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Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation Paperback – April 3, 2012
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About the Author
Frederik L. Schodt: Frederik L. Schodt is a translator and author of numerous books about Japan, including Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan. He often served as Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter. In 2009 he was received the The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture.
Mark Simmons: Mark Simmons is author of the Gundam Official Guide.
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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.
The rough premise of (almost) every Gundam is that there's a central conflict between two factions, usually Earth and her space colonies, which are beating the crud out of one another with little regard for civilian casualties. Then the titular mecha, almost always an advanced prototype more powerful than anything else on the battlefield, falls into the hand into an outside observer. This character chooses to fight on the side of the slightly-or-more-than-slightly-less-heinous of the two sides while learning harsh lessons on war.
The series carry harsh lessons about the cost of fighting which are undercut by the fact the audience is here to see mechas blow each other to pieces. I'm particularly fond of the Mobile Suit Gundam movies, Zeta Gundam, Gundam Wing, Gundam Seed, Gundam 00, and the Universal Century mini-series (08th MS Team, IGLOO, War in the Pocket, Stardust Memory, Char's Counterattack). Which should tell you, despite my lackluster description, I really like the franchise. But what would be a good place to really read about what Gundam is about?
That would be this collection of novels.
Written by Gundam's creator, Yoshiyuki Tomino, and translated into English, these are about as close to his original vision for the series as you're going to get.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read rave reviews for this collection and as a fan of the 0079 series, had to give it a look.
But the book felt clumsy and slow. I'd rather rewatch the original series.
Being a Mobile Suit Gundam fan I have always wanted to read the book(s) that Tomino wrote about it and how the war might have looked differently to him. Read morePublished 10 months ago by KzooGuy
So, I want to preface this saying I got into Gundam as a teenager, first through the model kits, and later through the cartoons as Cartoon Network helped bring them to America. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David
Recommended if you are a fan of Gundam or hard scifi. If any work needs to be turned into an anime, it's this one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sanosuke
I love the story of mobile suit gundam and with that said this is one of the best adaptations ever of the story of the one year war. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Brandon Knutila
I loved this book! Tomino's original idea for the One Year war differs slightly from the show, but delves deeper into some of the characters And is nothing but gripping and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by FVDT
This is a book written by the creator of the Gundmam franchise. The book is more mature than the anime which is refreshing because the anime can be on the cheesey side for adults... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kyle Lyon