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Gundam Manga: Side Stories

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Mobile Suit Gundam is a massive franchise, spanning across multiple universes, and is the originator of the real robot genre of mecha anime and manga. That said, the gundam universe with the greatest amount of depth is its first one, the Universal Century. From the many anime that was based in this universe spawned many side stories. Here are some of the Gundam manga that compliment the main stories of the Universal Century.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt

Alternate Names: Kidou Senshi Gundam Thunderbolt
, 機動戦士ガンダム サンダーボルト

Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Military, Action

During the One Year War, in the Thunderbolt Sector, a chaotic, bloody battle ensues. Currently this manga follows Federation pilot, Io Flemming, and Zeon pilot, Daryl Lorenz, as their respective sides vie for control over this key strategic sector of space.


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Gundam Legacy

Alternate Names: Kidou Senshi Gundam Legacy, ガンダム レガシー

Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Military, Action

Gundam Legacy is a series of side-stories from the Universal Century plot-line of the Gundam franchise, spanning from the timeline of the original Gundam series up until Char’s Counterattack.

Overall Gundam Legacy features the side-stories of Gundam video games and manga all of which show glimpses of the Universal Century that have been overlooked by the main series entries of the franchise. One of the recurring side-stories involve characters from Mobile Suit Gundam: Zeonic Front, an early Playstation 2 title that shows the One Year War through the eyes of Zeon soldiers. While the manga gives a brief introduction to the characters, these side-stories could only be truly appreciated with knowledge of the main story that accompanies it. This is likewise for the other portions of the manga, although there are some side-stories that only require familiarity with the series proper. As such, it’s clear that this manga was intended for fans of the series who are familiar with the accompanying games and manga.


Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny

Alternate Names: Kidou Senshi Gundam Gaiden: The Blue Destiny, 機動戦士ガンダム外伝 — The Blue Destiny

Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Military, Action

This manga follows the exploits of Yuu Kajima, an Earth Federation soldier during the One Year War of Gundam’s Universal Century, and his mysterious Mobile Suit, Blue Destiny. It is based on the video game series of the same name that was released on the Sega Saturn. The original manga focuses on the events of the first two games in the series. There is a 2015 reboot of the manga, however it is currently incomplete.


Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Space, to The End of a Flash

Alternate Names: Kidou Senshi Gundam Gaiden: Sora, Senkou no Hate ni…, 機動戦士ガンダム外伝 宇宙、閃光の果てに…

Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Military, Action

Revolving around the crew of an Earth Federation warship, this manga’s original story was created for the Gundam video game, Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space. It was later adapted into a manga, where it focuses on events leading up to one of the most pivotal battles in the One Year War.


Mobile Suit Gundam: Ecole du Ciel

Alternate Names: Kidou Senshi Gundam: École du Ciel, 機動戦士ガンダム École du Ciel -天空の学-

Genres: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Military, Action, Drama

Taking place two years before the Zeta Gundam series Ecole Du Ciel follows Asuna Elmarit a student at a military school for future Mobile Suit pilots. After unexpected events occur, Asuna comes to realize what war is really like.


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