Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory (1991)
By: J.R. McNamara on April 6, 2011  | 
Madman | Region 4, PAL | 4:3 | English DD 5.1 | 348 minutes (Full Specs)
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Directors: Takashi Imanishi, Atsuko Kase
Voices: Ry˘ Horikawa, Akio Ohtsuka, Rei Sakuma, Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Screenplay: Akinori Endo, Asahide Okuma, Fuyunori Gobu, Ry˘suke Takahashi
Country: Japan
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As a young boy, and the site of giant robots, even in the guise of a soap-opera, beating and shooting the shit out of each other was like a dream come true. Sure I had seen plenty of Godzilla movies and had enjoyed the thrill of giant monsters beating each other up, but Mechagodzilla was always a favourite, so seeing multiple Mechagodzilla sized robot-type characters smashing each other was an epiphany.

The 1979 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam introduced us to the world of Universal Century 0079 where the Principality of Zeon had started a bloody war after declaring its independence from Earth, the main weapons in this war being giant, man-controlled robots called Mobile Suits, one of which was the Gundam. The original series, sometimes compared to Robert Heinlen's Starship Troopers with its military, politics and even the use of armored suits that turn infantry into weapons, ended in 1980, but in the following years numerous follow-ups and spin-offs emerged to continue the saga.

Taking place three years after the war of independence has ended, 1991's Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is a 13 part series telling the story of Zeon Intelligence officers discovering and successfully stealing a new nuclear powered Gundam, known as Unit 2, as the beginning of an operation called Operation Stardust, which will culminate in the moon being destroyed. 19 year old ensign Kou Uraki is placed in charge of Gundam Unit 1, and is the principle soldier in the attempts to stop Operation Stardust from being completed.

As is expected, the animation is fantastic, and the design of the Mobile Suits is as good as ever. Obviously if you are collecting Gundam series' this is a must, but if you are a newcomer to either anime or Gundam, this is not the place to start.

I do have one issue with this series. It was compiled into the1992 film Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon, which only runs for 120 minutes, and it is here my problem lies: why did I sit through 13 episodes of a story that could be told in 2 hours? I am guessing a hell of a lot of fluff fleshes out this series, and some of the stuff, like the paintball fight feels superfluous from the start.
This series is presented in 4:3 fullscreen, and looks fantastic. The colors are vibrant and the image is crisp.
The default audio track is a dubbed English Dolby Digital 5.1 option, which sounds excellent. The original Japanese audio is also provided, though frustratingly it hasn't been given the remix treatment, presented only in Dolby stereo.
Extra Features
The Mayflower of Space is a sneak preview of another Gundam release.

As with most Madman anime releases there are textless opening and closings of episodes. Dull.

The Commercial Collection is obviously a series of commercials for this Gundam series.

Gundam 0083 Karaoke lets you sing along to the opening song… yeah, ain't gonna happen.

Madman have also provided us with trailers for some of their other releases: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Volume 1, Gundam Wing Complete Collection, Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (basically most of what you need to get up to speed with this release) and 5 Centimetres Per Second.
The Verdict
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory in not the greatest anime ever, but still a lot of excitement is contained in this series. I will say that having knowledge of the previous series is a must, and you need to have seen this series to fully appreciate the next. More anime joy from Madman!
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