Kidou Senshi Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam
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Kidou Senshi Gundam

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Synonyms: Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム
English: Mobile Suit Gundam
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Volumes: 3
Chapters: 23
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 30, 1979 to Mar 16, 1981
Genre: Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Themes: Mecha Mecha, Military Military, Space Space
Serialization: None


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Popularity: #13686
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Universal Century 0079: The Principality of Zeon has declared its independence from the Earth Federation, and subsequently launched a massive war of independence, a war which has raged in every continent on earth and in nearly every space colony and lunar settlement. The Zeon have the upper hand through their use of a revolutionary new type of weapon, their humanoid like mobile suits. When a Zeon recon team disobey mission orders and begin attacking Side 7 its citizens stumble across the Federations latest weapon: the Gundam. With the aid of Earth Federation soldiers stationed aboard the MS carrier White Base the newly formed crew of refugees set out to change the course of the One Year War — or die trying.

(Source: Gundam Wikia)


Kidou Senshi Gundam was first published in English by Del Ray Books in 1990. Due to a lack of official romanizations, a number of names were translated phonetically (e.g. "Char" as "Sha", "Zaku" as "Zaks"). A revised edition, which updated these romanizations, was published in a single omnibus by Stone Bridge Press on April 1, 2004.



Oct 26, 2022
The Mobile Suit Gundam novel trilogy is very much non-cannon, but it's genuinely great and brings a lot of interesting things to the table.

I would like to talk about how drastically different to the original series, they're almost entirely different aside from similar characters and plot points. The characters don't even go to Earth at all in the novels, and end up feeling more to the point than the movie trilogy did. I can't complain about any of the differences because they are so drastic to the point of being completely different stories. My favourite difference the novels have is its insight on characters' minds ...

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