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In a brutal civil war, half of humanity has been wiped out, while Zeon's army of Zaku mobile suits is the ultimate decisive weapon. With the Federation's first Gundam out of action, teen Amuro Ray miraculously stumbles on a second unit - the awesome RX-78 Gubdan. Now, in control of a machine with unparalleled destructive power, will Amuro's actions save the colony's surviv In a brutal civil war, half of humanity has been wiped out, while Zeon's army of Zaku mobile suits is the ultimate decisive weapon. With the Federation's first Gundam out of action, teen Amuro Ray miraculously stumbles on a second unit - the awesome RX-78 Gubdan. Now, in control of a machine with unparalleled destructive power, will Amuro's actions save the colony's survivors or destroy them?


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In a brutal civil war, half of humanity has been wiped out, while Zeon's army of Zaku mobile suits is the ultimate decisive weapon. With the Federation's first Gundam out of action, teen Amuro Ray miraculously stumbles on a second unit - the awesome RX-78 Gubdan. Now, in control of a machine with unparalleled destructive power, will Amuro's actions save the colony's surviv In a brutal civil war, half of humanity has been wiped out, while Zeon's army of Zaku mobile suits is the ultimate decisive weapon. With the Federation's first Gundam out of action, teen Amuro Ray miraculously stumbles on a second unit - the awesome RX-78 Gubdan. Now, in control of a machine with unparalleled destructive power, will Amuro's actions save the colony's survivors or destroy them?

30 review for Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN, Volume 7: Battle of Loum

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paolo

    I'll have to be a little more brief in terms of this review, since there is SO much plot and political intrigue in this one volume that it's nigh impossible to condense it without (a) revealing a lot of spoilers and (b) undermining the terrific pacing that Yasuhiko has put into place. The main gist of the volume is to show the war and the political maneuvering that lead up to the introduction of the series proper. For at least a couple of volumes, readers have been treated to a brilliant chronic I'll have to be a little more brief in terms of this review, since there is SO much plot and political intrigue in this one volume that it's nigh impossible to condense it without (a) revealing a lot of spoilers and (b) undermining the terrific pacing that Yasuhiko has put into place. The main gist of the volume is to show the war and the political maneuvering that lead up to the introduction of the series proper. For at least a couple of volumes, readers have been treated to a brilliant chronicle of the One Year War that was literally and figuratively the main conflict of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, and in this seventh volume, Yashuhiko details the Fall of Side 2 and Battle of Loum. The former is the massacre that led Earth's Federation forces against the House of Zeon, and the latter is the resulting conflict. In terms of art, this entire series has continually astounded me with every succeeding volume: there's a very real weight both in the mangaka's depiction of the gigantic Zakus that fight against even bigger spaceships and the expressions that each and every character have as this war rages on around them. What's stunning as well is Yasuhiko's ability to show all sides of the war as it happens to everyone, and consistently showing the human struggles each human has, from the very top of the command to the lowly recruits, from the main characters to the people literally caught in the crossfire. It's a terrific series that deserves every dime you spend on it (as it is a bit of a tome), and I can't wait to see how it ends.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Devin (Mostly Manga)

    More backstory, following the Battle of Loum! You know, I think I'm going to wait until the end of the series before I declare which one is the saddest. Because I tend to say that after almost every volume. But man, this volume was absolutely BRUTAL. I can't wait to see the outcome of this war!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Case

    This volume is absolutely intense and kind of gut-wrenching, with some of the events that happen this volume.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    The plot thickens, as the plot's origins continue to unravel, in Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's "Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN, Volume 7: Battle of Loum". Much like the 6th volume, and much like our own societal state, if we do not know where we come from we cannot know what could or will be ahead of us and our actions. Are war and destruction in the pursuit of supreme power inevitable for humankind? Is choosing either side of a war or altercation the only option we have? Our characters, and their loyalt The plot thickens, as the plot's origins continue to unravel, in Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's "Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN, Volume 7: Battle of Loum". Much like the 6th volume, and much like our own societal state, if we do not know where we come from we cannot know what could or will be ahead of us and our actions. Are war and destruction in the pursuit of supreme power inevitable for humankind? Is choosing either side of a war or altercation the only option we have? Our characters, and their loyalties, continue to blossom and be questioned in this volume. We are able to see past the facade and into the truly personal ideals and hearts of characters we would dismiss or even believe we thought we knew through and through in volume 7. The arches and development of each side is becoming richer and clearer, and adding a wonderful level to the equally gorgeous illustrations of the action. I do believe that I will enjoy the anime once I start it, not because the anime is known to be better than the manga, but because the two combined will help me with the information I have missed, or have forgotten over time. While there are moments where the appeal of the series for me declines, I look forward to seeing what happens between the Federation and Zeon, and if peace is achieved.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ottery Chocolat

    Brilliantly written, and masterfully illustrated. It's a rather amazing feat that both the writing and the storytelling with graphics can be attributed to one individual. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko is not new to the genre of war stories having been involved in the original Gundam series when it aired in 1979. But to come back to it years later and retell the story so masterfully and to illustrate it so brilliantly is amazing. This isn't just a retelling of the original series, it goes deeper into events Brilliantly written, and masterfully illustrated. It's a rather amazing feat that both the writing and the storytelling with graphics can be attributed to one individual. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko is not new to the genre of war stories having been involved in the original Gundam series when it aired in 1979. But to come back to it years later and retell the story so masterfully and to illustrate it so brilliantly is amazing. This isn't just a retelling of the original series, it goes deeper into events that aren't even hinted at in the original series; and it gives characters more room to breathe and be giving them new life and expanding their importance in the story. A great read I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of Gundam. One I would heartily shove into the hands of anyone who is a fan of war stories, and one I would say is or should be part of the 'canon' of science fiction as it is a brilliant story about war, and the people caught up in it, and giant robots. Super brilliant. The art is amazing, the story wonderful and Gundam the greatest. I highly recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Certainly the best of the prequel volumes. Mostly a lot of very good political maneuvering, and succeeds by keeping Char and Amuro at arm's length. There's no retcons or additional lore - just a solid dramatic telling of a battle that was previously mentioned but not seen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    [boredom.is.overrated]

    This is probably tied as my favorite book, along with Vol 5 (Char and Sayla). There’s just so much going on - it’s a wild ride!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Best volume so far.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I wrote a more comprehensive review of the first volume here. This volume continues the flashback arc, fleshing out the events that were only alluded to in the show. There is less focus on the core characters, and while Gihren and some of the other Zabi supporters are fleshed out, the focus of the story is firmly on the political developments and advancing war. It also includes a short side-story about two new characters on Side 2, Yuuki and Fang-Li, that is both beautiful and serves to personal I wrote a more comprehensive review of the first volume here. This volume continues the flashback arc, fleshing out the events that were only alluded to in the show. There is less focus on the core characters, and while Gihren and some of the other Zabi supporters are fleshed out, the focus of the story is firmly on the political developments and advancing war. It also includes a short side-story about two new characters on Side 2, Yuuki and Fang-Li, that is both beautiful and serves to personalize the tragedy there. Towards the end, we also get more backstory about Amuro and the others on Side 7, which was a pleasant surprise for me as I though the focus was going to be entirely on the Zeon side. It really drives home that Amuro's problems started well before the war and piloting Gundam.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sean O'Hara

    So after three decades of Gundam, we finally get a detailed depiction of the One Week War, the colony drop and the Battle of Loum. On the grand scale of space opera, this is pretty minor -- only a few billion deaths, and the action never goes further afield than the L2 Lagrange point -- but in the Gundam universe that's plenty enough. The heart of the story this time is purely military and political. Oh, we get a bit with Sayla, and some insight into Degwin and Dozle, but it's seasoning on the st So after three decades of Gundam, we finally get a detailed depiction of the One Week War, the colony drop and the Battle of Loum. On the grand scale of space opera, this is pretty minor -- only a few billion deaths, and the action never goes further afield than the L2 Lagrange point -- but in the Gundam universe that's plenty enough. The heart of the story this time is purely military and political. Oh, we get a bit with Sayla, and some insight into Degwin and Dozle, but it's seasoning on the steak. What's important here is that all sides commit to the fight with such totality that they abandon any hope of accommodation. Those who balk at the destruction being wreaked either get tossed aside, or dragged under.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Another solid installment in the series. Concentrates mostly on the Zabi family, making Gihren look particularly psycho, playing up the existing Hitler parallels. Dozle comes across as strangely conflicted with his role, giving some additional depth to character that has previuously not had much substance beyond "loves his younger brother, acts impulsively." The major events of the early One Year War get fleshed out, including the colony drop and the Battle of Loum. I thought the art in the batt Another solid installment in the series. Concentrates mostly on the Zabi family, making Gihren look particularly psycho, playing up the existing Hitler parallels. Dozle comes across as strangely conflicted with his role, giving some additional depth to character that has previuously not had much substance beyond "loves his younger brother, acts impulsively." The major events of the early One Year War get fleshed out, including the colony drop and the Battle of Loum. I thought the art in the battle scenes got repetitive after a while, which made some scenes that ought to have been exciting drag out a bit. That's been a problem through the enitre "Origin" series, though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    sucker4synth

    Will Char ever be able to pilot a mobile suit after being stripped of his title? Is Sayla going to find out her brother is alive and has a new identity? Even though we already know the answers to these questions, the book isn't any less compelling. Amoru makes more on an appearance is this one as the story is closing the time gap. Zeon is more vicious than ever and gaining power with every strike! Their atrocities are leading up right up to the new Gundam model. Can't wait! The art is ridiculous Will Char ever be able to pilot a mobile suit after being stripped of his title? Is Sayla going to find out her brother is alive and has a new identity? Even though we already know the answers to these questions, the book isn't any less compelling. Amoru makes more on an appearance is this one as the story is closing the time gap. Zeon is more vicious than ever and gaining power with every strike! Their atrocities are leading up right up to the new Gundam model. Can't wait! The art is ridiculously perfect in these books. The color pages are lovely and generous. This series is amazing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John

    The last of three volumes telling of the events prior to the start of the main Gundam story, where we finally get to see the details of Operation British and the Battle of Loum. The subject matter includes the atrocities Zeon committed at the outset of the war, which was maybe something better left to narrative summary, as it tends to take all that sympathy that we may have developed for Zeon loyalists in the previous two volumes, and throws most of it away. This is very much a "war is hell" chap The last of three volumes telling of the events prior to the start of the main Gundam story, where we finally get to see the details of Operation British and the Battle of Loum. The subject matter includes the atrocities Zeon committed at the outset of the war, which was maybe something better left to narrative summary, as it tends to take all that sympathy that we may have developed for Zeon loyalists in the previous two volumes, and throws most of it away. This is very much a "war is hell" chapter in the overall war story of Gundam.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Love it. Scifi and politics is something we don't get much of. It's also nice to see the White Base crew before the war.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Another solid volume. I was a bit apprehensive of the flashback arc at first, but I think it is actually building up to the "beginning" of the story quite nicely.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kenny Porter

    As a long time Gundam fan I love it when someone adds to the original 0079 series. This collection sheds more light on Char's origins and what the war was like before the V-Project. Loved it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Oliver

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Swanson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hadi Sheck

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alexander

  21. 4 out of 5

    JJ

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ramon Contreras

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Rundlett

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrej Aleksandrov

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matt Grisdela

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robin Erika Powell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yujie Ling

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