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Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack [DVD]

Tru Furuya , Shichi Ikeda , Eikichi Kojika , Osamu Sekita    DVD
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  • Actors: Tru Furuya, Shichi Ikeda, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Rumiko Ukai, Shz Iizuka
  • Directors: Eikichi Kojika, Osamu Sekita, Ryji Fujiwara, Shin'ya Sadamitsu, Susumu Gyda
  • Writers: Hajime Yatate, Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Bandai Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Mar 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCYAU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,140 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomino ends his legacy in fine style 4 Mar 2005
Yoshiyuki Tomino's legendary and dark vision of the future where man resides both on Earth and in space and the ensuing war of independence between the Zeon space colonists and the Earth Federation finally reaches a thrilling and fitting climax.
It all started with Mobile Suit Gundam back in 1979, and the story of warring rivals Amuro Ray and Char Aznable and would rewrite sci-fi anime history forever.
The story continued in 1985 in Mobile Suit Z Gundam, where Char and Amuro had to team up to fight the oppressive Titans and through 1986's Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, the latter half of which was rewritten by Tomino to feed into Char's Counterattack which was announced towards the end the ZZ's TV run and premiered on the big screen a year after ZZ finished airing.
Set in UC0093, 13 years after the One Year War ended, and having gone missing in action in UC0088 (at the end of Zeta Gundam) Char Aznable is back leading the regrouped Neo Zeon forces (the original Neo Zeon movement was defeated in UC0089 at the end of Gundam ZZ) in it's continued war against the Earth Federation.
But this time Char is leading the Zeon forces on his ideals and not those of the Zabi family's who started the original war of independence. Char sees that mankind can only evolve by living in space, unrestricted by gravity. He wants to force asteroids into the Earth to create a nuclear winter and force everybody into space. With the Earth Federation corrupt and severely weakened, long suffering veteran Captain Bright Noa teams up with Amuro Ray to lead a task force against Neo Zeon. Amuro and Char meet for the final time in battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect end for a perfect sci-fi epic! 7 Jan 2005
Thia great film is the story of Londo Bell fighting against the forces of Char Aznable's Neo Zeon. Whats so great about this film is that all the main characters (with exception to some new characters) are all old favourites that have been developed through entire series' (and in Bright Noa's, the captian of the main Londo Bell battle ships, case throughout 3 series') and so the film moves straight into the action. Although there are periods of story/character development in the middle of the film, the majority of development happens during the numerous space battles in the film. For fans of the franchise, getting to see Amuro Ray pilot a Gundam and fight a red mobile suit piloted by Char is an absolute joy, and the fights/tension is so well done that people unfamiliar with these characters will enjoy it (although to really enjoy the film you have to have seen the original Gundam series and to a lesser extent Gundam Zeta/Double Zeta).
As Char reveals his plans to drop a giant asteroid with nuclear reactors on onto earth (in order to create a nuclear winter) the excitment reaches insane levels, and the battles really are among the best in ANY gundam series (or for that amtter any series at all). I won't spoil it, but for fans the final battle between Char and Amuro is spectacular, and the outcome of the film, once fully understood, really does cement Amuro and Chars rivalry as one of the greatest in television/film history. This film really does have everything a gundam fan can want, a great exciting story, your favourite characters back in action (shame Kamille didn't return however), great mecha and well structured/animated fights. A Truely epic film that actually ends a long running story in spectacular fashion where so many others have failed.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What the Zeon is going on here?!?! 22 Feb 2005
Unless you know the full story of 0079 don't buy this movie, your head will hurt just trying to patch the complicated story lines, crappy drawings (By the way, Gundam 0079 looks more well thought out than this 1989 tradegy).
By the way, Char Aznable is no Peado as he is portrayed in this story.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Gundam Battle Ever Seen 1 Dec 2002
By Omar Khan - Published on
Where would anime be nowadays without series like "Mobile Suit Gundam?" I shudder to think. Very few anime have had the impact that "Gundam" has had since it first premiered in 1979. No one foresaw what was to become of the series. In 1988 this is the ultimate result; the greatest battle in anime history.
"Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack" was made to provide closure to a rivalry that had been going on for nearly ten years. The rivalry being between the two main characters of the original "Mobile Suit Gundam," the first Gundam pilot, Amuro Ray, and the dreaded Zeon ace, Char Aznable. The story takes place in Universal Century 0093, about 14 years after the events in "Mobile Suit Gundam," and peace has been disrupted once again (how long does peace actually last in this universe?). The long-dormant Char Aznable has risen to take the reigns of leadership of the Neo-Zeon movement, and ultimately plans on destroying the Earth Federation. The Federation, in retaliation, send out their Lando Bell Force to stop Char. Among one of the top members of Lando Bell, is none other than Amuro Ray. The two men still sport grudges against one another even after fourteen years, and it all comes down to this moment. Who will survive?
Bandai took some great risks in bringing this title to the States. Considering that there is 3 series worht of backstory to this movie, an excess of 150 episodes. It is easy to see people who have not followed "Mobile Suit Gundam." Thankfully, Bandai has included a 12-page booklet with the DVD to tell exactly what happened that sparked up between Char and Amuro over these fourteen years. As well as terminology and who's who in this Gundam story. Even if you know all these things, the booklet is a great collector's item. Anyway, on to the big stuff.
The story is handsomely well-played out. Events move at such an erratic pace that one can't help but to let the film sweep them in. One minute, everything is calm and characters are learning, in the next minute, explosions everywhere and people are dead. This is by all means a war story that rivals even "Star Wars." When people die in "Gundam"...they die, no two ways about it. War is not galmorized in this series, war is a last resort for a race of creatures that deliberatly leads itself towards a last resort. And humanity? Well I heard Yoshiyuki Tomino speak on this matter, and since he is the "Father of Gundam" his words are better than mine; "No matter how destructive they can be, humanity is still beautiful." A theme that has been a staple of "Gundam" ever since.
Characters are well-portrayed in this movie, bringing forth an array of new blood as well as old faces. Char and Amuro have grown and matured over the course of time. Amuro has turned from the whiny kid who refused to pilot Gundam into a hardened battle veteran who realizes his duties and responsibilities. Char has turned from a bitter Zeon soldier into an idealistic leader who wants nothing more than the destruction of those who Considering that Tomino didn't have fifty episodes to tell a story like he always does (kidding), to analyze these characters and flesh them out in a span of 2 hours is quite a feat. Lives are changed through out this conflict, and it can be seen in the characters horrified expressions and anguished cries.
The animation is very well-done for it's time. This is definitely movie-quality animation. Especially during the climactic battle scenes. Very few anime have been able to conduct battle scenes this chaotic and destructive without losing something, this is one of the few. It's nice to see something that a nearly fifteen year-old movie can hold its own against "higher quality" stuff nowadays.
Speaking of animation, this movie features the best-looking mecha to date. The mecha in this film were designed by Yutaka Izubuchi, most famous for "Patlabor" and "Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket." It was also helped by, at the time, the young members of GAINAX, yup before they made "Furi Kuri," "Kare Kano," "Evangelion," "Gunbuster," or even "Wings of Honeiamise," they were doing little animation projects for Sunrise. If you don't believe me, check out the designs for Char's Sazabi and Amuro's Nu Gundam. The Gundam featured in this movie is probably the coolest Gundam featured in any medium that carries the name.
The music also goes very well with the movie. Music is actually fully-orchestrated and helps define the tremendous epic nature of this film. It is very difficult not to be moved by some of these tremendous pieces. Definitely, a big change of pace for those who are familiar with the techno-beat of "Gundam Wing" or the trendy pop of "Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory." This is "Bravehaert" meets "Star Wars," and if that isn't epic, I don't know what is.
Sound was used very well in the film. Bandai decided to compliment both Japanese and English tracks with both 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks. What does that mean? Well, just crank up the volume and listen to things go BOOM.
The only flaws I have seen in the movie would be the tremendous backstory that might alienate those who haven't seen "Gundam." That, and the ending is not feasible the first time one watches it. However, one of the key reasons to own this is so you can watch the anime again and realize what the ending means. And to those who have already seen the movie; yes the ending DOES make sense, the hint is actually in the film.
In the end, "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack" is quite possibly the best "Gundam" title to date. Providing closure to the greatest anime rivalry of all time was no easy task. But Tomino was able to pull it off with grace. This is an epic by every means of the word. A sure sign that "Gundam" is synonomous with "eternal."
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Mecha Movie of the 80's 19 Sep 2002
By "madnessmark" - Published on
After the success of the Gundam movies, Yoshiyuki Tomino moved onto to two sequels series, Gundam Z and ZZ. Finally, after the all this time, Tomino decided it was time for Amuro and Char's last mission in a full-length Gundam movie. The fans went wild.
The story takes off in the year UC 0093. Without any explanation at this time, Char is now the leader of Neo Zeon and plans to send the Earth into a nuclear winter as well as defeat his long-time nemesis, Amuro. But with many old and new characters mixed up in this battle, it won't be pretty.
Amuro: Returning to the battlefield, now being a responsible adult.
Char: Conferming his hatred when on Earth, he is the new leader of Neo Zeon.
Bright Noa: The former captain of the White Base is still in action.
Mirai: The wife of Bright Noa now and mother of two children.
Hathaway: Bright's son who ventures out into space.
Quess: A cocky rich daughter who runs off with Neo Zeon.
Gyunei: Char's pupil with Newtype abilities.
Cameron: Mirai's ex-fiance who is now works for the economy.
Lalah Sune: Despite being dead, her ghost still haunts the dreams of Amuro and Char.
The animation for a 1980's film is top notch. The funnels moves about at an insane pace battling each other across the screen. Its a marvel to witness. What this film tried to do was cram as much content and action as it could into two hours and they did a great job at that. The original voice actors from the English version of the TV series make their debut once again. They all do a relatively good job and are almost on par with the Japanese cast.
The audio is quite impressive as well. You get both language tracks in either 2.0 or 5.1 Dolby. An interesting note is that the Japanese track has not been remixed as it was with the three Gundam movies. This marks as the first Tomino Gundam feature not to have been tampered with so go nuts. Sadly, the English track falls back on all those sounds you heard in the remix versions of Gundam.
The extras hold up pretty well, but aren't really groundbreaking. There are two theatrical trailers for the movie, but without it being in widescreen form, you feel you've lost something. The other extra is the Gundam model music video which shows how models are put into production. Not all that fun, but still informative. The last extra is a filmography of all of Tomino's works which is nice if you haven't seen it yet.
Overall, Char's Counterattack ended up being everything I hoped it would. Raging Newtypes battling each other furiously in mobile suits. I couldn't ask for better than this.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gundam film EVER. 2 April 2004
By Prons - Published on
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's counter attack begins right up with familar characters, if you have seen Mobile Suit Gundam you will know Amuro Rei and Char Aznable right away, throught "Mobile Suit Gundam" and "Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam" the characters had times where they not only fought agaisnt each other, but along side each other. This time Amuro Rei is thrown in with Char Aznable in one last clash of the titans (Excuse the Zeta gundam Pun) this movie is actually more of a two hour space brawl, the action, both fight wise and character wise is amazing, not only do we get to see great robots like the "Nu gundam" and "Refined Zeta gundam" fighting against robots such as "Sazabi" (Which by the way, the Master Grade Sazabi is one of the bigest 1\100th scale models there are.) and the other Neo Zeon mechs, we are introduced to new characters like Quess Pyra and Gyunei, but also we have Bright Noah, from the origanal and Zeta gundam, Mirai from MSG\Zeta, and Bright Noah's son Hathaway, from Zeta Gundam, who is all grown up now. We also get to see the green ball robot "Haro" again, overall the movie provides a great atmopshere, an unbelivable chemistry between characters devoloped in SUCH a short time, great mech battles, with that said great MECHS, and the ending was one of the most fufilling endings I have ever seen. 5\5, pick this and the original mobile suit gundam Movie set, you will not regret it.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, but still good 31 Dec 2003
By Katie - Published on
While a good movie, I think that CCA had a lot of potential but did not fully use it.
First off, I think that they should have released Zeta and ZZ before this movie, since I see a lot of reviews here complaining about things that have an explanation in Zeta or ZZ, such as why Hayato Kobayashi is not in this movie. I would highly recommend watching at least Zeta first; and since it will soon be released that shouldn't be too much of a problem!
Anywho, my main problem with this movie are the characters. Char and Amuro seem horribly out-of-character; in fact, it's as if they switched personalities. Char becomes whiney, and Amuro becomes mature and calculated. It's nice to see Bright back to his old authoritative self (after that embarassing role in ZZ), and Astonauge is always welcome in a Gundam series.
Someone said that CCA is too focused around the stupid annoying kids, and I'll agree there. Quess is annoying, and not even that pretty, and Hathaway just makes me want to slap him (even his own father can't resist!) Although someone earlier called Hathaway unimportant, which is simply not true: he is the star of a novel that takes place when he is older, and these events in CCA inspire his behaviour in said novel.
Hathaway may not have been one, but CCA did have its throwaway characters. Gyunei, for example, who may have been cute but was absolutely useless; as well as Rezin (the girl who hates Newtypes) and Chan/Chein. Don't get me started on her; her only personality was that she loved Amuro. I much preferred Beltochika from Zeta, who was Amuro's love interest in the CCA novels. Even Nanai's existence was pretty pointless... and I hate to include Mirai in this list, but they did not have to show her that much. In fact, I wish that they could come up with something more creative than "Mirai tries to get to the colonies due to impending problems on Earth" since that was done in Zeta as well. A little upsetting, considering that she piloted a war ship in her younger years. Cameron shows up though, which is greatly amusing since he seems rather bitter towards Bright. Hehe.
I'd call Kaira useless, since it seems like they only made her so they could cause tragedy for Astonauge. Which is just mean; Astonauge has been through enough!
Did anyone else find Lalah haunting Char and Amuro weird.. 'cause I sure as heck did. I didn't see her ghost before then, did she just get bored in the afterlife and decide to start?
Anyway, every UC fan should see this movie at least once, but it is rather disappointing if you are expecting another MSG or Zeta.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~ MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME ~ 16 Feb 2003
By Knyte - Published on
I am *not* a movie buff by any stretch of the imagination, and therefore the declaration of "Char's Counterattack" (CCA) being my favorite movie of all time should not be taken as an especially valid indicator of how good this movie is from an objective standpoint. Rather, my declaration should indicate how much this film impacted my life when I first saw it, and how I continue to watch it over and over again, coming away with something new every time.
I think writer-director (and Mobile Suit Gundam creator) Yoshiyuki Tomino is a genius; his concept of "newtype" humans in my opinion is very realistic, and I've never been the same since seeing CCA. This film remarkably captures the essence of what the original Gundam story was about: "Newtypes", and the complex beauty of the human condition.
Unlike most animated action/sci-fi films, all the conflict takes place within the human race, rendering the overall narrative substantially more plausible than say, Robotech, and hitting the cognizant viewer much closer to home. Humanity has moved into space, and a class division has resulted: the space colonies which orbit Earth are essentially treated like second-class citizens in Earth-sphere. With a history of rebellion (one particular colony started the catastrophic One-Year War 14 years prior to the start of this film), the colonies are ruled from Earth, by the Earth Federation.
The problem is, the Earth Federation has grown corrupt since the end of the One Year war with Zeon, the group of colonists which started the war in the first place. However, humanity prefers a corrupt government that keeps the peace than all-out war, so peace prevails for quite some time. Then seemingly out of nowhere, Char Aznable (a pivotal character since the first Gundam series) emerges as the leader of Neo-Zeon, a new group of rebel colonists.
The mission of Char and his Neo-Zeon is simple: to force humanity into space by rendering the planet Earth uninhabitable. The reason? Because "newtype" humans (who have enhanced psychic abilities) first emerged among the colonies. Newtypes are the next step in the evolution of humanity, and as a newtype himself, Char believes that the cause of all human suffering (war, selfishness, evil, etc) comes from "oldtypes" on Earth. Char believes he is doing humanity a favor by forcing the hand of evolution. In doing so, he plans to destroy all life on planet Earth, by dropping the asteroid "Axis" (significant name) on it.
Newtype ace Amuro Ray, the hero from the One Year War (depicted in the first Gundam television series) is back to stop Char, as a part of the Federation's special anti-terrorism unit, Londo Bell. Amuro and Char are longtime enemies; their mutual hatred solidified when Lalah Sune, a profoundly powerful newtype was killed (accidentally) by Amuro when she trying to stop them from fighting during the One Year War. As soldiers for Zeon, Lalah was Char's protoge. However Lalah and enemy pilot Amuro developed a "newtype" (spiritual) bond that Char was understandably jealous over. At any rate, Lalah was now dead, and Amuro and Char bitterly blamed each other for it ever since.
CCA introduces new characters: Quess Paraya is a profoundly powerful newtype, who plays a notable role in the film. Hathaway Noah (the son of Bright Noah, commander of Londo Bell) also displays newtype abilities as the film progresses. It should be noted that both Quess and Bright are born on *Earth*, and not on the colonies...
Amuro's Nu Gundam RX-93 is an amazing piece of mecha, equipped with remote weapons referred to as "fin funnels", that are controlled by his psychic abilities. The Nu Gundam is also enhanced with a form of technology called psycho-frame, which allows a newtype to wield an unprecedented amount of mind control over his mecha. The psycho-frame is also highly sensitive to the thoughts of others, and the human spirit -- just as newtypes have a higher sense of awareness in general.
My favorite aspect of this film is the way in which it deals with the human spirit, manifested. Whether the human spirit is guiding remote weaponry, moving mecha, or simply engaging characters both living and dead, instances of everything I just mentioned take place during this film. Lalah Sune seems very much alive in spirit during this film. And so does another character close to Amuro, who even after death is able to accomplish her goal and help him against Char and his plot to drop the asteroid, "Axis" on Earth.
Char and his Neo-Zeon load "Axis" with nukes to ensure that both radiation, and drastic climate changes caused by the asteroid's impact, will kill everything on Earth. Londo Bell plans to stop the asteroid (once discovered) with nukes of their own. To me, the "Axis" also represents the 'turning point' in human history in *our* world, when we entered the nuclear age during World War II...
I believe that the ending of this film is really the dawning of a new age for humanity in Tomino's eyes. To me, that brilliant light we see represents the manifestation of the human spirit. Just as newtypes are able to move weapons, once properly harnessed, newtypes are also able to move people, and each other towards a common good. Once humanity is truly connected (meaning through our minds and spirits) then, and *only* then will there ever be an end to bloodshed, misery and war. This message is so simple, yet so seemingly impossible to accomplish, that it should move anyone who truly "gets it" at the end, to tears.
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