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Mobile Suit Gundam Complete Collection 2

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

The Mobile Suit Gundam Complete Collection 2 DVD box set includes four DVDs with the final 21 episodes of the first Mobile Suit Gundam series. The episodes in this set have Japanese dialogue with English subtitles and English dialogue.

Unlike the episodes in the first set, this story is already well underway and keeps the momentum going until the end. There's a bit of character development for Mirai in these episodes, and a new character named Sleggar is introduced. Also, the character of Kai has an experience which basically forces him to start taking his duties on the White Base a lot more seriously.

The concept of Newtypes is also introduced in the episodes in this set; however, once the Newtype concept introduced, the writers essentially cram this concept into every episode in the series after its introduction. Since the series wasn't popular when it was initially released in 1979 and the show was cut short, this probably forced that to happen. I imagine that the Newtype concept was supposed to have been spread out over a longer period of time, but since the series was being cut short due to its ratings, Tomino had to cram in what he could in what episodes were left.

I also noticed near the end of the series that events tended to be told by the narrator instead of actually being shown on screen. Again, I believe this would be due to the series being cut short. Ultimately, the story in Mobile Suit Gundam isn't bad at all, but it definitely feels rushed near the end. This series is definitely worth seeing if you're a Gundam fan who has never seen where the series began. It also should be seen by fans of the mecha anime genre in order to gain exposure to some of the early anime from that genre.

When it comes to the DVDs included in this box, each disc contains the following extras: English Credits, Trailers, and DVD Credits. In this set, trailers for K-ON!, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie ~ A Wakening of the Trailblazer, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Tales of the Abyss, The Girl Who Leap Through Space, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Tekken: Blood Vengeance, and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2.

If you're a die-hard Gundam fan, then this release should be in your anime collection if it isn't already. If you're not already familiar with the Gundam franchise or with this particular Gundam series but have an interest in mecha anime, then it would be worth it to find a way to view both Mobile Suit Gundam Complete Collection 1 and Mobile Suit Gundam Complete Collection 2 in order to see this series. Not only would it be a good way to get a feel for the Gundam universe, but it would also expose you to a piece of anime history.

I wrote this review after checking a copy of this DVD box set through the King County Library System.

Disc 1
Disc 2
Matilda's Rescue
Black Tri-Star
The Battle of Odessa
Char Returns
A Spy on Board
Across the Atlantic Ocean

Bonus Features
Tragedy In Jaburo
A Wish of War Orphans
A Decoy in Space
Breakthrough
Farewell in Side Six


Bonus Features


Disc 3
Disc 4
A Fateful Encounter
The Glory of Solomon
Big Zam's Last Stand
The Duel in Texas
Char And Sayla

Bonus Features
The Newtype: Challia Bull
Lalah's Dilemma
A Cosmic Glow
Space Fortress: A Baoa Qu
Escape

Bonus Features
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This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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