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Mobile Suit Gundam I (1981)

Kidô Senshi Gundam (original title)
A teenage boy must fight in an interplanetary war as the only available pilot to a revolutionary new giant battle robot.


Yoshihisa Araki (screenplay), Hiroyuki Hoshiyama (screenplay) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Furuya ... Amuro Ray (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Bright Noah (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ... Ryû Jose (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Kai Shiden (voice)
Kiyonobu Suzuki Kiyonobu Suzuki ... Hayato Kobayashi (voice)
Fuyumi Shiraishi ... Mirai Yashima / Katz Hawin (voice)
Yô Inôe Yô Inôe ... Sayla Mass (Artesia Som Daikun) / Kikka Kitamoto / Haro (voice) (as Yô Inoue)
Rumiko Ukai Rumiko Ukai ... Frau Bow / Letz Kofan (voice)
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ... Char Aznable (Casval Rem Daikun) (voice)
Katsuji Mori ... Garma Zabi (voice)
Yuzuru Fujimoto Yuzuru Fujimoto ... Degwin Zabi (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Degwin Zabi (2000 DVD version) (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Kishiria Zabi (voice)
Banjô Ginga Banjô Ginga ... Giren Zabi (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Dozul Zabi (2000 DVD version) (voice)


In the year Universal Century 0079, humans have colonized the area of space lying in between the Earth and the moon. However the ambitious Zabi family, rulers of the Duchy of Zeon (the grouping of colonies furthest from the earth) has sparked a war. Within the first week of this fratricidal conflict, one half of all humans have been decimated. The Duchy, within a month, has invaded and occupied half of the Earth's surface, thanks to the Duchy's ultimate weapon, 60-foot tall, heavily armed and highly maneuverable machines known as "Mobile Suits." The only thing that can save the Federal Forces of Earth is their top-secret "V" Project, based on the loyalist colony Side 7. The aim of the V Project was to build their Mobile Suits for the Federal Forces. As the film opens, Zeon attacks Side 7, sending its top ace, Char Aznable to stop the V Project. 15-year-old Amuro Ray, the son of the chief researcher to the V Project, is struggling to get his friends and neighbors to safety when he runs... Written by Rick Payne <macross_sd@hotmail.com>

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14 March 1981 (Japan) See more »

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Sotsu Agency, Sunrise See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Char Aznable: No one likes to admit to them. To the mistakes caused by their youth.
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Alternate Versions

The new DVD versions in both Japan and the US uses a recently-recorded Dolby 5.1 surround stereo track, complete with re-recorded dialogue from all of the original cast. Tape versions use the original 1979 mono sound track. See more »


Followed by Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988) See more »


Cross of Sand
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Lyrics and Music by Shinji Tanimura
Sung by Takajin Yashiki
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First Realistic Giant Robot Anime
19 November 2007 | by kefka989See all my reviews

A true cinematic treasure from the earlier days of anime. When other shows featuring robots were either too childish or too outlandish, Yoshiyuki Tomino's vision of a world that featured giant robots, but was also filled with emotion, politics, and the basic human nature of conflict and war would be the very first movie to feature a more mature undertone for such categories in anime.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie is the very first installment of the retelling of Yoshiyuki Tomino's original story first featured in the TV series which had ended early due to bad ratings but quickly bounced back in popularity and would become popular enough to be the Japanese equivalent of Star Wars.

The first movie of the trilogy introduces us to the world already ravaged by war, where the earth's overgrown population has migrated partially into space with the aid of colossal space colonies. After being oppressed by the combined earth governments known as 'The Earth Federation', the group of space colonies furthest from the earth launches a war under the flag of the Principality of Zeon. Due to technological advances, the earth and space becomes flooded with static that makes long ranged weapons useless, so the Zeon develop close combat vehicles in the form of giant robot suits. Greatly outnumbered, the Zeon forces still ravage the Earth Federation fleets with their use of their mobile suits, invading and partially controlling earth. However, unrestricted gas and nuclear weapon attacks, as well as the action of dropping a colony on the earth, has caused massive casualties on both sides and resulted in the loss of half of humanity's total population. After 9 months the war grinds to a halt, and a stalemate takes grip of both sides until one faithful day when the Earth Federation finally develops mobile suits to fight back with, the main prototype called the 'Gundam'. But as the Federation is about to test it's new suits a special Zeon scouting team lead by the top Zeon ace Char Aznable attacks the space colony the suits are housed in, killing nearly all the crew for the also new Federation carrier 'White Base' and also killing all of the suit pilots. It is this fiery confrontation which leads to the death of many of the civilian population in the colony, and also leads the destiny of a 15 year old boy named Amaro Ray to stumble across the Gundam and out of desperation pilot it to defend himself and the those left alive. So begins the crucible of the White Base crew, most of which are the civilians of the colony forced to man the carrier out of desperation, in their attempt to survive the countless waves of attacks by the relentless forces of Zeon in their attempts to capture the new and vastly superior mobile suit which renders their own suits as useless as tin cans.

The Characters in this anime are both realistic and entertaining, each one struggling to adapt to being involved in such a brutal and relentless war, and as the movies progress, they evolve into very deep personalities which are amazing to witness. Most notably, the bitter personal rivalry between the Char and Amaro takes seed in this movie and will eventually bloom into the massive hatred visible in the later installments.

This movie is a true testament to Anime, timeless in its message and comparable to most conflicts we have seen in current times. The story leads most views to be compelled to watch the rest of the series play out and find out the fate of the White Base Crew, and Tomino's skillful storytelling draws emotional involvement to a few, if not all of the characters in the movie. Some will find themselves cheering for the survival of the White Base crew while others will be cheering for the success of the Principality of Zeon, but there can only be one winner in the great war. The catchphrase of the movie still rings out; "Who will survive?"

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