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'Gundam: The Origin' Manga Review
Battle Angel. First announced in by a post-Titanic, pre-Avatar James Cameron who'd spent his Oscar afterglow making nerdy Our feisty heroine has some choice words for a tengu who doesn't know how to treat his bride, as this soothing otherworldly romance continues. Whether he initially planned it that way or not is much more up in the air, because it seems as if he honestly didn't realize that the young woman wouldn't be thrilled to All rights reserved.
You can contribute information to this page, but first you must login or register. The story holds up almost 40 years later. Occasionally lambasted as a vehicle for selling toys and make no mistake, they sold A LOT of toys , what makes it a classic is the world-building and the characterization. This is a war story, with a ragtag gang of half-trained soldiers and frightened refugees fighting a running battle against a more experienced enemy that wants to destroy them and dealing with a military government that vacillates between wanting to promote them, use them as guinea pigs, and throw them all in jail.
The characters react believably to losing family members and friends, to being in deadly situations they're ill-equipped to deal with, and to their unexpected successes. They have realistic relationships with each other and respond consistently. The tech is I forgot how much I missed the characters - Lt. Noa is bit more of an antagonist to Amuro's protagonist in this, but his true colors really shine when he needs to intervene between his crew and the military bureaucracy.
The series does better with female characters than shows and books produced this decade often manage. Mirai being all, "I can totally pilot this massive warship, stop fussing" is still one of my favorite moments. The plot is engrossing, but it's my attachment to these cinnamon rolls that has me digging into my budget for the next volume. Dec 12, Anna rated it did not like it. I've had a lot of guy-friends over the years sing the praises of Gundam, so I finally gave it a try, but I couldn't get into it.
Thinly plotted just for an excuse to have giant robot fights, it felt like "Okay, so umm, these guys wanted to, like, separate for some reason, so they sort of attacked and did a bunch of stuff Why would you let him anywhere near it again? Gawd, even a wet-nosed trainee pilot or a pit-crew member would be better than some random civvie kid literally picked off the sidewalk, I don't care how spunky he is or who his daddy is.
And then letting equally random and completely untrained kids pilot the regular war-machines in the same situations, because why not, I let first-week-of-first-semester undergrad biology students do neurosurgery all the time, it's only the fate of every refugee and crew member on this ship on the line, no biggie. Does its strong fan-base mean that it gets better?
I don't know. Do I want to put myself through more volumes of this to find out?
Not really, no. Jan 22, Muhammad Bahy rated it really liked it. In the year , the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon are engaged in a war that will shape humanity. In a space colony, the Earth Federation are creating and testing a new weapon to be used against the Zeon. That weapon is the RX Gundam. It was scheduled to be moved to the Jaburo Base. But during a reconnaissance mission being carried out by Zeon, a battle breaks out. The Zeon attack the Gundam and destroy it. Amuro Ray is a teenager living in this colony. His father is currentl In the year , the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon are engaged in a war that will shape humanity.
His father is currently designing the Gundam. As he witnesses innocent bystanders being slaughtered in the crossfire, he felt a sudden urge to save the people. He climbs inside another Gundam and is able to prevent the destruction of the entire colony. Awarded for his bravery and piloting skills, Amuro joins the White Base, the team in charge of the Gundam transport. On his way to Earth, the crew of the White Base journeys through many difficulties and meet their nemesis. It is able to flesh out the lost details in the original. The pictures are phenomenal and is able to capture the true tone and suspense of the scenes that happen.
I recommend this book to those who want to get into Gundam and don't know where to start. It is a great read for people seeking for adventurous books, but want to delve deeper into the more political and tactical side of action. Apr 01, Joshua rated it it was amazing. I'm not a terribly huge fan of Manga, and while this book contained many of the tropes that leave me cold to the genre of graphic novels this book was incredible.
This book is a fascinating science fiction epic that explores how humanity and technology interact, and how ultimately it is the way in which technology is utilized that determines it's beneficial or corrupting influence. I can tell that this first volume is more about setting the stage for the soap-opera, robot-space-battle narratives I'm not a terribly huge fan of Manga, and while this book contained many of the tropes that leave me cold to the genre of graphic novels this book was incredible.
I can tell that this first volume is more about setting the stage for the soap-opera, robot-space-battle narratives than it is about exploring any sort of deeper political or philosophic themes. More of this. Jul 06, H. Holo rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this primarily because I'm getting back into Gundam and wanted to experience it from the beginning without having to suffer through dated animation.
Never having seen the original anime on which this is based, I can't comment on its accuracy; however, it's definitely in keeping with the spirit of what I know of Gundam, depicting a very human war story with fantastic if 70s-styled art.
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The binding is also quite nice, and of much higher quality than one would expect for a manga - but then I read this primarily because I'm getting back into Gundam and wanted to experience it from the beginning without having to suffer through dated animation. The binding is also quite nice, and of much higher quality than one would expect for a manga - but then this is a story of some significance to mecha fans, and it's cool to see it getting some respect in the form of classy packaging.
On to the next volume! Aug 09, Gabe rated it liked it. There's a lot left unmentioned, and I get that's the point, but more often than not I'm left without a character to really root for, or at least invested in following throughout. At the very least I'd say Bright and Sayla and up filling this role, but again it isn't until I'm well into the volume before this happens.
It's clearly an iconic series, so I'm still willing to read on to see where things go. Jun 01, Brian Rogers rated it really liked it Shelves: I came into this with no preconceptions - I have never seen the anime or read any affiliated material - and as such can with a clear conscious say that this is really well done.
I don't know that I'll dedicate the time to the anime, but I will definitely hunt down the other volumes of the manga from th I came into this with no preconceptions - I have never seen the anime or read any affiliated material - and as such can with a clear conscious say that this is really well done. I don't know that I'll dedicate the time to the anime, but I will definitely hunt down the other volumes of the manga from the library.
Dec 15, Daniel DallaValle rated it really liked it Shelves: I've always been a fan of the many Gundam anime floating around out there. This was the first manga of the series that I've read. It's as good, if not better than any of the anime series I've seen.
Good pacing, with a great mix of story and action, combined with enough questions to keep you wondering what's going to happen next. Good stuff. Aug 22, Mr. Twinkie rated it it was ok. What's going on? It is just a lot of nonsensical action between soldiers in spacesuits? Well, maybe I am just too dumb to understand it but I think there are many more other Manga-books with more interesting premises. This felt like reading a Michael Bay movie Jan 02, Andrea Laybourn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 27, Kiel rated it it was amazing.
Have always been a fan of the mecha, but so glad I finally read the manga. The foreword in this paints a great picture of when this was writing and connected to Japan's culture. Aug 19, Megan rated it it was ok. Apr 30, James Hanks rated it really liked it. Jan 03, Nerdish Mum rated it liked it Shelves: I've been craving some manga recently and I've already read all my local library has to offer, so I was excited when my friend got this for Christmas and said I could borrow it: I'll start by saying I've never read any manga or watched any anime that includes Gundam so this is my first foray into this world.
I think the story is interesting, but you can tell this was an opening to a series as there was a lot of things that happened that I now need answers to. There is also very little character I've been craving some manga recently and I've already read all my local library has to offer, so I was excited when my friend got this for Christmas and said I could borrow it: There is also very little character development, which I hope will come with time over the following volumes.
There was one character, Sayla, in particular that I look forward to finding out more about her back story. I really think the story suffered with using grey scale only for the art as there is a lot of action, a lot of the time I wasn't entirely sure who was who or what was actually happening. The few pages that did have colour, were a lot clearer to me.
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Overall though I enjoyed this and I will be reading more of it when I can get my hands on it. Oct 07, Dana rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is easily one of the greatest manga series of all time.
While I loved the original series, it shows its age, especially in terms of the animation. This is everything that was great about that series, streamlined in places, expanded upon i This is easily one of the greatest manga series of all time. This is everything that was great about that series, streamlined in places, expanded upon in others, and drawn by one of the greatest artists in the medium.
The action is focused on the young and inexperienced crew of a new ship, the White Base, many of whom have been pressed into service by circumstances. On the other side of the conflict we have Char, a mysterious pilot so charismatic that some version of him has been in nearly every mecha series since. In the end, I think it makes Amuro and the other younger characters seem more relatable and less bratty that your typical mecha heroes can come across.
The art in this is absolutely beautiful.
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Yoshikazu Yasuhiko was the character designer for the original series, and so the style and design of the original material is kept. Instead of looking dated, everything looks classic and clean. The line work is very delicate, and very expressive - the art bounces between comedic and serious, and it always works. The art is clean where it needs to be and detailed where it compliments the action. The volume also has a substantial number of colored pages, and I love the watercolor technique.
It often looks like he lays down a base layer of shifting color, and then inks and adds some shading over it. As a result, the color is a beautiful reflection of the mood of the story. The only quibble I have with the art is actually on some of the covers, where the thickness of the gouache paint can make the characters look odd in the faces. I think the quality of the content and the page count would justify the high price point on their own, but Vertical also seems to have put a lot of effort into releasing a beautiful edition.
I wish all my favorite series got such lovely treatment. Hardback editions are rare enough for manga, but it also comes with a sewn binding and lovely thick, glossy paper stock for every single page. I have yet to have any issues with wear and tear just reading the series, though. Mar 06, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: Very nice edition.
The magna telling with added details and modified character personalities was enjoyable. Nothing stuck out as exceptional to me, but it may just be my familiarity with the source material the anime. To this end Vertical have clearly taken great care with The Origin. Each edition is suitably pristine and pretty large too. As Western manga releases go, it feels like genuinely good value for money. The manga clearly shows that Yasuhiko is a master of his craft and Vertical have stayed true to that with their lovely hardback editions. So if you want to understand the fuss around the original Gundam, or even read one of the better manga works out there, then Gundam: The Origin is definitely worth checking out.
The manga is available on Amazon US. Vertical also sent me the first six volumes to review. Follow me on Twitter and YouTube. I also manage Mecha Damashii. Read my Forbes blog here. I cover gaming in Japan as well as the pop-culture here. You can follow me on Twitter , Facebook or check out my YouTube videos.