It was just the only Gundam that clicked with American kids and teenagers. I find the older series have the better characters and storylines. Course it probably did not help running the original series from 1979 after a show from the mid 90’s. I still believe if they’d stuck with the original plan and ran Zeta instead of Superior Defender Gundam Force the older series could have had their second chance. Nope they decided to put that final nail in the coffin.[/quote]
I thought G Gundam was well-received. Even though the show endlessly annoyed me by going against the premise it established in the intro for EVERY EPISODE (and too many dudes in bodysuits), the dub was so hilarious that I have a fondness for it.
IMO Gundam Wing had the superior story, it felt the most mature in premise. The idea of a fragmented and oppressed set of space colonies creating independent guerrilla fighting mechs to sabotage the oppressive regime and gain independence had potential. They didn’t fulfill that potential, but still. Speaking of nails in coffins, there was the one main character, who was fairly badass in the beginning of the show, letting himself seemingly be killed. Lame.
Double-Oh didn’t get the same exposure to Americans as Wing did, sadly, but I thought it started off well enough. The idea of unifying humanity by giving it a universal threat was interesting, a better version of the ideas from Star Trek, but then they ran out of ideas and went and ruined it with the Innovators and utopia dream worlds filled with lots of dudes and little clothing.
Every Gundam has 2 traits: It’ll fall to pieces by the end, and the main protagonist is a completely unlikeable, unpersonable jerk.
But each and every Gundam is still better than the crap that Cartoon Network has run like Assy McGee , Tom Goes to the Mayor, and Tim and Eric.