I picked up something pretty cool at Connecticon last weekend: The Gundam The Origin Episode I Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition!
Gundam The Origin is a series of theatrical OVAs based on the manga of the same name and telling the story of a young Char Aznable (Then Casval Rem Deikun) and Sayla Mass (Then Artesia Som Deikun), and detailing the circumstances leading up to the One Year War.
When I saw the first episode back in early 2015, I was blown away. It wasn’t just the opening battle, either. The beautiful thing about Gundam The Origin is how well it details the world of the Universal Century. It’s not just Char’s origin story, but Ramba Ral’s, and Dozle Zabi’s, and Clamp’s. It’s the origin story of all Zeon. The political unrest, the class differences, and all the behind-the-scenes scheming and plotting are all palpable and make the world feel very real. It’s easily up there with 0080 and The 08th MS Team as far as Gundam OVAs go.
The Blu-Ray Collector’s Edition is an official export edition simultaneously released worldwide. It contains not only an English subtitle track (Along with French, Korean, and Chinese subs), but the English dub as well.
I highly recommend checking it out if UC Gundam is your thing. You can watch it (Along with the rest of the Origin series so far) streaming on Daisuki, for a fraction of the price of the Collector’s Edition.