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Hi! Most of my exposure to Gundam has been via the non-UC stories, but I've been considering trying to tackle some of the UC storyline. Is there a recommended order to watching the various series? I know the chronological order of events doesn't match the order in which the series came out, so I wasn't sure whether that affected the preferred viewing order. Thanks for any advice you may have! I love seeing tumblrs dedicated to older anime.

80sanime:


I’m far from a Gundam expert, but here’s my personal recommendation on what order to go in:

1. The Original 1979 TV Series AND/OR the Film Trilogy
Some people think you should watch both, I say watch one and if you really like it give the other version a watch later. Personally I prefer the film trilogy which cuts the fat and improves the animation for a sleeker experience… but the TV series gives the setting and characters more time to develop, plus it’s THE original, so… really, it’s up to you!

OPTIONAL: Gundam the Origin
Well I say optional but I don’t mean it. Gundam the Origin is a manga retelling illustrated beautifully by original character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. It retains all the important parts of the story while adding new scenes and details that blend in really well and greatly enrich the experience IMO. In fact, Origin is probably my favorite version of Mobile Suit Gundam… yet I do NOT recommend it as your introduction to the series! I feel it is written specifically AS a revisitation/expansion of the Gundam world and characters and is better enjoyed as such. So read it at some point, but not first! Maybe last? Then you can follow it up with the animated version which is currently in the works.

2. Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
0080 is a six-part OVA set in the same time frame as the original Gundam, despite having actually been created a decade later. It focuses on the war set on a much more intimate stage and is from the POV of two people who’d otherwise be side characters: a civilian child and mook enemy pilot. A lot of people consider War in the Pocket to be the best Gundam thing ever and it is my personal favorite. Since it’s a stand-alone story you can watch it at any time (I actually saw it before the original series and wasn’t lost) but I think right after the first series is a good a time as any to give you a different perspective on the One Year War.

3. Zeta Gundam
To me, the original Gundam series (in whatever form), War in the Pocket and Zeta Gundam are the golden three, the very best of Gundam, UC or otherwise. So this would be the apex of your viewing experience, from this point on the quality level dips off a little. Make sure to enjoy it! Note that there is also a film trilogy version of Zeta released WAY after the original series but they do not serve as good substitutes; if you watch them, do it afterwards for the sleek new re-animated scenes and different take on the ending.

4. ZZ Gundam
Some like ZZ, some don’t. I do, but I understand the people who don’t. The sudden tone shift from the end of Zeta is jarring (although it does eventually settle into something more serious), the whole story it kind of goofy and sloppily-done and doesn’t lead well into Char’s Counterattack at all, and speaking of which… there’s no Char! But all that aside, if you can approach it with an open mind, there’s still a lot to enjoy, plus it ties into Gundam Unicorn down the line.

5. Char’s Counterattack
This is a landmark film. Which doesn’t mean it isn’t awfully flawed! I have similar love-hate relationship with as I do to ZZ, except whereas ZZ endeared me via its quirkiness Char’s Counterattack reels me in via its production values. It’s just a really pretty movie. Plus while it’s not the last UC production, it is the conclusion of Amuro and Char’s saga, so it’s a must-see for fans.

OPTIONAL: SD Gundam
To recover from the downer-fest that is CCA. ZZ should have gotten you used to the idea of Gundam characters acting goofy, so just let the laughs roll in. Plus now you’ll get all the stupid in-jokes! My favorites are:
SD Gundam Mk-II
SD Gundam’s Counterattack
SD Olympics
Legend of Gundam
Menace of the Zeon Hotel

There’s much more UC to watch in the form of Gundam F91, Victory Gundam, Gundam 0083, The 08th MS Team and Gundam Unicorn but I haven’t seen those yet so I can’t comment on them.

I had fun writing this! I hope it helped! :)

Gundam 0083 (Stardust Memory) fits between 0079/08th MS/0080 and Zeta, and basically details what it was that happened to cause the Earth Federation to form the Titans, who are the main antagonists in Zeta Gundam. It’s kind of insightful, if nothing else.

Unicorn takes place just after CCA, and details protagonist Banagher Links’ confrontation with yet another Neo-Zeon group called the Sleeves.

F91 is another movie. It and Victory Gundam both take place in the UC era but at a much later date than the other series. They’re pretty much “standalone” in the sense that their main storylines aren’t really related to anything that came before (although they might make references).

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notana:

life hurts more if you’ve never masturbated 

chicken-in-a-basket:

What if instead of Char Clones we had Ramba Ral clones, each with their own increasingly gaudy mustache and blue robot?

wat if jerid went inside kamille's body and goes into his brain and controlled kamille's movements and made him wear a pink tutu and dance like a ballerina.XD

Kamille would be wearing only a pink tutu, and nothing else. And he’d make sure to have Kamille set up a camera beforehand to film it all. And then it would go on to the internet. :P

Seriously, though, if Jerid took control of Kamille’s body somehow, he’d probably have Kamille go down into the galley, pull a knife out of a drawer, and stab himself repeatedly. He may or may not also have Kamille go on a murderous rampage through the Argama beforehand.

imagineyouricon:

Imagine you and your icon being transported 200 years into the future and reading about yourselves and how your disappearance effected the future.

colonel-zuka:

the-mech-with-a-curse:

lozalot:


Earth? That’s a terrible name for a planet!

Happy Dirt Day Everyone!

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colonel-zuka:

the-mech-with-a-curse:

lozalot:

Earth? That’s a terrible name for a planet!

Happy Dirt Day Everyone!

Ya Happy Dirt Day XD

sexorcize:

yahoneydip:

This fucking woman

You all know this is gonna be us as grandparents

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

(via magnius159)

Okay but clarification: Larry Summers didn’t ask the question in the video, nor did he actually say “What’s up with chicks and science?” That was a tongue-in-cheek reference by the question-asker (calling his question the “Larry Summers Question”) to Summers’ suggestion that “innate” differences between men and women explained the disparity in numbers between men and women in math and science fields.

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slydig:

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eggs

mrpresidentbee:

around the house we have this running joke about haman and eggs.

life out on axis generally sucked, mostly due to overcrowding and resource shortages. i know cylinder colonies grow food in those secondary cylinders (as we see at the beginning of Zeta) but axis, our idea goes, probably mostly had algae. lots and lots of algae, and not much else, because it was never designed for civilians or to support as many people as it had to after the conclusion of the OYW.

"nice food" (fresh food, presumably) seems to be a thing for spacenoids everywhere. but on axis the shortage would have been even more serious. probably they ate a lot of rations and whatever they could grow in limited space, i.e. textured algae and lots of it.

and so, when the push to outfit a fucking asteroid with nuclear propulsion engines was in full swing along with the “war effort” i.e. construction of Haman’s vast mobile suit army, our theory goes that Haman was called to make a bunch of speeches to rally the people of axis. and Haman, precious Haman, would be like 18 or 19 at this point, and while she certainly can give rousing speeches we think that after a certain amount of “for the honor of princess mineva” and “we haven’t died out in this hateful place yet, so let’s go give em hell” her speeches would have devolved to her clutching the podium with one hand and the microphone in the other and screaming,

"You know what Earthnoids have, they have eggs! Eggs! You know what we have? Algae biscuits! And that yellow spread that doesn’t taste like anything! While further into the Earth sphere even the colonies have butter for their bread! We don’t even have bread! My people, we fight for justice, for freedom, for the eggs of tomorrow! EGGS!” and then she is gently but firmly removed from the podium by her attendants and medical team, but it turns out to be an extremely good rallying cry. eggs! everyone misses eggs, let’s go get some fuckin eggs.

during the Gryps conflict, when Axis’ internet and the general Earth Sphere internet get hooked up for the first time, the video of the famous “Eggs” speech leaks, goes viral, and after it turns out to be real, becomes a media firestorm for a few days. a lot of people make a joke out of it but the older spacenoids and even some earthnoids who know what food insecurity is all about have their hearts swayed in favor of the second coming of zeon.

there you have it. that’s what my icon is about, getting so lonely and nostalgic for decent food you strap rockets on your asteroid and start a war. eggs.