I don't understand why anyone even bothers with the Gundam franchise if they can't learn to appreciate Tomino. Nearly all of Sunrise's attempts at replicating his success within UC have fallen flat one way or the other, from Stardust Memory to Narrative. So I kind of agree with you in the sense that it's like a Star Wars situation where what you can do with the defined tropes is very limited, but Tomino is well aware of this; it's why he hasn't directed a UC Gundam show in almost 30 years. Fans have been pining for adaptations of his novels for just as long; like, to be honest I would kill for a Gaia Gear film, but I'll settle for Hathaway's Flash. As for Gundam not
in the Universal Century: SEED is garbage, 00 is just okay, and IBO was a slog to get through. Speaking of which, Wing has aged like milk; I tried rewatching it recently and just couldn't find the will to finish it. I strongly disagree with you here >>5910
as well; I thoroughly enjoyed my rewatch of G Gundam last year. It's far better than from what I remembered.