Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

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Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
GundamWing-EndlessWaltz.jpg
Endless Waltz DVD cover, featuring the redesigned Wing Gundam Zero
新機動戦記ガンダムW: ENDLESS WALTZ
(New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz)
Genre Military science fiction
Original video animation
Directed by Yasunao Aoki
Studio Sunrise
Released January 25, 1997July 25, 1997
Runtime 25 minutes (each)
Episodes 3 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Endless Waltz -Special Edition-
Directed by Yasunao Aoki
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Released August 1, 1998
Runtime 90 minutes
Manga
Written by Kōichi Tokita
Published by Kodansha
English publisher United States TokyoPop
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Bom Bom
Original run March 1998July 1998
Volumes 1
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Ground Zero
Written by Reku Fuyunagi
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Fantasy Deluxe
Original run August 1998September 1998
Volumes 1
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Blind Target
Written by Sakura Asagi
Published by Gakushukenkyusha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Anime V, Looker
Original run July 1998January 1999
Volumes 1
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Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (新機動戦記ガンダムW: ENDLESS WALTZ Shin Kidō Senki Gandamu Uingu: Endoresu Warutsu?), is the sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, both of which are set in the "After Colony" timeline, an alternate universe to that of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. Aside from being a continuation to the Gundam Wing TV series, it also reveals details regarding the pasts of the five Gundam pilots and the true objective behind "Operation Meteor."[1]

Endless Waltz originally premiered in Japan as a three-part OVA in 1997,[2][3][4] and it was later released as a theatrical compilation movie in 1998, including additional scenes and an altered musical score.[5]

Synopsis[edit]

It is the year After Colony 196, and the battles between Earth and the space colonies have ended. Treize Khushrenada is dead and OZ has come to an end. This gives birth to the Earth Sphere Unified Nation (ESUN) and the Preventers. Seeing they won't be needed anymore, the Gundam pilots (except Wufei) send their suits into the sun. However, this peace would not last, for a rebellion occurs on the newly completed colony, L3 X-18999. Led by seven-year-old Mariemaia Khushrenada, Treize's illegitimate daughter, the rebellion kidnaps Relena Darlian, now the Vice Foreign Minister of the ESUN, during a diplomatic mission to X-18999. As the Gundam pilots investigate further, they discover that Mariemaia is merely a puppet controlled by her grandfather Dekim Barton, a former advisor to martyred colony leader Heero Yuy, who is using X-18999 to go through with the original Operation Meteor, as a contingency plan in case the ESUN doesn't comply. The Gundam pilots must prevent Dekim from seizing power over the ESUN. The Gundams are retrieved from their course to sun to Earth's orbit thanks to Quatre and the Maganacs. The pilots use their Gundams one last time to fight against Dekim's forces, not killing anyone. In the end, Dekim is killed by one of his own soldiers, Earth and its colonies are at peace once again and all mobile suits (including the Gundams) are forever destroyed.

Characters[edit]

  • Relena Darlian (voiced by Akiko Yajima, and by Lisa Ann Beley in the English release); an ally of the Gundam pilots and the strongest political advocate for peace between Earth and the colonies, who is kidnapped by the Mariemaia Army.
  • Sally Po (voiced by Yumi Touma, and by Samantha Ferris in the English release); another ally of the Gundam pilots and a member of the Preventers (code name: "Water").
  • Lady Une (voiced by Sayuri Yamauchi, and by Enuka Okuma in the English release); another former enemy of the Gundam pilots, now their ally and the head of the Preventers (code name: "Gold").
  • Mariemaia Khushrenada (voiced by Rei Sakuma, and by Maggie Blue O'Hara in the English release); the young daughter of the deceased Treize Khushrenada, who is manipulated by her grandfather Dekim Barton into leading a rebellion against the Earth with the intentions of conquering it.

Mecha redesigns[edit]

One of the most notable features of Endless Waltz was the massive redesigns all five of the Gundams from the end of the Gundam Wing TV series received, courtesy of the artist Hajime Katoki. The Gundams in Endless Waltz have more stylized appearances, reflected in the even more demonic design of the Deathscythe Hell, the more dragon-like design of the Altron, and the new "angel-winged" design of the Wing Zero. Despite the dramatically different designs of the Gundams, the story in Endless Waltz retcons them as if the original designs from the TV series never existed.[1]

Music[edit]

Theme songs[edit]

  • OVA Ending Theme: "White Reflection" by Two-Mix[12]
  • Movie Ending Theme: "Last Impression" by Two-Mix[13]

Distribution[edit]

In North America, Endless Waltz premiered on Canada's YTV on September 11, 2000[citation needed] and on Cartoon Network in the U.S. on November 10, 2000.[14] It was later released to VHS, UMD, and DVD by Bandai,[15] with the DVD edition containing both the OVA and compilation movie versions.[1]

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Endless Waltz episode 1". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Endless Waltz episode 2". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Endless Waltz episode 3". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Endless Waltz Special Edition". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  6. ^ "XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero (EW)". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  7. ^ "XXXG-01D2 Gundam Deathscythe Hell (EW)". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  8. ^ "XXXG-01H Gundam Heavyarms (EW)". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  9. ^ "XXXG-01SR Gundam Sandrock (EW)". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  10. ^ "XXXG-01S2 Altron Gundam (EW)". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  11. ^ "OZ-00MS2B Tallgeese III". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Endless Waltz OVA ending theme". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  13. ^ "Endless Waltz movie ending theme". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  14. ^ "Endless Waltz Toonami trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  15. ^ "Endless Waltz Bandai trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
After War Gundam X
Gundam metaseries (production order)
1997
Succeeded by
∀ Gundam
Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Gundam After Colony timeline
AC 196
Succeeded by
New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop