Do you want to see Gundam without needing 40 years of experience to understand it? Here are the top five runway shows for the curious Mobile Suit.
Walk into Gundam it can be intimidating. The franchise has spanned more than 20 years, and Universal Century’s main timeline alone includes more than 20 series, movies, and OVAs. However, not all Gundam Anime requires an encyclopedic background to enjoy it. Many are standalone stories with their own self-contained continuities, and even Universal Century has some unique and accessible highlights. The next five Gundam The anime is perfect for introducing new fans to the world of Mobile Suits.
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in Your Pocket
This six-episode OVA, released for the saga’s 10th anniversary in 1989, is the only Universal Century entry on this list. Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in Your Pocket it’s a perfect little side story for fans who want the core Gundam experience without watching four different shows. Taking place during the One Year War, Gundam 0080: War in Your Pocket focuses on a prototype Gundam sent to Side 6, a space colony neutral to the Zeon-Earth Federation conflict. Unless a Zeon task force can destroy the Gundam, the entire colony will be eradicated in a nuclear assault.
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The series centers on Alfred Izuruha, a young citizen of Side 6 who faces the reality and horrors of war for the first time. He is forced to side with Zeon and Earth, the consequences of which could result in a nuclear apocalypse for his small colony. This OVA, the first Gundam A property not directed by series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, it is a powerful story about the cruelties of war that requires no prior knowledge of Amuro Ray and Char Aznable’s long-running conflicts.
Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Depending on who you ask Mobile Fighter G Gundam is one of the best or worst Gundam anime. Posted for From Gundam 15th anniversary in 1994, G Gundam takes place in a self-contained alternate universe, the Future Century, where control over Earth is decided through Gundam fights. Domon Kasshu represents Neo-Japan, but he has an ulterior motive for participating in the Gundam Fight: he is searching for his brother Kyoji and the Devil Gundam that he stole from his father.
Despite how exaggerated and ridiculous it is, G Gundam it still captures the main political themes of the franchise, only in a more cartoonish way. The Gundam designs are absurd and play on the stereotypes of their respective countries: Gundam Versailles is a cartoonish representation of French nobility, Tequilla Gundam walks with a hat, Nether Gundam is a walking windmill. For those primarily interested in action, G Gundam contains some of Gundam’s hot blooded fights.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Gundam wing it was the first Gundam anime to air on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, making it the top entry-level series for a generation of American fans. Set in the After Colony timeline, it centers on a group of five Gundam pilots at war with Oz, the military branch of the Romefeller Foundation fighting the Earth Sphere Alliance. These pilots are all child soldiers, raised for war.
Gundam wing not the best Gundam series: its description of the war is not as nuanced as Universal Century shows, so it is not as loved by the hardcore Gundam fans to recommend. However, it does serve as an effective distillation and introduction of the main franchise topics for those new to Gundam. If you like me Gundam wing (and his follow-up to the movie Endless waltz) and you want to go deep, you can go deep into the universal century.
Turn A Gundam
Turn A Gundam focuses on a separate society of people living on the Moon. After sending a group of teenagers to Earth to determine if the technologically superior Moonraces (people who live on the Moon) can survive in Earth’s environment, Moonrace launches a surprise attack on Earth. The only hope Earth has is one of the Moonrace travelers, Loran, who has discovered a hidden Gundam Moon on Earth. Being one of the few who can use it, he is placed in the middle of a colonization war.
The entrance to the 20th anniversary of the franchise, Turn A Gundam was intended as an amalgamation of all Gundam series so far. It suggests that any previous alternative continuity Gundam the series actually share a complicated timeline. While older fans will appreciate this fan service, new viewers need not worry about it because Turn A GundamThe main plot stands on its own and is a high point in the Gundam franchise.
Gundam 00 Mobile Suit
Gundam 00 Mobile Suit it is the first one Gundam series set in the future of our own Anno Domini timeline. The story centers on an Earth divided into multiple political factions, all in conflict with each other. A new organization has emerged, known as Celestial Being, with the goal of stopping all wars, regardless of what everyone is fighting for. To this end, they have sent a set of Gundams across the planet to propel the planet onto a path that they find desirable, regardless of what the people on Earth want.
Gundam 00 Mobile Suit is, in many ways, the most realistic Gundam Serie. Although it takes place 300 years into our future, it feels rooted in a reality that we understand. As such, it takes less time to develop the world from scratch. It features a massive cast of characters, all of whom are caught in a complicated war between multiple factions, as well as tons of incredibly animated mecha fights. Gundam 00 Mobile Suit not just one of the best Gundam series, but one of the best anime mecha, period.
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