Takeyuki Kanda, Umanosuke Iida Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team

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Familiar with the story of the original Mobile Suit Gundam? Want more? I suggest Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. No new types, no dynasty warriors-esque battles, just realism.


Starting in orbit above Earth, we find 24 year-old Shiro Amada on his way down to take control of the new mobile suit team. En route, his ship finds a lone GM fighting a loosing battle against a high-mobility prototype Zaku. Determined to help, Shiro uses the ship's Ball, which is ill-fitted for combat, and successfully repels the enemy, destroying both the Zaku and his own Ball.

Shiro finds out that the pilot of the Zeon mobile suit was a beautiful woman, and the two are forced to help each other survive in space for a short time. After getting back to their ships, Shiro develops something akin to stockholm syndrome.

Shiro then takes command of his team, a hodgepodge of misfits who don always get along for one reason or another. but the team needs to get along in order to survive the war.


Although the plot is kind of predictable, but not so bad that you can't watch it over and over again.

Animation & Sound

The animation is very good. the 08th MS team came out about the same time as Gundam Wing, and perhaps the animation is better because of its shorter run (11 episodes as opposed to over 40).

Its a fresh view of classics like Zakus and DOMs, and brings the cool Gouf Custom to the table. it also sports standard (Gundam) noises, and altogether, the sounds are very good.


In terms of being realistic, this series takes the cake. Ever remember how in Mobile Suit Gundam, Amuro seemed to take out a Zeon ace in practically every episode? In the 08th MS team, there is a clear difference in battle ability between Shiro and his comrades and Norris Packard, a Zeon ace.

Also, when a Gundam in other series is damaged, it's always fixed and looks new. In this series, however, they end up putting a GM head on one of the RX-79 G's because they just didn't have the parts. Also, one of the MS doesn't even work right, because it gets sand in the gears of the foot.

Final Thoughts

This may very well be my favorite Gundam series. Not only does it have good fights, but it's realistic to the point that it sometimes takes someone a whole magazine of ammo to take down a Zaku, because their aim is so bad. not everyone can be a new type ace like Amuro Ray of Char.
Keywords: Gundam Mobile Suit
Sound & Graphics Very Good
Entertainment Value Excellent
Replay Value Excellent
Plot Average
Genre Mecha, Action
Episodes 11
Studio Sunrise


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  1. 1/12/2007 1:14pm
    1. rematche
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      a very good show, for any gundam fans.


  1. 29/1/2008 7:15pm
    1. Billum256

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      Pros: realalistic, action packed, offered more to the original gundam timeline
      Cons: there aren't any
      I love this anime. It is one of my top favorite gundam series that there is. It just is so much more realistic compared to the other series. Also there are some really good fights, a love story, and the main character isn't even a newtype but he OWNS so insaly hard. Gotta say give this a watch or pay with your life, HA HA HA HA HAAH!

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