"Mobile Shoot Gundam: Char's Counterattack" -------------------------
I've seen many iterations of this, mostly from the various "Super Robot Taisen" games that adapted the story and characters, so it was interesting to see the original. Also helped that I actually watched the three preceding series (the original "Gundam", "Zeta Gundam", and "Gundam ZZ") in their entirety before jumping into this so I got to see how all of the characters grew and ended up where they did for this ultimate climax of sorts of the UC Timeline.
But like with the preceding series, I still had issues with some of the characters. Some of them really acted stupidly and were just annoying in general, worse yet here since it all had to be compressed into a 2-hour movie. Like I now understand why so many people don't like Hathaway for example. I don't know if it's because they were just badly written or they were done like this on purpose for some sort "aspect of war" thing but it really dragged the experience down a bit with how in the way they got.
Regardless, I still enjoyed watching it regardless. Wasn't as epic as I was expecting but still solid nonetheless.
Now then, I have to wonder what else to watch out of the UC timeline. Outside of the ones I already mentioned, I've also seen "Gundam X" and "Gundam Unicorn". Maybe I'll give "08th MS Team" a shot.
"Black Rock Shooter" (Both the TV and OVA versions) ---------------------------
I gotta say, I was really disappointed with this. I won't say they were bad, but damn I really want to.
For the most part, the Black Rock Shooter scenes were great. The lack of dialogue, for the most part, coupled with the backgrounds and aesthetic created this wondrous surreal feeling. Not to mention the action in general was pretty good. The OVA used more standard animation while the TV version used more CGI and both were great. If they were just this, I think I would have liked it a lot more...But it wasn't.
For some reason, all of that ended up being a flimsy background for a school girl story, mostly about friendship and hardships. The story itself wasn't even that good, at least I thought so anyway. Constant melodrama all around with some, frankly, terrible characters. And of course the vast majority of both versions just had to be about the real life school girl stuff. The OVA wasn't that bad since it was kept more simple but it was the TV version in particular that really dragged along and got ridiculous.
So yeah, the only parts I really even enjoyed were the Black Rock Shooter segments due to the action and creativity but even that ended up getting hampered in the TV version since the story ended up bleeding into even those parts after a point.
The OVA at least was spared in that regard since they were mostly kept separate, to the point that you could just watch the Black Rock Shooter segments by themselves without missing out on much of anything story-wise.
-sigh- It really feels to me like the writers had their own ideals for a story but slapped on the "Black Rock Shooter" namesake due to the, then, explosive popularity of it. As mean as it sounds, I do feel like this was a waste of an IP. No wonder it was so short lived. Well, I guess there's always the story of the game version which, while still a bit of a mess, I found to be better than this.