List of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED episodes

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Cover of the first Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DVD volume featuring Kira Yamato and the mobile suit, GAT-X105 Strike, in the background.

The Mobile Suit Gundam SEED anime series is animated by the Japanese anime studio Sunrise and directed by Mitsuo Fukuda. It aired from October 5, 2002 to September 27, 2003, with fifty episodes on TBS.[1] As with other series from the Gundam franchise, Gundam SEED takes place in a parallel timeline, in this case the Cosmic Era, the first to do so. In this era, mankind has developed into two subspecies: Naturals, who reside on Earth and Coordinators, genetically-enhanced humans capable of withstanding the rigors of space who inhabit orbital colonies. The story revolves around a young Coordinator Kira Yamato who becomes involved in the war between the two races after a neutral space colony is invaded by the Coordinators.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED was dubbed in English and its first English air date was on April 17, 2004 on the American cable network Cartoon Network.[2] It was later broadcast on Canada's YTV starting on September 10, 2004,[3] Australia's Cartoon Network Australia starting on December 12, 2005,[4] and the United Kingdom's AnimeCentral starting on January 5, 2008.[5]

Seven themes of music were used for the original version of the series. Its openings were "Invoke" (INVOKE -インヴォーク- Invōku?) by T.M.Revolution from episode one to thirteen, "Moment" by Vivian or Kazuma from fourteen to twenty six, "Believe" from twenty seven to forty, and "Realize" for the rest of the series both by Nami Tamaki. The three ending themes are "Anna ni Issho Datta no ni" (あんなに一緒だったのに?, lit. "Although We Were Always Together") by See-Saw from episodes one to twenty six, "River" by Tatsuya Ishii from twenty seven to thirty nine, and "Find the Way" by Mika Nakashima towards the end. The English TV dub used a 30 second shortened version of "Invoke" as its opening, but used the same endings as the original. The English DVD dub uses the original openings in their original format. For Japan's HD remaster, Gundam SEED cut the two recap episodes from its original broadcast (14 and 26). FictionJunction's new theme "Distance" replaced all uses of "River" with the exception of episode 40 with "Akatsuki no Kuruma" (暁の車?) by FictionJunction.

A sequel called Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, aired from October 9, 2004[6] to October 1, 2005, also with fifty episodes. Both SEED and SEED Destiny have special editions which are condensed versions of the series that include additional footage.[7] Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer, which is directed by Susumu Nishizawa, is a three-episode original net animation (ONA). The first episode of the side story was first streamed on the internet on July 14, 2006, but it premiered a week earlier on July 7, 2006 at Tokyo Anime Center's Akiba 3D Theater.[8]

Episode list[edit]

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED[edit]

The series is compiled onto thirteen DVDs in Japan and ten DVDs in English-speaking countries.[9][10] A five minute epilogue was included on the final DVD of the Japanese and European release, but it was not included on the North American and Australian release.[11][12]

Phase # Title[13][14] Original airdate[15] English airdate[13]
01 "False Peace"
"Itsuwari no Heiwa" (偽りの平和) 
October 5, 2002 April 17, 2004
The Orb Union space colony, Heliopolis, is attacked by ZAFT, despite its neutrality since the beginning of the Bloody Valentine War. Kira Yamato accidentally sees the Earth Alliance's new prototype mobile suits, which have been secretly constructed at the Heliopolis Morgenroete factory. He encounters his childhood friend, Athrun Zala, now a ZAFT soldier as one of the attackers. 
02 "Its Name: Gundam"
"Sono Na wa Gandamu" (その名はガンダム) 
October 12, 2002 April 24, 2004
ZAFT is able to steal four of the five G Project prototype mobile suits, leaving only the GAT-X105 Strike. With Murrue Ramius unable to pilot it effectively, Kira pilots the Strike and defends Heliopolis against the invading ZAFT forces to protect his friends. Ensign Natarle Badgiruel takes command of the new mobile assault ship Archangel with the surviving crew members. 
03 "Collapsing Land"
"Hōkai no Daichi" (崩壊の大地) 
October 19, 2002 May 1, 2004
Lt. Murrue Ramius takes over as captain of the Archangel and Kira and his friends are detained for seeing top secret military weapons while the crew of the Archangel learn that Kira is a coordinator. Rau Le Creuset is determined to capture the Strike after seeing how well it moved and sends out mobile suits to retrieve it. Disobeying orders, Athrun also dispatches so he could confirm if Kira is the one piloting the Strike, but when he finds his answer, Heliopolis crumbles as it sustains too much damage. 
04 "Silent Run"
"Sairento Ran" (サイレントラン) 
October 26, 2002 May 8, 2004
Kira discovers a malfunctioning lifeboat and brings it aboard the Archangel. Everyone is surprised to find Flay Allster as one of the rescued civilians. The Archangel decides to head for the Eurasian Federation military satellite Artemis to seek help. Rau Le Creuset follows and plans an attack on the Archangel. Kira decides to continue piloting the Strike and his friends volunteer to become members of the Archangel crew as his support. 
05 "Phase Shift Down"
"Feizu Shifuto Daun" (フェイズシフトダウン) 
November 2, 2002 May 15, 2004
Mu La Flaga and Kira launch a counteroffensive against the ZAFT ship Vesalius. The Strike's Phase Shift Armor runs out of power in the middle of the battle and Athrun uses this moment to grab the Strike so he can take Kira with him, but Kira frees himself with Mu's help. 
06 "The Vanishing Gundam"
"Kieru Gandamu" (消えるガンダム) 
November 9, 2002 May 22, 2004
The Archangel and its crew are held captive by the Artemis forces. Nicol Amalfi in his GAT-X207 Blitz attacks Artemis, using its Mirage Colloid armor to remain effectively invisible and destroys the Umbrella of Artemis, which protects the asteroid fortress. During the attack, the Archangel is able to escape. 
07 "The Scar of Space"
"Uchū no Kizuato" (宇宙の傷跡) 
November 16, 2002 May 29, 2004
The Archangel forages for water in the Debris Belt. They are shocked to find themselves in the ruins of Junius Seven, so the crew decides to hold a memorial. As they are excavating ice found around the ruin, a ZAFT mobile suit attacks, but Kira dispatches him. Kira finds a floating lifepod and takes it aboard. 
08 "The Songstress of The Enemy Forces"
"Tekigun no Utahime" (敵軍の歌姫) 
November 23, 2002 June 5, 2004
Lacus Clyne, the daughter of PLANT Supreme Council Chairman Siegel Clyne, is found within the lifepod. Her presence causes tension within the crew, but when the crew receives a message from the 8th Fleet that they are being searched and rescued, they are overjoyed. 
09 "The Fading Light"
"Kieteiku Hikari" (消えていく光) 
November 30, 2002 June 12, 2004
The Archangel's escort to meet with the 8th fleet is attacked by the Le Creuset Team. Flay witnesses the death of her father when Kira fails to protect the escort ships. In desperation, the Archangel reveals Lacus is on board the ship, causing the attackers to withdraw. 
10 "Crossroads"
"Wakatareta Michi" (分かたれた道) 
December 7, 2002 June 19, 2004
With everything that has happened, Kira becomes depressed. He is comforted by Lacus, who is strolling around the ship without permission. Kira returns Lacus to Athrun against orders, but refuses Athrun's invitation to change sides. 
11 "The Awakening Sword"
"Mezameru Yaiba" (目覚める刃) 
December 14, 2002 June 26, 2004
Le Creuset launches an attack on the Archangel. Kira's desire to protect his friends awakens an unknown almost berserker ability. He single-handedly defeats the attacking Blitz, GAT-X103 Buster, and GAT-X102 Duel
12 "Flay's Decision"
"Furei no Sentaku" (フレイの選択) 
December 21, 2002 July 3, 2004
Kira and his friends are given permission to leave the Archangel, but after overcoming the initial shock of her father's death, Flay decides to enlist in the Earth Alliance Forces, prompting Sai Argyle, Kuzzey Buskirk, Miriallia Haw, and Tolle Koenig to do the same. Kira stays on board the Archangel as well to continue protecting his friends. Duel Gundam is upgraded with an Assault Shroud. 
13 "Stars Falling in Space"
"Sora ni Furu Hoshi" (宇宙に降る星) 
December 28, 2002 July 10, 2004
Le Creuset attacks once again as the Archangel and the 8th Fleet approaches Earth. The Archangel is able to descend to Earth, but not without the loss of the entire 8th Fleet. Yzak Joule, the pilot of the Duel, vents his frustration by destroying a spacecraft carrying Heliopolis refugees that Kira had rescued previously. 
14 "Within Endless Time"
"Hateshinaki Toki no Naka de" (果てし無き時の中で) 
January 4, 2003 July 17, 2004
Rau Le Creuset reflects on the events that took place in episodes one to thirteen and the Coordinator's history starting from the birth of the first Coordinator, George Glenn
15 "The Respective Solitudes"
"Sorezore no Kodoku" (それぞれの孤独) 
January 11, 2003 July 24, 2004
The Archangel saves Kira as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. As a result, they land in ZAFT-controlled territory in the Sahara in northern Africa, far from their intended target, Alaska. Flay begins to take care of Kira and comforts him when he is tormented by the memories of the spacecraft that was destroyed in the previous battle. 
16 "Burning Clouds of Sand"
"Moeru Sajin" (燃える砂塵) 
January 18, 2003 July 31, 2004
The Archangel is attacked by multiple TMF/A-802 BuCUE units. Kira hastily takes off and fights the ZAFT forces, but he is unfamiliar with the desert environment. His ability to adapt amazes ZAFT's commander Andrew Waltfeld. When the Strike is about to run out of power, a resistance group comes to his aid and lures the remaining BuCUE units into an explosive trap. 
17 "Cagalli Returns"
"Kagari Futatabi" (カガリ再び) 
January 25, 2003 August 7, 2004
Murrue Ramius thanks the resistance group for their help and agrees to be allies. The resistance group introduces themselves as the Desert Dawn who are fighting Andrew and the Lesseps. Kira once again meets with Cagalli Yula Athha, the mysterious young woman he first encountered at Heliopolis' Morgenroete factory, who is now part of Desert Dawn. Meanwhile, Andrew attacks the Desert Dawn's hometown, but evacuates the town first. 
18 "Payback"
"Peibakku" (ペイ バック) 
February 1, 2003 August 14, 2004
Though the Desert Tiger has spared the lives of civilians, Desert Dawn members brashly challenge the ZAFT forces, because of the devastation they caused. The attack ends in failure, but most are saved by Kira in the Strike. 
19 "Fangs of the Enemy"
"Shukuteki no Kiba" (宿敵の牙) 
February 8, 2003 August 21, 2004
Kira and Cagalli are sent into a nearby ZAFT controlled city to gather supplies with Natarle and the Desert Dawn. The two teenagers get caught in an attack by the Blue Cosmos, and when Kira saves a man who happens to be Andrew Waltfeld, they are invited to the ZAFT base. There, Andrew reveals that he knows Kira is the pilot of the Strike and a Coordinator, but lets them leave safely. 
20 "On a Calm Day"
"Odayakana Hi ni" (穏やかな日に) 
February 15, 2003 August 28, 2004
Athrun and Nicol are given the day off; Athrun spends the day with Lacus and they talk about Kira. The PLANT Supreme Council debates on whether the attack codenamed "Operation Spitbreak" should be executed. 
21 "Beyond the Clouds of Sand"
"Sajin no Hate" (砂塵の果て) 
February 22, 2003 September 4, 2004
A battle between the Lesseps and the Desert Dawn commences. Kira and the Desert Tiger fight a battle where they realize the pain of having an enemy who is not an abstraction. With the Strike's power almost depleted, Kira has no choice but to destroy Andrew's TMF/A-803 LaGOWE or die himself. 
22 "The Sea Dyed Red"
"Kurenai ni Somaru Umi" (紅に染まる海) 
March 1, 2003 September 11, 2004
The Archangel crew crosses the Red Sea to head towards the neutral Orb Union with Cagalli and Ledonir Kisaka on board. With the previous battle weighing heavily on him, Kira talks to Cagalli about his reasons for fighting, making Flay jealous. They are attacked by ZAFT air and underwater type mobile suits, but Kira and Mu take them out. 
23 "Fateful Encounter"
"Unmei no Deai" (運命の出会い) 
March 8, 2003 September 18, 2004
A battle with ZAFT submarine forces led by Commander Marco Morassim prevents Kira from fighting alongside Mu and Cagalli in their FX-550 Skygraspers. Cagalli's Skygrasper sustains damage and is forced to turn back, but she encounters Athrun's transport plane; her Skygrasper is shot down, but not before shooting down his transport plane, forcing Athrun in his Aegis to eject from the transport plane. By chance, they are both stranded on the same deserted island. 
24 "War for Two"
"Futaridake no Sensō" (二人だけの戦争) 
March 15, 2003 October 2, 2004
Cagalli is surprised to find Athrun on the same deserted island. She attacks him, but she is overpowered and captured. When everything settles down, the two discuss the war and the reason why they are fighting. At sunrise, they are rescued by their respective comrades. 
25 "The Land of Peace"
"Heiwa no Kuni e" (平和の国へ) 
March 22, 2003 October 9, 2004
The Archangel is attacked by the Zala Team which consists of the Le Creuset Team members. They take heavy damage, but when they enter the waters of the neutral nation of Orb, ZAFT is chased away and is told that the Archangel has been chased away. The Zala Team sneaks into Orb with the belief that Orb's official statement is false. 
26 "Moment"
"Mōmento" (モーメント) 
March 29, 2003 October 16, 2004
A recap of the first 25 episodes. Narrated by Tony Sampson, Miguel Aiman's voice actor (in the Japanese version it is narrated by Takanori Nishikawa, Miguel's Japanese voice actor). 
27 "Endless Rondo"
"Hatenaki Rondo" (果てなき輪舞) 
April 12, 2003 October 23, 2004
Senior Engineer Erica Simmons of Morgenroete reviews the Strike's combat logs and theorizes that Kira might be superior than any other Coordinator and speculates on the "SEED factor" theory. She shows Kira the mobile suits that Orb is developing and asks him to develop a mobile suit operating system that can be used by Naturals
28 "Kira"
"Kira" (キラ) 
April 19, 2003 October 30, 2004
Kira and his friends are given the chance to meet with their parents who have taken refuge in Orb. Kira refuses to go, but his parents meet with Uzumi Nara Athha who hints there is a deeper connection between Kira and Cagalli. Kira instead completes the operating system for the Orb Union's MBF-M1 Astrays. When Kira's mechanical bird flies off, Kira finds himself standing face to face with Athrun. They part ways pretending not to know each other, but not without saying kind words about each other. 
29 "The Turning Point"
"Sadame no Kusabi" (さだめの楔) 
April 26, 2003 November 6, 2004
The Archangel, without Cagalli and Ledonir on board, leaves Orb territory for Alaska. The Zala Team, who is patiently waiting, engages them in a battle. Kira grounds the Duel, Buster, and Blitz with the help of Mu and Tolle, who is now the second Skygrasper pilot. As Kira and Athrun fight, Nicol intervenes, but he steps into Kira's fatal attack. 
30 "Flashing Blades"
"Senkō no Toki" (閃光の時) 
May 3, 2003 November 13, 2004
The Zala Team make another effort to destroy the Archangel and the Strike. Dearka in the Buster is shot down by Mu and surrenders. Tolle attempts to aid Kira, but he is killed by Athrun. The grief Kira and Athrun suffer over their friends' death is enough for them to try to kill each other. 
31 "Grieving Skies"
"Dōkoku no Sora" (慟哭の空) 
May 10, 2003 November 20, 2004
The crew of the Archangel grieve for the apparent deaths of Kira and Tolle. Cagalli searches the wreckage for Kira but instead finds Athrun and confronts him for killing Kira. Kira awakes and finds himself in the care of Lacus. 
32 "In the Promised Land"
"Yakusoku no Chi ni" (約束の地に) 
May 17, 2003 November 27, 2004
The Archangel finally arrives in Alaska. A grief-stricken Miriallia attacks Dearka, now a prisoner on board the Archangel, but ends up saving his life when Flay tries to shoot him. 
33 "Gathering Darkness"
"Yami no Taidō" (闇の胎動) 
May 24, 2003 December 4, 2004
The crew of the Archangel find themselves questioned for their actions regarding their escape from Heliopolis, the fall of the 8th Fleet, and entrusting the Strike to Kira Yamato. Meanwhile, Lacus comforts Kira, who questions his right to live, especially after trying to kill Athrun. 
34 "Seen and Unseen"
"Manazashi no Saki" (まなざしの先) 
May 31, 2003 December 11, 2004
Flay, Mu, and Natarle are to be transferred off the Archangel. Mu suspects that something is not quite right as the Alaskan JOSH-A base is evacuated. Flay is captured by Rau Le Creuset. Lacus and her father entrust Kira with the ZGMF-X10A Freedom, equipped with Neutron Jammer Canceller technology. 
35 "The Descending Sword"
"Mai Oriru Tsurugi" (舞い降りる剣) 
June 7, 2003 December 18, 2004
Operation Spitbreak is initiated, with both ZAFT and the Earth Alliance believing they have outsmarted the other. The Archangel is left behind to be destroyed in a calculated plan that would decimate everyone on the battlefield, until Kira arrives to save them. 
36 "In the Name of Justice"
"Seigi no Na no Moto ni" (正義の名のもとに) 
June 14, 2003 January 7, 2005
Lacus, now denounced a traitor to the PLANTs for handing the Freedom over to an unknown pilot, confronts Athrun and challenges him to decide what he truly is fighting for. Athrun is ordered to pilot the ZGMF-X09A Justice to seek and destroy the Freedom. 
37 "Divine Thunder"
"Kami no Ikazuchi" (神のいかずち) 
June 21, 2003 January 14, 2005
Kira and the Archangel make their way to Orb, where Lord Uzumi welcomes them and asks that they decide for themselves why they are fighting. The Panama mass driver is destroyed by ZAFT in retaliation for the blow they took at Alaska. Meanwhile, Erica Simmons presents a reconstructed Strike for the Archangel crew's use. 
38 "Decisive Fire"
"Ketsui no Hōka" (決意の砲火) 
June 28, 2003 January 21, 2005
To get a hold of Orb's mass driver, the Earth Alliance demands Orb to concede with them or be attacked for siding with ZAFT. Murrue decides the Archangel will support Orb and its crew members are discharged if they no longer wish to fight. Muruta Azrael, leader of Blue Cosmos, attacks Orb with three new mobile suits, the Forbidden, Raider, and Calamity. When Kira starts to have trouble with them, Athrun in the Justice arrives to help. 
39 "Athrun"
"Asuran" (アスラン) 
July 5, 2003 January 28, 2005
Athrun in the Justice assists Kira fight against the Forbidden, Raider, and Calamity. As the fight continues, the three Earth Alliance pilots argue with one another, but they are interrupted when they are struck by intense pain. The Earth Alliance are forced to retreat and regroup. The two friends reunite and Athrun must decide whether he should continue obeying his father's orders or fight for what he believes in. 
40 "Into the Dawn Skies"
"Akatsuki no Sora e" (暁の宇宙へ) 
July 12, 2003 February 4, 2005
The Earth Alliance attacks again, but the results are the same as the previous battle. The Archangel and the Orb ship Kusanagi launch into space, while the leaders of Orb stay behind. They explode Orb's mass driver and armaments factories, sacrificing their own lives in the process. 
41 "Trembling World"
"Yureru Sekai" (ゆれる世界) 
July 19, 2003 February 11, 2005
Cagalli, though grief-stricken with her father's death, confronts Kira with a mysterious photograph given to her by Lord Uzumi, of a woman with two infants and Kira and Cagalli's names written on the back. On a PLANT, Lacus is still on the run for treason, but broadcasts messages to counter PLANT Supreme Council Chairman Patrick Zala's propaganda. She soon discovers that her father has been assassinated by Patrick Zala. Meanwhile Muruta Azrael makes preparations to head into space with the intent to capture the Freedom or Justice, suspecting they hold a valuable secret just as the former CCO of the Archangel Natarle Badgiruel is given a new assignment. 
42 "Lacus Strikes"
"Rakusu Shutsugeki" (ラクス出撃) 
July 26, 2003 February 18, 2005
Athrun returns to the PLANTs on a shuttle to speak to his father, but he is shot and arrested. Lacus and (the presumed killed in action) Andrew Waltfeld join forces, stealing the ZAFT support ship Eternal and rescuing Athrun. They join forces with the Archangel and the Kusanagi thus forming the Three Ships Alliance
43 "What Stands in the Way"
"Tachihadakaru Mono" (立ちはだかるもの) 
August 2, 2003 February 25, 2005
The newly formed Three Ships Alliance take shelter at the abandoned Mendel colony. Unfortunately, they are tracked down by both ZAFT and Earth Alliance forces. Rau Le Creuset commands the ZAFT fleet and Captain Natarle Badgiruel, commands the Earth Alliance assault ship Dominion. Dominion takes the initiative and attacks with the mission of capturing either the Freedom or Justice. 
44 "Spiral of Encounters"
"Rasen no Kaikō" (螺旋の邂逅) 
August 9, 2003 March 4, 2005
The Dominion retreats so their pilots can get their medicine. Mu and Dearka enter the Mendel colony to confront Rau and Yzak. Kira comes to their aid and he and Mu are shocked to discover Rau has a few secrets to reveal. 
45 "The Opening Door"
"Hiraku Tobira" (開く扉) 
August 16, 2003 March 11, 2005
Kira and Mu face terrifying revelations in an encounter with Rau. Dearka and Yzak have their own meeting where they question what they are truly fighting against. Meanwhile, the Dominion and the Earth Alliance once again attacks. Rau returns to his ship and sends Flay back to the Earth Forces. 
46 "A Place for the Soul"
"Tamashii no Basho" (たましいの場所) 
August 30, 2003 March 18, 2005
Flay, who was held captive by Rau, is put into a lifepod and given a disk which contains the information for a neutron jammer canceller. Flay manages to get through to the dominion and archangel, Kira also hears this and rushes to save her, but leaves himself unguarded, and the freedom is shot in the head. Athrun saves the freedom and takes it back to the archangel. Meanwhile the dominion saves Flay. Back at the archangel kira goes unconscious and when he awakes his friends.....mostly Lacus comforts him while he releases all his mental stress. 
47 "The Nightmare Reborn"
"Akumu wa Futatabi" (悪夢は再び) 
September 6, 2003 March 25, 2005
Equipped with Neutron Jammer Cancellers, the Earth Alliance forces launch an all-out attack on the PLANTs. The Boaz military asteroid is destroyed by nuclear weapons with Earth Alliance's next target being the PLANTs. The Freedom and Justice arrive at the battlefield in time to destroy all the nuclear warheads. In retaliation, Patrick Zala orders to fire the GENESIS
48 "Day of Wrath"
"Ikari no Hi" (怒りの日) 
September 13, 2003 March 25, 2005
The GENESIS, a huge gamma-ray laser wipes out a large portion of Earth Alliance's forces. The Earth Alliance forces are forced to withdraw temporarily to regroup. During the intermission, each of the couples on board the Archangel, Kusanagi, and Eternal prays of each others safety in the upcoming battle. 
49 "The Final Light"
"Shūmatsu no Hikari" (終末の光) 
September 20, 2003 April 8, 2005
GENESIS' second attack cripples the Earth Alliance's reinforcements and destroys their Ptolemaeus lunar base. The Three Ships Alliance save the PLANTs from the second wave of nukes. Mu fights Rau in the ZGMF-X13A Providence while Kira and Athrun fight the Forbidden, Raider, and Calamity. The final attack by the Earth Forces on the PLANTs fails. On the Dominion, Muruta orders the crew to fire at the Archangel which has stopped to recover a wounded Mu. Flay attempts to warn the Archangel prompting Muruta to physically attack her and attempt to shoot her. Natarle attempts to stop Muruta and struggles with him over his gun. She tells the crew to abandon ship. In the struggle with Muruta, she is shot and then locks the bridge to prevent Muruta from escaping. Muruta fires on the Archangel, but Mu sacrifies himself to protect the ship. In response, the Archangel destroys the Dominion killing Muruta and Natarle. 
50 "To a Future that Never Ends"
"Owaranai Asu e" (終わらない明日へ) 
September 27, 2003 April 15, 2005

While the forces of the Earth Alliance are defeated, Despite the forces of the Earth Alliance having been defeated, Patrick Zala prepares to fire Genesis at Earth.

Rau attacks Archangel, Eternal, and Kusanagi until confronted by Kira. Rau destroys Flay's escape shuttle, killing everyone on board. Flay's spirit visits the grief stricken Kira to apologize and thank him. Patrick Zala guns down one of his own officers after the man questions the decision to fire on Earth. The wounded officer later rises up and shoots Zala. After Zala's death, The remaining ZAFT forces evacuate Genesis and set a self-destruct mechanism that will, as a side-effect, fire genesis at Earth. Kira defeats the Providence destroying the Freedom in the process. Athrun uses the nuclear self-destruct mechanism in the Justice to destroy Genesis and escapes in the Strike Rouge with Cagalli. The moderate faction in the PLANTs overthrows the PLANT government and calls for a cease-fire with the Earth Federation. 
51 "After Phase - Between the Stars"
"Hoshi no Hazama de" (星のはざまで) 
March 26, 2004 -
The fighting has ceased, but peace talks between the PLANTs and the Earth Alliance continue. At Malchio's orphanage in the Marshall Islands, Kira, Athrun, Lacus and Cagalli reflect on the past and discuss the future. 

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Special Edition[edit]

For more details on the Special Edition movies, see Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Special Edition.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Special Edition, also known as Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Movie, summarizes the fifty episode television series in three 95 minute episodes – much like the compilation movies for the original series, Zeta Gundam, and Turn A Gundam.[16] The episodes contain a compilation of scenes from the television series and an additional twenty minutes of new footage.[17] Only the first two episodes were broadcast in Japan, each episode split into two 55 minute parts.[16][18] The Special Editions is available in Japan and North America on three DVDs or three PlayStation Portable UMDs.[19]

Phase # Title Original airdate
Special I "The Empty Battlefield"
"Kokū no Senjō" (虚空の戦場) 
March 22, 2004
March 23, 2004[20]
Covers the events of Gundam SEED Phases 1 to 21. 
Special II "The Far-Away Dawn"
"Harukanaru Akatsuki" (遥かなる暁) 
July 27, 2004
July 28, 2004[21]
Covers the events of Gundam SEED Phases 22 to 40. 
Special III "The Rumbling Sky"
"Meidō no Sora" (鳴動の宇宙) 
October 22, 2004
Covers the events of Gundam SEED Phases 41 to 50. 

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 Stargazer[edit]

For more details on the side story, see Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 Stargazer is a three episode original net animation (ONA) side story that takes place during the timeline of Gundam SEED Destiny. Unlike the other series set in the Cosmic Era, C.E. 73 Stargazer is directed by Susumu Nishizawa and features a new cast of characters. The episodes were not broadcast on television, but streamed through the Bandai Channel and sold on one DVD in Japan.[22] The first episode was released on the Bandai Channel on July 14, 2006, but it premiered a week earlier at the Tokyo Anime Center's Akiba 3D Theater on July 7, 2006.[8] It uses one piece of music. The ending theme is "Stargazer ~Hoshi no Tobira~" (STARGAZER 〜星の扉〜?, lit. "Stargazer ~Star's Door~") by Satori Negishi.

# Title Original airdate
1 "Stage 01"   July 14, 2006
The world is thrown into chaos after the Break the World incident during the Second Bloody Valentine War. A ZGMF-1017 GINN attacks a city where DSSD members Selene McGriff and Edmond Du Clos are in and causes massive damage until it is stopped by a linear tank commanded by Edmond, who is mortally wounded in his attack. They will discover that the GINN was piloted by a little group of kids (It's not clear if they died in the final attack) who wanted revenge. Meanwhile Selene and another DSSD member, Sol Ryuune L’ange, leave for space while Phantom Pain deploys its pilots to fight ZAFT mobile suits that attack an Earth Alliance base. 
2 "Stage 02"   August 21, 2006
Sven Cal Bayan and his team are sent to eliminate a Coordinator refugee camp suspected of harboring terrorists. Sven has flashbacks of his military training and conditioning when he was a child. Sven proceeds to massacre the camp without hesitation. In another battle, while defending the Earth Alliance Forces ground carrier, Bonaparte, Mudie Holcroft is killed while fighting ZAFT forces. Meanwhile in space, Selene tests the new AI piloted GSX-401FW Stargazer with its Voiture Lumiere propulsion system. 
3 "Stage 03"   September 29, 2006
Phantom Pain attacks the DSSD station to steal the AI data of the Stargazer. The brutal assault leaves many DSSD members and the Verde Buster pilot, Shams Couza, dead. To counter the attack, Selene and Sol launch in the Stargazer and use its unique features to destroy several enemy mobile suits. Lost in space, Selene captures the Strike Noir and uses the Stargazers propulsion system to catapult themselves near Venus. Sven and Selene meet face to face and start their long journey home. Selene administers a drug on both of them to increase the oxygen absorption inside their blood and they slowly enter coma state. They must be found within 27 days or they will die from lack of oxygen, but Sol finds the Stargazer 27 days and 21 hours later. 

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