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In 2019, the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise celebrated its 40th anniversary.

That's over 40 years of giant war robots,

space politics, psychic pilots, Zakus, transformation combinations and Bull Gundam

Well, you get the idea.

So to celebrate the 40th anniversary of then Mobile Suit Gundam series

I shall be giving you all the timeline of the Gundam series.

Now for the sake of keeping this some brief-ish,

we're not gonna be talking about the microseries, shorts, commercials, games, game cutscenes,

dome theater shows, the manga, etc.

Just the TV series, movies and OVA. yes now don't

Now don't worry, I see you Astray fans

and I see you too, guy who just is watching a playlist of Durin's Greek cutscene

also I see you, person who claims to have the Green Divers multi-three-screen Neo Experience on DVD.


How the hell-

How the hell do you even get that?

Let's get started.

While Gundam is an international media juggernaut anime

and model kits, that was far from a sure thing outset.

In the late 1970s, Sunrise Animations was a relatively young company,

with most of their work being contracted jobs from larger studios.

In an effort to start creating original series they would own the rights to,

Sunrise made a deal with toy company Clover to ultimately create three original giant robot anime.

The first two of these were Muteki Choujin Zambot 3 (1977)

and Muteki Koujin Daitarn 3 (1978),

both directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino

Who also seemed to love the number 3.

Anyway, while Tomino tried to push the envelope in these shows where he could,

after doing two robot animes back-to-back he wanted to do something a little different third.

This would become Mobile Suit Gundam 3.

Just kidding it's just Mobile Suit Gundam

If there is a word that comes out often in the story of Gundam's creation,

it's "realism".

To Tomino, striving for this sense of reality all coalesced around the idea of the "mobile suit",

a believable generic technical term for a giant robot that was more of military hardware than a superhuman.

It made more sense that a 20 meter giant would work better in space than on earth,

so that led to an emphasis on that setting.

Outer space led him to the conflict:

space colonies rebelling against earth.

A human versus human war rather than the more

typical invading aliens allowed for compelling human drama.

This approach is what ultimately led Gundam to create a sub-genre

that would become known as "real robot"

reclassifying all previous giant robot shows as "super robot" by default.

Gundam's character designer and animation director Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

tried to make his characters different from the typical hero characters.

Gunman's mechanical design was handled by Kunio Okawara,

who had notably been the first person in the anime industry

to be credited for that role in 1972's Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.

The toy company had the most input on the designs of the "good guy" mobile suit:

Gundam, Guncannon and Guntank

which ended up with them having bright colors and a combination gimmick.

At the time, the only heroic robots in anime would get merchandise,

since the typical monster-of-the-week format

meant that most bad guys didn't make more than one appearance.

This allowed Okawara more creative freedom to design the enemy mobile suits,

with only one request from Tomino: give it a mono-eyes".

This led to the design of the mass-produced

military inspired and intimidating Zaku mobile suit.

The Zaku has gone on to become iconic in its own right

enjoying a pop culture footprint in Japan comparable to the Imperial Stormtroopers of Star Wars.

Mobile Suit Gundam premiered on April 7th 1979.

Now for the timeline bit, right here.

You can see it floating in the air.

Its story takes place in the year 0079 of the Universal Century calendar.

Now these Universal Century timeline things are gonna be very later on in the video so stay tune.

So, nine months into an apocalyptic war between the Earth Federation

and the rebelling space colonists of the Principality of Zeon.

Despite Zeon's resource disadvantage their invention of the revolutionary mobile suit

allowed them to conquer large parts of the Earth and fight the war to stalemate.

On the neutral colony of Side 7, a team of Zeon Zakus

under the command of masked officer Char Aznable

stumble across the Federation's own secret mobile suit development project and attacks.

In the chaos a civilian Boy Wonder named Amuro Ray

comes across the Federation's prototype mobile gundam suit

and is able to fend them off.

Through repeated encounters, Amuro quickly develops a rivalry with Char,

a legendary ace pilot known as "The Red Comet"

who is revealed to have his own mysterious agenda against the Zeon's ruling Zabi Family dictatorship.

Mobile Suit Gundam was far from an immediate success

and its production faced many many challenges.

From low ratings and low toys sales led to an interference from the sponsors

and the series episode count went from 52 to 43 episodes.

On top of all that Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, who served as the series chief animation director,

had to leave the show production partway through when he was hospitalized for an inflammation of the lungs.

However, things did turn around.

Ironically, after the decision had been made to shorten the series,

Gundam's ratings actually began to rise.

Fanclubs started forming all around Japan,

and popular anime magazine, Animec, published the news

that Gundam was gonna end earlythey were flooded with postcards demanding explanation.

Gundam ended in January 1980.

Its popularity grew further when it entered national syndication

and a month later movie studio Shochiku greenlit a compilation film.

Also in July, Bandai's first Gundam model kits were releaed to great success,

setting off a Gunpla Boom they would last into the middle of the decade.

You can also check out our video on the history of Gunpla's rise to fame.

Anyhow, Mobile Suit Gundam movie compilation would ultimately be a trilogy

of films released in 1981 and 1982

These movies allowed Tomino to tighten up the Gundam saga,

improve outright remove bad animation,

and toned down the more "super robot" elements that have been demanded by toy company sponsors.

He was also able to better develop the concept of the "Newtype",

a kind of space-adapted person with psychic and empathetic abilities

introduced late into the TV series.

For Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, returning to Gundam

meant being able to fix the drop in animation quality after he had to leave Gundam's production,

with Gundam III in particular being roughly 70% new animation.

In the years following Mobile Suit Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino worked almost constantly

making new giant robot anime for Sunrise, directing Space Runaway Ideon,

Blue Gale Xabungle, Aura Battler Dunbine, and Heavy Metal L-Gaim

Fun fact: The Blue Gales Xabungle has one of the hardest openings of all time.

Anyhow, while these all distinctive in their own right,

none of them hit quite the way Gundam did.

On Bandai's end, the Gunpla Boom had been extended by the introduction

of a new original "Mobile Suit Variation" models (or MS-V).

But without new Gundam anime to support them interest was beginning to wane.

And so, Tomino was approached to direct a sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam,

this time with Bandai as a sponsor from the very start

While Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Kunio Okawara would also return,

much of the design work was handled by a new batch of talent

that had grown up as part of the so-called "Gundam Generation"

So what is the result of that?

Well, it's Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam,

the first of what would become many Gundam sequels,

premiered in March of 1985.

And set UC 0087.

Right there, yep. Perfect, thank you.

So once again set in UC 0087, a lot of things have changed since the "One Year War"

a name given to the first major conflict between the Earth Federation and Zeon.

To ensure there will be no more rebellions the Earth Federation creates the "Titans"

an authoritarian military organizations

that will use extreme forces to stop anti Federation activities.

During the rebellion by the resistant group AEUG which stands for

Anti-Earth Union Group

a rebel team boy named Kamille Biden aka Kamille gets caught up in the conflict

and ends up helping the AEUG steal the new Titan Gundam Mark II mobil suit.

Kamille then joins up with the AEUG fighting alongside returning characters

like former White Bass captain Bright Noa

and an "incognito" Char Aznable aboard the battleship Argama.

The conflict eventually escalates into all-out Civil War,

with things further complicated when a Zeon remnant organization

called Axis Zeon aboard the asteroid base called Axis.

They re-emerges to play both sides.

A week after Zetas Gundam ended

it was immediately followed up by a direct sequel series

once again directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

Where Zeta played things fairly serious

ZZ couldn't have been more different:

much of the show is a light-hearted comedy

while double Zeta did eventually start to take things

a little bit more seriously once the stakes were raised

it must have been a complete tonal whiplash

for people coming off Zeta Gundam's extremely dark ending

The titular ZZ Gundam even goes all-in on the combining gimmicks

the original Gundam was saddled with.

So what's the word this time?

So timeline wise this one is right after Zeta Gundam.

So UC 0087

So now, the Titans have been defeated Axis Zeon leader Haman Karn

decides the birth of "Neo-Zeon" using an 8-year old Mineva Zabi,

the last surviving member of the old Zeon ruling family

as a figurehead to claim legitimacy.

And since the AEUG and Earth Federation's are weakened,

Hamas sees an opportunity for the Neo-Zeon to conquer the earth and its colonies.

And while this is happening the Argama docks at Shangri-la

a space colony for much-needed repairs.

There we meet a young whippersnapper named Judau Ashta

who attempts to steal the transformable Zetas Gundam to sell for parts.

Unlike Amuro and Kamille before him

Judau is actually a lousy pilot at first

but after repeated Gundam thefts and encounters with Neo-Zeon mobile suits

he starts to show some talent

With much of the Argama's crew in no shape to fight,

captain Bright Noa enlists Judau and his scrappy friends

as mobile suit pilots in the new war against Neo-Zeon.

ZZ established a trope that would practically become a requirement in later Gundam series

which is the "Gundam team"

The Argama complement of mobile suits included mostly

holdovers from Zeta Gundam

The Gundam Mark II, Zeta Gundam, and the golden Hyaku Shiki

but adds the brand-new ZZ Gundam in to the mix

So that makes three Gundams along with a uniquely Gundam-y mobile suit

and the future series would often put that to shame.

One character conspicuously absent from Gundam ZZ

despite popping up in its opening,

was longtime fan favorite Char Aznable

Actually, according to Tomino's original outline for "Zeta Gundam 2

after Char went missing and Zetas finale

he would later have reappeared among Haman's Neo-Zeon

eventually killing her and becoming Judau's final antagonist.

This didn't end up happening,

but that's because at some point during Gundam ZZ's production,

the film Char's Counterattack was greenlit.

Chars Counterattack would be the Gundam first original movie

when it premiered in 1988

and Tamino sought to do nothing less than wrap up

the Char/Amuro rivalry and the Federation/Zeon conflict along with it.

So time for the story breakdown.

In UC 0093, five years have passed since the first Neo-Zeon war

and Char Aznable has re-emerged as the charismatic leader of his own Neo-Zeon movement.

After dropping asteroid Fifth Luna on Tibet,

the Federation government attempt to appease Char

by giving him the former asteroid base Axis on the condition of his disarmament

Surprisingly, Char says f*** ya'll and double-crosses the Federation

and reveals his ultimate goal: create an environmental cataclysm

by dropping Axis on Earth, forcing mass migrations into space

and accelerating humanity's change into Newtypes

and the only thing standing Char's way is the Federation's Londo Bell task force

and his old rival Amuro Ray in the Newtype-specialized v Gundam

The theatrical run of Char's Counterattack

also debuted what is technically the first non-Tomino Gundam anime:

a cartoonish and parody SD, which stands for Super Deformed, Gundam

SD Gundam shorts ran before screenings and featured Gundam characters

and anthropomorphize the mobile suits

with squished cartoony proportions getting into mischief.

SD Gundam had been extremely popular with children

as a line of collectible gashapon capsule toys first released in 1985,

and by 1987 it even had its own line of model kits called BB Senshi.

By early '90s, SD Gundam popularity even temporarily eclipsed that of the core franchise.

In fact, this merchandising success story is likely why a localized form of SD Gundam

was very nearly Gundam's first entry into the Western market,

in the form of now infamous 1991 cartoon pilot Doozy Bots.

While SD Gundam originally started as a parody of the Gundam series,

it quickly turned in its own full-on franchise

with many distinct universes.

The SD Sengokuden setting recasts the Gundams

as samurais in the Warring Sengoku period Japan.

SD Gundam Gaiden follows the adventures of knight Gundams

in a Dragon Quest-influenced fantasy world

SD Command Senki features SD Gundam with a tactical military aesthetic.

The SD Sangokuden setting puts Gundams in the roles of legendary Chinese historical figures

from the classical Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

And those are just the most popular ones that have now gotten multiple anime adaptations.

And that's not even mentioning the huge presence SD Gundam has among Gundam video games

SD Gundam continues to this very day alongside its parent franchise,

with the new Sangokuden anime called SD Gundam World: Sangoku Soketsuden

currently streaming on

With Char's Counterattack seemingly placed a firm endpoint on the Federation/Zeon conflict

the next Gundam anime jumped back to the Mobile Suit Gundam's One Year War period

for the franchise's 10th anniversary in 1989.

Entitled Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket was the first original gundam OVA

and the first mainline Gundam anime without Yoshiyuki Tomino's involvement.

A number of the staff on 0080 had previously worked together on

Super Dimension Fortress Macross

including now a first-time director Fumihiko Takayama,

character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto, and writer Hiroyuki Yamaga.

Yamaga had even previously pitched an MS-V OVA to Bandai

before any Gundam sequel had been made as part of Daicon Film,

the future Studio Gainax.

Gundam 0080 spends more time with Zeon characters than previous show

but most notably the perspective character is a young civilian boy

who is neither part of the Earth Federation or Zeon.

From the start, Takayama was interested in telling a story about children

using Gundam as a backdrop.

Gundam 0080 takes place in December 0079

the last month of the One Year War.

We see an 11 year old boy named Al Izuruha

living his peaceful life on the neutral colony Side 6.

Him and his school friends are enamored by military mobile suits and warfare.

After the thrill of seeing an incursion by Zeon mobile suits into his home colony firsthand,

Al chases down a down Zaku meets a rookie Zeon pilot Bernie Wiseman

Through his growing relationship with Bernie,

Al gets drawn into a covert Zeon plot to destroy a new Gundam secretly housed in the sanctuary

and sees firsthand that the war is much different than the romantic notions he once had

and he learns that war,

war never changes.

Yoshioka Tamino reunited with Kunio Okawara and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

for Mobile Suit Gundam F91

New theatrical film set 30 years after Char's Counterattack

focusing on new generation of characters.

Most of Gundam F91 first year of production went ahead with the anime's format undecided,

and so the team had to create options for both a theatrical film and a 13-episode for a TV series

The movie format was only decided upon when it became cleared

they would not be ready in time to deliver a TV series for April 1990

It's for this reason that Gundam F91 plays out kind of like a compilation film

to a series doesn't actually exist.

So here are the new generation of characters and story

Ok so, it's UC 0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Just kidding, it's UC 0123

So ok there's a lot of humans.

So much humans that the Earth Federation is built new space colonies to meet the growing numbers

Then a private military group called Crossbone Vanguard conquers

one of the colonies called Frontier IV

I think that's four, I can't read Roman numerals.

The Crossbones Vanguard leader, Meitzer Ronah

declares a new nation called Cosmo Babylonia

During this conflict two friends, Seabook Arno and Cecily Fairchild

end up on the opposite sides of the conflict

when they were separated during their escape from the invasion.

Cecily finds out her family history is a little complicated to say the least

and Seabook makes it to the nearby Frontier One colony

and comes across the Federation training ship Space Ark.

There, he finds the mobile suit Gundam F91 which we find that was developed by Seabook's mother.

Seabook then joins a ragtag group of local resistance fighters

and the Federation forces to free Frontier IV.

I think that's four. "IV"

Comment down below if I'm right or wrong.

Gundam F91 is unfortunately known for being kind of confusing to watch

as it abruptly jumps around in time and location,

and leaves things off in an open-ended with the message:

"This is only the beginning"

Tomino never did make a direct continuations of F91's story,

though he did revisit the characters ten years after

in the events of the film in his 1994 manga Crossbone Gundam.

The Gundam franchise's next OVA installment was Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory,

with its first episode being released about two months after Gundam F91 theatrical premiere.

Gundam 0083 serves to fill in some of the gaps

between the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Zeta Gundam

including the inciting events that led to the foundation of the Titans.

The video series was directed by Mitsuko Kase and Takashi Imanishi,

with Imanishi going on to become one of the franchise's more prolific director.

So let's go back to the past real quick.

The year is UC 0083

Ace pilot Anavel Gato, of the Zeon's remnant Delaz fleet,

steals a nuclear-armed Metal Gear

I mean Gundam GP02A

one of the two new Gundam delivered for testing

to the Federation's Torrington Base

in down under Australia, mate. Yeah, cheers.

In the base, Kou Uraki, one of the Federation newbie test pilots

fails to stop the hijacking using the remaining Gundam GP01

but becomes its assigned pilot aboard the warship Albion

in the mission to recover the stolen Gundam GP02A

Metal Gear

Youshiyuki Tomino returned to Gundam once again

with the franchise's first new TV series in 6 years.

1993's Mobile Suit Victory Gundam.

Victory Gundam jumped ahead another 30 years into the UC chronology,

telling the story of a new generation fully removed from even the event of Gundam F91.

Victory featured the youngest Gundam pilot yet

with series protagonist, Üso being only 13 years old

and aired in a timeslot typically only watched by young children.

Despite this, Victory Gundam turned out to be one of the darkest series yet

and ratings were low.

When the series came to DVD 10 years later,

Tomino was notoriously quoted in the sets interview

"This DVDs unwatchable - don't buy it!"

So uh.. be sure to check it out I guess, yeah.

So what's this unwatchable story all about?

Well in UC 0153, the theocratic Zanscare Empire

from the Side 2 colony has started as invasion of Earth

and rules their colony iron fist.

The Earth Federation, now long in decline,

is too weak to fight back.

With the invasion reaching Point Kasarelia in Eastern Europe

a young civilian boy named Üso Ewin gets drawn into the resistance movement

called League Militaire as a part of the Victory Gundam

one of the new mass-produced modular Gundams to fight back the Zanscare Empire.

F91 and Victory Gundam demonstrated that you didn't need

a direct connection with the events of the original series to tell a Gundam story.

After Victory Gundam, Universal Century works would largely be confined

to the OVA format and take place throughout the established timeline

rather than advancing it.

New Gundam TV series going forward would instead take place in their own continuities

exploring the themes and tropes of the franchise each in their own distinct ways.

So you know what that means:

Get ready for a lot of separate timelines.

Though this wasn't even a particularly new idea for Sunrise

when a previously looked like the production of Char's Counterattack

would effectively mark the end the Gundam saga,

their 1987 series Metal Armor Dragonar was an explicit attempt

to do an updated take on the original Mobile Suit Gundam

that could maybe even spawn a successor franchise

While Dragonar didn't quite hit like Gundam did,

its remixed approach to Gundam tropes

like doing its own riff on the One Year War complete with a Char-like enemy ace,

would become common in the alternate universe Gundam series.

It turns out if you want to do a riff on Gundam though,

it's safer to just call it Gundam

If you ask me.

And no,

no one has asked me.

That said, the first alternate universe Gundam series is still probably its most unique:

Mobile Fighter G Gundam

Aside from being the first non - alternate timeline series,

G Gundam is a super robot anime overflowing with Gundams-of-the week

and at first blush has more in common with street fighter than Mobile Suit Gundam.

Even the way Gundams are controlled is dramatically different.

Gone are the days leavers, joysticks and fine foot pedals

Oh yeah, no none of that.

A Gundam in this world of the Future Century,

which is the new timeline it's called FC stands for Future Century,

operates by mimicking the movement and special techniques

performed by a martial artist in its cockpit.

So if you can imagine it's like the Kinect.

it's like it's like Just Dance

except you're in the Kinect we're controlling a giant Gundam.

But it's just like Just Dance.

Even the Gundam designs themselves are comical to say the least

Let's bring that Bull Gundam back up again.

Yeah, that one, that's from G Gundam.


Director Yasuhiro Imagawa has since become known for epic,

melodramatic super robot revival anime,

but he originally came on to directing more typical space-war Gundam show

before the premise was changed to appeal more to children.

Once that shift took place, however, Imagawa was able to draw from his copious

knowledge of foreign film and television especially Hong Kong martial arts cinema

to bring surprising depth and drama to G Gundam globe-trotting story of an

international Gundam fighting tournament.

So let's start this alternate timeline off with FC

which, as I said, stands for Future Century.

Now G Gundam takes place in the year Future Century 60

during the 13th Gundam Fight, a year-long worldwide tournament

held every four years to determine which country will govern the Earth.

So in this world gone are the days of traditional Wars,

Beamed ship? Gone.

The Gundam Fights has functionally replaced war between nations,

with its battles instead being fought

one-on-one, mano a mano, Gundam 2 Gundam

between martial artists in

"unique" yeah I guess, we'll use the word unique.

Unique Gundams representing the respective home country.

Bring that bull one back up again, yeah.

Love that one.

Neo-Japan's representative fighter Domon Kasshu,

however, had more on his mind than just winning the tournament

As he battles across the Earth making allies along the way

he searches for a mysterious man in a photograph:

the pilot of a biomechanical monster called the Devil Gundam

Dark Gundam in English dub

that threatens all of humanity.

So the initial reception of G Gundam was ok.

In Japan it saw an average of 4.02% of viewers

for the Kanto region and in the greater Tokyo area

and fan reactions were split.

Either you enjoyed the new bombastic fun take on the Gundam universe

or you hated everything about it because it wasn't the military Real Robot feel

that the original Gundam so well-known for.

But it exists and so does this Gundun.


The Gundam franchise returned to its Real Robot space war routs

in the next alternate universe series: New Mobile Report Gundam Wing

better known outside of Japan by its localized title: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

So Gundam Wing carried on G Gundams five Gundam team

but more consciously played on elements of previous Universal Century series.

The series proved very popular

and the attractive character designs in particular

are credited with drawing a name strong women fan base.

Director Masashi Ikeda and character designer Shuko Murase

had previously worked together on 1988 Sunrise series Samurai Troopers,

localized as Ronin Warriors,

a series that, not too unlike Gundam Wing, was also popular with the with the ladies

and features five attractive team boys that wore mystical armors to fight evil

Looks like a J-boy Idol group in mecha armor.

Okay so anyhow, lets talk about this timeline real quick

So this new alternate timeline will be AC which stands for After Colony

So Gundam Wing takes place in the year After Colony 195

with the Earth's orbiting space colonies have long oppressed

by the United Earth Spheres Alliances OZ military organizations.

In retaliation the colonies covertly sent five Gundams to different locations on Earth

to engage in a guerrilla war with OZ.

Though the Gundams pilots Heero Yuy, Duo Maxwell, Trowa Barton, Quatre Winner,

and Wufei Chang are initially unaware of each other and come into conflict

they soon unite in order to better complete their mission as OZ moves to

take full control over the Alliance from within.

Now let's talk about that aforementioned US debute:

Gundam Wing was, of course, the first Gundam anything

to hit big in the United States of America.

While it wasn't the first Gundam to come out domestically

the Mobile Suit Gundam trilogy, Gundam 0080 and the Gundam 0083

had previously been available by VHS exclusively by Bandiai anime village online store.

It became first to air on American television when it premiered on March 6, 2000

as part of Cartoon Network's now legendary weekday afternoon Toonami block

alongside anime classics like Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z.

After its first week back on the air, Gundam Wing became its highest rated show on Toonami

and the number one rated cartoon show on Cartoon Network overall with teens.

And while the show ran on Toonami edited for content,

viewers could also watch the series uncut late at night

as part of the Toonami branded "Midnight Run" block, a first for the network.

But Gundam Wing wasn't just on television either

there was a merchandise at the ready that kids could go to their local toy store and buy.

And while there were plenty of action figures to be had

Bandai of America also released a localized Gunpla called

"Action Figure Mogel Kits"

For the first time, Gundam wasn't just limited to hobby stores and import shops.

It was a push and level of success that Gundam

had never seen before in the West, and arguably hasn't since.

Gundam Wing was succeeded on Toonami by other Gundam anime,

but never seemed to hit quite as hard as Wing initially did.

The next Gundam series takes in right back to the classical One Year War

with its own take on the "Gundam Team" trope.

1996's Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

takes a ground-pounding, jungle warfare approach to mobile suit combat

that brings a new kind of depth to Gundam's real robot military aesthetic.

It also greatly increases the number of Gundams running around.

Durning the original series' as time period,

the titular '08 team and other squads in their battalion

are equipped with several RX-79 [G] Gundam Ground Types,

ostensibly assembled from parts left over from the MS development project

that created Amuro Ray's RX-78-2 Gundam.

The first half of the 08th MS Team was directed by

veteran Sunrise director Takeyuki Kanda,

who had previously directed in the real robot series Round Vernian Vifam in 1983

Metal Armor Dragonar in 1987 and the Armored Trooper VOTOMS sidestory OVA

Armor Hunter Mellowlink in 1988.

After his sudden and unfortunate passing midway through production,

he was succeeded by Umanosuke Iida,

whose episode featured a more stylized approached combat.

Now the timeline point is back to Universal Century

It UC 0079, again,

and the 08th MS Team occurs in the last month of the One Year War

On the Southeast Asian front, Shiro Amada

is assigned to command the the 08th MS Team

Fighting in the region is fierce

and the team soon encounters the Apsaras

a powerful experimental mobile armor being developed at a Zeon base

hidden somewhere in the region.

Shiro must decide where his true loyalties lie

when he discovers that the mobile armor's pilot is none other than Aina Sahalin,

a Zeon on soldier that Shiro had developed feeling for

after being stranded together in space.

While Gundam Wing had taken the franchise back to its space war roots,

the next alternate universe series played out almost like a what-if scenario of the original anime.

After War Gundam X is a post-apocalyptic Gundam series,

taking place years after its own stand-in for the One Year Way ended in calamity.

It is also notably the only alternate universe series to explicitly feature Newtypes.

Director Shinji Takamatsu was another Sunrise veteran

who previously directed several entries in the Brave super drama franchise,

and who immediately before had taken on an uncredited position

as the deputy director of Gundam Wing following the firing of Masashi Takeda during production.

Unfortunately Gundam X, like the original series before it,

suffered from low ratings leading it to be cut down to 39 episodes

and moved to a 6 a.m. death slot.

So Gundam X timeline wise is in its own little timeline called the After War.

More specifically in the year After War 15

So called because 15 years earlier there was..

There was a war.

So it's a After War

It's after a war.

Anyway there was a war between the Earth and its rebellious space colonies

and it ended in a calamity that wiped out most of the Earth's population.

When a scrappy young junk dealer named Garrod Ran

is hired to rescue a girl named Tifa

he quickly realizes that he's been misled into taking her to those that would do her harm.

Upon escaping, Tifa's Newtype abilities guide them to an old factory

where they discover a powerful mobile suit from the war: Gundam X.

Together, they joined the scavenger crew of the land battleship Freeden

captained by the former wartime Gundam pilot Jamil Neate

who now views it as his mission to protect Newtypes from exploitation.

Meanwhile, rising remnants of the old powers from before the cataclysm

seek to once more assert dominance over the Earth

and use Newtypes to regain their former glory.

After Gundam Wing ended,

it's enduring popularity created demand for a sequel.

Produced at the same time as Gundam X,

the 3 episode Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz OVA

marked the first series to continue the story of an alternate universe Gundam show.

So for the sake of introducing new Gundams,

mecha designer Hajime Katoki created new stylized

reinterpretations of Kunio Okawara's original Wing designs.

In-universe, however, these are not meant to be new upgraded units

but actually the same Gundams viewers last saw at the series finale.

So it's the same Gundam but it looks different

but it's the same Gundam.

It's like an Iron Man when they replace Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle

Same character different people.

Endless Waltz was later repackaged into a compilation movie with minimal changes

and screamed with the 08th MS Team compilation film

Miller's Report as Gundam: The Movie.

So now on to the story of Endless Waltz.

Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz takes place a year after the events of the TV series

and we go back to the timeline of After Colony

More specifically After Colony 196.

Following the mass disarmament around the world in a commitment to pacifism,

a military force called the Mariemaia Army led by the illegitimate daughter of OZ's former leader

takes advantage of the new peace to attempt a takeover of the new Earth Sphere Unified Nation government.

Having sent their Gundams on a course to the sun for disposal

the former Gundam pilots must recover their mobile suit

and thwart the new factions' plot to return the world to peace.

So for the franchise's 20th anniversary, Yoshiyuki Tomino returned with a new TV series

that was perhaps his most unique Gundam since the original:

Turn A Gundam

Now where does this one fit into this insane timeline universe?

Well this technically isn't in the Universal Century timeline,

no siree this isn't in the Future Century, nope

Or the After Colony or the After War and obviously not in the SD timeline

No this one decides to say **** it and mix four timeless into one.

That's right, Turn A Gundam attempted to bridge the gaps of the Gundam Metaverse

and call this timeline The Correct Century

Please editor insert the Brain Expanding Meme right to here at this point.

And while technically Turn A Gundam is a post-apocalyptic Gundam show like Gundam X before it

it takes place thousands of years after its story's cataclysm

to where mankind has returned to a level of technology comparable to the

industrialized world of the early 20th century.

Alongside Tomino, Turn A boasted a staff of creative all-stars

to give its unique look and tone.

The series featured unconventional mecha design unlike anything the franchise had seen before

from American visual futurist Syd Mead

had previously done design works on movies like Blade Runner, Tron

and curiously enough a canceled 1983 American Gundam adaptation.

Akira Yasuda, known for his work for Capcom

on games like Street Fighter II provided the character designs,

taking inspiration from Victorian-era clothes and musical "Elizabeth"

about a 19th century Austrian Empress.

The show's eclectic score comes from acclaimed composer Yoko Kanno

who had previously just worked with Tomino on a series Brain Powerd

and created the classic soundtrack for Cowboy Bebop.

So in Correct Century 2345, Loran Cehack is a member of the Moonrace,

descendants of the moon colonists the left Earth thousands of years ago,

who have been deployed to Earth as part of an advanced scout party

to prepare his people for returning to that ancestral home.

Having happily assimilated into life on Earth over two years,

Loren is shocked when the Moonraces homecoming takes the form of an invasion.

During a Moonrace Mobile Suit attack on his village,

Loran discovers that the giant White Doll statue used in the locals coming-of-age ceremonies

is actually an ancient mobile suit the Turn A Gundam

which he then uses to fight off the attack.

Loran and the Turn A get swept up into the local Inglessa Militia,

which excavates more mobile suits in order to stand a chance

against the Moonraces advanced technology.

As tension escalate on both sides,

Loran strives for a peace between his own people those of his newly adopted home.

So the Gundam franchise entered the new millenium in 2002

with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED,

a series intended as a reimagining of the original Mobile Suit Gundam for a new era.

Gundam SEED's combination of classic Gundam story beats

interpersonal relationships in the style of popular live-action dramas,

and incorporation of emerging concerns like genetic manipulation

proved very popular and ushered in a new generation of fans.

The architect of this new branch of the Gundam saga where husband-and-wife creative team

of director Mitsu Fukuda and writer Chiaki Morosawa.

And we can't just have a reimagining just be the same old timeline,

no we need another timeline of course, ha haha ha.

This time we have the Cosmic Era

So in the year Cosmic Era 70 escalation tensions between

the genetically enhanced citizen of the PLANTs known as Coordinators

and the unmodified Naturals of the Earth Alliance

boils over into all-out war after the Alliance,

you know just nukes the agricultural PLANT Junius 7.

While the Alliance's resource far outweighed those of the PLANTs,

the development of a complex new Coordinator-use weapons called mobile suit

and anti-nuclear N-jammer technology by the PLANT's ZAFT military

allows them to take large regions of the Earth and fight the war to a standstill.

11 months into the war in CE 71,

the Alliance has secretly developed a series of five of prototype mobile suit

for Naturals, called Gundams,

At the neutral space colony of Heliopolis.

When a ZAFT special force team attacks the production facilities

and takes four of the Gundams,

a civilian Coordinator and resident of the colony named Kira Yamato

reprograms and take control of the fifth prototype the Strike Gundam to defend himself.

While the colony disintegrates into battle,

Kira and his friends become refugees and crew members

aboard the new Alliance battle shipe Archangel.

As the Strike Gundam's pilot

Kira must now fight to protect his friends

for a side that fears and distrust him against his fellow Coordinators

To make matters, among ZAFT's Gundam pilots

is as close childhood friend Athrun Zala,

the two now reunited on the battlefield as enemies.

Now moving on, Gundam 0083 director Takashi Imanishi

returned to the Universal Century, once again, with MS IGLOO:

a 3DCG anthology series to play at the Bandai Museum in Matsudo in the summer of 2004

Now this was a unique in style from any previous series

embracing a photorealistic look and centering around

Zeon engineers and test pilots with scarcely any sight Gundam

The first three episodes of MS IGLOO made for the museum

is called "The Hidden One Year War"

each depicted Zeon's 603rd Technical Evaluation Division's

experienced with a new oddball mobile weapon

and it's invariably doomed test pilot.

An additional three follow-up episodes are released to a more traditional OVA format

as "Apocalypse 0079" and told a more serialize story

of the 603rd in the last days of the war.

With the success of Gundam SEED, Sunrise was eager to build a Cosmic Era

into a new lane of the franchise to rival the Universal Century

SEED became the first alternate universe Gundam to receive a full sequel TV series in 2004

with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.

Fukuda and Morosawa returned to continue the story

and were joined by much of the same staff and cast from the previous show.

So back to the CE timeline.

So in CE73, two years after the events of Gundam SEED,

the Earth Alliance and PLANTs are currently peace.

A teenage soldier named Shinn Asuka,

who had enlisted in the ZAFT after the death of his family in the last war,

is the designated pilot of the Impulsive Gundam aboard the battleship Minerva.

When members of the Alliance special forces unit Phantom Pain

seals ZAFT's three newest Gundams, the Minerva pursues to recover them.

Their mission is interrupted, however, when the Rogues ZAFT force

drops the remains of the dead colony colony Junius 7 to Earth,

triggering a new war between the Alliance and PLANTs.

It's really funny because the word plants

make me think of that a terrible M. Night Shyamalan movie "The Happening".

The trees are killing people.

2006 saw a third series set in the Cosmic Era continuity

The SEED Destiny sidestory Gundam SEED CE 73: Stargazer

This was Gundams first OVA series and premiered in three parts

on the Bandai Channel website.

Stargazer was the first SEED series not made by Fukuda and Morosawa

and instead directed by Susumu Nishizawa

who had previously worked as storyboard artist for the majority of SEED Destinies episodes.

The short series depicts the world in turmoil in the immediate

aftermath of the Junius 7 drop and SEED Destiny.

As Phantom Pain team led by a Natural boy name Sven Cal Bayang

performs a mop-up operations around the world,

Coordinator scientist Selene McGriff works in the development of a revolutionary

new mobile suit designed for space exploration the Stargazer Gundam

Their path inevitably crosses when Sven's team is tasked with capturing

the Stargazer to use its advanced new technologies from military applications.

So despite how gung-ho Sunrise seemed to be about developing the new Cosmic Era

into the setting to rival the Universal Century

Stargazer turned out to be its final original animated entry.

A SEED movie from Fukuda and Morosawa was announced in 2006,

but the project fell into limbo after Morosawa fell ill.

After her unfortunate passing in 2016,

the hope of SEED finally gettin a sequel movie seemed lost.

However, in recent comments from TM Revolution

artists of much of SEED most popular music,

seem to indicate that there is once again some movement at Sunrise on the project.

With the Cosmic Air approaching its own 20-year anniversary in 2022,

it could be time for a revival.

Who knows?

So the next alternate universe series once more

tried to reinvent Gundam for the modern world.

Directed by Seiji Mizushima of the Fullmetal Alchemist fame,

2007's Gundam 00 eschewed the franchise's typical Earth vs. Space conflict

attempting instead to depict a more fragmented political landscape

informed by recent events like global terrorism and the Iraq War.

To underscore its real world influence,

00 was the first Gundam series not to use a fictional sci-fi calendar,

instead adopting our timeline.

That's right the classical AD aka the Anno Domini calendar system.


So Kunio Okawara, having now been involved with nearly every Gundam production since F91

took a backseat to a new generation of mecha designers

that would create the mechanical aesthetic of the world's different factions,

and to go on to define the look of Gundam for the next decade.

So for the story, in the year 2307 AD, the energy crisis has seemingly been solved

by an orbital system of solar energy collectors.

However, this system is only accessible at one of three orbital elevators,

each controlled by one of the world's super power blocs:

the Union, the AEU, and the Human Reform League

With smaller countries left behind especially those previously supported

by fossil fuels, military conflicts are common around the world.

After using its unique, phenomenally advanced Gundam mobile suit

to destruct the demonstration of a new a AEU mobile suit

and foil a terrorist attack in orbit

the mysterious private military organization Celestial Being reveal itself to the world

Its stated goal to eradicate war by force.

Celestial Being's arsenal consists entirely of just four Gundams,

though there are generations more events than any other weapon.

Among their pilots, called Gundam Meisters,

is a teenage boy named Setsuna F. Seiei,

who was saved by one of the Celestial Beings first generation Gundams

during his time as a child soldier views them as symbols of salvation.

True to their mission, Celestial Being indiscriminately intervenes

in combats around the globe effectively making an enemy of the entire world.

And becoming the world peace keepers, kind of.

So director Takashi Imanishi returned once more in 2008

with a new 3-pisode MS IGLOO sequel:

MS IGLOO 2: The Gravity Front.

MS IGLOOD 2 features no returning characters from the previous series,

instead of serving as an anthology series that focuses on unrelated,

though still invariably doomed, Federation soldiers.

Each scenario takes place on Earth at a point in the One Year War

before the Federation was able to effectively mass-produce mobile suits,

with none of the episodes protagonists fortunate enough to pilot anything close to a Gundam.

Appropriately enough, the only reoccurring character that links the episode together

is a distinctly Zeon flavored apparition of Death.

After a decade where the face of Gundam was Gundam SEED and the Cosmic Era,

with the only new Universal Century Gundam anime being limited to the installments of MS IGLOO,

Sunrise returned the Gundam's original continuity in 2010

with a high-profile OVA adaptation of Harutoshi Fukui's Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn novels.

Fukui is original 2006 novel series had veteran Gundam staff involved from the beginning,

with character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

and mecha designer Hajime Katoki onboard,

even received a special Sunrise animated promotional video

narrated by Shuichi Ikeda, the voice of Char Aznable.

Though this would be the first Gundam adapted from existing work,

Sunrise had actually, and not too surprisingly considering the staff,

considered Gundam Unicorn anime material since the very beginning.

And in a first for the franchise episodes, of Unicorn received a physical release

that could be sold day one to international fans as well as the ones at home,

complete with subtitles and five languages and an English dub.

This has become the norm for Gundams new OVA releases since then.

So Gundam Unicorn tells the story of a new generation of characters

too young to have seen the One Year War

but old enough to have been affected by it aftermath.

Back to the Universal Century in UC 0096,

three years after the events of Char's Counterattack,

Cardeas Vist one of the powerful Vist Foundation

decides to meet with representatives from the Neo-Zeon remnants group the Sleeves

to hand over Laplace's Box, a secret which the Foundation has long held as a leverage

over the Earth Federation.

On the colony Industrial 7, engineering student

Banagher Links saves a girl named Audrey Burne from a fall,

and agrees to show her where the Foundation's Mansion is rumored to be.

Audrey is actual an influential member of the Sleeves

and wants to meet with Vist early and avoid war

by preventing the box from falling into the hands of Sleeves leader Full Frontal,

a man called the second coming of Char Aznable.

Federation forces, having been tipped off about the meeting,

attack the colony with mobile suits and commandos,

causing widespread collateral damage.

As Banagher tries to find Audrey in the chaos,

he finds himself in the hanger of the Vist Foundation's Unicorn Gundam

and is entrusted with it by a Cardeas Vist.

In becoming the Unicorn's pilot, Banagher has received the "key" to Laplace's Box

thrusting him directly into the middle of a new conflict between the Earth Federation and Neo-Zeon.

Fun fact: the distinct transforming Unicorn Gundam design

has since gone on to be used by Bandai

as a mascot of sorts for modern Gundam

it even replaced the famous life-size RX-78 Gundam in Japan

in the fall of 2017 with a life-size Unicorn Gundam

that would actually transform from the all-white Unicorn mode

to the more recognizably Gundam-faced Destroy mode

now taking over its place.

RIP to the old RX-78.

Fun fact: I'm gonna pull up again.

I showed it before in another video

but here's me standing in front of the rx-78.

Good times.

Created for the 30th anniversary of Gundam plastic models,

the Mobile Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G

depicts a version of the present world in which kids build Gunpla

and use them to battle each other in a simulator.

While this may have been a first for Gundam anime

this concept originated in the 1982 Gunpla-centric manga Plamo-Kyoshiro

with Gunpla Builders even lifting a gag or two from its predecessor.

The three-part series was directed by Kou Matsuo

who had previously directed a prequel short for the PS3 game

Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record U.C 0081

and written by Yousuke Kuroda the writer of Gundam 00.

So, timeline wise, this is actually back to the old fashioned of our very own AD timeline.

But this time, this is based in the Builders' AD timeline

Which, I guess I'll get to that in a little bit

So based either in 2009 or 2010 AD,

Gunpla builders tells the story of Haru Irei, who stumbles across a unique Gunpla

when visiting the merch tent at the life-size RX-78 Gundam

in its original Shiokaze Park location.

He developed his skill in building and battling Gundum

and getting closer to his friends along the way.

So Gundam 00 also returned in 2010 with a theatrical finale:

Mobile Suit Gundam 00: the Movie A Wakening of the Trailblazer.

The Gundam 00 movie would be the franchise's first original movie since

Gundam F91 nearly 20 years earlier,

but perhaps even more notably,

it was the first Gundam anime to feature invading space aliens.

But this being Gundam, they're not gonna portray aliens in a cliched way,

see the alien threat, in this world known as the ELS

was a hive-minded swarm of shape-shifting living metal.


Wonder what kind of battles will happen in this world.

So we continue this strange, our AD timelines, seriously.

We go from a peaceful building Gunpla 2010 or 2009

to full-on war with humans in the Year 2300-ish

and then we have a war with aliens.


We all are living in a Gundam Society.

Anyways in 2314 AD, two years after the end of Gundam 00,

humanity is united under the Earth Sphere Federation

and Celestial Beings have returned to the shadows.

After debris from returning derelict ship crashes to Earth,

a series of strange incidents culminated in the arrival of the ELS,

an alien life form that attacks and assimilates all it encounters.

With all of humanity at stake Celestial Beings must fight alongside

the Earth's combined forces to defend the planet,

as Setsuna attempts to make meaningful contact with the ELS hive intelligence

using his new Gundam 00 Quan [T].

With the Gundams primary audience aging,

the next alternate universe series,

2001' aptly-titled Mobile Suit Gundam AGE,

sought to create a new generation of fans by targeting younger viewers.

The idea for Gundam AGE came from Akihiro Hino,

the president of video game developer Level 5.

Bandai Namco Games had met with him in order to create Gundam games.

But Hino expressed his desire to instead to be involved with development of a new anime

He proposed his story to Sunrise and became head writer on the next project

AGE presented a novel concept: portraying a hundred year conflict

that crossed multiple generations over the course of one show.

Okay so when you thought there couldn't be any more timelines,

we got another one.

We had another one in this mix and this one is called AG

which stands for Advanced Generation

So in the year Advanced Generation 115,

seven years have passed since the first appearance of the mysterious,

hostile force only known as the UE stands for Unknown Enemy.

A 14-year-old prodigy Flit Asuno who has lost his mother in that initial attack,

has spent the time since preparing for UE's return

in the development of the mobile suit Gundam AGE-1,

modeled after a legendary savior that ended the past war.

When the UE attacks once again and destroys Flit's home colony,

Flit becomes his creation's pilot as part of the crew of the Earth Federation battleship Diva.

The conflict with the UE goes on to span generations,

eventually drawing Flit's son Asemu

and grandson Kio into the war as Gundam pilots themselves.

After Gundam AGE largely failed to connect with kids

and existing Gundam fans alike,

Gundam's approach to reaching younger viewers shifted gears

with a series that would become a spinoff franchise in its own right:

2013's Gundam Build Fighters.

So this was the return to the Gunpla-battling concept

previously seen and Gunpla Builders a few years earlier,

but this time as a full 26-episode TV series.

The series was directed by future My Hero Academia director Kenji Nagasaki,

and writer Yousuke Kuroda returned to tell a new Gunpla story.

So what is the story?

Well Gundam Build Fighters takes place in the near future,

but let me get a little wacky here,

because Gundam Build Fighters isn't considered to be in the same universe as

Mobile Suit Builders Beginning G

But it does seem to be set in our world.

So I think...

I think there might be two AD timelines.

So that we have AD with a Gunpla Builder

that's a war in space battle with aliens

and then the Builders AD timeline were a Gundam Build series takes place.

Now you could be saying just add Gunpla Builders G into the builders timeline

but that just would make it less fun.

Anyway back to the story of Gundam Build Fighters

After a new Gunpla Boom is taking the world by stom.

With the advent of a technology that allows builders to animate and control their models,

Gunpla battle has become an international sport.

The young Sei Lori is a talented builder

who dreams of becoming a champion,

but his lack of actual skills a Gunpla battle

stands in the way of that ambition.

He meets a mysterious boy named Reiji,

who despite being clueless about Gundam in general,

is natural at battling.

Coming together as builder and fighters,

they set up to show the world of Gunpla Battle what they are made of.

So Gundam build fighters combination of

a straightforward tournament battling sport short formula

with a enthusiastic reverence for Gundam as a franchise

resonated with kids and veteran fans alike.

It was followed by a sequel series in 2014,

called the Gundam Build Fighters Try,

which takes place seven years later and focused on a new group of kids.

The Build Fighters world continued throughout specials and shorts

and eventually got a spiritual successor in the 2018 series Gundam Build Divers.

Build Divers transported the battling Gunpla concept into an MMO game

called Gunpla Nexus, and incorporated some elements of Isekai.

Gundam Builder Divers in turn got its own sequel series

Gundam Build Divers's Re:RISE

which will enter its second season in the spring.

The Godfather of Gundam Yoshiyuki Tomino

return to Gundam once again with 2014's Gundam: Reconguista in G

or G-Reco for short.

A series set so far in the future of the Universal Century

that the calendar system has changed.

That's right even the trusty old Universal Century

has morphed into a new time line called the Reguild Century

God Gundam, I love you.

Like with previous series, Tomino sought to reach a new generation,

but his intentions were more ambitious than just making new Gundam fans:

Tamino was quoted as saying that he wanted to plant a seed

in the minds of children so they would act on the mounting societal

and environmental problems of the future.

Goddamn. Take it away Tomino.

So G-Reco takes place in Reguild Century 1014,

marking the number of years past the disastrous end

of the previous Universal Century era.

Humanity is currently at peace

and the world's energy supplied by photon batteries

that come down from sacred orbital elevator called the Capitol Tower.

Young Bellri Zenam is a cadet in the Capital Guard,

which defends the Capitol tower.

After fending off an attack by space pirates,

Bellri finds he's one of the few

able to control the pirates high performance G-Self mobile suit.

When the G-self is recaptured by the spaceship Megafauna,

Bellri joins with them against the forces of hawkish Capital Army

Now after the series,

Tomino express that he felt G-Reco has missed the mark

admitting to the story being written in a way that was hard to follow

and feeling that the action scenes ultimately distracted from his core message.

Also, the show's general unpopularity also meant that

it likely didn't reach the people he was trying to reach for

G-Reco is currently getting a second chance however

with the recent release of Go! Core Fighter

the first in a series of five planned G-Reco compilation films.

After the success of Gundam Unicorn, though,

the norm for new Universal Century Gundam anime going forward

became adaptations of existing source material,

with 2015 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin OVA

adapting a portion of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's acclaimed manga of the same name.

Long absent from the anime industry, the author himself served as chief director.

Not long after his work on Gundam F91,

Yasuhiko had put anime behind him,

focusing instead on manga.

In 2000, he accepted an offer to create a new manga adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam,

which became Gundam: The Origin

The Origin was a refined version of the original Gundam story

with the advantage of 20 years of hindsight

and Yasuhiko brought an approach informed

by his copious experience doing historical manga to deepen the material.

About five years in, Yasuhiko became fascinated with the idea of Gundams "pre-story"

and the manga entered a prequel arc that began at Char Aznable's childhood

and ultimately led right up to the moments before the story

of the original Mobile Suit Gundam.

Gundam: The Origin spanned a full quarter of the manga's ten-year run

starting off in UC 0068 with the birth of the Principality of Zeon,

Char's childhood in hiding and eventually entry into Zeon's military,

the mobile suits development arm race,

and a legendary Battle of Loom where Char first made a name for himself.

Depicting events never seen before in animation,

this served as a basis for the Gundam: The Origin anime.

With the adaptation being fairly faithful to the manga,

there are of course elements that don't quite line up with the events of the original anime

but it's worth keeping in mind that Mobile Suit Gundam

is a series that had two different versions of events from the beginning,

so, what's one more?

The same year that The Orgin OVA started

brought us the franchise's most recent alternate universe series:

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

IBO was the latest in a long line of collaborations

between director Tatsuyuki Najai and writer Mari Okada

though it was their first time doing a mecha anime together.

The series was distinctive in several ways.

The idea of the young Gundam pilot was taken to its extreme,

with the main cast primarily made up of previously exploited child soldiers.

It was the first Gundam anime to begin on another planet: Mars.

Combat also featured almost no beam weaponry, a staple of the franchise,

as Nagai wanted to depict mobile suit combat like brutal medieval warfare.

Also, who can forget; another timeline.

The final alternate Gundam timeline,

for now

it's called the PD timeline aka Post-Disaster timeline

So in the year Post-Disaster 323,

Earth's economic blocs around the military organization Gjallarhorn

wield control over a terraformed Mars.

Kudelia Aina Bernstein, a charismatic activist leader within the Martian independence movement,

contract the service of Chryse Guards Security

to escort her on a trip to Earth.

When tipped-off Gjallarhorn forces attacked the CGS base with mobile suits,

the CGS mercenaries leave the company's child soldiers to die covering their escape.

The boys are rallied by their leader, Orga Itsuka and they win the day

when Orga's childhood friend Mikazuki fights back in the Gundam Barbatos,

a 300 year old relic of the Calamity War previously used as the basis generator.

Declaring themselves at the Tekkadan, Orga and his comrades

accepts the Kudelia's contract in CGS is place,

and sets out on their most dangerous journey to Earth.

Anyhow Gundam returned to the One Year War period once again

with the second UC manga adaptation in a year: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt,

based on Yasuo Ohtagaki's ongoing seinen manga.

Ohtagaki was known for his work on pulpy,

hard sci-fi manga like Moonlight Mile,

and he brought that same gritty energy to his Gundam manga,

set in an unforgiving, obscure battlefield in the waning days of the One Year War.

The adaptation was directed by Kou Matsuo,

in a dramatic departure from his last on Gundam with Gunpla Builders.

A unique component of Thunderbolt that sets it apart from all the other Gundam

was how its two rival main characters are defined by their clashing taste in music;

this was heightened in the anime by the composition of longtime jazz musician Naruyoshi Kikuchi

who's previous work included playing in Yoko Kanno's band The Seatbelts

and as the voice of Midvalley the Hornfreak's sax in Trigun.

Initially distributed as ONA through Bandai Namco's Gundam Fanclub app

and later received two compilation movies: December Sky and Bandit Flower.

So now to the story.

In the last week's of the One Year War in UC 0079,

forces of the Earth Federation's Moore Brotherhood

and Zeon's Living Dead Division fight an ongoing battle

for the control the Thunderbolt Sector,

a debris-field shoal zone and site of the destroyed Side 4 colony

After repeated encounters in battle,

Federation pilot lo Fleming and Zeon pilot Darryl Lorenz

become fixated upon each other.

The two become embroiled in a fight to the death

after each becomes the pilot of a super new mobile suit:

lo in a Full Armor Gundam and Darryl in experimental Psycho Zaku.

In April 2018, Sunrise announced UC NexT 0100,

an initiative to create a new Gundam media

that takes place after the events of Gundam Unicorn

into the scarcely explored 2nd century of the UC.

The first of these was Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative,

a brand new film that would act as a sequel to the events of Unicorn

Narrative featured in the original screenplay by Unicorn author Hatutoshi Fukui

particularly based on a sidestory novella Phoenix Hunt

about an operation to capture the rogue golden Unicorn Gundam Unit 3 "Phenex".

Gundam Narrative expands the original work by introducing new characters and mobile suits,

with nods other ancillary material that Fukui had written for Unicorn.

So the story is in UC 0097,

the mysterious Unicorn Gundam "Phenex"

has reappeared after going berserk and vanishing two years earlier.

Seeking to harness the power of the Unicorn,

the corporation Lubio & Co. joins the Federation's Phoenix Hunt capture operation

and provides their own Narrative Gundam mobile suit to assist.

The Phenex reappearance is personal for executive Michelle Luo

and Narrative pilot Jonah Busta,

as its last known pilot as a childhood friend Rita.

So the next final entry in the UC Next 0100 project

brings us to the present with Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway

an upcoming three-part film adaptation of Yoshiyuki Tomino's

1989 Gunman: Hathaways Flash novels.

The "Hathaway" of the title is protagonist Hathaway Noa the son of Bright Noa

who previously appeared in Char's Counterattack in a supporting role.

Despite having written the original novel,

Tomino is not involved in the adaptation,

though he has given it his blessing.

Instead the films will be directed by Shuko Murase

previously the character designer on Gundam Wing

with animator credits from Gundam F91 through Unicorn.

it's unknown how much will potentially change in adaptation

but the source novel tells the story of an adult Hathaway Noa in UC 0105

haunted by the traumas of the last Neo-Zeon war,

now the leader of an anti-Federation terrorist organization

called Mafty Navue Erin appears.

Another fun fact: I was totally gonna have a good old-fashioned whiteboard on the side

like my classic Eva video, which you can check out on Youtube.

But that glared so much in this video we had to scrap it entirely.

But this is what the timeline would have looked like.

And that's it!

That is it.

That is the history of all Gundam anime as of right now.

Right now. And I think it's safe to say Gundam still has a few year left ahead of it.

You know, that's just my opinion

And who knows with this new focus on adaptations in later UCs

maybe you Crossbow Gundam fans out there

will have something to look forward to

sooner rather than later.

But anyhow, thank you so much for watching me,

Tim Lyu ramble non-stop for about like an hour and a half about Gundam.

And please once again as you, yes my lovely fans in the comments section now

if I've said any character's name wrong, and Gundams wrong, and phrases and terms

please be sure to tag me and and let me know what I said wrong

with the hashtag


I'll be sure to read those and cry myself to sleep.

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And, you know what, this time I'm gonna have a nice little exit

I usually don't have a good ending but,

this time I will say, to quote Sunrises own 40th anniversary Gundam promo,

Together with you, Gundam never ends"

The Description of EVERY Gundam Timeline Explained