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[[caption-width-right:258:''Can't you see that you are sweet? Oh, let me love you so!'']]

->''"Don't cry, Al. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Soon]] [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam there'll be]] [[SequelEscalation an even bigger war]] [[TransformingMecha with]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall even cooler mobile suits]]!"''
-->-- One of Al's [[ThoseTwoGuys classmates]], demonstrating [[DramaticallyMissingthePoint a profound lack of understanding]] of the reasons for his HeroicBSOD

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.

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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!!This OAV provides examples of:

* AceCustom: The Alex is intended to be one for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]].
* ActionGirl: Chris is one of the few female Gundam pilots in the entire franchise. Unlike most, she did not inherit her Gundam from a male character - in fact, a male character was meant to inherit it from ''her''.
* AdvertisedExtra: Thanks to merchandising, the two best known mecha from this show are the Gundam NT-1 and the Kämpfer. Guess how long the Kämpfer actually lasts.
* AerithAndBob: Averted. With the exception of Killing, most of the cast have ordinary sounding, if sometimes mismatched, names, which makes it fairly unique among the ''Gundam'' series. This is also the show that mostly started the trend of giving Zeon military hardware GratuitousGerman [[PuttingOnTheReich names.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Technically, any of the Alex's standard weapons, since we only see its arm Gatlings and beam sabers in the OVA. The beam rifle and shield come standard in model kits, but its hyper bazooka is infinitely rarer, so far only appearing with the Gundam FIX Figuration action figure.
* AlternateContinuity:
** The novel version merely has Chris and Bernie argue with one another before both walking away from battle.
** ''Roleplay/ZeonQuest'' has another, happier ending: [[spoiler:Bernie successfully steals the Gundam Alex, but is forced to scuttle it. He then decides to go AWOL so that he can be together with Chris.]]
* BigBad: Killing.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The colony is safe, Al survives unharmed and Chris has only relatively minor injuries, but Bernie dies needlessly and Al will never be the same again. Adding insult to injury, in their final farewells to Al (Bernie via recorded video), both Bernie and Chris ask him to say hi to the other for them. Al's the only one that knows the truth of the situation.]] Appropriately, the final scene of the OVA is Al collapsing into tears when some of his classmates express disappointment over the war's end and suggest that the next one will be even cooler.
** It's also implied at the end that Bernie knows Chris is in the Alex [[spoiler:and deliberately lets her get the killing blow so he wouldn't have to kill her himself]]. Chris never finds out the truth about Bernie.
* BloodierAndGorier: "War in the Pocket" has much more gore, blood and other graphic violence than any previous installment of the Gundam franchise.
* CassandraTruth: When Al goes to the police to try and warn everybody that Zeon is going to nuke the colony, they remember that he's the same kid who faked a hit-and-run to get them to track down Bernie earlier and don't believe him.
* CharacterDevelopment: It'd be easy to dismiss Al as a fool for not realizing good people die in war but again, the kid is eleven.
* CharClone: One of the few ''Gundam'' series to not feature one, though it does reference ''Zeta Gundam''[='=]s Quattro by giving the blonde-haired Bernie sunglasses for the better part of the last two episodes.
* CoolBigSis: Chris.
* DullSurprise: A couple instances during episode one, when Al reacts to Bernie's Zaku [[http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/834/ixwa.png nearly crashing into his school]] (while he's on the roof) and later [[http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/4/iqz3.png having a gun pointed at him]] with a face that can only be described as slack-jawed boredom.
* DuringTheWar: A sidestory of the One Year War.
* EnergyWeapons: Few and far between; after the attack on the Federation base in the first episode, the only ones seen outside of a simulator are beam sabers. {{Justified|Trope}} in that beam weapons, and the [[StuffBlowingUp massive explosions]] that typically result from kills with them, would easily puncture the hull of the space colony the majority of the series takes place in.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Bernie]]'s last meal is a particularly gruesome example.
* FunWithAcronyms: "Alex" apparently stands for "'''A'''rmored '''L'''ayers '''EX'''periment," for its optional Chobham armor. In RealLife, it's a pun on the phonetic pronunciation of "RX", the model number for Federation prototypes.
* {{Flynning}}: Subverted: The Kämpfer gets out its beam sword but is immediately pulverized by the Gundam's arm-mounted machine gun.
* GatlingGood: Alex Gundam has one small gatling gun built into each arm.
* GlassCannon:
** The Kämpfer was designed as a high-speed assault model, capable of incredible speeds but possessing rather thin armor as a result. [[spoiler:Demonstrated rather viscerally when it plows through an entire MS team while staying mobile, but gets shredded like tinfoil when it tries to engage the Alex in melee combat.]]
** The Hygoggs most of the Cyclops team use in the first episode also demonstrate this, with Garcia in particular managing to quickly slide in close to two enemy mobile suits, [[BulletproofHumanShield grab one]] and shoot through it to hit the other, but then Andy stands out of cover trying to launch a missile at the shuttle they came after and takes a bullet through the cockpit for his trouble.
* GlobalIgnorance: An in-universe example. During the Cyclops Team's covert attempt to steal the Alex, Bernie's cover story gets blown when he mistakenly describes Sydney, Australia being covered in snow at Christmas time...in the middle of the southern hemisphere's summer (at the time of 0080's release, it hadn't snowed in Sydney ''at all'' in over 150 years). [[spoiler:Not to mention that Sydney was wiped out by a ColonyDrop early on into the war.]]
* GratuitousGerman: In the English dub, we are subjected to von Helsing's badly imitated German accent. As above, ''0080'' is also the show that helped start the trend of Zeon mobile suit designs having German names.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Gihren and Kycilia Zabi, whose presences can be felt throughout the show, but who never actually appear or are specifically named.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Present as ever. The Federation's behavior in Side Six is highly questionable (among other things, they're building and deploying mobile suits in a neutral colony with a large civilian population before the treaty allowing them to do so is signed), and Zeon's response is to ''try to blow the entire place up'', civilians and all. Would qualify as BlackAndGreyMorality if the Cyclops team (and Bernie in particular) weren't so sympathetic.
* HeroicBSOD: Al, when [[spoiler:he watches Bernie's Zaku get destroyed, and later sees Chris removed from the cockpit of the Alex]]. He also gets a more minor one earlier when he comes across rescue workers at a destroyed building and sees them pull the corpse of a child around his age out of the rubble.
* HopeSpot:
** Admit it, [[spoiler:for a moment, it actually seemed Bernie could win, didn't it]]?
** Or that [[spoiler:maybe, just maybe Al would make it in time to stop the fight.]]
* HumongousMecha: Duh.
* HuskyRusskie: Mikhail Kaminsky, pilot of the Cyclops Team's Kämpfer mobile suit.
* IkeaWeaponry: The Kämpfer was smuggled into Libot in pieces and assembled on site.
* InfoDrop: ''Gundam 0080'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' provide Info Drops for fans trying to figure out when exactly the Universal Century takes place. The former has a newspaper that reads "Monday, 14 January 0080", while the latter has Axis proclaim itself Neo Zeon on February 29th 0088, which means 0080 is a leap year in which January 14th falls on a Monday. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam The original series]] and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' both suggested that the calendar changeover happened in 2000, but these pieces of information were quietly {{retcon}}ned out in the CompilationMovie versions.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:The Cyclops Team, Bernie.]]
* LatexSpaceSuit: The pilot suits, as always.
* LightningBruiser: The Alex. Designed for Newtype pilots (Amuro, specifically), the Federation lacks [[AttackDrone remote weapon]] technology, so instead they make it a high-class high-speed machine capable of keeping up with a Newtype's superior reflexes.
* MadeOfExplodium: Averted. Lots of mobile suits are taken out by gunfire, but the only ones that are actually blown up during battle are in a simulator and [[spoiler:Bernie's Zaku at the end]], when it takes a beam saber through its generator. Notably, after the initial attack on the arctic base, we are treated to a view of the aftermath, including at least one GM who is still holding its arm up to aim its gun. Rarely does any Gundam series have whole mobile suits still intact, especially like this.
* MightyGlacier: The Gundam "Alex" has the heavy armored shell that protects the actual mecha even when caught in a chain mine detonation. Even when the armor is ejected, the Alex is still a LightningBruiser.
%%* MinovskyPhysics
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Colonel ''Killing''.
* NeutralNoLonger: Side Six colony ''Rhea'' (the one in the show) and its gradual shift towards backing the Federation (and the Federation's willingness to take advantage of that) is what kicks off the whole plot. Subverted in the settings, where different colonies in Side Six support Zeon or the Federation, depending on the economic support from behind.
* NewMeat: Bernie is this to the Cyclops Team, an attitude not at all helped by their still dealing with the death of their buddy Andy Strauss in the first episode.
* NukeEm: Zeon is not going to let the Federation introduce another Gundam into the war, by any means necessary.
* RetCon: In a meta sense; ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the only series in the franchise]] where the protagonist never receives a MidSeasonUpgrade. ''War in the Pocket'' retroactively alleviates this exception, providing an explanation why.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Bernie attacks the Alex in order to keep the colony from being nuked, but the ship dispatched with the nuke was captured, and its captain committed suicide. When Al learns this, he rushes to the battle in an attempt to let Bernie know that he doesn't have to fight anymore -- arriving just in time to see the explosive end of the fight, nearly dying himself in the process.]] Played razor straight, and for tragedy. Very effectively.
** They actually mislead you with another potential STSD story. [[spoiler:Killing revealed he was going to nuke the colony regardless of Cyclops' success, just to make sure the Gundam's dead and buried. Regardless of whether or not Bernie would have destroyed the thing, the colony would have been nuked anyways. You'd think that he'd succeed only to realize that they're all doomed anyways, then the series throws you the curve ball above.]]
* 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.]]
* ShortRangeShotgun: Averted for both human-sized and MS-sized shotguns. The Kämpfer's shotgun blasts are powerful enough to completely pierce through the armor of an MP Guncannon even from a long distance. Bernie also manages to shred [[OneHitPolykill two Federation soldiers with one shot]] from a short-barreled shotgun from a surprising distance.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The triumphant BGM that plays during the climactic battle between the Alex and Bernie's Zaku [[spoiler:almost makes you think the story might have a happy ending after all.]]
** That track is the second half of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuntewY_1I4 Bernard Wiseman]]" on the official OST.
** The upbeat Next Episode music at the end gets ''really'' inappropriate by the second half of the series.
** Not to mention that the series ends with such a happy, upbeat track when the ending is anything but.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Strangely averted in only one scene in episode 3, when Al and Bernie are outside the colony, and the only sound that can be heard are their voices.
* TheSquad: The Cyclops Team.
* SuperPrototype: The Alex, a Newtype-use Gundam intended for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]]. Since the Federation doesn't have [[AttackDrone remote weapons]] yet, "Newtype-use" simply means it's fast enough to keep up with his superhuman reflexes.
* SwordFight: Subverted in episode 4, where the Kämpfer closes in to have one with the Alex, only for the Alex to [[CombatPragmatist shred it with one of its gatling guns]].
* ThrowAwayGuns: The Kämpfer carries two of each of its main weapons (shotgun, giant bazooka, and sturm fausts) because none of them can be reloaded; its only internal weapons are beam sabers and head vulcans.
* TomboyishName: Christina [=MacKenzie=] usually is referred to as Chris.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 4. [[spoiler: Most of the Zeon reserves that Al and Bernie cooperated with through the last three episodes die during the attack on RX-78 Alex and Chris gets her first taste of actual combat against a Zaku.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: A good argument could be made for this series being a deconstruction of this trope, as the series focuses on the {{Mooks}} of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. [[spoiler: Especially in light of both the WhamEpisode and the ending, considering how Chris never finds out the identity of the pilots she's gunning down.]]
* YouBastard: This show is a {{Deconstruction}} that seems to question why people love Franchise/{{Gundam}} shows in the first place, when they tend to have such a staunch [[WarIsHell anti-war]] message. The final scene uses a group of children as {{Audience Surrogate}}s, and has them talking about how ''cool'' all the recent bloodshed was and how they ''can't wait'' for the [[SequelHook next war to start]], so they can look at all the [[MerchandiseDriven awesome new mobile suits]].

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