History Anime / MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket

31st Jan '17 7:07:51 PM Xtifr
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The first {{OVA}} of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, '''''Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket''''' is a six-episode series that offers a significant change from the standard ''Gundam'' formula. As suggested by its subtitle, ''War in the Pocket'' is a small, personal story; a side story focusing on the experiences of a eleven year old boy during the One Year War. Released in 1989, it served to commemorate ''Gundam'''s [[MilestoneCelebration ten-year anniversary]]. It was also the first time anyone other than creator YoshiyukiTomino was given a chance to direct a ''Gundam'' story.

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The first {{OVA}} of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, '''''Mobile ''Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket''''' Pocket'' is a six-episode series that offers a significant change from the standard ''Gundam'' formula. As suggested by its subtitle, ''War in the Pocket'' is a small, personal story; a side story focusing on the experiences of a eleven year old boy during the One Year War. Released in 1989, it served to commemorate ''Gundam'''s [[MilestoneCelebration ten-year anniversary]]. It was also the first time anyone other than creator YoshiyukiTomino was given a chance to direct a ''Gundam'' story.
6th Dec '16 11:26:17 PM yaoyao9
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* ShoutOut[=/=]CallBack: [[spoiler:The Alex loses its head and left arm in the final battle, just like [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro's Gundam]] does in ''its'' final battle.]]
21st Oct '16 7:33:52 PM dlchen145
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The story follows Alfred "Al" Izuruha, an eleven year old resident of a neutral space colony, as his home is drawn into the One Year War. Though supposedly uninvolved in the conflict, Al's colony is in fact home to a secret Earth Federation base, currently hosting the SuperPrototype Gundam "Alex", which is undergoing final testing before being sent to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam White Base's Amuro Ray]]. A Zeon commando team is dispatched to destroy the Alex, but during the mission Al befriends the team's most junior member, Bernard "Bernie" Wiseman. A precocious kid who idealizes war (he's eleven, and this war happens to involve [[HumongousMecha giant robots]]), Al is impressed with Bernie's (false) stories of being an AcePilot and general {{Badass}}, and the two of them investigate the Alex as part of their ultimate plan to destroy it. However, unbeknownst to them, the Gundam's test pilot is none other than Al's attractive neighbor (and Earth Federation officer) Christina "Chris" Mackenzie. Also altering the situation is Bernie's awareness of his superiors' willingness to stop the Alex [[AtomicHate at all costs]]. The entire series follows Al's growing awareness of the reality of war as his two friends draw closer to an inevitable confrontation.

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The story follows Alfred "Al" Izuruha, an eleven year old resident of a neutral space colony, as his home is drawn into the One Year War. Though supposedly uninvolved in the conflict, Al's colony is in fact home to a secret Earth Federation base, currently hosting the SuperPrototype Gundam "Alex", which is undergoing final testing before being sent to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam White Base's Amuro Ray]]. A Zeon commando team is dispatched to destroy the Alex, but during the mission Al befriends the team's most junior member, Bernard "Bernie" Wiseman. A precocious kid who idealizes war (he's eleven, and this war happens to involve [[HumongousMecha giant robots]]), Al is impressed with Bernie's (false) stories of being an AcePilot and general {{Badass}}, badass, and the two of them investigate the Alex as part of their ultimate plan to destroy it. However, unbeknownst to them, the Gundam's test pilot is none other than Al's attractive neighbor (and Earth Federation officer) Christina "Chris" Mackenzie. Also altering the situation is Bernie's awareness of his superiors' willingness to stop the Alex [[AtomicHate at all costs]]. The entire series follows Al's growing awareness of the reality of war as his two friends draw closer to an inevitable confrontation.
19th Oct '16 8:18:59 PM Willbyr
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** It's more likely a reference to ''Gundam'', where Char spends some downtime in a bar.
19th Oct '16 8:15:10 PM Kruzzy
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** It's more likely a reference to ''Gundam'', where Char spends some downtime in a bar.
19th Aug '16 12:54:30 AM TheGunheart
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* {{Flanderization}}: When trying to take out the Gundam Alex, the Kämpfer grabs a belt of explosives from a nearby truck in desperation and hurls them at the mobile suit. In video games and toys that feature it as a playable suit, expect to see these explosives treated as a regular part of its arsenal.
1st Mar '16 11:52:51 PM LumiStardust
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* PoliceAreUseless: Narrowly averted early on. In Episode 3, Alfred is nearly run over by Garcia (who is driving a trailer rig). When Al goes to the police, they initially fail to believe him until he shows them a bruise on his lower back. From here, the cops are surprisingly competent, which nearly leads to their deaths until Al figures this out and pulls a quick save and claims he made the whole thing up to keep the cops from investigating further (which would get them killed by Misha). [[CryingWolf This later comes back to bite Al]] [[spoiler:when he's trying to alert the police to the Zeon scheme to blow up the colony]], causing this trope to be played bitterly straight in the end.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Narrowly averted early on. In Episode 3, Alfred is nearly run over by Garcia (who is driving a trailer rig). When Al goes to the police, they initially fail to believe him until he shows them a bruise on his lower back. From here, the cops are surprisingly competent, which nearly leads to their deaths until Al figures this out and pulls a quick save and claims he made the whole thing up to keep the cops from investigating further (which would get them killed by Misha).Mikhail). [[CryingWolf This later comes back to bite Al]] [[spoiler:when he's trying to alert the police to the Zeon scheme to blow up the colony]], causing this trope to be played bitterly straight in the end.
1st Mar '16 5:59:20 PM LumiStardust
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* PoliceAreUseless: Narrowly averted early on. In Episode 3, Alfred is nearly run over by Garcia (who is driving a trailer rig). When Al goes to the police, they initially fail to believe him until he shows them a bruise on his lower back. From here, the cops are surprisingly competent, which nearly leads to their deaths until Al figures this out and pulls a quick save and claims he made the whole thing up to keep the cops from investigating further (which would get them killed by Misha). [[CryingWolf This later comes back to bite Al]] when he's trying to alert the police to the Zeon scheme to blow up the colony, causing this trope to be played bitterly straight in the end.

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* PoliceAreUseless: Narrowly averted early on. In Episode 3, Alfred is nearly run over by Garcia (who is driving a trailer rig). When Al goes to the police, they initially fail to believe him until he shows them a bruise on his lower back. From here, the cops are surprisingly competent, which nearly leads to their deaths until Al figures this out and pulls a quick save and claims he made the whole thing up to keep the cops from investigating further (which would get them killed by Misha). [[CryingWolf This later comes back to bite Al]] when [[spoiler:when he's trying to alert the police to the Zeon scheme to blow up the colony, colony]], causing this trope to be played bitterly straight in the end.
1st Mar '16 5:57:50 PM LumiStardust
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* PoliceAreUseless: Narrowly averted early on. In Episode 3, Alfred is nearly run over by Garcia (who is driving a trailer rig). When Al goes to the police, they initially fail to believe him until he shows them a bruise on his lower back. From here, the cops are surprisingly competent, which nearly leads to their deaths until Al figures this out and pulls a quick save and claims he made the whole thing up to keep the cops from investigating further (which would get them killed by Misha). [[CryingWolf This later comes back to bite Al]] when he's trying to alert the police to the Zeon scheme to blow up the colony, causing this trope to be played bitterly straight in the end.
1st Mar '16 5:48:48 PM LumiStardust
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** He's certainly figured it out by the end though [[spoiler: once he's been present for the rapid dwindling of the Cyclops Team's numbers, and personally witnesses Bernie's death.]] He's appropriately [[HeroicBSOD shell-shocked by it after it all ends.]] Somewhat sadly, [[AmbiguousEnding we never learn how the kid turns out.]]

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** He's certainly figured it out by the end though [[spoiler: once he's been present for the rapid dwindling of the Cyclops Team's numbers, and personally witnesses Bernie's death.]] death]]. He's appropriately [[HeroicBSOD shell-shocked by it after it all ends.]] Somewhat sadly, [[AmbiguousEnding we never learn how the kid turns out.]]
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