- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: TokyoPop (January 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892213109
- ISBN-13: 978-1892213105
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Blue Destiny Paperback – January, 2003
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For Americans, this is quite problematic as many of the Gundam games created in Japan, rarely are released in America. The only true conclusion one will have is by playing the video games and it does add to the problem of one not knowing how the story will end for a character.
For “Mobile Suit Gundam: Blue Destiny”, there are three “Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story” video games (released in 1996-1997) for the Sega Saturn and chances are that only a few Americans, especially those who can read Japanese will know how the story ends.
While one can easily peruse online of how the story ends, it’s unfortunate that the manga series for “Mobile Suit Gundam: Blue Destiny” was never completed because the storyline was captivating and it was interesting to read a storyline that dealt with a group that tests out mobile suit technologies before they become mass produced.
Yuu Kijima is definitely a fascinating character with wonderful piloting skills, a moral character but having been chose to pilot the blue mobile suit that is literally possessed by the memories of Maria Welch, an EXAM navigator and a Newtype who was used by Professor Krusto Moses (of the Principality of Zeon) and corrupted Maria and while Maria went into a coma, her memories were sealed inside EXAM.
Interesting enough, EXAM was used on two mobile suits…the blue mobile suit which Captain Chamra escaped with and is now used by the Earth Federation and the MS-08TX(EXAM) Efreet Custom piloted by Zeon Ace Nimbus Schterzen.
Maria, the EXAM unit wants Yuu to free her by destroying the EXAM unit, so her soul can be free and no one can use her ability for evil.Read more ›
Meant to follow the storyline in the game, the comic's original publisher folded before the story was finished. So this only covers the first 2 games. Despite feeling somewhat incomplete, Blue Destiny is a straightforward action-adventure with a diverse cast and gritty giant robot combat reminiscent of Gundam: The 8th MS Team. But since this release is currently out of print, I recommend picking it up only if you can't get enough of the One Year War.
This comic is unrated: Violence, Brief Nudity, Adult Language.
As a manga, the artwork is good, but of course is at a lower level compared to, for example, the Clamp / Satoshi Urushihara works. But the consistency of the story is really good and the fact that the story fills only 1 volume makes it a best-buy.
And for the Gundam fans (minor spoilers), there are so many concepts developed here, that surely makes it interesting. For example to see the early experimentation of the Zion army on Newtypes, at a time when they weren't implemented for combat purposes yet. The setting of the story is in the early days of the war with the Zion, which makes everything much more interesting, and it's fun to see how all the combat units were "malfunctioning" GM's (don't expect to see a RX type here, they didn't exist at the time of this story).
So... my advice is... get it now, if you are a Gundam fan, because it provides some background information about the series. If you are a Manga fan, it could be nice for you, but there are more options, even based in the Gundam world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It isn't as good as Lost War Chronicles but if you like Gundam its a nice read. It gives you a glimpse at some suits you may not have seen before even though the art isn't that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Samuel Trejo
its dope but on other hand its an americanized so its a left to right read / and i noticed that theyre left handed in this manga just like the gundam wing mangsPublished 18 months ago by Jonathan
Aside from the cover page if you look at the pages displayed in English those characters are from a completely different Gundam Series, ETC Gundam Wing. Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by Kode
I am a big fan of the Gundam saga, and I love this series it was an excellent find, just hope there is more than one volume.Published on October 22, 2013 by J. Hazlerig
i was first introduce to Blue Destiny through Gundam Journey To Jaburo when you unlock the mobile suit Blue Destiny unit 1 and again in Gundam Encounters In Space. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by Eric N. Ramos
I think it's hard for any artist to cram a solid plot and good art into several volumes of manga, let alone one. Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by C. Wieninger
For those who don't know, the Blue Destiny story is based off of a Japanese exclusive Sega Saturn game which is in turn a side story in the One Year War timeline of the original... Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by Daniel M.
I think, when this was release almost 5 years ago, people didn't quite understand, you see, during that time, They were in the After Colony frame of mind (and then, that was THE... Read morePublished on September 17, 2004 by Adaptation