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Oh my sweet summer child, there’s way more. The OVA adapts the flashback section of the manga only. The Origin tells the entire story of First Gundam. It was released in the US as twelve hardcover volumes that correspond to Japanese Aizōban editions, they collect two Tankōbon each, come with kick ass extras and are printed on super high quality photo paper. The MSRP is $29.95, but they can normally be found for less. If you’re interested I’d suggest getting them soon as I don’t know how much longer they’ll be in print. Here’s a link to the first volume: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol. 1- Activation https://smile.amazon.com/dp/193565487X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Q5MJXSS8D02ZH8FV7VE6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It's been out for a few years but reading the description it sounds like it might only be partially in color. Everytime I've opened one though it landed on a color page so maybe I just got the wrong impression haha. Either way in hardcover with bigger pages it's definitely something I'd like to collect someday.
There are many Gundam series that are now out of print in many countries (of course including the United States). And most of these DVDs sell for a very high price on places like Amazon and eBay because they are out of print. However, there are still many Gundam series that are available at reasonable prices, and some that can even be watched legally for free online from official sources.
Places like KissAnime are piracy websites. Not only do they not pay for the rights to give out content that they didn't make, but they themselves actually make money from other people viewing their pirated content. Now, again, there are many Gundam shows (and anime in general) that are no longer available in the United States and other countries. However, for those series that are currently available, by pirating these series instead of buying them, you are hurting the industry as a whole. While not the whole problem, piracy was a huge problem that lead to most of these series becoming out of print in the first place.
Of course, like I stated, not all of Gundam is currently still in print, and a lot of out-of-print material can get very expensive on the used market. And as fans of the series, we all want to be able to enjoy all of Gundam, and of course there are many not-so-legal means to do so. But that doesn't mean we should just pirate everything Gundam and not give either money or ad-views (in the case of YouTube) when we have the opportunity to do so and help out the franchise that we all enjoy.
So when available, please try to support these series. You will be helping the individual creators, the companies, and also the franchise that you like. By supporting these shows, we will likely be given more in the United States. This is preferable for people who prefer English dubs, and also for people who like English subs, as most of the time the official subs are more accurate and professional.
Here's a list of different Gundam series that can be viewed online for free legally and that can be purchased at reasonable prices because they are still being printed in the United States. If I forgot something, please let me know.
Amazon Instant Video
Also, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga is currently being released by Vertical, and it is a very high-quality release. Volumes 1-10 are already available, while the last two volumes (11-12) will be out by the year's end. Because of the good sales of The Origin manga, Vertical has already confirmed that they will in fact be bringing more Gundam to the United States soon.
You can even get Tomino's novels of the original series, which was semi-recently reprinted.
To my knowledge, that's everything that is in print right now. Right Stuf later this year is bringing the original Mobile Suit Gundam to the United States on Blu-ray, as well releasing the following on DVD: Z Gundam, Gundam ZZ, V Gundam, Gundam X, and the two Turn A Gundam compilation movies ("Earth Light" and "Moonlight Butterfly"). Also, while a lot of stuff is very expensive, many out-of-print items can still be found for cheap via a quick search at Right Stuf and at Amazon; it really just depends on the series.
So, please, support the creators of the show.
The German Amazon has them all locally. https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/193565487X/
Check your regional Amazon or if you can carry shipping from Germany...
Yep that was the one. link for anyone else who was curious
I really appreciate your recommendations, looking at them all now. Also, thinking of getting this book:
Do you think is a good book to get him into the world? If you are familiar with it, do you know of any model(s) that I could get that might have a character from the same book?
Thanks so much!
Mobile Suit Gundam Origin
Yep, watching is always an option. Thanks for that! I'm looking for reading resources to encourage his interest in books. I found https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/193565487X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which I think will work.
I'm going to break this down into categories of stuff to buy:
The leather-bound Spice and Wolf novel collection
Hardbound Gundam: The Origin manga
Yoshitaka Amano's art book.
Any box set looks nice on a shelf. Aniplex releases are usaully very well done, but pricy.
The best anifigures are made by Alter. These are about $200. Smaller, but nice quality Kotobukiya figures can often be had for around $120. There are arcade prize figures for many popular series that range from $15 to $50, but their quality is a crapshoot. Some arcade prizes are on par with real collector's statues, and some look like cheap plastic kids toys.
The soundtrack or opening song for most series are available in a deluxe collectible release. These would look great displayed with a collection of movies or games.
Older anime like Lupin III and Legend of the Galactic Heroes might even gave vinyl soundtrack releases, and a few super popular modern anime have gotten hipster vinyl releases as well.
Might as well throw in a mecha manga, this is a manga that is standalone and requires ZERO knowledge of it's bigger franchise to fully enjoy.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin -An updated retelling of the original series for a modern audience. It was written and illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the character designer from the original series in 1979. You can legally read a little over 1/3rd of the manga fully colored on ComicWalker FOR FREE and it's updated once a month, you can also buy the physical hardcover black & white volumes on Amazon. They cost a decent amount more than a regular manga volume but their production quality alone is worth it, you really get your moneys worth with these. They are roughly 500 pages each volume, the paper quality is fantastic, and they feature interviews and illustrations by anime and manga industry veterans in the back of each book.
Also Kunio Okawara (mecha designer from the original series) updated all the mecha designs for the manga.
I've only watched the movie compilations of the original series and not the 43 episode run, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but I'd really recommend the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga from Vertical as a way to experience that story. The only downside is they can be a bit pricey: https://smile.amazon.com/Mobile-Suit-Gundam-Origin-Activation/dp/193565487X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527692379&sr=8-1&keywords=gundam+the+origin
He currently watches Transformers on Netflix (I supervise it - probably watched episode one 1000 times - ugh), and it is tame enough. I was hoping there were books at this level of tameness, as he is learning to read and I wanted to continue his interest in reading. I found https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/193565487X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which may be enough for now. Thanks!