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Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel Volume 1 Paperback – September 13, 2005


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  • Series: Mobile Suit Gundam (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595328513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595328519
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This installment in the long-running Gundam manga/anime series tells more about the increasingly powerful humanoid armored machines (called mobile suits) that humans wear during a protracted interstellar conflict. The story focuses more on machinery than people, with a rudimentary, perfunctory plot involving a Canadian academy where young people learn to operate their mobile suits. In particular, 15-year-old Asuna Elmarit is an underachieving student who must learn to care more about her fighting skills than her budding body and lack of popularity. This installment of the story vaguely hints at the tension between the Federation and the Principality of Zeon that soon will erupt into war, and it also contains references to the "newtype" humans with psionic powers—including hints that Asuna has talents that she must be pressured into discovering. But the book really comes to life when the kids climb into their giant metal shells and start slugging and blasting one another. Mikimoto is famed for his design work here and on Macross, and his fractured pages full of scratchy energy show that his mighty robots are more interesting than the small, timid creatures who inhabit them. (Sept.)
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By Neal Caffrey on March 20, 2014
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i really like reading this mange its great story its very mixed i cant explain it but its new in some parts and i usually dont really read mangas this one is one of few ive read id recommend it to any gundam fan
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The year is U.C. 0085. At a pilot training base in Canada, a young girl named Asuna Elmarit, once a Zeon trainee, now moved to a Federation base to complete her training. Like any young girl, she has friends and crushes and struggles more than anyone with the Mobile Suit training. With the brass pushing to discover Newtypes in the training facility, the exercises for the students get more grueling as Asuna and the others face Guntanks while piloting GMs. Asuna also falls head over heels for her classmate Shinn and must fight against him in a one-on-one match to succeed. With war on the horizon, she must master her combat skills and become what she's always been destined to be.

So, the first volume in this series, it focuses on a young girl and her pilot training at the Ecole du Ciel training facility near the Augusta Base. The art in this is really nice and while there's not a whole lot of action, there is Mobile Suit combat (even though it's just training exercises) and the drawings of the people look really good too. The style is more geared toward looking pretty than gritty and the story more revolves around Asuna and her life as a student than some battle-hardened kid-turned-soldier. The focus of this manga is a lot more sexual than other Gundam mangas as well. There's lots of talk of getting together and breasts and other things and there are some panels where Asuna poses in a very risque way as well. However, for Gundam fans, it's got all the technical fun jargon that mech-heads love and it's set in-between Gundam 0083 and Zeta Gundam so it'll make for some interesting stories along the way. This is definitely a manga to keep an eye on despite it being a little different than most other Gundam mangas.
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By C-Note on January 13, 2009
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Ecole du Ciel takes place in the Universal Century after the One Year War. It follows the somewhat familer plot of an emerging newtype who is not very interested in becoming a pilot. Asuna is the daughter of a Zeon scientist who has been accused of war crimes, and has since gone underground; like many UC Gundam protaganists Asuna has parental issues. That being said, I really have been enjoying this manga, the art is great, the dialogue is a bit clunky, but the story is solid and it fits well into the Universal Century timeline. The story takes a while to get going, but when it takes off, it really takes off. If you have no idea what I mean by the One Year War, Zeon, or the Universal Century, this is not the best place to be introduced to the vast world of Mobile Suit Gundam. The story assumes you have seen the original Mobile Suit Gundam, so you may want to start there.
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