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.

 

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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.

Ramba Ral (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #3) (Manga Monday)

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Title: Ramba Ral

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #3

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 495

 

Synopsis:

After successfully fulfilling their mission in the L.A. battle, the White Base finally begins making its way to Jaburo, an apparent Federation stronghold in South America.

Problem is, Amuro really acts like a spoiled brat and steals the Gundam. A new Zeon mobile suit and commander are revealed and Amuro learns that fighting isn’t just about the suit but the warrior within.

And one of the White Base officers is revealed to be Char’s sister [which anyone who has even a smidge of knowledge about Gundam knows at this point in time]

 

My Thoughts:

I can’t say that I enjoyed this. Amuro throwing a massive temper tantrum and stealing the Gundam and leaving the whole ship in danger is just inexcusable. I would have shot him and put another pilot in the Gundam, even if one who didn’t appear to mesh so well as Amuro.

We do get the first mention of the Newtype of human, even though no specifics are given and it is basically just mentioned. Superhumans evolving from Homo Sapiens apparently.

On an artistic/technical side of things, I am simply in love with this series and how these books have been produced. Glossy color pages throughout, heavy stock paper, hardcover binding, large size, it all comes together to make for what I want in a manga. Sadly, at 30 bucks a pop, this type of treatment just isn’t possible for your run of the mill manga. Heck, I can’t even afford these and am borrowing them from the library. Thank goodness for libraries! I would LOVE to see this kind of treatment for Akira as well, but somethings are always going to be dreams I suspect.

Garma (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #2) (Manga Monday)

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Title: Garma

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 432

 

Synopsis:

White Base and crew make it to earth. An earth which appears to be as divided between Zeon and the Federation as space is.

Due to military incompetence by those in overall charge, White Base is sent on a mission to Los Angeles instead of heading to South America to deliver the new Gundam.

The Zeon leader in L.A. is named Garma and he is a close friend of Char, thus ensuring that Amuro and Char will meet again.

 

My Thoughts:

Amura does a lot of growing up in this book. Being a 15 year old and suddenly thrust into a spot of huge responsibility, he reacts. At first he pouts, sulks and throws a tantrum. Then he begins to realize just how much and how many people’s survival is depending on him and he begins to mature and take on that responsibility instead of shunning it.

Char is shown for the cold hearted, long planning son of a gun that he is. He maneuvers Garma to his death even though he is Char’s friend. And all we know about it is it is based on something that Garma’s father has done in Char’s past.

War, with a capital “W”, is shown as something manly, necessary and yet oh so easily manipulated by the Politicians. Politicians, from high to low, are shown as the scum most people believe them to be. A very interesting mix of viewpoints and ideas.

I’m still confused as to why White Base hasn’t booked it to South America. I know the lame excuse given, but don’t you think that with all the effort that went to develop this gundam and to get it to earth, that the top military brass would have that much more of an incentive to get it to their stronghold so they could begin mass production?

Activation (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #1) (Manga Monday)

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Title: Activation

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 456

 

Synopsis:

Humanity has expanded into Space, in artificial satellites. One satellite and the surrounding areas, declare independence and call themselves Zeon.

Zeon & the Federation go to war, kill off half of humanity [crashing spaceships, etc into the world satellites] and then declare a truce.

The Federation has a new weapon, a new Mobile Suit and Zeon wants to know about it.

And the War begins anew.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve been aware of Gundam ever since I was aware of Robotech and in my mind, they are two sides of the same coin.

Gigantic robots fighting in space.

But I’ve never gotten around to watching the original anime. I’ve watched various later incarnations, (8th MS, Gundam Wing, G-Gundam Fighter, etc], so when I saw this series at the library, in hardcover no less, I decided NOW was the time.

Young Amaro is the only man available to drive the new Gundam in the midst of a Zeon attack at a Space Colony. Under fire and outnumbered, Amaro and a civilian crew must fight their way to Earth to deliver the Gundam to the Federation Forces.

This is good stuff. A young man and other civilians stepping up to do their duty, untried, afraid but not allowing that to stop them. Fighting the forces of Zeon while their own Military acts very cowardly and pretty much abandons them to their fate.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because the Zeon being ON Earth just didn’t make sense to me. Nor Char’s ship [Char is the Zeon’s super ace and seems to be shaping up as Amaro’s nemesis] coming right up to Earth’s atmosphere. Control of space didn’t seem to be a factor here, even though it should have been.

To close up, I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next 7 volumes that the library has.