Mobile Suit Gundam

1979 [JAPANESE]

Action / Animation / Drama / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / War

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IMDb Rating 8.0 10 2431

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Top cast

Kelly Sheridan as Miharu Ratokie 3 episodes, 1979
Hiro Kanagawa as Gihren Zabi 2 episodes, 1979
Michael Kopsa as Char Aznable 42 episodes, 1979-1980
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1.2 GB
960*720
Japanese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 13 min
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2.46 GB
1440*1080
Japanese 5.1
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 13 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by xamtaro 7 / 10

Do NOT be alarmed, it is just the opening theme song and the animation

I am not what people might call a "long time fan". My first Gundam show was "Gundam Seed" for crying out loud. I have heard the outcry of many fans as to the unoriginality of Gundam Seed, hence i decided to "go back to the source" and check out the original 1979 Gundam series: The legend that started it all. My chance came when it was shown on local TV for a while(too bad it never completed its run and was replaced by the 3rd rerun of Gundam seed again) "Oh the horror!". My thoughts exactly as i sat through the painfully campy opening theme song. As i shook my head in disgust over the horrendously childish lyrics that sounded like some rejected theme song from Tetsuwan Atom(Astro Boy to you guys in the west), i prepared myself for the worse disappointment in my life.

And i was so proved wrong.

Gundam's story was anything BUT childish or campy. I presented a very real and very engaging war story about a gifted youngster and his friends thrown into the heat of combat by circumstance.

The story goes that "The Principality of Zeon" wages war with the Earth Federation over authority in the outlying space colonies. The war soon spreads to the colony "side 7" where our main character, Amuro Ray, resides. Following an unprovoked attack on the colony, Amuro and his friends stumble across the prototype Federation mobile suit called "Gundam". A series of events lead up to our unlikely heroes landing on board and becoming drafted as the crew of "White Base", a powerful Federation space carrier commanded by the then ensign Bright Noa. This motley gang soon learn to work together and in due time, they and Gundam come to play a pivotal role in the war.

I was at first impressed by how The drama and inter character relationships and interactions play out as good as some live action TV shows and they manage to engage you on an emotional level that many anime fail to. You get a sense that the characters really grow and evolve as the story moves along, never falling too far into the usual stock character stereotypes. Aside from some well developed characters, I like how the story manages to weave in some underlying philosophies and thought provoking points of view on war. It lends an edge to the show that makes it a whole lot "smarter" than your average shonen adventure or super robot series.

I actually found myself more interested in the ZEON side of the conflict. There was a subplot of political backstabbing and "power-play" among the ruling party of ZEON. Very intriguing. What was more intriguing was the mysterious Char Aznable. Aside from being a highly skilled mobile suit pilot and "rival" to Amuro Ray, bits and pieces of his past and ulterior motives are revealed little by little in such a way that makes you want to know more about him. He is easily my favorite character among all the characters from various gundam series.

True to the hype, the numerous battles in Gundam are done so much more realistically than the more recent Gundam Seed and Gundam 00. Also, there is a greater emphasis on teamwork between Amuro in the Gundam, the weapons and support team on White Base and the other pilots in the other mobile suits. The inexperience of the crew and the vulnerability of the Gundam make each battle a true nail-biter with a greater sense of true peril than battles in the recent Gundam series.

Admittedly, this is not an easy series to get into, mainly due to its age. Already mediocre compared to other anime series that came out in the late 70s and 80s, the animation style is painfully dated compared to today's fare. But I urge all you people who are hungry for some well thought out war drama to look past the superficial aspects and embrace the essence of what Gundam is.

Look past the dated animation, skip the opening theme song if you must, and you will find out why MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM is such a well respected and influential anime classic.

PS: Why is Gundam Seed's picture there? This is supposed to be the original Gundam, not Gundam Seed.

Reviewed by filmfan1991 9 / 10

Great start to the Real Robot genre

Yoshiyuki Tomino's 1979 "Mobile Suit Gundam" started the Real Robot craze in Japan where in anime there was more focus on plot and character development and the robots them self's were treated as weapons of war and not as the Saturday morning cartoon superheroes they were portrayed as back in the early to mid 70s.

Set in a fictional universe in the Universal Century year 0079, the Principality of Zeon has declared independence from the Earth Federation, and subsequently launched a war of independence. The conflict has directly affected every continent on earth, also nearly every space colony and lunar settlement. Zeon, though smaller, has the tactical upper hand through their use of a new type of humanoid weapons called mobile suits. After half of all humanity perishes in the conflict, the war settled into a bitter stalemate lasting over 8 months. Enter teenage Amuro Ray from Side 7 who along with his close friends are thrust into the harsh realities of war and pay the consequences.

For its time the animation was good but nowadays looks clunky and dated. Some of the episodes follow the monster of the week pattern. But beneath this is a great multi layered story of war, loss of innocence, coming of age and of course the blurred line between good and evil.

The voice acting is one of the highlights of the TV show. Mobile suit Gundam launched the careers of famous Japanese voice actors Toru Furuya and Shuichi Ikeda for their portrayals as Amuro Ray and his rival in zeon Char Aznable respectively. The English dub is good as well with Brad Swaile as Amuro and Michael Kopsa as Char.

"Mobile Suit Gundam" is not a show to be missed by mecha fans or hardcore fans of anime in general. The animation might be dated but the story and characters are what drive the show. Don't miss it.

Reviewed by o_lopez 9 / 10

THE BEST

I had the fortune to ignore New Mobile Report Gundam Wing when it came out for the first time in America. The next year the original Mobile Suit Gundam aired on television for the first time and I was attracted by its complexity and depth. All the characters are likable Federation And Zeon.

Completely detailed so to be considered a universe of its own, MSG, apart from the misadventures of the young White Base crew and the obsession of Char Aznable to follow the White Base (carrier ship), is more in the war genre than science fiction. History repeats itself like in World War II when the Germans ceaselessly looked for the perfect machine to defeat Allied Forces, the Zeon ceaselessly look for the perfect mobile suit to combat the Gundam. The determination of winning the war at any cost makes the Zeons meet their own demise at the end of the One Year War. Amuro Ray pilots the Gundam. He and many other crewmates never had any combat experience before being attacked at their own space colony. As they experience the horrors of war, they have to learn to stay alive when Zeon persecutes White Base through space, the earth and back to space again.

Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, The 08th MS Team, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and Char's Counterattack are the only series and movies directly related to the original Mobile Suit Gundam. The rest of the Gundam series are alternate versions, or alternate universes.

Mobile Suit Gundam gave new depth to anime from the end of the 1970's well into the present.

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