And it rocks. I mean, this shouldn’t be that surprising. How many times has anime completely turned expectations on their head? Before anime, if you told me I’d love a show called ‘Princess Tutu’ I’d have laughed at you, and if you told me I’d get more emotionally attached to little girls and their everyday lives than to any ol’ samurai, I’d have looked at you funny. However, the truth is that anime has surprised me so often that I tend to be incredibly optimistic. I don’t understand people who still manage to think that all of a new season’s shows look like shit when likely half of them will be surprise jewels. So when I found out that there was, in fact, an SD Gundam Romance of the Three Kingdoms, there was not a shred of negative expectations.
Nevertheless, I was surprised. I was honestly surprised. Even though I’d read a brief review that told me that it was probably something I should have pretty good hopes for, I was surprised because the art in this show is astounding. Right, I knew the rest was coming – decent writing, a completely serious tone, and, oh, did I mention that this is Romance of the Three Kingdoms as told through SD fucking Gundam? It is, in fact, set in ancient China. This is not some alt-universe version – it is Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but where all of the humans have been replaced by mobile suits – the heroes by Gundams. It’s a little toned down for kids, BUT STILL.
Yes, it’s good. The episodes are only half-length so it feels like a nice little piece with really excellent pacing. My only complaint is that Yuuki Kaji sounds kind of wimpy as the young Liu Bei (Gundam). While the movement of characters is kind of clunky (for obvious reasons), the art is gorgeous, and kind of reminiscent of the background art in Sengoku Basara. Also, some cool music. So… go watch it.