Gundam 00 - A wakening of the Trailbrazer movie! When machines and/or aliens attack, Celestial Being takes action, and you have huge puffs of cotton candy smoke and colorful sparkles. I am amused by the female Clinton-like president taking over after the black president that was there during the tv series. Sooo, aliens not so unlike those in the Terminator movies (the liquid metal that can assimilate things) head towards Earth, and are attracted to quantum brain waves. Setsuna, who became a true Innovator at the end of the tv series, tries to communicate with them with his new brain waves, but well, doesn't have the singing abilities that the Macross fanservice girls have. His brain gets fried by his attempt. The other characters hope he recovers from the brain damage in time to operate a new Gundam to save humanity.
There's plenty of mech fighting to go around. The new character was just there for promotional purposes, and to throw audiences off during the first third of the movie. He was easily and quickly disposed of. That was probably one of two glaring weak points to the movie. The other was that the aliens turned out to be like the Macross aliens; creatures that humans couldn't communicate with, which is a rather uninspired plot element; aliens? shoot first, talk later. There were only two regular cast casualties, but all the side relationship developments almost made up for them killing off *spoilers* Sergei's son and Graham...Patrick survives once again..yay. Anyway, I do find characters in the Gundam franchise more likable than other mech franchises. They are just so gung-ho about their cause, and the writers don't spend much time on character drama. ~8/10 rating~ for nonstop action with tiny smatterings of humor, both intentional and unintentional. While I did expect a sentimental epilogue, it was not as bad as I thought it would be.