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Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN, Volume 5: Char & Sayla Hardcover – March 25, 2014


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Product Details

  • Series: Gundam
  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939130190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939130198
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hokkaido native Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (1947-) is a Japanese animator and manga artist. His career as a character designer has spanned over four decades, creating famed characters for such anime as Super Atragon, Brace Raideen, and the widely known Mobile Suit Gundam. Considered a pivotal player in mecha and sci-fi anime, Yasuhiko's characters, stories and illustrations are unmistakable in their style and serve as timeless examples as pioneers of manga and animation in Japan. 

Yasuhiko began his career as an animator in Osama Tezuka's Mushi Productions, and later on decided to go freelance to work for a number of animation productions for both film and television. In the late 70's, Yasuhiko would turn his attention to the world of comics, as he has since penned nearly two dozen titles since.

In 1981 he was awarded the Nebula Award by the Japanese Sci-Fi Association.
In 1990 his work Namuji won the Japan Comic Artist Association Grand Prize
And in 2000 he took the Japan Media Arts Award for Best Comic with his title A Revolutionary Dog.
 

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For Char fans, this is must read.
Alexander
The Good: - As with the other volumes, the story is engaging, the art superb, and overall book quality is top notch.
Chris Linne
Volume five of The Origin has easily been one of my favorite things I've read in the last year.
Edward N. Hurd

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on April 10, 2014
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This is a fantastic read. Unlike previous volumes, which reworked the original formula and plot of the tv series, this volume breaks into new ground, deserving the title "The Origin," and provides revelations about Char and Sayla's backstory. If you have ever wondered how Char and Sayla grew up, this is a must read.

The first half of the novel is particularly tantalizing. It introduces the politics in Side 3, explores the families of Zeon, Zabi, and Ral, and many secondary characters get extended back stories, such as my personal favorite Ramba Ral. The first half is a thriller, as Char and Sayla try to escape the Zabi clutches. The second half is much slower, but it continues to explore Char and Sayla's character development, and their maturation. For Char fans, this is must read. No other manga or anime has really delved into Char's character like this before. His actions and his psychological development in this novel are absolutely chilling and foreshadows the man he will become.

As with previous editions, the quality of the pages, artwork, and finish is top-notch. Check it out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dylan on March 26, 2014
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Great back story behind char sayla the rise to power of the zabi family and the first ms combat test good read cant wait for the next volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan R Mitchell on May 9, 2014
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Well thought-out and executed, a fine addition to the lore of the Universal Century. Artwork is superb as per the norm for the series. The new printing is also excellent and looks good on the bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward N. Hurd on July 6, 2014
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Volume five of The Origin has easily been one of my favorite things I've read in the last year. It picks up where Vol.4 left off and then goes into a three (I think) volume long flash back to show us the roots of the One Year War and the ascendance of House Zabi after the death of Zeon Zum Daikun. This is were the series truly earns it's name of 'The Origin' as we see events that show us the how and why Casval would eventually become the fearsome Red Comet (and also that no, he was never a good person). Be warned this volume is dark, like Zeta dark (UC fans will understand what this means).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zanthred on June 23, 2014
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin is a fantastic reboot of the original series. There was plenty of room for improvement in the original Gundam series and this book cashes in on that. Everything from the Art / Duologue to the overall story has been redone and improved upon. If you are a fan of the original or a newcomer to the Gundam universe this is an excellent read. Its hardcover and brightly colored covers also make this a great addition to and collectors bookshelf.
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