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I watched all of Gundam

Over the past 14 months I watched every TV episode, OVA, and movie in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise in production order. I've seen plenty of mecha anime before, but this was the first time I had seen anything from the biggest real robot franchise in the world. And I have to say I was quite impressed. Gundam has its reputation for a reason, with incredible mechanical designs, compelling characters and classic stories that hold up to this day.

Some of it is certainly better than others. In general the main storyline (termed "Universal Century", or UC) and original creator (writer and director Yoshiyuki Tomino) produce the best works, but many of the spinoffs are worth watching too.

Here's my subjective ranking of each entry. It doesn't feel right to compare TV shows with movies and OVAs when their budgets, structure, and audiences are so different, so I've ranked each format separately. Likewise the Build series of gunpla-focused spinoffs are so different from the standard Gundam formula that I've ranked these separately as well.

Theatrical poster for Char's Counterattack

TV series

  1. Reconguista in G
  2. Victory
  3. Zeta
  4. Mobile Suit Gundam
  5. G Gundam
  6. SEED
  7. 00
  8. ZZ
  9. SEED Destiny
  10. Iron-Blooded Orphans
  11. Wing
  12. X
  13. AGE


  1. Unicorn
  2. War in the Pocket
  3. 08th MS Team
  4. Thunderbolt
  5. The Origin
  6. Stardust Memory
  7. SEED Stargazer
  9. Wing: Endless Waltz
  10. Twilight AXIS
  11. Gundam-san


  1. Char's Counterattack
  2. F91
  3. Hathaway's Flash
  4. Cucuruz Doan's Island
  5. 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer
  6. Narrative
  7. G-Saviour

Build series

  1. Build Fighters
  2. Build Fighters Try
  3. Build Divers Re:Rise
  4. Build Divers

And now for some miscellaneous favorites:

Best protagonist: Uso Ewin
Best antagonist: Char Aznable in 0079
Best Char clone: Harry Ord
Best Gundam: LM312V04 Victory Gundam
Best grunt mobile suit: MS-09 Dom
Best princess: Dianna Soreil
Best opening song: Zeta - Toki wo Koete
Best ship: Ra Cailum
Best romance: Domon/Rain
Worst protagonist: Kio Asuno
Worst Gundam: RX-104FF Penelope