Watched the first ep of the new series "Gundam AGE," not impressed. The story is the fairly basic plotline seen in 0079, SEED, and others, only set much further in the future, presumably centuries after those series took place (though very little appears to have changed since then). Also the enemies appear to be aliens, but I suspect they are not, mostly because that would be stupid. Gundam doesn't do aliens. The real problem though is the character art, which is far more cartoony than usual, more Megaman EXE than Gundam, and the leads look about 3-4 years younger than the average already youthful pilots. The weird thing is, the story so far seems no less serious than other Gundams, with plenty of violence and cost of war and death (if mostly off camera). I'll check out a few more eps, but honestly I think this series needs a graphical overhaul.
The weird part is the weird character designs only extend to the main character and his friends. His supporting cast seems mostly fine.
And this series is headed by game studio Level-5 (the guys behind Dark Cloud, Professor Layton, Rogue Galaxy, and White Knight Chronicles). I think that's why the enemies are 'alien' because Level-5 tends to play in a more mythological pond. Really, this is heroic knight taking up the sword that is his birthright.
Not bad, not great.