Series: “Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin- Advent of the Red Comet”
I wanted to check out another Gundam series but didn’t want to make the full investment in watching 50 or so episodes. I also had a hard time picking which one since there were quite a few. I opted to go with this one because there weren’t too many episodes, and it took place in the Universal Century timeline which contains the classic Gundam characters. It may also be part of the most well-known timeline as well.
This story mostly follows Char Aznable’s rise from childhood to military leader leading up to the infamous “One Year War” following the death of his father. He started off as Casval Rem Deikun but went through different aliases due to becoming a target and to scheme his way towards the top.
It also serves as an origin story for various characters in the Gundam series like Amuro Ray and his team, the Zabi family, and Gundams themselves.
We see how he became the anti-hero we all know today.
I am actually unfamiliar with the Universal Century timeline, so this actually helped me get familiar with the story since this is my starting point whereas fans that are already familiar can see the backstories of some of these iconic characters. It’s also interesting to see the beginnings when the mobile suits were tested and used in combat.
It’s also pretty cool to see some of these characters that came out in 1979 in the animation style of 40 years later.
Some of the storylines became confusing since I didn’t who was who. To many others, it became a nostalgic feel seeing some of the familiar characters they grew up watching while for me, it was like starting over from scratch.
Because it is an origins story, it took some time to actually see the Gundams in action and we don’t even see the iconic ones. We just see the basic ones as they’re a work in progress.
One of the things any Gundam series is known for is the opening and closing themes. There are 13 episodes yet there are a total of three opening themes and three closing themes which don’t give you the time to get familiar with them and love them.
I feel like I do have to eventually watch the original series and its sequels to know what it’s really about. I did see “Char’s Counter Attack” and felt confused. Maybe if I watch them in sequence, it’ll all make sense.
Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic