Anime Taste Testing: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

I made a terrible mistake and watched the prologue first.

Yes, I know, the prologue is basically essential viewing – you really shouldn’t watch episode 1 of Witch From Mercury without checking out “episode 0” first. I resented that at first, since it’s basically forcing me to watch a double episode, which I usually hate doing. However, in this case, the problem isn’t that the anime gave me an unnecessary time sink – it’s that the prologue was really, really good, whereas episode 1 proper was… fine.

I did already know ahead of time that there’d be a time skip between the prologue and episode 1, but I guess I just wasn’t prepared (in the most delightful way, of course) by how well-written and emotionally hard-hitting said prologue would be. Episode 1, while perfectly serviceable, was therefore a major step down for me – going from such a high in terms of storytelling to such a… well, definitely not low, but let’s call it a medium, kinda sucked a lot of the joy out of my personal viewing experience. I wanted to see more of space and Gundams from an adult’s and parent’s POV, which is relatively rare. Instead, episode 1 gave me bratty and/or brooding teens in space school, which I feel is something we’ve all seen in one form or another plenty of times before.

TLDR, the prologue is excellent and everyone should definitely watch it. While the rest of the series will probably be pretty decent too, it’s not what I actually want.

Score: 9/10 for the prologue, 6/10 for episode 1.

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3 thoughts on “Anime Taste Testing: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

  1. You’ve piqued my interest in the prologue. I tend to not get into Gundam series, so I was going to pass that by. I probably still don’t watch the show proper, but I might check out the prologue. With a time-skip, it seems to stand reasonably well on its own?

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    1. Sure, I’d say the prologue could basically act as a kind of very mini self-contained story if you were so inclined. It’s not really about the Gundams, which I (and it sounds like you as well) can appreciate, and the storytelling really is top-notch.

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