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The Men Who Created Gundam Manga

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SKU: 9781634429740

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About The Men Who Created Gundam Manga

The Men Who Created Gundam Manga features story and art by Hideki Owada.

A comical look at the two masterminds behind one of Japan's most influential sci-fi robot anime franchises.

In 1978 animation director Yoshiyuki Tomino set forth to change the Japanese animation industry. For decades prior, Japanese science fiction had churned out numerous tales of semi-autonomous robots that would often come to the aide of humanity, but as someone who worked on a number of those works, Tomino came to the realization that he wanted to see a more realistic robot narrative. His vision was one where the robot while just slightly more human in appearance, was utilized more as a tool manipulated by man.

With renowned artist Yoshikazu Yasuhiko by his side, and occasionally as his artistic rival, Tomino would change the way the whole world came to see Japanese animation and the broader toy and comics industries built around it. This evolution would be a war in its own right! Battles were fought in the offices of the animation studio! Conflicts were equally as heated in the recording booth!


  • Publisher: DENPA
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Comedy, Documentary
  • Themes: Mecha
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Release Date: 6/7/2022
  • Page Count: 564
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Written Language: English

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5 star rating out of 5

Should appeal to even casual Gundam fans wanting a snapshot of the 80's anime boom

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While the 'history' contained here is common knowledge to anyone knowing the story of Gundam's start, it goes into a lot more detail, not just about Gundam but the anime industry around the time as a whole. Between a lot of the chapters there are breakout sections talking about some historical event or information on what happened in the previous section of the story.

I was worried that the dramatization would be too heavy-handed, and while this is still a work of fiction 'inspired by' the Gundam story, it doesn't stray so far from the truth / reality that you have to suspend disbelief. It just makes it a fun read - I finished it all in one night.

They also made some of the voice actors look similar - or at least have traits from - the characters they play, and the way they portray some of the character interactions pay homage to scenes from the original series / movie trilogy as well.

4 star rating out of 5

When the Fact Becomes Legend...

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A breezy mythologizing of the production to anime's most influential title. The true-to-life tale creation of Gundam is manufactured to resemble the hallmarks of an epic similar to the series Owada is celebrating. Tomino is presented as an Onizuka-esque skirt-flipping braggart whose genius cannot be chained as he is challenged by stone-faced marketers and (gasp!) toy makers. It creates a fun reinvention of events but will be lacking for those who want a more grounded chronicle of the anime industry during the bubble years.

Denpa's edition wisely breaks the chapters up with facts about Gundam's creation -- though these seem created by fans more than historians. The 2-volumes are bound into 1 book -- an exceptional choice seeing as how quickly the story moves.

Fun, brazen and comforting.