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 ...
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After a generation of peace, the Earth Federation has begun to build new space colonies to house humanity's growing population. But a new force, the aristocratic Crossbone Vanguard, plans ... See full summary »
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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Eight years after the One Year War, the Earth Federation creates an elite force called the Titans to hunt Zeon remnants. When Titans proves to be no better than Zeon, the Anti Earth Union Group (AEUG) is formed to restore peace in space.
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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 been moved into space. Only a handful of humans still live on the planet. The Earth Federation has weakened, allowing the spaceborn Zanscare Empire to gain power. The fanatically religious Zanscare begins to conquer Earth, and the weak Federation is unable and even unwilling to do anything about it. Only the League Militaire, a resistance group mostly made up of the remaining Earthnoids, and its newest weapon - the Victory Gundam - stand in the way of the Zanscare Empire. Usso Ebbing, a 13-year old boy, takes the controls of the Victory Gundam in this series, making him the youngest hero in any Gundam series to date. Written by
Fantastic UC series, and one of the stand out Gundam series over all
I will keep this brief. Victory Gundam is one of my favorite series. I watched it about a year and a half ago after returning to watching anime after a nearly decade long hiatus.
I was a huge fan of the series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (and some of the earlier alternate universe stories in my middle school years before that). I've finally gotten through almost the whole Universal Century series of Gundam, and Victory most definitely stands as one of the strongest Gundam series out there. It is certainly the darkest of the Gundam series (more grim than Zeta overall in terms of named character body count at the very least). Where it succeeds is the relationship between Uso and the rest of the cast. I feared disliking Uso based on his age of only 13, but he turns to be one of the most level headed and normal protagonists in series history.
He approaches things as they come and actually shows joy/excitement when its relevant, and fear/anger/sadness when you would expect. We experience less of the instability and angst present with many of the series early protagonists and get someone you can really root for in almost every situation. He also is unique in that while certainly the same wunderkind (newtype!) as the rest of the main series leads we get to see Uso struggle and learn to adapt to situations more than others.
From an action perspective the series is a bit of a mixed bag. While the latter action scenes with the V2 and many of the main antagonists custom suits are spectacular, the early scenes on earth are admittedly less exciting. Not bad in any regard, but I would say Mobile Suit Gundam, and Zeta Gundam both have a more exciting start over all. The animation is a bit of a mixed bag as well. While some scenes look very nice, the over all animation has somewhat classic almost American style with its characters and palette. I still can't definitively say it looks better than the premier 80s gundam series which is a bit disappointing.
All in all I very much enjoyed MS Victory Gundam, and would highly recommend it to any UC Gundam fan though I believe this a show that can be enjoyed by all.
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