First Gundam honestly holds up better than most anything Tomino did after IMHO, and the movies cut out a fair bit of filler and such from the TV show on top of that (Some of which I like but still).Zusuchan wrote:^I actually just watched the original MSG movie trilogy by Tomino on Netflix and was...pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them, especially after my not-very-fond memory of Turn A's first episode. They still had a lot of problems (them being condensed versions of a longer TV show came off clearly with how certain events and character motivations did not seem to have the necessary amount of build-up and certain events did feel rushed; the action largely bored me unless it managed to weave character stuff into it; the three small kids were completely out of place; etc) and I liked them ultimately more as a showcase of an important cultural artefact that has had an intense amount of influence on anime as a whole than as actual artworks in themselves. But I still liked them and they were a lot better than I'd expected them to be-Char and the genuine feeling of "war anime" were my favorite parts of them.
Stuff you complain about in the MSG movies- some battles not having character stuff in it, addition of annoying kids etc., actually gets worse in Tomino's work over time (He LOVES having a literal crying baby in there somewhere), especially as he gets trapped in formula of episode after episode of pointless conflicts that change nothing and take up half of each episode as it is.
Turn A is the one exception to this, but I didn't like that for different reasons which is to its credit I guess.