Stephen revisits Xardion to talk a bit about its similarities with an earlier Gainax project, Aim for the Top! Gunbuster.
The reputation of Gainax is one that looms large among anime fans. The studio’s iconoclastic origin story and the meteoric rise of Hideaki Anno, its star creator, have become the stuff of legend. But there are still pockets of Gainax history that remain largely unexplored.
War in the Pocket provides perhaps the most pointed critique of space colonization within the larger Gundam canon. Directly in conversation with Gerard O’Neill’s The High Frontier, 0080 shows the colonial dream for what it is: a destructive illusion.