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Gundam

 

Mobile Suit Gundam

 

In 1979 a revolutionary new anime series named Mobile Suit Gundam from creator Yoshiyuki Tomino began its Japanese broadcast. It was revolutionary for many reasons. It was unlike the super robot shows that were so popular in the 70s. Instead of being a special super robot, the title mecha of the series was a piece of military hardware. Also, instead of being a robot of the week show, Gundam was an advanced war drama. The superhero aspect seen in series such as Mazinger Z was totally gone. Despite the innovations made by the series, it was canceled due to poor ratings. Though it was supposed to run to 52 episodes, that number was reduced to 39. The producers managed to get a one month extension to wrap up the series, bringing that number up to 43. Following cancellation, the series enjoyed incredible ratings in reruns, and it was decided to jump start the series with several films edited down from the TV episodes. The series was never available commercially in the U.S. until 1998 when Bandai Entertainment released the movie trilogy subtitled and later dubbed. The TV series was broadcast on Cartoon Network in 2001 following the success of Gundam Wing the previous year. However, the show was canceled in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and never completed a full broadcast run. Right Stuf released the TV series on Blu-ray and DVD in 2015, followed by the movies on DVD in 2016 and Blu-ray in 2017.

 

Gundam TV
Gundam Movie Trilogy
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