Zeon ace pilot, Commander Char Aznable, thought he could foil the Federation's plan to build a mobile suit by attacking their research base on colony Side 7. He was wrong. With a prototype already active, the besieged Federation forces strike back using their new weapon, the mobile suit Gundam, with devastating consequences. Amidst the fighting, young electronics wizard Amuro Ray is determined not to let his friends and family die in the crossfire. But what can one boy do to repel a squad of mobile suit-clad invaders?
Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin was published in English as Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin by Vertical based on the 12-volume Aizoban reprint from March 26, 2013 to December 15, 2015; in Spanish by Norma Editorial; and in Italian by Star Comics.
The Mobile Suit Gundam manga is sort of a retelling of the original Mobile suit Gundam anime from 1979 where the basic story or plot is pretty much the same except for a few changes to how the story is told and executed. These may include subtle changes to a few scenes in the original to make them better as well as adding in a few character interactions to flesh out the characters more. So for this review I think I will be focusing on some of the differences that the two have as well as highlighting some of the points that make the manga
If by any chance you are wanting to get into the Gundam series and are looking for a staring point I wouldn't recommend this because the original anime has the advantage of being animated as well as having some great music and a pretty good op too and most of the gundam series are acclaimed for their epic and well animated mech fights.
If you are a veteran and want to relive the original then look no further this because even though the story is the same there are a lot more scenes that are changed for the better that still make it look fresh and is still very enjoyable.
This is what the story of the original should have been like. The manga explains a lot of things that were left unexplained in the original and even adds more to them, for eg. in the first scene instead of Zakku's coming to invade the space colony we see a short monologue of how the creators of the mobile suit were testing the Gundam in the colony and there was even a test pilot before the main character. Things like this as well as changing some scenes that were already good in the original for the better and removing some of the things that could be considered filler that didn't really move the story forward in the original are replaced with scenes that have more character development and also move the story.
The art is absolutely amazing being extremely detailed with some scenes of high amounts of suspense for eg. Garma Zabi's death being very well made and executed even more that the original. It is is also able to give some strong character emotions especially from the pilots of the Mobile Suits, Char and Amuro's rivalry is more expressed with Char literally pointing out why Amuro will never beat him because of his inexperience which does change of course. Last but not least are the action sequences all being very well choreographed, I wouldn't say it would hype you up more than the original because it has music and voice acting making it immediately superior in that regard but compared to other manga action sequences it is definitely amazing.
The thing that I always liked about the original is that the characters in it must accept their situation and settle their differences with each other to survive. If they don't co-operate then they will die and this makes for a very compelling story because each and every crew member has value and feel like a part of the ship and even the slightest or dumbest mistakes by any one of them might result in something catastrophic. Both the manga and the anime execute this aspect very well with the manga of course being slightly better but even the anime did do this quite well.
Each and every major character is amazingly well developed every one of them having their own struggles and insecurities they develop because of the war and we see them slowly moving past them and learn to accept and understand one another which also results in them performing better in battle. One more notable thing is that in the manga there are subtle changes to how certain characters are developed which works in it's favor because I could feel more of a connection to them because of that.
If you really liked the original you will definitely enjoy this as there is just a lot more added on that make things very interesting, again this is perfect if you wan't to go through the experience of the original again and is definitely better than re-watching the entire show.
Well there is really nothing much left to say other than saying that this is pretty much a must read for a Gundam fan and any fan of the mech genre in general, I had an absolute blast reading it after I saw the original and I think that most probably you will too.
I also truly hope this review was helpful for you