Thanks to the lovely people over at Crunchyroll, I’ve received a screener for Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island. As a long time Gundam fan, I was not disappointed at all. Taking a classic series like Mobile Suit Gundam and modernizing it was a stroke of genius. Read what I have to say below for the rest of the spoiler-free review.
Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island, directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, is an adaption of the 15th episode of the OG Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam. Amuro Ray and his team are stranded on a island after a mission went wrong. While on the Island of No Return, a group of children was found and an enemy mecha attacks. It’s up to Amuro to find a way to escape the island, but he’ll encounter a man named Cucuruz Doan.
While watching Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island, I was on a nostalgia high! Also, It’s been a while since I’ve watched Mobile Suit Gundam, so I went back to watch the episode the film adapted from, and the film does a fantastic job retelling the story. Seeing a young Amuro Ray again being scrappy, conflicted and trying to do his best helping others is great writing, especially when I’ve gotten so used to his mature version.
I thought the writing and directing of Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island was done really well. What I will mention that if you don’t know the story of Mobile Suit Gundam, then you might feel lost because it doesn’t hold your hand. The film just jumps in expecting you to know the characters and story. Hopefully the film does it’s job and bring in new fans of the OG series because I think it’s a good film to do that.
I enjoyed both subbed and dubbed of Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island. As someone who grew up watching the OG series in English dubb, it was like night and day with the performances. I thought the English cast did a great job, especially Lucien Dodge as Amuro Ray. Very solid voice casting.
The same goes for the Japanese cast as well. I started off watching the film subbed, and they knocked it out the park. I mean when you got a lot of the original voice actors who’s been doing the anime from the beginning like Tôru Furuya as Amuro Ray, it’s a no brainer. Plus, some of the new voice cast of the characters impressed me.
No matter which version of the film you decide to watch, you will be satisfied.
The score in Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island is beautifully well done. Bringing in something both classic and new to the table, and it just works. It’s a great sounding film, and I love it.
Oh man, the animation is fantastic! CGI in anime if really stepping up because it looked so good when showing the Gundams and when it’s in action. If Sunrise decided to remake Mobile Suit Gundam, then I would want it to look like this because it’s perfect. The animation is just a full on 10/10.
Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island was a nice trip down memory lane. I’ve been watching Gundam since I was like four, so this film hit the right spots for me. The score, cast, animation, and storytelling well all-round great! But, as mentioned before, the film does not hold your hand and expect you to know the characters and story so there is a slight problem there if you want to give the film a shot.
I recommend Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island, especially if you’re a Gundam fan. And if you’re into classic military mech action, then give this film a go!