Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray Vol 1.jpg
Japanese cover of volume one of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray
機動戦士ガンダムSEED ASTRAY
Genre Mecha, Action
Manga
Written by Tomohiro Chiba
Illustrated by Kōichi Tokita
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Magazine Gundam Ace
Demographic Shōnen
Original runSeptember 2002October 2003
Volumes3
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray R
Written by Tomohiro Chiba
Illustrated by Toda Yasunari
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Magazine Shōnen Ace
Demographic Shōnen
Original runOctober 2002May 2004
Volumes4
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X Astray
Written by Tomohiro Chiba
Illustrated by Kōichi Tokita
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Magazine Gundam Ace
Demographic Shōnen
Original runNovember 2003August 2004
Volumes2
Original video animation
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV Astray
Directed by Katsuyoshi Yatabe
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
ReleasedMarch 2004
Runtime6 minutes
Episodes2
See also
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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray (機動戦士ガンダムSEED ASTRAY) is a collection of "gaiden" (side-stories) set in the Cosmic Era of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED .

Contents

Whereas the main story of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED focuses on the struggles between the Earth Alliance, ZAFT, and Orb Union, the Astray series is focused on the three MBF-P0x mobile suit prototypes (mainly on Lowe Guele) and their respective pilots and organizations, who mainly exist on the outskirts of the main SEED storyline. The MBF-P02 Astray Red Frame is piloted by Lowe Guele of the Junk Guild, and the MBF-P03 Astray Blue Frame is piloted by Gai Murakumo of the mercenary group Serpent Tail. The third Astray, MBF-P01 Astray Gold Frame, is piloted by the primary antagonist of the Astray story, Orb nobleman Rondo Ghina Sahaku, and later by his twin sister Rondo Mina Sahaku. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray R follows the adventures of the Red Frame's pilot Lowe and his Junk Guild associates and interlocks with the events of the original Astray-series. Both Astray and Astray R are available in the US from Tokyopop. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Astray B follows Gai Murakumo and his fellow Serpent Tail mercenaries. It was released in Dengeki Hobby modelling magazine as a "photo novel" (illustrations using custom-built plastic models accompanied by text), and it is highly unlikely it will make it over to the US.

In addition to Astray R and Astray B, there is another Astray manga series. Gundam SEED X Astray is about Canard Pars, who is a failed experiment from the Ultimate Coordinator program. Canard is searching for Kira Yamato, the successful Ultimate Coordinator, so that he can defeat him and prove he was not a "failure". During his search, he fights anyone he comes across. This brings him into conflict with Lowe Guele and the Junk Guild. Lowe Guele and the Junk Guild find a young boy named Prayer Reverie, who has with him a powerful ZAFT prototype mobile suit, the YMF-X000A Dreadnought, which was built on a heavily modified GuAIZ frame and was the testbed for the DRAGOON (Disconnected Rapid Armament Group Overlook Operation Network) system of the ZGMF-X13A Providence.

The sequel to this series is Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Astray , followed by Mobile Suit Gundam SEED VS Astray.

Anime

As a promotion to the Astray line of products, two 6-minute anime shorts were produced in 2004, one featuring Lowe Guele and the Junk Guild crew, and the other featuring Gai Murakumo and the Serpent Tail. These two shorts were later released as special features for the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer DVD release on November 24, 2006.

Characters

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