MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga Book Review

Posted By yonghow on June 2nd, 2014

MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga

As a kid I remember owning a bootleg Chinese version of a Gundam manga – the print quality was terribly and half the time I could hardly make what was in the panels, but what I could recall vividly were the intense and moody battle sequences of the Gundams.

Over the years I would search for the original Japanese version of the manga, but never had any luck finding it. It was only recently after poring through the countless search pages on Amazon Japan did I finally strike gold – the comic is the MS Gundam War Chronicles, illustrated by Kondo Kazuhisa.

MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga

(above & below) The first few pages of the manga are colored illustrations.

MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga

I was never a Gundam fan (which is kind of an embarrassment because I used to work for Sunrise Animation), but this comic is quite different – the very organic design of the mobile suits are very appealing to me, and I also dug the various types of headgear worn by the pilots  ( image below left ).

MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga

I was also fascinated by the mood portrayed when battles were joined – the scene is always one of chaos ( Ashley Wood’s World War Robot comes to mind ); in the heat of battle no one seems to be certain of what is actually happening.  Shoot first, ask questions later.

MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga

(below) I like the way the muzzle flashes are drawn.

MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga
MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga

A beautiful childhood memory reclaimed, and still as good as I remember it.

“MS Gundam War Chronicles – Kondo Kazuhisa Manga” details :

– Dimensions – 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
– Softcover, 163 pages
– Black & White, in Japanese

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3 Responses to “MS Gundam War Chronicles Manga Book Review”

ThisSunday

This looks great. I’m currently reading the English translation of Gundam Origin which is great. Looking forward to the anime adaptation. Hopefully if Origin continues to be successful, the US will get more Gundam books

yonghow

ThisSunday – Let me know if the anime adaptation for Gundam Origin is any good. :]

redpapermen

I agree, this manga is just fantastic. If you haven’t got it already, check out this other Kondo book, IMO it’s possibly even better: http://goo.gl/mffm8N

Cheers