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The Gundam Explorer: Wing, First, G, Seed and More! (Mysteries and Secrets Revealed! Book 1) by [Publishing, DH]
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Mysteries and Secrets Revealed! is an all-new series of guides compiled in Tokyo by long-term fans of Japan's most popular anime. Other titles in the series include Dragon Ball Z, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Lupin III.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

The Four Parallel Worlds of Gundam
Broadly speaking, the Gundam series can be described as eclipsing four parallel worlds. There is Mobile Suit Gundam from the Universal Century (UC), Mobile Fighter G Gundam of the Future Century (FC), Mobile Suit Gundam Wing of the After Colony (AC) period and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED from the most recent series, which hails from the Cosmic Era (CE). All are tales of the near-future, a time in which almost all humans inhabit deep space.
It is, however, in the early series, set in the Universal Century, where the world view is laid out in most detail. Human beings construct colonies in space to cope with the overflowing population of Earth, the plan being to have a share of the Earth's population live there. Thus, the first year that humans migrate to space and begin living there becomes Universal Century Year 1.
The first part of the Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam, is set in the UC Year 79. However, the period leading up to UC Year 79 is also recounted in great detail. It is an important prologue to the entire series and gives the Gundam series the realism it is so admired for.

So, let's first return to the period between the start of UC and the arrival of Gundam.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2320 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DH Publishing (15 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SE7NGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #726,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The multiple universes of Gundam are as complex as they are interesting. This book therefore has been made available, to try and uncover the mysteries of the world of Mobile Suits and Space Colonies. The book asks 52 questions about four of the major Gundam series, providing considerably detailed answers that should answer anyone's questions.
However, whilst it has the info, the fact that the book was not produced with any of the companies that own Gundam, has resulted in it being unable to use any official images or screen-shots. Therefore, the only images available are photographs of numerous models and other Gundam merchandise, and even some are too small. In addition, the entire book has no colour, apart from the cover.
In conclusion, while it contains the knowledge, I only recommend this book if you truly wish to gather information on the Gundam universes. If you want something with a bit more colour, and more describtions of particular mobile suits, then I suggest the five books in the Gundam Technical Manual series.
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Amazon.com: 2.7 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not even new Gundam fans would find a lot to like about this~ 30 Sept. 2012
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an honest review from a LONG time Gundam fan(atic). I have been watching Gundam since I was a wee tyke. So I downloaded this book for $3 just to see what it was about. It is current up through the Gundam SEED series, so it does not cover Gundams: Unicorn, SEED Destiny, 00, or AGE. Since it doesn't cover Gundam 00, it really needs major updating. But even for the older Gundam series, one would think it a nice resource...

Basically this is a really watered down Gundam wiki. There is a little information, but the format makes it almost impossible to decipher. There are interjections about unrelated topics in the middle of a series about, say, The Cosmic Era timeline.

Pictures were not authorized by Sunrise, so you get Gunpla models instead. Which is fun, but really lame since most fans enjoy seeing drawings or stills from the anime or manga instead of models made by two or three builders. The other pictures tend to be of merchandise that the publisher is selling, and it actually includes prices listed in the captions. Sad.

Each section covers a series and there is a summary of the anime series with the characters, the countries and/or organizations involved, the mobile suits and armor used by each, and a short history leading up to the series. There is also a nifty timeline, but again, not anything beyond what you can find on a Gundam wiki site. Then you have a summary of the series.

The little extras are things like: who was George Glenn (from Gundam SEED), who was the creator of Gundam, and such. What I had hoped for was interviews with creators and animators. Thoughts on the politics and the background for the series. Instead, with these little extras lacking, it reads like someone took basic information and just put it into a book format. Like copying a report for school based on an encyclopedia article. Very little life in the writing indeed.

Since it was only $3 I gave it two stars. DO NOT BUY THE BOOK unless you check the e-book first (since the preview is lacking, you would have to buy the download). I would hate for someone to make a $20 mistake. Honestly, I think that the $3 I spent for the e-book was too much. Just Google Gundam Wiki and save $3.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's better on paper. 1 Aug. 2011
By Eijiko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
But this book was poorly formatted for Kindle. Lines would be broken off abruptly, words were missing or misspelled, and the lack of formatting made the book look as professional as an email chain letter. Additionally it is missing quite a lot of punctuation--the author should note that periods are his friend.

As to content: coverage of the UC era is sketchy at best. The description/profiles of the ladies of Gundam Wing were unbalanced and the author was incapable of remaining impartial. Romanization of SEED character names was inconsistent with preexisting official data. The promised "secrets and mysteries" were really common knowledge.

I recommend that you save your money and buy an official data book instead.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Otaku 29 Feb. 2012
By JK1989 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you're five year old doesn't understand the plot of a Gundam series, buy this book for them. If you are considering it for any other reason, SAVE YOUR MONEY.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gundam Book 4 April 2012
By Vettedream - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son likes these books a lot. He likes to see what one would really look like if actually engineered. Good quality.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For new fans of gundam 17 Oct. 2005
By H. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book really isn't for anyone who's been a fan of the series for a long time. They discuss basic elements of the series and don't reveal any mysteries or secrets to the longtime fans of gundam. However, i do suggest this book for the newbies of gundam as it gives a very straight to the point appraoch and is extremely easy to read. The only real dissappointment in this book is it's misleading title. It should rather be an introduction to the series rather than a "mysteries and secrets revealed!"
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