I feel this review needs a bit of a preface. I’ve seen countless things that try to prey on my nostalgia as a child of the 90’s. People my age have made it clear that this is a hook they’re very willing to bite. Knowing this, I try to not let myself be blinded by nostalgia when I see sales pitches for remaster or remade series from my childhood.
That being said, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers Volume 1 makes keeping the nostalgia goggles off with difficult for me. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing was one of the first anime I ever watched. It was the Mecha anime that made me really get enthralled with the idea of mechs. I did watch Robotech but the mechs in that series just didn’t stick with me the same way. Just needed to acknowledge my nostalgia about the series before review of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz Volume 1.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz Volume 1 kicks off in the same place as the original anime series. In the year A.C. (After Colony) 195, the United Earth Sphere Alliance has used military power under a guise of “justice and peace” to seize control of numerous colonies in space and force them into submission.
In acts of rebellion, several colonies produce five Gundams, advanced mechs made of the incredibly durable Gundanium alloy. The rebels plan to crash space station into the Earth and devastate the Alliance. However, the United Earth Sphere Alliance catches wind of the rebels’ plans and works to stop them. With an alternative needed, the rebels send each of the five Gundams to Earth with specific targets to destroy.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz Volume 1 is extremely similar to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. The manga does jump around a bit in its’ continuity where I don’t recall the anime doing so but the story is undeniably the same. The pilots of the Gundams are still Heero, Duo, Trowa, Quatre, and Wufei. They each come to the Earth in the same, badass Gundams they did over twenty years ago. They all still kick huge amounts of ass ASAP. Except Heero. Lieutenant Zechs still downs Heero in their first fight. He then takes multiple beatings before he gets to kicking ass.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing was fun series to watch and I’m happy to say I had fun reading the series as well. The action and the story I had so much fun with in the past has made it into this new medium. I’ll admit that I find some of the stories in the Gundam franchise a little ridiculous. However, I feel that Gundam Wing strikes a fun balances between being ridiculous while not totally unbelievable. Obviously, I’d recommend Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz Volume 1 to fans of the original anime series. But I do recommend the series to people that are just looking for a fun Mecha series to dive into as well.
Story: Katsuyuki Sumizawa
Illustrator: Tomofumi Ogasawara
Publisher: Vertical Comics
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Disclaimer: A copy of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers Volume 1 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.Tweet