Includes the large franchises, too big individually for the main list.
Mobile Suit GundamEdit
The cash-cow of Studio Sunrise for over 30 years.
Universal Century (UC)Edit
The first and largest canon. Nerds love this shit. Order is very rough chronological order (of course, starts with the first series).
|Mobile Suit Gundam||1979||Tomino, Yoshiyuki||42 eps. + 3 comp.||
UC 0079: after a prolonged stalemate on the war between the Earth Federation and the space-dwelling Principality of Zeon for the control of the Earth Sphere, a new weapon is deployed: the RX-78 Gundam, the Federation's first mobile suit. Now, the Gundam and its pilot, a young and inexperienced Amuro Rey, go through the war next to the crew of the newest warship of the federation, the White Base.
Where it all began. Animation is a bit dated and the TV show suffers from "70s robot anime" tropes. For some, the movies are a much streamlined experience, since they cut most of the filler episodes.
|Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team||1995||Kanda, Takeyuki / IIda, Umanosuke||12 eps. + 1 comp. (Miller's Report)||Short series about a group of soldiers on Earth during the events of the original MS Gundam. The show focuses more on life in the military than robot fightan.
Light romance elements and a more realistic take on the UC make this a favorite for many.
|Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO||2004||Imanishi, Takashi||3 OVAs (The Hidden One Year War) + 3 OVAs (Apocalypse 0079) + 3 OVAs (The Gravity Front)||
A series of OVAs based on the early One Year War, told from the POV of, first a Zeon team tasked with tesing new prototypes, and later a Federation batallion. Mature, for fans of the UC. The CGI might put off some people, but is quite a decent production
|Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket||1989||Takayama, Fumihiko||6 eps.||
Al, a young kid living in a peaceful colony, befriends a Zeon soldier, who is part of a team tasked with the destruction of a prototype Gundam. Heartwrenching, considered by many to be one of the strongest productions of the franchise.
|Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory||1991||Imanishi, Takashi||13 eps. + 1 comp. (The Afterglow of Zeon)||
3 years after the One Year War, a group of Zeon remnants steal an (illegal) nuclear-armed Gundam from a Federation base. The Albion, a Federal vessel, is ordered to take it back. Bridges the gap between the original series and Zeta. Characterization is weak, but contains some of the best mecha-porn of the franchise.
|Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam||1985||Tomino, Yoshiyuki||50 eps.||
Eight years have passed since the war between the Earth and its colonies. The Titans, an elite unit of the Earth Federation's military, has essentially become a dictatorship. A group of rebels, the AEUG, takes arms against the Titans (with the help of Kamille Bidan, a young civilian with great piloting skills). At the same time, a group of Zeon dissidents consolidates its power.
Loved by some, hated by some: hype and anti-hype runs wild on both sides. The compilation movies are considered a failure, mostly thanks to the modern digital animation clashing with the older material, almost to the point of distraction.
|Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ||1986||Tomino, Yoshiyuki||47 eps.||
Sequel to Zeta, focuses on the remains of the AEUG as they fight Harman Kahn's Neo Zeon forces with the help of a group of colonial junk collectors, led by the hot-headed Judau Ashta. Starts out very silly, but gets its shit together on the final episodes.
|Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack||1988||Tomino, Yoshiyuki||Theatrical film||
Char Aznable takes command of Neo Zeon, with the intention of forcing mankind out of Earth. It is the job of Amuro and the Nu Gundam to stop Char before he unleashes Armageddon by dropping an asteroid over the planet. The final episode of the Amuro/Char conflict. Dialogues are your usual Tomino dryness, but Nu vs. Sazabi makes it all worth.
|Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||2010||Furuhashi, Kazuhiro||6 OVAs||
3 years after the events of CCA, the Earth Sphere is one again threatened by the Neo Zeon forces. Adapted from a series of novels, features some characters from previous shows. Despite some arguments regarding "canonicity", the production values are undeniable.
|Mobile Suit Gundam F91||1991||Tomino, Yoshiyuki||Theatrical film||
Made with the remains of an aborted plot for a TV series. Apparently, requires very little knowledge of Gundam.
|Mobile Suit Victory Gundam||1993||Tomino, Yoshiyuki||51 eps.||
Set on the future of the UC. Tends to be a VERY love-it-or-hate-it show. Tomino's usual angst is multiplied in this show.
Alternate Universes (AU)Edit
Alternative Universe Gundam, totally unrelated to Universal Century timeline. Ordered by date of emission.
|Mobile Fighter G Gundam ||1994||Imagawa, Yasuhiro||49 eps.|
|A New Mobile Report Gundam Wing||1995||Ikeda, Masashi||42 eps. + 3 OVA (Endless Waltz)|
|After War Gundam X||1996||Takamatsu, Shinji||39 eps.|
|Turn A Gundam ||1999||Tomino, Yoshiyuki||50 eps. + 2 comp.||
In the far future, Earth technology has regressed to early 20th Century levels. However, a group of high-tech Moon habitants are looking to return to their home. Featuring mechanical designs by Syd Mead, is the most unusual of the Gundam series. It was the last of the to be traditionally animated. It is adviced to be left for last.
(2012 HD Remaster)
50 eps. + 3 comp
(50 eps. HD Remaster)
Mankind has developed into two subspecies: Naturals, who reside on Earth and Coordinators, genetically-enhanced humans capable of withstanding the rigors of space who inhabit orbital colonies. The story revolves around a young Coordinator Kira Yamato who becomes involved in the war between the two races after a neutral space colony is invaded by the Coordinators.
The most widely successful Gundam entry in the past 2 decades, Gundam SEED enjoys a massive following in Japan, and is lauded for its focus on characters, rather than the Gundams.
|Mobile Suit Gundam 00||2007||Mizushima, Seiji||50 eps.+ 3 comps + Movie (A Wakening of the Trailblazer)||2307: the Earth is divided into 3 superpowers organized around their respective space elevators. In this global panorama appears Celestial Being, a Gundam-armed terrorist group, with the alleged goal of erradicating warfare.
The first Gundam TV series to be shot in HD. Plot feels quite "ripped from the headlines".
Super Dimmensional Fortress MacrossEdit
Order is very rough chronological order, starting with the first series.
|The Super Dimensional Fortress Macross||1982||Nue / Artland / Tatsunoko||Kawamori, Shoji / Ishiguro, Noburo||36 eps.|
|The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?||1984||Nue / Artland / Tatsunoko||Kawamori, Shoji / Ishiguro, Noburo||Theatrical film||A reimagining of the TV series with the same plot, characters, and greatly improved animation for the big screen.|
|Macross Zero||2002||Satelight||Kawamori, Shoji||5 OVA||Prequel to the original series.|
|Macross Plus||1994||Nue / Bandai Visual||Kawamori, Shoji / Watanabe, Shinichiro||4 eps. + Movie Edition||The only Macross series available in the US aside from the original.|
|Macross 7||1994||Ashi||Amino, Tetsuro||49 eps. + 1 movie (The Galaxy Is Calling Me) + 3 OVAs (Encore) + 4 OVAs (Dyanmite)|
|Macross Frontier||2008||Satelight||Kikuchi, Yasuhito / Kawamori Shoji||25 eps. + 2 comp.|
Ghost in the ShellEdit
Oshii movies canonEdit
Stand Alone Complex canonEdit
Mobile Police PatlaborEdit
Oshii movies canonEdit
|Mobile Police Patlabor||1988||Deen||Oshii, Mamoru||7 eps.|
|Patlabor the Movie||1989||Deen||Oshii, Mamoru||Theatrical film|
|Patlabor 2 the Movie||1993||Production I.G.||Oshii, Mamoru||Theatrical film|
|WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3||2002||Madhouse||
Endo, Takuji / Takayama, Fumihiko
|Mobile Police Patlabor||1989||Sunrise||Yoshinaga, Naoyuki||47 eps.|
|Patlabor: P Series||1990||Deen||Oshii, Mamoru||16 eps.|
Armored Trooper VOTOMSEdit
|Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Red Shoulder Document: The Roots of Ambition||1988||Takahashi, Ryousuke||1 OVA|
|Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Pailsen Files||2007||Takahashi, Ryousuke||12 OVA + 1 comp.|
|Armored Trooper VOTOMS||1983||Takahashi, Ryousuke||52 eps.|
|Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Last Red Shoulder||1985||Takahashi, Ryousuke||1 OVA|
|Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Big Battle||1986||Takahashi, Ryousuke||1 OVA|
|Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Shining Heresy||1994||Takahashi, Ryousuke||5 OVA|
|Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Alone Again||2011||Takahashi, Ryousuke||Theatrical film|
|Armored Tropper VOTOMS: Phantom Arc||2010||Takahashi, Ryousuke||6 OVA|
|Armor Hunter Mellowlink||1988||Kanda, Takeyuki||12 OVA|
|Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Case;IRVINE||2010||Igarashi, Shisho (Igarashi, Tatsuya)||Theatrical film|
|VOTOMS Finder||2010||Shigeta, Atsushi||Theatrical film|
TV Series + OVAsEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Both ZZ Gundam and Macross 7 are lighter (less dramatic and sillier) takes on their respective timelines than their predecessors. Caveat lector.
- ↑ In contrast to all the other titles of the franchise, G Gundam is "super robot", closer to GaoGaiGar than regular, "real robot", Gundam. And very awesome.
- ↑ Turn A Gundam is considered by some to be part of the UC. For purposes of this chart, it will be listed as an AU.