Shin kidô senki Gundam W: Endless Waltz (Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz ) (1998)

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This feature-film-length release is a compilation created from the three episodes of Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz OVA, edited together and cut slightly for length. It serves as a sequel to the Gundam Wing TV series and takes place in the same After Colony Era universe, rather than the Universal Century of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. As it begins, the Organization of Zodiac has long been eradicated and Treize Khushrenada is dead. His daughter, however, eight-year-old Mariemaia, is leading a rebellion on a newly established colony, and her forces have kidnapped Relena Darlian, who has since become vice foreign minister for the Earth Sphere Unified Nation. The Gundam pilots now must investigate this girl, or the powers behind her, and prevent the colonies from being seized by sinister forces. Endless Waltz also serves as a prequel to the Gundam Wing series as it reveals stories about the past of the Gundams and their pilots not revealed in the original series. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Animation , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Yasunao Aoki
In Theaters: wide
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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.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Very entertaining, but not as good as the tv series. While the end message of the show (as of the last episode) was one of peace, it also showed that war is a necessary evil of mankind. Throughout this film, pacifism is clearly the message, which would be okay in another context, but here it just seems hypocritical for several reasons. First, the show is almost completely about the necessity of conflict, with the general idea being that in order for peace to exist, if even for a brief period of time, war must occur (which is basically true); the movie fights this concept on more than one level. Secondly, the show itself basically advocated against total pacifism, with the Sanc Kingdom's/Relena Peacecraft's failure prominently displayed for all to see (in fact, the Kingdom would've been completely wiped out if not for a privately-organized, Gundam-aided security force headed by Lucrecia Noin); the movie doesn't focus on this "minute" detail, which was a huge issue in the tv series. Third, while all of the characters believe that the Gundams should be destroyed, the movie's endgame is that people have to earn the right to live in peace and not expect it as a given thing; one must fight to earn this right, correct? That's the actual main message I received from this film. What I can't comprehend is why the characters want to destoy the Gundams in the first place. Yes, they are tools and moreover, symbols of warfare, but they are used for benevolent purposes. If nothing else, this series (movie included) seems to advocate the use of warfare to protect the defenseless...this is the main reason why the Gundam pilots fight--for those who can't. Yet, without the Gundams, everyone would've been screwed when Marimaya Kushrenada and her troops showed up--no one could've fought her off without the Gundams. So when the pilots choose to destroy the Gundams, it seems like they're just setting themselves up for a terrible tragedy sometime in the future, because there will always be one more battle left to fight, and without the Gundams, there is seemingly no hope of victory whatsoever. In reality, things would not have ended as optimistically as they did in the movie. Hypocrisy and stupidity aside, this is still a good film. The thing is, the television series completely blows this film out of the water. The series is one of the most well-written, suspenseful, and overall entertaining things I have ever watched. And while I'm certainly glad to see the return of Milliardo Peacecraft, it's unfortunate that Treize Kushrenada is truly dead, because he was an extremely complex individual, and personally, my favorite character in the series.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

This movie is continuation of my all time favorite anime series of all time and is also my favorite Christmas movie.How is it a Christmas movie you may be asking? Because it takes place on Christmas Eve.Now this movie to me is just so bad ass from the brand new designs of all are favorite Gundams my favorite probably being Wing Zero and Heavy Arms now the songs used in this movie "Last Impression" and "White Reflection" by Two mix were just perfect in setting the tone for this movie about it being the Gundams Final Bow and last fight ever and the battles in this film were just kick ass from the Gundams arrival to the end were they were surrounded by the Serpent Mobile Suites of the Marimaya Army (Not entirely sure how her name is spelled) and still refused to kill any of her soldiers now that takes some serious skill and some serious balls to fight an army of over 500 people and not kill a single one and with only five people on your side that I have to give props to and Wing Zero blasting open the bunker at the end was just plain epic but speech about the end of war and the end of Gundams with the musical video like ending to this film with the song "Last Impression" was the perfect way to end this great series a true salute to a childhood classic. Now there was only one tiny thing wrong with film how the hell did the suites change so much and how did Zech's survive the last battle of the series it would have been nice if they had explained it to us! but aside from that it was a truly great movie and one I will always hold dear.I'm the Inglourious Critic I give movies the response they deserve Merry Christmas to one and all.

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