I think it's more telling of the quality of stories in general in anime rather than Universal Century Gundams lacking anything special. Most of them are, as you might be aware, made to sell merchandise (toys, books, what have you), not to be works of art. And those that aren't, most are made with the same idea as most Western stuff is, which is... For the sake of some quick, fast foodish entertainment. There's very little on the "art" section there. And only a scant few animes really make you think, or any more than their Western counterparts. Or make you feel anything but the basest of emotions. Hell, I have only seen a couple of animes that came even close to the emotional response I got when I finished the Mass Effect trilogy or The Longest Journey. And those are *games*. Which NO ONE really considers art.
Anime isn't nine times out of ten anywhere near anything you could consider "art," they're pure entertainment. Same as with games, most Western movies and TV series... And so on.
Just sayin'. Four months late.