Netflix, one of the most popular subscription-based streaming platforms, recently presented the web premiere of the three compilation films of the original series along with the first of the original films of the Gundam franchise. Released in Japan in the ’80s, the Mobile Suit Gundam anime movie collection will arrive on the platform on June 18, 2021.
According to the announcement, Mobile Suit Gundam I, Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow, Mobile Suit Gundman III: Encounters in Space, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack are the anime movies coming to the platform.
Grab your Mobile suits! Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been set to direct and produce Legendary’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Sunrise’s GUNDAM for Netflix.
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Mobile Suit Gundam I
The first part of the story, released in theaters in Japan in March 1981, presents the foundations of the entire plot.
The story revolves around 0079 of the Universal Century. Amuro Ray is involved in a war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. Without being very willing, he becomes a pilot of a Mobile Suit prototype called Gundam. Now, he and the White Base crew will have to fight for their own lives as the enemy tries to destroy this new weapon at all costs. Each combatant will be measured against feelings of euphoria and desolation as they continue to fight the path of space that leads them, as their ultimate destination, to Earth.
Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow
The second part of the trilogy of films that present the entire series was released in Japan in the summer of 1981.
The Federation’s White Base spacecraft and its precious cargo of mobile suit prototypes have returned to Earth, only to find themselves in enemy territory. As the White Base descends through the planet’s safe space, Amuro Ray the Gundam pilot must fight not only the fiercest warriors of the Principality of Zeon but also their own doubts and fears.
Mobile Suit Gundman III: Encounters in Space
The third part, and end of the story, released in Japan in the spring of 1982. This latest installment of the film set shows the final battle between the Earth Federation and the Neo Zeon army.
With the end of the conflict in sight, the Land Federation prepares to bring the war to the territory of the Duchy of Zeon. Gundam pilot Amuro Ray, already a veteran, returns to space for the final battle. Here, he will meet the mysterious Lalah Sune, a young woman who shares his Newtype abilities. Amuro’s adversary, Char Aznable seeks to complete his secret quest for revenge. The fate of two entwined enemies collides with tragic consequences!
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
The first original film in the series, it was featured as the sequel to the original story. This one was released in Japan in 1988, and it was located 13 years after the end of the series.
13 years have passed since the events of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. But the foundation of peace is once again threatened by a Neo Zeon army led by the infamous Char Aznable. Their ultimate goal is to start a nuclear winter on Earth, thus opening a new era for humanity in space. Equipped with the present Nu Gundam Mobile Suit State, Amuro Ray and the Federation army is the only resistance against the Neo Zeon. Straddling revenge, duty, and love, the final battle between rivals Char Aznable and Amuro Ray are about to begin.
Gundam is one of the most important franchises in Japanese animation and that since its inception marked generations of fans, it began its journey in 1979 with a series of 43 episodes (the English version has 42 episodes). Yoshiyuki Tomino was the director of this title and Sunrise the producer of Mobile Suit Gundam. Since then this first anime has received several sequels and re-edited for release in theaters.