After War Gundam X

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After War Gundam X
After War Gundam X promo.jpg
Promotional image of the main protagonists and mobile suit Gundam X
機動新世紀ガンダムX
(Kidō Shin Seiki Gandamu Ekkusu)
Genre Military science fiction, Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Shinji Takamatsu
Written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music by Yasuo Higuchi
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Network TV Asahi
Original run April 5, 1996December 28, 1996
Episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Kōichi Tokita
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Bom Bom
Original run April 1996March 1997
Volumes 3
Manga
After War Gundam X: Under the Moonlight
Written by Chitose Oojima
Illustrated by Yutaka Akatsu
Published by Kadokawa
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Gundam Ace
Original run December 20042006
Volumes 4
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

After War Gundam X (Japanese: 機動新世紀ガンダムX Hepburn: Kidō Shin Seiki Gandamu Ekkusu?, lit. Mobile New Century Gundam X), is an anime television series from Japan. It is a part of the Gundam franchise that started in 1979, but takes place in an alternate timeline called After War (A.W.; アフターウォー or 戦後 Sengo?). The series has 39 episodes, aired in Japan from April 5, 1996 to December 28, 1996 across TV Asahi's ANN stations. It was directed by Sunrise veteran Shinji Takamatsu (Mobile Suit SD Gundam, The Brave of Gold Goldran, School Rumble), and the screenplay was written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki.

Plot[edit]

The year is A.W. 15. 15 years after the end of the 7th Space War led to the catastrophic destruction of much of the world, the surviving residents of Earth try to make a living as best they can in the post-apocalyptic landscape. Mobile Suits and weapons left over from the war fall into the hands of civilians as well as other organizations on the planet. In an effort to keep the past from repeating itself, Jamil Neate brings together a crew of Vultures to search for Newtypes and protect them from being exploited. As they try to carry out this task, an old government rises from the ashes to try and unify the Earth as other forces slowly fan the flames of war once more between the newly formed New United Nations Earth and the Space Revolutionary Army. Now the crew of the Freeden face a multitude of enemies as they try to prevent another catastrophic war.

Sequel[edit]

During a contest to win rights to salvage and perform shows in the Sea of Lorelei, Rick Aller rescues Rosa the Second (Rosa II, aka Rosa Rosa) when her mercenary crew turn on her. With her mobile suit damage, and his own small mobile armor damaged as well, they hide inside a sunken submarine that has been resting on the ocean floor since the 7th Space War. While investigating the ship they discover a black GX-9900 Gundam X and decide to use the mobile suit to escape in. But when they open the cockpit they discover the pilot of the mobile suit is still inside of it and in a state of suspended animation. Awakening him they make their escape from the ship and defeat the mercenaries that turned on Rosa II.

Introducing himself as Kai, the pilot of the black Gundam X displays unusual abilities that lead the crew of the Vulture ship to speculate that he is a Newtype. Mirage Weiß, the captain of the Vulture ship Mirage, decides to take Kai to a Newtype Lab after Kai starts to suffer a mental break down. When they arrive to find the Newtype Lab destroyed, Kai leaves the ship and uncovers the powerful Gundam Belphagor, and battles Rick as he pilots the black Gundam X. Rick is rescued by Rosa II when she arrives in her G-Falcon, and together they flee as Kai destroys the Mirage with a single shot from the Gundam Belphagor's weapons. Joining up with a quirky female mechanic named Mana, a survivor of the destruction of Fort Severn by Carris Nautilus in the anime, they repaint and repair the Gundam X. Together they start a pursuit of Kai, who has now joined a mysterious organization that have rebuilt D.O.M.E., the true purpose of why and what the group intends are unknown.

Characters[edit]

Related media[edit]

Manga adaptation[edit]

An adaptation of the anime was released on Comic Bom Bom. The manga was by Koichi Tokita and ran from April 1996 to March 1997, outlasting the anime by three months.

Sequel[edit]

After War Gundam X: Under The Moonlight, also known as New Mobile Century Gundam X: Under the Moonlight, is the sequel manga to the After War Gundam X anime and was released in 2004. The manga takes place seven years after the final episode in the series. The four-volume series stars a new cast of characters different from those in the anime, but includes the same designs and mechanical drawings of the ships and mobile suits featured in the anime. The series focuses on Rick Aller, and a Newtype pilot from the 7th Space War named Kai, as well as a mysterious organization that has rebuilt D.O.M.E. after its destruction at the end of the After War Gundam X anime.

This series is written by Chitose Oojima, with artwork by Yutaka Akatsu, and design cooperation from Takyuki Yanase. Originally planned as only a short series in Gundam Ace, the popularity of it caused it to be expanded and compiled into a four-volume manga series published by Kadokawa Shoten.

Theme music[edit]

Opening themes
# Transcription/Translation Performed by Episodes
1 DREAMS Romantic Mode 1-26
2 Resolution Romantic Mode 27-39
Ending themes
# Transcription/Translation Performed by Episodes
1 HUMAN TOUCH Warren Wiebe 1-13, 39
2 HUMAN TOUCH (Japanese Version) re-kiss 14-26
3 Gin'iro Horizon (銀色Horizon?, Silver Horizon) Satomi Nakase 27-38

Reception[edit]

According to Japan's Weekly The Television magazine, the series' terrestrial broadcast ratings peaked at 6.2% with the first episode, then declined drastically over the first ten episodes, and averaged 4.3% during the first two quarters.[1] A decision was made to cut the series short from the planned full year run to the final 39-episodes.[2][3] In the key Kanto region, the show was moved in its TV Asahi broadcast from a Friday afternoon 5:00 PM timeslot to a Saturday morning 6:00 AM timeslot starting with episode 27.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Gundam TV series ratings, Gunota
  2. ^ Oppliger, John (February 14, 2002). "Ask John: What’s the Worst Anime Ever Made?". AnimeNation. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Oppliger, John (February 14, 2002). "Ask John: Have Any Anime Ever Been Canceled?". AnimeNation. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
Gundam metaseries (production order)
1996
Succeeded by
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz