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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: N/A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A-
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- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 125
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Vol. #01
By Lewis Noonan
February 16, 2002
Release Date: May 16, 2000
Gundam Wing was my first exposure to the Gundam franchise on Cartoon Network UK back in January 2001. 10 1/2 months later I got the DVD and wow.
I at first watched the whole disc in Japanese with subtitles. The sound and the subtitles were very clear. I watched the disc in English and found the dialogue almost the same as the subtitles. The characters are very in character and are just as good as the Japanese actors. One of the best-uncut dubs for a Toonami series I have ever seen.
The packaging has Heero and his Gundam on the cover and the back has a small rundown on the show with a technical look at the Gundam. Their are also labels pointing out its weapons. The disc itself has a mini picture of a Gundam on it. The insert has the cover image on the front and inside has a small rundown of the episodes with pictures (not all from the episodes mind you) with a bigger technical image of the Gundam that is on the back of the disc box. The back has adds for more Bandai releases.
The menu on the disc is made up to look like a Gundam cockpit. When you pick an episode from the chapter section it brings you back to the chapter section once the episode you chose ends which is a bit of a set back for those who don't watch these discs all in one go. The extras have bios on Wing gundam, Heero and Relena as well as more adds for Bandai discs (they want me to buy Cowboy Bebop really badly don't they).
As for the content itself I have to say that for those who were disappointed that the original one-year war saga was a dub only release then this disc is for you. You can definitely tell that this AU was very inspired from that show. The story is that around 195 after millions of people left earth to start a life in space colonies and that a organisation on earth called Oz is pulling the strings of the United Earth Sphere Alliance to attack and take over the space colonies one after anther in the name of justice and peace. Some rebel colonists had had enough and sent 5 gundams to earth disguised as shooting stars. On that premise a girl called Relena sees one crash towards the earth and sees the military go after it. The Gundams pilot is Heero and after reaching earths atmosphere after a fight plunges into the sea. A Lieutenant named Zechs is a part of the fight and sees the gundam crash into the ocean. Heero manages to escape and washes up on a beach. He is found by Relena who when she found him called an ambulance. Heero runs away and Relena wonders whatever he had anything to do with what she saw with her farther up in space. She meets Heero yet again in her school where he promises to kill her. As the disc goes on Heero meets another Gundam pilot called Duo. Both characters are completely different as Heero is deadly serious and Duo likes to joke around. Two more Gundam pilots named Trowa and Quatre also meet and a 5th pilot named Wufei goes it alone.
This disc is really great and in many ways mirrors the original one-year war in some ways (Zechs even wears a Char like mask). If you like Gundam or mecha shows this disc is for you. Just buy it.
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