Gundam 0080 is a 6 episode 1989 Japanese science fiction original video animation series, the first such series in the Gundam franchise. Directed by Fumihiko Takayama and produced by Sunrise, it was also the first time anyone other than creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was given a chance to direct a Gundam story. Released in 1989, it serves to commemorate Gundam'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.
Not penned by Tomino, but by Hiroyuki Yamaga, Gundam 0080 marked a significant departure from the constant background theme of Newtypes featured in the Universal Century Gundam universe, since the original Mobile Suit Gundam up until Char's Counterattack. The absence of this theme raised the series' appeal towards audiences without special liking of Gundam and Tomino's work and would continue in many following Gundam stories narrating ordinary soldiers and people in these conflicts.
Being an OVA series, the 6 episodes premiered 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.
Gundam 0080 aired on Toonami's Midnight Run block from November 5, 2001 until 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. The series also briefly aired on Adult Swim in 2002.
The entire series has been released in the U.S. by Bandai, but is no longer in production.
|Color||Season||Episodes||U.S. Season Premiere||U.S. Season Finale|
|1||6||November 5, 2001||November 12, 2001|
Season 1 (1989)Edit
|1||"How Many Miles to the Battlefield?"||March 25, 1989||November 5, 2001|
|The elite Zeon Cyclops Team is sent to the Arctic to stop a new Gundam prototype from being launched into space, but their mission ends in failure. On the Libot colony of Side 6, 11-year-old Alfred Izuruha meets up with Christina MacKenzie, who used to babysit him when he was younger. Little does he know that she is now a Federation pilot. Meanwhile, Cyclops Team sneaks into Side 6 while Zeon forces invade the colony. During the attack, Al runs into the forest to chase a downed Zaku and encounters rookie pilot Bernie Wiseman.|
|2||"Reflections in a Brown Eye"||April 25, 1989||November 6, 2001|
|Bernie gives Al his badge in exchange for the video disc of his camera. Back at their secret hideout, Cyclops Team discovers that the disc contains footage of the warehouse inside the Federation base containing the Gundam.|
|3||"And at the End of the Rainbow?"||May 25, 1989||November 7, 2001|
|Cyclops Team smuggles parts of the mobile suit Kämpfer into the colony for their mission, with some help from Alfred.|
|4||"Over the River and Through the Woods"||June 25, 1989||November 8, 2001|
|Cyclops Team sneaks into the Federation base to destroy the Gundam, but the mission is a failure when their cover is blown and all but Bernie are killed in the ensuing gunfight. Meanwhile, Christina pilots the Gundam to fend off the Kämpfer mobile suit sent to eliminate it.|
|5||"Say it Ain't So, Bernie!"||July 25, 1989||November 9, 2001|
|Following the failure of his team's mission and the deaths of his comrades, Bernie goes into hiding and is told by his informant that Commander Killing has ordered a nuclear attack on the colony on Christmas day.|
|6||"War in the Pocket"||August 25, 1989||November 12, 2001|
|In one last attempt to destroy the Gundam and prevent the nuclear attack on the colony, Bernie repairs his Zaku with Al's help and sets traps within the forest, using the armament left over by Cyclops Team. He then sets off to lure the Gundam into his trap, but Al receives word that the Zeon fleet sent to destroy the colony was intercepted and destroyed. Al rushes to the scene in an attempt to stop Bernie from continuing his mission, but Bernie is killed while the Gundam is severely damaged. Al goes into shock upon discovering that Christina was piloting the Gundam.|