Astroboy is obviously one of the first Anime and a highly influential Anime, the first Anime with an actual continuity and sequential plot but in the 1970s there aired another ground breaking and highly popular Anime running specifically from April 7, 1979, and lasting until January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes, the worlds first Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam.
You may be surprised to hear that Mobile Suit Gundam in spite of it's introduction in the 70s was a very well animated Anime for it's time, had considerably impressive plot, story, and character design/development.. Of course it also treated the show in a bit of an all too anime way that we know now as common with some of the character designs.. I'll note that a couple of the characters in Mobile Suit Gundam sport some terrifyingly souless black soul-stealing eyes.
So strange design such as this aside which really has no explanation since other characters have completely normal whites to their eyes and don't tend to rend the soul and life from your body when you stare directly at them.. DEAD LIGHTS! ...Wugh.. - Anyway.. This series is one to really remember, it's great. The dub is only good in the sense that the dub is a great drinking game if you want to DIE.
Seriously. Watch the first episode of the dub, set out some alcohol, Sake or Everclear, a shot glass, get ready to pour, and every time the main characters name is spoken (Amuro), drink. Before the first five minutes of the episode is past you WILL be shitfaced out your goddamn mind and possibly suffering serious alcohol poisoning. If not by that point then by the end of the episode.
Sufficed to say that if you watch Mobile Suit Gundam, watch the original if you can find it. Not the dub and hopefully you're also still sober enough to read and decently comprehend this. Not all the design in Mobile Suit Gundam was weird, many of the characters looked quite impressive. Here's one of the DVD spreads that shows quite a few of the best characters;
FUCK YES THEREMIN!
Course Mobile Suit Gundam set the stage for future Gundam series and revolutionized mecha-Anime - For the sake of displaying the other Gundam series I'm going to say 'fuck it' and ctrl+c the contents of the series from Wikipedia - I am NOT typing all this shit out myself;
Animated series and films
|Mobile Suit Gundam||TV series |
|Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam||TV series |
|Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ||TV series||1986–1987||U.C. 0088-89|
|Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack||Movie||1988||U.C. 0093|
|Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket||OVA||1989||U.C. 0079-80|
|Super Deformed Gundam||Movie |
|1988–1989, 1991, 1993 |
|Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory||OVA |
|Mobile Suit Gundam F91||Movie||1991||U.C. 0123|
|Mobile Suit Victory Gundam||TV series||1993||U.C. 0153|
|Mobile Fighter G Gundam||TV series||1994–1995||F.C. 60|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Wing||TV series |
|Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team||OVA |
|After War Gundam X||TV series||1996||A.W. 0015|
|Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz||OVA |
|Turn A Gundam||TV series |
|Gundam Neo Experience 0087: Green Divers||Specialty format movie||2001||U.C. 0087|
|Gundam Evolve||Animated shorts||2001–2005||various|
|Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||TV series |
|Superior Defender Gundam Force||TV series||2003–2004||Neotopia|
|Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War||Movies||2004||U.C. 0079|
|Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny||TV series |
|Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079||OVA||2006||U.C. 0079|
|Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer||ONA||2006||C.E.73|
|Mobile Suit Gundam 00||TV series |
|Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: The Gravity Front||OVA||2009||U.C. 0079|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||OVA||2010-?? (In Production)||U.C. 0096|
|SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors||Movie |
|Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: Awakening of the Trailblazer||Movie||2010||2314 AD|
|Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: The Movie||Movie||To be Announced||C.E.|
|Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G||OVA||2010||2010 AD|
|Mobile Suit Gundam AGE||TV Series||2011-?? (In Production)||A.G. 115|
|Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin||TBA||TBA||U.C. 0079|
There have definitely been a lot of Gundam series to say the least, it's widely popular and while not all of them are winners, many are and more specifically Mobile Suit Gundam is and without Mobile Suit Gundam we would have never been introduced to the unintentionally racist, hilarious, and ridiculous G Gundam which featured such wonderful racial representations such as Neo Mexico's Tequila Gundam!