DID YOU KNOW?
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam? In 1979, the mecha genre was in full swing, with Mazinger Z by Go Nagai being one of the most popular ones. The art was fanciful and appealed more to younger audiences. Mobile Suit Gundam would change this notion and change the entire mecha anime genre for good. The show used hyperrealistic mechanized exosuits and military tools. This, along with a more mature and graphic portrayal of warfare never before tried by anyone. It was unlike anything that anyone has seen before. Its lackluster reception and the threat of cancellation was somewhat expected though. Audiences were expecting another superpowered robot anime but got this instead. Little did anyone know that this show would be the start of a new genre for mecha anime shows. As well as the rise of the multi-million toy model franchise that would save Gundam.
Today, the Gunpla (Gundam model kits) is a multi-billion yen industry in Japan. The Mobile Suit Gundam anime franchise is one of the most popular mecha anime in the industry. One show that helped the franchise gain popularity in the West is the show Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. It became one of the best anime shows from the 90s. From then on, Gundam shows were a much-loved mecha anime worldwide. It's so influential that it has encouraged research into robotics and future technologies. Regardless of whether you're a long-time fan or a newcomer to the series, there is much to see and explore here. Welcome to the amazing world of Mobile Suit Gundam.