Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky Anime Movie Blu-Ray Review

Publisher: Sunrise
Distributer: Nozomi Entertainment
Release Date: July 11th, 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky (December Sky) is a very engaging movie. Piggybacking off of my experience with MSG:O, I don’t know much about where this seeming side-story lies in the overall timeline of the Gundam universe. However, I enjoyed how engaging the movie is. The direction is clear and the story is emotional. Brought to us by Sunrise and distributed by Nozomi Entertainment, December Sky is a pretty good watch. Many thanks to Nozomi for the review unit.

December Sky is the story of two pilots, Daryl and Io, and their quests to kill each other. Daryl is an amputee sniper for Zeon. Io is a pilot for the Earth Federation. The movie is the story revolving around these two pilots and their fight against each others and the war waging around them.

Overall, December Sky is a very, very captivating movie. The music fits the scenario and the action is well-animated. The story is easy to follow in both languages (Japanese w/ subtitles and English) and can be listened to over and over. There aren’t many special features on the disc, but you do get some trailers and commercials.

I think what I liked most about the blu-ray was the quality of production. The animation was vivid and beautiful. The eerie / jazzy music and amazing sound effects tantalize the ears. The only qualm I really have with the movie is that the ending took me a few rewatches to understand. More than average. Maybe because I don’t know much about the Gundam universe, but it feels like there could’ve easily been another half-hour or so of content shown that was just rushed through. However, I’m leaving that up to the fact that this feels much more like a side story than a main focal point of the series.

At the end of the day, I can readily say that I enjoyed Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky. While the ending may have been confusing to a Gundam newb like me, I still feel like I got a full story. For the price of $34.99 USD on RightStuf, I wholeheartedly recommend December Sky to folks looking for more Gundam. Perhaps not for the newbie, but for the Gundam connoisseur whose library reaches to the sky.

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