Cosmic Era 71. The war between the ZAFT Coordinators and the Earth
Alliance Naturals has dragged on for nearly a year. ZAFT's Mobile Suits have,
to this point, proved to be the most powerful weapon in the war. In order to
level the playing field, the Earth Alliance has commissioned five prototype
mobile suits to be built in the neutral space colony of Heliopolis. Mobile Suit
Gundam SEED tells the story of the pilots of these mobile suits and the roles
they play in the final days of the Bloody Valentine War.
All six discs of this set are held in one single-width Amaray-style case. It's
really an ingenious design that saves shelf space, something I find myself
running low on at times. The insert cover features Kira Yamato and his ZGMF-
X10A Freedom mobile suit. The back of the cover depicts a battle between
the GAT-X105 Strike and the GAT-X303 Aegis mobile suits.
The video quality was consistently high throughout the set. There were no
defects or glitches in the discs, and the clear transfers really showed off the
sleek blend of CGI and traditional animation. The show is full of fast action
and bright colors, but not even the most action-packed sequence brought
about a drop in the image quality.
There are English and Japanese audio on the set. Both tracks are clear and have
As far as I could tell, the subtitles were entirely error-free. There was not so
much as a timing error over the course of all 50 episodes, and the grammar and
spelling were top-notch.
Each episode had 6 chapter breaks, including breaks before and after the
opening and ending songs and at the midpoint eyecatch.
This set is jam-packed with special features. There are music videos and
textless opening and endings for the featured songs. My favorite feature was
the Mobile Weapon files, which feature images and design specs and other
pertinent information about the various mobile suits, mobile armors and
battleships featured in the show.
Gundam Seed was envisioned as a remake of Mobile Suit Gundam for a
contemporary audience. Though it features all-new characters with all-new
personalities, the show does parallel several of the events of First Gundam as
well as Z Gundam, most notably the series of battles in the desert from First
Gundam and the prototype Gundam theft from Z Gundam. Fans of the
Universal Century timeline will see old themes and events portrayed in new
ways, and people who have never seen Gundam before will find a rich world
full of interesting, human characters, and unlike the Universal Century, the
Cosmic Era is new and free from the 25 years of history that some new fans
find so intimidating. Personally, I really liked the show, and it's one of my
favorite Gundam series. In fact, I liked it so much I watched the last thirty
episodes in one sitting because I was too captivated to stop.