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)
GenreMilitary science fiction, Mecha
Anime television series
Directed byShinji Takamatsu
Written byHiroyuki Kawasaki
Music byYasuo Higuchi
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run April 5, 1996 December 28, 1996
Episodes39 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written byKōichi Tokita
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineComic Bom Bom
Original runApril 1996March 1997
Volumes3
Manga
After War Gundam X: Under the Moonlight
Written byChitose Oojima
Illustrated byYutaka Akatsu
Published byKadokawa
DemographicShōnen
MagazineGundam Ace
Original runOctober 26, 2004September 26, 2006
Volumes4
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After War Gundam X (Japanese: 機動新世紀ガンダムX, Hepburn: Kidō Shin Seiki Gandamu Ekkusu, lit. New Mobile Century Gundam X), is a 1996 Japanese anime television series and the seventh installment in the long running 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. The series was released on DVD in North America in 2016.

Plot[edit]

The year is A.W. 15. 15 years after the end of the 7th Space War which 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.

Related media[edit]

Anime[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.

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] 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.

Reception to After War Gundam X in the West has been mixed to negative, with Lauren Orsini of Anime News Network stating, "Getting cancelled just might be the best thing that could have happened to After War Gundam X, because the difference in entertainment quality between its first and second halves is like night and day. When the show begins so sluggishly, there's simply no option but to pick up the pace for it to wrap up by the end of the year as ordered."[3]

However she did praise the later half of the show for "adapting into a master juggler, balancing the conflict's complexities in both the Earth and space theaters from the perspective of an increasingly likable main cast, with a concise final arc resolving neatly into a satisfying conclusion. Had it not been canceled, Gundam X might have risked overstaying its welcome. Instead, it showed itself out at the perfect time."[4]

Johh Oppliger of AnimeNation gave a more negative review saying, "The biggest flaw of Gundam X was in simply creating a series with absolutely no likeable characters. Every character in the series was simply so self absorbed and ill-tempered that watching the series was simply an exercise in aggravation tolerance that most fans quickly decided to forgo." [5]

Carlos Ross of THEM Anime gave a mixed review calling the series "bland" and that "The plot seems like a drab retelling of a post-apocalyptic Gundam Wing as told by the recently lobotomized. As the only emotions really expressed are rage, desperation, and, oh yeah, angst, Gundam X strikes me as being just as anti-Gundam as Gundam Wing was, but in a different way. Gundam X focuses on nothing but despair...and as such, fails utterly to keep this reviewer's interest. Whereas Gundam, though at times saddening, was exciting, suspenseful, and full of life, Gundam X is completely bleak and inhuman, and loses the point that Gundam is actually less about the mecha than about humanity itself. Then again, when neither the mecha or the humans inspire anything ... why should we care?" He concluded that After War Gundam X was "not an absolutely terrible anime, but it's downright mediocre." [6]

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 March 15, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/after-war-gundam-x/sub.dvd-collection-2/.103245
  4. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/after-war-gundam-x/sub.dvd-collection-2/.103245
  5. ^ http://www.animenation.net/ask-john-whats-the-worst-anime-ever-made/
  6. ^ https://www.themanime.org/viewreview.php?id=116

External links[edit]

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