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After War Gundam X
After War Gundam X promo.jpg
Promotional image of the main protagonists and mobile suit Gundam X
機動新世紀ガンダムX
(Mobile New Century Gundam X)
Genre Adventure, Mecha
TV anime
Director Shinji Takamatsu
Studio Sunrise
Network Japan Animax, TV Asahi
Philippines GMA Network
Original run April 5, 1996December 28, 1996
Episodes 39
Manga
Author Koichi Tokita
Publisher Japan Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Comic Bom Bom
Original run April 1996March 1997
Volumes 3
See also
  • After War Gundam X: Under the Moonlight
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After War Gundam X (機動新世紀ガンダムX Kidō Shinseiki Gandamu Ekkusu ?, lit. Mobile New Century Gundam X) is an anime television series from Japan. It is a part of the Gundam franchise that started in 1979, but takes place in an alternate universe called After War Era. The series has 39 episodes, aired in Japan from April 5, 1996 to December 28, 1996 across TV Asahi's ANN stations and the anime satellite television network Animax. It was directed by Sunrise veteran Shinji Takamatsu (SD Gundam, The Brave of Gold Goldran, School Rumble), and the screenplay was written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki.

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Overview

Following the success of Gundam Wing, After War Gundam X premiered on TV Asahi on April 5, 1996. This series was the third of Bandai's alternate universes and the last Gundam series to air for three years. This series presented a scenario similar to the Universal Century's One Year War and showed what would have happened had the colonists dropped dozens of colonies instead of one and destroyed the Earth's surface, destroying most of the Earth's population and leaving the survivors in a ruined post-apocalyptic world.

The premise is the setting of Gundam X, which uses the After War (AW) calendar. The basis point of the After War timeline is the end of an apocalyptic war that resulted in the drop of virtually all space colonies onto Earth, devastating the planet and destroying 99% of humanity. The series begins in AW 0015, as the Earth is just beginning to recover. The star of this series is fifteen year-old Garrod Ran, a member of Vulture, a scavenger group that patrols the wasteland for profits, which is on a mission to find and save mistreated Newtypes in the world from those who wish to take advantage of them. The first episode's main storyline started off with Garrod doing a 'hold-up' to a reckless bandit who possessed a Mobile Suit. He was discovered by an old man (who may have had an influence) and assigned him to rescue a girl named Tiffa Adill from Vulture. As he rescues Tiffa, he discovers that she is a target of an unknown party and finds out that she is a Newtype. Then as the story goes on, they find the "15 year-old nightmare", the Gundam X. Gundam X also used the space war concept featured in previous Gundam series as a backdrop, with the New United Nations Earth and the Space Revolutionary Army as the opposing factions.

The series peaked at 6.2% of the viewing audience watching which averaged 4.3% during the first two quarters, about the same as Gundam series from the mid-90s onward. In October 1996, the third quarter was moved from a Friday afternoon 5:00 PM timeslot to a Saturday morning 6:00 AM timeslot, suffering declining ratings.

The sequel manga Gundam X: Under the Moonlight, released as a tie-in with the DVD release of Gundam X, proved popular and was extended from its initial run of six chapters.

Cast and crew

Japanese cast

Staff

  • Director - Shinji Takamatsu
  • Story & Script - Hiroyuki Kawasaki
  • Character Design - Nobuyoshi Nishimura
  • Art Director - Masaru Sato
  • Mecha Designer - Kunio Okawara & Junya Ishigaki
  • Music - Yasuo Higuchi

Episode list

Theme music

Openings:

Endings:

  • "Human Touch" by Warren Wiebe (ep. 1-13, 39)
  • "Human Touch" (Japanese Version) by Re-Kiss (ep. 14-26)
  • "Gin-Iro Horizon [Silver Horizon]" by Satomi Nakase (ep. 27-38)

See also

References

External links

Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
Gundam metaseries (production order)
1996
Succeeded by
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
Preceded by
none
Gundam After War timeline
AW 0015
Succeeded by
After War Gundam X: Under the Moonlight







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