Mobile Suit Gundam

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Synonyms: First Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam: 0079, MSG, Kidou Senshi Gundam
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
Genre: Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.761 (scored by 5221252,212 users)
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Ranked: #9712
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Popularity: #1561
Members: 116,087
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While Eva is famous as a deconstruction of Super Robot shows, its protagonist also resembles that of Mobile Suit Gundam's. Both MCs are "whiny", hate their fathers, and are forced to accept their responsibilities as mech pilots. Also, their early fighting is clumsy but they start pulling off awesome moments. 
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Though Votoms is aimed at a more mature audience then Gundam, both are about civilizations that have been at war for many years and are now looking to further evolve humans in order to gain the upper hand. Whether they call them Newtypes (Mobile Suit Gundam) or Perfect Soldiers (Soukou Kihei Votoms), both series present characters who have a naturally or genetically enhanced battle potential compared to normal humans. They have heightened senses and are thus feared on the battlefield by other pilots. Both series are very character driven and have a lot of development for especially the protagonists. 
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Code Geass main character ( Lelouch ) and Mobile Suit Gundam main antagonist ( Char Aznable ) are a lot alike, they both fight for getting revenge, they're intelligent and make good strategies, and they have little sisters to fight for. 
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Both uses military tactics during large fights and combat, both are about 2 sides fighting for their ideologies (kind of...), both are very old anime. 
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Fang of the Sun Dougram has a handful of parallels to the original Mobile Suit Gundam series but in return, the execution and storytelling is tighter, more detailed, and more mature. Not to say Gundam is bad! But if you want a real Gundam for adults? Dougram is it. Classic Ryosuke Takahashi rocks. 
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Aldnoah copies so much from Gundam that it may as well be Gundam. Humanity has been broken up into two factions: one on Earth (and colonies, in Gundam), the other in space (and Mars, in Aldnoah). The half of humanity living in space consider themselves superior to the 'inferior' Earthlings to the extent they think of them as a subspecies. They're basically space Nazis fond of red uniforms. War starts as a temporary peace gets shattered and a young male / school kid finds himself in the middle of it from the get-go. Through a set of circumstances, the respective leads end up fighting for their  read more 
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Mazinger Z and Mobile Suit Gundam are both one of the oldest and greatest Mecha/Super Robot anime's there is, both of these classics involve teens dragged into piloting a giant robot to fight other giant robots. Both Amuro and Kouji are apart of the Super Robot pilots "holy trinity" (which was started by Super Robot Taisen).  
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Same creator, same concept. Densetsu Kyojin Ideon was the series Yoshiyuki Tomino did after Mobile Suite Gundam ended. It has the same setup: Teenage boy is the only one who can pilot the giant mecha. A group of humans are forced to leave their homes and wander space, always on the run from the same bad guys, go through personal stuff, etc. Teenage boy piloting the mecha must protect the group, with assistance from a handful of companions. It's a slightly different take on the character types and relationships, and the Ideon is made up of three separate component  read more 
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These two stories are similar coming of age tales, both featuring boys / young men thrown into a world much larger than anything they are used to. Amuro Ray and Renton also both have brilliant scientist fathers, and while the family dynamics are different, they both become pilots of a very poweful giant robot. They also join a state of the art ship piloted by a ragtag crew. The love interest (Eureka 7 -- Eureka) and (MSGundam -- Lalah, Sayla) is mysterious and holds sway over Amuro / Renton. Although MSG is much older than Eureka Seven (20+ years), the similarities in the main plot  read more 
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Both are anime with an emphasis on characters and the emotional effects of war and dark fantasy.  
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If you want to see an anime with a striking resemblance to Mobile Suit Gundam's story formula but with good humor and light hearted atmosphere, then give this a try. 
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What these two have in common: -Protagonists suffering from PTSD fight at a young age wounds up in a conflict that entails terrorism involving youth. -Masked characters with red scheme follows their father's will in a terrorist organization with the resolve to revolt against what they stand for. -Gets darker and ends in a depressing fashion. 
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Both shows tackle the humankind's struggle to understand whether the wars are the absolute evil, or the necessery good. Also both shows explore in depth the character's motivation to struggle and to fight. 
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Both shows display well the hardships and the personal struggles of those, forced into participating, and also both shows tackle the political moves of the factions, as well as a good portrayal of a moral greyness and ambiguity of the characters. Gundam of course, over countless decades has fleshed out in all of it's sequels and spinoffs or reimaginings all of these topics, while Break Blade has only 6 lenghty episodes to do this, which makes it impossible to be compared, but even so, both shows in it's core share similar tone, and themes. 
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If Mobile Suit Gundam is "Military Unit Fights to Survive With the Help of a Big White Robot Amidst a War Stalemate in Space," then Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen is "Military Unit Fights to Survive With the Help of a Big White Robot Amidst a War Stalemate on Earth." (Although I suppose Argevollen might actually be silver considering the title of the show, but I digress.) I personally think both shows strike a good balance between mecha action and the struggles of war both on the battlefield and behind the scenes in the government quite well. Alongside this, the dynamic between the protagonist and one  read more 
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Children and old people on a super-powerful ship with the latest technology, but without experienced officers, go through enemy territory. 
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Both are about war and how it impacts peoples lives, they're also both aimed at a similar audience and have a young main character. Tomino also stated that the idea of the White Base was directly inspired by Yamato. 
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I'm surprised no one has made this incredibly obvious comparison. Well yes, SEED is pretty much a modern remake of 0079. More so than any other AU Gundam series out there. There are Federation forces for both SEED and 0079 that both lack mobile suits in the beginning. Kira is a schoolboy who finds himself piloting the Gundam to protect his friends just like Amuro. Kira's Strike Gundam looks almost exactly like Amuro's Gundam. Kira works with a space plane pilot named Mwu just like how Amuro worked with two space plane pilots, Ryu and Sleggar. Kira protects a white spaceship called the Archangel which looks  read more 
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Both are mecha anime with an emphasis on characters and the emotional effects of war.  
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If you liked Buddy Complex can't go wrong with an older mecha series. Sometimes older series lose interest of a younger fan base because of animation style and the time period of the writing. Still worth a watch.  
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Both have a similar beginning. In first episode, both protagonist find your "weapon" to fight (Gundam for Amuro, Pegasus Armor for Seiya). Also, they share some voice cast. The protagonists Amuro and Seiya are dubbed by Furuya Toru and Hirotaka Suzuoki dubbed Bright Noa and Shiryu. 
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For Gundam fans: If you've ever wanted a comedy anime that shamelessly panders to fans of Gundam, especially U.C. Gundam series, Keroro is the series for you. From Keroro cosplaying as Char to Keroro piloting a 1:1 scale RX-78-2 Gunpla in the third movie, there are plenty of amusing references to the franchise throughout the series. For Keroro fans: If you've ever wondered why it is that Keroro is so obsessed with Gundam, viewing either the original Mobile Suit Gundam series or movie trilogy is a great way to find out. After all, what kind of Keroro fan doesn't know the difference between a Zaku and  read more 
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While Crest of the Stars is less recognizable than Mobile Suit Gundam, both franchises are must watch franchises for space epics. Crest of the Stars is closer to a space opera whereas Mobile Suit Gundam is closer to a military science fiction in space. The cause of their conflicts are different, which creates different themes. War and politics are still at the forefront of the series.  
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Random teenager finds a more random mecha, and somehow random teenager becomes best pilot ever :P 
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Both show's follow a group of peole piloting Large Mecha. How ever there are some diffrences such as the main bad guy in the anime. 
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Precure is basically the shoujo version of Gundam (or vice versa) - gigantic franchises with numerous spin-offs/alternative versions that both started as one series with the idea to sell toys to younger audiences, but went on to become more and acquire quite large franchises. Both could be said to feature episodical fights against various foes (showcased for the forementioned toys), the action sequences still being entertaining. 
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In a futuristic world, people have colonized space, yet some still live on Earth. Control of the human settlements is split between two major powers. Our story centers around a shonen living in a small, independent space colony. When it comes under attack by one of the powers, he hops into the nearest mech, which happens to be a superweapon, and proceeds to take the fight the invaders. Both series feature a supernatural power which is downplayed initially, newtypes in Gundam and vampirism in Valvrave. The main difference is that Gundam is a more military-focused anime about defeating the invading nation, while Valvrave is about preserving  read more 
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While Blade technically doesn't have mecha, it plays out like a typical Gundam series in that it focuses on a heavy plot, fleshing out characters, and explosive action sequences. 
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WAR, WAR, and WAR! 
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