Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War In the Pocket Blu-ray

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About Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War In the Pocket Blu-ray

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War In the Pocket includes all 6 episodes of the anime OVA directed by Fumihiko Takayama.

Universal Century 0079. When the Principality of Zeon learns of a new Gundam being built, the veteran spec-ops Cyclops Team is dispatched to the civilian colony of Libot to investigate. Their newest member, Bernard “Bernie” Wiseman, gets shot down in action and meets young Alfred “Al” Izuruha, who dreams of mobile suits and space battles. Al thinks of Bernie as a friend, and even goes to great lengths to track him down while on his mission. He doesn’t realize the potential danger he’s in. And Al’s nextdoor neighbor Christina “Chris” Mackenzie returns home with a new “government job.” She’s really the test pilot of the top-secret Gundam Alex – the objective of Bernie’s mission! As the story unfolds, three lives will be changed forever by this one small part of the war.

Special Features: Clean Opening, Clean Endings, Japanese Trailer Collection, Music Videos, and "All That Gundam" Video.

Details

  • Publisher: SUNRISE INC
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Action, Science Fiction
  • Themes: Mecha
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Run Time: 180
  • Year Created: 1989
  • Release Date: 10/1/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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Ratings & Reviews

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Favorite Gundam Series

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War in the Pocket is my favorite Gundam series. It is slower paced, and not as flashy as Stardust Memories or Wing, but the story is powerful and has a gut punch of an ending. It attempts to show the real cost war has on the combatants and civilians. I am so happy to finally be able to add this to my other Gundam Blu-rays and want to thank Right Stuf for continuing to listen to the fans and bring titles like Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket out on Blu-ray.

True Gundam

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Gundam 0080 honors the story DNA of the original Mobile Suit Gundam television series by telling a story of the human cost of war. The animation is somewhat dated, but action scenes benefit immensely from a 1080p digital remaster. Its sights, sounds, and writing are distinctly late-80's, but it has the honor of being the first OVA ever produced for the franchise.

If you can get over the child POV character (honestly, the innocence of a child is the perfect lens through which to humanize our EFSF and Zeon lead characters, Chris and Bernie), this OVA will punch you in the throat and leave you an emotional wreck if you let it.

Story overpowers the lack of Gundam in the show

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Pros:

- Story is simply well told and unlike other Gundam stories before it, the story is told from the point of view of a young boy caught in the middle of a war.

- Character design beautifully illustrated by the great Haruhiko Mikimoto known for Gunbuster, Macross 7, and the more recent Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress.

Cons:

- Gundam scenes are very few and far between. There are battles between other mecha’s including Zaku’s, Gelgoog’s, and Dom’s, but for the Gundam itself, no more than 6 mins of actual Gundam action across the entire 180 min run time.

Overall Grade: A

- Recommended watch! One of the more beautifully written Gundam show. So despite not having a lot of actual Gundam in it, the story alone propels this series as a must watch for any Gundam fan, especially any fan of well written anime.

Boyhood to Adulthood

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Al like most young schoolboys his age dreams of being a soldier and taking part in the war between the Federation and Zeon. His dreams come true when Zeon has a surprise battle on his neutral colony. During the battle, he observes a Zeon Zaku shot down and runs to see it up close. There meeting and befriending the pilot Bernie, before he is rescued by the Zeon.

On his way to school a few days later Al catches a glimpse of the pilot Bernie back on the colony. Al tracks him down and discovers Bernie is part of an Elite Secret Commando unit searching for a hidden Gundam prototype on the Colony. Al decides to help Zeon on their mission to find the Gundam.

Gundam 0080 is unique in that it shows the war between Zeon and the Federation through the eyes of a child. As the story unfolds Al learns just what war is really about. He grows from an innocent naive child to maturity. The story is shorter than most, but the drama and excitement are packed well into the 6 episodes.