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Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky (2016)

Kidô Senshi Gandamu Sandaboruto Dissenba Sukai (original title)
Follows the decisive battles in Thunderbolt sector around the debris of Side 4 during the One Year War, between Earth Federation's prototype Full Armor Gundam and Zeon's prototype Psycho Zaku.


Kou Matsuo


Kou Matsuo, Yoshiyuki Tomino (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûichi Nakamura ... Io Fleming (voice)
Ryohei Kimura Ryohei Kimura ... Daryl Lorenz (voice)
Toa Yukinari Toa Yukinari ... Claudia Peer (voice)
Sayaka Ôhara Sayaka Ôhara ... Karla Mitchum (voice)
Daisuke Hirakawa Daisuke Hirakawa ... Cornelius Kaka (voice)
Shunsuke Sakuya Shunsuke Sakuya ... Graham (voice)
Mutsumi Sasaki Mutsumi Sasaki ... Burroughs (voice)
Hiroshi Tsuchida Hiroshi Tsuchida ... J. J. Sexton (voice)
Taishi Murata Taishi Murata ... Keith Meyers (voice)
Keisuke Komoto Keisuke Komoto ... Denver Roche (voice)
Kento Itou Kento Itou ... Hoover (voice)
Ryôsuke Morita Ryôsuke Morita ... Fisher Ness (voice)
Shin'ya Hamazoe Shin'ya Hamazoe ... Sean Mitadera (voice)
Shuuhei Iwase Shuuhei Iwase ... Layton (voice)
Masaharu Tahara Masaharu Tahara ... Dried Fish Xo (voice)


Universal Century 0079, during the One Year War, battles between the Earth Federation and Principality of Zeon break everywhere. Around the debris of Side 4, called the Thunderbolt sector, snipers from Zeon's Living Dead Division have been killing off EFSF's mobile suits one after another. Fiery pilot Io Fleming finds his archenemy among one of the snipers and dedicates himself to beating him, especially when he finds out that the sniper has lost both his legs. Piloting the prototype Full Armor Gundam, Io Fleming flies off fighting the snipers until ultimately comes face to face with Daryl Lorenz in the Psycho Zaku. Written by heyitsnuel

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Animation | Sci-Fi | War


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Did You Know?


The composer, Naruyoshi Kikuchi, also contributed to the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack and was the musician who "voiced" the saxophone of Midvalley the Hornfreak in the Trigun anime. See more »


Referenced in SD Gundam G Generation: Genesis (2016) See more »

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Incredible, and a welcome return to the Gundam universe
18 February 2020 | by jwilli-03810See all my reviews

I grew up watching Gundam Wing as a kid, but I was never really a die-hard Gundam fan. This was my first time diving into the Gundam world in 15+ years, and I have to say, I was very impressed.

The futility of war is really driven home as a theme here, which isn't particularly original, but it's always good to be reminded of the horrors of war so we don't repeat our mistakes. That said, it does explore how bloodlust can infect even the most good-natured among us. How wars can be driven to an unfathomable scope in the loss of life, not only because of the virtues and hatred driving the violence, but how the once innocent people entangled in these wars start to enjoy the killing.

The animation is amazing, although it was hard to tell what was going on sometimes because the action was so fast, hence why I took off a star XD. I know Gundam is supposed to be fast-paced but I was lost quite a few times. It was the first time I've ever had to pause and rewind an action scene!

I appreciate that they pay homage to Cowboy Bebop without completely ripping off of it-the jazz only appears when one character enters the scene, making it all the more engaging. The soundtrack here is rich and encompasses a lot more than jazz, which really helped differentiate it from a typical cookie-cutter anime. If you're a Cowboy Bebop fan, or just looking for a dark, violent anime that will leave you with plenty to think about afterwards, check it out!

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