Some time ago, I talked about a bunch of ugly Gundam designs that should never have been greenlit. This time though, I'll be tackling the complete opposite where I show you some awesome feats of anime architecture which should be given more air time.
When you look at it, the Mobile Suit Gundam universe has a bunch
of great Gundam designs as well as some underrated ones that pop up every now
and then. This time, I'll be making a countdown to what I think is the
5. RX-93 V GUNDAM (OR THE NU GUNDAM)
Movie: Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
When Char's Counterattack came out, this was the pinnacle of the mobile suit designs created by Yutaka Izubuchi. I usually find that blocky mechs are more my style but the Nu did not disappoint especially with ace pilot Amuro Ray at the helm.
Those fin funnels? Revolutionary!
That black and white scheme? Glorious!
Even better? Hajime Katoki
rendered his own version of this beast and it was downright awesome.
4. GN-001 GUNDAM EXIA
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam 00
The Exia is a modern design by
Kanetake Ebikawa and makes great use of edges, planes, and flat-out sleek
polygonal shapes. It was, in itself, a revolutionary mobile suit, for it did
not rely on bunker-busting beam weaponry to stand out. Instead, the Exia relied
on an unprecedented physical blade that has become iconic with the series ever
since. Overall, the design was just a refreshing take on the usual v-fin wearing,
faceplate-grill sporting mobile suits.
3. XXXG-00W0 WING GUNDAM ZERO/ WING ZERO CUSTOM
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing/ Endless Waltz
Hmm, this one is tough. I'd put
the Endless Waltz version of the Wing
Gundam Zero here since it is hugely popular. Then on the other hand, the Wing
Gundam Zero classic elicited shits and giggles from 7-year old boys across the
globe when it premiered in 1996 with its transforming bird-mode gimmick. But what
always takes the cake with these Wing Gundams is this: their buster-busting,
ass-whooping, metal-crunching, big freaking gun: the Buster Rifle.
2. STRIKE GUNDAM
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Yes, I'm a SEED hater. But see here, the only redeeming factor of that
poorly-written Gundam universe are the designs of the mobile suits; the best of
which is the Strike. No matter what configuration it uses, be it the hand-to-hand
combat Sword Strike pack, the Launcher Strike configuration where it lugs
around a portable positron cannon, or the Aile Strike variation with a flight
pack, the Strike Gundam will always look elegant and sexy.
1. ASW-G-08 GUNDAM BARBATOS
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS
Yep, this is number one. It's not because the IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS series is new and therefore I have the hots for it. But it's true; I definitely have the hots for these odd, out-of-this-world mobile suit designs that proliferate the post-disaster timeline, especially those named after the 72 demons of the Ars Goetia.
The Barbatos already looked good in its bare-bones Form 1 and even better in its knightly Form 4., but as soon as it transforms into the Lupus, it goes a step higher with its sleek use of curves mixed with rough edges and blockiness.
And that shoulder armor bearing the Tekkadan symbol? Add that to the sword mace and you have a design that I just can't take my eyes off.