English Title: Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation
Japanese Title: 機動戦士ガンダム — “Kidou Senshi Gandamu” — Mobile Suit Gundam
Author: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Illustrator: Haruhiko Mikimoto, Yoshinobu Aohachi
Translator: Frederik L. Schodt
Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha, Military
Original Run: 1979
English Run: 1990, 2004
Note: The current English release includes all three volumes in one book.
English Publisher: Del Rey, Stone Bridge Press
Volumes Published in English: 1 (COMPLETE)
Average Price Per Volume: Paperback – $11
Synopsis: Universal Century 0079: The Principality of Zeon has declared its independence from the Earth Federation, and subsequently launched a massive war of independence, a war which has raged in every continent on earth and in nearly every space colony and lunar settlement. The Zeon have the upper hand through their use of a revolutionary new type of weapon, their humanoid like mobile suits. When a Zeon recon team disobey mission orders and begin attacking Side 7 its citizens stumble across the Federations latest weapon: the Gundam. With the aid of Earth Federation soldiers stationed aboard the MS carrier White Base the newly formed crew of refugees set out to change the course of the One Year War — or die trying.
Notes from Wikipedia: “In 1979, before the end of the anime, Yoshiyuki Tomino himself created the first novelizations of the original Gundam anime series. The novels, issued as a series of three books, allowed him to depict his story in a more sophisticated, adult, and detailed fashion. Along with this adaptation came several major changes to the story.”
“In 2004, Frederik Schodt revised his original translation of the books, which had been out of print for nearly a decade. What had been a three volume set in the 1990 Del Rey edition was re-released by Stone Bridge Press as one single volume of 476 pages.”
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