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Endless Waltz is a near perfect ending to the most popular of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. The new Gundam designs were awesome, the soundtrack was great, and the plot proved to be an excellent end for the Gundam Wing series. This movie is quite possibly one of the best ending any series could ask for. The themes behind the characters give more feeling to their actions. This is a must see for Gundam and anime fans alike.
I still remember to this day the first time Endless Waltz premiered in the U.S. It was a Friday evening and I had eagerly awaited it for as long as I had heard it was coming. Needless to say my best friend and I sat and watched the film which I believe was in segments but all played back to back and we both were amazed at the quality of the film. Both the animation and story are top-notch and were a thing of beauty and emotion to behold.
Gundam Wing back in middleschool was one of the best damn things ever, and what got me into giant robots in general. I loved this movie when I first saw it, and after seeing it again recently, it's still good, but I guess it hasn't aged quite as well as I was expecting...
Based on the anime, New Mobile Report, Gundam Wing, this movie takes place shortly after the TV series. All the pilots you have come to either love or hate is there. Other than Treize Kushrenada, who was killed off in the TV series. The animation is beautifully done and the redesign of the Gundams aren't too bad either.
If you liked the Gundam Wing series then you will love EW. It picks up about a year after the end of the series and answers all the questions you had, and some you didn't! All the heroes from the series make appearances and the mechs are all redesigned for the better. The story ties in well with parts of it drawn from the existing story line. The overall feel of this OVA is a bit grittier than the series but comes off very well.
Endless Waltz is a solid end to the series and excels in presenting the character's interpersonal aspects. The only downside is that there is not enough time to fully explore the massive plot in the hour and a half timeframe.
A remarkable end to a fantastically crafted series. The music alone sets a tone for the film that echoes throughout the entirety of Mobile Suit battles to commence as war never seems too far away. The remodeling of the Gundams from series to film is spot on with their new looks and diversity they become even better than our childhoods could have imagined. Endless Waltz is a anime adaptation from TV to movie that gets the job done right the first time that leaves no need for an alternative. 5/5