Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt

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Synonyms: Kidou Senshi Gundam Thunderbolt
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム サンダーボルト
French: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky
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Type: ONA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 25, 2015 to Apr 22, 2016
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 18 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.941 (scored by 2413324,133 users)
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Ranked: #6492
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2722
Members: 48,104
Favorites: 348

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In Universal Century 0079, forces of the Earth Federation and Principality of Zeon engage in a battle within the Thunderbolt Sector during the One Year War. This section of space—known for its constant strikes of electricity—proves to be a deadly battlefield, as Federation pilot Io Fleming leads a charge against Zeon's ace Daryl Lorenz and his squad of snipers. With the fighters on both sides proving to be formidable soldiers, neither side is willing to back down, fighting strategically amongst the remnants of colonies.

But when Io gets a hold of a prototype Gundam, Daryl will have to make a sacrifice in order to obtain enough power to crush his enemy and ensure that Zeon is victorious, or watch as his comrades are slaughtered by a single man.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Matsuo, Kou
Director, Script
Kimura, Eriko
Sound Director
Yoshizawa, Toshikazu
Episode Director
Teraoka, Iwao


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Ending Theme

1: "Shiroi Heya: White Day in the Blue (白い部屋~White day in the blue~)" by Geila Zilkha (eps 1)
2: "Onnanoko ni Modoru Toki: The Dreaming Girl in Me (女の子に戻るとき~The dreaming girl in me~)" by Sakamoto Yoshie (eps 2)
3: "Anata no Oaite: I'm Your Baby (あなたのお相手~I'm your baby~)" by Ichikawa Ai (eps 3)
4: "Thunderbolt Main Theme-you (サンダーボルト・メインテーマ用)" by Kikuchi Naruyoshi (eps 4)

May 9, 2016
B00mShr00m (All reviews)
I understand the appeal of having gorgeous mecha blowing each other up in a well animated battle spectacle to the tune of snappy upbeat jazz, I really do. It’s just a shame that Gundam Thunderbolt couldn’t deliver much more than that. It’s definitely a good looking and sounding show, but its narrative and characters fall short in comparison. Not to say it can’t be enjoyable and entertaining, but your experience will greatly vary on what you look for in your gundam shows.

The main duo weren’t particularly bad, yet come off as very underwhelming. Not much effort on giving them personality outside of making sure they read more
Apr 22, 2016
Rikuson1 (All reviews)
Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Review

Story (9/10) Great

The story for Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is great even though it does not adapt the entire manga because that's still ongoing and unfortunately if we want to continue the story that's where you're going to have to go at least until season 2 comes out as far as this review. But as far as what little story they gave us it has capture the initial war story and atmosphere that the original Gundam set out to bring to the table. The presentation alone on every level definitely help more so than before because I did read the manga read more
Apr 22, 2016
PoeticJustice (All reviews)
The sweat drips off his forehead as he enters the cockpit. He sits in the rigid yet comfortable cockpit. He closes his eyes, begins to block out the environment. It distracts him. He talks out his Walkman, places it on the dashboard in front of him. He turns to his favorite genre, fusion jazz. It is chaotic, unstructured and full of passion. It is just like him. He gets filled with the adrenaline from the impending battle. This thrill, this feeling is what gives him life. It is in these moments that he truly knows what it means to be alive.

The Gundam series has always read more
Mar 9, 2017
Lindle (All reviews)
In little over an hour, Gundam Thunderbolt accomplishes more than most Gundam titles do in 50 episodes.

The most common theme of the Gundam franchise is that war is hell. This is often overshadowed, however, by flashy mobile suit fights. As such, what we ultimately take away from these series is less "war is bad" and more "robots are cool".

But while Thunderbolt may be visually appealing, it never loses focus of what it's about. Thunderbolt is, start to finish, a sheer emotional gut-punch of an anime. It makes every scene it can into an uncomfortable and harrowing experience. From inexperienced soldiers being mown down to graphic read more

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