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Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
新機動戦記ガンダムW: ENDLESS WALTZ
(New Mobile Report Gundam W: Endless Waltz)
Genre Military science fiction
Original video animation
Director Yasunao Aoki
Studio Sunrise
Released January 25, 1997 – July 25, 1997
Episodes 3
Anime film
Endless Waltz -Special Edition-
Director Yasunao Aoki
Studio Sunrise
Released August 1, 1998
Runtime 90 min
Manga
Author Koichi Tokita
Publisher Japan Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Comic Bom Bom
Original run March 1998July 1998
Volumes 1
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Ground Zero
Author Reku Fuyunagi
Publisher Japan Kadokawa
United States Viz Communications
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Monthly Fantasy Deluxe
Original run August 1998September 1998
Volumes 1
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Blind Target
Author Sakura Asagi
Publisher Japan Gakushukenkyusha
United States Viz Communications
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Anime V, Looker
Original run July 1998January 1999
Volumes 1
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Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam W: Endless Waltz (新機動戦記ガンダムW: ENDLESS WALTZ Shin Kidō Senki Gandamu Uingu: Endoresu Warutsu ?), is the sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, both of which are set in the After Colony timeline, an alternate universe to that of the original Gundam series . Endless Waltz is both sequel and prequel to the Gundam Wing series. It is a sequel as it is a continuation of Gundam Wing, but is also a prequel as it reveals details regarding the past of the Gundam pilots and the true objective behind Operation Meteor.

Endless Waltz was first produced as a three part OVA and later in 1998 a compilation movie was released which also contained new scenes. It was broadcast in the US on Cartoon Network on November 10, 2000.

Contents

The Endless Waltz redesign

In Endless Waltz, all of the major Gundams underwent a massive redesign by Katoki Hajime. The Gundams are still the same ones that were used at the end of the TV series, although changed from the original TV versions. The Gundams have more stylized and somewhat ostentatious appearances, reflected in the "Angel Wings" of the Wing Gundam Zero, the much more demonic appearance of the Gundam Deathscythe Hell, and the more dragon-like appearance of the Altron Gundam. Zechs Merquise also appears in the series piloting the new Tallgeese III, which has several similarities with the Tallgeese II and was most likely created to boost model kit sales. Despite the dramatically different designs of the Gundams, the story in the OVA retcons them. The redesigned version of Wing Zero is also very popular among fans (considered by many to be the true canonical version even) and is commonly dubbed as the "Wing Zero Custom."

Synopsis

It is the year After Colony 196 and the battles between Earth and the colonies have ended. Treize Khushrenada is dead and OZ has come to an end. This gives birth to the Earth Sphere Unified Nation and the Preventers. Seeing they won't be needed anymore, the Gundam pilots (except Wufei) send their suits into the sun. However, this peace would not last, for a rebellion occurs on the newly completed colony, L3 X-18999. Led by seven year old Mariemaia Khushrenada, Treize's daughter, the rebellion kidnaps Relena, now the Vice Foreign Minister of the Earth Sphere Unified Nation (ESUN), during a diplomatic mission to X-18999. As the Gundam pilots investigate further, they discover that Mariemaia is merely a puppet controlled by her grandfather Dekim Barton, a former advisor to martyred colony leader Heero Yuy, who is using X-18999 to go through with the original Operation: Meteor, as a contingency plan in case the ESUN doesn't comply. The original Operation: Meteor involved crashing a space colony into Earth, causing many civilians to die, and allowing the Gundams to take control. The Gundam pilots must prevent Dekim from seizing power over the ESUN. The Gundams are retrieved from their course to sun to Earth's orbit thanks to Quatre and the Maganac Corps. While Heero uses Wing Zero to battle Wufei's Gundam, Duo, Trowa and Quatre use their Gundams to fight against Dekim's forces. In the end, Dekim is killed by one of his own soldiers, Earth and its colonies are at peace once again and all mobile suits, including the Gundams, are forever destroyed.

Cast and characters

Character Japanese Actor English Actor
Heero Yuy Hikaru Midorikawa Mark Hildreth
Relena Peacecraft Akiko Yajima Lisa Ann Beley
Duo Maxwell Toshihiko Seki Scott McNeil
Trowa Barton Shigeru Nakahara Kirby Morrow
Quatre Raberba Winner Ai Orikasa Brad Swaile
Chang Wufei Ryuuzou Ishino Ted Cole
Zechs Merquise Takehito Koyasu Brian Drummond
Lucrezia Noin Chisa Yokoyama Saffron Henderson
Lady Une Sayuri Yamauchi Enuka Okuma
Sally Po Yumi Touma Samantha Ferris
Narrator Akio Ohtsuka Campbell Lane

Theatrical Version Changes

When Endless Waltz was released in theaters in 1998 as a lead-in to Gundam's 20th anniversary, several new scenes were added, adding approximately ten minutes of new footage to the story.

  • The titlecards and transitions between episodes were removed, making the three episodes into a single movie.
  • Many of the instrumental score cues have been shifted around from the OVA. Additionally, the OVA's ending theme, White Reflection, is replaced with a new theme, Last Impression, performed by TWO-MIX.
  • Duo's flashback is moved up to the shuttle flight, just before Heero's; in the OVA, it takes place as Trowa's Serpent fires at Duo's Leo.
  • There is a new scene which shows Zechs reading his field manual inside the Tallgeese III and his eventual reunion with Lucrezia Noin. This takes place after he destroys the Mariemaia Army headquarters at MO-3.
  • A new scene shows Sally Po, donning a stolen Mariemaia Army uniform, rescuing the hostages on X18999 (including Catherine Bloom and the circus manager).
  • The Gundam pilots battle scene in Brussels is lengthened and much longer compared to the OVA.
  • Another new scene, taking place after Relena's impromptu speech, has Dorothy Catalonia appear in Brussels, convincing the citizens to heed Relena's words and do things for themselves if they want true peace.
  • Another additional scene features the damaged Wing Zero lying at the bottom of the sea, with an unconscious Heero inside the cockpit, following the battle against Altron. The Gundam then re-activates on its own, awakening its pilot in the process, and supposedly convinces Heero to complete his mission.
  • The individual character endings are changed to be longer and more elaborate, but remain generally the same in tone.

Manga Version Changes

Published in 1997, the manga version of Endless Waltz was handled by Koichi Tokita, the writer responsible for most of the Gundam Wing manga. While the manga cleaves most closely to the OVA, it has several additions and changes not present in either animated version. Please note that this list does not include minor dialogue changes.

  • There are minor costume changes throughout the manga. For example, Heero wears a different outfit in his flashback dream, while in the anime, he wore his outfit from the TV series.
  • The resource satellite that is launched into the sun is changed into Vulkanus, the mobile doll plant from Battlefield of Pacifists, another Gundam Wing sequel manga illustrated by Tokita. This fact is alluded to early on, but is more important just before the final battle when Lady Une suggests using the Virgos on Vulkanus to fight Dekim. Zechs flatly refuses the idea, going so far as to threaten Une's life if she makes the order, and insists that he'll handle things personally.
  • The scene where Trowa confronts Dekim (and is stopped by Wufei) is extended, in which Trowa claims that he took on Dekim's son's name as a show of allegiance to the Mariemaia Army. Dekim then boasts to the soldiers that the presence of two Gundam pilots proves that they are just. Interestingly, Dekim says that he harbors no ill will towards Trowa for his son's death.
  • Zechs calls Lady Une from a city street to ask for enrollment into Preventer, instead of coming to her office. Unlike the anime, the manga shows his face. Additionally, he knows about the existence of the Tallgeese III, and specifically requests it.
  • A brief scene shows a soldier telling Mariemaia about Heero and Duo's break-in, but she simply tells Relena that it's a minor disturbance; Relena, however, immediately knows that it's Heero.
  • In the anime, Duo recognizes Trowa as the Serpent's pilot because it uses Trowa's preferred tactic of heavy suppression fire. In the manga, Duo recognizes it because Trowa uses an acrobatic maneuver to dodge one of Duo's attacks.
  • Trowa's description of Operation Meteor is accompanied by a series of illustrations showing how the plan would work. Notably, the scene ends with an image of the original five Gundams, but re-imagined in Tokita's style. Though Wing Gundam appears the same as in the series, the other four combine elements of Katoki's "Customs" with the original versions, such as Gundam Heavyarms' beam gatling and Gundam Sandrock's shoulder missiles. However, just like the animated version, Tokita uses the Custom versions in all flashback sequences.
  • Dorothy appears at the beginning of the fourth chapter, watching the Serpents descend from her mansion. Her hairstyle, as well as the mansion, are inspired by Battlefield of Pacifists, in which she played an important role.
  • When Dekim, Mariemaia, and Relena arrive at the Presidential mansion, Relena has a brief flashback to a scene from Battlefield of Pacifists, in which Heero promised to be there whenever she needed him.
  • Wufei's flashback includes minor elements of the prequel manga Episode Zero, with Master Long disagreeing with Operation Meteor and asking Wufei to fight according to his own sense of integrity.
  • A new scene shows Zechs and Lady Une assessing the situation in Brussels before Zechs deploys. In addition to the event described earlier, this scene includes a cameo appearance by Dick Higasaki, the engineer from Tokita's popular spin-off manga G-Unit.
  • Wufei gets a brief flashback to Treize's death; as with the rest of Endless Waltz, this scene replaces the original Altron design with Katoki's.
  • Wing Zero and Altron's duel is more equal than in the anime as Wing Zero doesn't receive any noticible damage until the very end, when Heero actually allows Wufei to strike him down.
  • Dorothy appears among the crowd of civilians near Altron, as do the President and his granddaughter.
  • Some character endings are slightly different. Tokita's version features the strongest hints towards a relationship between Heero and Relena, as Heero stays on as her bodyguard, complete with a Secret Service-like suit. On a more humorous note, Duo's ending features him wearing a baseball cap with "Gundam 20th Anniversary" written on the front.

Theme Songs

OVA Ending Theme

Movie Ending Theme

External links

Preceded by
After War Gundam X
Gundam metaseries (production order)
1997
Succeeded by
∀ Gundam
Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Gundam After Colony timeline
AC 196
Succeeded by
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