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Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation Paperback – April 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880656868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880656860
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,907,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mobile Suit Gundam was and remains a captivating epic saga ... "Gundam viewers can enjoy a rendition that departs significantly from its animated counterpart ... Highly recommended, especially for "Gundam anime fans." -- "Library Bookwatch

About the Author

Yoshiyuki Tomino is one of Japan's best known sci-fi animation directors, and the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books. Since working on the Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy) series in 1964, he has directed or created some of Japan's top robot and fantasy-themed works, for television, theaters, and the original video anime market. Best known for the hugely popular Gundam TV shows, in recent years he has attracted attention for his works, Brain Powrd (1998), Turn A Gundam (1999), and Overman King Gainer (2002). Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, Frederik L. Schodt is an author, interpreter, and translator who has written extensively on Japanese culture and Japan-U.S. relations. His classic Manga! Manga! introduced the English-speaking world to Japanese comics culture.

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I strongly recommend this book, to any Mecha or Sci-Fi fans.
Bo Hunt
I have read the books, and any fan of Gundam, let alone sci-fi or anime, should at least read them.
S. J Powell
Lots of events int he book are different from the series but thats why its a retelling.
S. Leung

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bo Hunt on July 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I must start this review by stating my bias. I love Yoshiyuki Tomino's work, and Gundam is my favorite saga of anime.

This book, in my opinion, is the best piece of Gundam fiction hands down. As the original Gundam series neared it's end, Sunrise pulled the plug. The series was cut by almost a full season, forcing an entire story arc to be squished into a handful of episodes. About this time Tomino wrote the first of the three books contained in this volume. A few years later, as the series entered a revitalization and Sunrise ordered a three movie compilation to be made, Tomino began writing the final two books. Oddly enough, the original translation of these books were the very first part of the Gundam saga to reach America at the tail end of the 80s.

The books are a masterwork. They diverge from the original series from the first page, dropping the cliche of "young civilian boy finds giant robot his father built and fights evil" for a more realistic view. Amuro Ray is now a cadet, and the refugees of Side 7 are booted off White Base at the first chance. The story is dark, focusing on the pain of war and the stress of battle. Many characters who survived the anime die, and other are left out almost entirely. The story focuses more on Newtypes than the anime did, explaining what they are in better detail. There are only a frwMS attles, but each is heart pounding and well written.

The bottom line is this: Do not read these looking for a novelization of first Gundam. However, if you love serious science fiction, this volume will blow you away. Low points: Some of the translation is ackward, and the ending may make you cry. Personally I liked yhe ending, it was very powerful even if depressing.

I strongly recommend this book, to any Mecha or Sci-Fi fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Leung on June 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
The book goes very in depth and has lots of philosophical undertones, making it a lot more mature than the tv series or the movie compilations. But it was extremely enjoyable as well. Lots of events int he book are different from the series but thats why its a retelling. I think it was done very nicely and will be very enjoyable for long time fans of the gundam saga.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Duquiatan on November 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Gundam novel triology is way different from the anime and movies. It presents content that would be unsuitable for television and more mature themes. It still holds up today. A major difference is the characters: Amero Ray is aged up a bit and Char Aznable is more idealistic than vengeful and there's also no Haro and most of the supporting cast that died in the anime have reduced roles. The story itself takes place completely in space removing the Earth arc altogether. The back-story and philosophy on newtypes is covered in greater detail than in the tv series and movies and the ending is a real shocker. Highly recommended for fans of sci-fi and/or anime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Serge Marcos on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
The legendary GUNDAM series cast the mold for all relaistic robot anime to follow and good majority of todays realistic mecha driven anime/manga owe credit to this series. The novelized version of this anime classic differs greatly from the original animated series in several regards. The novel is not wayed downed by the dated look and feel of the original animated series thereby making it more timeless and classic a tale. Instead readers are treated to a rich retelling of this legendary franchise. Tomino goes into great depth explaining details and customs in the gundam universe from the psuedo physics of minovski particles to the very lockets pilots wear around their neck. The drama, politics and philosophy run high through the novel making the space opera that is GUNDAM race by. A definite must read for anyone curious about the legendary series and everyone who appreciates solid sci fi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uri Cohen on May 11, 2013
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Most of you already know this is the original Mobile Suit Gundam animation series aka UC 0079 but told completely differently.

This novel is aimed for more of a mature audience unlike the original TV show. For starters I always thought the original TV show was annoying at best. I always love the Gundam action battles but I found annoying characters tropes to be a major problem. As I get getting older it's like I can't stand to even deal with the characters on the UC Gundam shows or the later Gundam shows that take place in different timelines. Good news is that most of the characters in the novel are not crybabies or annoying. Of course there are some characters that are in their teenagers years and have trying to become adult problems but the book doesn't dwell on it that much at all. Some of the characters that had a bigger role in the TV series only have very minor roles in the novel (to the point they are only referenced a few times in the whole book!). I found mostly the characters that aren't important in the TV show got the push back, nice.

Another thing I wasn't a big fan of in the UC Gundam universe is the Newtype/ESP concept. Now the novel goes into much more detail on the Newtype/ESP than the original TV show ever did. The novel did answer a few questions I had regarding that concept. Actually the novel goes into much more in depth about the behind the scenes of Zeon, Earth Federation, and more. This novel does explain more about how both governments in the book work and such (like how can Zeon make really incredible Mobile Suits over the Earth Federation and the inner workings of the Zabi family). Besides the behind the scenes it goes into great detail of how the world of UC 0079 was like in detail as well.
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