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Gundam: The 08th MS Team

 

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

 

In early 1996, Sunrise released this new One Year War side story close the end of Gundam Wing's TV run. Directed by Tateyuki Kanda (Dragonar, Vifam) and Umanosuke Iida (Hellsing), this 12 episode OVA series emphasizes the common soldier aspect of Gundam 0080 and Gundam 0083, which means there are no Newtypes in the series. The story centers around rookie Federation pilot Shiro Amada and his soldiers of the 08th M.S. Team as they fight the Zeon in Southeast Asia towards the end of the One Year War. Featuring grand orchestrated music and redesigned mecha from designer Kunio Okawara, this series is a treat for fans of the One Year War. Due to the death of director Kanda, the production of the series dragged on for three years, with Kanda being replaced by Iida. Aside from the 12 episodes, a compilation movie with new footage called Miller's Report was produced, and it summarizes some events from the first 8 episodes. In 2001, Cartoon Network broadcast episodes 1-11 on their popular Toonami Midnight Run block. In 2013, Sunrise created the short film Battle in Three Dimensions for the series' Japanese Blu-ray release. The series was re-released in North America on Blu-ray and DVD in 2017.

 

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