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Gundam Seed Astray (Gundam (Tokyopop) (Graphic Novels)), Vol. 1 Paperback – May 11, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Gundam Seed Astray (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591829380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591829386
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Gundam series has been on Cartoon Network for several years.
Gundam has been immensely popular worldwide for over 20 years.
Gundam Seed Astray features edgier, hipper more irreverent stories that will appeal to more discerning readers.
Anime coming soon to the U.S.!
Illustrated by Koichi Tokita (Gundam Wing)
Will fan the flames of sales of existing Gundam titles and introduce readers to a brand new Gundam universe
Featuring story arcs not available in the animated series

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G White on February 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sidestories are nothing new to the Gundam franchise but Astray is perhaps the first which is near required to understand the story it runs alongside too. Released alongside the original Japanese TV airing of Gundam SEED, Astray is a multi-media encompassing (manga, novels, photo-novels, etc) which is set in the shadow of the story of Kira and Athrun and fills in important details which don't get answered in the show.

The closest example to compare the story too maybe 'Megas XLR'. A few hours after the fighting which destroyed Kira's home colony of Heliopolis, the ship HOME of the neutral Junk Guild arrives to see what they can salvage. Lead tech Lowe Guile (TOKYPOP translated his surname wrong amongst other errors) happens across two brand new Gundams in the wreckage, cosmetically identical except for their paint schemes of red and blue. However, certain parties would prefer the MS to stay buried and an elite pilot of the Serpent Tail mercenary group shows up to assure this. When his clients betray him, Lowe and the mercenary known as Gai become uneasy allies and each claims a Gundam with Lowe taking the Astray Red Frame and Gai taking the Astray Blue Frame.

The core of this section of the overall Astray tale focuses on the crew of HOME and their attempts to keep the Red Frame out of the hands of others. Whilst some of these are original characters, some will be recognised by fans of the anime such as the forces at the Artemis space base. Those who have read Tokita's other works will spot similarities- Lowe is his typical 'big kid' lead who ignores the criticism of others and believes strongly in the good of humanity. Kisato is his long time female friend with a crush which is obvious to the reader but not so to Lowe.
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Gundam SEED Astray is a side story manga based on the Cosmic Era universe that the Gundam SEED T.V. show is from. This story takes place alongside the Gundam SEED anime and is about a Junk Guild fronted by Lowe Gear and his partners Liam and Kisato and their ship captain, the Professor, and their adventures trying to make due with their one-of-a-kind find and keeping it out of the hands of all the organizations that desire it!

So, basically, this first volume follows Lowe and the gang and their discovery of two complete, secret Mobile Suits in an abandoned warehouse (along with an arm of a third suit). Lowe gets away with the Red Frame suit but not before the mercenary group Serpent Tail nabs the Blue Frame for themselves. The Mobile Suits, dubbed the Gundam Astray models, are just about identical but the mercenary who took Blue Frame, Gai, customized his with various weapons and boosters to try and out-match any opponents. When Lowe and the others investigate Artmeis, they find that Gai and the Blue Frame are keeping the pirates away and Gai is forced to fight Lowe; Blue Frame against Red Frame! After a bit of teamwork, they both escape with their suits and Lowe finds himself trapped in a weapons testing facility after a junk deal goes bad. Lowe's junk tech ingenuity gets him out and gets them to the colony Liteiria, where Liam comes across his long, lost brother and Lowe gets to show off his new Gerbera Straight sword for the Red Frame. However, soldiers of the Earth Alliance break off the reunion by attacking right when the people of Liteiria are trying to get out of there and it's up to Lowe and Liam to distract the troops so that the citizens of Liteiria can escape and make a new life elsewhere!
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As mentioned in the other reviews this is the first in a continuing series of manga side stories fitting in the Gundam Seed anime universe. Much like the Tom Stoppard play 'Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead' this is a story that runs in parallel with the main Seed storyline featuring an original cast of character who's paths intersect with the main Seed storyline, explaining some glaring plot holes in the Seed TV series, and also runs with their own original story showing a different, more interesting side to the Seed Universe, expanding it from the basic 'Earth Alliance vs ZAFT' plot.

The series introduces two main protagonists, Lowe Guele, a civilain member of the Junk Guild who obtains the Gundam Astray Red Frame and Gai Murakumo, leader of the mercenary group Serpent's Tail, a combat cooridnator and pilot of the recovered Astray Blue Frame. These two unlikely allies have a series of adventures on their own and together fighting against new enemies. In all honesty, the original Seed anime is plagued with many issues and frankly unlikeable characters with much of the plot being a tiring rehash of the original MSG series, but the Seed universe offers a far more colorful and original look at this new universe and in some ways I wish the Seed Astray story was animated and the Seed story was in manga form.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on July 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Odviously u would have to have read the gundam seed manga or watched the show to understand the background. But all in all this is a great, well written manga with great drawings and much better characters than the show in my opinion. It also explains some plotholes from the show, like the unexplained event with kira's escape from death for instance. I highly reccommend this manga for all gundam fans.
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