As far as Gundam series go, it seems there are very few Gundams, especially those used by protagonists, that break the RX-78 mold. Even the Turn A looks like a rounded RX-78. I get that many of them are designed by the same artists, but doesn't anyone ever get tired of it?
>I want a Gundam that don't look like a Gundam
That's the point. And yes, I'm tired of it.
Also we have a series airing right now with a Gundam that's actually fresh. The G-Self was too. And the Turn A is the most fresh.
>God won't kill every Gundam nerd on /m/
Compared to things like the RX-79[g], Unicorn, Nu, Strike, etc the Zeta and ZZ look pretty different design-wise. They still get the parade colors that Tomino never wanted on the RX-78 though.
>tfw no Gaia Gear translation
The original Zeta design was what ended up being the Hyaku Shiki.
I agree that the design of the Zeta itself is about as different from the original Gundam as the Turn-A is. I don't think it's all that different though at the end of the day, and really, it's just a refinement of the original's aesthetic to look more modern. It certainly wasn't doing any thing to fundamentally change the design. And that was something Tomino himself chose from what I gather, over units like the Hyaku Shiki that Nagano had drawn. Not that the Hyaku Shiki is massively different either, but the point is more that Tomino picked the Zeta design to be the lead one.
The story is that various mechanical designers drew up different designs for Zeta's lead Gundam, the ones that weren't chosen were still used in the show for other purposes. Psyco and Hyaku shiki (Nagano's effort) were originally meant as concepts for the lead gundam.
I suppose the exia is pretty different too
I hope they keep it up for future series
I get the need for consistency in uc, but all au suits between g and destiny feel like they're recycling old designs
G and Wing were developed right on top of each other, and G was the first AU, so I'd argue those are pretty excusable.... then there's X, which is clearly alt-UC, hence the need to maintain visual continuity with the main series. Turn A breaks the mold, but then we're back to Seed and Seed Destiny which are UC reboots.....
It's not really that strange when you think about it.
make same gundam
>cool we'll take it, could be more unique tho
make different gundam
>WAAAAH SO UGLY THIS ISN'T GUNDAM STOP TRYING TO RUIN GUNDAM I DONT CARE IF TOMINO HIMSELF WAS BEHIND IT WAAAAH WHERE'S MY GUNDAM
blame the "elitist gundam fans"
He's translated to 15 of 26
OP look at this beautiful face
I feel like everyone's warmed up to Barbados Slim because it is different for a purpose. The series is pretty different in terms of who its main characters are. It's not just different for the sake of being different.
At least from the perspective of the more conservative gundam fans. I'm pretty fine with different for the sake of being different.
>Psyco MK II
Kazumi is simply the best Gundam designer there is.
It's the iconic look. It's like asking why all the Enterprise's in Star Trek all have the same basic shape. That's what people recognize.
A better question is why the protagonist units always always have the same generic set up of shield rifle and sabers and maybe an extra cannon or two. If they have other option packs, like Impulse and Strike they'll still opt for the usual set up half the time. 00 changed it up a bit with sword guns, an other AU's occasionally poke around with this but it's usually the same.
Even Gundam X went from the usual shield/gun combo and single big saber, to machine gun and unique Divider shield, to the usual rifle shield and two sabers loadout.
Nice. I'll have to give a listen soon.
I didn't really like the Barbatos because of the waist, until I saw it in motion. Then it quickly became one of my favorite designs.
Damn thing looks amazing. Really could use some kind of FSS-style mecha corset, though.
Gundam is not about Gundam.
It's all about grunts.
The ZZ dumped the Zeta's mouthplate for a more traditional grill, and aside from all the gimmicks, is a lot like the FA Gundam with it's double beam rifle, heavy armor, and shoulder cannons. It gets a bit more noticable with the Enhanced and FA ZZ, since those dump the transformation and combination gimmicks for being useless for it.
Yup, here's a fan art of the prototype in Gundam colors.
The Barbatos was designed by Naohiro Washio, the same hack who made the freaking Thrones
What makes a Gundam "Gundam"?
Shit like Hydra, G-Lucifer and Ez-8 count as Gundams despite both lacking V-fins.
Made of Gundanium Alloy, so that's why it counts I guess.
The "G" prefix?
It still has the trademark "Gundam face". Besides, the Ez8's nothing more than a rebuilt RX-79 [G] Ground Gundam with slightly better parts.
Mercurius and Vayeate
Well, then I guess that means that if the writers/Bandai say it's a Gundam, then it's a Gundam.
Though I did point out that the Ez8 was a rebuilt RX-79[G] Gundam, so it's got that going for it.
I get tired of the color schemes for sure.
I wish there were more mechs that took on a more realistic color scheme. Something similar to a NASA spacecraft with a lot of different shades of white and black.
>Hurrrr the Gundams all look like the RX-78-2
The Zeta looked completely different. It had an entirely different design philosophy. It's even a transformer. Like what the fuck.
Or what about the Exia? Was that not different enough?
This for example. Anyone have more mechs with a similar color scheme?
This is why Zeta Gundam is so fucking great.
(Or rather, it's one of the many reasons why Zeta Gundam is so fucking great.)
Not Goondem, but what about this bad boy? You like him?
Black is inferior color to red though.
Well, there is the AGE-2. That follows the Zeta design cues pretty well and is a main Gundam. It's probably the only one though. Unless you wanted to count Exia for having a mouthplate instead of a grill I guess.
>Tomino tried to stop that as early as Zeta
I got that impression from how different the Zeta looks from Gundams that came after it. Nothing else really had that triangular look like the Zeta did.