Manga re-telling of Mobile Suit Gundam written and illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, character designer and animation director of the original series as well as character designer for Zeta Gundam, Gundam F91 and Gundam Unicorn, the original novels of which he illustrated the first three volumes.The series is basically a manga adaptation of the original series, the third of its kind, and follows many of its plot elements while expanding on those elements and adding in unique elements of its own. The plot is the same as the original series and is as follows:The series follows Ordinary High School Student Amuro Ray, opening in the midst of a stalemate in the war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. Though the Earth Federation has (or, rather, had) superior numbers and resources, the Zeon military has annihilated much of the Federation's population with chemical weapons, decimated their fleet with their new mobile suit technology, nearly ended the war in a stroke with a Colony Drop, and follow up by invading Earth.While fighting a losing battle on Earth, the Federation stepped up its R&D program to develop its own mobile suits, resulting in the Super Prototype "Gundam". While doing final tests on the Gundam in a remote space colony, they are attacked by a small Zeon force led by Char Aznable. Amuro ends up Falling into the Cockpit in order to save the colony, and from there is pulled into the war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. But, of course, things aren't as simple as they appear to be...The manga itself will garner an Anime adaptation although it is unknown what form this will take. In addition, it spawned at least one spin-off sidestory, entitled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Artesia 0083, which concerns Sayla's search for her brother, Char Aznable.In the United States the manga was previously available from Viz, who released it in twelve collections in the American comic book format, following the Japanese tankobon editions (Small size, few colour pages and printed on newsprint). Unfortunately, these editions costed double the price for about half the content, and are now out-of-print. More fortunately, Vertical Inc have picked up the series and are planning to release the entire series, retranslated, in a Limited Edition hardback format based on the Japanese aizoban editions (which are over-sized, have more colour pages and are printed on high quality gloss paper). The first three volumes are already out with more volumes set to be released in the future.
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