Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn originally aired as an OVA series of 12 episodes of roughly 1-hour in length. Re:0096 re-cuts it into a tv-sized series of 22 episodes, sometimes cutting it in a jarring fashion. That aside, Gundam Unicorn is a series that probably won’t be terribly accessible to a new viewer, since it relies heavily on (and refers to) a lot of the previous Gundam series in the Universal Century timeline. (If you’re confused already, here’s a graphic showing the timelines).
True to Gundam form, the series has grand and lofty ambitions – dealing with the collateral damage and side-effects of war, as well as the meaning of conflict and peace, and older generations of people as opposed to newer ones. Since that’s the main focus the character development will seem a little fast, with people skipping to conclusions instead of agonizing over it. This will be a bit of a welcome change to experienced Gundam fans, since the focus of the series will often be a civilian thrown into a military situation with death and explosions, who deals with it through whiny angst. In spite of this, they do manage to pull together some absolutely spectacular character moments, although you have to wait for them a bit since Gundam series are a slow burn and tend to peak around 3/4 through.
All in all, a solid entry in the Gundam series that’s really pretty to watch as well.
Purpose: Very Good
World: Very Good
Storytelling: Very Good