Mobile Suit Gundam Wing or Gundam Wing for short is an anime series in the mid-1990s that culminated with the movie, Gundam Wing Endless Waltz. The storyline on the surface is one of rebelling against oppressive institutions by using machines made for evolved mechanical warfare. Astonishingly though, there is so much more at play in Gundam Wing when you consider that this cartoon sets out to capture the great duality, war and peace. Gundam Wing has a constantly-evolving socio-political landscape. The changing alliances are complicated by enigmatic and conflicted characters. The final product is a powerful and stirring anime that jolts both emotional and rational debates, much like real politics. They present audiences with an understanding that nothing is black and white without context; yet the audience must piece together the context in order to see who the villain is and who the hero is. Complexity and duality is the name of the game here, nothing in life is as simple as villain and hero. And just like real life, they ignite our imagination with characters that switch sides for moral reasons, questionable reasons, emotional reasons, and personal reasons.
This anime juxtaposes the pacifist and the warrior not just in the same side but often in the same person; because they are magnetic opposites of human nature along the very same magnetic pole. Gundam Wing as a series and as a movie is an elegant exploration of conflicted young characters pushed into war yet reluctant to accept peace. Gundam Wing presents us with the greatest duality in human society: that peace is the one thing worth fighting for, yet with every fight it slips further away. In the end, the warriors must learn to put down their weapons and their purpose in order to avoid the endless waltz between war and peace. The movie ends with the five characters destroying their weapons and the corresponding part of their personas as the people accept that pacifism and war require the same price: life. Gundam Wing frames war and peace in duality, functioning against and with each other, for better and for worse.