I’ve really gotten into the Gundam franchise over the summer. Back when I was in college I remember Gundam Wing airing on Cartoon Network and thinking it was pretty cool. I didn’t go ape shit over it, but it was defiantly interesting. Mix global-spacial politics, war, giant robots fighting, and I’ll give you a half hour of my time.
In case you don’t know what Gundam Wing is, here’s a promo that used to air for it:
Pretty cool, huh?
Flash forward ten years and I’m farting around Youtube and find some videos for other Gundam series. I end up on a few blogs, check out some Wikipedia entries, and… SHIT THIS HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 70s!
Evidently, the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Macross (Robotech here in the states) series started something called the “real robot” genre. Basically, you have two types of robot cartoons. The type with gigantic invincible robots like Voltron and the type where the robots are military weapons that break down, need repairs, have new models, etc.
Anyway, so I started watching some of the series as research for my next project and wow… some of this stuff is pretty good. There is one main universe called Universal Century. That’s where the main series exists. Then there are other universes that have separate series. But all of them have the similar Gundam mecha designs.
Just goes to show that you never know where you might find some inspiration and research material. Don’t be scared to check out forgone stuff, cartoons or otherwise. Some of the best action dramas are from Korea and China. Some of the best sci-fi from Japan. The broader your scope of knowledge, the more you can bring to the table with your writing.
Until next time, keep writing!