Thanks to moving countries, dodgy internet connections and Overwatch, I’ve fallen behind on a bunch of anime this season. Series have been left half-finished, first episodes watched then never returned to. With the end of the year looming, it was time for me to go through a mega catch-up period so I can still be relevant when Anime of the Year discussions come. It would be pretty awkward to reach the end of the year without having completed Erased or Mob Psycho 100 for example. So over the next 2 months I’ll be writing a bunch of posts as I finish each of these anime up, starting with the very cheerful little OVA Gundam Thunderbolt.
Gundam Thunderbolt follows in the grand Gundam story theme tradition of “war is bad”, or in this case more specifically, “war breaks you”. Everyone in this story starts by bearing the scars of war already. This can be the more obvious physical conditions like the entire troop of soldiers missing arms and legs, or more mental scars as people break down in the face of the orders they have to give. These scars only deepen as the show progresses as everyone goes from breaking point to completely broken. Whether that be your body as people simply just die off, or your mind breaks. Beliefs and morals you upheld before the war are destroyed, leaving you a shell of a human who can no longer function and left a shivering, weeping mess. Fun times all around.