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So some of you may have seen this image floating around over the years.


I am the original creator to that particular Gundam timeline image. Since then there have been a few more series and alternate timelines added so I've re-created the timeline to current status of OVA and TV series that has come out then and constructed in a more linear timeline fashion.



The solid colored lines represent the original timeline from UC to RC. The colored dotted lines represent the alternate timelines that don't quite fit in with the orignal timeline. I've looked over many different sources and believe this to be the closest representation of what the Gundam timeline might look like in a linear fashion. What do you guys think?
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Posted 7/11/16
*thumbs up*

Looks good to me, though my inner gamer dork would add a curlicue scribble labeled SD Gundam G Generation.
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Posted 7/11/16
Do we just deny the existence of gundam build fighters?
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Posted 7/11/16 , edited 7/11/16
Don't know if you feel it merits adding but Gundam Unicorn's prologue opens on the transition from AD to UC so we know for a fact (if not the year) that dating peg preceded the Universal Century.

On another note you maybe need a "Mars Century" after Wing thanks to the Frozen Teardrop novel.

Incidentially pegging Wing's After Colony to follow the UC instead of being an alternate universe entirely doesn't make a lot of sense given that so help me: Minkowsky physics are unknown, the lack of space capital ships and certain other tech makes it arguably more primitive, the dearth of Newtypes, the lack of colonization of Jupiter, and of course that the Tallgeese is presented as the first mobile suit from which the Leo the first production model is derived no more then a few decades ago.

Without anything like an unmentioned disaster so you have to speculate one entirely.
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I recently got interested in the Gundam Universe since I started watching Gundam Unicorn RE:0096. Would watching chronologically from U.C. 0068 all the way to R.C. 1014 be a decent path for a beginner?

The only other Gundam I've seen is U.C. 0080, so I've got a long road to go...
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Austershalin wrote:

I recently got interested in the Gundam Universe since I started watching Gundam Unicorn RE:0096. Would watching chronologically from U.C. 0068 all the way to R.C. 1014 be a decent path for a beginner?

The only other Gundam I've seen is U.C. 0080, so I've got a long road to go...


I would suggest starting with the original 0079. Don't watch G no Reconguista. It was a train wreck that even the creator apologized for.
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Posted 7/11/16 , edited 7/11/16

AnimeKami wrote:

Do we just deny the existence of gundam build fighters?

Yes. Only because in the series the Build Fighters are mentioned to be in a "fictional timeline", making references to the other Gundam series that exist in the original and alternate timelines. It's not a true Gundam series in the traditional sense.




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Don't know if you feel it merits adding but Gundam Unicorn's prologue opens on the transition from AD to UC so we know for a fact (if not the year) that dating peg preceded the Universal Century.

On another note you maybe need a "Mars Century" after Wing thanks to the Frozen Teardrop novel.

Incidentially pegging Wing's After Colony to follow the UC instead of being an alternate universe entirely doesn't make a lot of sense given that so help me: Minkowsky physics are unknown, the lack of space capital ships and certain other tech makes it arguably more primitive, the dearth of Newtypes, the lack of colonization of Jupiter, and of course that the Tallgeese is presented as the first mobile suit from which the Leo the first production model is derived no more then a few decades ago.

Without anything like an unmentioned disaster so you have to speculate one entirely.

I understand where the prologue for Unicorn started but I ommited pointing that out in the timeline because it was only really a small part of the story while the rest of episodes 1 through 7 (of the OVA) happens mainly in the year 0096 U.C.

You make a valid point on the A.C. timeline, still, some parts still kinda fit the timeline of U.C. and events that follow after in A.W. but it's still a point in time where people colonizing in space is depicted. But I agree about the unknown minovsky physics not being present in the series. So I'll change that to look like an alternate timeline but still within the main path.

I also didn't add Frozen Teardrop because the timeline is just for the OVAs and TV series. After that timeline ever gets animated I'll update the timeline. It also makes it easier to follow for newcomers into the series that only watch the anime. There is too much of the manga and graphic novels, it would clutter this timeline, lol






Austershalin wrote:

I recently got interested in the Gundam Universe since I started watching Gundam Unicorn RE:0096. Would watching chronologically from U.C. 0068 all the way to R.C. 1014 be a decent path for a beginner?

The only other Gundam I've seen is U.C. 0080, so I've got a long road to go...


I wouldn't exactly call U.C. to R.C. exactly chronological if you're going straight down the middle path. The timelines after U.C. are merely speculative timelines that merely hints at a possible proposed order. For a beginner you could honestly pick any timeline, however, if you're starting with U.C. I would recommend watching the shows in order. You can skip Gundam: The Origin, for now at least, as it is not a completed story (if you're watching only the anime). So yeah, watching the U.C. series in order gives you a better grasp on what is taking place in Unicorn. I mean, you don't absolutely need to watch the older series but it's nice to understand what kind of impact the Zabi family, the Second Char, Noa Bright, the Earth Federation, and Zeon had in the universe and how everything ends up being the way things are in Unicorn. Basically gives you a better appreciation for the series.


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Austershalin wrote:

I recently got interested in the Gundam Universe since I started watching Gundam Unicorn RE:0096. Would watching chronologically from U.C. 0068 all the way to R.C. 1014 be a decent path for a beginner?

The only other Gundam I've seen is U.C. 0080, so I've got a long road to go...

I would suggest starting with the original 0079. Don't watch G no Reconguista. It was a train wreck that even the creator apologized for.

Recon was indeed a clusterf--k. I barely managed to watch through it. I should have seen it coming when they showed main dude taking a crap in the cockpit while the girls were there with him.
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wait I was planning on doing mobile suit gundam, gundam Z, gundam ZZ, chars counter attack, Gundam Unicorn. Is this okay? I want to keep it as slim as possible without having gaping holes. Not to say I won't watch some of the side branches but I want to see the UC parts.

Also doesn't ZZ kind of suck? if so can I skip it? (that's just what I heard.)
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Posted 7/11/16 , edited 7/11/16

AnimeKami wrote:

Do we just deny the existence of gundam build fighters?

I don't. I've seen a lot of Gundam and it's one of my favorite installments. I need to see how it's canon

It's definitely connected to G Gundam in any case.

Edit: Also, I didn't read all the posts above. Well then :/
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mow123 wrote:
Also doesn't ZZ kind of suck? if so can I skip it? (that's just what I heard.)


The first half tries to be funny, and ... really kind of isn't, but the second half starts getting serious again, and I do recommend watching that.
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Even for ZZ's near painful wackiness in the first half, it was something of a tonic after the wreckage Zeta left of its main cast. Maybe I'm a sucker for some comedy after tragedy, who knows. Patience for the first half of the show is rewarded with the sublime "Silent Voice" opening, which is one of my favorite Sunrise opening themes alongside Round Vernian Vifam's "HELLO VIFAM" and "The Galient World" from Panzer World Galient .
Double Zeta, if you can handle over five episodes of G-Reco, is worth the watch because of the gap it fills between the Gryps Conflict and Char's Counterattack. It also goes over some more of Haman and some connections to a character in Unicorn, for the watchful Gundam fan.
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mow123 wrote:

wait I was planning on doing mobile suit gundam, gundam Z, gundam ZZ, chars counter attack, Gundam Unicorn. Is this okay? I want to keep it as slim as possible without having gaping holes. Not to say I won't watch some of the side branches but I want to see the UC parts.

Also doesn't ZZ kind of suck? if so can I skip it? (that's just what I heard.)


I would say that is the right order. Although the absolute requirement is just the original Gundam series, because everything else more or less followed that path/formula.

The 08th MS Team and War in the pocket are excellent side stories that I would not want to miss. They are nice and short. The characters are likable, and the stories are not hung up on the new-type craziness that clouded Z and ZZ IMHO.
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Posted 7/12/16 , edited 8/26/16
So alternate realities after G-Saviour? "LAWL"
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mow123 wrote:

wait I was planning on doing mobile suit gundam, gundam Z, gundam ZZ, chars counter attack, Gundam Unicorn. Is this okay? I want to keep it as slim as possible without having gaping holes. Not to say I won't watch some of the side branches but I want to see the UC parts.

Also doesn't ZZ kind of suck? if so can I skip it? (that's just what I heard.)


I recommend watching 8th MS Team and 0083 Stardust Memory. They're both really well put together, particularly 8th MS, and being 90s OVAs have aged a lot better then the main series. Also both a both are nice breaks if the Newtypes and their psychic space lovefest get a little too hippy-dippy for you. They're also real short compared to slogging through a full length TV series.

Oh and 0083 is a side story mostly but does do some bridge work between the original and Zeta, but more useful after watching Zeta.
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Thanks everyone for all the info and input.
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