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Gundam Wing [Paperback]

Hajime Yatate
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Essentially, this is the Gundam Wing episodes condensed to fit into a graphic novel form while retaining as many of the main elements of the show as possible. This first book covers the series from the Gundams arrival on earth up to the point where the 5 scientists have built the Vayeate and Mercurius for OZ, and the pilots have returned to space. The story moves at a much faster pace than the show, as several have noted. The characters appeared fairly true to their show counterparts in this first novel, but their are some slight differences in personalities that fans of the show will quickly note. These differences may be due to the pace that doesn't allow for a lot of character development. The art is great and some of the mini-comics at the end are kind of funny. Overall it is a decent adaptation, however there is thing about it that really annoyed me. The Japanese manga reads right to left, opposite to us Americans and many others, so that their books are done in a manner that seems backwards to us. The publishers of the book simply flipped, or mirrored, the artwork so it could be read from left to right. This means that every suit holds its weapons opposite of how it should, some dialogue seems to come at an awkward time, etc. It is still worth checking out if you really like Gundam Wing and want a slightly different slant on the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting series, but not the best out there. Sept. 27 2001
With the market starting to recognize how much people love manga, titles that would've most likely never have seen the light of day in America several years ago are now appearing in droves. Many of these series are quality titles that truly show how manga is done right, but some of these titles are ones that were released to capitalize on a sudden trend. The three-volume "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" manga is one of the latter group, and while it's not bad, it isn't something a serious manga reader would want to have in his collection.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good mixed-bag Aug. 24 2001
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Usually, reviews tend to be nothing more than formal opinions. I'll try to write a review that really reviews this book.
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!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hmm.... March 1 2001
Well, this definitely wasn't the best manga I've read. I know most comics move a lot faster than a TV series, but this seemed to go *too* fast. If I hadn't seen the whole GW series before I read this, I seriously doubt that I would've understood much. You don't find out much about the characters' personalities. I haven't read book #2 yet, so I don't know if they go into that anymore either. The art wasn't anything to write home about either, and to me Heero just looked...mental? Now I know he's pretty insane and all, but this comic just made him out to be maniacal O.o And I don't know if it was just my comic that was like this or what(I bought it here), but the ink seemed like it wasn't supposed to be as dark as it was. Too much black and not many gray tones. The mini chibi Domon Wing strips that they had at the end were pretty cute & funny though ^_^
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).
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4.0 out of 5 stars For people who don't feel like watching the 49 episodes
I'll keep this review simple. the writer of this summerizes what happens in the saga with three books. Read more
Published on April 3 2003 by Cathy Cavner
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, great art
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 through
Published on Feb. 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
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 more
Published on Sept. 1 2002 by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Manga
This is definately worth buying. The character developments are really good. The storyline is similar to the original Gundam 0079 storyline. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2002 by dan
1.0 out of 5 stars A TRAVESTY!!!!
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 more
Published on Jan. 18 2002 by Sakura
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, a must read!
My review on GW #2:
This is the part of the series where the characters develop more than in the first one. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but the rest of the series is better.
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
Published on Sept. 15 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Shinzigami strikes again!
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 more
Published on Aug. 14 2001 by Shinzigami
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for any GW fan
The world is at war with the space colonies. Relena wants to bring total peace, but the colonies revolt. Read more
Published on July 27 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Domin W
This book is awsome! I am one of the worlds biggest gundam fans, and I would highly recomend this book for anyone who likes gundam. My fav. part is in the back... Read more
Published on July 27 2001
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