Hello /m/, newfag here. Since I have enjoyed most mecha I've seen, I figure it was high time to get into the genre's most famous franchise: Gundam. Looking for more and better mecha brought me here; if anyone knows the stuff its you guys. I'm including a short list of what mecha I've seen in the order I've seen them (as well as some vaguely related other), hopefully that will help you make recommendation as to what would get me into the series.
Infinite Stratos (doesn't count)
Stratos 4 (not sure if mecha?)
Area 88 (not mecha, not average /a/ material either)
Divirgence Eve (Dear God it was Eiken with horrible CGI. I still cringe at the memory)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (inb4 2deep4u)
Vandread (apparently I didn't learn from Divergence Eve)
Code Geass (finally some quality /m/)
Aldnoah.Zero (And back to shit-tier)
Last Exile (not exactly /m/, stopped at e14)
Knights of Sidonia
Jin-Roh (love me some nazibot aesthetic)
Full Metal Panic!
Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann
Expelled from Paradise
Innocent Venus (Divergence Eve without the fanservice - a shit sandwich without the bread. stopped at e3)
Girls und Panzer (not /m/ either, enjoyable nonetheless)
Armored Trooper VOTOMS (aww shit nigger, it dosent get any better than this. pic related)
Valvrave the Liberator (not bad, not great though, Enjoyed it anyways, inb4 Valvrager, this was the mecha that brought me to this board)
M. D. Geist (DANGEROUS. MOST DANGEROUS)
And that's the gist of it. I'll hang around the thread a bit before turning in for the night, then I'll make a decision based on the results. Thanks beforehand!
Start with the beginning. It doesn't matter either way because the original series will be the only one you'll end up watching. Everything after is either bloody boring or bloody awful.
Well, you did say you were a newfag.
Have a chart. I think it's missing a few entries.
In my opinion, don't read the commentary.
This. Most of the series you listed are pretty good and watching Gundam will just seem like a huge step down in quality. Just watch Gundam AMVs on youtube and buy model kits if you want the full experience.
>no Imagawa series on your list
Tetsujin 28th 2004
There you go, you're all set. Don't bother with the other Gundams. Some of them are literal torture.
>don't do it if you already watched Votoms
Well, in case this thread went south in a hurry, I already had Patlabor and Dougram in mind. Any other good VOTOM-like substitutes?
>terribly written mess of a series
But until I watch something, I've got no idea what the fuck a quarter of this board's about
For series that take place in the Universal Century timeline, yes.
The others are mostly stand alone. Turn A and G-Reco make passing references to UC. Build Fighters heavily references previous shows.
There's also a more current version of this chart somewhere.
Both are better. Dougram is directed by Takahashi, same guy who did Votoms. He also did Layzner, Panzer World Galient, FLAG and Gasaraki.
>I've got no idea what the fuck a quarter of this board's about
Don't get involved.Just continue watching shows you feel you'll like. Don't watch Gundam because /m/ likes to talk about it. Don't do the same mistakes as I did.
Most of the time people are talking about how much Gundam sucks. You don't want to be those guys.
When I came on /m/, I only watched non-Gundam shows for about 2 years. When I decided to tackle Gundam, I watched every single entry. Then I just got bored of mecha and stopped watching altogether. Not sure what i'm still doing here.
Gundam literally killed my boner. At least if you watch Gundam, don't try to watch everything at once. You'll only kill yourself.
Yeah I try to superset my genres to prevent a burnout. I followed up M. D. Geist with Baccano and Code Geass with Darker than Black. I created this thread now so as to compile some options for Gundam while I'm in the middle of Jormungand. Suppose that makes me a jack of all trades and an ace of none.
It's the production order.
Several of them are out of order.
You can look up a chronological UC chart if you have to, but concerning UC, I'd at least do 0079->Zeta->ZZ (so you can get in on the dank canon vs. non-canon debate) ->CCA
After that you can watch everything else in whatever order you want, though I'd suggest watching SEED before Destiny, and Turn-A before G-Reco.
>I figure it was high time to get into the genre's most famous franchise: Gundam.
Stick with the OVAs and films. Those are the best.
Then branch out into the tv shows. But I consider the TV shows to be optional. They have lots of filler and usually aren't that great.
I'll make it simple for you
0079 > 0080 > 0083
I'm a very casual gundam fan. I don't really care for the shows too much.
I don't like the people who end up recommending 90% of the Gundam tv shows, since most of them aren't that good and they're pretty repetitive.
There's different levels of fans. A lot of /m/ are strong Gundam fans so they like most everything. That gives the wrong view to someone like OP who likely won't be as into Gundam as other people.
The movies and OVA at least have great animation. I would say that they are all Essential Tier for any anime or mecha fan.
OP here, last post of the night. I've heard a lot of people getting into the franchise through Wing and Seed. How do they compare against the rest?
Will check back in the morning. Hopefully the thread won't 404 by then.
Lots of people got into the franchise through those shows because those were the shows on television at the time when they were young. Personally I find them on the lower tier of the franchise, especially Seed. Wing is mediocre, a C grade for me.
>hopefully thread won't 404
You truly are a beautiful thing, new friend.
Wing > Seed as far as a starting point goes.
Endless Waltz is cool and pretty. Also, if you're mad at Jurassic Park, it's got your feathers.
That's pretty simple. Gundam is divided between two sorts of timelines :
-Universal Century: the main timeline, and the most well-know
-Alternate Universe:Those are shows which have nothing to do with the UC timelines and are self-contained stories within their own tinelines, but keep the core elements of the franchise.
So, how do you get into Gundam ? That's simple. Look at the chart, find the show that appeals to you. Then, there are three cases:
>Show is set in the UC timeline:
Watch Gundam 0079 and every UC show in production order up to that show
>Show is Gundam Seed Destiny:
Watch Gundam Seed before.
>Show is set in another alternate universe
No problem, you can watch it.
Also, watch shows other than Gundam in parallel or you'll burn out.