It’s been almost 20 years since the invasion of animated mecha, or giant robots known as Gundam began in the United States.
Which simply means that many of us who are parents today may well have been budding fans of the Gundam universe “back in the day”. But there are likely many more parents of pre-teen and teen kids today who have seen these curious model kits, snippets of an anime series, or even the Japanese-styled comic books or manga, featuring fantastical mega-size robots.
So, this warrants the question: what in the world (or not of this world!) is Gundam?
Simply put, Gundam is a long-running and popular Japanese science fiction franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages since its inception in the late 1970s. Today it is comprised of a variety of media, including numerous anime series, manga (Japanese comics), movies, model kits, and online games.
As a parent, you might be wondering what makes Gundam so special and why it has gained such a dedicated following over the years.
A Not-So-Deep Dive into The Origins of Gundam
The Gundam franchise was created in 1979 by Yoshiyuki Tomino with the release of the original anime series titled “Mobile Suit Gundam.” Essentially, Gundam is a series about mecha, or giant robots, which is set in a futuristic universe. Mecha, short for “mechanical,” refers to a genre of science fiction that features large, humanoid robots or machines.
However, what makes Gundam superbly unique is its emphasis on realistic storytelling, complex characters, and social and political commentary.
The story of Gundam often takes place in a time of war or conflict, focusing on the struggles of humanity and the consequences of advanced technology. It explores themes like war, morality, identity, and the impact of technology on society.
While the giant robots, known as “mobile suits,” play a central role, mobile suit Gundam goes beyond flashy battles and delves into deeper narratives.
One of the key aspects of Gundam is the concept of “Newtypes.” These are individuals who possess heightened psychic abilities and often become catalysts for change and understanding. Newtypes symbolize human evolution and serve as a central theme throughout the franchise, highlighting the potential for unity and the pursuit of peace in a war-torn world.
Over the years, Gundam has expanded into various series and timelines, each with its own unique setting and characters. These series offer different perspectives, storylines, and themes, making it possible for fans to find a Gundam iteration that resonates with them.
Not Just Visual: Hands-On Gundam
In addition to anime series and manga books, Gundam is also renowned for its extensive lineup of model kits, known as Gunpla. These Gundam models kits allow fans to build and customize their own Gundam mobile suits, providing a hands-on experience that combines creativity, craftsmanship, and a love for the series.
As a parent, you may find Gundam to be a compelling series to explore with your children. It offers a blend of action, drama, and thought-provoking narratives that can spark discussions about important topics like war, morality, and the consequences of our choices.
Plus, building Gunpla models together can be a fun and creative bonding activity for the whole family. In addition, in 2022, a new element was added to the Gundam universe: Gundam Evolution.
As one Wikipedia entry notes,
“Gundam Evolution is a team-based shooter, where two opposing squads, with six players each, combat one another as they seek to perform opposing objectives on the map.”
Gundam has not only had a significant impact on popular culture in Japan but globally, as well. Its themes and storytelling have resonated with audiences of all ages, fostering a community of passionate fans who appreciate the depth and thought-provoking nature of the franchise.
So, whether you’re a fan of science fiction yourself or simply looking for engaging content, games, and model kits to share with your children, the Gundam franchise offers an immersive experience and a gateway into captivating storytelling that goes beyond giant robots.
Fundemonium is Your Fun Universe Host for Gundam Model Kits
From the futuristic universe of Gundam you will find a formidable selection of plastic scale model kits featuring various iterations of Gunpla to build and display here at Fundemonium.
And, in addition you also find traditional cars and planes, as well as a wide selection of snap-together model kits, from classic cars to military aircraft to tanks, ships, and assorted other creations. Of course, there is so much more to be found here at Sonoma County’s favorite hobby, game, and toy store.
In fact, Fundemonium is the premier headquarters for fun in and around Sonoma County!
Not only will you find the area’s largest selection of quality toys, games, model kits, and hobby supplies, but you will also discover that there are many other fun things for you and your family to see and do here!
That’s because we are a fun, safe, and friendly place where adults and children of all ages can meet to enjoy creative fun and participate in various events and activities. And for those special occasions in everyone’s lives, we offer a dazzling selection of themed party packages for your entire family.
And you can be sure that our friendly and knowledgeable staff makes it their priority to help you have fun because our mission has always been to put the “Fun” in Fundemonium!
We always do our best to quickly respond to website inquiries about card games (and more!), or you can also find answers to your questions by calling us at (707) 540-0701.
If you’d like to speak directly with one of our Fundemoniacs, just give us a call during our business hours.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon!