I wanted this thread to discuss how you were first introduced to Gundam.
I’m honestly uncertain as to how I was introduced, but it was on Toonami when I was a kid and my brother and his friends loved it, so naturally I was forced to like it. But after it stopped airing on toonami, we picked up every game released in English, but never really watched any of the new series. Back in late 2009, I saw an ad for Gundam 00 being on YouTube for the first time from the BandaiChannel. For some reason, I found myself despising the new Gundam series for no reason, and figured I’d give it a look, I was bored anyway. It was the shit! But I didn’t really care much, the series didn’t make any effect on me and I tossed it aside like it was nothing. About a year later, I saw the same series on YouTube again, and watched it full this time, first and second season. This time, it finally clicked. From this point on, I was a Gundam addict. Not long after my best friends and brother because interested in it too, and so we’d play and watch Gundam whenever we hung out. But Gunpla was never an interest of mine. I’ve always had shaky hands and couldn’t really do something like that.
So in late November 2012, my college dorm friends were walking around town and saw a comics store, saw a Gundam model kit and immediately thought of me, and told me when they got back. After a huge fight with my girlfriend, I went to the comic store expecting a DVD or action figure. It was there that I saw 3 kits. A 1/144 no grade V-Dash Gundam. 1/100 No grade Destiny, and a 1/100 MG Dom. The victory was 15, the Destiny 35, and Dom 50. At this time I wasn’t aware of grades or pricing, so I figured the Dom was a big ripoff, didn’t know anything about Victory, and Destiny was one of my favorite Gundams of all time. So, I picked it up, figuring that if my girlfriend decides to be a bizznatch again I’ll have something to do instead of just fight. I didn’t know anything about Gunpla. I thought that I’d have to paint, glue, and stand it myself. But luckily, that wasn’t true. The day before Thanksgiving I built it, and then became addicted to Gunpla as well. Now, my brother, best friends and people here at college are watching, playing and building Gundams.
I happen to love Gundam. That is all.