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DescriptionEdit

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).

Image Title Year Director Length Description
Gundam 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.

08ms 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.

Igloo 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

Gundam80 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.

0083 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.

Zetag 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.

GundamZZ Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ[1] 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.

Chars 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.

Unicorn 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.

F91 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.

Victory 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.

Image Title Year Director Length Description
Ggundam Mobile Fighter G Gundam [2] 1994 Imagawa, Yasuhiro 49 eps.
Wing A New Mobile Report Gundam Wing 1995 Ikeda, Masashi 42 eps. + 3 OVA (Endless Waltz)
Gundamx toc After War Gundam X 1996 Takamatsu, Shinji 39 eps.
1228565893989 Turn A Gundam [3] 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.

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Gundam SEED

2002

(2012 HD Remaster)

Fukuda, Mitsuo

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.

Gundam 00 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.

Image Title Year Studio Director Length Description
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[1] 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

Image Title Year Studio Director Length Description
Gits Ghost in the Shell 1995 Production I.G. Oshii, Mamoru Theatrical film Loose adaptation of several chapters of the manga. Heavy-handed as usual by Oshii, but with great visuals. Stay away from the "2.0" version.
Innocence Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 2004 Production I.G. Oshii, Mamoru Theatrical film

Stand Alone Complex canonEdit

Image Title Year Studio Director Length Description
GITS, SAC Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2002 Production I.G. Kamiyama, Kenji 26 eps. + 1 comp. (The Laughing Man)
Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd GiG 2004 Production I.G. Kamiyama, Kenji 26 eps. + 1 comp. (The Individual Eleven)
SSS Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society 2006 Production I.G. Kamiyama, Kenji 1 feature-length OVA

Mobile Police PatlaborEdit

Oshii movies canonEdit

Image Title Year Studio Director Length Description
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

Theatrical film

TV canonEdit

Image Title Year Studio Director Length Description
Mobile Police Patlabor 1989 Sunrise Yoshinaga, Naoyuki 47 eps.
Patlabor: P Series 1990 Deen Oshii, Mamoru 16 eps.


Armored Trooper VOTOMSEdit

Chronological orderEdit

Image Title Year Director Length Description
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

Spin-offEdit

Image Title Year Director Length Description
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

MazingerEdit

TV Series + OVAsEdit

Image Title Year Studios Director Length Description
Mazinger Z 1972 Dynamic Planning, Toei Serikawa, Yugo 92 eps.
Greatmz Great Mazinger 1974 Dynamic Planning, Toei Imazawa, Detsuo 56 eps
UFO Robo Grendizer 1975 Dynamic Planning, Toei Katsumata, Tomoharu 74 eps
God Mazinger 1984 Dynamic Planning Toei Harakawa, Yoshio 23 eps
Mazinkaiser 2001 Dynamic Planning, Brain's Base Murata, Masahiko 7 OVAs
Shinmz True Mazinger Impact! Z Chapter 2009 Dynamic Planning, Bee Media, Code Imagawa, Yasuhiro 26 eps

MoviesEdit

Image Title Year Companies involved Director Length Description
Mazinger Z vs Dr.Hell 1973 Dynamic Planning, Toei Arigo Serikawa Theatrical film
Mazingervsdevilman Mazinger Z vs Devilman 1973 Dynamic Planning, Toei Tomoharu Katsumata Theatrical film
Mazingervsdark Mazinger Z vs The Great General of Darkness 1974 Dynamic Planning, Toei Tadanao Tsuji Theatrical film
Mazingergetter Great Mazinger vs Getter Robo 1975 Dynamic Planning, Toei Masayuki Akihi Theatrical film
Mazingergetterg Great Mazinger vs Getter Robo G: The Great Space Encounter 1975 Dynamic Planning, Toei Masayuki Akihi Theatrical film
Ufo UFO Robo Grendizer 1975 Dynamic Planning, Toei Youchi Kominato Theatrical film
Grendimazin UFO Robo Grendizer vs Great Mazinger 1976 Dynamic Planning, Toei Osamu Kasai Theatrical film
Ts Grendizer Getter Robo G Great Mazinger Decisive Battle! The Great Sea Monster 1976 Dynamic Planning, Toei Masayuki Akihi Theatrical film
Mazinkaiserdark Mazinkaiser: Deathmatch! The Great General of Darkness 2003 Dynamic Planning, Brain's Base Masahiko Murata 1 OVA Darker in tone than most of the Mazin franchise. Action-heavy robot fightan movie, with an epic JAM Project soundtrack.

NotesEdit

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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