Mobile Suit Gundam (1979–1980)
"Kidô senshi Gandamu" (original title)

TV Series  -   -  Animation | Action | Drama
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 834 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 4 critic

In the war between the Earth Federation and Zeon, a young and inexperienced crew find themselves on a new spaceship. Their best hope of making it through the conflict is the Gundam, a giant humanoid robot, and its gifted teenage pilot.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 12 Nov 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 8 months ago
 
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mobile Suit Gundam (1979–1980)

Mobile Suit Gundam (1979–1980) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mobile Suit Gundam.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During the One Year War of UC 0079, A young Earth Federation Lieutenant named Shiro Amada is sent to Earth to lead a squadron of Gundam mobile suits in Southeast Asia to fight the Duchy of ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Staley, Kikuko Inoue, Emilie de Azevedo Brown
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After the One Year War, Peace was signed between Zeon and the Earth Federation. Three years later, however, some remaining forces of Zeon who never gave up steal the new Federation mobile ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryô Horikawa, Rei Sakuma, Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Gundam 0080: A War in the Pocket (TV Mini-Series 1989)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In a space colony, a young boy discovers a cadre of terrorists and innocently decides to help them.

Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Kôji Tsujitani, Megumi Hayashibara
Gundam Seed Destiny (2004–2005)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two Years after The war Between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT, conflicts between the two nations heat up again. Shin Asuka, the new Main Character's eyes are full of sorrow as his family was ... See full summary »

Stars: Lee Tockar, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Akira Ishida
Kidô senshi Gundam ZZ (1986–1987)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Following the decisive battle against the Titans, AEUG's Argama crew (along with a new bunch of kids), has little time to regroup as a new threat looms in the horizon: Haman's Neo Zeon!

Stars: Kazuki Yao, Maya Okamoto, Eriko Hara
Animation | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After the One Year War, peace was signed between Zeon and the Earth Federation. Three years later, however, some remaining forces of Zeon who never gave up steal the new Federation mobile ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Imanishi
Stars: Yôsuke Akimoto, Shin Aomori, Kae Araki
Kidô senshi V Gundam (TV Series 1993)
Animation | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The year is UC 0153. The conflict between the Earth Federation and Zeon is long over, and the majority of humanity has migrated to the space colonies. Even the Federation headquarters has ... See full summary »

Stars: Daisuke Sakaguchi, Yumi Kuroda, Ayako Shiraishi
Vandread (TV Series 2000)
Action | Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In a space-fairing future the war between sexes becomes literal. A kid who works in a factory that produces giant military robots decides to steal one for himself and ends up in the middle of a dogfight that leads into an adventure.

Stars: Mari Devon, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Yumi Kakazu
Chôjikû Yôsai Macross (TV Series 1982)
Animation | Action | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

An alien ship crash lands on Earth and its secrets lead to a desperate war against an alien foe sent to retrieve the ship.

Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Michio Hazama
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Amuro Ray and Char Aznable settle their rivalry once and for all during the Second Neo Zeon War.

Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Stars: Tôru Furuya, Shûichi Ikeda, Hirotaka Suzuoki
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (TV Series 2011)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A colonized space had finally achieved peace, until a mysterious enemy, the UE, enters the scene and attacks colonies and other targets. Our main protagonist is from a destroyed colony, ... See full summary »

Stars: Naoki Bando, Aya Endo, Kana Hanazawa
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Tôru Furuya ...
 Amuro Ray (43 episodes, 1979-1980)
Edit

Storyline

It is the year 0079 of the Universal Century. A war has broken out between the Duchy of Zeon, a space colony that wants independence, and the Earth Federation. A teenage boy has to pilot the Federation's new secret weapon when the space colony in which he lives is attacked by Zeon mobile suits, gigantic robots piloted by humans. That new secret weapon is called the Gundam, a far more powerful mobile suit. The story follows Amuro Ray and many other civilians around his age who have to take over a Federation spaceship and become soldiers in order to survive the war against Zeon's forces throughout the One Year War. Written by fml_lopez

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mobile Suit Gundam  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(43 episodes) | (43 episodes)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally, the design for the Gundam by Tomino and Kunio Okawara had the Gundam colored a uniform low-visibility gray. The show's sponsors, looking for a marketable toy line, prevailed upon the two to give the Gundam its arresting (if illogical) white, red, blue and gold scheme. A later retcon explained the colors by making them a demonstration/test scheme that was never repainted. In the novels, Amuro's first Gundam was completely white with some red, supposedly reminiscent of an X-Wing color scheme, and instead of the Gundam being upgraded with magnetic coated joints, Amuro was simply given a new one - the G3, which was colored a uniform low-visibility gray. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: It is the year 0079 of the Universal Century. A half-century has passed since Earth began moving its burgeoning population into gigantic orbiting space colonies. A new home for mankind, where people are born and raised. And die. 9 months ago, the cluster of colonies furthest from the Earth, called Side 3, proclaimed itself the Principality of Zeon and launched a war of independence against the Earth Federation. Initial fighting lasted over one month and saw both sides lose half their respective...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Transformers: The Movie (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Tobe! Gandamu
(Fly! Gundam)
Opening theme
Performed by Kô Ikeda with Feeling Free and Music Creation
Lyrics by Rin Iogi (Yoshiyuki Tomino)
Music by Takeo Watanabe
Arrangement by Yûshi Matsuyama
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Always imitated, but never duplicated
19 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Macross, Evangellion, and Patlabor. All of these series pale in comparison to the original mecha piloted by a young man with a competitive spirit.

Young protagonist Amuro Ray is pulled out of his everyday monotonous life and is thrown headfirst into adventure and war just by pushing a button or two. Amuro must pilot the Gundam to save his friends. Rivals are made, obstacles are presented, and battles are fought, and Amuro through it all becomes a man and a great pilot, but that's only half of this war story. The other half is about the man in red, Char Aznable, the mysterious masked man who is an ace pilot for the fascist Zeon army, who always pilots red mechs, his signature color, hence his nickname "the Red Comet". No one knows where he came from or what his true objectives are, and this is what draws you in to him. His rivalry with Amuro takes center stage in much of the series, and it keeps you on your toes. Just when you think you got it figured out the battle situation changes.

If you are thinking this show is the campy "good guy always prevails over bad guy" cliché, you're in for a rude awakening. The plot and character's features are a staple for future Gundam series, such as Gundam Wing and more recently Gundam Seed. The formula is the same, the main character is a young man thrown into war and finds a bitter enemy in an enigmatic blond masked man. The formula is interpreted differently in both these shows, but Amuro and Char set the standard for an enjoyable plot that can be imitated in many different ways. Always imitated but never duplicated.

Old men tell me War and Peace is something everyone should read, and I tell them Mobile Suit Gundam is something everyone should see. Sure it has giant robots killing each other but behind the machines there are elements of war that are all around the world today. The pitfalls and the possibilities, the consequences of battle and the reason to fight. I rank Mobile Suit Gundam up there with Platoon and Full Metal Jacket since it shows how violent and horrid war can really be.

The definitive anime for 20+ years, Mobile Suit Gundam. Who will survive?


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Live Action Gundam Cast. Laocoon430-1
What is your least favorite part? jpolk
Reasons I love Mobile Suit Gundam bobralph2001
On DVD? Tuco_88
Fly Gundam! (Translation) bespin0079
Episodes Online? Corbomb19
Discuss Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page