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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 8: Operation Odessa

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Case

    The (admittedly incredibly good) flashback arc has concluded, and now we return to the White Base - first as they come into port at Belfast, before moving to Gibraltar and the Mediterranean as part of the final push to drive Zeon forces from Earth, with Operation Odessa. As with the earlier volumes, Yasuhiko's art is incredibly good, and while he's still working from Yoshiyuki Tomino's original framework, with the TV series, he builds on it in ways which do in incredible job of expanding of some The (admittedly incredibly good) flashback arc has concluded, and now we return to the White Base - first as they come into port at Belfast, before moving to Gibraltar and the Mediterranean as part of the final push to drive Zeon forces from Earth, with Operation Odessa. As with the earlier volumes, Yasuhiko's art is incredibly good, and while he's still working from Yoshiyuki Tomino's original framework, with the TV series, he builds on it in ways which do in incredible job of expanding of some of the characters. In particular, M'quve gets some considerable character growth. Miharu also gets some additional screen time, as opposed to basically being a one-episode wonder in the show. However, after Miharu's arc, the focus of this volume is particularly on action, and the action sequences here are played out brilliantly. We have a tense cat-and-mouse duel in Gibraltar leading up to the fourth battle between Char and Amuro - along with the various parts of Operation Odessa. Yasuhiko does an excellent job basically doing a montage in sequential art. Where the original series budgetary limitations restrained the scope of this larger war, Yasuhiko is able to use the implied gaps in time between panels to let our mind fill in the pieces. Unfortunately, with the conclusion of combat on Earth, and the next volume likely taking us back to space, this does mean that we won't get my favorite episode of Mobile Suit Gundam - the episode where a Zeon Patrol blunders across The White Base, in the forests of Northern Europe, and hopes that the Feddies will be just as caught off guard as they are, and they attempt a sneak attack. The plan doesn't work - but in the episode the Zeon troops survive, and no one on White Base is killed, so the incident serves as a nice psychological rest break, focusing on the idea that sometimes in war, a lot hinges on luck, not everything goes according to plan, and occasionally you legitimately get moments where you can end up saying "Someday, when all this is over, we'll look back on this moment and laugh."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah ~Sehrenity~

    Some of the battles in this one were a little hard to follow because the battle panels were so.... busy, but the story development was top notch. Great series so far.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ottery Chocolat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't stand the Naz- er, the Zeon army. Not that the Federation is any better. Here we go into Operation Odessa wherein the Federation makes a last ditch attempt to send all the Zeon forces scurrying off the planet and trying to regain control of the Earth sphere. I won't say how it went, though if you're a fan of the original series, I'm sure you already know. Our usual gang of heroes is still fighting on The White Base, running their Gundams and mobile suits into battle despite personal trag I can't stand the Naz- er, the Zeon army. Not that the Federation is any better. Here we go into Operation Odessa wherein the Federation makes a last ditch attempt to send all the Zeon forces scurrying off the planet and trying to regain control of the Earth sphere. I won't say how it went, though if you're a fan of the original series, I'm sure you already know. Our usual gang of heroes is still fighting on The White Base, running their Gundams and mobile suits into battle despite personal tragedy striking at them again and again. The story doesn't ramp down, quite the contrary Yasuhiko-sensei keeps the action coming and manages to throw in some surprises as well, all of which is fun and exciting and makes for an awesome yarn. Whatever my personal dislike of Zeon, the author actually makes me fall in love with General M'Quve. In a scene out of history, much like German General Dietrich von Choltitz in Paris, M'Quve refuses to follow an order from high command to destroy any large Federation cities as they retreat, stating that, "For me, the Zeonist ideal isn't worth a single porcelain masterpiece." Pretty cool commentary from a defeated general who refuses to destroy earth history in a pointless war. [All war is pointless, don't argue this.] He's easily my favorite Zeon character, yeah I hate Char despite his very tragic childhood and traumatic life. The art as ever is crisp, clean and beautiful. Amazing to see what a master mangaka can do with a few brush strokes. The end of the book also contains some very beautiful color pieces in gouache and watercolor of the characters and the different mechas in the story. And a very touching if sad tribute to a fallen character by Makoto Yukimura. A nice little tribute and a better end note than that in the last volume which read as sycophantic chicanery by another master mangaka. All in all this series simply gets better and better in adding more nuance and gentle portraits as well as more rounded characterization to a story you might already be familiar with having watched the anime and its retellings. The art is gorgeous, the story still amazing and I highly recommend this manga to anyone who is a fan of a good story, war stories, or just plain science fiction. You don't have to love gunpla or anime to read this as a brilliant war story and appreciate it for its gorgeous art and brilliant storytelling.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    Recently I have been in a balance with remembering enough of the details in the previous volumes in order to follow the current one I am reading, and I have to say that Volume 8 of Yasuhiko's "Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN" was the most successful in that retention so far! War is never the solution, as we see in this series and in this volume in particular. There is no gain worth the lives lost when an eye for an eye leaves us all blind. I can tell that the characters on both ends of the fight Recently I have been in a balance with remembering enough of the details in the previous volumes in order to follow the current one I am reading, and I have to say that Volume 8 of Yasuhiko's "Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN" was the most successful in that retention so far! War is never the solution, as we see in this series and in this volume in particular. There is no gain worth the lives lost when an eye for an eye leaves us all blind. I can tell that the characters on both ends of the fight are starting to see and acknowledge this outcome of their choices, and their lifelong effects on themselves and those around them. Yet, here we are decades later, still debating the ethics of war when artists (among many trades) continue to show why we should never allow this course to occur in the first place. Hopefully by the conclusion of the series our characters can settle this horror once and for all in their world, as we still try to do in our own. As I have stated time and time again, I know by watching the series as an anime that I will bridge those divides that have occurred since my break between volumes. I look forward to the visual spectacle of the battles and interactions between characters and their environments that are equally as rich as the illustrations in the print copy of the series. The color palate should also prove to be alluring and satisfying in all the ways the book has been able to do so. Now comes the waiting game of Volume 9, and it is a game I adore playing with each series I collect!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Frank Vasquez

    It’s incredible how vividly and beautifully Yasuhiko reanimated, so to speak, this decades-old story. I don’t normally compare shows to manga/novelizations, but it has to be said: this story arc was forgettable in the anime and yet somehow it is powerful and brutal to behold here in this tome. Each of these books is a brilliant joy to behold, and this one is a masterful accomplishment of storytelling and visual art.

  6. 4 out of 5

    [boredom.is.overrated]

    Char killing feds out in the wilderness was so interesting. I could’ve read a whole novel on just that bit.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    The White Base travels toward the city of Odessa in support of the Earth Federation's first big counterattack against the Zeon occupation forces. The volume begins with the ship's layover at Belfast, and Kai's dalliance with Miharu, the Zeon spy. This story is virtually unchanged from the original TV episode, which is fine with me, since it is a classic Gundam story. From there, the story again diverges from the anime series, featuring an inconclusive one-on-one duel between Char and Amuro on to The White Base travels toward the city of Odessa in support of the Earth Federation's first big counterattack against the Zeon occupation forces. The volume begins with the ship's layover at Belfast, and Kai's dalliance with Miharu, the Zeon spy. This story is virtually unchanged from the original TV episode, which is fine with me, since it is a classic Gundam story. From there, the story again diverges from the anime series, featuring an inconclusive one-on-one duel between Char and Amuro on top of the Rock of Gibraltar. The actual Battle of Odessa comes late in the book, but it is given more attention and detail than in the anime, with the tension ratcheted up a few notches, and more attention paid to the mecha "footsoldiers" fighting and dying in their hundreds and thousands. M'Quve's story arc is altered, also, making him look more like an actual military leader, rather than just a weird effete art lover. His Gyan mobile suit even manages to come off as looking cool in the Odessa battle scenes, which is quite a feat.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I wrote a more comprehensive review of the first volume here. This volume returns to the main plot-line, picking up with the arc with Miharu. Miharu's story is beautifully done, and even more moving with the opportunity to expand it. The art continues to be gorgeous, and I especially loved the color pages of the underwater fights. That, and this volume also has a ton of different Gundam models, with extended action scenes to show them all off. M'Quve also gets more screen time, and as a result c I wrote a more comprehensive review of the first volume here. This volume returns to the main plot-line, picking up with the arc with Miharu. Miharu's story is beautifully done, and even more moving with the opportunity to expand it. The art continues to be gorgeous, and I especially loved the color pages of the underwater fights. That, and this volume also has a ton of different Gundam models, with extended action scenes to show them all off. M'Quve also gets more screen time, and as a result comes across as a more impressive enemy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paolo

    Long story short, Yasuhiko creates a world where the tragedies of war are just as palpable as the glory of the battlefield. Notable in this volume is the Miharu and Kai arc, which is one of the best and most tragic story lines in the series thus far, and scene where Char literally leaps out of his Zaku and on to a passing plane. If you're a fan of robots fighting or a relatively realistic portrayal of the tragedies of war, this is for you. Seriously, buy this entire series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    sucker4synth

    I particularly loved this addition to the series because all the action took place on Earth. Made for a nice new setting and made everything engaging in a way that is different than epic battles in space/on space stations. When you see giant robots tearing up Ireland, it means something deeper. As always, awesome art. So great!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Another excellent volume. The Miharu stuff is great of course, and this might be the best version of the Battle of Odessa storyline. Yasuhiko even work in references to Battleship Potemkin, and even has a panel depicting the famous Odessa Steps!

  12. 4 out of 5

    John

    Back to the main storyline with this final earthbound volume. I think Kai has gotten a better portrayal throughout this adaptation of the story, but this volume includes one of his defining moments with the story of Miharu.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Todd A

    Enjoyed it except for the typical Manga way of handling women as incompetent objects. Even women in high levels acts as though they have no clue. Very strange. Otherwise I enjoyed the story and have the first four on reserve.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Koch

    wow, just wow... the sorrow, the emotions that it woke in me. This is how gundam has to be

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    There is some really cool artwork in the extras section for this one. Also in the story there are a lot of different MS models that all looked incredible!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Devin (Mostly Manga)

    Gundam: The Origin returns to the present with its most action packed volume yet. Amuro really showed off some impressive skill in this one!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Campo

    As good as the other volumes, has many moments of action and some of random Character moments. Nothing new of you remember the original anime.

  18. 4 out of 5

    LlamaLopez

  19. 5 out of 5

    RHL Staff

  20. 4 out of 5

    Buns

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luke Kelsch

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leah Sarvey

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hana

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Clawson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lt.bennett

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matías

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kris

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sam

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adam AntMan

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