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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin - Advent of the Red Comet

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Synonyms: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (TV)
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム THE ORIGIN 前夜 赤い彗星
English: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin - Advent of the Red Comet
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 29, 2019 to Aug 12, 2019
Premiered: Spring 2019
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:35 (JST)
Producers: Sunrise Music
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.131 (scored by 1003210,032 users)
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Ranked: #4472
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Popularity: #4575
Members: 22,316
Favorites: 113

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What was the tragedy that decided the fates of Char Aznable, the man later nicknamed the "Red Comet" as an ace pilot of the Zeon forces, and his sister Sayla Mass?

The two siblings' journeys, brought on by the sudden death of their father Zeon Zum Deikun who was a leader of the Spacenoids, are depicted in the four episodes of "Chronicle of Char and Sayla."

The Zabi family who seize control of Side 3 and lead the Principality of Zeon, the early days of many renowned Zeon ace pilots who later fight in the One Year War, the secrets of mobile suit development, conflicts with the Earth Federation Forces, and the road leading to the outbreak of war—all will be revealed.

(Source: Official Website)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Aznable, Char

Ikeda, Shuuichi

Ray, Amuro

Furuya, Toru

Mass, Sayla

Han, Megumi

Noa, Bright

Narita, Ken


Arai, Satomi

Ral, Ramba

Kiyama, Shigeo

Zabi, Garma

Kakihara, Tetsuya

Shiden, Kai

Furukawa, Toshio

Sune, Lalah

Hayami, Saori

Zabi, Gihren

Ginga, Banjou


Yasuhiko, Yoshikazu
Director, Character Design
Imanishi, Takashi
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Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics


Opening Theme

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1: "Sora no Uta: Higher and Higher (宇宙の詩 〜Higher and Higher〜; Space Song: Higher and Higher) " by LUNA SEA (eps 1-4)
2: "Hisoubi (悲壮美; Tragic Beauty)" by LUNA SEA (eps 5-8)
3: "Beyond the Time: Möbius no Sora wo Koete (BEYOND THE TIME ~メビウスの宇宙を越えて~; Beyond the Time: Beyond the Möbius Universe)" by LUNA SEA (eps 9-13)

Ending Theme

1: "Meguriai (めぐりあい; Encounter)" by SUGIZO feat. GLIM SPANKY (eps 1-4)
2: "Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete (水の星へ愛をこめて; From the Aqueous Star with Love)" by SUGIZO feat. Komai (eps 5-8)
3: "A Red Ray" by SUGIZO feat. miwa (eps 9-12)
4: "Hikari no Hate (光の涯)" by SUGIZO feat. Aina The End (BiSH) (eps 13)


Aug 15, 2019
Real quick, the Gundam: The Origin anime is the best supplement to the original series. Period. Now, there are three ways to consume it! First is the Origin manga which retells the entire original Gundam story with additional backstory, and over the last few years the additional backstory has been adapted into a series of 6 OVA movies. This year, in true budget fashion, the OVA has been recut into a 13 episode series with minimal new content produced. The TV version, Advent of the Red Comet, is one of the best seasonal anime I've seen this year. The crisp animation and story make it ...
Aug 20, 2019
*Spoilers ahead. TL;DR with the bottom two paragraphs*

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin is one of my favorite anime of the decade. It is a prequel done exceptionally well, and it is easily one of the best installments in the franchise. While it did have some stumbles, its growth as an OVA series over the course of its three-year run is one of the most rewarding experiences I've had with an anime in years. It is one of the most compelling space operas and political anime I’ve seen, and it exemplifies a sense of wonder and charm that few in this franchise can match. As such, ...
Dec 15, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Not a bad Gundam anime. I definitely like the original Origin series better. The hour long episodes really allow for greater details. It's not my favorite series, but it's very good to build context if you're starting your Gundam journey.

The art style and animation is simple, but effective. You're just here for the story, not necessarily the Mobile Suit battles, although, you do see some action here. This show takes place before Mobile Suits were a big thing in the Gundam universe, so it's cool to watch a piece of Gundam history.

Char is awesome and one of my favorite characters in the series, ...

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