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Title: Ramba Ral
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #3
Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
After successfully fulfilling their mission in the L.A. battle, the White Base finally begins making its way to Jaburo, an apparent Federation stronghold in South America.
Problem is, Amuro really acts like a spoiled brat and steals the Gundam. A new Zeon mobile suit and commander are revealed and Amuro learns that fighting isn’t just about the suit but the warrior within.
And one of the White Base officers is revealed to be Char’s sister [which anyone who has even a smidge of knowledge about Gundam knows at this point in time]
I can’t say that I enjoyed this. Amuro throwing a massive temper tantrum and stealing the Gundam and leaving the whole ship in danger is just inexcusable. I would have shot him and put another pilot in the Gundam, even if one who didn’t appear to mesh so well as Amuro.
We do get the first mention of the Newtype of human, even though no specifics are given and it is basically just mentioned. Superhumans evolving from Homo Sapiens apparently.
On an artistic/technical side of things, I am simply in love with this series and how these books have been produced. Glossy color pages throughout, heavy stock paper, hardcover binding, large size, it all comes together to make for what I want in a manga. Sadly, at 30 bucks a pop, this type of treatment just isn’t possible for your run of the mill manga. Heck, I can’t even afford these and am borrowing them from the library. Thank goodness for libraries! I would LOVE to see this kind of treatment for Akira as well, but somethings are always going to be dreams I suspect.