Sunday, February 1, 2015


Readers may recall that last February I wrote about the first four volumes of the GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN manga, which was serialized in Japan from 2001 to 2011. The manga is seeing an American release courtesy of Vertical Publishing, at a rate of one volume per quarter over the course of three years.

THE ORIGIN is an eleven-volume series, broken up into three "acts". Act one was the initial journey of the Federation warship White Base from the space colony Side 7 to Earth, culminating in the vessel's arrival at the Federation's headquarters in South American Jaburo and a fierce battle at that location.

Now we move into the second act, which is a lengthy flashback into the early days of mobile suit production and a lead-up to the war. This flashback covers a number of years over the course of three full volumes. After the flashback sequence ends, volume eight picks up again in the present day.

So the plan is to cover GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN volumes 5 - 7, the flashback portion of the story, this month. Volume eight is out, having been released in December, but in the interest of structuring this review series in the best possible way, I'll be holding onto it until 9 - 11 have all been released, then I'll cover all of them together next February.

To refresh your memory or get yourself up to speed if you haven't read any of these posts yet, please see the GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN review page.

Available now at (and highly recommended!):
Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5
Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 (pre-order)
Volume 10 (pre-order) | Volume 11 (pre-order)


  1. Hey man, just letting you know that Origin will be 12 volumes. Vertical announced they secured the contract for the 12th (and last) volume recently. So that Vol 5-8 plan you originally had would still work afterall! Cheers.

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I've never quite been sure if the series was eleven or twelve volumes in the first place. Glad to hear there's more on the way.

      I think I'll still stick with my plan, though, of covering 5 - 7 now and the rest next year. Since 5 - 7 is the extended flashback sequence and the rest returns to the current 0079 period, it seems like a natural division. I'll just review 8 - 12 next year instead.

      I appreciate your dropping by with this info!