Heh, I think your first sentence pretty much sums up my feelings for the show. I've seen both TV series, and found them good entertainment, but I can't help but feel they lack the personal touch of the Tomino shows. Granted, this can be a hinderance - Victory, the first half of ZZ - but when hes on form, he is on fire (Ideon pre-empts some of Eva by over a decade, and Turn-A Gundam may be one of the finest SF anime ever - not finest Gundams, finest SF).Oh, and when Tomino kills someone, they are dead. For some reason, I much preferred Destiny to the original SEED series. I'm not sure why. I think I got a feeling that events in Destiny felt that they mattered more somehow.
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