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[ rated pg ] Gundam

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: PG
Parental Guidance Advised

Review by Don Kreipke:

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Classic mecha sci-fi action movie. No nudity or sexual innuendoes. Non-graphic, combat-related violence similar to Star Wars level.

Review by Marc Renouf:

Of notable importance throughout the various "Gundam" series are the effects of large-scale warfare on a largely innocent populace. This is most prevalent in "Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket." In this series, the viewer is left to puzzle out who the "good guys" really are. Personal tragedies and meaningful violence drive home the serious anti-war message.

Also of note in the "Gundam" series is the lack of any definable protagonist. Both sides (the Earth Federation and the Jion) hold to their ideas very strongly. Several of the more prominent Jion characters tend to be portrayed as fanatics, but their overall goal is one of continuing the fight for freedom. Americans especially can empathize with the desire for self rule.

While younger children love "giant robot" stories, the various series of Gundam (especailly 0080, 0083, and F91) will probably be enjoyed more by slightly older children who can grasp the seriousness of the message throughout this fabulously created fictional world

Parent's Guide Rating:

yellow (parental guidance advised)

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