Encounters (Mobile Suit Gundam: The ORIGIN #12) ★★★★ ½

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Title: Encounters
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam: The ORIGIN #12
Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Manga
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

 

Synopsis:

Amura and Char continue and finish their fight. Char ends up taking a rocket launcher and blowing up the spaceship which Kycillia is on, thus completely destroying House Zabi and the leadership of Zeon. Everyone gets out safely and a bunch of the kids exhibit newtype mental powers, ie, they have a connection with Amuro while he’s escaping. The main story ends at page 160.

What follows for the next 100+ pages are 3 smaller stories. One taking place in the past, with the birth of Char. One after the peace agreement between the Federation and Zeon in which Sayla is almost abducted to be used by Zeon loyalists as a new rallying point. The final story is of one of Amuro’s friends being engaged to Fraw and begging Amuro to not take her away from him. Amuro realizes all his ties to the past are now cut and decides to go back to space and begin the work of helping humans, spacenoids, earthers, newtypes and oldtypes to all get along as one united family. Thus ends the ORIGIN manga.

Then there are 10-20 pages of interviews with various people involved in the manga. I skipped those, as I didn’t care one bit.

 

My Thoughts:

First, it’s been over 18months since I read the previous volume. Way back in March of 2016. I think I stopped because the library didn’t have this final volume yet and I was slowly buying them. So they sat on my shelf. But now I’ve read the whole series and I have to say, Good Stuff to the series as a whole.

This ending volume got bumped down a 1/2star because of the pie in the sky utopian idealism exhibited in the storyline. I know that is the foundation for the Gundam franchise, starting with the original series back in 1979 but to see it so plainly stated here kind of made me cringe. The underpinning of it all is that Newtypes won’t have war because they can understand each other through their shared mental connections. It is based on the idea that Man is basically good. Sadly, as a Christian, I know that isn’t the case.

When the story ended at the 160 page mark, I was kind of shocked. I was barely over half way through the book and bam, the main story is done. Thankfully, the 3 other stories fill in a good bit. The prequel story about Char’s birth I was really “meh” about, as I didn’t care about the past. But the other 2 stories that took place after the ending, they were good wrap ups. Pretty much an Epilogue and I was satisfied with the story closing on them.

I think I would have enjoyed this final volume a little more if so much time hadn’t elapsed since my last read. The tension, the impact, the “what will happen” feeling, that were all building up in the previous 11 volumes had gone. Kind of like a bicycle tire that has sat in the garage for 18months. Whenever I re-read this in the future, I’ll definitely make sure to read the whole series at a regular pace and I hope that would make a difference.

Once again, I would have bought these even if I hated the story just for the quality of the books themselves. The hardcovers are sturdy and the pictures on them are fantastic. The paper itself is a joy to turn. It is heavy and glossy and it was made to be felt as you turned the pages. The color artwork mixed in with the regular black and white was balanced perfectly. I never felt thrown when it switched from one to the other. I also liked that this was oversized and so could see the detail of the artwork better. This was not your typical manga sized released. This was a very high quality release and I’m glad I’ve got them.

I recommend this for the story, as the Gundam franchise is so quintessentially “manga/anime” and I recommend the books from an artistic viewpoint as well. It is always good to have a high quality production to judge everything else by. They are expensive though. MRSP is $30 and some volumes are as low as $20 but still, you’re looking at a couple hundred of dollars. That is an investment. Borrow them and if you are as smitten as I was, then starting buying a book at a time.

★★★★ ½

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5 thoughts on “Encounters (Mobile Suit Gundam: The ORIGIN #12) ★★★★ ½

  1. Manuel Antao says:

    ah! you’ve broken the bad book streak…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      Thankfully. It was a close thing for about 2 days though. I almost gave up on books for the rest of the month. Then I would have sunk into mindless dreck on tv and become one of the millions of braindead americans 😀

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  2. You’ve got me super intrigued because of the edition of the books and how you appreciate the quality of it. I’ve honestly never really sat down to watch the anime or read it during high school, but I did know a couple of friends who were deeply invested into the series and it was pretty hard to not know what Gundam Seed was and all that stuff. I’ll definitely look into the series now though. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I’d watched G-Gundam Fighter and 8th MsTeam and I watched Gundam Wing, but never the original Gundam. So this was a great way to get into the story.

      And if I had to pick some books to own purely on aesthetics, these 12 would be it! I’d chose them even over my Akira books…

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