Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam 00
aka: Gundam 00
Yes, those are Gundams. Any more war and we'll start using them.
Rebirth begins through destruction.
Premiering on October 4th, 2007, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 note
, the eleventh series in the franchise, was the first series in the long-running Gundam
franchise to be set in the Gregorian calendar. The series is set roughly 300 years in the future — in AD 2307, and the world has divided into three international alliances:
- The Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations (or "Union,") composed of North and South America, Australia, and Japan.
- The Human Reform League (or "HRL,") composed of Southern/Eastern Asia (primarily half of Russia, China, India, and the surrounding nations).
- The Advanced European Union (or "AEU,") composed of essentially the modern European Union, and possibly some, if not all, of Africa.
Since fossil fuels have become too depleted to be sources of energy, these three superpowers have jointly constructed a massive solar array ring around the Earth, connected by three equally-gigantic equatorial Orbital Elevators (Union's in South America, HRL's in the Pacific Ocean, AEU's in Africa). Despite this cooperation and mutual reliance, they still engage each other in military actions and power plays, all part of a calculated zero sum game; war is still very much a reality.
Enter Celestial Being — a shadowy private military organization with the goal of eradicating war completely and permanently. Armed with four incredibly advanced, seemingly-unstoppable Humongous Mecha
known as "Gundams," Celestial Being seeks to eliminate war... By attacking all other sides. The three global powers immediately mobilize to match the power of the Gundams, and before long it becomes increasingly clear that Celestial Being's goal of eradicating war will come at a heavy price: They must become the enemy of the entire world.Gundam 00
is split into two seasons; with the first airing from October 2007 to March 2008, while the second from October 2008 to March 2009. The series also spawned several side-stories, detailed here
, and a movie wrapping up the universe (called A Wakening of the Trailblazer
) came out in September 2010.
The first season is now being streamed in YouTube
officially on July 5, 2013 by Bandai, with the second season soon followed on July 30, 2013.
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That... is Celestial Being.