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A sci-fi epic set in space, 'Mobile Suit Gandam' retells the beginning of one of the biggest manga franchises ever created. This edition contains extra content including interviews with leading figures in manga.


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A sci-fi epic set in space, 'Mobile Suit Gandam' retells the beginning of one of the biggest manga franchises ever created. This edition contains extra content including interviews with leading figures in manga.

30 review for Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN, Volume 4: Jaburo

  1. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    *Note: I would like to state that this was a solid 3.8 rating instead of the 3 or 4 star system offered on Goodreads* Volume 4 in Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's "Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN" series had it all. We met some and lost some, we won some and fell to some, and we grew some and still have a ways to go. If you have been on board the Trojan Horse since Volume 1 you will exhale a sigh of relief at certain points of the fourth volume, and other times gasp at how the saga could continue in Volume 5+ *Note: I would like to state that this was a solid 3.8 rating instead of the 3 or 4 star system offered on Goodreads* Volume 4 in Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's "Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN" series had it all. We met some and lost some, we won some and fell to some, and we grew some and still have a ways to go. If you have been on board the Trojan Horse since Volume 1 you will exhale a sigh of relief at certain points of the fourth volume, and other times gasp at how the saga could continue in Volume 5+. Amuro and his comrades are like the rest of us in keeping an eye on our footing while experiencing each victory along the way. Although they have a moment or two to rest and recharge, it can only be a moment since that is the way battles and wars go. Whether it is on the actual battlefield, or getting out of bed in the morning, we will find a way to get on the other side of the action and destruction. I feel like I am in a good place at the end of Volume 4 to wait (however long) for Volume 5 to arrive at my local library. I will have other series to keep me occupied, and a spare second or two to guess what will happen next for the Federation, Zeon, and all of those involved.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Another great volume. This one is especially interesting because of the bit at the end by guest contributor Yokusaru Shibata. He points out that Yasuhiko draws the entire manga by himself with some help from an editor, does not use storyboards, and does not use guides with his pencil drawings. Pretty amazing. This is a very special manga.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    3.5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    So far the series has been focused on Amuro’s feelings about being pressed into military service to pilot the Gundam, but in this volume we get to see how some of the other civilians feel about it, including more on Mirai. All of that emotion is highlighted by the death of a member of the White Base’s own core crew. The plot here is much tighter than it was on the show, which keeps all the emotional drama sharp. It’s also probably the funniest volume so far, and I loved the amount of character i So far the series has been focused on Amuro’s feelings about being pressed into military service to pilot the Gundam, but in this volume we get to see how some of the other civilians feel about it, including more on Mirai. All of that emotion is highlighted by the death of a member of the White Base’s own core crew. The plot here is much tighter than it was on the show, which keeps all the emotional drama sharp. It’s also probably the funniest volume so far, and I loved the amount of character interaction we get - there’s less time spent on Gundam fights than in the previous volumes, which gives more page time to the characters. The colors and art are very nice, as always, but in this volume there are several landscape shots that really knock it out of the park. It’s such a beautiful book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    [boredom.is.overrated]

    Yasuhiko has really hit his stride with this book. The pace has decreased and some of the smaller (but important) characters really get to shine. In the first two books, the civvies and enlisted on White Base do not seem like a team. I was uncertain of many of their names and/or personalities. Volumes 3 and 4 really let characters and set pieces breathe. We're finally seeing Amuro and Sayla come into their own. We're finally seeing the horrors of war and Yasuhiko allows blood and death to be sho Yasuhiko has really hit his stride with this book. The pace has decreased and some of the smaller (but important) characters really get to shine. In the first two books, the civvies and enlisted on White Base do not seem like a team. I was uncertain of many of their names and/or personalities. Volumes 3 and 4 really let characters and set pieces breathe. We're finally seeing Amuro and Sayla come into their own. We're finally seeing the horrors of war and Yasuhiko allows blood and death to be shown whereas in the first couple of volumes, characters were often engulfed in explosions. This is the mature, but still fun, Gundam retelling that we needed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Case

    I'll be reviewing this on Bureau42, so the full review is going to be there. However, the short version is that the manga continues to improve dramatically. The Battle of Jaburo is very well done, and Yasuhiko-san does a tremendous job of pulling off scope here, both in terms of big landscapes (the full page tableau of White Base flying over Jaburo is something I'd love to hang on my wall), and action scenes. Volume V came out just this week, and I've already put it on hold from the Tualatin Lib I'll be reviewing this on Bureau42, so the full review is going to be there. However, the short version is that the manga continues to improve dramatically. The Battle of Jaburo is very well done, and Yasuhiko-san does a tremendous job of pulling off scope here, both in terms of big landscapes (the full page tableau of White Base flying over Jaburo is something I'd love to hang on my wall), and action scenes. Volume V came out just this week, and I've already put it on hold from the Tualatin Library. I look forward to finally getting to read it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paolo

    A great effort to portray the ups and downs of the war, from both sides no less! Yasuhiko is consistent in making sure that neither side of the conflict seems less competent or less worthy of the causes they fight for, and in making sure that the people caught in between get their time in the limelight instead of being background characters for the mecha battles. Also, the sheer grief, and lack thereof, is really well portrayed here, as a few major characters bite the bullet.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John

    The final leg of the journey to Jaburo. Lots of important events in the story arcs of Amuro and others are well handled here, with some interesting additional material woven in from what we saw in the anime. The volume is marred only by the contribution from the guest essayist/manga artist who includes drawings of a Rubenesque Sayla changing into a maid outfit for no apparent reason. Prior to this the guest contributions have been tasteful homages, so hopefully this is an aberration.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    The timeline of the TV series is tightened up here, with some of the filler episodes set in Asia dropped, and some of the locations switched. Some different characters are introduced, and the battle at Jaburo takes on a more epic tone. Char's whereabouts between Garma's death and the Jaburo mission are expanded and filled in with a lot more detail. An excellent installment in the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Devin (Mostly Manga)

    So many game changing events happened in this volume, and this is only volume four out of twelve. Whatever happens after this, it's going to be crazy. If you're not a reader of manga but still read graphic novels and comics, I really recommend this series. The story and characters are so engaging!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Duncan

    I really don't see anything wrong with this book. It tells story, it has conflict, and overall has a great plot to it. I also have an emotional backstory to this, as I was reading this when my cat died. Ironically my favorite character died then, too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Gets a little whacky but the art is still unreasonably good and the direction of the plot starts to come into focus.

  13. 4 out of 5

    mwr

    A bit more humor than the prior volumes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dru

    The book does sci-fi war stories so well. Whether it's the noble sacrifice or the secret military base in the Amazon being infiltrated. This series is dense and worth reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Notsid

    starts off slow but picks up heavily. rambal ral is still my favorite so far

  16. 4 out of 5

    Scott wachter

    OH MY GOD! GIVE IT ALL THE STARS!

  17. 4 out of 5

    David

    This series just can do no wrong. Deaths, drama, New Types, more Gundams, Char! A whirlwind of changes and status quo shifts. My only complaint is the the cover LIES!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Myk Walker

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sky

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  21. 4 out of 5

    JJ

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nyathan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hadi Sheck

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mathew Pallett

  27. 5 out of 5

    James Taber

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dalton Looper

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cady Vaverka

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ian Chapman

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