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Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (機動戦士ガンダム0083 STARDUST MEMORY, Kidō Senshi Gandamu 0083 Stardust Memory?) is a 13-episode OVA series set in the Gundam's Early-Universal Century timeline. The characters were designed by Toshihiro Kawamoto. The series serves as a sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam and a prequel to the events of Zeta Gundam.

The first volume containing two 30-minute episodes was released in Japan on May 23, 1991. Subsequent volumes, containing one 30-minute episode each, followed every one or two months; the final volume went on sale on September 24, 1992. The series was directed by Mitsuko Kase (1–7) and Takashi Imanishi (8–13).

Synopsis

Universal Century 0083: Zeon Intelligence has identified a prototype Gundam designed for nuclear attack under development by Anaheim Electronics. A former Zeon ace and a small band of Principality soldiers are dispatched to Earth to capture the Gundam as part of Operation Stardust. When the Zeon successfully make off with the prototype the Earth Federation assigns the mobile suit carrier Albion to locate and recover the missing unit. When the stolen Gundam fires at the space fortress Solomon (now occupied by the Federation Forces under the name of Konpei Island) the Federation Space Force suffers a catastrophic loss; As the Federation regroups, they learn that the Zeon have captured a space colony, Side 7, ostensibly with the objective of colliding it with the moon. When the colony's course is unexpectedly changed toward Earth, the true objective of Operation Stardust is revealed.

The series ends with the creation of the Titans, an elite Zeon-hunting division of the Federal Forces, the main antagonists in Zeta Gundam.

Episodes

# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
1 Gundamjack
2 Endless Pursuit
3 Into Battle, Albion!
4 Attack and Retreat on the Burning Sand
5 Gundam, to the Sea of Stars
6 The Warrior of Von Braun
7 With Shining Blue Fire
8 Conspiracy Sector
9 The Nightmare of Solomon
10 Colliding War Zones
11 La Vie en Rose
12 Assault on the Point of No Return
13 A Storm Raging Through


The Japanese LaserDisc release of Gundam 0083 featured English episode titles on the cover that often differed from the Japanese titles shown at the beginning of each episode. For each episode in the list below, the official English translation of the Japanese title is given with that title's kanji and romaji, followed by the alternative English title from the laserdisc cover in parentheses.

  1. Gundamjack (ガンダム強奪 Gandamu Gōdatsu?) (Stardust Rising)
  2. Endless Pursuit (終わりなき追撃 Owarinaki Tsuigeki?) (War is Not Over, Yet)
  3. Into Battle, Albion (出撃アルビオン Shutsugeki Arubion?) (Irregulars in Albion)
  4. Attack and Retreat on the Burning Sand (熱砂の攻防戦 Nessa no Kōbōsen?) (The Lost Troopers)
  5. Gundam, to the Sea of Stars (ガンダム、星の海へ Gandamu, Hoshi no Umi he?) (Sieg Zeon!)
  6. The Warrior of Von Braun (フォン・ブラウンの戦士 Fon Buraun no Senshi?) (Mind of the Moon)
  7. With Shining Blue Fire (蒼く輝く炎で Aoku Kagayaku Honō de?) (Burning Heart)
  8. Conspiracy Sector (策謀の宙域 Sakubō no Chūiki?) (Conspiracy of Silence)
  9. The Nightmare of Solomon (ソロモンの悪夢 Soromon no Akumu?) (Nightmare of Solomon)
  10. Colliding War Zones (激突戦域 Gekitotsu Sen'iki?) (The Hot Area)
  11. La Vie En Rose (ラビアンローズ Ra Bi An Rōzu?) (La Vie En Rose)
  12. Assault on the Point of No Return (強襲、阻止限界点 Kyōshū, Soshi Genkaiten?) (Assault Waves)
  13. A Storm Raging Through (駆け抜ける嵐 Kakenukeru Arashi?) (Men of Destiny)

A special VHS sneak peak of the first episode titled GxG Unit was given to advance ticket purchasers of Gundam F91. The series was reissued in DVD format in Japan on four volumes; the first R2 disc went on sale on January 25, 2000.

Characters

Earth Federation Forces/Titans

Prinicpality of Zeon/Delaz Fleet

Axis Zeon

Anaheim Electronics

Von Braun


Mechanics

Earth Federation Forces/Titans

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units

Prinicpality of Zeon/Delaz Fleet/Axis Zeon

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units

Anaheim Electronics

Vehicles and Support Units

Civilians

Vehicles and Support Units

Media

Music

Opening/Insert:

  • Back to Paradise by Miki Matsubara (Episode 1)

Openings:

  • The Winner by Miki Matsubara (Episodes 2 to 7)
  • Men of Destiny by MIO (Episodes 8 to 12)

Endings:

  • Magic by Jacob Wheeler (Episodes 1 to 7)
  • Evergreen by MIO (Episodes 8 to 13 ~ In its full version in episode 13's ending)
  • True Shining by Rumiko Wada (Compilation movie ending)

Radio Drama

Picture Drama

Publications

Viz also released all episodes in a comic book format from 1993 to 1994. However, instead of a manga, they used screenshots from each episode for the panels. Line art and descriptions of all units were inserted as well.
The story of 0083 was retold in prose form by Hiroshi Yamaguchi in three volumes. The books were published by Kadokawa Shoten and contain illustrations by Toshihiro Kawamoto, Hirotoshi Sano and Hajime Katoki.

Compilation movie

After the completion of the Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory OVA in 1992 the series was reformatted into a compilation movie and re-released under the title Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon.

To date, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon has not been released in America (apparently due to the lack of original footage), however it has been released in France, Italy, Benelux, Germany, and received a UK DVD release in May 2006 as Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow Of Zeon.

Another alternate title sparingly used for the movie is Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Fading Light of Zeon.

Videos

Gallery

External Links

Chronology

Preceded by:
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
Chronological order
0083 U.C.
Succeeded by:
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam


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