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Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
February 11, 2010, 11:48 am
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The anime series Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Dai Zerohachi Emu Esu Shōtai?) is a twelve-episode Gundam OVA series that takes place during the One Year War, and depicts the point of view of the common soldier rather than that of the Newtype aces. The series takes place concurrently with the original Mobile Suit Gundam, therefore, in terms of the timeline, 08th MS Team begins after the start of Mobile Suit Gundam and ends before the television series culminates. The release of the OVA began in 1996 and ended in 1999. A twelfth epilogue episode, called “Last Resort”, was released a few months after the series ended, and featured a more surreal plotline than the rest of the series.

The series taking such a long time to be released (Last Resort was released a full three and a half years after the series began) was largely due to the sudden death of director Takeyuki Kanda in July 1996. The series was later completed by a new director, GONZO’s Umanosuke Iida. The first eleven episodes of 08th MS Team were shown on Cartoon Network in 2001. “Last Resort” was never shown on television because Cartoon Network allegedly did not want to show an episode that revolved around children being drafted into the military. However, all twelve episodes are on the DVD release.[1][2]

Plot summary

The series is set in Universal Century year 0079 in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon are fighting a brutal guerrilla war for control of the area and its resources. Zeon’s best hope for victory in the region rests with an experimental mobile armor and its pilot, Aina Sahalin. Meanwhile the Earth Federal Army, which has been fighting the Zeon in the region, receive reinforcements in the form of Ensign Shiro Amada, newly named commander of the 08th MS Team. Aina and Shiro know each other from a mutual rescue in space, but when Shiro discovers that Aina is in fact the pilot of the Zeon mobile armor he is arrested for treason. The Federation offers Shiro one chance at redemption: He must take the 08th MS Team deep into Zeon held territory to find Zeon’s hidden base. With the Zeon backed into a corner, and the Federation dependent on Shiro and his team for victory, the star crossed lovers must decide where their true allegiances lie: with each other, or with their respective sides.


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