If you ask about the best mecha series, Gundam must be the answer. This series is a best seller, especially in the mecha genre. Various media that have been made are proof that Gundam is very popular. The effect of the popularity of Gundam can be seen from the many media that use Gundam as the main character, for example manga, movies, video games and action figures.
Gundam has many series. Since its launch in 1979, there have been hundreds of episodes plus OVAs. For those of you who are new to Gundam literacy, you must be confused about following the series. Well, actually there are three ways that can be done to follow the Gundam series. It can be from following the series based on chronological order, year of release, or from a summary of the episodes.
As an introduction, this article will contain the best Gundam series that you can watch first.
1. Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
This is the beginning of all Gundam stories. Mobile Suit Gundam follows the rivalry between Amuro Ray, an Earth Federation pilot, and Char, a Principality of Zeon pilot. These two characters are the best pilots in their colony. Amuro becomes a Gundam pilot by accident.
He happened to have read the Gundam user manual created by his father, Tem Ray. Amuro’s quirk makes him instantly adept at operating the Gundam when Zeon forces attack his colony. Amuro’s story is presented in 43 episodes plus a trilogy of films as a summary of the story.
2. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985)
This anime series is one of the best sequels which is even more popular than the first Gundam series. The series is set seven years after the One Year War. Here appears a new character, namely Kamille Midwife, who is the focus of the story. Kamille lives in a colony ruled by Titans.
The colony is attacked by AEUG, a rebel group that wants to be free from Titan rule. Kamille joined the army in this raid. This series follows the journey of Kamille who meets many parties and engages in tense battles.
3. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (1996)
Mobile Suit Gundam further depicts the guerrilla war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. In this series, Shiro is the main character. He is the new commander of the Mobile Suit 08 team. Shiro’s mission is to destroy the Zeon army and destroy their base.
However, Shiro soon realized that his main enemies were people he knew. He must choose whether to complete his mission or betray his unit and release the Zeons.
4. After War Gundam X (1996)
This 39-episode series focuses on a space colony that declares independence from the Earth Federation. The declaration was the trigger for a protracted nuclear war between Earth and outer space. 15 years after the war incident, Garrord Ran found the Gundam X which he used to prevent war from happening again.
5. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995)
The story in this series follows colony rebels who seek revenge by sending five Mobile Suits to Earth. This operation was named Operation Meteor. Heero Yuy was one of the Mobile Suit Gundam pilots who took part in the operation. Heero had an incident that caused him to make an emergency landing at sea.
In the accident, Heero meets Relena Peacecraft who is the daughter of a peacekeeping politician. The meeting of Relena and Heero brings a great influence on the life of the extraterrestrial colony and the Earth.
Those are the 5 best Gundam series that you can watch. The Gundam series is simply amazing. He is the pioneer of mecha robot background stories that have inspired many Japanese mangaka and animators in the creation of their works.