Gundam Wing Paperback – May 16 2000
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The "Gundam Wing" manga tells the story that takes place during the 49-episode anime series. However, readers familiar with the series will notice two things: (1) the manga moves at a much faster pace than the anime; and (2) several plot elements have been changed, altered, or omitted. While the second factor isn't too much of a bad thing, the first factor is what really hurts the manga. Scenes that took up several episodes in the anime series suddenly take only a few pages, which removes quite a bit of characterization. In the first volume especially, the story doesn't feel smooth or connected, but more like a plot summary. The story does feel a lot smoother and better developed as the series continues, but the overall impact is hurt by the rushed plot. It also unfortunately makes the "Gundam Wing" manga fan-only publications, as only fans of the series will understand the plot.
In regards to the second factor, the changes and omissions in the story are actually a matter of taste. Some people might not like the idea of having their favorite anime scene cut from the manga, but others might actually like the changes and refreshing look at the series.Read more ›
First of all, I do not recommend this book to die-hard fans of the anime, as they will definately be offended by it. Also I don't recommend it to those unfamilar with the anime, for this book will undoubtedly confuse them. In both cases, how? Compared to the show, this manga is a lot more fast-paced and cuts out many plot pieces that liven, sometimes even define, the anime. The characters are sometimes a little "distorted" and have little chance for character development, and the dialogue at times can be weak. And depending on your tastes, the way the sound effects are sounded might seem really stupid ("Step Step", "Turn", "Rage").
But it does have its high points. The Gundams themselves are drawn rather nicely, the plot is easy to follow and understand if you know the series pretty well, and unlike American comic strips (that I know of, at least), frames sometimes "blend" into each other instead of remain static rows of art panels ("Inu-Yasha" is a perfect example of this).
But we always have to return to the story's fast pace, which will either be loved or loathed. To me, however, I feel this story is targeted to a reader who wants to enter the Gundam universe without having to watch all 49 episodes and thus the complex plot. This book can leave many parts up to the reader's imagination, which I think is nice. Of course, a complete series manga would've have hurt, but that's a different story.
All in all, the actual comic is good but not great. So why did I give it four stars? The "Domon" strips in the back of the volume!Read more ›
I absolutely *love* Gundam Wing, but this book really didn't do anything for me. You'd be better off buying doujinshi(fan made comics).
Most recent customer reviews
I'll keep this review simple. the writer of this summerizes what happens in the saga with three books. Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by Cathy Cavner
the story was hard to follow but the artwork was good. I may recomend it to a hardcore gundam fan but for the average browser its a little tough to get throughPublished on Feb. 21 2003
This is a nice Manga. The sound affects are cool, the storyline is cool, and the artwork is really good. In my opinion Gundam, is better than Nen Genesis: Evangelion. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2002 by Daniel
This is definately worth buying. The character developments are really good. The storyline is similar to the original Gundam 0079 storyline. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by dan
Okay, I looooooove Gundam Wing. But I'm not a big fan of mecha in itself. Why? Gundam Wing had a complex, twisting plot, beautiful art, and complex characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2002 by Sakura
My review on GW #2:
This is the part of the series where the characters develop more than in the first one. Read more
My review on GW #1:
This book is close to the T.V. series yet different. The character's personalities are more different (for example, instead of being difficult to read,... Read more
This may not be the best Manga in the world but its pretty cool.Totally different from the series though..I was expecting a book..not a comic book...like..with like.. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2001 by Shinzigami
The world is at war with the space colonies. Relena wants to bring total peace, but the colonies revolt. Read morePublished on July 27 2001
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