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.
First of all, sorry for my bad english.
Rarely I was tempted to do a review as much as with this manga, mostly seeing that nobody has yet made one so far, so I thought it would be opportune to do it.
Leaving aside that I consider myself a big fan of the works of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and several of the Gundam series, this particular work seems to me a remarkable point for the entire franchise: a reimagining of the old Gundam series of 1979, correcting possible plot errors, eliminating the filler and giving a very interesting background to the main villains (who were the weakest part
of the original series). Char Aznabel's flashback, telling us about his ascension in Zeon's army, easily positioned him among my favorite characters.
Give a summary of the plot at this point would be like trying to offer a synopsis of Star Wars, but in case you've never seen anything about this franchise, it could be summarized as "In the year 0079 of the Universal Century is waging a war between the Federation of the Earth Government and the space colonies that seek their independence. In the middle of this conflict that is taking a countless number of victims, our apathetic protagonist (and amateur robotics) Amuro Ray will see his daily life affected when a group of soldiers of the Principality of Zeon (the main antagonistic force of the series) infiltrates in the spacial colony which he lives and begins a battle against the Federation forces. At the same time, Amuro accidentally discovers the Federation's new definitive weapon: the Gundam, using it to take down Zeon's soldiers and win the attention of Char Aznable, a Zeon ace pilot who will be a recurring character in the entire series". From this point, Amuro will be forced by circumstances to fight in a war in which he didn't want to participate, being forced to kill other soldiers and watch several people die. This trip also has an attractive for the side of the adventure, with the protagonist traveling through different parts of a planet devastated by the war, but also becomes progressively more pessimistic and may not be liked by those who only come looking for giant robots and explosions. Amuro and his nemesis, Char, will have numerous encounters and battles until they can end this war (each one having different motivations to participate in this).
It is the best you can find in this medium with respect to war dramas, beautifully narrated and putting heroes and villains at the same height, giving a range of grays in the morality of the characters (which received notorious improvements in their characterization). As a plus, the art of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko is really beautiful and distinctive, with each panel being a visual spectacle (mainly in the action scenes), having realistic features but also that caricature-like charm of the comic.
This has nothing to envy to classics like Area 88, Gundam the 8th MS Team, The Cockpit or Space Battleship Yamato. In fact, this is a prefect balance between the cool action of Code Geass and the "philosophical reflections" of Legend Of the Galactic Heroes.
Taking into account the new content offered and that is the beginning of the chronology of Gundam, I consider it an excellent starting point to begin to see the different series of this universe, offering a new vision on some of the most iconic moments of the anime history. If you saw the Sunrise OVAs and got your attention, please do yourself a favor and give the full story a chance!
Even if you've already seen the original TV series or his compilation movies, this is a worth looking.