I recently finished watching After War Gundam X, and I thought it was alright for the most part. I liked most of the characters, the Satellite Cannon was very well done instead of being an asspull weapon, the more childlike elements of something you'd see in ZZ and Victory blended together well with the usual Tomino-ish realism, and the alternative perspective X had on UC concepts like Newtypes instead of just taking them and doing original nothing with it, though for every original idea there's two poorly executed ones.
It always struck me as odd how despite a 15-year long nuclear winter we know nothing of the situation where humanity hid from the pollution, while cities are vibrant in terms of people and economy. You'd expect more post-apocalyptic societies here like in Fallout, but X barely touches upon the post-Disaster rebuilding of society. Past the first episodes when survivors tell legends of mythical Gundams, you wouldn't be able to tell a devastating war happened at all.
Of course the setting does bring itself new governments like the New Federation and some old ones, and a disorganized society brings people like Vultures with them. While a fitting and interesting concept, they get dropped halfway through in favor of the New Federation as the main antagonist only for Vultures to never get mentioned again. The Frieden doesn't even do Vulture things for the most part, I don't even know how they can get enough money for supplies to begin with, or whatever the After War equivalent is.
Roybea and Witz also stop being interesting halfway through (aside from some character interactions) once their character arcs were largely finished in the crossroads episode, only to become sidekick pilot #1 and #2 afterwards. They didn't even explain how they got their hands on Gundam-class suits. Not everything has to be a fucking Gundam. Even the Frost brothers have fucking Gundams.
The Frost brothers are also wasted potential. Their motivations are mysterious at first and the revelation of them being low-level Newtypes was also interesting, but when their motivations at the very end boiled down to 'we were bullied so we're gonna take it out on the world', it was so fucking childish that it became hard to take them seriously at all in retrospect. Not to mention, their constant fights with the GX almost made them seem Jerid-tier. How often did Olba grab the GX in a hold only with his pincers so the other guy could finish it off with a beam saber, only for someone to fire at them at the last moment so the GX could break free, as Olba was reluctant to leave as oniichan told them to retreat?
They're also responsible for the brief shitty psycho-of-the-week phase almost every Gundam show goes through. What the hell did they mean with that they had to uphold their sense of aesthetics anyways?
Garrod is a pretty good Gundam MC in general. He's likeable enough without being a runt like most kids his age, he isn't moron, and changes enough over the course of the anime to stay fresh without becoming too angsty in the process. It does annoy me that other characters have to constantly remark BOY GARROD, YOU'VE SURE CHANGED. You don't have to spell it out, I can SEE it.
The 'muh romance' part didn't really do it for me either. While I admired the lengths Garrod went to protect Tiffa, my main problem was that Tiffa is so fucking passive. She's less of a character, but more of a plot device to constantly appear at the doorway of the bridge to warn Jamil about some impending shit. A romance requires two characters to interact and bond with eachother, and in this case I only felt it from one involved party. It's like she's barely doing any work to bond with Garrod. Nice lipstick, though.
Jamil is a pretty good mentor character overall. He's not some OP character who always saves the day at the last moment, as he's got some weaknesses of his own he has to overcome. He does get over his cockpit phobia bizarrely quick, though.
The Revolutionary forces are sadly largely underdeveloped as a result of the early cancellation, though their core ideals were at the very least developed. It's a bit strange how an entire war seems to result from a difference in opinion between two fatsos in charge as none of the underlings involved seem to really believe or care about it. X barely delves into the grunts anyways.
The fights don't get too repetitive for the most part. Conditions and situations are changed up frequently enough to stay interesting, but the fights have a way of dragging on longer than they should as the animation isn't much to write home about.
So yeah, though X has an entertaining cast of characters and does enough to stay original instead of being a carbon copy of other Gundam shows, many of the original ideas and the world building do tend to fall flat on its face. I liked it for the most part, though I don't see why the Japanese dislike X so much.
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