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Back in 1979, anime was changed forever with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam. The series featured a massive war between earth and its space colonies in a complex universe where things are far more nuanced than a simple battle between “good” and “evil.”

Now, nearly forty years later, the Gundam franchise is an anime behemoth with dozens of anime series and films spanning multiple timelines. It can be a bit hard to sort through it all—much less find out where to watch any given part. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Due to the sheer number of different Gundam series, this guide has been divided into two parts. The first part focused on the Universal Century or “UC” Gundam series. This, the second one, looks at the other half of the Gundam franchise: the Alternate Universe or “AU” Gundam anime.

Your Complete U.C. Gundam Anime Guide

[Note: This guide is presented alphabetically by fictional timeline. This is not necessarily the best order of viewing.]


Preface

What is an “AU” Gundam series?

Between 1979 and 1994, Gundam series were set in the same fictional universe, the “Universal Century” timeline, as it is known. However, this changed with the release of Mobile Fight G Gundam. Set in a very different world from all previous entries in the franchise, it nonetheless kept certain mainstays—e.g., mobile suits, space colonies, complex characters, and, of course, Gundams.

The series proved to be such a hit that many of the Gundam series over the last two decades have followed in the path of G Gundam, creating brand new alternate universes while still keeping many of the important themes of the franchise. Yet, no matter how different these new timelines may be, they are all, at their core, Gundam.


Advanced Generation

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
49 Episode TV Series (2011)

Gundam AGE begins in a time when Earth and its space colonies are completely at peace. It is then that a mysterious invader attacks from beyond the Earth sphere and destroys one of the colonies, starting what would become known as the “One Hundred Year War.”

The story follows three generations of the Asuno family as they fight the invaders using their specially designed Gundams, which, thanks to a strange device, learn and grow along with their pilots.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Memory of Eden
Compilation Film (2013)

Memory of Eden is a re-edited version of the second generation of Gundam AGE. It focuses the story on the relationship between hero Asemu Asuno and his friend-turned-enemy Zeheart Galette.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available


After Colony

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New Mobile Report Gundam Wing
49 Episode TV Series (1995)

In a world where OZ, the planet’s foremost military power, is exerting more and more of their might against Earth and space, five scientists each secretly build their own special mobile suit—a Gundam—to send to Earth in the hopes of gaining independence for the colonies.

Unfortunately, the operation is a complete SNAFU from the start. While the Gundam pilots all share the same overall goal, their missions aren’t coordinated—they don’t even know that the others exist. This in turn leads to chaos on the battlefield as the Gundams not only attack OZ, but each other as well.

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Crunchyroll, Hulu, Home Video (Part 1, Part 2)

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor
4 Episode OVA (1996)

This set of OVAs takes footage from the TV series and showcases each of the five pilots’ character arcs one by one. It also contains several new scenes showing what happened immediately after the end of the anime.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

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New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
3 Episode OVA (1997)/Theatrical Film (1998)

After many hard-fought battles, the Earth and space colonies are finally united and at peace. It is then that the daughter of OZ’s late leader appears and starts a rebellion against the fledgling world government. Once again, our five heroes must rise up and protect the peace—unfortunately, four of them have already sent their Gundams off on a one-way trip into the sun.

This sequel to the TV series was originally released in three episodes, but it was later recut, rescored, and given ten minutes of additional footage for a theatrical release.

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Home Video

Gundam Evolve: 07 – XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero
OVA (2004)

This, the seventh episode of Gundam Evolve, is an eight minute 3D short which shows pilot Heero Yuy board Wing Gundam Zero and fight several enemy mobile suits around a space station.

Where to Watch: Home Video


After War

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After War Gundam X
39 Episode TV Series (1996)

Fifteen years ago, the war between Earth and the space colonies ended in dramatic fashion as the colonies themselves were used as weapons and dropped on the planet. Governments collapsed and the world fell into a post-apocalyptic chaos. Now scavengers roam the wastes, fighting over the weapons of the old world.

It is in this setting that a young man stumbles across two things that will change the world forever. The first is the last remaining super weapon of the war: The Gundam X. The second is a girl with special powers beyond normal men who can unlock the Gundam X’s ultimate weapon—a gun capable of destroying an entire space colony with one shot:

Where to Watch: Home Video (Part 1, Part 2)


Anno Domini

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Mobile Suit Gundam 00
50 Episode TV Series (2007)

This two season long anime is set in a world consumed by an energy crisis. The world’s three superpowers each control a solar panel-covered space elevator with which they power themselves and their allies. The other nations of the world are left to devolve into constant warfare over the few fossil fuels that remain.

Amidst this chaos, a group arises with one goal: to bring a stop to the endless war by utterly destroying any army who begins a battle by utilizing the overwhelming power of their four advanced mobile suits: the Gundams.

Where to Watch: Daisuki (Season 1, Season 2), Crunchyroll, Hulu, Home Video (Season 1, Season 2)

Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Special Edition
3 Compilation Films (2009-2010)

  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Special Edition 1 – Celestial Being
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Special Edition 2 – End of World
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Special Edition 3 – Return of the World

These three films take the footage of the series and re-cut it into three feature-length films—updating and adding new scenes along the way.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie -A Wakening of the Trailblazer-
Theatrical Film (2010)

Two years after the end of the TV anime, an unknown artifact lands on a research station and takes it over—sending it heading towards Earth. Soon the danger of this artifact becomes plain and the Gundam pilots find themselves battling a threat far different from any they’ve encountered before.

Where to Watch: Home Video


Builders

Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G
3 Episode OVA (2010)

Set in a modern world much like our own where Gundam is a popular anime series, this anime follows a young boy who, after seeing the Odaiba Gundam, buys his first Gundam model. After building it, he takes it to a local arcade where he climbs into a mock cockpit and pilots it in a videogame against other people with their own Gundams.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available


Build Fighters

Gundam Build Fighters
25 Episode TV Series (2013)

In the near future, a new fad is sweeping the world: Gundam models. But building them is only half of it. The other half? Piloting a virtual version of your model in a VR videogame against other “build fighters.”

The story follows a young boy whose family owns a model shop. He dreams of being a world champion but while he can build like no one else, his piloting is nowhere near good enough. However, one day, he meets a mysterious boy—one with exceptional piloting skills. Together they team up to conquer the world of build fighting.

Where to Watch: Gundaminfo, Crunchyroll, Home Video

Gundam Build Fighters Specials
3 Blu-ray Extra Shorts (2014)

  • Episode 1: SD Kishi Fighters First Half
  • Episode 2: SD Kishi Fighters Second Half
  • Episode 3: A Letter

The first two of these four-minute specials reimagine the characters as the heroes of a fantasy series and it is played completely for laughs. The third special is an epilogue to the main series set six years after its ending that gives a brief glimpse of what our heroes are doing as they enter adulthood.

Where to Watch: Home Video

Gundam Build Fighters Try
25 Episode TV Series (2014)

Seven years after the events of the original Gundam Build Fighters, the sport has become even more widespread and popular. The anime follows a middle school club as they form a three person team and enter the All-Japan tournament.

Where to Watch: Gundaminfo, Crunchyroll, Home Video

Gundam Build Fighters Try Island Wars
TV Special (2016)

After winning a fair bit of fame with their Gundam model battle victories, the heroes from Try are invited to an island by the creators of the game to test out the newest version.

Where to Watch: Gundaminfo


Correct Century

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Turn A Gundam
50 Episode TV Series (1999)

Set in a far distant future known as the “Correct Century,” this series was created as the conclusion and unifier of every Gundam series—from both UC and AU.

2,000 years after humanity has divided itself between the Earth-dwellers and the moon-dwelling “Moonrace,” the Moonrace seeks to return home and reunite with their long-lost brethren. Loran Cehack is one of three Moonrace members who are sent in advance as reconnaissance. After a year on Earth, Loran has successfully blended into Earth society when the Moonrace launches a sudden attack. During the attack, Loran discovers an ancient white mobile suit.

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Home Video (Part 1, Part 2)

Turn A Gundam
2 Compilation Films (2002)

These two compilation anime films take the entire 50 episode TV series and essentially cut out all the fat—while also adding some additional footage.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available


Cosmic Era

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
50 Episode TV Series (2002)

Gundam SEED is centered around a war between normal humans on earth—“naturals”—and genetically engineered ones that live in space—“coordinators.” It follows Kira, a coordinator student who lives in a neutral space colony populated by both naturals and coordinators.

However, when the coordinator army discovers that the forces of earth are secretly developing a new weapon inside the colony—five Gundams—they send a strike team to steal them. In the ensuing chaos, Kira finds himself in the pilot seat of the only unstolen Gundam—trying to protect the lives of his classmates as he battles against not only his own people, but his childhood best friend, Athrun, as well.

Where to Watch: Home Video (Part 1, Part 2)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Special Edition
3 Compilation Films (2004)

  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Special Edition 1 – The Empty Battlefield
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Special Edition 2 – The Far-Away Dawn
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Special Edition 3 – The Rumbling Sky

These take the footage of the series and re-cut it into three feature-length films—updating and adding new scenes along the way.

Where to Watch: Home Video (Film 1, Film 2, Film 3)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED HD Remaster
48 Episode TV Series (2011)

As part of the anime’s tenth year anniversary, the series was re-released in widescreen format with new scenes and upgraded art—and minus the original anime’s two recap episodes.

Where to Watch: Daisuki, YouTube, Hulu

Gundam Evolve: 08 – GAT-X105 Strike Gundam
OVA (2005)

This, the eighth episode of Gundam Evolve, is a three and a half minute 3D short which shows Kira’s Strike Gundam invade an enemy base and defeat the numerous mobile suits there.

Where to Watch: Home Video

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV Astray
2 Episode OVA (2005)

  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV Astray – Red Frame
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV Astray – Blue Frame

These two six-minute stories are based on the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray manga and take place during the events of Gundam SEED. They focus on Gundam prototype units “Red Frame” and “Blue Frame”—and their respective pilots.

The first episode follows the pilot of Red Frame, a member of the “Junk Guild” who makes his living buying and selling the salvage of the war between the naturals and coordinators. The second follows the pilot of Blue Frame, a mercenary who uses his unit in various dangerous missions for the earth army.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Gundam Evolve: 06 – YMF-X000A Dreadnought Gundam
OVA (2006)

This, the sixth episode of Gundam Evolve, is a seven minute 3D short based on the manga series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X Astray. It features the nightmare of a failed coordinator—the pilot of the coordinator army’s own prototype Gundam—in which he battles against a dark version of himself with support from his rival.

Where to Watch: Home Video

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
50 Episode TV Series (2004)

Two years after the end of Gundam SEED, an elite unit of Earth special forces steal three prototype coordinator-made Gundams and then drop a ruined colony on Earth—attempting to frame the coordinators for crime and reignite the war.

This time, the story follows Shin, a young coordinator Gundam pilot who wishes to become a hero and harbors a great hatred for Kira. It also follows Kira’s childhood best friend and former rival Athrun as he attempts to find a new path in life after the events of the first series.

Where to Watch: Home Video (Part 1, Part 2)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen Future
TV Special (2005)

This special is an expanded version of Gundam SEED Destiny‘s final episode with several major changes to the plot and nearly double the runtime.

Where to Watch: Home Video

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition
4 Compilation Films (2006-2007)

  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition 1 – The Broken World
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition 2 – Respective Swords
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition 3 – The Hellfire Of Destiny
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition 4 – The Cost of Freedom

These take the footage of the series and re-cut it into four feature-length films—updating and adding new scenes along the way. It also shifts the story’s away from Shin and onto Athrun, focusing on the latter’s uncertainties and dilemmas over the course of the new war.

Where to Watch: Home Video (Film 1, Film 2, Film 3, Film 4)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny HD Remaster
50 Episode TV Series (2013)

Like with the original Gundam SEED, SEED Destiny was re-released in widescreen format with new scenes and upgraded art. It also added in the content of Final Plus while subtracting the the original version’s recap episode.

Where to Watch: Daisuki

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer
3 Episode ONA (2006)

Set in the opening arc of SEED Destiny, Stargazer is the story of a group of scientists who have built a Gundam for the purpose of interplanetary exploration. However, everything changes when a Gundam-piloting Earth special forces unit comes to their tiny space station to kill them and destroy all their work.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available


Future Century

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Mobile Fighter G Gundam
49 Episode TV Series (1994)

Humanity has left Earth a ruined shell of its former self with most of the population moving to space colonies—one for each country on the planet. Instead of wars, every four years, each colony sends a Gundam to fight on Earth in a tournament of one-on-one battles. The winning Gundam secures their country’s rule of Earth until the next tournament.

The story follows the young fighter of Neo Japan, who fights to free his scientist father from a cryogenic prison. But there’s more waiting on Earth than just Gundam battles. He must also find his missing brother and destroy his brother’s stolen Gundam–an experimental Gundam with regenerative capabilities.

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Home Video (Part 1, Part 2)

Gundam Evolve: 03 – GF13-017NJII God Gundam
OVA (2002)

This, the third episode of Gundam Evolve, is a four minute 3D short which shows a battle in a ruined city between hero Domon Kasshu in God Gundam and heroine Rain Mikamura in Rising Gundam.

Where to Watch: Home Video


Post Disaster

Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS
50 Episode TV Series (2015)

300 years after a war between Earth and Mars, IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS takes place in a future where the reigning military government is waning in power and calls for revolution have begun to spread across the solar system.

It is in this setting that we meet a group of child soldiers hired to deliver a Martian aristocrat safely from Mars to Earth. Along the way they must overcome loyalist armies, space pirates, criminal organizations, corrupt businessmen, and rebel groups seeking to use them as pawns in their cause. But the young soldiers have two things no one ever counted on: an unbreakable will to push on, no matter the odds, and an ancient weapon of unspeakable power—the Gundam Barbados.

Where to Watch: Daisuki, Gundaminfo (Season 1, Season 2), Crunchyroll, Hulu, AnimeLab (AU/NZ)


SD Gundam

Mobile Suit SD Gundam
3 Theatrical Shorts (1998)

These are a series of parodies surrounding UC Gundam characters. The first short makes fun of events in the One Year War. The second has several characters fight over who has the best condo for rent. The third has the characters compete in their own version of the Olympics.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mark II
3 Episode OVA (1989)

These episodes continue the UC Gundam parodies of the first series. The first episode features a cabaret show of the girls in Gundam. The second is a series of short gags each only a few seconds long. The third re-imagines the characters in a comedic fantasy setting.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit SD Gundam’s Counterattack: Musha Gundam Visits
2 Theatrical Shorts (1989)

The first episode reimagines the UC Gundam characters as high school students who are throwing a party to celebrate the all-boys school merging with an all-girls one. The second of these shorts anthropomorphizes various Gundams and other mobile suits and then reimagines them as samurai in a feudal Japan-esque setting.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Doozy Bots
Promotional Short (1989)

This is a trailer for a proposed animated series aimed at North American audiences which was based on SD Gundam designs.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mark III
5 Episode OVA (1990)

Five anthropomorphized chibi Gundams battle against an army of evil in a feudal Japan-esque world populated entirely by chibi mobile suits.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mark IV
2 Episode OVA (1990)

This OVA contains an homage to Wacky Races, only with UC Gundam characters. The second episode is an adventure with some anthropomorphized mobile suits in space.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mark V
3 Episode OVA (1990)

The first episode follows a group of anthropomorphized mobile suits (in a world much like our own) who work for a courier company. The second is another anthropomorphized mobile suits samurai adventure.The third is an odd little animation where vaguely mobile suit-shaped creatures are mining in a rocky wasteland.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit SD Gundam: SD Gundam Legend
4 Episode OVA (1990)

Based on the manga SD Gundam Gaiden Sieg Zion Hen, this series of episodes re-imagines the characters of the UC Gundam series in a comedic fantasy setting

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit SD Gundam The Movie: Musha Knight Command: SD Gundam Scramble
Theatrical short (1991)

This short combines the three big groups of anthropomorphized SD Gundams from the various SD Gundam manga—the samurai Gundams, the knight Gundams, and the military Gundams—in one big team up.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Mobile Suit SD Gundam Festival
Theatrical Film (1993)

This feature-length film is split into three parts. The first follows the military SD Gundams, the second the knight SD Gundams, and the third the samurai SD Gundams.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

SD Gundam Mushaparaku
Promotional Short (2001)

This short music video appeared in Tokyo Hobby Show in 2001 and features cel-shaded versions of SD Gundam Musha Maruden manga characters.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

SD Gundam Mushaparaku ~Shin Musha Tanjō~
Promotional Short (2003)

This short video premiered at the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2003 and features more SD Gundam Musha Maruden manga characters.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

SD Gundam Force
52 Episode TV Series (2004)

In a world where humans and chibi Gundam robots co-exist, all is well—until the day the invaders start coming from another dimension. It is up to the “Super Dimensional Guard” to fight off the invaders while keeping their battles secret from the public.

Where to Watch: Home Video (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, Vol. 5, Vol. 6, Vol. 7, Vol. 8, Season 2)

SD Gundam Force: Destructive Daishogun Appears!! Zako?
Special Event Episode (2004)

Created as part of a special event for the SD Gundam Force TV anime, this interactive episode follows a group of Zakos—forced into becoming the Super Dimensional Guard’s janitors—who team up the the SDG (and the audience) to fight the baddies.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Gundam Evolve: 14 – Rekka Musha Gundam
OVA (2005)

This, the sixth episode of Gundam Evolve, is a seven minute 3D short set in the Samurai SD Gundam world and follows anthropomorphized chibi Gundam Rekka Musha as he protects a group of children from an imposing enemy.

Where to Watch: Home Video

SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors
51 Episode TV Series (2010)

This anime is based on the Chinese epic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms—only with anthropomorphized chibi Gundams taking up the roles of the various heroes of legend.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available

Chō Denei-ban SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors
Theatrical Short (2010)

Set in the middle of the fourth episode of the SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors series proper, this short was screened in advance of the series’ premiere and follows our hero in an adventure where he loses his special sword but tries to protect a helpless village anyway.

Where to Watch: Not Currently Available


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