Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

Last updated
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
GundamWing-EndlessWaltz.jpg
Endless Waltz DVD cover, featuring the redesigned Wing Gundam Zero
新機動戦記ガンダムW: ENDLESS WALTZ
(New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz)
Genre Military science fiction
Original video animation
Directed byYasunao Aoki
Produced byAtsushi Yukawa
Hideyuki Tomioka
Written byKatsuyuki Sumisawa
Music by Kow Otani
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Released January 25, 1997 July 25, 1997
Runtime25 minutes (each)
Episodes3 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Endless Waltz -Special Edition-
Directed byYasunao Aoki
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
ReleasedAugust 1, 1998
Runtime90 minutes
Manga
Written by Kōichi Tokita
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Magazine Comic Bom Bom
Demographic Shōnen
Original runMarch 1998July 1998
Volumes1
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Ground Zero
Written byReku Fuyunagi
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Fantasy Deluxe
Demographic Shōnen
Original runAugust 1998September 1998
Volumes1
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Blind Target
Written by Sakura Asagi
Published byGakushukenkyusha
English publisher
MagazineAnime V, Looker
Demographic Shōnen
Original runJuly 1998January 1999
Volumes1
Wikipe-tan face.svg   Anime and mangaportal

Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (Japanese: 新機動戦記ガンダムW: ENDLESS WALTZ, Hepburn: Shin Kidō Senki Gandamu Uingu: Endoresu Warutsu), is the sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing , both of which are set in the "After Colony" timeline, an alternate universe to that of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. Aside from being a continuation to the Gundam Wing TV series, it also reveals details regarding the pasts of the five Gundam pilots and the true objective behind "Operation Meteor." [1]

Contents

Endless Waltz originally premiered in Japan as a three-part OVA in 1997. [2] [3] [4] It was later released as a theatrical compilation movie in 1998, including additional scenes and an altered musical score. [5]

Synopsis

It is the year After Colony 195, and the battles between Earth and the space colonies have ended. Treize Khushrenada is dead and OZ has come to an end. This gives birth to the Earth Sphere Unified Nation (ESUN) and the Preventers. Seeing they won't be needed anymore, the Gundam pilots (except Chang Wufei) send their suits into the sun. However, this peace would not last, for a rebellion occurs on the newly completed colony, L3 X-18999. Led by seven-year-old Mariemaia Khushrenada, Treize's illegitimate daughter, the rebellion kidnaps Relena Darlian, now the Vice Foreign Minister of the ESUN, during a diplomatic mission to X-18999. As the Gundam pilots investigate further, they discover that Mariemaia is merely a puppet controlled by her grandfather Dekim Barton, a former advisor to martyred colony leader Heero Yuy, who is using X-18999 to go through with the original Operation Meteor, as a contingency plan in case the ESUN doesn't comply. The Gundam pilots must prevent Dekim from seizing power over the ESUN. The Gundams are retrieved from their course to sun to Earth's orbit thanks to Quatre and the Maganacs. The pilots use their Gundams one last time to fight against Dekim's forces, not killing anyone. In the end, Dekim is killed by one of his own soldiers, Earth and its colonies are at peace once again and all mobile suits (including the Gundams) are forever destroyed never seen again.

Characters

Mecha redesigns

One of the most notable features of Endless Waltz was the massive redesigns all five of the Gundams from the end of the Gundam Wing TV series received, courtesy of the artist Hajime Katoki. The Gundams in Endless Waltz have more stylized appearances, reflected in the even more demonic design of the Gundam Deathscythe Hell, the more dragon-like design of the Altron Gundam,The Heavy Arms Gundam takes on a cold color scheme. and the new "angel-winged" design of the Wing Gundam Zero. Despite the dramatically different designs of the Gundams, the story in Endless Waltz retcons them as if the original designs from the TV series never existed. [1] However, this changed after the release of the Glory of Losers manga series.

Music

Theme songs

Distribution

In North America, Endless Waltz premiered on Canada's YTV on September 11, 2000[ citation needed ] and on Cartoon Network in the U.S. on November 10, 2000. [14] It was later released to VHS, UMD, and DVD by Bandai Entertainment, [15] with the DVD edition containing both the OVA and compilation movie versions on one disc. [1] Due to the closure of Bandai Entertainment, the OVA and Movie went out-of-print. On October 11, 2014 at their 2014 New York Comic-Con panel, Sunrise announced they will be releasing all of the Gundam franchise, including Endless Waltz in North America though distribution from Right Stuf Inc., beginning in Spring 2015. [16] Right Stuf had re-released Endless Waltz on Blu-ray and DVD in December 2017. [17]

Reception

The initial airing of the OVA on November 10, 2000, was Cartoon Network's second highest-rated program ever at the time, only being topped by the Funimation's in-house dub of Dragon Ball Z . [18] Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies commented that "the giant robot fights are as good as ever" and that "the art direction and design is excellent". [19]

Related Research Articles

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam Wing</i> Japanese mecha anime series

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, also known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, is a 1995 Japanese mecha anime series directed by Masashi Ikeda and written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa. It is the sixth installment in the Gundam franchise, taking place in the "After Colony" timeline. As with the original series, the plot of Gundam Wing centers on a war in the future between Earth and its orbital colonies in the Earth-Moon system.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam</i>

Mobile Suit Gundam is an anime television series, produced and animated by Nippon Sunrise. Created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, it premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations on April 7, 1979, and lasted until January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes. It was the first Gundam series, which has subsequently been adapted into numerous sequels and spin-offs. Set in the futuristic calendar year "Universal Century" 0079, the plot focuses on the war between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation, with the latter unveiling a new giant robot known as the RX-78-2 Gundam piloted by the teenage civilian mechanic Amuro Ray.

<i>Martian Successor Nadesico</i> 1996 anime

Martian Successor Nadesico, sometimes referred to as simply Nadesico, is a Japanese anime television series produced by TV Tokyo, Yomiko Advertising and Xebec and directed by Tatsuo Satō, with manga artist Kia Asamiya providing original character designs, Keiji Gotoh serving as chief animation director, Mika Akitaka being the main mechanical designer and Takayuki Hattori composing the music. A manga adaptation by Asamiya was published by Kadokawa Shoten from 1996 to 1999. The manga, published in English by CPM Manga, has many significant changes from the anime.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory</i>

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is a 13-episode anime OVA series set in the Gundam universe. The first volume containing two 30-minute episodes was released in Japan on May 23, 1991. Subsequent volumes, containing one 30-minute episode each, followed every one or two months; the final volume went on sale on September 24, 1992. The series was directed by Mitsuko Kase and Takashi Imanishi. The characters were designed by Toshihiro Kawamoto. Mechanical designs were by Shoji Kawamori and Hajime Katoki.

<i>Turn A Gundam</i>

Turn A Gundam, also stylized as ∀ Gundam, is a 1999 Japanese mecha anime series produced by Sunrise, and aired between 1999 and 2000 on Japan's FNN networks. It was created for the Gundam Big Bang 20th Anniversary celebration, and is the eighth installment in the Gundam franchise. It was later compiled in 2002 into two feature-length movies entitled Turn A Gundam I: Earth Light and Turn A Gundam II: Moonlight Butterfly.

Amuro Ray

Amuro Ray is a fictional character introduced in Sunrise's 1979 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam. Amuro is a mechanic who becomes the pilot of the mecha known as RX-78-2 Gundam to protect himself from the Zeon forces invading his space colony during the war. He becomes an Earth Federation pilot in the war as well as the first Newtype, a type of human with special awareness which gives him great skills when fighting. The Gundam franchise explores Amuro's involvement in the wars piloting the titular mecha. He returns in the sequel, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and the feature film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack where he takes part in new conflicts. He is voiced by Tōru Furuya (Japanese), Brad Swaile, Michael Lindsay, Matthew Erickson, Fryda Wolff and Lucien Dodge.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket</i>

Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket is a six episode 1989 Japanese science fiction original video animation series. It is the first OVA series in the Gundam franchise. It was directed by Fumihiko Takayama, written by Hiroyuki Yamaga with character designs by Haruhiko Mikimoto.

Rei Sakuma is a Japanese actress, voice actress, singer and narrator from Tokyo, Japan. She is best known in Japan for her voice work in the long running children's series Soreike! Anpanman; her most famous role in the English-speaking world, however, is probably as the Chinese Amazon Shampoo in Ranma ½, Elementary Schoolgirl in Azuki-chan, Mariemaia Khushrenada in New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz and cute talking stuff toy doll My Melody in Onegai My Melody.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Episode Zero</i> Manga miniseries

New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Episode Zero, released in the United States as Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Episode Zero, is a manga miniseries based on the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, featuring stories set mostly before the events of that tale. Unlike other Gundam Wing manga, which are not necessarily considered as being in continuity, Episode Zero has the distinction of being written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa, who was also the writer of the anime series, and thus carries a higher level of credibility. Akira Kanbe handled the art duties for this project.

Kunio Okawara

Kunio Okawara is a mechanical designer in the Japanese anime industry. Okawara was the first in the industry to be specifically credited as a mechanical designer. He designed mecha for the Gundam and Brave Series franchises, as well as those of numerous Super Robot and Real Robot shows.

Hajime Katoki is a Japanese mecha designer. A member of the studio Sunrise, he worked on the Gundam series as well as his work on video games, such as the Virtual On series and Policenauts.

<i>Another Centurys Episode 2</i>

Another Century's Episode 2, abbreviated as A.C.E. 2, is a third-person mecha action video game produced by Banpresto and developed by From Software. It is the sequel to the popular 2005 game Another Century's Episode. It was released for the PlayStation 2 on March 30, 2006.

Gundam: The Battle Master, later known as Battle Assault, is a series of fighting games released for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance. The series features mobile suits from several eras of the Gundam metaverse and some non-traditional fighting game elements. Every entry was developed by Bandai in co-operation with Japanese developer Natsume, who also made the 1996 Shin Kidō Senki Gundam Wing: Endless Duel.

<i>Ginga Hyōryū Vifam</i>

Ginga Hyōryū Vifam is a 1983 Mecha anime television series produced by Sunrise. It was officially drafted by Yoshiyuki Tomino, the creator of Mobile Suit Gundam and planned by both Takeyuki Kanda and Hiroyuki Hoshiyama. It aired at both MBS and TBS from October 21, 1983 to September 8, 1984.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam 00</i>

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is an anime television series, the eleventh installment in Sunrise studio's long-running Gundam franchise comprising two seasons. The series is set on a futuristic Earth and is centered on the exploits of the fictional paramilitary organization Celestial Being and its efforts to rid the world of war and conflict with a series of unique and extremely advanced mecha mobile suits known as "Gundams".

<i>New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop</i>

New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop is a serial novel created by Katsuyuki Sumisawa based on the New Mobile Report Gundam Wing anime series. It was serialized in Gundam Ace between August 2010 and November 2015 and was collected in thirteen volumes. It follows the story decades after Endless Waltz.

<i>Gundam Reconguista in G</i> Japanese anime television series

Gundam Reconguista in G, also referred to as G-Reco (Gレコ), is a 2014 Japanese science fiction anime television series and the thirteenth installment in Sunrise's long-running Gundam franchise. Created for the Gundam 35th Anniversary celebration, it is the first Gundam TV series to be written and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino since Turn A Gundam in 1999 and features character designs by Kenichi Yoshida of Overman King Gainer & Eureka Seven fame. Airing in the MBS/TBS networks' Animeism block from October 2014 to March 2015, it is the first traditional Gundam TV series to be initially released as a late night anime. A 5-part film compilation series premiered starting from November 29, 2019.

<i>Gundam: Battle Assault</i> (video game) 1998 video game

Gundam: Battle Assault is a 1998 fighting video game developed by Natsume and published by Bandai for the PlayStation. Based on the Gundam franchise, it is a follow-up to Gundam: The Battle Master (1997), which was released only in Japan. The plot involves Heero Yuy, protagonist of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and pilot of the XXXG-01W Wing Gundam, on a mission to destroy remaining enemy Mobile Suits under command of Treize Khushrenada to stop a war from starting. Its gameplay consists of one-on-one fights, with a main six-button configuration, featuring special moves and two playable modes, while players can select any available mech to battle against enemies in story mode.

References

  1. 1 2 3 "New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  2. "Endless Waltz episode 1". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  3. "Endless Waltz episode 2". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  4. "Endless Waltz episode 3". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  5. "Endless Waltz Special Edition". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  6. "XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  7. "XXXG-01D2 Gundam Deathscythe Hell". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  8. "XXXG-01H2 Gundam Heavyarms Kai". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  9. "XXXG-01SR2 Gundam Sandrock Kai". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  10. "XXXG-01S2 Altron Gundam". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  11. "OZ-00MS2B Tallgeese III". Mecha Anime HQ. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  12. "Endless Waltz OVA ending theme". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  13. "Endless Waltz movie ending theme". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  14. "Endless Waltz Toonami trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  15. "Endless Waltz Bandai trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  16. "Sunrise Partners with Right Stuf to Release Gundam Franchise Stateside". Anime News Network. 2014-10-11. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  17. "Right Stuf Details G Gundam, Gundam Wing Anime Releases". Anime News Network. August 12, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  18. "Gundam Wing leaving Toonami?!". Anime News Network. December 12, 2000. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  19. McCarthy, Helen. 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. — Harper Design, 2009. — P. 122. — 528 p. — ISBN   978-0061474507
Preceded by
After War Gundam X
Gundam metaseries (production order)
1997
Succeeded by
∀ Gundam
Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Gundam After Colony timeline
AC 196
Succeeded by
New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop