And so it begins again. In 2014, I reviewed the first four volumes of Vertical, Inc.'s GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN manga. Last year I covered the next three volumes. Now, with Vertical having completed publication of the full series this past December, I'll move along with volumes 8 through 12.
The manga was originally serialized in Japan for over a decade beginning in 2001, and was written and illustrated by the original GUNDAM TV series' character designer, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Vertical began their translation in 2013 and I've picked up each volume dutifully as they've come out, one per quarter over the past three years.
The first four volumes comprised one "act", following the Earth Federation battle cruiser White Base as it journeyed from deep space to Federation headquarters in South America. The second act was a three-volume excursion into the past, filling in origins and backstories for key characters and scenarios in the storyline. Now we reach the third and final segment of the saga, which will follow White Base and her crew across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, and ultimately back into space for the war's final conflicts.
If you need a refresher on what's gone before, please feel free to check out my reviews of the first seven volumes. Then be back here on Friday for the beginning of the remainder of GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN.
Available now at Amazon (and highly recommended!):
Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5 | Volume 6
Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10 | Volume 11 | Volume 12