This is Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record: Avant-Title, a 7-minute animated short that is with the new Battlefield Record game for the PS3. As you can see, it is 7 minutes of awesome and would be totally easy to sub, so there’s no excuse for it not to be! The short is directed, storyboarded, and written by one of my favorite directors, storyboarders, and writers, Matsuo Kou, and it certainly shows that his gold touch was on it!
I think it’s becoming increasingly true that people are not as willing to suspend their beliefs as they used to be. Modern movies all have this forced sense of ‘realism’ and we pump as much power into our CG and effects as possible to create something more believable. When something is produced that doesn’t look realistic, it is now considered ‘poorly made’. I have a lot of fun looking back at movies that came out in the 80s and 90s that were completely ridiculous and in no way believable, but were awesome for that very reason. I think there is a mistake being made by modern filmmakers who are too dead-set on realism (or maybe it’s more a fault of the audience demanding it), which is that they think they have to be realistic. In truth, realism and abreality are just two means to the same end and should only be considered in the name of style. Let me show you what I mean using episode 1 of Futago Hime.