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OP/ED of the Day #67: Arashi No Naka de Kagayaite

We needed a quick substitute for today's OP/ED A Day, so here I am in the Libero slot, switching in again.

Title: Arashi No Naka de Kagayaite (Shining Within the Storm) | Artist: Yonekura Chihiro | Show: Gundam 08th MS Team


Description: The opening to Gundam 08th MS Team. G08 is one of my all-time favorite Gundam shows, tied with G-Gundam. This is possibly the most grounded series in the entire franchise. The focus isn't on Newtype psychic garbage or a specialized strike team with elite custom Gundams; this one's got a much more basic idealism. G08 is about a bunch of guerrilla fighters in a goddamn jungle trying to find an enemy base in the armpit of southeast Asia. The assigned "captain" of the team is a fresh graduate from officer school, who meets a key enemy soldier in a space rescue beforehand. The two of them end up entangled again throughout this scenario, and we get the usual Gundam morality bit about how every side of a war is generally in the wrong.

Why You Picked It: It's just a good, solid opening theme. The animation lets you know right off the bat that this isn't a futuristic space battle. You've got ammo belts and a tin can for cigarette butts and sandbag barriers and actual tanks still. This is war before Gundams are commonplace, where those military vehicles you've got are all you're gonna get, so you better not bust 'em up. There's a few still shots that speak volumes about the crew members' personalities all on their own. The song is about picking up and carrying on even when you're wounded and broken, and that spirit of survival against all odds carries over into the show all the way through.

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