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Anime Profile: Mobile Suit Gundam

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Title
Mobile Suit Gundam Kidou Senshi Gundam(機動戦士ガンダム) Mobile Suit Gundam
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Gundam(unofficial title)  
Released
43 TV episodes; 3 movies 43 TV episodes; 3 movies
Dates
2000–2001(TV); 1999(movies) 1979–80(TV); 1981-82(movies)
Company
Bandai Ent./The Ocean Group Nippon Sunrise/Nagoya TV/Sotsu Agency
Creator
  Yoshiyuki Tomino, Hajime Yatate
Director
  Yoshiyuki Tomino(TV, movies 2 & 3)
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  Ryoji Fujiwara(movie 1)
Genre
Action, Mecha Action, Mecha
Related
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Characters
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Anime Nation and Amazon, and on VHS at Amazon.

Anime Characters: Mobile Suit Gundam

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Amuro Ray Amuro Ray Ryu Jose Ryu Jose
Bright Noa Bright Noa Sayla Mass Sayla Mass
Cameron Bloom Cameron Bloom Degin Sodo Zabi Degin Sodo Zabi
Char Aznarble Char Aznarble Dozul Zabi Dozul Zabi
Fraw Bow Fraw Bow Garma Zabi Garma Zabi
Hayato Kobayashi Hayato Kobayashi Gihren Zabi Gihren Zabi
Kai Shiden Kai Shiden Katz Cofan Katz Cofan
Lalah Sune Lalah Sune Kikka Kitamoto Kikka Kitamoto
Mirai Yashima Mirai Yashima Kycilia Zabi Kycilia Zabi
MS-06S Zaku II MS-06S Zaku II Letz Lewin Letz Lewin
Ramba Ral Ramba Ral M'Quve M'Quve
RX-75 Guncannon RX-75 Guncannon Minerva Lao Zabi Minerva Lao Zabi
RX-77 Guntank RX-77 Guntank Tem Ray Tem Ray
RX-78-2 White Mobile Suit RX-78-2 White Mobile Suit Zenna Zabi Zenna Zabi

Anime Description: Mobile Suit Gundam

Before Gundam Wing, Endless Waltz, 08th MS Team, and all the other sequels, there was Gundam. This is truly one of the best anime classics of all time. When it aired in 1979, it wasn't very popular with audiences, so that cutting the planned 52 episodes to 39 was in the cards. But the creators managed to wrangle a one month extension so they could wrap up the story, giving it a total of 43 episodes. After the 43 episodes were aired, the show was canceled.

When the re-runs came, it started getting people's attention. In 1981, the show was so popular that the creators turned it into a movie trilogy. The first movie was basically made up of old TV footage, while the second movie had about 30% new animation, and the third movie had about 70% new animation. Anyway, both the TV show and the movies put Gundam at the top and spawned several sequels.

And now, here's the story. Due to overcrowding on Earth, the 'Earth Federation' starts construction on space colonies called 'Sides'. Ever since then, over half of the world's population has lived peacefully in these Sides, until the year UC (Universal Century) 0079.

Colonists of Side 3, calling themselves 'The Independent Duchy of Zeon', declare their independence from the Federation and declare war. Nine months pass, with Zeon getting the upper hand thanks to their mobile weapons called 'Zakus', and over half of the world's population dead. But then the Federation constructs the Assault Carrier White Base and the Mobile Suit Gundam to counterattack the Zeon. They are moved to Side 7 where the Zeon try to screw the whole plan up by destroying the research labs. In the midst of the conflict, a 15-year old teen named Amuro Ray (son of Tem Ray, the man behind the Gundam project) encounters the Gundam, and with the manual on his lap, combats the Zakus and beats them. Soon after, Amuro and friends are enrolled into the White Base, and so they set off battling all Zeon they encounter along the way. During the journey, the theory that special humans called 'Newtypes' becomes realized as Amuro and Char prove it with their combat skills.

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