Mamerto Adan is an engineer by profession, but a writer by night. He loves toys and knives, and has a martial arts background.
By the time I wrote this article, anime fans everywhere are clamoring at what they perceive as “failed” arts in newer anime. At some point, they have a reason to rant. Modern anime has all the technologies to fix those visual glitches, yet some flaws still escape. And I’m looking at you, Seven Deadly Sins! But fans could sometimes go too far and complain about everything. A recent example is the latest Attack on Titans season. It was the last season this anime could offer, and fans have high expectations. And this might explain why the tiniest fault triggered them, though honestly, I couldn’t understand what they are ranting about sometimes. Take for example, the animation, for it seems to me that a simple deviation of details is already a fail to most people.
And I’m telling, you, if younger fans are already triggered by this, imagine what older fans have to endure.
Anime in the 1970s and 80s will fill you with nostalgia. It will bring back those sweet and wonderful excitements people have upon their first exposure to those classic Japanese animation. Nevertheless, those old school anime could really make you feel old! But as the fans of today join forces to bash the slightest glitches in modern anime, older fans barely complained on what they are getting.
Maybe they understand that flaws happened, or the means to make things perfect do not exist back then. Or simply, social media and the internet don’t exist. And before you say, “okay boomer,” let me present to you what came out from the original Gundam series.
Gundam fans have a lot to thank for to the first Gundam anime. But we must admit that some scenes never aged well, and no digital restoration can cure them.
Animation Glitches Happen All The Time
Obviously, expect a lot of flaws in older anime. I mean all animated shows, even western cartoons were prone to some form of glitches. But I must admit that they are fun to look at, and some fans pointed out that the sudden drop on quality is a part of nostalgia. Memes were created out of it, and the gag seems to be evolving into a form of fandom culture. And below, I compiled thirteen of them, though I bet that there are even more out there.
1. Why Look so Sad?
Who knows what caused the goofy Gundam head here? Must be a rushed animation, as artists were made to work in tight hours to meet the deadlines. It did remind me of a person I know after he went into a diet. Gundam faces, with its samurai-like vibe are supposed to be terrifying, and maybe we are seeing the sadder side of being a Gundam here.
2. Don't Miss the Head Day, Dude
Guys don’t take steroids and lift your weights properly, or else you could get weird bodily proportions. Just look what happened to this poor Gundam.
Jokes aside, we could blame the rushed animation again on this hilarious flaw that so reminds us of a frustrated body builder.
3. Gundam Going Extra-large
As a giant robot, the Gundams are obviously large. Anyone with pockets deep enough to visit the life-size replicas could only marvel at its monumental sizes. But this Gundam don’t looked like a fifty-footer. Either the Gundam became oversized, or the people shrunk into hobbit sizes.
4. The Missing Chest Vent
A chest vent is a recognizable feature of a Gundam. And if your eye is sharp enough, you will notice what’s wrong here. And yes, the left chest vent (or right in the viewer’s sider) is missing its grills. But then when the animation is in motion, it’s not readily noticeable.
5. What Are You Smiling About?
Someone please tell me if this Gundam is on crack. The slits on the mouth plates gave it a drunken grin. But then it reminds me of myself after watching porn.
6. Gundam Squarepants
Early Gundam designs still retained a boxy aesthetics, a carryover of the super robot vibes of that era. But when I said angular, I don’t mean like this. This Gundam seems to have eaten too much.
7. The Skinny Zaku
Again, the grunt units still carry the super robot vibe, this time the villain suits. Anyone familiar with how antagonists were portrayed in early mecha anime knew that they are built like brutes. The same could be said on Zakus. That’s why we are not sure if this one was infected with an unknown disease, or simply missed the gym workouts.
8. Another Zaku fail
Dunno, must be a factory reject or something.
9. More Zaku Fail
The Red Comet won't be too happy.
10. Rifle Barrel on the Back
In this case, the Gundam was turning too quickly that the barrel of its rifle was already there even before it made a pose. Or maybe it’s a new technology being tested, like an auto-aiming barrel for rifle.
11. Proportions Flushed in the Toilet
Again, we could assume that this distorted image was the result of trying to animate a fast movement back then, using early animation technology for TV series. With limited time, we couldn’t blade the people for this botched artwork. But that never stopped a lot of us from laughing. Sorry guys.
12. The Yellow V-fin
Obviously, nothing is wrong with this clip, except the slight discoloration of the V-fin. It was unintentional, though it might be a premonition of things to come. Later Gundams will use yellow V-fins, or gold in some renderings (particularly in kits).
13. Zaku Making a Face
Having a featureless face with a mono-eye made the Zaku terrifying. But that doesn’t stop them from doing comical expressions. We could tell that this Zaku is acting friendly as it carries people. But crack affects people differently, what do you think?
And It Still Happens
Again, nothing is perfect in this world, even newer Gundam series suffer from messy animations. What you are seeing above is supposed to be the Providence Gundam. I own its MG kit, and the thing is imposing, unlike the clown we are seeing above. And in case you are wondering the IBO series also got its own animation blooper.
No, it is not an episode of Gintama. Sharp eyed fans with a knack for quick freezes spotted the smiley faced gal rushing forward.
And now you know what older fans were getting in the early days of anime, and what some fans are getting in newer anime, maybe we could just sit down and appreciate the efforts of those overworked animators. At least we are yet to see a distorted AOT Mikasa.
Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on January 29, 2021:
Thanks Arensshi! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Arensshi from Philippines on January 28, 2021:
That was a good read. You really have a knack of writing fun articles. I was laughing while reading.