Kidou Senshi Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam

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Synonyms: First Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam: 0079, MSG
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム
English: Mobile Suit Gundam
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Type: TV
Episodes: 43
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 1979 to Jan 26, 1980
Premiered: Spring 1979
Broadcast: Saturdays at 17:30 (JST)
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.771 (scored by 5879958,799 users)
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Ranked: #10052
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Popularity: #1658
Members: 130,627
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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.

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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

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Ray, Amuro

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Han, Keiko


Yatate, Hajime
Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Key Animation, Original Creator
Sekita, Osamu
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme


Nov 2, 2023
Not to sound like a deranged six year old but if you like planet sized robots with guns, bazookas, lightsabers, canons, jet packs, lasers, that can also fight in hand to hand combat then screw this review and pick this up. Forget the fact that it’s made in 1979, because this cinematic masterpiece holds up to this day. This has it all: mecha, love, characters, weird acid trips, family drama, Char, and military tactics that anyone could desire in a Gundam show. I’m talking scenes filled with so much war and space jargon that you’ll be fluent in the language of Spacenoid by the end ...
Jul 28, 2023
as it happens to be one of the most famous animes i knew i had to check this one out and lemme tell you this lived up to the hype. the highs were some of the best anime ive seen yet. yet the lows were quite low.
the story is quite simple yet interesting in how its done, a war between the earth and the zeon forces and this is some of the best parts of this when they focus on the war as a whole showing both sides (zeon a bit less) as just people fighting for what they believe in (minus the whole nazi ...
Jun 24, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I will say that it's pretty difficult to rate this series. It was the progenitor of so much anime so it's legacy is certainly a great one, and I really shouldn't be judging it in comparison to more modern shows. Still, I will say I appreciated a lot of what this series did, especially with more nuanced villains and antiheroes in the form of Char, as well as some deeper story threads that I'll have to explore in more detail through prequels and sequels. That being said, the series was incredibly slow to warm up, taking far too much time dragging its heels between episodes. ...

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