Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE: 0096 (2016 anime) review


Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE: 0096
Studio: Sunrise
Year: 2016


I decided to watch this series mostly due to visiting the Gundam Unicorn and Gundam Base in Odaiba, Tokyo. It looked pretty cool and really stood out versus all the Gundams I’ve ever seen. After missing the transformation show and seeing it online later, I really had to watch this series. That all-white look made it the sleekest Gundam I’ve ever seen.


This series takes place in the same Universal Century time like the original Gundam series. It takes place years after the “One Year War” and “Char’s Counterattack”. Banagher Links is a young teen who is a normal boy with remarkable abilities who is somehow trapped in a potential war from breaking out. He ends up meeting a girl named Audrey Burne and helps her evade her pursuers. Eventually, a facility he’s in gets destroyed along with his father who entrusts him to a Gundam Unicorn before perishing. Banagher’s new mission is to help Audrey not get something called “Laplace’s Box” into the wrong hands.


This might be the best visuals in a Gundam series. Just the actual Gundams themselves, the action, Gundam Unicorn transformation, and the characters look so crisp. It just looks amazingly beautiful and makes me think what if some of the old Gundam series had this kind of look.

Obviously, you already know how I feel about the Gundam Unicorn as it stands out the most against all the Gundams the main protagonists from all the series have had especially that transformation sequence.


The overall story is confusing. There are fewer episodes to explain the entire plot of the story than all of the previous Gundam series. You also have to have watched the prior series from the UC timeline to get an idea of what’s going on. It’s not too good of a standalone series since there are hints of what happened in the past. By watching this series first before any of the UC Gundam series, I was confused about what had happened before 0096.


If you’re going to watch this series, you have to catch up with all the series that occurred before 0096 since many of the older plots, characters, and hints are mentioned in this series. After watching some of the other ones in the Universal Century timeline, it’s starting to make a bit more sense.

Overall rating: 3.5/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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