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Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Gundam 00 title

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (機動戦士ガンダム00, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu Ō)

Production

Producer
Director
Story & Script
Character Design
Mechanical Designer
Art Director
Music

Release

Japanese October 6, 2007 - March 29, 2009
Number of Episodes 50
Rebirth begins through destruction

—Season 1 tagline

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (機動戦士ガンダム00 Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu Ō?) is the 11th installment of Sunrise's long-running Gundam franchise. It is directed by Seiji Mizushima and written by Yōsuke Kuroda, with character designs by Yun Kōga and music by Kenji Kawai. Uniquely, Gundam 00's 50 episodes were split into two 25 episode seasons, the first Gundam series to do so.

Plot

Season 1

In the year 2307 AD, fossil fuels have all but vanished and the distribution of energy is unbalanced. Humanity now relies on three large-scale solar power systems controlled by three multinational power blocks: the Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations (Union), the Human Reform League (HRL), and the Advanced European Union (AEU). With this nearly inexhaustible source of energy benefiting only these three powers and their allies, constant warfare erupted around the globe among minor countries for precious fuels and energy. Countries whose economy relied solely on the sale of fossil fuels were plunged into poverty and some even believed that the solar power system threatened the "promised land of God", resulting in the twenty year-long Solar Wars. Such a chaotic reality has lead to the creation of a paramilitary organization in possession of four highly advanced humanoid mobile suits called "Gundams" and a mysterious technology known as the "GN Drive". They call themselves Celestial Being, and their goal is nothing less than the complete eradication of war through the use of war itself.

Season 2

Four years have passed since the United Nations Forces' victory over Celestial Being. Humanity, having established the Earth Sphere Federation, forms an independent police force separate from and with authority over the ESF Army known as the Autonomous Peace-Keeping Force, or A-Laws. Given unfettered discretion, A-Laws is charged with the duties of further unifying the world's nations, enforcing the will of mankind, and disposing of resistance groups and terrorist cells as they see fit. Unknown to the general public, however, is that the A-Laws use their unchecked power as a means to oppress freedoms, doctrines, and ideologies through the use of inhumane tactics under the guises of "unity" and "world peace". Celestial Being, fully aware of the A-Laws' misuses of power, has arisen from the ashes of defeat to eradicate the A-Laws and set the world on the true path to peace once more. Armed with Aeolia Schenberg's gifts of the Trans-Am and Twin Drive Systems, Celestial Being hopes to correct their past mistakes and atone for the damage caused by the A-Laws, aided by the resistance group Katharon. Unknown to both Celestial Being and the A-Laws, however, a third party calling themselves the Innovators is manipulating both sides of the conflict from the shadows, all the while claiming they are carrying out Aeolia Schenberg's true plan.

Movie

Two years have passed since the defeat of the Innovators and the exposure of the A-Laws' crimes against humanity. The A-Laws have been abolished and their infrastructure integrated into the ESF Army, which has become the mainstay force of world peacekeeping and humanitarian aid. Meanwhile, their goal accomplished and Veda recovered, Celestial Being has returned to the shadows to rebuild and quietly observe the infantile peace that has taken hold; however, the world's exposure to GN Particles has resulted in many people awakening as True Innovators. Realizing the military benefits of such individuals, the Earth Sphere Federation has begun to research Innovation and exploit the emerging Innovators' abilities, creating new tensions with Celestial Being as an external threat arrives at the scene. As Celestial Being and its Gundam Meisters begin their final mission to save humanity from this unimaginable threat, Setsuna F. Seiei will soon discover the true purpose of his evolution as an Innovator and the nature of the "dialogues to come", for which Aeolia Schenberg's plan had prepared the human race.

Protagonists

Main article: Anno Domini list of characters Setsuna F. Seiei — Pilot of GN-001 Gundam Exia (season 1), GN-0000 00 Gundam/00 Raiser & GN-001REII Gundam Exia Repair II (season 2), and GN-0000RE+GNR-010 00 Raiser Condenser Type & GNT-0000 00 Qan(T) (movie).

Lockon Stratos (Neil Dylandy) — Pilot of GN-002 Gundam Dynames (season 1)

Lockon Stratos (Lyle Dylandy) — Pilot of GN-006 Cherudim Gundam & GN-006GNHW/R Cherudim Gundam GNHW/R (season 2), and GN-010 Gundam Zabanya (movie).

Allelujah Haptism — Pilot of GN-003 Gundam Kyrios (season 1), GN-007 Arios Gundam & GN-007GNHW/M Arios Gundam GNHW/M (season 2), and GN-011 Gundam Harute (movie).

Tieria Erde — Pilot of GN-004 Gundam Nadleeh/GN-005 Gundam Virtue (season 1), GN-008 Seravee Gundam/GN-009 Seraphim Gundam & GN-008GNHW/B Seravee Gundam GNHW/B/GN-009 Armed Seraphim (season 2), and CB-002 Raphael Gundam/GN-008RE Seravee Gundam II (movie).

Episodes

# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
1 Celestial Being 6 October 2007 24 November 2008
2 Gundam Meister 13 October 2007 24 November 2008
3 The Changing World 20 October 2007 1 December 2008
4 International Negotiation 27 October 2007 1 December 2008
5 Escape Limit Zone 3 November 2007 8 December 2008
6 Seven Swords 10 November 2007 8 December 2008
7 Unrewarded Souls 17 November 2007 15 December 2008
8 Indiscriminate Retaliation 24 November 2007 15 December 2008
9 The Honor of a Great Power 1 December 2007 22 December 2008
10 Operation Gundam Capture 8 December 2007 22 December 2008
11 Allelujah 15 December 2007 29 December 2008
12 To the Limits of Holy Teachings 22 December 2007 29 December 2008
13 Return of the Saint 5 January 2008 5 January 2009
14 Dawn of Determination 12 January 2008 5 January 2009
15 Broken Wings 19 January 2008 12 January 2009
16 Trinity 26 January 2008 12 January 2009
17 Assault of the Thrones 2 February 2008 19 January 2009
18 The Aim of Evil Intents 9 February 2008 19 January 2009
19 Bonds 16 February 2008 26 January 2009
20 Blade of Reformation 23 February 2008 26 January 2009
21 Path of Destruction 1 March 2008 2 February 2009
22 Trans-Am 8 March 2008 2 February 2009
23 Stop the World 15 March 2008 2 February 2009
24 Endless Poem 22 March 2008 2 February 2009
25 Setsuna 29 March 2008 9 February 2009
26 The Angels' Second Advent 5 October 2008 29 June 2009
27 Twin Drive 12 October 2008 29 June 2009
28 Allelujah Rescue Operation 19 October 2008 6 July 2009
29 A Reason to Fight 26 October 2008 6 July 2009
30 Homeland Burning 2 November 2008 13 July 2009
31 Scars 9 November 2008 13 July 2009
32 Reunion and Separation 16 November 2008 20 July 2009
33 Twistedness of Innocence 23 November 2008 20 July 2009
34 The Indelible Past 30 November 2008 27 July 2009
35 Light of Heaven 7 December 2008 27 July 2009
36 00's Voice 14 December 2008 3 August 2009
37 Wait for Me in Space 21 December 2008 3 August 2009
38 Assault on Memento Mori 28 December 2008 10 August 2009
39 I Can Hear a Song 11 January 2009 10 August 2009
40 Victory Song of the Resistance 18 January 2009 17 August 2009
41 Prelude to Tragedy 25 January 2009 17 August 2009
42 Within the Scattering Light 1 February 2009 24 August 2009
43 Entangled Yearnings 8 February 2009 24 August 2009
44 Shadow of the Innovators 15 February 2009 31 August 2009
45 Anew Returns 22 February 2009 31 August 2009
46 The Door of Change 1 March 2009 7 September 2009
47 For the Future 8 March 2009 7 September 2009
48 Flower of Life 15 March 2009 14 September 2009
49 Beyond 22 March 2009 14 September 2009
50 Rebirth 29 March 2009 21 September 2009


Staff

Planning  Sunrise
Original Concept  Hajime Yatate
 Yoshiyuki Tomino
Series Composition and Screenplay  Yōsuke Kuroda
Original character Design  Yun Kōga
Animation Character Design  Michinori Chiba
Mechanical Concept Design  Kanetake Ebikawa
 Takayuki Yanase
 Kunio Okawara
 Seiichi Nakatani
Animation Mechanical Design  Seiichi Nakatani
Science Fiction Consultants  Kenji Teraoka
 Tomohiro Chiba
Settings Cooperation  Isaku Okabe
Art Director  Tsuyoshi Satou (KUSANAGI)
Art Design  Nobuto Sue (KUSANAGI)
Color Design  Akemi Tejima (Wish)
Photography Director  Takeshi Katsurayama (Asahi Production)
Sound Director  Masafumi Mima
Music  Kenji Kawai
Sound Effects  Shizuo Kurahashi (Soundbox)
Editing  Yukiko Nojiri
Executive Producers  Seiji Takeda (Mainichi Broadcasting System)
 Yasuo Miyakawa (Sunrise)
Producers  Hirō Maruyama (Mainichi Broadcasting System)
 Hirōmi Iketani (Sunrise)
 Shin Sasaki (Sunrise)
Music Producers  Keiichi Nozaki (JVC Entertainment)
 Hirohito Shinohara (Sony Music Entertainment)
 Noburu Mano (Sunrise Music)
Production  Sunrise
 Mainichi Broadcasting System
Production Cooperation  Sotsu
Narration  Toru Furuya
Director  Seiji Mizushima

Media

Drama CDs

Music

  • Inserts:
    • "Love Today" by Taja (Season 1, ep. 9, 24)
    • "Unlimited Sky" by Tommy Heavenly6 (Season 2, ep. 7, 8, 18, 22 & 25)
    • "Tomorrow" by Ayumi Tsunematsu (Season 2, ep. 14, 15 & 25)
  • Movie
    • "CHANGE" by UVERworld
    • "Closed World" by The Back Horn
    • "Mou Nanimo Kowakunai, Kowaku wa Nai" by Chiaki Ishikawa
    • "Qualia" by UVERworld

Publications

Video Games

  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (video game): A Nintendo DS game released on March 27, 2008. This game follows the series plot, ending with introduction of Team Trinity. The game was produced by BEC.

Trivia

  • Licensing for a North American release of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 was announced by Bandai Entertainment at New York Comic Con 2008 on April 18, 2008.
  • Team-Kraft Racing, participant in GT500 class of Super GT with Bandai as one of their main sponsors, replaced their 2006 model of Lexus SC430 "Bandai Dunlop SC430" with the 2007 model painted in Gundam 00 Color Scheme since SUGO 300 km in 2007 season. The car has been renamed as "Bandai OO Dunlop SC430" which will be used for the remaining season.[2]
  • The series has apparently earned the nickname "Gundam DD", a parody of "Gundam 00", due to several of the female characters, notably Ptolemaios crew members Feldt Grace, Sumeragi Lee Noriega, and Christina Sierra, having large bust sizes.
  • The PS3 and Xbox 360 game, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, features Mobile Suits and characters from all series from Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2, plus Mobile Suits from Mobile Suit Gundam 00. The 00 Raiser and Reborns Gundam appear, as well as their pilots, Setsuna F. Seiei and Ribbons Almark. Also, GNX-Y901TW Susanowo, GN-006 Cherudim Gundam, GN-008 Seravee Gundam and GN-007 Arios Gundam along with their pilots Graham Aker, Lyle Dylandy, Allelujah Haptism and Tieria Erde are featured as a downloadable content.
  • Many mobile suits in Gundam 00 are similar to mobile suits from the Universal Century timeline, some to a greater degree than others. The three factions' mobile suits in season one all feature the Mono-Eye System used by every generic mobile suit in Gundam 0079, Zeta Gundam, Gundam ZZ, and Char's Counterattack. Most of the technology also works exactly like their UC counterparts, most notably GN Particles working the same way that Minovski Particles do.
  • In one of the episodes in season one, in a scene at the JNN, one of the computers shows the classic Windows XP GUI.
  • In season 2, when Setsuna sees the Masurao for the first time, there is a small reference to Ramba Ral's most memorable line from the Original series: "This is no Zaku, boy . No Zaku.". The only difference is Setsuna says "That Mobile Suit is... no Flag?". This is probably also an unintended pun, as Zaku is pronounced "Zak" in Japanese, while Flag is spelled "Furaggu" and is pronounced "Flag".
  • Some of the names and terminology of Gundam 00 are automotive references. For example, Trans-Am is the name of an American auto racing series; it was also the name of the Pontiac Firebird's performance package. GN-X is named after the Buick Regal Grand National (GNX).
  • Gundam 00 makes numerous religious references throughout the series, like Celestial Being and the origins of names of the Gundams used by them, as well as certain GN-T drive equipped machines/Gundams.
  • Gundam 00 won the second place in Animage's Anime Grand Prix in 2007, behind another Sunrise's masterpiece, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebelion. In another category, Setsuna F. Seiei was ranked second to Code Geass' Lelouch Lamperouge/Lelouch Vi Britannia in the category of favorite male anime character of the year.
  • Only the 1st Generation GN-000 0 Gundam as well as the 3.5/4th Generation Gundams in this series are shown to have the traditional Gundam Face vents.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is currently the last Gundam series to be dubbed in English.
  • This is the only Gundam series to air in English prior to the conclusion of its original Japanese run.

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