Activation (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #1) (Manga Monday)

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Title: Activation

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 456



Humanity has expanded into Space, in artificial satellites. One satellite and the surrounding areas, declare independence and call themselves Zeon.

Zeon & the Federation go to war, kill off half of humanity [crashing spaceships, etc into the world satellites] and then declare a truce.

The Federation has a new weapon, a new Mobile Suit and Zeon wants to know about it.

And the War begins anew.


My Thoughts:

I’ve been aware of Gundam ever since I was aware of Robotech and in my mind, they are two sides of the same coin.

Gigantic robots fighting in space.

But I’ve never gotten around to watching the original anime. I’ve watched various later incarnations, (8th MS, Gundam Wing, G-Gundam Fighter, etc], so when I saw this series at the library, in hardcover no less, I decided NOW was the time.

Young Amaro is the only man available to drive the new Gundam in the midst of a Zeon attack at a Space Colony. Under fire and outnumbered, Amaro and a civilian crew must fight their way to Earth to deliver the Gundam to the Federation Forces.

This is good stuff. A young man and other civilians stepping up to do their duty, untried, afraid but not allowing that to stop them. Fighting the forces of Zeon while their own Military acts very cowardly and pretty much abandons them to their fate.

The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was because the Zeon being ON Earth just didn’t make sense to me. Nor Char’s ship [Char is the Zeon’s super ace and seems to be shaping up as Amaro’s nemesis] coming right up to Earth’s atmosphere. Control of space didn’t seem to be a factor here, even though it should have been.

To close up, I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next 7 volumes that the library has.

7 thoughts on “Activation (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #1) (Manga Monday)

    1. For some odd reason this comment got caught in my spam folder. Sorry for that.


      Yeah, this is a beginning to end kind of manga. And honestly, the beauty is in the product itself. Not sure how great I would have thought this series if I’d read it online. I still would have liked it, for sure, as I’ve never really delved into the Gundam universe very deeply, but the draw for me was the actual books themselves 😀


        1. And these are pretty expensive to boot! Took me 2 years and following sales to get them and I’m in teh US. So I can only imagine what prices you have to deal with…


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