One year has passed since the events of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and the Laplace's Box was opened. Following the conflict called the ''Laplace Incident'', the Neo Zeon remnant force known as the Sleeves is destroyed. Both the Banshee and Unicorn Gundam are sealed away from public consciousness, locked in secrecy and meant to be forgotten by history. However, sightings of another Gundam are suddenly being reported. The Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex, thought to be lost since two years ago, has reappeared.
Directed by: Shun'ichi Yoshizawa
. Starring: J. David Brimmer
, Daniel J. Edwards
, Erika Ishii
, Brianna Knickerbocker
, Stefan Martello
, Griffin Puatu
, Phillip Reich
, Zeno Robinson
, Melissa Schoenberg
, Robby Sharpe
, Stephanie Sheh
, Keith Silverstein
, Steve Staley
. Music by: Hiroyuki Sawano
I hope you like being let down because if you're coming off of Unicorn expecting a movie with a good story and exemplary visuals, you're gonna be sorely dissatisfied. Narrative's story is a continuation of Unicorn's.
Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative follows the story of 3 main characters. 3 characters who have the complexity of a box of saltines. You have Jona the protagonist, Rita the airheaded macguffin plot armor, and Michele. The three of them were the subjects of some cyber newtype experimentation. A large sum of children who were all experimented on to bring forth a perfected newtype. Jona, Rita, and Michele were special, however. The three of them were labeled "the miracle children" after Rita showed them visions of the colony drop. Rita is taken away while Jona and Michele are released from captivity because Michele struck a deal with (them), selling Rita out as the one who predicted the colony drop in the first place. Jona was unaware of this arrangement at the time but as time goes on he starts to realize what Michele had done. Fast forward to the present, Jona and Michele are now part of Luio & Co. with Jona piloting the Narrative Gundam. Their goal? Capture the RX-0-3 Phenex Gundam (aka, Rita) who holds the key to essentially immortality with a fake CharFull Frontal looking like he just stepped out of a Hot Topic, leading Neo Zeon and chasing after it as well.
It is really such a shame. After Unicorn, the bar was set unfathomably high. As expected, Narrative doesn't live up to the Unicorn hype. The story, starts out slow and contrived. By the midpoint you pray and beg God that this movie gets better but then you remember you're at the midpoint. The story is just terrible. The plot movers (characters but I'm calling them plot movers because they don't deserve to be called characters) are unlikeable and have no depth. Especially Jona. You know it's bad when you can take the main character out of the story and don't have to worry about it affecting the plot aside from the ending.
The animation is flat, lifeless, and choppy. There are points in this movie where I end up asking myself if this is the same studio that animated Unicorn because of how underwhelmed I am. Especially when you compare Narrative's animation to that of Unicorn's. A series that preceded Narrative by a decade. Even the final battle with the Neo Zeong left me feeling tired and bored. Yes I'm serious, the final climax of the movie left me feeling tired and bored. Just to make sure I wasn't crazy, I went back to watch random scenes from Unicorn and compared still frames with Narrative. Narrative's slightly above TV anime animation looked terrible on the big screen then and still looks terrible today on my TV.
Overall I wouldn't give this movie the time of day. I really am hoping and praying that studio Sunrise does Hathaway's Flash justice.
Review by ycqzbi from the Internet Movie Database.