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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
North American cover of the first Gundam Wing DVD volume, featuring the protagonist Heero Yuy and the titular Wing Gundam.
(Shin Kidō Senki Gandamu Wingu)
GenreMecha, military science fiction
Anime television series
Directed byMasashi Ikeda (eps. 1-26)
Shinji Takamatsu (eps. 27-49, uncredited)
Produced byHideyuki Tomioka
Written byKatsuyuki Sumizawa
Music byKow Otani
Licensed by
Original networkANN (TV Asahi)
English network
Original run April 7, 1995 March 29, 1996
Episodes49 (List of episodes)
Illustrated byKōichi Tokita
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineComic Bom Bom
Original runApril 1995April 1996
Original video animation
Operation Meteor
Directed byMasashi Ikeda
Licensed by
  • NA: Sunrise
Released April 25, 1996 October 10, 1996
Episodes4 (List of episodes)
Battlefield of Pacifists
Illustrated byKōichi Tokita
Published byKodansha
English publisher
  • NA: Tokyopop
MagazineHaoh Magazine
Episode Zero
Written byKatsuyuki Sumisawa
Illustrated byAkira Kanbe
Published byGakushukenkyusha
English publisher
MagazineAnime V
The Last Outpost
Written byKōichi Tokita
Published byKodansha
English publisher
  • NA: Tokyopop
MagazineComic Bom Bom
Original runSeptember 1997April 1998
Serial novel
Frozen Teardrop
Written byKatsuyuki Sumizawa
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineGundam Ace
Original runAugust 2010November 2015
Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers
Written byKatsuyuki Sumizawa
Illustrated byHajime Katoki
Tomofumi Ogasawara
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineGundam Ace
Original runSeptember 25, 2010November 25, 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, also known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing[a] (新機動戦記ガンダムW(ウイング), Shin Kidō Senki Gandamu Wingu), is a 1995 Japanese mecha anime series directed by Masashi Ikeda and written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa. It is the sixth installment in the Gundam franchise, taking place in the "After Colony" timeline. As with the original series, the plot of Gundam Wing centers on a war in the future (specifically, the year After Colony 195) between Earth and its orbital colonies in the Earth-Moon system.

The series aired in Japan on the terrestrial TV Asahi network. It ran for 49 episodes, beginning on April 7, 1995, and ending on March 29, 1996. It received multiple manga adaptations, as well as video games. Four original video animation (OVA) episodes were produced including a retelling of the series, Operation Meteor, and a direct sequel, Endless Waltz. In 2010, Sumizawa started writing the novel Frozen Teardrop, another sequel to the series. While the series fared modestly well in Japan, it found greater success in the United States and single-handedly popularized the Gundam franchise in the West.


In the distant future, Mankind has colonized space, with clusters of space colonies at each of the five Earth-Moon Lagrange points. Down on the Earth, the nations have come together to form the United Earth Sphere Alliance. This Alliance oppresses the colonies with its vast military might. The colonies wishing to be free, joined together in a movement headed by the pacifist Heero Yuy. In the year After Colony 175, Yuy is shot dead by an assassin, forcing the colonies to search for other paths to peace. The assassination prompts five disaffected scientists from the Organization of the Zodiac, more commonly referred to as OZ, to turn rogue upon the completion of the mobile suit prototype Tallgeese.

The story of Gundam Wing begins in the year After Colony 195, with the start of "Operation Meteor": the scientists' plan for revenge against OZ. The operation involves five teenage boys, who have each been chosen and trained by each of the five scientists, then sent to Earth independently in extremely advanced mobile suits (one designed by each of the scientists) known as "Gundams" (called such because they are constructed from a rare and astonishingly durable material called Gundanium alloy, which can only be created in outer space). Each Gundam is sent from a different colony, and the pilots are unaware of each other's existence.

The series focuses primarily on the five Gundam pilots: Heero Yuy (an alias, not to be confused with the martyred pacifist), Duo Maxwell, Trowa Barton, Quatre Raberba Winner and Chang Wufei. Their mission is to use their Gundams to attack OZ directly, to rid the Alliance of its weapons, and to free the colonies from its oppressive rule. The series also focuses on Relena Peacecraft, heir to the pacifist Sanc Kingdom, who becomes an important political ally to the Gundam pilots (particularly Heero) throughout the series.


The making of Gundam Wing was influenced by Mobile Fighter G Gundam with the idea of having five main characters. Originally, the series was meant to be titled Gundam Meteor after "Operation Meteor." Bandai suggested having a Gundam with the ability of transforming into a plane-like form (which led to the creation of the Wing Gundam and its "Bird Mode"). The writers worked together for one week conceptualizing the characters, mobile suits and first 40 episodes. Director Masashi Ikeda reacted to their work comparing it to the first Gundam series, Zeta and G all at once.[2] The series was more focused on drama than mecha, which the staff credits as one of the reasons for the show's popularity within the female demographic.

Writer Katsuyuki Sumizawa expressed difficulties in the making of the story as opposed to his work in novels due to the fact he relayed duties to other members. However, the handling of the five characters was made easy due to the setting.[2] Early sketches of the protagonists by Ikeda were handled by character designer Shuko Murase. He was cast due to his work with Ikeda in Samurai Troopers. The director wanted the designs to appeal to the female demographic. Originally, Duo Maxwell was set as the protagonist but was replaced by Heero Yuy. The staff members noted Heero was too different from previous Gundam protagonists and were afraid he would be unpopular. The voice casting was more difficult to do than the ones from previous series due to the different atmosphere.[2]

Following the series' ending, the staff members were asked by the studio to make a sequel due to its popularity. Neither Ikeda nor executive producer Hideyuki Tomioka intended to make a sequel for Gundam Wing. However, Sumizawa was bothered by the finale as he felt the series ended abruptly. Tomioka asked Sumizawa if he could write a continuation, which he agreed to do.[2]



Gundam Wing was not the first series in the Gundam franchise to be dubbed and distributed in the U.S. (the compilation film version of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, as well as the OVAs War in the Pocket and Stardust Memory, preceded it by about two years), but it is well known as the first Gundam series to be aired on American television. This dub was licensed by Sunrise and the voice work was done by Ocean Productions.[3] The series aired on Cartoon Network's weekday afternoon after-school programming block Toonami, premiering on March 6, 2000. In the first extended promo leading up to the series' premiere, voice actor Peter Cullen narrated the back story, evoking memories of Voltron's opening credits. The promo was said to be so riveting that Bandai decided to use it as the official promo for the series.[4] Gundam Wing was a huge ratings winner for Toonami (often outperforming veteran series such as Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon) and became, for a time, not only the highest rated series on Toonami but on all of Cartoon Network.[5]

It was broadcast in two formats: an edited version shown in the daytime on Toonami and an uncut version shown past midnight as part of Toonami's "Midnight Run." Examples of the edits included the removal of blood, profanity, atheism, and the word "kill" being replaced with the word "destroy" (this was extended to Duo's nickname, "The God of Death," changed to "The Great Destroyer," forcing the alteration of two episode titles), though the word "death" was mostly left intact. All Gundam Wing episodes have been released to VHS and DVD in the U.S. Differences between the two video systems is that the VHS episodes contain the edited version while the DVD episodes contain the uncut version.

Due to the closure of Bandai Entertainment, the series was out-of-print for some time. On October 11, 2014 at their 2014 New York Comic Con panel, Sunrise announced they will be releasing all of the Gundam franchise, including Gundam Wing in North America though distribution from Right Stuf Inc., beginning in Spring 2015.[6] Right Stuf released the series on Blu-ray and DVD in two sets in November 2017.[7] In addition, a collector's edition set containing the complete series, Endless Waltz, Operation Meteor and the Frozen Teardrop picture drama was released in December 2017.


After the series ended, four original video animation (OVA) episodes, compiling various scenes from the series along with a few minutes of new footage, were released in 1996 as Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor I and II.

A three-part OVA titled Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz was produced in 1997 as a sequel to the TV series; plot-wise, it brought the "After Colony" timeline to a close. The OVA was also notable for its massive redesigns of all the Gundams by Hajime Katoki, such as the Wing Gundam Zero's new "angel-winged" appearance.[8] A compilation film version of Endless Waltz (featuring additional footage, alterations of the music score and a different ending theme) was later released in Japan on August 1, 1998. Endless Waltz premiered on Cartoon Network in the U.S. on November 10, 2000. Both the OVA and film versions of Endless Waltz were later released together on DVD.[9] Right Stuf released both OVAs on Blu-ray and DVD in December 2017 (though Operation Meteor remains un-dubbed).[7]


In addition to manga adaptations of the series and Endless Waltz, several manga sidestories have also been produced. Episode Zero is a prequel, detailing the events leading up to series; the stories have been collected in a volume that also contains one brief open-ended interlude, Preventer 5, that details an operation that occurs after Endless Waltz.[10] A coincident storyline to the series is presented in Last Outpost (G-Unit). Several sequel manga, occurring between Gundam Wing and Endless Waltz, have also been written: Blind Target, Ground Zero and Battlefield of Pacifists.[11][12][13]

The Gundam Wing, Battlefield of Pacifists and Endless Waltz manga series were published in English by Tokyopop, while Blind Target, Ground Zero and Episode Zero were published by Viz Communications. Another sequel manga detailing the future of the colonies entitled Tiel's Impulse was printed in 1998 and has not been published in the United States.

In September 2010, Gundam Ace magazine began serializing a manga titled New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers that retells the events of the anime while incorporating facts from Episode Zero and the novel Frozen Teardrop. The manga ended in November 2017 and was compiled into fourteen volumes. The manga also uses Hajime Katoki's Gundam redesigns from Endless Waltz and other subsequent media, instead of the original Kunio Okawara designs featured in the anime. Vertical published English editions of the manga volumes under the title Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers from July 2017 to November 2019.[14]

Novel sequel[edit]

In early 2010, Gundam Ace magazine announced they would serialize a "New Gundam Wing Project".[15][better source needed] The project was eventually revealed to be a novel, titled New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop. Written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa, the novel begins a new timeline, following the "Mars Century" calendar ("MC") which was the successor of the previous "After Colony" calendar.[16] According to an interview with the author, the novel spans backwards into the AC century and the Gundam pilots, Relena, and their children make appearances.

Other media[edit]

A fighting video game titled Shin Kidō Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Duel was developed by Natsume Co., Ltd. and released for the Super Famicom in Japan on March 29, 1996.[17] A second fighting game titled Shin Kidō Senki Gundam Wing: The Battle was developed by Natsume Co., Ltd. and released for the PlayStation in Japan on October 11, 2002 as the 13th volume of the Simple Characters 2000 series.[18] Gundam Wing characters and mecha have also appeared in several other video game series including Super Robot Wars, Gundam Battle Assault, Another Century's Episode, Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. and Dynasty Warriors: Gundam.

Upon the series' debut in North America, Gundam Wing received a large roster of licensees for merchandise including wallscrolls, apparel, school supplies, skateboards, trading cards, model kits and action figures.[19]


  • "It's Just Love!" by Rumi Ohishi (ep. 1–49)
  • "Just Communication" (Instrumental Version) by Kow Otani (Toonami Broadcast, ep. 1–49; the credits aired over a shortened version of the show's first opening animation)[22]
Insert songs
  • "Just Communication" by Two-Mix (eps. 3 & 49)
  • "Rhythm Emotion" by Two-Mix (eps. 36, 38, 39, and 41)


Gundam Wing was only a modest success in Japan during its initial run; it, along with G Gundam, was the only Gundam series of the 1990s that managed an average television rating over four percent. It was ranked number two in Animage magazine's Anime Grand Prix in 1996 and was also ranked number 76 in the publication's list of the 100 most important anime of all time.[23][24] The series is infamous within dōjinshi where authors tend to depict romantic relationships between several of the protagonists.[25][26]

Gundam Wing was a greater success in North America, however, and is credited by John Oppliger on Animation Anime News Blog with single-handedly popularizing the Gundam franchise among American audiences.[27] Just over a week after its premiere on Cartoon Network on March 6, 2000, the series was the top rated program in all age groups.[28] During the summer of 2000, it remained as the first or second top-rated show among kids and teens during its twelve airings per week on the Toonami block. Gundam Wing was ranked the 73rd best animated series by IGN, calling the series "so good that even those opposed to anime have to give the show its due credit".[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The translation"New Mobile Report Gundam Wing" is used by the R2 DVD releases in Japan, and thus is used extensively by the English-language fanbase in order to differentiate it from the Universal Century Gundam series. While the use of the term "report" in the title is not necessarily incorrect, it does not convey the full meaning of the original-language terminology. The Japanese word senki (戦記) has a specific meaning of "military history." Some official translations in the past have used the translation "New Mobile War Chronicle Gundam Wing" as well, and some of the official art uses "The New Mobile History Gundam Wing", and at least one Japanese book has used "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing"[citation needed]
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Preceded by Gundam metaseries (production order)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gundam After Colony timeline
AC 195
Succeeded by