Anime Life Lessons Mobile Suit Gundam

Think On Your Feet Like Amuro Ray

Mobile Suit Gundam Episode 1 Insights

Amuro trying to pilot the RX-78-2

I don’t know when my ardor for giant robots started. But recently, I’m really into mecha anime. And one of those animes is the Gundam franchise.

I am currently watching the series that started the franchise. The 1979 series entitled Mobile Suit Gundam. And so far, I’m still on episode 1. So what can I say about it?

An Acquired Taste

First off, I would like to share this with you guys. Honestly, I used to dislike Gundam because I deemed the designs unrealistic. I guess a person’s taste really change as time goes by. Because that’s basically what happened to me.

I used to prefer the designs in other mecha animes and movies. They are more realistic to me at that time – that is before I developed a taste for the Gundam franchise.

Also, growing up, I wouldn’t really categorized myself as a hardcore geek. But I was slowly becoming one as time goes by haha. But I guess I was destined for it from the get go. As I’ve said, I was into geeky things even back then. It’s just that I’m not a hardcore one yet. I guess you can call me a late bloomer geek or whatever haha.

First Time Pilot

Now back to the the series. One of my favorite scenes from Episode 1 of Mobile Suit Gundam was when Amuro Ray, the series’ main protagonist took the initiative to pilot the “secret weapon” of the federation when they were attacked by members of Zeon. And that secret weapon is the RX-78-2.

Amuro opening the hatch of RX-78-2’s cockpit

I like this scene because it showed Amuro’s courage. It also showed his composure under stress. He still showed signs of panicking and anxiousness. But I believe that’s understandable since it was his first time to pilot a mobile suit. And besides, from what I can see, Amuro is the type that doesn’t hide his feelings. So you will know when his angry, excited, anxious, and so on. I guess that is also brought by the fact that he still young. So his emotions are very strong. But that doesn’t mean that he isn’t calm under pressure. Because if he weren’t, then he wouldn’t have defeated the enemy’s mobile suits and piloted the RX-78-2 successfully. Because the truth is, even the most stoic person you know have emotions too. They experience things such as fear, anxiety, angst, and the like. Just like the rest of us. But what separates them from the rest is the fact that they face these emotions. They don’t let these things take over them. And that’s basically what I can see in Amuro’s actions as well.

Very Important

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

– Benjamin Franklin

I believe it’s very important for us to develop these traits. It’s because they will come in handy. Especially when unexpected situations arise. And you know, unexpected situations happen all the time. And sometimes, these situations get out of hand. This is why we must prepare for them. As Benjamin Franklin have once said, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Unexpected situations will catch you off guard. But if you have trained for them, then that wouldn’t be for long. Your mind will automatically switch to a more focus and more alert mode. You will be calmer as well, despite the overwhelming situation. That’s because your mind and your body are used to the stimuli. Because you have rehearsed for them over and over again. Thus you will be able to think clearly. You can make better decisions even at a moment’s notice. Which is the goal after all. To be able to think on our feets, when the situation calls for them.😊


In the show, these traits were highlighted when Amuro destroyed one of their enemy’s mobile suit. That’s because he also destroyed a part of Side 7 in the process.

Amuro cut Gene’s MS-06F Zaku II in half

That’s when Amuro realized he must do something. Otherwise, he would destroy Side 7 completely. So instead of attacking the enemy’s second mobile suit‘s engine, he wants to attack the cockpit this time. Because that’s the “head” of the mobile suit. That’s where the pilot is located. As they say, kill the head and the body will follow. That scene showed Amuro’s abilities such as being able to think on his feet and being able strategize under pressure.

Amuro stabbed Denim’s MS-06F Zaku II in the cockpit area

In life and death situations such as Amuro is facing, these traits are crucial. Soldiers know this very well. You must not act recklessly in the battlefield. It could cost you your life. But more importantly, it could also cost the life of others as well. That’s why they must be able to think clearly under pressure. They must think about things thoroughly. Because one mistake could ruin everything they have worked so hard for.

But in our everyday lives, these abilities can also come in handy. The can help us to be better decision makers. But really, being able to remain calm under pressure will really make us better individuals overall. It will make our lives and the lives of others better.

Practice Is The Key

“What such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness. This he can get only by practice.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

And these things can only come with practice. Practice is really the key here. As Theodore Roosevelt have once said, “what such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness. This he can get only by practice.” So the next time that you find yourself in a stressful and overwhelming situation, resist the urge to panic. Remain calm and focus. See the situation as an opportunity to learn. And just believe that you will get better at this ability over time.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you are right.”

– Henry Ford

Because a positive outlook in life is also very. A never-say-die attitude can take you to places. As Henry Ford have once said, “whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you are right.” So by the end of the day, it is really all up to you.

“Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”

– Bruce Lee

So choose the positive. As Bruce Lee have once said, “choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”

Thank You!

Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers of this blog, feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘‹

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