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This book covers the events in the anime episodes 1-8 and 12-13. (Eps. 9-11 are covered in the second book, Operation: Gundam Capture.) It also includes an Afterword by Gundam 00 series planner and script guru Yosuke Kuroda, and an amusing note from author Noboru Kimura.
Whether you are an established Gundam 00 fan or a beginner who is curious about the anime series, this book and its sequels are an excellent introduction. (I own the DVD series and I still get a great deal of enjoyment from reading the novelizations.) The purpose of the Gundam 00 novels is to give a coherent, well-fleshed-out version of the unfolding story of the Gundam team and the opponents of Celestial Being. Not every single peripheral incident from the episodes is present (for example, a lot of the day-to-day bickering of innocent bystanders Saji and Louise), but as novelizations go these books are quite faithful, and what little is left out is referenced when necessary to the plot. Noboru Kimura's writing, which includes some charming quirks of translation, gifted phrasing and a few typos, has a true storyteller's pacing and does an excellent job of allowing the reader into the thoughts and motivations of the characters (thanks to him being able to pick the brain of series planner Yosuke Kuroda). It also provides welcome background detail of the political and social background of the story that there simply isn't enough time to elaborate on in the episodes, which move quickly - especially for the first-time viewer.
The early pages of this book (and the subsequent volumes) contain line drawings and descriptions of the main characters, the Gundams, the opponents of Celestial Being and their fighting machines, which is a big help if you're new to the series and trying to sort everyone out.Read more ›
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I didn't want to write a review until I read this book cover to cover. I finished it today and I have to say, It's awesome! If you don't know anything about Gundam 00, then well...sucks to be you. I won't give a long explanation of the plot, just because I can't stress enough how complicated it is to tell the story in writing. If your worried that this novel is in Japanese, then don't worry. If you pick this up in your local bookstore (which I did) then I can assure you it's in gool ol' English.
Basically, this novel takes place in Gundam 00 episodes 1-8, so you'll get from Setsuna's Battle in Krugis, up until Massoud Rachmadi's Capture/Retrieval. This novel does a good job of explaining what's happening in the Gundam 00 Universe. They even went so far as to explain some of the politics that are happening between the AEU, The Human Reform League, and the Union, As well as explaining the suffering Azadistan is going through.
Not only do you get the novel itself, but you get head-shots of all the characters involved in the novel as well as a little bio underneath their picture. You also get an afterword from some important dude, and a full-color poster. The poster includes nice art featuring all four Gundam Meisters in the front, and all the Celestial Being Mobile Suits in the back. I was suprised to read so much profanity in this novel. Allelujah at one point says the word f**k when Hallelujah is taking over his mind ._.
Overall I would recommend this book to a teenage fan of Gundam 00. Since their is a lot of profanity, I wouldn't reccomend it to kids (hence the "13 and Up" logo on the back). This novel gets 2 thumbs up from me! Go Gundam 00!!!
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