The Gundam series started in 1979 as a serial TV show. This series has since created OVAs, movies, manga, novels and video games. The Gundam franchise took 4 of the top 5 places in the 2008 sales of anime copies sold in Japan. Mobile Suit Gundam took the second spot, with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny coming in third, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED fourth, and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam fifth. Also, New Mobile Report Gundam Wing ranked 18th and Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ ranked 20th. ( the #1 spot went to Neon Genesis Evangelion )
The original timeline for the Gundam series was the Universal Century (UC) series, which included Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985). Since the 1990s, alternative timelines have been produced and developed, including the Future Century, After Colony, After War, Correct Century, Cosmic Era and Anno Domini timelines.
GUNDAM 00 – Rebirth begins through destruction
It was aired from Oct. 2007 – March 2008 with 25 episodes.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (機動戦士ガンダム00 （ダブルオー） ) is the seventh run of the Gundam series created by Sunrise. It is the first of the Gundam series to be animated in widescreen and in high-definition. Double 0 is set in the non-fictional 2307 Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu ŌAnno Domini (A.D.), centering around Celestial Beings (the Gundam force) and their efforts to stop the spread of war.
Earth is controlled by three power blocs, UNION (controls North America), Human Reform League (consists of China, Russia & India) and AEU (controls Europe). These three power houses each have their own orbital elevators that support solar power orbiting the earth. War erupts among smaller countries not part of these blocs, wanting the controls of these elevators. This fueled the formation of a private military organization called Celestial Being whose cause was to unite people through eradication of war. Celestial Being consists of four Gundams and their pilots, Gundam Meisters.
The main protagonist, Setsuna F. Seiei, is a quiet teenager who pilots the GN-001 Gundam Exia. He was a child soldier in the war-torn Kurdish Republic and was ordered to murder his own parents by the leader of the rebels Ali Al-Saachez. His fellow pilots of the Celestial Beings are Lockon Stratos who also lost his parents and younger sister from terrorists in Ireland. As the eldest pilot, he is considered the team leader of the Meisters. He owns an orange Haro that helps pilot Gundam Dynames. His Gundam is a sharp shooter. Allelujah Haptism is an orphan that was used as an experimental subject by the Human Reform League. He has dual personalities due to this experimentation. He pilots Gundam Kyrios which is able to transform into a fighter jet that is highly mobile. Tieria Erde has an unknown past and has a connection with the Innovators. He pilots Gundam Virtue which specializes in explosions.
At the end of the first season, when the three powers are unable to fight the Gundams independently, they unite under UNITED NATIONS ARMY to counter the Being’s interventions. Exia is destroyed with his pilot missing. Lockon is killed in battle with Ali Al-Saachez.
Four years passes since the final destructive battle between the Celestial Beings and the UN Army. A new “peace-keeping” force, A-Laws, is formed separate from the Federation army. Unfortunately, with power comes the abuse of it. A-Law employs cruel tactics in the name of “unity.”
Setsuna is found and rescued by Tieria’s new mobile suit, Seravee Gundam. The Celestial being’s mobile suits are newly equipped with twin GN drives. Setsuna is given the 00 Gundam to pilot. Lockon’s twin brother assumes his brother’s codename and position as the long-range fighter piloting the Cherudim Gundam. Allelujah rescued from prison and takes on the Arios Gundam.
Unknown to both the Celestial Being and A-Laws, a third party, the Innovators, is actually pulling the strings of the war. More lives are lost again.
A movie is expected to be released in 2010.