise, it's unfortunate to know that the Universal Century timeline is no stranger to mediocrity or even being terrible with installments like ZZ Gundam, Char's Counterattack, and F91
ranging from awful to just mediocre. Yet, this goes one step beyond those since in all honesty, Twilight Axis might just be the worst Gundam anime to date. You heard me. Worse than Wing, worse than SEED Destiny, worse than ZZ and I actively hate ZZ. I might not have seen all of what the franchise has to offer, but of all the Gundam anime to belong to a mainline timeline of the franchise, this is most certainly it! So, what happened for this to occur? Well, let's find out, shall we?
STORY AND CHARACTERS: 1/10
It's very rare that I have to say this, but there is practically nothing to the plot or characters of this show. None of the characters have any real semblance of personality other than this one blue-haired feddie that suddenly turns out to be a generic evil villain bad guy dude mother fucker in episode 5 (does he even have a name?). Arlette is the only one here that I know the name of it that tells you anything about this nothing cast, and we only know that she has this bullshit deus ex machina cross necklace and that she was raised in a lab before meeting Char. Given his uniform and the fact that Lalah was there, this could've only happened sometime during the One Year War of 0079, but how did he find the time? The only other thing is that she and this one guy on her side care for each other deeply but that's it.
This show is nothing but a vapid puzzle that amounts to nothing because we hardly have any of the pieces. It's just a bunch of nothing. From the incomprehensible first episode to the finale, there is almost no semblance of coherent plot. In fact, even with this, there are a few major plot holes. Why is Sazabi just laying on what is presumably Axis, especially after 3 years and the fact that it was destroyed and not even there anymore in Char’s Counterattack? Where’s Nu Gundam? How come when Arlette goes to find Sazabi she ends up taking our a brand new mobile armor (is that even a mobile armor? I dunno, it's anime original, it isn't even the Nightingale)? How come she doesn't look to Axis? Why does this show end on a cliffhanger sequel bait? This clearly isn't a successful or remotely worthwhile project. In fact, it's a disaster. It is nothingness, sometimes worse than that, which is a horrible thought to have. Heck, apparently it sucks from an adaptational standpoint. I'll bet. Apparently the final episodes were anime original. I'll bet! Moving on before I lose my mind!
Well, let’s get the elephant or of the room: the editing in episode 1 is abysmal! No transitions, music cuts off, and overall, episode 1 is a disaster that really set a precedent for this show to Rollie in terms of being awful. The character designs look kinda bad, worse than any UC Gundam anime to date. I get this was a novel adaptation so you had to adapt character designs being described, but Gundam Unicorn had amazing designs both for its mechs and its characters, both of which are among the best in the franchise with my only other contenders for the award for having the best mobile suit designs being Zeta and Build Fighters. This? No. The Tristan looks generic and meh, and the new Mobile Suit/Armor/whatever looks vastly inferior to the Sazabi, Nightingale, and the Sinanju. The fights are terrible too, which is a shame since the director here worked as a key animator for a ton of Sunrise mecha shows like Code Geass and multiple Gundam entries. The art of everything barring the bleh character designs holds itself together well enough but it's still mediocrity all around for most part.
I swear, most of these episodes don't have music. If they do, I completely forgot since most of this OST is very, very forgettable with the only memorable track being this somber opera piece at the beginning of the show, and that got abruptly cut off in episode 1. There was also an emotional piece in episode 6 and that was ok but yeah, pretty weak music.
This was insanely boring. I had a ton more fun writing this rant of a review than I did watching a single episode of this show. I'm torn between disliking this one heavily and outright hating it but it wasn't pleasant, and it only got worse over time. Even the fights sucked, how whack is that?! Let’s just wrap this up already!
OVERALL: 2/10 RAW SCORE: 2.39/10
Everything about this show is a disaster. The editing was awful, it's an embarrassing adaptation, the fights sucked, the reception is the worst in the franchise thus far on MAL (for damn good reason), and the Gundam Tristan model kit has been considered one of the worst Gunpla kits in existence. It’s a disgrace to Universal Century, and a disgrace to Gundam as a whole, making this the worst in the entire franchise. Good riddance, Twilight Axis, enjoy getting treated like a grunt suit in an AU show, getting wrecked to oblivion! As for my dear audience, thank you for listening, and I bid you adieu.