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Where to Start - Getting into Gundam (2020 Edition)

As a moderator over at /r/Gundam I often see folks asking how to get into the franchise and what shows to watch. Hopefully this guide will help you along that path.

 

TL;DR?

If you don't have time to go through and read, it's best to pick with one of the below series:  

         
Start with this
 
  Or pick one of these
 
   

Mobile Suit Gundam

 

Gundam 0080

Gundam 00

 

   

G Gundam

Iron Blooded Orphans

Iron Blooded Orphans 

 

 

Note that the above are in no order of preference or recommendation. Why I think they're four good starting points is detailed below.

If you can't be bothered as to finding out why the above are recommended, or just want me to make the decision for you, then watch the original Mobile Suit Gundam. The full series, all 43 episodes, is the best way to go. Though many will argue that the movies are a valid alternative.

 

Otaku Evolution Episode 36 - The Vision of Escaflowne

IMMEDIATELY flagged for copyright violations! Thanks, Bandai, you greedy fuckers. Maybe one day Japan will have Fair Use laws, but I wouldn't count on it, because entertainment execs there are even greedier than human tumors we have over here. The Fair Use law over here means exactly shit these days as it is. But the video is still up, so watch it.

 

Tarot card-reading high school girl Hitomi Kanzaki finds herself in a strange world of beast men, dragons, magic, swordsmen, and miracle machines that run on bullshit in this anime classic. Join me as I briefly examine The Vision of Escaflowne, a show touched by many a great number of talents.

 

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Gundam: The Origin I PV

I want- nay, need- this in my life. They even have Mayumi Tanaka (Kuririn and Monkey D. Luffy) as the younger Red Comet. I just hope it's not as expensive as Unicorn (still don't have the final two volumes, might not ever).

Reconguista in G: What's going on? A general summary of the universe

Been watching Reconguistia in G lately? Well, you should, if only for the great animation and fights. If you are, do you know what's going on? Let's just say "easy to follow" isn't exactly a common descriptor. Tomino's break-neck pacing and sporadic exposition haven't made the picture clear for a lot of folks. If you've seen Turn A, it's a lot like that, just turned up to 11.

Hell, I barely have a grasp of what's going on and that seems to fly out the window with the start of each episode. Hopefully this will help clear things up a bit...

 


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