Can we ditch your creepy brother, Aina-kun?
I am his doll~
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I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM BUT-
Anyway, in The Hurt Locker, I only got Sgt James and Spc Eldridge confused in one respect - I was pretty sure for most of the movie that BOTH of them had been hanging out with "Beckham", the Iraqi kid, at different times throughout the movie. It wasn't until James thought Beckham was dead that I realized that it had been him in ALL of those scenes, and that they'd been building up a relationship between them.
On to 08MST - Obviously the GM that Sanders uses in ep 1 is different, that was well-documented by fans back in the Gundam Project days! It has no shoulder handles, dammit! The question was whether there was ever an actual model sheet for this thing, or if the animators just fudged it. Anyway, the b&w line art was printed in the "Gundam Episode Guide" design art compilations, and MAHQ has a high quality image of the colored art - I'm not sure where that's from, but it may have been the Gundam Fact File series.
I burst out laughing just after 29 minutes in. Later on, the bit about "So, they can get radio signals..." was also pretty great.
You're right about Norris - he's a revision of Ramba with none of Ramba's personality and, more importantly, none of his motivations! Norris is even more of a blank slate than Shiro and Aina are. At least the lovers hopefully have the advantage of audience identification - we all want to be a young beautiful robot pilot in love - but there's nothing compelling about Norris. To your criticism of the Shiro/Aina relationship, all I have to say is, "Welcome to anime, where shallow romances are clumsily sold to the immature and lonely." However, that whole Norris thing reminds me of a much more interesting topic...
So here's the weird thing about Terry Sanders. Why do they set up this whole thing about him being cursed and then proceed to do NOTHING with it? If Sanders has let every squad he's ever led die on his watch, shouldn't he be due for some kind of heroic redemption? Shouldn't the series be leading up to a SANDERS vs. Norris Packard battle, in which the cursed soldier sacrifices himself to save his entire squad, in a reversal of his previous misfortune? If this show is a ridiculous Romeo and Juliet story (which it is), isn't Sanders the Mercutio?
Are you suggesting that this series should use events to build up drama?
You've obviously set your expectations too high.
Look two beautiful people smile at each other while in exotic locations and they're not allowed to love so we have to care.
Actually it begs the question why were both Sanders and Karen left out of the last episode when they arguably had more of a connection to Shirow than Michel who previously kinda resented the guy for not letting him send letters like a Luddite.
Because that last episode was god-awful, and no one cares about Michelangederp.