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Mobile Suit Gundam 

Kidô senshi Gandamu (original title)
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.
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Tôru Furuya ...
 Amuro Ray (43 episodes, 1979-1980)
Alaina Burnett ...
 Sayla Mass (42 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Bright Noa (42 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Char Aznable (42 episodes, 1979-1980)
Brad Swaile ...
 Amuro Ray (42 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Mirai Yashima / ... (42 episodes, 1979-1980)
Eric Schneider ...
 Degwin Zabi (English Voice) / ... (30 episodes, 1979-1980)
Glen Hopkins ...
 Omur Fang (23 episodes, 1979-1980)
Sachio Kumagai ...
 Omur Fang (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
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It is the year 0079 of the Universal Century. A war has broken out between the Principality 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

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The final episodes (encompassing the battles of Solomon and A Bao a Q) were originally planned to be more elaborate, with exotic Zeon mecha defending the fortresses. Budget cuts scrapped the episodes (and the designs) although at least two (the Dom-like Dowdage and Gelgoog-Like Galbaldy ) does become resurrected for Z Gundam and Gundam ZZ. See more »

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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...
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Eien ni Amuro
(Forever Amuro)
Ending theme
Performed by Kô Ikeda with Feeling Free
Lyrics by Rin Iogi (Yoshiyuki Tomino)
Music by Takeo Watanabe
Arrangement by Yûshi Matsuyama
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First Realistic Robot Anime
24 April 2004 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

After almost ten years of giant toys ruling anime, 1979 was the Year of the Gundam. Although 25 years old by now, and cheaply produced at the time, this anime is still very enjoyable and deep. Many are the reasons of its success... some here below:

  • No aliens coming to rule the Earth. This is a war for independence. Men
against men. Same blood color;

  • No good guys vs bad guys. Here everyone fights to survive, it doesn't
matter if they agree with war reasons or not. It's everyman fight.

  • No giant samurai robot vs. monsters from outer space. Robots in "Gundam"
are conventional mass produced weapons as good as tanks or choppers, for both sides. They need energy, fuel, ammo, maintenance, logistic, recover, repair, spare parts. Al these goods are often unavailable in the middle of the battlefield;

  • No heroes. Just ordinary people, youths throwed in the middle of a war
they didn't want and still can't understand. And, in some of them, Fear will ignite boys' growth to become men;

  • no fairy tales. In Gundam people, lots of main characters, dies. Often
in ungloryous ways. Often in second rank battles. But they always die for what they think is right. Sacrifice to protect a friend, not to win a battle;

Even being closer to war movie than to Sci-Fi, Gundam is still known as one of the most important and revolutionary examples of Science Fiction. I often ask myself why a good expansive Hollywood adaptation of first Gundam series hasn't still be made...


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