A Cosmic Glow (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #11) (Manga)

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Title: A Cosmic Glow

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating:  5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 372

Format: Paper

 

Synopsis:

The Feds are throwing everything they have at A Baoa Qu, a military base controlled by Zeon that is right next door to the Principality of Zeon.

Zeon responds with their own Super Laser and wipes out a ton of Feds.

So it is up to the White Base to be a rallying point for the survivors to take the base.

Amuro heads up the mobile suits and is, obviously opposed by Char. But Lalah is involved and things don’t go as anyone planned.

At the same time, the Zeon children are fomenting revolts of their own, against their father and each other.

The Deikun heirs, Char and Sayla ne~ Artesia, reveal themselves and bring even more chaos to the unfolding situation.

And Amuro and Char just plain duke it out!

 

My Thoughts: Spoilers Ahead, Mateys!

First off, I wish that the bloody publishers, Vertical, had official synopsis’s on their website. It would make things SO much easier because let me tell you, this book was jam packed!

As much as I’ve enjoyed this series, at times having White Base “go there, go here, fight, fight, fight” got rather boring. This book kicked the boring right out of the door. Amuro is exponentially increasing in his piloting abilities and Char is slavering at the mouth for a chance to test himself against him again. What complicates things is Lalah. I don’t understand WHY she chose to stay with Char. She and Amuro obviously had a Newtype connection, so why stay with Char? And it got her killed. That scene was incredible. And you get to see how Char cares nothing for anybody but himself. Even her death didn’t throw him into a homicidal rage but he used it to egg Amuro on. At that moment I really hated Char and hoped he would die a horrible death.

Amuro’s situation is complicated by the fact that Fraw is in love with him and he returns the feelings but he can’t deny what he and Lalah had. And then for him to kill Lalah, even by accident, was just too much.

Seeing the disintegration of the Zeon leadership was a lesson in evil devouring itself. Please excuse me if I get the names wrong. Zabi, the father, is going to meet with the Fed military leader to sue for peace. His son, Gihren, uses the super laser to wipe out the Fed leader, knowing that his father would be there, all because he, Gihren, wanted to be in charge. When the sister, Kycilia, learns of Gihren’s actions, she executes him and takes command. All the while Sayla/Artesia is leading a revolt of soldiers loyal to her father, the originator of the Zeon Freedom movement. And Char is watching it all play out and just laughing at the death and destruction. It is better than a Shakespeare play for drama.

Overall, this book shook me out of any lethargy I had for the series. It surprised me with its insight into the human characters and their motivations. While not a strong contender, it did earn a spot in my “Best Book of the Year” line up.  It has also renewed my desire to own the complete series as these are just gorgeous books. Heavy covers. Heavy, glossy pages that will not degrade. Bright colored pages. Black and white drawings that aren’t a mess. These are quality books that I want on my bookshelf.

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Solomon (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #10) (Manga)

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Title: Solomon

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating:  4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 480

 

Synopsis:

The Feds make a major attack on the Zeon base of Solomon. Dozzle ends up dying in its defense while his siblings play political games to take the power from their father.

Char continues his downward spiral into megalomania and Lalah is caught between him and Amuro.

 

My Thoughts:

Once again, color me impressed. The Fed sun-weapon was really neat and Zeon’s escalation of said weapon was scary. But considering that Zeon crashed a space habitat on Earth directly, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’d turn a habitat into a sun weapon.

Dozzle dying wasn’t a big surprise and it was actually kind of sad. He seemed like the most grounded of the children and was concerned for the well being of his soldiers and the citizens of Zeon. Someone like that, with his siblings more concerned about power, is almost destined to be killed off.

One surprise is that it would almost appear that Char is NOT a newtype but just an excellent soldier. Amuro had some sort of connection when he met Lalah because they were both Newtypes and that connection is missing with Char. Not sure what to make of that. Something to either be answered in the last 2 volumes or upon a re-read.

Lalah (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #9) (Manga)

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Title: Lalah

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating:  4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 420

 

Synopsis:

The Federation is continuing its push to eradicate Zeon. A battle ensues on Side 6 [New Texas, or something like that] that is more of a test of the Newtype than for any strategic advantage.

Char, Amuro and Lalah all meet, not knowing the other.

And Char is going crazy. There is no other explanation for his behavior, etc.

 

My Thoughts:

Amuro is gaining in ability quicker than ever, due to being a newtype. However, just what a Newtype is exactly is left pretty open. It would appear to be whatever the authors/artists want it to be.

Zeon’s aggressive study and use of newtypes is sad and we see the consequences of one newtype pushed beyond his limit. He would have been a splendid fighter and even leader for a regular army, but in the newtype study he is used, used up and then cast aside. It is made very evident just how much of a waste this is.

I don’t want to delve much into interpreting what the authors/artists message here is, but along with the very evident “war is useless and bad” vibe, I do get the sense that they are trying to say that every human life is precious. No matter if it lives up to some man made line or not.

Operation Odessa (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #8) (Manga)

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Title: Operation Odessa

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 470

 

 

Synopsis:

After several books of back story, we are catapulted back into the present. The Federation is making a big push to put Zeon off the earth and back into Space.

The White Base personnel are growing up, coming into their own as a military force.

Amuro continues to grow as a pilot but not much as a man. He’s still a pretty whiny teen.

And Char’s obsession with him grows even greater.

 

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t real keen on returning to the “present”. I found the characters much more likable, interesting and generally all around more engaging in the “past”.

However, the story must proceed. Amuro and Char have a really good battle where Amuro starts to come into his own as a warrior. Char’s obsession with New Types seems to be affecting his decision making abilities and I can see it bringing about his destruction.

On a side note, I’ve been wondering how many volumes this is going to be. I still don’t know. I see that Vol.’s 11 and 12 are going to be coming out this fall. I think 12 is the last one and I hope so.  Who can afford 12 books at $30 a pop? I am slowly collecting these but I have to wait for sales where they go down to 20 or less for a day, then save up my amazon points and snatch one up here and there.

Well, with that being said, these are worth every penny and I’m really glad I saw these at our local library. If I had to wait to read these until I bought them, ha.

 

Battle of Loum (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #7) (Manga)

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Title: Battle of Loum

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 420

 

 

Synopsis:

The War between Zeon and the Federation erupts!  What has been 2 page flashbacks in previous books takes on horrifying proportions as we see the destruction of a whole colony and its catastrophic plunge onto Earth.

We see the War almost sputter to a stop and then inflamed into an inferno by  people on both sides.

 

My Thoughts:

Oh man! This volume blew my mind.

It was horrifying. It showed “War” exactly how many people view it.

The story was terrifically good however. So much awesomeness packed into 1 volume. And once again, the art was the best part, but this time it was matched by the story. That is why this got 5 Stars.

 

To War (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #6) (Manga)

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Title: To War

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #6

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 440

 

 

Synopsis:

Zeon declares Independence. And we get to see how Amuro’s father became the driven man he is and how that affected Amuro to be the young man he is.

 

My Thoughts:

In this book, we get to see how out-classed the Federation mobile suits are in comparison to the Zeon suits. I have to be honest, I don’t understand how they were better. It was simply a matter of results I guess. Kind of like if you told me that Tank X was WAY better than Tank B and one Tank X destroyed a whole battalion of Tank B’s all by itself. I just don’t understand WHY the Zeon suits are so much better and that is frustrating.

Other than that, this continues to be top-notch in both story and art. The full color pages still amaze me and I don’t have anything to add to what I’ve written in previous reviews.

 

Char & Sayla (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #5) (Manga Monday)

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Title: Char & Sayla

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #5

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 472

 

Synopsis:

A whole book of backstory about Char and Sayla and the beginnings of Zeon. The rise of the Zabbi family and the split between the Federation and the spacers.

 

My Thoughts:

I think I enjoyed this book the most so far. I love a good dose of political thriller in my manga and this delivered in spades, the way that only japanese manga can.

Seeing some of what happened before Amuro came along was really nice. The history of “Char” was incredible and made me say “wow” out loud. I also thought that it made him one of the most cold hearted bastards to ever come out of an anime. He is just plain bad.

Other than that, this book reinforced, positively, my decision to start buying this series. This book alone makes it worth it.