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Mobile Suit Gundam

Alternative Titles

English: Mobile Suit Gundam
Synonyms: First Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam: 0079, MSG, Kidou Senshi Gundam
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム


Type: TV
Episodes: 43
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 1979 to Jan 26, 1980
Premiered: Spring 1979
Broadcast: Saturdays at 17:30 (JST)
Producers: Sotsu, Nagoya TV Housou
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.871 (scored by 28,593 users)
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Ranked: #7552
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Popularity: #1204
Members: 65,073
Favorites: 1,315
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Episodes: /43
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It is year 0079 of the Universal Century. Mankind has moved to space, living in colony clusters known as "Sides." One of these Sides declares itself the "Principality of Zeon" and declares war on the Earth Federation, the governmental body currently ruling Earth. Using powerful humanoid robots known as "mobile suits," Zeon quickly gains the upper hand.

Nine months into the conflict, the Earth Federation has developed its own powerful mobile suit called the Gundam. When Zeon launches an attack on the colony holding the Gundam, a 15-year-old civilian named Amuro Ray suddenly finds himself thrown into a conflict that will take him all across Earth and space, pitting him against the enemy's ace pilot, Char Aznable.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Kidou Senshi Gundam was not popular when it first aired, and came close to being cancelled. The series was originally set to run for 52 episodes but was cut down to 39 by the show's sponsors, but the staff was able to negotiate an extension to end the series with 43 episodes. When Bandai bought the copyrights to build plastic models for the show's mecha things changed and the show became popular.

It revolutionized the genre by portraying mecha as piloted military weaponry with real-world scientific basis instead of superheroes' giant robots. Often referred to as the 'real robot' genre, it became the norm for mecha anime in the following years after its release.

The series was the first winner of the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize, in 1979 and the first half of 1980.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Aznable, Char
Ikeda, Shuuichi
Ray, Amuro
Furuya, Toru
Noa, Bright
Suzuoki, Hirotaka
Inoue, You
Ral, Ramba
Hirose, Masashi
Mass, Sayla
Inoue, You
Zabi, Mineva Lao
Shiden, Kai
Furukawa, Toshio
Zabi, Garma
Mori, Katsuji
Sune, Lalah
Han, Keiko


Yatate, Hajime
Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Director, Script, Original Creator
Sekita, Osamu
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Sound Director

Edit Opening Theme

"Tobe! Gundam (Fly! Gundam)" by Koh Ikeda

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"Eien Ni Amuro (Forever Amuro)" by Koh Ikeda

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Jul 30, 2008
Monkey_D_Luffy (All reviews)
Mobile Suit Gundam, a title every anime fan has surely heard. Some of us love and praise the franchise spawned by this original series, and for some of us it just didn't quite do the job. Regardless, there is no denying it is a revolutionary title that has advanced anime as a whole. It's truly a classic series that has left its impact, or rather, is still making an impact on anime. As you can see by my high rating of 9, I'm one of the fans that adored this series. So now let's see why this is an outstanding series.

The central plot of Mobile read more
Oct 12, 2008
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
This highly original and innovating anime offers so much in terms of being the original “realistic mech anime series.” It talks about the potential realities of war on both a battlefront and political scale. It’s a wonderful coming of age story for many of the characters that each develops for not only the good guys, but the bad guys as well. I’m not sure if relate to them is a right word, but you can sure bet sympathize and understand them is something you can certainly do. And it’s a story of trust and betrayal on both fronts as well. All I can say is, read more
Mar 26, 2008
slpless (All reviews)
Mobile Suit Gundam, the father of mecha anime, is without a doubt a revolutionary title. This is one of the titles that brought about more mature themes and stories to be animated. However, just because it was revolutionary doesn't mean the quality is up to par after 25 years. In addition, this review will compare MSG to the narrative standards of today and ignore the art and sound.

The first few episodes of MSG were interesting, setting up what would seem to be an epic tale. Also, we are able to see the origins of many read more
Feb 28, 2015
Lindle (All reviews)
The original Mobile Suit Gundam - often known as Gundam 0079 to avoid confusion with later installments - is a clearly flawed work. However, it is a highly impressive and progressive work given its age, and we owe a lot of what makes anime great today to its existence.

Of course, being highly influential doesn't excuse its flaws. The most obvious is its terrible animation, which isn't a case of it aging badly - it was made on a shoestring budget, and the animation was very bad even for its time. This is forgivable, as a great story doesn't necessarily need good animation to thrive (although read more


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