The gundam mania started in the early 1990s, after the success of the Super Robot genre such as Mazinger, Shin Getter Robo, God Mars, Daitarn 3, Zambot 3, Combattler V, Voltes V and more.
The very first original gundam series is Mobile Suit Gundam, or the Gundam 0079. It was originally planned to be cancelled half-way through the series due to a fallout with the sponsors. However, the show gained popularity throughout the show and it was continued.
This was set in the Universal Century. This series features Amuro Ray, the legendary pilot. Below I will list the gundam series in order.
Universal Century Timeline
1)Mobile Suit Gundam(UC 0079-0080)
Features Amuro Ray, Bright Noa and villain Char Aznable, with the first model called RX-78-2 Gundam.
2)Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Hidden One Year War(UC 0079)
3)Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079(UC 0079)
4)Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: The Gravity Front(UC 0079)
5)Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team(UC 0079)
War from a soldiers point of view featuring Shiro Amada.
6)Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket(UC 0079-0080)
A short 6 episode OVA of the "One Year War".
7)Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Kou Uraki, a soldier assigned to stop "Operation Stardust Memory".
8)Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam(UC 0087-0088)
New character Camille Bidan is introduced, piloting the model Zeta Gundam. Amuro Ray and Bright Noa is in this series as well.
9)Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ(UC 0088-0089)
This series introduces Judau Ashta. It is the sequel of Zeta Gundam.
11)Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack(UC 0093)
This is the last series and the conclusion of the rivalry between Amuro Ray and Char Aznable. The 2 famous and legendary pilots face off to give their rivalry an ending.
12)Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn(UC 0096)
Currently still showing.
13)Mobile Suit Gundam F91(UC 0123)
This is a movie that was originally planned to be a TV series. Due to staff problems, only a compilation of the series was made into a movie.
14)Mobile Suit Victory Gundam(UC 0153)
Features the youngest protaganist at 13 years of age, Uso Ewin. An extremely high casualty rate in this series compared to the previous ones.
Mobile Suit G Gundam(FC 60)
This series is inspired by martial arts and Bruce Lee. The gundams in here all have different fighting styles.
After War Gundam X(AC 0015)
This series introduces Garrod Ran, who is the pilot of Gundam X. He is also member of the "Vultures", who scavenges wasteland for profits and saves Newtypes.
Gundam Wing(AC 195)
Gundam Wing focuses on 5 pilots using Gundams to start "Operation Meteor" and get revenge against the OZ.
Gundam Wing Endless Waltz(AC 196)
Treize's illegitimate daughter plans to avenge Treize by kidnapping Relena. The wing boys get to use their gundams one last time before retiring them forever.
Turn A Gundam(CC 2345)
Loran Cehack is a young member of the Moonrace. He is selected to lead a reconnaissance mission to see if earth is fit for re-settlement.
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed(CE 71)
The first cosmic era universe features Kira Yamato, a coordinator fighting for the naturals. He is forced to fight his childhood friend, Athrun Zala.
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed(CE 73)
A new protagonist Shinn Asuka is introduced. Ironically, Kira Yamato was the indirect cause to his family's death.
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Stargazer(CE 73)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00(2307-2312 AD)
An organization called "Celestial Beings" plans to eradicate war with the use of advanced mobile suits known as Gundam to achieve peace after years of war over resources for energy.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: Awakening the Trailblazer(2314 AD)
The "Celestial Beings" take on an unknown threat posed by a group of hostile aliens. This is the first movie to ever feature aliens in a gundam franchise.
Mobile Suit Gundam Age(AG 115-201)
An interesting series featuring 3 separate protagonists. The story revolves around the "Hundred Years War".
Gundam Series Conclusion
If you happened to have watched any of these Gundam series, you probably will find the others really good as well. The breakthrough from the 'Super Robot' genre to 'Real Robot' genre definitely took some bold measures.
People back then really expected another Super Robot anime, which is similar to shows such as Mazinger Z or Zambot 3. To really branch out and try something entirely different allowed us Gundam fans to enjoy what we get to watch today.
Perhaps someday, when the gundam franchise reaches a plateau, we will get to see a creation of a new genre that mixes the real robot genre and the super robot genre. Who knows?
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brad on May 15, 2014:
What was the name of the gundam TV show that appeared on Cartoon Network