Giga-Journal: Giga-Gundam Mondays!

Giga-Journal: Giga-Gundam Mondays!

Super Powers and Super Mechs

Shameless Self-Plugs

 

By: Head WriterJustin Tafoya

 

Monday, Oct. 12th –

   Hello again, Giga-Buddies. I haven’t been doing much other than working lately. Finally getting a second job . . .  that’s going to be fun. Along with my part-time job at GameStop, I’ll be doing some contract work for the military. Very labor intensive. Thankfully, writing is one way that I can relieve stress. Well, that and killing tons of monsters in games and stuff. Anyway, I’ll be doing my darnedest to stay alive and keep the anime articles flowing.

Still insanely creepy, Charlotte was all over the place but still amazing to me.

Still insanely creepy, Charlotte was all over the place but still amazing to me.

   Speaking of anime, I finished my first article on last season’s anime, found here. I talked a lot about how much I loved Charlotte on a personal scale but, I always love Key’s stuff. The final episode had me holding back a waterfall of tears even if it was a little rushed. It felt like they tried to shove too many good ideas into one anime that was only one cour long. I really hope it gets a visual novel or game like it’s spiritual predecessor, Angel Beats!.

   More on to games now, I’m finally pushing through on MGS V. The finale to chapter one had me squirming in my seat and really solidified the idea that Big Boss isn’t the same person he used to be. It’s very powerful and I think Kojima’s approach of “actions speak louder than words” worked extremely well, especially in that particular scene. Snake is a different man and I can really see this game as “The Fall of Big Boss” it was (kinda) meant to be. On a side note: I know that Snake doesn’t talk much, but Kiefer Sutherland has been doing an amazing job so far. Too bad he doesn’t have more lines.

. . . I still miss David Hayter though.

NOW ON TO ANIME!

   I mean, I kinda already talked about Charlotte but . . . ya’ know . . . shameless plug to my article and all.

  

Gundam Barbatos! I dig the claymore.

Gundam Barbatos! I dig the claymore.

Other than One Punch Man, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is shaping up to be a pretty great show as well. The new “hot button” on today’s agendas seems to be “child soldiers”. Gundam has been built around this idea in that Mars has become a bit of a destitute wasteland leaving hundreds of thousands of children homeless. The only way for them to escape starvation was to join the military. But, they are treated more like dogs and live bait than humans and the morbidity of the situation is damn palpable, even with only two episodes to go on. I have high hopes on this one because, as many know, Gundam SEED ruined the entire franchise for me and this is the first Gundam series I’ve picked up of my own volition in a very, very long time. HIGH HOPES!

  Anyway, check out Gundam and One Punch Man for sure! I’ll be doing initial reviews in the next couple weeks or so! Stay tuned!

  That’s it for me today. I hope you have a great Monday and an even better week! -J.R

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