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Mobile Suit Gundam: Blue Destiny Paperback – January, 2003

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  • 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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First off, i want to tell all of you that Gundam has had many different series each with differet story lines and different charachtars. Most long time anime and Manga fans know this. So if you are intrested in this book for the Cartoon Network version, You will find nothing fimilar to you. Yet if you like Wing than this is a great oen to get. I thought that this book was great as long as you are open to many different types of Manga. And a comment on the other reveiw, Most people alredy know this but a Graphic novel is a comic book that is in a book format. So if you arent into comics, then dont buy it, but on the other hand if you love anime and Manga this is a great book to buy.
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We have seen “Mobile Suit Gundam” manga releases that tie-in to the Japanese video game releases.

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.
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Adapted from a three-part 90's video game for the Sega Saturn system, Blue Destiny is written and drawn by Mizuho Takayama (Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yadate are only credited for the Gundam concept) and translated by Mixx Manga (now TOKYOPOP). Set in the Universal Century's overused One Year War timeline, the story follows mecha test-pilot Yu Kajima as he and his comrades gear up for the Earth Federation's full-scale operation against the Duchy of Zeon. Meanwhile a new weapon lies in wait, a force so volatile it destroys everything in its path.

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.
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Great book for begginers and experts alike at manga or the gundam series. I have seen a good amount of manga and anime, yet even though never read and Mobile Suit Gundam, I found this book hard to put down and i just read it over and over. Buy it today if you are just browsing or looking for another gundam masterpiece.
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I've been a fan of Anime and Manga for a long time. I was attracted by the original story and technology concepts present in the original Gundam UC world (not GWing). I've always wanted to have a Gundam manga, so when I had the chance, I bought this one, and after a quite detailed inspection, I found the following topics very useful for the people interested in it:
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.
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