In the year 2045 AD, construction of the first space colony begins (Side 1) to move part of Earth's immense population. The Earth was in effect "too small" for its inhabitants. Using asteriods from the asteroid field between Jupiter and Mars as raw materials, these colonies were constructed to be "ruled from the Earth" as they were only hunks of metal holding more inhabitants. The year system was changed from AD to UC (Universal Century), where 0001 UC was earmarked as the beginning of the age of space colonization. Around 0040 UC, when 40% of the Earth's inhabitants lived in the colonies, the philosophy of "ere-ism" emerged. Its meaning was very simple:
(And thatís just the prologue!!) The actual story begins in the fall of UC 0079. The ongoing war between the Earth Federation and the Dutchy of Zeon has settled into a six-month stalemate. The Federation has taken advantage of this time to develop its own set of mobile suit prototypes, which have been undergoing final testing inside a Federation research colony at Side 7. Now the mobile suit carrier White Base has arrived at Side 7 to pick up the prototypes and transport them to Earth. Inside the white base is the Federationís best kept secret. The Gundam. And very soon a young boy named Amuro Rei will find his destiny with this machine, and will join the fight to protect the Federation. The war continues...
This is one of the most critically acclaimed animated series of all time, and in my opinion, is very deserving of its praise. This pretty much redefined the mecha genre, creating a world that was full of human elements as well as large robots. The story is one of the best in any mecha series, and is full of incredible drama. The plotline itself is pretty unoriginal, itís just done in an original way. The complexity of the story, and the revolutionary design make this one of the most influential anime ever. If you havenít yet, see it.
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