Kidou Senshi Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム サンダーボルト DECEMBER SKY
English: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 25, 2016
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: NYAV Post
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 1 hr. 9 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.941 (scored by 1359113,591 users)
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Ranked: #7172
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Popularity: #4476
Members: 24,541
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Federation troops and Zeon forces carry out a fierce battle in the Thunderbolt Sector in what was once Side 4 "Moore." The Thunderbolt Sector is a shoal zone composed of the debris of destroyed space colonies, named for the electrical discharges from the metal debris. MS pilot Io Flemming is among the Federation soldiers who are dispatched to the area, where Zeon sniper Daryl Lorenz awaits them on the battlefield.

(Source: Gundam Wikia)


Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky was the first anime to ever be released on 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) Blu-ray. The 4K UHD Blu-ray was released by Bandai Visual in Japan on December 22, 2016.

Characters & Voice Actors


Matsuo, Kou
Director, Script
Sheh, Stephanie


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Jul 19, 2016
Man oh man, has it been ages since I watched a Gundam show... Sure, there was this Iron-Blooded orphans thing, but Gundam as entitled - that has been escaping my radar for years now. Why, you may ask? It's quite simple. For a hardcore fan Gundams ended around Turn A and the only reasonable approach to the topic were either the Unicorn or (loosely) 00.

Thundebolt then caught me completely off-guard. Having no time for animes these days I got the glimpse of the upcoming OVA through some promo I was never hoping to watch, It didn't say much though, only showing some really neat looking ...
Aug 7, 2023
Mixed Feelings
For what this was, this felt pretty effective. The animation quality is strong, the characters get only flashes of backstory but it works well enough to give them some depth, the use of music is decently strong (albeit the choices should probably get more exploration) and we get some really hardcore moments representing the horrors of this war. The desperation of the Zeon and what they're willing to do is particularly strong, since we know this is near the end of the war and in a period where they know they're losing. Their willingness to mangle or even kill themselves and their compatriots to get ...
Feb 27, 2022
When I don't like a compilation movie, my first instinct is "well, maybe the full series is better," but I'm not sure how that could be. One of the problems I had with "December Sky" was its lack of characterization or an explanation of what the particular battles being fought were about. The first is conveyed through brief flashbacks for artistic reasons, which is fair enough. The latter may have been intentional, but it didn't feel deliberate enough to make me give it a pass. So most of this movie felt like mobile suits zipping around for no reason, blowing people up for shock value ...

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