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    Universal Century 
Mobile Suit Gundam

The original series movies in particular were known for creating absolutely classic themes. Just a short selection of First Gundam themes include:

  • Soldiers of Sorrow has become quite iconic and has been covered by several people, as it represents how war can traumatize people for life as a cry for peace.
    • Animetal made a very sentimental cover for the song, though it also turned up the guitar and bass to highlight the unshakable valour of the men of war defending themselves and those they love.
    • Gackt (used for Gundam VS Gundam NEXT PLUS) is both celebratory and melancholic, fitting for a franchise covering the horrors of war going on for at least 30 years.
    • JAM Project's cover features an acoustic guitar and clever harmonies among a group of folks, giving the song a warm feel and a more touching cry for peace.
    • ACE OF SPADES brings in just as much rock and roll as Animetal in this 40th anniversary rendition. It's just as touching as the original, albeit with more rock, representative of the same cry for peace the franchise is trying to declare.
    • And even Andrew W.K., who did a very successful English version, makes a great chorus, rock and dissonance to give the same message the franchise is trying to bring, only in English for English-speaking fans to understand.
  • Beginning, with Daisuke Inoue (R.I.P) doing double duty and playing the flute solo between verses of the song as well as vocals.
  • Encounters. Melancholic and soothing as a winding down from the events of the compilation movie.
  • And of course, Here Comes Char!
    • The song's lyrics are open to some Alternate Character Interpretation which makes it outright hilarious if you think of it as being sung by someone who got owned by Char. And it's even more hilarious when you notice that, in the original series, the soldiers that had occupied Amuro's home were dancing to an instrumental version of "Here Comes Char"!
    • Andrew W. K. also did a suitably awesome English version of "Here Comes Char!".
  • This rendition of "Tobe Gundam" for the 30th Anniversary symphonic suite makes the classic opening song even more epic. Andrew W. K., English rock cover: "Fly, Gundam!"
  • The concept music Time is on My Side, used as the ending song for most of the sad episodes in the Gundam Evolve miniseries. Here's a live version.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

Gundam Expanded Universe

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt

  • Thunderbolt For Main, Io Fleming's personal theme song that plays on his first sortie to the Thunderbolt Sector. An upbeat free jazz song that would give any Mobile Suit pilot an andredaline rush into battle.
  • Oh God. I'm Alone., one of Daryl's favorite songs to play on his radio. A calm and soothing blues song that contradicts the louder and upbeat music that Io Fleming listens to.

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

  • The very aptly named Men of Destiny embodies the courage and derring-do of the heroes of this OVA.
  • The Winner is a rocking 80s tune calling for our heroes to fight onward to victory. It even leads to an AMAZING English translation packing in the same resolve and valour of the original by Richie Kotzen of Poison, who happens to be a die-hard Gundam fan!
  • We later get Oblivion from the same source as Men of Destiny. It uses the exact same instrumental, but rather than simply dubbing the lyrics into English, new somewhat apocalyptic, yet still awesomely GAR, lyrics were written, effectively making it a new song. Also somewhat unique for an English song, it was used in the original Japanese version of the show, and has perfect grammar and pronunciation. And it is freaking awesome.
  • Assault Waves, the perfect music to have epic MS duels to. (Also with its Gundam Vs Series version
  • Dendrobium is amazing, showcasing the power and speed of the Dendrobium unit.

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

  • Awesome 80's music with the Opening Themes Zeta - Transcending Times and From an Aqueous Star with Love, both of which were co-written by Neil Sedaka.
  • The movies are no slouch in the OP department either. Case in point: the first movie opens with the awesome song "Metamorphoze" from Gackt, of which there exists a recursive adaptation in the form of the song's official music video, containing actual footage from the movie.
  • The Pulse of Zeta was used as the opening theme for the English version. For some fans it elevated Zeta to the halls of awesome space opera that gives Star Wars a run for its money.
  • A.E.U.G. contains a few motifs from "Pulse of Zeta", showing their sheer menace to an overall fragile tranquility.
  • Riders in the Skies, which plays during the climax of the finale. It also plays when Kamille uses his New-Type-exclusive attacks such as hyper beam saber and Waverider attack in some Super Robot Wars titles.
  • Giant Battle, aka the Psyco Gundam's theme. It really gives the feel of "I think we need need a bigger mobile suit".
  • The haunting march of the Titans.
  • Conclusion, the tear jerking track that plays at the end of the last episode when Fa finds out that Kamille has lost his mind.
  • Ai no kyosokyoku, the theme of the tragic love story of Kamille and Four.
  • Haman Karn's theme packs in dread and doom in its harmonies, perfectly describing her group's nefarious ambitions.

Gundam Walpurgis

Gundam Sentinel

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

  • Char's Counterattack had an amazing orchestral soundtrack, rivaling anything coming from major American productions. Especially notable are "Main Title" and "Nu Gundam", and ends with an excellent, although non-orchestral song by the name of "Beyond the Time". The live version takes this even further...
  • There's also the themes of Char and Amuro, "Swan" for Char and "Sally" for Amuro (and this video has both songs in the style of the Gundam Vs Series). "Swan" is a suspenseful and tragic theme that gives the feeling of the trauma and spite that dwell within Char. Meanwhile, "Sally" is a more hope-bringing and heroic theme that represents Amuro's courageous resolve to stop Char from destroying the Earth.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

  • As might be expected from a work by Hiroyuki Sawano, Gundam Unicorn's soundtrack is full of win...
    • "Unicorn" is a majestic, yet melancholic number for a grand orchestra and choir simply made to emphasize the might of this new Gundam.
    • "Mobile Suit" is a valiant, stirring theme merging orchestral fullness with electronic pop as the Earth Federation's platoons engage the menacing Neo Zeon forces, especially one Stark Jegan pilot who goes all out against the Kshatriya.
    • "Laplace" is a frantic number for choir and brass fit for any battle where the tide turns against Banagher and his allies, especially at the hands of the terrifying Neo Zeon remnants as all sides fight for Laplace's box.
    • The menacing orchestral-electronic "Full Frontal" is a bold, threatening tune showcasing this Char Clone's fierce mobile suit combat prowess and his Sinanju's versatility, speed and deadliness.
    • "RX-0" is an uplifting theme for the Unicorn Gundam as the orchestra goes blaring once again to cheer this powerful machine on to peace and victory.
    • "Sinanju" is a slower-paced, instrumental version of Full Frontal's theme, which drives home how he's a cold engine of logic that will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
    • The sombre and touching "The Univers" (sic) is a booming tune capturing the seemingly shattered hopes and dreams of mankind in the blood-soaked, gory years of the Universal Century.
    • The wistful "Zero Gravity" is a slower, more stirring version of "Unicorn" as the mighty Unicorn Gundam and its pilot Banagher press onward to fulfil their destinies.
    • "On Your Mark" is a victorious, cathartic number, symbolising the end of the conflict for the now-open Laplace's Box, encouraging us all to believe in endless possibilities like Banagher, Minerva "Audrey" Zabi, Riddhe and their friends.
    • "Life and Death" is a dissonant, despairing piece that encapsulates the direness of the Third Neo Zeon War and plays in some of the OVA's most emotional scenes.
  • Its theme songs are a spectacle as well.
    • "Ryuusei no Namida" is a soothing number to relax from all the fighting the series had featured, as a sign of peace which is only but a dream in this war-torn period of time.
    • "Everlasting" is another vocal piece wrapping up episode 2. Another call for peace, but it's slightly more optimistic and faster.
    • "merry-go-round" shows how the cycle of war can repeat, crying out for a long-lasting peace amidst melancholic vocals.
    • "B-Bird" by earthmind is another cry for the fighting to end, with the rocking being a grim minor key.
    • Boom Boom Satellites' "BROKEN MIRROR" is a rocking tune with enough gritty-sound guitars representing the horrors of war, yet it also brings determination to save your friends as shown by the progressing tune.
    • "RE:I AM" is one more call for peace from all the bloodshed, a fitting musical number to urge Banagher and his allies onward to stop the war.
    • "StarRingChild" by Aimer shows how kids can be racked by war, being just as melancholic as the other songs, yet it also brings hope for the future generations to bring about a lasting peace, just like Banagher Links did in his trusty Unicorn Gundam.
  • "Mobile Armor" packs in a blaring melody to reveal the Shamblo's full power.
  • "Mobile Suit <W-REG MIX>" is a longer version of "Mobile Suit" which still sounds just as bold and valiant as the original.
  • "MAD-NUG" conveys another devastating wave of desperation and grief in its melodies and never seems to burst out in loudness to highlight the ever-escalating conflict for Laplace's Box.
  • From the third OST:
    • "Banshee" as the theme of the second Unicorn unit "Banshee", featuring creepy electronics that imitate scare chords to bring out the new unit's viciousness.
    • "Gundam" reeks of bravery in all of its instrumentation.
    • "Psycho-field" displays sheer valour in the face of a Colony Laser, and longing and awe-inspiring tunes as the Unicorn goes all out in doing so. There's also Riddhe, who also awakens his Banshee, and the many grand blaring themes of this piece!
    • "Angelo" has some Latin inspired flare in some of its percussion backed by a full orchestra, fitting for a slick and graceful mobile suit pilot like Angelo of the "Sleeves".
  • There are also some Heartwarming entries:
    • First is "Remind You" from OST II, which is essentially "Unicorn" and "On Your Mark" with English lyrics that sums up the hopes and horrors of the Universal Century.
    • Also, Cyua's "A Letter" from the first OST (and in a similar vein, "Audrey" from the third) both used in Episodes 1 and 5, respectively.
  • The fourth OST doesn't disappoint either. It includes a remixed version of "Unicorn" as well as sweeping orchestral versions of "RE:I AM" and "Ryuusei no Namida". All while bringing back tracks from all the previous episodes, and even an orchestral remix of "Beginning" from the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • From the TV edition, we have the opening theme Into the Sky which is jam-packed with hope and longing amidst hopelessness and seemingly endless conflict. As for the ending theme Next 2 U, it's calming enough to help you wind down from all the action of the show, vocals, instrumentation and all.

Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative

  • Once again, Hiroyuki Sawano delivers his awesome soundtrack for the franchise starting with "VigilaNTe", which first plays when Jona attempts to capture the Phenex.
  • The theme song, "narrative", is a beautiful collaboration between Sawano and LiSA which really speaks for the movie's main characters.
  • The insert song "Cage"; specifically, the (NTv) version which nails Miss Minerva Zabi's views of the conflict and how she's trying to end the fighting with little hope and very slim chances of success. Even the music strikes a balance between being melancholic and hopeful.

Hathaway's Flash

  • Prior to its 2019-2020 animated adaptation, Hathaway and the Xi Gundam actually got their own exciting yet sorrowful theme song.
  • As expected of Hiroyuki Sawano, the movie's soundtrack provides some absolute knockouts that complement the Darker and Edgier tone perfectly.
    • "EARth" is simply gorgeous, combining Sawano's stylistic synths with a grand orchestra that lets Earth's ethereal beauty and gravitas shine in the opening sequence.
    • "CC···12yl" is a high-energy track that kicks off with a sequence of synths that only keeps escalating in scale, adding plenty more synths before finally adding a full orchestra right at the end. Its quieter moments add to the already-tense soundscape, lending itself beautifully to the first fight scene of the first movie.
    • "Möbius", the opening theme of the first movie, whose lyrics go through Hathaway's mix of Revenge Before Reason Power Of Hate feelings and You Are Better Than You Think You Are La Résistance call to stand up to a corrupt world until you force the system to change, together.
    • "TRACER", despite being solely used as a transition track between Hathaway's monologue and the deployment of the Messers, goes through the former's motivations for what he does, in contrast to the largely unthinking EFF; His commitment to fight and kill for the sake of the Earth, the new generation oppressed by the old, and the future. And how even if blinded by grief, he can still easily see the broken world for what it is. The intro and outro cut from the film itself also sarcastically asserts his enemies within the Earth Federation can become true heroes who actually make the world a better place by dying under his gunfire.
    • "ESIRNUS" starts off with tense, dramatic music that follows Hathaway and Gigi's attempt to escape the attack on Davao on foot, but then culminates in a somber, slow, and heartbreaking strings movement that feels like all of the grief and pain of the Universal Century put into music. (It doesn't hurt that it accompanies one of the most beautiful shots in the movie.)
    • As soon as Hathaway resolves to cut all ties to the past in order to fulfill his mission and enters combat with the fearsome Xi Gundam, "XI" plays, carrying another classic "Sawano drop" moment amidst a sea of electronic notes and beeps, clearly influenced by his previous tracks for Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ("UNICORN", "MOBILE SUIT" and "BANSHEE", respectively); fitting, considering Hathaway's character arc as a Darker and Edgier Gundam protagonist is almost a direct foil to Banagher's paragon status.
    • The ending theme of the first movie, "Senkou" ("Flash') by popular band [Alexandros], is simply awesome, putting some incredible vocals against a rocking landscape that narrates the unique hardships Hathaway faces on his journey.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91

Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam

Mobile Suit Victory Gundam

    Future Century 
Mobile Fighter G Gundam

    After Colony 
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
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    After War 
After War Gundam X

    Correct Century 
∀ Gundam

∀ Gundam takes this Up to Eleven with the tradition of great Gundam music teamed up with Yoko Kanno (and a few others who are noted where appropriate) to impressive results:

    Cosmic Era 
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
  • "Invoke" by T.M.Revolution. One of the best songs by the artist, it sets the tone for the beginning parts of the show.
  • From the first OST:
    • "Gundam Shutsugeki" announces the arrival of the Strike Gundam in a grand rock fanfare.
    • "Kesshin" conveys a sense of calm, yet carries a false sense of peace, fitting for the war in the show.
    • "Kanashimi", a sombre piano number for some of the show's sadder moments.
    • "Wazukana Fuan" reeks of tension and suspense as the Archangel crew discover the Earth Federation's darker side and the CYCLOPS System under the Alaskan base.
    • "Heiwana Hoshi" serves as a respite from all the tension of war with its soothing harmonies and melody.
    • "Shatei Kyori" is a tense piece jam-packed with anticipation whether the heroes are about to go all out, or if they're stuck in a jam.
    • "Namida" perfectly describes the sadness war can bring, even if it's fought in mobile suits.
    • "Kaisou" captures the same grief as "Namida", only this time, it's played not just with piano, but also some mournful woodwinds and strings.
    • "Hoshi e no Inori" is a calming piano piece; it's a great respite from all the devastation and horror of the war with soothing harmonies and melodies, all backed up by strings.
    • "Eien e no Shunkan" plays the same recurring motif of many of the tracks in this show, symbolising how old friends can meet again (and possibly as enemies) and how painful such experiences can be...
  • From the second OST:
    • "Akatsuki no Kage" carries an air of emptiness, as in, how bare the desert is as the Archangel crew end up in the desert. Don't get us started on the catchy Arabic style of music here, fitting for the exemplary Desert Tiger of the ZAFT forces.
    • "Kuuchuu Shisei" packs in tension and horror over any part of the war's most horrific moments, such as the Archangel getting viciously attacked and left behind as the Alaskan base is set to blow. Even the orchestra sounds horribly dissonant and confused over the chaos.
    • "Tekiki Shuurai" uses the same Arabic style as "Akatsuki no Kage" but at a faster pace, showing you can never be safe in a war, whether you're from the Earth Forces or ZAFT, because you'll get attacked and forced into battle stations either way.
    • "Senjou no Ketsui" reeks of sadness, confusion and extremism. Even the orchestra is also desperate and confused over who's right and who's wrong. It's a fitting sign that the morality of ZAFT and the Earth Forces are no longer gray; they're both pitch black and highly immoral now.
    • Kougeki Taisei" is another track played during the Orb Union's darkest hour when the Earth Forces attack its shores. It's loaded with so much tension and horror, even the instruments grow desperate.
    • "Heiwa no Inori" is another peaceful respite from the tension of the war, with soothing harmonies and melodies as old friends and comrades socialise like back before the war.
    • "Seisen no Gishin" is a tense, dreadful track, showing the extremes the Earth Forces are willing to take just to destroy their enemies.
    • "Sajin no Machi" carries the same Arabic style theme, only this time, it sounds both serious and kind of organised, just like the Desert Dawn group opposing the ZAFT forces in the sandy wilderness.
    • "Kodoku" is another melancholic piece, carrying the same air of sorrow like many of the other grief-laden tracks.
    • "Chijousen". Once again, the Arabic setting is back and faster and grittier than ever, showcasing the tension of battle in the open desert, or if ZAFT's Desert Tiger goes on the attack against Desert Dawn and the Archangel.
    • "Kawaki no Yume" keeps up with the cool Arabic musical motifs, but with more tension, just like the cryptic instructions of Desert Dawn or Andrew Waltfeld being cryptic.
    • "Sentou Butai" is another determination-fuelled theme, showcasing more of the Archangel's strengths and its greatest mobile suit pilot going on a roll, trashing any enemies they see.
    • "Strike Shutsugeki" is a grand number for orchestra, mainly its brass section, encapsulating the Strike's full potential with all three of its packs at the ready as it goes all out against Athrun Zala's team.
  • From the third OST:
    • "Justice and Freedom" is a grand, stirring theme with slow brass and strings playing a backing section to leave you in awe. This is a perfect description of the full power of ZAFT's latest and greatest mobile suits.
    • Yuukouda Geki" plays when Athrun, Kira and their allies go all out like the greatest pilots and ship crew in the world. Even the orchestra and solo vocals go bombastic and grand, celebrating their full potential.
    • "Kouhoushien". Another tense theme played when the Earth Forces continue their assault on Orb's territory, yet there is valor in the music, owing to more harmonious harmonies and the Buster's return to the fight.
    • "Senkou no Hate ni" is another grand theme which encapsulates the strength of Kira's new Gundam, the Freedom.
    • "Countdown" is another dread-loaded theme, but amidst hopelessness, there is bravery, a vivid description of the Archangel's crew and the lords and leaders of the Orb Union as the leaders prepare to blow up their weapons so that the Earth Forces will never get their hands on them.
    • "Sekibetsu no Shizuku" is another sad piece, whether it be everyone trying to take advantage of their brief respite from the horrors of war or if you find out about the horrible truth of your origins, like Kira, the Ultimate Coordinator.
    • "The Secret of Birth" is another tense number, fitting for the high-stakes duel between ace pilot Mu La Flaga and ZAFT Commander Rau Le Creuset. It gets even grittier once Rau's identity and origins are revealed. It also serves as the theme for the majority of the final battle between Kira and Le Creuset, who by that point had pushed Kira past his Rage-Breaking Point by killing Flay and going after Lacus immediately after.
    • "Yuujou no Boueisen". Another militaristic and valiant theme, saluting the sheer boldness of Athrun going up close and in person to the three Druggies of the Earth Forces.
    • "Shutsugeki Meirei" reeks of anticipation and bravery in the face of extreme danger, with the orchestra growing braver in sound as Kira and his allies head out to end the war.
    • "Yuujou no Keiyaku" is another action-packed theme showcasing the Three Ships Alliance's strengths and wit.
    • "Aku no 3 Heiki" is an electronic-orchestral number serving as the theme of the three Boosted men. It conveys both tension and dread in showing how strong they are in their mobile suits.
    • "Kodoku no Senritsu" is another tension-laden track as the people, especially Athrun, question their motives for the war. Even the piano is uncertain, yet it carries in the same sombre motif as many of the tracks before it to symbolise the wish to fight alongside with friends.
    • "Itsuwari no Yuujou" has an air of sadness as the Archangel leaves the Orb Union. It's doubly sad in context since the crew in that ship are leaving their family behind, but Kira never got to see his parents.
    • "Shizukanaru Hanran" is a loud, militaristic number loaded with dread and extremism. It's a perfect description of some of the bigger, nastier hotheads in the war, such as Patrick Zala who wants to eradicate all Naturals.
    • "Fly! Freedom". A grand theme fitting for Kira's new Gundam, the Freedom, as it spreads its wings and soars to defend its allies.
  • "Saikisen" only played in one episode of the series. And that was Kira and Athrun's final battle with each other.
  • "Prophecy of the End", perfectly summing up everyone's reaction to GENESIS being unleashed.
  • "Shizuka na Yoru ni" is a soothing peace deeply exploring the horrors of war while also calling for world peace.
  • "Mizu no Akashi" is a tranquil cry for unity and peace.
  • "Meteor", also known as "Kira's asskicking music".
  • The show's first ending theme, "Anna ni Issho Datta no ni", is catchy as well as tragic, delving into Athrun and Kira's friendship being strained and on the brink of being shattered when they find themselves on opposite sides of the war.
  • "RIVER" by Tatuya Ishii is a grieving send-off to every single deceased character we know and love in the show, especially Nicol.
  • "Moment", the second OP of Gundam Seed. And then there's this fandub of it. It's arguably even better than the original, if that were even possible. "Remaining 10% is worth dying for", indeed.
  • "Believe", the third OP and "Realize", the fourth OP, both by Nami Tamaki, really give a sense of hope as the series reaches its climax.
  • "Theme of Rain" is tearjerkingly beautiful.
  • "FIND THE WAY" is Mika Nakashima's way of winding down all the action in the final phase of the Alliance-PLANT War.
  • From the HD Remastered Edition of Gundam SEED:
    • "Anna ni Issho Datta no ni" showcases Athrun and Kira's wish to remain friends, almost as perfectly as the original, but with remastered and enhanced harmonies.
    • "Shizuka na Yoru ni" describes Kira's new view of the war and desire to end it.
    • "Akatsuki no Kuruma" is a saddening send off to all the chief officers at Orb Union and a call for peace.
    • "Mizu no Akashi", by Lacus Clyne herself, is a cry for peace.
    • We also got a brand new ending: "Distance" by FictionJunction, which is a great way to wind down from all that has happened in the show with soothing vocals and instrumentations.

Gundam SEED MSV

  • SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays introduces two themes for SEED MSV and its related stories:
    • The Earth Alliance theme, used by Edward Harrelson and Morgan Chevalier, is an intense, action-packed theme befitting the two pilots who are known for kicking serious ass despite things holding them back (Edward's disinclination towards violence, Morgan refusing to go beyond a 105 Dagger even when presented with a Strike.)
    • ZAFT's theme, used by Mikhail Coast and Shiho Hahnenfuss, is a calmer theme compared to the EA's, representing their more reserved attitudes.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray

  • "Zips" radiates the fun factor and light-heartedness in the midst of a bleak war, just like Lowe Guele and his guild.
    • The Rock Version is just as badass with more rock and roll to represent Lowe's resolve in fighting amidst adversity.
    • SRW:K's version is sweet; what it lacks in vocals, it makes up with some nifty synthesisers.
  • "Red Stroke", the theme of Lowe Guele and his Gundam Astray Red Frame. A really great rock theme that really pumps up the Hot Blooded-ness in the series.
  • "Mission Start", the theme of Gai Murakumo and his Gundam Astray Blue Frame. Another rock theme, but with a cooler and serious tone. Perfect for the mercenary group Serpent Tail.
  • "Chosen One", the theme of Rondo Gina Sahaku and his sister Rondo Mina Sahaku with their Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu (and Amatsu Mina). A mix of rock and piano that defines the Big Bad and his sister as perfect mixes of elegance and ferocity.

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny

  • "Ignited" kicks a lot of ass in terms of awesomeness, being fast-paced and utterly determined, just like Shinn's first sortie in his Impulse Gundam trying to prevent another war.
    • Its Piano Version is a slower, soothing version of the theme, symbolising some of the more melancholic or peaceful moments in the second war, as the calm before the storm.
    • SRW:Z's version has no vocals, but makes it up for some surprisingly good synthesizers to fill in the melody to recapture the resilience of Shinn Asuka.
  • "PRIDE" (the second opening theme) by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR boasts of sheer honour among the more heroic war veterans and their morals to help them end the fighting.
  • "Life Goes On" is also filled with awesome, and has more variations used in the episodes than the other ending themes. "Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru" is also excellent, and is the only ending theme to be used in the series and the Special Editions, all while exploring similarities between Lacus and Meer and summing up their characteristics in song.
  • "Reason", the first ending theme, is Hot-Blooded to the max, a fitting picture of how people start their journey or battle with a resolve to conquer whatever comes their way and/or end an unnecessary war.
  • "Kanashimi no Stella" is heartbreakingly beautiful, describing Stella's fragile mental and psychological health in music. Stella's image song, "Shinkai no Kodoku", is just as pretty, and just as heartbreaking as it explores the little Extended mobile suit pilot's wistful character, vulnerable state and inner wishes.
  • "I Wanna Go to a Place" by Rie Fu provides a respite from all the action in the show, especially since the rock instruments go for quiet and relaxing.
  • "Wings of Words" is surprisingly good for a Gundam show with its relaxing instrumentation, though as some opine, it would fit the role of being an ending song better.
  • "Vestige" by T.M. Revolution is a bold insert theme matching the Strike Freedom's power levels. This was promoted to become the HD Remaster's final opening theme.
  • "Youki to Bishoumi" is what makes Dearka, Yzak and Athrun teaming up again so awesome early on in the series.
  • The grim and frantic sounding "Mission Kaishi" is a radical piece for violins and rock instruments set to the three Extended pilots stealing the Chaos, Gaia and Abyss Gundams, while setting up the action for everything later on.
  • "The Minverva's theme" is a booming, valiant number for electronic-orchestra and rock instruments saluting this new ship in ZAFT's employ.
  • "Senka no Kizuato" is an ironic score in C major highlighting the Earth Forces' prejudice against Coordinators.
  • "Kantai Shiki" is an upraising, gritty theme announcing Shinn's resolve to defeat Kira and the Freedom.
  • "Kyouki no Hate", played when the Destroy goes on its horror-laden rampage.
  • "Kuroi Hadou", Shinn's battle theme towards the end, complete with Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • "Sakebi to Gekitetsu", played as Athrun and Mu race to destroy the Requiem. The finale of Destiny doesn't measure up to the one in SEED, but the music for it certainly does.
  • "Gaia x Chaos x Abyss", the theme for the Extendeds early on in the show (coincidentally, this is when they're legitimately badass).
  • "Launch! Impulse" is a majestic theme for a Gundam launching sequence. It is reused as one of Shinn's themes in SD Gundam Generation Wars.
  • "Kira, True To His Feelings". Kira may have taken some actions during Destiny that were questionable, but his theme music is unquestionably badass.
  • No matter what you think of Lacus Clyne during Destiny, you cannot deny that "Fields of hope" is one of the most beautiful songs ever featured in a Gundam show.
  • "Honoo no Tobira" is Akatsuki no Kuruma's triumphant successor, played right as Cagalli pilots the Akatsuki for the first time to defend Orb from ZAFT.

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    Anno Domini 
Mobile Suit Gundam 00
  • Gundam 00 features a beautiful score by Kenji Kawai.
    • Season one gives us:
      • "Alarm Bell", a stirring theme symbolising the effects of war that can last for years on end, something Celestial Being is trying to end.
      • "Intervention" packs in boldness, valour and derring-do, which is a perfect musical description of Celestial Being's main operations.
      • "Innovation" rolls in all the power of Celestial Being's Gundam Meisters. Otherwise, it could also show the true political power of the Human Reform League according to one YouTube comment.
      • "Power" underscores the power of nearly every single Mobile Suit in the show, but it mostly references the near-unstoppable Gundams, from their weapons and GN Drives to their specifics and capabilities.
      • "Setsuna" is a stirring theme for our young Gundam Meister with somewhat Arabic references hinting to his origins.
      • "League" boasts some Chinese influences in its score, a representation of China being a major member of the Human Reform League as they try to comprehend Celestial Being's enigmatic operations.
      • "Imperial Princess" is a smooth number representing Marina Ismail with more Arabic instrumentation symbolising her attempts to help her kingdom prosper.
      • "Seizure" plays over the more dire situations every single world union and/or Celestial Being themselves encounter with a faster orchestration cranking up the tension.
      • "Expectation" is a darker, slower version of "Intervention" to announce the advent of the brutal, violent Thrones.
      • "Reason" is a slow and moving composition to make one question what they are doing and why, just like the Meisters of Celestial Being who try to come to terms with their actions to eradicate war.
      • "Fight" is a faster version of "Intervention" to symbolise the Gundams' GN Drives' full potential: the Trans-Am System.
      • "Recover" could basically be Ace Pilot Graham Aker's theme, showing his sheer guts in trying to engage the Gundams despite being disadvantaged in nearly every category. Even the music is stirring and tense in wishing him luck.
      • "Counterattack" uses Arabic instrumentations and rock and roll to show the potential of the GN-Xs, especially if they're piloted by Ali Al-Saachez, who's just as wild and crazy as the composition.
      • "Scenery" is a soothing number representing calm mingled with some confidential secrets whether it be with the overseeing agents of Celestial Being, viewing space from the Ptolemaios or simply the calm before their interventions.
    • "Union", a dramatic, bombastic fight theme with sheer power, wit and blade locks played first during Graham Aker's first encounter with the Exia.
    • "Possibility", played during the first battle between the UN Army's GN-X mobile suits and the Gundam Thrones, and again during the 'Break Pillar' incident in Season 2 with Celestial Being, Katharon, Coup d'etat forces, the EFF, and even A-Laws working together to save the cities on the ground in heartwarming and well-animated scene.
    • From the second season:
      • "00 Gundam", a thrilling number with the orchestra celebrating the power of this new Gundam as it slashes onward to world peace.
      • "Distortion" reeks of dissonant dread and true evil, a fitting description of RIBBONS and his Innovators.
      • "Strike" is another tense composition as Celestial Being's new Gundam go out and do what they do best: intervene in war.
      • "Take Off" is a rocking instrumental highlighting the power of Celestial Being's new machines, especially the formerly imprisoned Mr. Haptism's new Arios.
      • "Power Attack" showcases the A-Law's full military power as it tries to stop Celestial Being's "meddling" in their affairs. It's also a fitting theme for the Innovators, describing their wit and vileness. Otherwise, it shows how the Exia can still keep trucking even after a few years of neglect.
      • "Innovator" is a sad, soothing number also loaded with some form of comfort with haunting melodies and a piano to show the true power of a true Innovator.
      • "Restart" is another jamming rock tune showing just how powerful the Exia is, even with one arm missing and nearly all of its weapons gone.
      • "0 Raiser" is fast and awe-inspiring with more rock and roll to show how fast, effective and powerful this new machine is, even in the hands of the rookie Seiji.
      • "00 Raiser" boasts true ultimate power in its instrumentation, a perfect expository to the 00 Raiser's ultimate potential.
      • "Masurao" is basically Mr. Bushido's theme with the instrumentation going slow and menacing to show his sheer wit and strength while he goes on the attack against the Gundams.
      • "Trans-Am Raiser" is a majestic, fast composition to show the Raiser's speed and power as it charges ahead and slashes into the future.
      • "Decisive Battle" brings in nearly everything that made the previous tracks great and cranks up the tension and power to show Setsuna's resolve to bring a better future to Earth.
  • "Unlimited Sky" played during Allelujah and Marie's tearjerking reunion in Season 2, and more infamously, during the Rocky Roll Call in Season 2, episode 18.
  • The awesome opening themes:
  • The equally awesome ending themes:
    • "Wana (Trap)" encapsulates a desire to end war, just like the Meisters, alternating between harsh and peaceful, which is just like everyday military combat in 2307 A.D.
    • "Friends", a swinging tune embodying the camaraderie of the four Gundam Meisters.
    • "Prototype" seems to be a tribute to the GN Drive powered Gundams and Setsuna himself, with its vocals urging this little boy to peace and victory.
    • "Trust You", a soothing little song with lyrics sung lovingly and sung as a sign of peace after all the conflict.
  • The Movie's score is just as impressive as the series':
    • "Envoy from Jupiter", an ominous theme heralding the arrival of the mysterious ELS aliens.
    • "The Battle of Strangers" is a foreboding melody of an alien invasion which also expresses Setsuna's resolve to address the threat.
    • "ELS ~ Impregnability" is a sinister, spooky tune to encompass the versatility and power of the ELS.
    • "Final Mission ~ Quantum Burst" rolls in all the courage of all humanity, especially everyone in Celestial Being as they stand up to their alien invaders.
    • "We are Celestial Being" is a bombastic, over-the-top theme for Celestial Being: The Movie. While the faces don't really match up to the actual Gundam Meisters, the show still carries that same resolve to end war.
  • The themes from the movie, "CHANGE" and "Tozasareta Sekai", both set the stage for Celestial Being's greatest, most dangerous mission yet.
  • The ending theme, "Qualia", is a great landing platform from the action of the movie as the world enters a new era of peace.
  • The insert song "Mou Nani mo Kowakunai, Kowaku wa Nai" sums up every single character's resolve to engage the aliens and bring world peace.

Gundam 00 Side Stories

  • SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays:
    • Fon Spaak's theme is a chaotic blend of jazz and metal that nonetheless fits all together, showing Fon's scarily competent side amidst his Ax-Crazy personality.
    • Hixar Fermi's theme is an elegant synth-heavy piece mixed with normal instruments and a faint One-Woman Wail, beautifully representing the struggle of a broken Innovade who just wants to call himself a real boy again despite his Undying Loyalty to the machine that made him, and the brief clash against a clone who is anything but the person Hixar grew into by 00F's end.
    • Chall Acustica's theme is a tragic piece reflecting Chall's Trauma Conga Line over the course of her time in Celestial Being, yet remains hopeful enough to be a heroic Leitmotif.
    • Grave Violento's theme is an ominous-sounding track that, while representing Grave's cold-blooded attitude on the field, more accurately reflects Hixar's complete and utter disgust at Grave's clone, which he sees as hideously inhuman and murders without any hesitation.

    Advanced Generation 
Mobile Suit Gundam Age
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    The Near Future (Gunpla Battle) 
Gundam Build Fighters

Gundam Build Fighters Try

  • The first opening theme, "Cerulean" by BACK-ON, which really sets the tone of the show and accompanies Build Burning Gundam's reveal, as well as the Sudden Death round between Sekai and Wilfred in the tournament finals.
  • Given that Try shares its soundtrack with its parent show, this is to be expected, but the new OST isn't too shabby at all, especially the Jigen Haoh theme (called, appropriately enough, "Clear and Serene").
  • Special mention goes to the tenth track of OST 1, "These Hands of Mine Shine With a Roar", used in scenes where Sekai is going in for the win. It was most memorably heard in Episode 9, when he has fully assimilated with Build Burning.
  • One can be sure that awesome things happen when "Bell of Requiem" starts playing. Especially if the G-Portent is on-screen as this song is playing.
  • Tryon-3's theme is chock-full of Super Robot hotblooded goodness.
  • "Roots of Happiness" is perhaps the best song to play when the identity of the mysterious little girl is revealed in the Island Wars OVA.
  • The hilariously-titled "Sorry, everyone; I forgot how may times it was already" doesn't say much in its title, but the guitar solo at the beginning will remind listeners that it's actually another awesome Meijin theme, albeit with the fast Flamenco vibe traded in for a slower, yet more hard-hitting beat, and surprise Ominous Spanish Chanting shoehorned in for good measure.

    The Regild Century 
Gundam: Reconguista in G
  • The first opening, Blazing by Garnidelia, is a really catchy and rocking song that gets people into the beat of it.
  • The second opening, Futari no Mahou, and first ending, G no Senkou, have to be two of the most optimistic sounding songs in the Gundam franchise.

    The Post-Disaster Era 
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
  • "Raise your flag" by Man With a Mission, the series' first opening theme. Also used to accompany the Dynamic Entry reveal of the Gundam Barbatos.
  • "Orphans no Namida". MISIA, singing a ballad with bluesy/jazzy elements in a powerful yet silky voice, gives us a strong contender for best Gundam anime ending.
  • "Senka no Tomoshibi", by Yuuko Suzuhana from WAGAKKI BAND, which plays during the end of Episode 19 during the Reentry Scare.
  • The Third Opening, "Rage of Dust" by Spyair is no slouch either. It plays during Mikazuki's Big Damn Heroes moment aboard the Barbatos Lupus in the second season.
  • The Fourth Opening, "Fighter" by KANA-BOON, continues the trend that the songs it preceded maintained. Unlike the rest of the songs, this one is very dark and solemn since it foreshadow uncertainty and death for the characters.
  • The aptly named "Iron-Blooded Orphans" is a graceful piece which also boasts a flare of passion and a will to survive, a fitting description of Tekkadan and Mikazuki piloting his good old Gundam Barbatos to clear the way for Kudelia.
  • Battle is a beautiful yet badass tune akin to flamenco dance that accompanies Tekkadan's Last Stand.

    The Near Future (GBN) 
Gundam Build Divers
  • For a rather divisive series, Gundam Build Divers still has some great music to jam to.
    • "GUNDAM BUILD DIVERS" is a soothing theme after a hard-earned victory, and it also sets the stage for Riku's story.
    • "Welcome to GBN" is an electronic boomer highlighting how this virtual game has managed to stay relevant.
    • "The Road To Victory could be Riku's theme as he strives to be the best in GBN just like his idol, Kyoya Kujo.
    • "Gundam 00 Diver, launching!" is a smile-bringing work of art as Riku rolls out in his trusty 00 Diver and leads his team to victory. It even returns in Re:Rise as basically everybody in GBN barges in to wreck Alus and his invading army!
    • "Boy meets Girl", a relaxing chill tune as our friends explore the world of GBN.
    • "Let's Assemble!" is a jaunty rock number as the Build Divers hang out at all the fun places in GBN.
    • "He's A Champion" celebrates the sheer skill and power of Kyoya Kujo and his AGE-2 Magnum.
    • "Tiger Wolf' theme is a Chinese-inspired masterpiece explaining his discipline in combat.
    • "School Life". One more tranquil theme as the day ends for the Build Divers and as they go about their real lives.
    • "Gunpla Builder Bonds" is another relaxing, peaceful theme with a soothing piano and tranquil strings and flutes fit for the show's more heartwarming scenes.
    • "The Strong 00 Sky" is a hype-inducing number showcasing the power of Riku's new machine.
    • "Gunpla Battle Nexus Online" is an orchestral-techno-rock mix to signify the ever-evolving radical Massive Multiplayer Online Game which aims to give its players all the freedom in their Gunpla, especially fitting for a battle theme where anyone can win.
    • "Dark Side Warrior", a grim symphonic tune showing how everything is falling apart for Riku and his friends.
    • "Unbearable Predicament" could be Ogre's theme, showing his ferocity in battle with gruesome brass, shrill strings and an equally fearsome choir to also depict the battle's tide turning against Riku.
    • Want more electronic things? Well, this tune showcases the all-girls race where it's anyone's game, hyping up folks for the race.
    • "The End of Offence and Defence" is a battle theme for any Force Nest to sortie to, packing in great bravery, skill and power against their foes.
    • "Force: Build Divers" is a big work with the Build Divers going against everyone in GBN, including Kyoya's team.
    • "Time of Determination" is a moving number as the Build Divers get back on their feet to rise up to the challenge, against extreme adversity.
    • "Sarah's Miracle" is a touching piece revealing Sarah's mystery and power as she goes about her life in a virtual world. For one particular Diver however...it's a painful reminder of his tragic history...
    • "Epilogue-Glory" is a victorious and relaxing theme summing up everything Riku's friends have gone through.

Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE

  • This sequel to Build Divers amps up everything, including its BGM...
    • "GBN 1.78" is a techno-electric tune to set the stage for GBN's latest update with lots and lots of new features.
    • "BUILD DiVERS". A unique theme in an irregular time showing the uncanniness and prowess of Hiroto Kuga's team.
    • "Re:RISE" celebrates the BUILD DiVERS' full potential as a Force and actual fighters.
    • "Hiroto's Daily Life" is, well, a relaxing rock tune as we discover the hustle and bustle of Hiroto's daily life.
    • "Hero on the Brink" reeks of bravery and teamwork even as Hiroto and his friends go on the offence against their unnumbered foes.
    • "Unknown Mission" is a great way to begin a special new mission, even if Hiroto and his new team end up on a strange new world...
    • The electronic-tech "Core Change" shows the craftsmanship, power and versatility of Hiroto's Core Gundam and its armours.
    • "Justice Kazami" is Kazami's jaunty pop theme as he strives to be an actual hero.
    • The soothing, semi-electronic "EL Diver May" describes the mystery surrounding May.
    • The woodwinds of "Novice Diver" capture Parviz's shyness and social awkwardness.
    • The melancholic "Hiroto's Past" sets the mood behind Hiroto's backstory before he became our stoic hero.
    • "Eve". A mysterious piano tune describing the mysterious girl Hiroto befriended in GBN and her equally mysterious origins.
    • "Childhood Friend" could be Hinata's theme with a slow, sombre piano revealing her sympathy, compassion and longing to get closer to Hiroto.
    • "Mountain People" is a native sounding masterpiece with no orchestra and all local-sounding instruments to encapsulate the simple lives of the new Eldorans.
    • "Children of Mountain People" is countryside sounding and fun, a fitting description of the new folks inhabiting Eldora.
    • The heroically militaristic "Warriors of Resistance" matches the sheer discipline of the Eldoran Resistance.
    • "Floating City Seguri" is a chill, town-like tune with a folk violin and guitar in the spotlight to display the daily rush of this little town.
    • "Abyss of Isolation", played during Hiroto's aquatic icy mission, is a stirring calm before the storm of battle, with the woodwinds and strings coaxing Hiroto to fight for a new resolve, other than just finding Eve.
    • "Masked Man" is a strange theme akin to flamenco dance to show the dexterity of this odd Gundam pilot working for Alus.
    • "GUNDAM SELTSAM" brings a Spanish-German flair with its guitar to sum up the bizarreness of this menacing machine.
    • "A Huge Right Arm" emphasizes the brute strength of the Seltsam with a menacing, frantic melody and harmonies.
    • "Battered Crown" is a slow, saddening theme for piano as it explores Kazami and the other's current character traits, as if expressing its disappointment in whatever they do.
    • "Defeat is a Shame". Solemn and melancholic as all tragic themes are in the Gundam franchise, even as Hiroto and his team try to comprehend their flaws.
    • "Orbital Elevator". A grim, menacing orchestral and choral tune heralding the beginning of very dark revelations as the BUILD DiVERS prepare themselves to meet the enemy.
    • "Military Base on the Moon" is the ultimate techno theme of worry and anxiety as Alus is seen for the first time.
    • "Victory Conditions Unknown" is a pounding, horrifying theme where the BUILD DiVERS bear witness to the true power of Alus's armies.
    • The heartbroken "The Shuddering World" has a real sense of death and loss, even as Hiroto and co. discover the horrible truth about Eldora...
    • "Masaki Shido's Whereabouts" is a slow, tragic piece with only strings keeping vigil at his hospital bed while we find out more about the Masked Man.
    • "The Most Powerful Enemy" is a gritty, tense theme in the exact same uneven time as "BUILD DiVERS", with faster violins taking the spotlight to showcase the deadliness, potential and power of Alus's Core Gundam and its own Earthree armour.
    • The majestic, Shinto-inspired "The Sacred beast Cuadorn" shows the power and awe of this magnificent beast of Eldora.
    • "Enemy's Attack in Eldora" is a bombastic number where even the woodwinds are audible and everyone is fast, just like the One-Eyes mobile suits striking quickly and unexpectedly.
    • "Alus' Real Nature" plays during Alus's backstory, giving this A.I. lots of sympathy over his past with a menacing yet also tragic piano-techno hybrid piece.
    • "A Place to Protect" soothes the ears and the soul with more brass, woodwinds and strings as the BUILD DiVERS chill out before heading on, urging them to never stop fighting for peace.
    • "Last Mission" brings in choral chanting and tonnes of bravery as Hiroto and his team pull all the stops to defeat Alus.
    • "Somewhere in This Universe" is a touching piece urging our heroes on to resume their battle as each of the BUILD DiVERS regain their resolve to fight. Otherwise, it's for the more moving parts of the show.

    Others 
  • "Breaking Blazing" by the J-pop band Mr.FanTastiC, made for Gundam Breaker Battalogue, is a fast, hype-inducing head-banger loaded with determination with the slickest chord progression and lyrics in the franchise's history as a perfect showcase of our main heroes' sheer resilience in the face of extreme adversity and drive to challenge the very best in Gunpla Battle to be the best like no one ever was.

Alternative Title(s): Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam

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