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Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel Volume 3 (V. 3) Paperback – May 9, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Mobile Suit Gundam (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159532853X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595328533
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,775,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2006
Gundam Ecole du Ciel continues the story of Asuna Elmarit, a student in training at the Earth Federations Mobile Suit military academy. In this third volume we start with an attack on the Federation by three mobile suits who are laying waste to the Federations defenses. Meanwhile Asuna and some other classmates are out exploring when Asuna seems mesmerized and hears a voice calling out to her. Asuna soon learns she may not be so normal as she learns she's been genetically engineered and given special training. The mystery soon deepens when Asuna's mother Haruka Elmarit comes to the academy but wishes to speak to instructor Yahagi and not her own daughter. Is Asuna really a Newtype? And What are her abilities? Someone is determined to find out no matter what it takes.

If you like action-packed Gundam manga then this is the book for you. The battle scenes in space are elaborate and remarkably choreographed. They are truly mesmerizing. While the story may bog down a bit in stretches, you at least get the feeling that a worthwhile payoff is coming down the road very soon and all the questions will be answered. The book is written and illustrated by Haruhiko Mikimoto and is just gorgeous. One of the best illustrated Manga that I have seen in a long time. There is a depth of detail here that you don't always see in some Manga. The skilled Mikimoto even changes up his style in parts to present it with a more sketchy look in certain character close-ups. Just fantastic!

Reviewed by Tim Janson
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The third manga volume of this series has the training class in space and Asuna gets to visit her mother while some members of her school decide it best to spy on her. Asuna's special powers are starting to finally show as well as the Newtype abilities of a few others and just when the students are getting settled, Zeon remnants attack!

This third volume finally features more Mobile Suit battles and continues the action in space. This is still primarily a story about Asuna and focuses a lot on her past, her father, her mother's relationship, and her `experimentations' that her father performed on her. Akira is introduced briefly and a big twist involving her father is revealed. On the MS side, we finally see the GM IIs and a Galbaldy Beta hit the scene against some Rick-Doms and a custom Gelgoog early on. Later, the Kampfer Prototype unit is revealed as well. The story's really picking up and the action's heating up as well and there's lots of loose ends that keep you wanting more in this volume!
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