Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, often shortened to Gundam 0080, is a 1989 Japanese science fiction original video animation (OVA) series produced by Sunrise in association with Bandai. Directed by Fumihiko Takayama and written by Hiroyuki Yamaga, it was the first time anyone other than franchise creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was given a chance to write or direct a Gundam story.
In the United States, Gundam 0080 premiered on Toonami's Midnight Run programming block on November 5, 2001. The series aired as a Midnight Run exclusive, never airing on the day-time Toonami block.
Released in 1989, the series serves to commemorate the Gundam franchise's ten-year anniversary. As suggested by its subtitle, War in the Pocket, it is a small, personal story; a side story focusing on the experiences of a ten-year-old boy during the One Year War. Gundam 0080 began an enduring tradition of retroactive redesigns. Yutaka Izubuchi updated the original Mobile Suit Gundam's dated mechanical designs and costumes, and since then every new creative team has offered its own take on the classic Gundam properties.
As the first Gundam property not to be penned by Gundam creator Tomino, Gundam 0080 also marked a significant departure from the constant background theme of Newtypes featured in the Universal Century timeline, which takes place from the original Mobile Suit Gundam up until Char's Counterattack. The absence of this theme raised the series' appeal towards audiences without knowledge of the Gundam franchise and Tomino's work and would continue in many following Gundam stories narrating ordinary soldiers and people in these conflicts.
December, Universal Century 0079, Zeon intelligence has identified a prototype Federation Gundam under development in a Federation base in the Arctic. Elite Zeon MS commandos are dispatched to destroy the prototype, but before they can accomplish their mission the Gundam is launched into space. When the Gundam turns up in a Federation R&D facility inside the neutral space colony Side 6, the Principality launches a covert operation to destroy the Gundam that includes young rookie Bernard Wiseman. However, the raid fails and the entire team is killed except for Bernard.
After crashing his mobile suit, Bernard manages to befriend a young boy named Alfred Izuhura and Christina Mackenzie, secretly the Gundam test pilot. As Bernard tries to repair his damaged mobile suit, Bernard slowly becomes infatuated with Christina, with both pilots remaining unaware of each other's true natures. However, Bernard discovers that Zeon will destroy Side 6 with a nuclear weapon if he cannot destroy the prototype Gundam. Feeling that he has no other choice, Bernard takes his mobile suit and goes to engage the Gundam.
Meanwhile, Alfred discovers that the Zeon ship carrying the nuclear weapons was captured, meaning Bernard has no more reason to fight. He goes to try and stop Bernard, only to see Bernard's mobile suit destroyed and an injured Christina pulled from the heavily damaged Gundam. Afterwards, Christina tells Alfred that she will be leaving Side 6, and asks Alfred to say goodbye to Bernard for her, still unaware that she had actually killed him. Alfred does not have the heart to tell her the truth and agrees to her request.
Alfred "Al" Izuruha — Al is an 11-year-old schoolboy, who has a distant relationship with his father who works for the Earth Federation. He gets mediocre grades in school and misbehaves in front of his mother and teachers. As a naive young boy who lives in the Libot colony of neutral "Side 6", Al is fascinated by tales of mobile suit combat, but has little real idea about the war outside of the fact that it is ravaging the Earth Sphere. He has a special interest in Zeon's Zaku mobile suits, which he regards as "cool". One day, Al meets a rookie Zeon pilot, Bernie Wiseman, whose Zaku is disabled and crashes after a short battle with Federation forces in the colony.
Chay — An 11-year-old classmate and friend of Al and Telcott. Like his friends, he collects military paraphernalia and gets up to general mischief.
Telcott — A chubby 11-year-old classmate and friend of Al and Chay. He is passive and acts as a de facto sidekick to Chay. Like his friends, he collects military paraphernalia and gets up to general mischief.
Dorothy — An 11-year-old female classmate of Al, Chay and Telcott. Described as a goody two-shoes, she always gets into arguments with Al and his war-obsessed friends.
Christina "Chris" MacKenzie — Al's friend and neighbor who has just returned from Earth on a top secret mission for the Earth Federation. She is the test pilot for the Federation's newly developed RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex".
Stuart — The captain of the Pegasus-class assault carrier LMSD-76 Gray Phantom, and the commander of its Scarlet MS Team. He is responsible for overseeing the development and security of RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex".
Richard "Dick" Lunland — A paraplegic professor that developed mechanical limbs in the laboratories of the U.N Medical Center at the Libot Colony, Riah Republic. However, this was in fact a front for his work on the EFF G-4 Unit's RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex".
Principality of Zeon
Bernard "Bernie" Wiseman — Petty Officer 2nd Class Bernard Wiseman is a rookie soldier for the Principality of Zeon who befriends Al after his Zaku is shot down within Libot. He is later reassigned to the elite Cyclops Team as they embark on Operation Rubicon, a top secret mission to destroy the Gundam.
Steiner Hardy — An experienced Zeon soldier and the captain of the Cyclops Team. Lt. Col. Killing assigns Hardy's team to execute Operation Rubicon. In spite of Hardy asking for a veteran addition to the Cyclops team, Killing instead assigns the rookie, Bernard Wiseman, to join the team and participate in Operation Rubicon.
Mikhail "Misha" Kaminsky — An experienced Zeon soldier and member of the Cyclops Team. Mikhail speaks with a heavy Russian accent and always carries a flask that he drinks from frequently, even while piloting his mobile suit. He and the rest of the Cyclops Team infiltrate Libot to initiate Operation Rubicon.
Gabriel Ramirez Garcia — The lowest-ranked member of the Cyclops Team prior to Bernard Wiseman joining, Garcia is a skilled soldier but at times impetuous. He and the rest of the Cyclops Team infiltrate Libot to initiate Operation Rubicon.
Lieutenant Colonel Killing — A ruthless and intimidating Zeon officer, Killing launches Operation Rubicon in December U.C. 0079 in an attempt to capture the Earth Federation's newest mobile suit, Gundam "Alex". When Operation Rubicon fails, Killing murders his superior, Major General Rugens, and prepares a nuclear attack on Side 6, despite nuclear weapons being banned under the Antarctic Treaty and Side 6 being declared off-limits to either side of the conflict. Killing orders the launch for 12:00 am on Christmas Day to be carried out by Colonel Von Helsing's fleet; however, Federation forces capture Von Helsing's fleet a few hours before the proposed launch and secure the nuclear weapons.
Von Helsing — The captain of the Tivvay-class cruiser Graf Zepplin. He speaks with a heavy German accent and commands a Zeon fleet ordered by Lt. Col. Killing to perform a nuclear attack on Side 6. This plot is prevented when Von Helsing's fleet is captured by Earth Federation forces a few hours before the set time for the nuclear launch.
Rugens — A Major General in the Zeon forces, and Lieutenant Colonel Killing's superior officer. Upon discovering that Killing intends to use nuclear weaponry in Side 6, Rugens attempts to prevent its use, and accuses him of violating the Antarctic Treaty. Killing responds that Side 6 isn't subject to the Antarctic Treaty, and that he doesn't report to Rugens; when Rugens continues to object, he is shot and killed by Killing.
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Alfred "Al" Izuruha||Brianne Brozey||Daisuke Namikawa|
|Christina "Chris" Mackenzie||Wendee Lee||Megumi Hayashibara|
|Bernard "Bernie" Wiseman||Sean Barker||Kōji Tsujitani|
|Charlie||Alfred Thor||Inaba Minoru|
|Gabriel Ramirez Garcia||Eduardo T. Torres||Bin Shimada|
|Mikhail "Misha" Kaminsky||George C. Cole||Yutaka Shimaka|
|Steiner Hardy||Gil Starberry||Yōsuke Akimoto|
|Lt. Colonel Killing||Jackson Daniels||Takumi Yamazaki|
|Dorothy||Melissa Charles||Konami Yoshida|
|Chay||Mona Marshall||Tomoko Maruo|
|Mrs. MacKenzie||Catherine Luciani||Mari Nakamura|
|Mr. MacKenzie||Dougary Grant||Yasuo Muramatsu|
|Ems Izuruha||David Lucas||Jun Hazumi|
|Michiko Izuruha||Mona Marshall||Ai Orikasa|
|Stuart||David Lucas||Ken Goto|
|Telcott||Mona Marshall||Ken Suzuki|
|Von Helsing||George C. Cole||Masato Hirano|
|Richard Lunland||John Billingslea||Hiroshi Masuoka|
|Andy Strauss||Matthew K. Miller||Mitsuaki Hoshino|
|Commander Rugens||Simon Isaacson||—|
|Color||Season||Episodes||Toonami Premiere||Toonami Finale|
|1||06||November 5, 2001||November 12, 2001|
Gundam 0080 is the first original video animation (OVA) series in the Gundam franchise. Being an OVA series, the 6 episodes were released over the course of several months in Japan, with one episode being released each month, beginning on March 25, 1989 and ending on August 25, 1989. The entire series has been released in the United States by Bandai, but is no longer in production. In October 2016, Right Stuf Inc., announced that the series would be released on DVD on January 3, 2017.
Gundam 0080 premiered on Cartoon Network from November 5, 2001 to November 30, 2001 as part of Toonami's Midnight Run block. It then briefly aired on Cartoon Network's late night Adult Swim block from November 16, 2002 to December 28, 2002. It also made an appearance on Cartoon Network's Saturday Video Entertainment System block from March 1, 2003 to April 19, 2003.
- United States (Cartoon Network) — November 5-30, 2001; November 16, 2002 - December 28, 2002; March 1, 2003 - April 19, 2003
Toonami Broadcast History
Gundam 0080 aired on Toonami's Midnight Run block from November 5, 2001 to November 30, 2001. The series aired as a Midnight Run exclusive, never airing on the day-time Toonami block, due to the content (buildings being destroyed, planes crashing, etc.) being similar to the recent 9/11 attacks.
All Gundam series:
- Gundam Wing
- Mobile Suit Gundam
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team
- G Gundam
- SD Gundam
- Gundam SEED
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin - Advent of the Red Comet
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- "Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket Coming January 2017 from Right Stuf, Inc. and Sunrise Inc. ". animenewsnetwork.com. October 6, 2016. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2016-10-06/mobile-suit-gundam-0080-war-in-the-pocket-coming-january-2017-from-right-stuf-inc-and-sunrise-inc/.107347. Retrieved on December 31, 2016.
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