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From manga to gunpla variations to light novels and everything in between, there is a lot of Gundam material that isn't found in any given main anime series in the franchise.

Which brings us to our new discussion topic:

What do you think of the Gundam 'side' materials?

Do you have a favorite, or least favorite? Do you consider it all canon, or only certain parts -- or maybe only for some Gundam universes and not others -- or does it even matter? Are there side-stories you're interested in but haven't read/seen/watched yet?

Lay it all out here!

Date: 2015-08-12 03:19 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
I'm so torn about side materials.

On the one hand, the side story manga for Wing, Last Outpost, was SO much fun. On the other, if they had suits that advanced and we see multiple trips way out of Earth orbit in the main series, it makes a plot hole you could drive a Gundam-hauling truck through.

And on the mechanical gripping claw, I couldn't get into the side story for 00 at ALL. :p Not sure what it was about it.

One of my favorite Gundams came out of side stories (Hydra!) and I'm inclined to count "more cool gunpla" as a positive overall, haha.

Date: 2015-08-12 04:32 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
*s* Fair enough!

Yes and yes. I like my mobile suits OTT, but I gather people who don't were fairly bothered by it.

HEYYYY you're right on the money. -_-; There was more than one?

Date: 2015-08-12 04:34 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
AUGH how could I forget Frozen Teardrop.

And Endless Waltz for that matter, sure it's animated and therefore canon but I guess I've never really elevated it out of side-story status mentally. *s*

Ask half a dozen fans what's canon and you'll get at least eight answers. I cherry-pick shamelessly for fanfic purposes, and don't care if anyone else does it too - I just want to know what's canon for a given fanwork.

Date: 2015-08-12 05:11 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Not really. orz
My job sort of leapt up and ate my face recently. I've been studying kanji like mad, but actually reading things? Haha, no.

Which is even better! Pick'n'choose canon ahoy.

(Oh my gosh, right? I lean toward "canon revision" personally but there's a ton of options out there.)

Date: 2015-08-12 07:51 pm (UTC)
moon_blitz: (Yami)
From: [personal profile] moon_blitz
I'm interested in the side stories, but being familiar with only a few of the newer series, the material is either only partially translated (the Astray manga) or not translated at all (all the Age and Build Fighters side material).

The Lost War Chronicles manga is my current favourite, since I really liked all the characters involved and how the story played out.

Date: 2015-08-19 12:02 pm (UTC)
kalloway: (See Elijah Shower)
From: [personal profile] kalloway
Belated, but if you're curious about the Astray novels, I've been chewing on them for ages over here.

Date: 2015-08-12 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Unfortunately, I don't have access to a lot of the side materials. The ones I have read tend to be more UC (though I do want to snag some Wing stuff) which is the universe I tend to prefer. That being said some of the UC side stories sound so ridiculous I'd rather just ignore them. I did read bits and pieces of "The Plot to Assasinate Ghiren Zabi" and I enjoyed that. Would Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin count? It's got an animated piece now, but as far as I know it'll only cover the flash back volumes of the manga (which is fantastic btw, available in hardback even). I basically consider that manga to be something of an alternate universal century.

I definitely want to get at some point:
Blue Destiny
Anything Wing related
the new 0083 manga (the artwork is so pretty)

tl;dr I'm definitely interested in side stories

Date: 2015-08-12 10:11 pm (UTC)
samuraiter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] samuraiter
*looks up from stack of SD Gundam G Generation games*

There are times when the 'side' stuff is more fun than the main material! (IMO.)

Date: 2015-08-19 08:28 pm (UTC)
kalloway: (Deranged Optimist)
From: [personal profile] kalloway
Someday I'll get the rest of Sentinel printed out, flop down, and spend a nice sunny afternoon reading it.


*pets Alice*


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