The show Mobile Suit Gundam is one of the longest-running anime franchises of all time. The original Universal Century series has had countless spin-offs and sequels and prequels, fleshing out a world built around a war between the Earth Federation and the Zeon colony that wants to become independent from it. But the franchise also features stories that take place in other universes, with the only thing connecting them the use of a Gundam Mobile Suit and themes of life during wartime.
But some of these series are incredibly old, with the original Mobile Suit Gundam having come out over 40 years ago, and they definitely seem like they’re due for a reboot.
10 Deserves: Turn A Gundam
Turn A Gundam has some of the most impressive animation and Gundam designs of any of the Gundam series. It would be a very fun experiment to see what a series like this might look like 20 years later, with new animation technology and a bigger budget behind it. Plus, Turn A Gundam was designed by the late Syd Mead, so it definitely feels like it would be worth revisiting.
9 Doesn’t: Zeta Gundam
Almost all of the Gundam series follow protagonists who are kids and teenagers, because they’re shonen series at heart and are meant for children to watch them. Zeta Gundam is probably the worst one with regard to having an annoying main character in Kamille. He’s a little too similar to Amuro from Mobile Suit Gundam, and he gets a heck of a lot of people killed for no reason. The character is enough that this one can probably stay in the past.
8 Deserves: Gundam X
All Gundam series deal with war in some way, but Gundam X might be the only one that deals with the aftermath of it. The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape where a devastating war has taken place.
The protagonists have to discover and protect a group of people who likely have a power that others want, the struggle for which will no doubt end in another war. The series would definitely have a different flavor and gravity now than it did when it was originally made, which would definitely be interesting to see.
7 Doesn’t: Stardust Memory
Stardust Memory is a pretty awesome Gundam series, and for that reason, it doesn’t really need a remake, more than it doesn’t deserve one. The series follows a group of pilots and scientists following the end of the One Year War as a Zeon cell steals a Gundam with nuclear capabilities in order to use it against the Earth Federation forces. The series definitely has a Cold War flavor, which might not feel as immediate and relevant now.
6 Deserves: War In The Pocket
War in the Pocket is one of the series that takes place in the Universal Century, and its story happens alongside the main story of Mobile Suit Gundam. The series follows a small boy who has a romanticized understanding of war, and when he meets a Zeon pilot on a mission to his colony, he immediately befriends him. This story of disillusionment in the face of violence has held up incredibly well over the years and would only ring that much truer now.
5 Doesn’t: Gundam SEED
Gundam SEED has a little bit too much in common with the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. It essentially acts as a remake on its own. It was pretty common in early Gundam series, even beloved ones like Gundam Wing, to take cues from the original beloved anime, but that definitely doesn’t mean viewers need to see it again as a remake.
4 Deserves: Gundam Wing
Gundam Wing was the series that started many people on their journey to become fans of the franchise.
Wing was the first Gundam series to show on television in the U.S., making it the first time most American audiences had even heard of Gundams. The series is more than 20 years old now, and it could definitely use an update for new audiences and for nostalgic fans.
3 Doesn’t: Mobile Fighter G Gundam
G Gundam is a series that definitely tried to capitalize on the popularity of games like Street Fighter by doing the exact same thing but with robots. It hasn’t aged particularly well, with some of the series robots representing various countries and having… suspicious interpretations of what it means to be from them. (The Mexican Gundam wears a sombrero and has a big mustache.) There is probably something to be said for updating it to not have racist depictions of characters, but it’s also probably okay to just let this one die.
2 Deserves: Mobile Suit Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam, as mentioned above, is over 40 years old, and it definitely shows. The series launched the franchise, despite not being very popular at the time, and fans haven’t gotten tired of Gundam yet. But the minimalist, somewhat cheap animation hasn’t aged well (not the way that Akira has) and the storytelling could definitely be updated, giving it the space it should have had if it wasn’t cancelled. Plus, The Origin has breathed new life into the characters, giving even more of a reason to revisit this ground.
1 Doesn’t: The 08th MS Team
The 08th MS Team follows a group of mobile suit pilots who fight for the Earth Federation. They’re stationed on Earth and are essentially the grunts, out fighting in the war but not getting a real sense of the heroics happening in space. While it should feel a little like M*A*S*H, with a bunch of very different characters dealing with a really difficult time, it falls a little flat.
The show Mobile Suit Gundam is one of the longest-running anime franchises and some Gundam series really deserve a remake.