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Gundam 0080

 

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

 

When the movie Char's Counterattack was released in 1988, the finality of its story seemed to indicate an end to the Gundam saga. That was not the case when Gundam 0080 was released the following year. This 6 episode OVA was a landmark in several ways. Its release celebrated the 10th anniversary of Gundam and was the first side story to turn the clock back to the One Year War. It also was the first ever Gundam OVA series, and its direction by Fumihiko Takayama marked the first time someone other than Yoshiuyki Tomino directed a Gundam series. Featuring character designs by Macross' Haruhiko Mikimoto, the series premiered on video in mid 1989. Instead of focusing on the One Year War as a whole, the story here centers on a young boy named Alfred Izuruha who dreams of lavish wars and mobile suits. Throughout the course of the series, he changes and sees just how terrible war truly is. Similar to the original series, Gundam 0080 represents the Zeon in a different light and proves they aren't all villains, but it also shows that the Federation isn't necessarily good either. In 1998, Bandai released the series in the U.S. as part of its first wave of Gundam. The series later aired on Cartoon Network in 2001. Right Stuf re-released the series in North America on DVD in 2017.

 

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