Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin is an awesome prequel (Anime)

By James Whittle
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The classic Gundam series is back with a new three-part original video animation (OVA) simply titled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin.

The story charts the revolution and rise of the Principality of Zeon, a group of space colonies that separated from the Earth Federation - much like how America declared independence from England.

The plot revolves around Casval and Artesia (the children of Zeon Zum Deikun, the political leader of the Republic of Munzo), the rise of the Zabi family, and the political machinations that lead to the children being spirited away and given the new identities of Char Aznable and Saylas Mass.

This new show is exceptional, thanks to a great script by Yoshiyuki Tomino, the creator of Gundam, and it's by far the best story since the original.

There are Shakespearean tones throughout the story, creating tension and excitement that engage and pull in the viewer.

For those familiar with the original series, it fills in a lot of the back story on the origins of Char Aznable and his sister Sayla Mass, and also explains the events that led to the epic 1979 series.

The first instalment is currently available to view online on or downloadable through Google Play and iTunes, and viewers have the choice of subtitled or dubbed versions.

This is essential viewing for any Gundam fan, and a great way to ease newbies into the original universe.