The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman

The Weekly Stuff #339 – Ubisoft Forward 2020 and Gundam War in the Pocket Review

Episode Summary

Not-E3 2020 continues with this weekend's Ubisoft Forward event, and we continue our Gundam journey with 1989's Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket.

Episode Notes

Not-E3 2020 continued this weekend with Ubisoft Forward, where the company showed off Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and announced (well, sort of, after many leaks) Far Cry 6. And it came under a cloud of terrible press for the French-Canadian gaming behemoth, as months’ worth of sexual harassment and toxic work environment allegations have resulted in one of the most dramatic corporate shake-ups in the history of video games. We talk about all of that and more before our latest Weekly Suit Gundam topic, reviewing Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. Released in six installments in 1989, War in the Pocket marked the first time creator Yoshiyuki Tomino wasn’t involved in a Gundam production, and is widely regarded as one of the franchise’s finest hours, expanding and deepening the series’ themes and perspective by focusing in on the small-scale story of a boy growing up amidst the backdrop of the One-Year War. It is one of the greatest and most powerful anti-war stories ever told, on similar footing as Isao Takahata’s 1988 Grave of the Fireflies, and began a rich tradition of Gundam taking some of its best artistic leaps on home video.

Time Chart:

Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:30 

Stuff: 0:02:30 – 0:30:36

Ubisoft News: 0:30:36 – 1:33:27

Gundam 0080 – War in the Pocket: 1:33:27 – 3:26:20 

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