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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Vol. #1
By Mark McPherson
March 17, 2002
Release Date: January 22, 2002
Finally, a sequel to the one year war. For a 1990 release, Gundam 0083 sure is a fun series. Get ready to see tons of mobile suits running all over the place.
Audio: 5.1 audio on both tracks. How can you complain? Crisp and clear with no distortion.
Video: Excellent on Bandai's part. The best part about the video is that if you select to watch the show in Japanese, you can watch the entire show completely uncut. Free of hardmatted subtitle credits. Nothing but kanji. Ofcourse, if you prefer hardmatted credits, you can always switch over to the English version. The picture is nice and crisp. No complaints.
Packaging: Great. Not only do you get a reversable cover, but there also a special insert inside that fills the gaps between 0079 and 0083. Wow, a lot really happened in that time period. If your looking for a chance to write a Gundam fanfiction, here's your chance.
Menus: These menus reminded me a lot of 08th MS Team's menus. The main menu lets you select from Play, Extras or Options on the left and has the episode selection on the right. The scene selection, however, is very tricky to move around. Keep your eyes on the white lines at the bottom of each screen to select. Overall, the menus could have been way better in my opinion.
Extras: Not that bad. It's your typical first volume Gundam extras. First, you can watch the opening and ending sequence textless. Sadly, there is no Romaji subtitles. The other extra is the mobile suit encyclopedia which pretty much covers all the Federation units. Pretty good extras, but nothing to brag about.
Content: Welcome to the future of the Universal Century. It is 0083. Three years have past since the cease-fire between Zeon and the Federation. However, all is not well.
The Delaz Fleet from the battle of Abao A Qu have come back to fight the Federation once again. They're new mission? To steal a Gundam. The man for the job? Anaval Gato, the Nightmare of Solomon. When a new version of the White Base named the Albion touches down in Australia, it carries two prototype Gundams. The RX-79GPO1 and RX-79GPO2 which can fire nuclear warheads. Ensign Kou Uraki finds himself fasinated with the new Gundam types. However, Nina Purpleton is very protective of them.
Then, the unthinkable happens. Anaval Gato just walks right in and steal the RX-79GPO2 for himself. Kou decides to go after him in GPO1, but is unable to stop Gato due to cover fire from Gato's support troops. Now, Kou plans to go on the recovery mission for the GPO2 in the GPO1.
The first four episodes do a great job introducing the main characters. They all feel realistic and they aren't pretty boys either. It's sort of like 08th MS Team except less humorous. Even though Mancha provides some odd eechi humor. The best thing about these episodes is the action. You get everything on this disc from all out battles to paintball training fights.
The best episode by far on this disc was the last one because it has an all-out battle between the Albion and a group of Zeon mobile suits while Gato prepares to take off. You can't get Gundam much cooler when one of the GM pilots shoots a Zaku, gives him the finger and calls him a ground-pounder. YEAH!
Overall, if your a big Gundam fan, Gundam 0083 will fill your thirst for mobile suit combat and then some. Many have considered it the best Gundam story arc ever and I have to agree with them. This is the best Gundam series ever!
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television