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Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation e-book

Author:

Mark Simmons,Yoshiyuki Tomino

Language:

English

Category:

Fantasy

Subcategory:

Science Fiction

ePub size:

1722 kb

Other formats:

lrf lrf lit mobi

Rating:

4.8

Publisher:

Stone Bridge Press; 2 edition (April 3, 2012)

Pages:

520

ISBN:

1611720052

Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation e-book

by Mark Simmons,Yoshiyuki Tomino


Yoshiyuki Tomino: Yoshiyuki Tomino is one of Japan's best known sci-fi animation directors, and the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books

Yoshiyuki Tomino: Yoshiyuki Tomino is one of Japan's best known sci-fi animation directors, and the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books. Since working on the Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy) series in 1964, he has directed or created some of Japan's top robot and fantasy-themed works, for television, theaters, and the original video anime market. He often served as Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter. Mark Simmons: Mark Simmons is author of the Gundam Official Guide.

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Mobile Suit Gundam book. Asian ReporterJapan's Gundam franchise boasts. Start by marking Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation (機動戦士ガンダム) is a novel written by Yoshiyuki Tomino in 1979, before the end of the anime.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation (機動戦士ガンダム) is a novel written by Yoshiyuki Tomino in 1979, before the end of the anime, 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.

Introduction by Gundam expert Mark Simmons. Yoshiyuki Tomino is a writer and one of Japan's best known SF directors. Translator Frederik L. Schodt has written extensively on Japanese culture and lives in San Francisco. For anyone unfamiliar with the Gundam cultural phenomenon, this could be the perfect introduction.

Awakening by Yoshiyuki Tomino Translated . The Gundam Mobile Suit is no ordinary three-volume science fiction series.

Awakening by Yoshiyuki Tomino Translated by Frederik L. Schodt. Scanned, formatted and proof-read by BW-SciFi. Published in the United States of America by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Originally published in Japanese by Kadokawa Shoten in 1988. It is but one part of a fantasy universe and a social phenomenon of gargantuan proportions, Made-inJapan.

The novels, issued as a series of three books, allowed him to depict his story in a more sophisticated, adult, and detailed fashion.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation (Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening) - In 1979, before the end of the anime, Yoshiyuki Tomino himself created the first novelizations of the original Gundam anime series.

Japan's Gundam franchise boasts a worldwide cult of devotees. Yoshiyuki Tomino is one of Japan's best known science-fiction directors

Japan's Gundam franchise boasts a worldwide cult of devotees. Yoshiyuki Tomino is one of Japan's best known science-fiction directors. Frederik L. Schodt writes extensively on Japanese culture and lives in San Francisco, California.

Specialty Books and Magazines. This novelization presents creator Yoshiyuki Tomino's unvarnished vision for his own core series, with richer characterizations and a shocking ending.

Items related to Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation. Yoshiyuki Tomino: Yoshiyuki Tomino is one of Japan's best known sci-fi animation directors, and the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction books. Yoshiyuki Tomino Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation. ISBN 13: 9781611720051. Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation.

"A great read."—Asian Reporter

Japan's Gundam franchise boasts a worldwide cult of devotees. This second edition of creator Yoshiyuki Tomino's novelization is redesigned for a new generation of fans.

Yoshiyuki Tomino is one of Japan's best known science-fiction directors.

Frederik L. Schodt writes extensively on Japanese culture and lives in San Francisco, California.


Madis
Being a Mobile Suit Gundam fan I have always wanted to read the book(s) that Tomino wrote about it and how the war might have looked differently to him. The overall plot of the books is not too far off from that of the show(s), however Tomino allows the book to explore the subject of NewType human beings far more in depth. In addition, we hear a lot more from the Zabi family, its internal politics and scheming. I also liked the darker tone of the book. The original show at times comes off like a bunch of young teenagers who somehow manage to become proficient combat veterans and survive against all odds. This book rather suggests that though they are young, they do have some training, and their ability to overcome obstacles stems from them all having the "NewType potential". Overall, excellent read and totally recommend it.
Gozragore
Tomino is as ruthless as ever! You will be in for quite a shock if you sit down thinking this will be like our favorite 1979 anime; but it's a good kind of surprise, as Tomino's own take of our beloved One Year War saga is riveting, engaging, sometimes weird and so very cruel. It's really so different from the series that it's almost a crime to compare the two, I really don't wanna spoil anything but I just want to let it be known that it's a very welcome addition to the Gundam universe. Also, the foreword by Mark Simmons is very nice and well-researched.

Honestly, they should make this into a tetralogy of films. It would be the greatest thing ever since sliced bread and it would blow out of the water those crappy and unnecessary Rebuild of Evangelion movies.
Little Devil
Recommended if you are a fan of Gundam or hard scifi. If any work needs to be turned into an anime, it's this one. (I'm looking at you, Gundam the Origin) Its close enough to the original series to be familiar, yet it does things much differently. The characters are portrayed much more maturely, the mobile suit battles are much more intense, and even the concept of being a Newtype is much more poignant. This feels like the hard series fans would like to see. Its just unfortunate that if this were the story Tomino got to tell, it would leave very little room for the side stories and sequels that the Universal Century canon includes.
Stoneshaper
I'm a long-time fan of the Gundam series even if I believe it's been about ten years and five series too many since they had anything new to say. Then again, that's the nature of all fandom for continuously operating decades-old franchises. For those unfamiliar with it, Gundam is a mecha anime based around the titular brand of mecha which is a portmanteau of the words "Gun" and "Freedom."

The rough premise of (almost) every Gundam is that there's a central conflict between two factions, usually Earth and her space colonies, which are beating the crud out of one another with little regard for civilian casualties. Then the titular mecha, almost always an advanced prototype more powerful than anything else on the battlefield, falls into the hand into an outside observer. This character chooses to fight on the side of the slightly-or-more-than-slightly-less-heinous of the two sides while learning harsh lessons on war.

The series carry harsh lessons about the cost of fighting which are undercut by the fact the audience is here to see mechas blow each other to pieces. I'm particularly fond of the Mobile Suit Gundam movies, Zeta Gundam, Gundam Wing, Gundam Seed, Gundam 00, and the Universal Century mini-series (08th MS Team, IGLOO, War in the Pocket, Stardust Memory, Char's Counterattack). Which should tell you, despite my lackluster description, I really like the franchise. But what would be a good place to really read about what Gundam is about?

That would be this collection of novels.

Written by Gundam's creator, Yoshiyuki Tomino, and translated into English, these are about as close to his original vision for the series as you're going to get. A vision uncorrupted by the need to draw out the series longer than necessary, bow to television sensibilities of the late seventies, and the need to sell as many toys as humanly possible.

Is it great? Not quite. Tomino is a television writer more than a novelist and the prose is a bit on the beige side, lacking descriptive flourishes which would bring the world alive to masterpiece levels. I've read it three times, though, so there must be something good there. It roughly follows the premise of the original Mobile Suit Gundam but with some differences in terms of time compression, where characters start, and being more adult in content.

The premise is Federation military cadet Amuro Ray is one of the few survivors of an attack on neutral space colony Side-7 when he and his friends load themselves up on an experimental warship, White Base, and head down to planet Earth with both the Gundam and data on how to produce them. Side-7 violated its treaty with the Principality of Zeon in order to produce these weapons and now its survivors are being hunted by ace pilot Char Aznable in order to prevent them from being used to turn the tide of the war.

The three novels are notable for the fact the Gundam is not treated as an invincible war machine but simply a very advanced piece of military hardware. Despite its power, it's not capable of turning the tide of the war on its own and can be both damaged as well as destroyed. Indeed, as the war progresses, the Gundam's advantages get less and less powerful as the Principality fields better mecha.

A great deal more world-building is inserted into the narrative than was present in the original series. This includes describing the events of the One Year War before the arrival of the Gundam, General Revel's famous "Zeon is Exhausted" speech, what Minovsky particles do, the nature of Newtypes, and background for the Principality of Zeon as well as its greviances. The series is more adult as well with issues of sex amongst soldiers dealt with frankly as well as the memorable issue of talismans.

Amuro Ray is a great protagonist in this adaptation of his character, being akin to Starship Troopers' Rico in that he's a novice who is introduced to the realities of war only to have him come to almost polar opposite conclusions as Rico. Char Aznable is less an obsessed rival for our hero as in the anime than a character who wandered in from another story, a Game of Thrones-style epic about feuding nobles, who is trying to take down the Zabi family. His conflict with Amuro is almost irrelevant to his actual goals. I'm also fond of Sayla Mass, who is a character who received far less attention in the original series than she deserved but shines here as the first female Gundam pilot.

The conflict in the book gets extremely dark, which should come as no surprise given Tomino is known as "Kill Em All" in certain quarters. This is a war and no one is safe. Both sides are humanized and the staggering wastefulness of it all is well-done. Sadly, the book is unavailable in Kindle or electronic format, but only paperback. As it is published by a Japanese company and decades ago, I doubt this is going to change any time soon. Still, I recommend it for fans of war stories and mecha.

10/10

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