Twelve Days of Anime 2: Why Did I Screencap These Moments from G-Reco?

Gundam Reconguista in G is my first Gundam show since watching Gundam Wing on Toonami well over a decade ago.

Gundam Recognister in G is ostensibly about big robots.

Gundam Recognascar in G is a baffling composition of Wagnerian complexity.

Gundam RicoSuave en G features poop jokes and a tiny robot that looks like a dick on wheels.

Gundam ReptarOnIce in G presupposes a future where evolution has whittled mankind’s attention span down to less than that of a goldfish, which is also a character in the show.

I have only seen six episodes of Gundam RatConditioner on G, although I plan to see them all.

These are the frames I saw fit to capture while watching Gundam Rockadoodle in G. I’ll try to remember why.

[HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.11_[2014.10.17_11.55.16]I was quick to learn that names are thing with Yoshiyuki Tomino. Kuntala is one such name. There are also several references to girls from Kuntala. This definitely happens in the show. Um. Now that I look at it, the guy’s hair on the right is kind of weird too. It’s like it’s shaped wrong. Also what are their ties? It’s like a cross between a bow tie and a bolo tie. Bowlo tie? Loving the jaunty palm trees in the background, though. This is a fun show where fun people call each other Kuntalas.

[HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.08_[2014.10.17_12.35.46]Ah, okay. So. I didn’t take many screencaps of the robot fights, but this scene of a leopard falling on an anaconda is what jumped out to me. You might ask yourself, “Mr. Important Anime Blogger, why is there a scene of a leopard falling on an anaconda in the middle of this show about giant robots fighting other giant robots?” To which you might answer yourself, “Mr. Important Anime Blogger, that is an astute observation, and one worthy of careful consideration. Hm. Have you thought about symbolism?” To which you may respond, “Yes, Mr. Important Anime Blogger. Yes I did. But I cannot seem to wrap my mind around what it could symbolize. The predatory struggle of an uncaring universe? Yet the big cartoon eyes seem to be aiming for something comedic. A moment of slapstick. Ah, but are these anthropomorphic qualities meant to inform us of some in-universe sentience in the animals?” To which, after a furtive knitting of the brow, you could respond, “Hm. I do not know, Mr. Important Anime Blogger, that such information was meant to be conveyed to the audience through such a fleeting aside. But soft, let us keep that in mind as we continue watching the show, and maybe, we can dare to imagine, such matters will be further elucidated.” To which, and with a gentle lowering of the shoulders, you say, “Yes, thank you for your input, Mr. Important Anime Blogger. Let us convene again very soon.”

[HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.06_[2014.11.03_11.41.54]I don’t know what the fuck any of these words mean.

[HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.43_[2014.11.03_11.44.33] [HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.44_[2014.11.03_11.44.37]G-Reco is concerned with all of the intimate details of wearing skintight pilot suits, and I actually like this a lot. For all the ways these kinds of shows get mixed up in grand galactic conflicts or wacky high school hijinks, it’s refreshing to see a show that answers questions like “where do robot pilots shit?” Turns out it’s right there in the cockpit. And putting on a skintight suit means awkward zippers and lots of rearranging of the junk. This is what it means to be human.

[HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.02_[2014.11.03_11.48.36]Man, I don’t even know. Did I take this by accident? I guess her expression is kind of weird, but not that weird. She’s just doing her job. Digging the blue boardwalk shorts and pink blouse with the tie in the front combo. I hope she gets paid well.

[HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_15.21_[2014.11.03_11.51.12]Tomino uses the space he’s given in interesting ways. You usually split the screen to show alternate perspectives of the same scene, but he makes it so they’re all looking in exactly the same direction at something offscreen. Not quite the way that Yuasa used paneling for Ping Pong, but sublime in its own fashion.

[HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.36_[2014.11.03_11.44.01] [HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.59_[2014.11.03_11.50.40] [HorribleSubs] Gundam Reconguista in G - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_16.01_[2014.11.03_11.52.01]Let me take you on a small journey I had. At first, I saw the girl’s head painted on the chair behind him, which was of course absolutely baffling, and of course not addressed at all by anybody in the scene. As the captain of this pirate ship, the man was surely afforded some eccentricities, but this was beyond a parrot on the shoulder or a feather in the cap. Then the second frame came around and raised more concern. This wasn’t just a head, it was an entire woman’s body painted on this man’s chair. Two things were obvious to me: 1) she was ready for a high five, and 2) she was naked. The captain of this ship liked to sit with his back against the likeness of a naked blonde woman, and that was a lot more than I was willing to unpack for this show. Thankfully, a third angle later revealed the woman to be wearing a green swimsuit. So it was still weird, still fascinating, but somehow not awful at all. And that’s Gundam Reconguista in G in a nutshell.

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3 responses to “Twelve Days of Anime 2: Why Did I Screencap These Moments from G-Reco?

  1. I’m am extremely glad that there’s finally a reviewer who’s willing to take a look into this series without a preset negative outlook. People should really try to understand Tomino’s work before dissing it for being antiquated. If you actually search up some of those terms you don’t know about, you might even enjoy G-Reco more than you are right now.

    • Took the words right out of my mouth, the insane level of rage this series has inspired in a select but vocal minority of the Gundam fandom is baffling to me. As in any Tomino work, you’ve gotta sit back and take the crazy with the good and appreciate that it’s not like anything else on the air.

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