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Kidô senshi Gundam Seed 

The discovery of an advanced model of combat mecha on their space colony throws a young man and his friends into involvement in an interplanetary war as the crew of a powerful fighting ship.
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Series cast summary:
Sôichirô Hoshi Sôichirô Hoshi ...  Kira Yamato 50 episodes, 2002-2003
James Weaver Clark James Weaver Clark ...  Additional Voices (2017 remaster) 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Ted Cole ...  Ray Yuki / ... 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Brian Dobson ...  Martin Dacosta 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Adam Henderson ...  Ledonir Kisaka 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Fred Henderson ...  Ulen Hibiki 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Jocelyne Loewen ...  Asagi Caldwell 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Alison Matthews ...  Ezalia Joule / ... 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Scott McNeil ...  Gerard Garcia / ... 50 episodes, 2002-2003
John Novak ...  Uzumi Nara Athha 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Rebecca Shoichet ...  Mayura Labatt / ... 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Lee Tockar ...  Herbert Von Reinhardt / ... 50 episodes, 2002-2003
Akira Ishida ...  Athrun Zala 49 episodes, 2002-2003
Kotono Mitsuishi ...  Murrue Ramius / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Takehito Koyasu ...  Mu La Flaga 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Houko Kuwashima ...  Natarle Badgiruel / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Megumi Toyoguchi Megumi Toyoguchi ...  Miriallia Haww 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Yasuhiro Takato Yasuhiro Takato ...  Kuzzey Buskirk / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Tetsu Shiratori Tetsu Shiratori ...  Ssigh Argyle / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Michael Adamthwaite ...  Yzak Joule 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Sharon Alexander ...  Erica Simmons 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Lisa Ann Beley ...  Eileen Canaver / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Don Brown ...  Sigel Clyne 48 episodes, 2002-2003
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Michael Dobson ...  Fredrik Ades / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Brian Drummond ...  Andrew Waltfeld / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Andrew Francis ...  Muruta Azrael 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Ron Halder Ron Halder ...  Sutherland / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Simon Hayama Simon Hayama ...  Chandra 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Matt Hill ...  Kira Yamato 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Jonathan Holmes ...  Marco Morassim 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Sarah Johns ...  Juri Wu Nien / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Andrew Kavadas ...  Patrick Zala 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Carrie Keranen ...  Murrue Ramius (2017 remaster) 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Gabe Khouth ...  Nicol Amarfi 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Keith William Miller Keith William Miller ...  Kuzzey Buskirk / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Vanessa Morley ...  Cagalli Yula Athha 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Chris Niosi Chris Niosi ...  Romero Pal (2017 remaster) 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Lisa Ortiz Lisa Ortiz ...  Natarle Badgiruel (2017 remaster) 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Ward Perry Ward Perry ...  Kojiro Murdock 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Tony Sampson Tony Sampson ...  Miguel Aiman 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Matt Smith ...  Jackie Tonomura / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Tabitha St. Germain ...  Fllay Allster / ... 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Chantal Strand ...  Lacus Clyne 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Brad Swaile ...  Dearka Elsman 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Bill Switzer ...  Sai Argyle 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Andrew Toth ...  Clotho Buer 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Brendan Van Wijk Brendan Van Wijk ...  Romero Pal 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Sam Vincent ...  Athrun Zala 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Tom Wayland ...  Mu La Flaga (2017 remaster) 48 episodes, 2002-2003
Toshihiko Seki ...  Raww Le Kleuze / ... 47 episodes, 2002-2003
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Isshin Chiba Isshin Chiba ...  Arnold Neumann / ... 47 episodes, 2002-2003
Toshihiko Nakajima Toshihiko Nakajima ...  Kojiro Murdock / ... 47 episodes, 2002-2003
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Ben Pronsky ...  Arnold Neumann (2017 remaster) 47 episodes, 2002-2003
Yasuhiko Kawazu Yasuhiko Kawazu ...  Ades / ... 46 episodes, 2002-2003
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Rie Tanaka Rie Tanaka ...  Lacus Clyne 44 episodes, 2002-2003
Naomi Shindô Naomi Shindô ...  Cagalli Yula Athha / ... 41 episodes, 2002-2003
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Tomokazu Seki ...  Yzak Jule / ... 41 episodes, 2002-2003
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Yûko Satô Yûko Satô ...  Juri Wu Nien 37 episodes, 2002-2003
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...  Muruta Azrael 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Vivian Hsu ...  Aisha 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Kikuko Inoue ...  Caridad Yamato 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Masayo Kurata ...  Mayura Labatt 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Sachi Matsumoto Sachi Matsumoto ...  Asagi Caldwell 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Shunichi Miyamoto Shunichi Miyamoto ...  Shani Andras 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Ryôtarô Okiayu ...  Andorew Waldfeld / ... 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Michiyo Yanagisawa Michiyo Yanagisawa ...  Erica Simmons 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Hiro Yûki Hiro Yûki ...  Clotho Buer 36 episodes, 2002-2003
Max Mittelman ...  Kira Yamato (2017 remaster) 30 episodes, 2002-2003
Cassandra Lee Morris ...  Miriallia Haw (2017 remaster) 26 episodes, 2002-2003
Chris Hackney ...  Athrun Zala (2017 remaster) 25 episodes, 2002-2003
Lucien Dodge ...  Sai Argyle (2017 remaster) 24 episodes, 2002-2003
Daman Mills ...  Yzak Joule (2017 remaster) 22 episodes, 2002-2003
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In the year Cosmic Era (CE) 71, a war between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty) breaks out. The Earth Alliance catches up in technology after ZAFT has a head start building giant man-piloted robots called mobile suits. Immediately, four of the Earth Alliance's five new mobile suits called Gundams are stolen by ZAFT, with the remaining Gundam falling on the hands of a young Earth Alliance pilot. Written by fml_lopez

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In the end, there can be only one victor.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 October 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Gundam Seed See more »

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(50 episodes) | (4 specials) | (1 episode)

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Trivia

In episode 16 ("The Burning Desert Sands"), it is made very clear that the main character Kira Yamato and his love interest Fllay Allster had sex sometime between episode 15 and 16. This scene gave parents in Japan a scare and caused a good deal of controversy at the time. See more »

Quotes

Athrun Zala: Kira... what are you thinking about, now?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits slightly overlap into the last scenes of each episode, with the song starting a minute or two earlier than the animation ends, before cutting to the credits, without the usual pause or initial credits set that you would associate with this. Notably, On the DVD, This means the first few moments of the text-less credits show an intentionally blank screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the DVD version of episode 28, entitled "Kira," the last scene has been completely reanimated to better reflect the vision of Gundam Seed director Mitsuo Fukuda. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Super Robot Wars K (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Find the Way
Third Ending Theme (Episodes #40-50)
Performed by Mika Nakashima
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"The best" only to those who have seen very little Gundam...
9 December 2003 | by zaphdashSee all my reviews

It's fantastic that people like to throw around phrases like "best Gundam series ever" in reference to one of the worst, and many -- but, granted, not all -- admit to having seen very few other Gundam shows.

Nothing in Gundam SEED is new or original. The Natural vs. Coordinator conflict may be a bit closer to real life, but at its base it's not much different from Oldtype vs. Newtype. Everything in this show, right down to some minor details, can be traced back to some past Gundam series. It's one thing to reference old shows here and there, to pay them homage like that, but it's something else entirely to just build a new show completely out of old ideas. Actually, I should clarify. There was one original idea in this show, but it was promptly dropped after episode 20 and never acknowledged again; according to interviews with the show's director, there were *never* any plans to take it anywhere, it was just thrown in for no real reason.

The characters aren't very good. There was one character in the show I liked, and -- surprise, surprise -- he bit the dust. Other characters ranged from underdeveloped to boring personalities to downright irritating, and all things in between. Furthermore, the show's masked villain, Raww Le Klueze, is easily one of the worst Gundam villains ever. He's just a psychotic nihilist and nothing more. At least past villains had some sort of motive in whatever they were trying to accomplish, but this guy just wants to destroy for the sake of destroying.

The character designs are absolutely awful. Character designer Hisashi Hirai should put out a book on resourcefulness, because that's about the only way I can see that he still has a job. He can only draw one or two different faces and two or three different hairstyles, and he puts them together in various combinations with various different colors to create an entire cast. No joke here, Japanese fansites were actually taking screen captures from the show and replacing the hair of characters in the scene with that of other characters, with hilarious consequences. After all, they all looked exactly the same, so you couldn't even tell the difference if the hair was replaced.

The show hosts some of the worst mecha designs ever to grace the Gundam franchise. There are four in particular, Gundams which appear late in the show, which are just horrendous. The rest of the designs in the show range from decent to bad, and many of them are just taken from old shows and given some extra junk on the backpack (anyone else have the feeling they'd seen the Freedom Gundam before? Yeah, that's because it was originally known as the Gundam Double X back in 1996).

The animation is pretty bad too. Ship and mecha movements are all done with computers, and they look terrible. Character animation isn't quite so bad, but people could stand to move a little more. They float down corridors stiff as a board, not moving their limbs at all. This problem isn't unique to SEED, though, as it occurs in several other Gundam shows as well.

With the exception of one track which was only played twice, the background music in the series is pretty bad until the last ten episodes. At that point, they suddenly introduced a few new tracks which were actually pretty decent. So the music is a mixed bag -- most of it's not very good, but some of it is all right. The openings and endings were much the same; early songs were bad, later songs were a little better. The second and third endings (known as River and Find the Way, respectively) were both quite good. The third and fourth openings, Believe and Realize, were decent. However, the first and second openings, Invoke and Moment, and the first ending, Annani Isshodattanoni, are terrible, bad, and below average, respectively.

Overall, SEED wasn't the worst Gundam series ever. It is, however, nowhere close to the best. If you want to see a good Gundam series, a real contender for the "best Gundam series" title, check out First Gundam, Victory Gundam, or Turn A Gundam, but steer clear of Gundam SEED.


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