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How To Watch Gundam? Easy Watch Order Guide

The Gundam Franchise is a chaotic collection of monumentally influential tales that shaped modern anime. The series is set in what is known as the Universal Century calendar era and expands over decades in real-time.

Gundam: The Complete Watching Guide
Gundam | Source: Forbes

The series is so vast and has so many alternate timelines tied to it, that it will seem messier than your tangled bedhead. Nonetheless, if you’re willing to invest your time in Gundam, you will not be disappointed.

1. Quick Review

Each story is fast-paced and full of intrigue. If you love sci-fi anime, the animation will draw you in and you’ll get hooked right away. Being a mecha anime, Gundam is full of robots and does a great job of explaining how the technology works.

The characters are vastly varied and very well fleshed out. There is a motive for each scene and event that takes place. The soundtrack fits the animation and pace perfectly, making each episode very engaging. Yes, it will take a lot of time to devour the series, but with each passing story arc, your appetite will only grow!

2. Release Order

I. TV Series

Gundam: The Complete Watching Guide
Mobile Suit Gundam | Source: Crunchyroll
  • Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (1986)
  • Mobile Suit SD Gundam (1993)
  • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam (1993)
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam (1994)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1996)
  • After War Gundam X (1996)
  • Turn A Gundam (1999)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2002)
  • Superior Defender Gundam Force (2003)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2004)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2007)
  • SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors (2010)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2011)
  • Gundam Build Fighters (2013)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam-san (2014)
  • Gundam Build Fighters Try (2014)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (2016)
  • Gundam Build Divers (2018)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (2019)

II. Movies

  • Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movies (1981)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack (1988)
  • Mobile Suit SD Gundam (1988-1993)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (1991)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory compilation movie (1992)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team compilation movie (1998)
  • Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz compilation movie (1998)
  • Turn A Gundam compilation movies (1998)
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (2005)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2010)
  • SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors (2010)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer (2010)
  • Gundam Build Fighters Try (2016)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt compilation movies (2016)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Twilight AXIS compilation movie (2017)
  • Gundam Build Fighters: GM’s Counterattack (2017)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (2018)
  • Gundam Reconguista in G compilation movies (2019 onwards)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash (2020 onwards)

III. OVAs

  • Mobile Suit SD Gundam (1989)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (1989)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991)
  • Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (1997)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (1998)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2004)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War (2004)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2004)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079 (2006)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer (2006)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (2009)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2009)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Gravity Front (2009)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (2010)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (2015)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (2015)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Twilight AXIS (2017)
  • Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue (2013)
  • Gundam Build Divers (2018)

3. Specials

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1996)
  • Gundam Evolve (2001)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2004)
  • Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G (2010)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2013)
  • Gundam Build Fighters (2013)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2013)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (2013)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (2013)

Net Animations

  • SD Gundam World Sangoku Soketsuden (2019 onwards)
  • Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise (2019 onwards)

4. Chronological Order

It is crystal clear from the list above, that the series is really all over the place. The chronological order will list only the names of the series (else the list will get too long to comprehend). This means, that it’ll include the TV series, movies, OVAs and Specials.

Gundam: The Complete Watching Guide
Gundam | Source: Forbes
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam F91 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory 
  • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team 
  • Gundam the Ride: A Baoa Qu 
  • G-Saviour 
  • Gundam Neo Experience 0087: Green Divers 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight Axis 
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative 
  • SD Gundam World Sangoku Soketsuden
  • Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise

5. How to Get Into Gundam/ Where To Start?

Understanding whether an extremely long anime like Gundam is for you or not saves a lot of time. If you’re unsure, it is recommended that you first watch Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2009).

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It is a standalone story with an exciting plot. The premise is creative, and the animation is stunning. Watch the series and skip the movie. Continue in chronological order after completing.

Gundam 00 US / English Trailer #1
Gundam Trailer

6. Conclusion

The recommended order for watching Gundam is the chronological order. Keep in mind that some series are entirely OVAs.

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An interesting tip to save time is to watch the compilation movies of Mobile Suit Gundam (1979). They are really good and will also give you an insight into the franchise if you’re new.

7.  About Gundam

The Gundam series is a science fiction anime created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise, featuring huge robots, known as “Gundam”.

The series changes its setting in each part, ranging from Earth to far-off planets. All the shows have their own story and some of them take place in an alternative universe. In every story, Gundam has unique purposes. Sometimes it’s a deadly war weapon, sometimes a beautiful art or sometimes even an outdated technology.

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