The anime series Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
(機動戦士ガンダム 第08MS小隊, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Dai Zerohachi Emu Esu Shōtai
?) is a twelve-episode Gundam OVA series that takes place during the One-Year War, and depicts the point of view of the common soldier rather than that of the Newtype aces. The series takes place concurrently with the original Mobile Suit Gundam
, therefore, in terms of the timeline, 08th MS Team
begins after the start of Mobile Suit Gundam
and ends before the television series culminates. The release of the OVA began in 1996 and ended in 1999. A twelfth epilogue episode, called "Last Resort", was released a few months after the series ended, and featured a more surreal plotline than the rest of the series.
The series taking such a long time to be released (Last Resort
was released a full three and a half years after the series began) was largely due to the sudden death of director Takeyuki Kanda in July of 1996. The series was later completed by a new director, GONZO's Umanosuke Iida. The first eleven episodes of 08th MS Team
were shown on Cartoon Network in 2001. "Last Resort" was never shown on television because Cartoon Network allegedly did not want to show an episode that revolved around children being drafted into the military. However, all twelve episodes are on the DVD release.