Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Happy Birthday, Gundam Wing!

Operation Meteor is now only two years shy of being two decades old! On April 7, 1995, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing was aired in Japan for the first time. GundamWing The anime premiered in the Philippines in 1998 (yes, remember the horror that was the Tagalized version?) and debuted in the United States in 2000. This year marked the show’s 18th year as well as Relena Peacecraft's—its main female protagonist's—33rd birthday.

I’m not really into stories laced with too much politics and warfare, but Gundam Wing readily snagged my attention from episode 1 and held it down to episode 49 (plus its three-episode OVA, Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz). I’m captivated by the ideological debates, questions about humanity, and how the creators managed to flesh out each character with their own unique personalities.
The story was diverse, and it was in this universe’s sandbox that I began to play (I'd be lying if I say I'm not a shipper). The pen and the imagination are such amazing toys. ;)

Here’s the premise of the story from Wikipedia:

In the distant future, mankind has colonized space (with clusters of space colonies at each of the five Earth-Moon Lagrange points), and, down on the Earth, the nations have united as the United Earth Sphere Alliance (UESA). However, the Alliance oppresses the colonies with its military power. The colonies desire a peaceful resolution to the situation, joining together in a movement headed by the pacifist Heero Yuy. In the year After Colony 175, Yuy is shot dead by an assassin, forcing the colonies to search for other paths to peace. The assassination also prompts five disaffected scientists from the Organization of the Zodiac (OZ) to turn rogue after the completion of the mobile suit prototype Tallgeese.

In the year AC 195, Operation meteor was launched. In a move to counter the Alliance’s tyranny, rebel citizens from certain colonies scheme to bring new arsenals to the earth, disguising them as shooting stars. These are the gundams.”

Check out my other Gundam Wing posts at my fandom tumblr:
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