COMPLETE Gundam Watch Order (EASY TO FOLLOW!)

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When we hear about the word Gundam, we mostly imagine giant robot fights and a huge series that intimidates anyone to even start watching. A behemoth of a show that is only suited for distinct tasted anime watchers only I would assume. But if you are looking to dip your toes into the Gundam franchise and do not know where to start then here is a Gundam watch order only for you.

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The Ultimate Gundam Watch Order Guide

Gundam Anime Release Order:

1. Mobile Suit Gundam (1979-1980)

Mobile Suit Gundam 1979-1980
  • Total Episodes: 43
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30 min

Overall considered a must-watch classic with a great story and amazing characters perfect for getting into the franchise but at the cost of older visuals.

 

2. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1986-1987)

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
  • Total Episodes: 47
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30 min

This is a sequel in the early universal century that features a realistic portrait of people in wartime with a great action scene, cool fight sequence, rich characters although sometimes found annoying.

 

3. Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (1986-1987)

Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam 2
  • Total Episodes: 47
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30 min

This one did not get that much popularity because of the more child-friendly animation. Though it does get serious every now and then, it does not have the same spirit the other two previous series did.

 

4. Mobile Suit Victory Gundam (1993-1994)

Mobile Suit Victory Gundam ((1993-1994)
  • Total Episodes: 51
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30 min

This show is kind of forgettable. People only watched it just to complete the series. It has its good moments but gets overshadowed by better series entries.

 

5. Mobile Fighter G Gundam (1994-1995)

Mobile Fighter G Gundam (1994-1995)
  • Total Episodes: 49
  • Runtime: 30 min

This show is kind of forgettable. People only watched it just to complete the series. It has its good moments but gets overshadowed by better series entries.

 

6. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995-1996)

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1995-1996)
  • Total Episodes: 49
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30 min

This one is one of the high PR Gundam series that excels on a lot up front with a good cast and very flashy battles, has a good story, and sets a good quality animation for its time.

 

7. After War Gundam X (1996)

After War Gundam X (1996)
  • Total Episodes: 39
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30 min

Did you know that After War got cancelled a little after the halfway point? Despite that, they managed to wrap up the story nicely in the last three episodes. It has a great romantic subplot and usual action sequence quality.

 

8. Turn A Gundam (1999-2000)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2002-2003)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 24 min

This one is a masterpiece. It is from the correct century which is its own alternate universe timeline. But because of that reason alone, it should be viewed as the absolute last one you are going to pick up. With an amazing soundtrack and cool mecha designs watch one of the best shows out there.

9. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2002-2003)

Turn A Gundam (1999-2000)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 50 min

This one is considered the SEED branch which is where most people started watching the Gundam series. It is standalone and very easy for a newcomer to get into the series. It has teen melodrama and is not that politically heavy.

 

10. Superior Defender Gundam Force (2003-2004)

Superior Defender Gundam Force (2003-2004)
  • Total Episodes: 35
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

Superior Defender Gundam Force aired for the 25th anniversary of the Gundam franchise. The show did not do that well and received very low ratings during its two seasons.

 

11. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2004-2005)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2004-2005)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

Destiny is a follow-up to SEED with double the intense action and double the drama. An amazing follow-up if I say so.

 

12. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2007-2009)

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2007-2009)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 24 min

This entry in the series is one of my favorites. It has a unique plot and while the characters are hard to like at first, they kind of stick to you after a while. There are amazing mech designs and an amazing soundtrack.

 

13. SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors (2010)

SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors (2010)
  • Total Episodes: 51
  • Runtime Per Episode: 13 min

It features a story based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the three kingdoms.

 

14. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2011-2012)

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2011-2012)
  • Total Episodes: 48
  • Runtime Per Episode: 24 min

Age is like a big no in my book. I didn’t really like it. It is mostly simplified for the newbies. It feels overly crammed with a bunch of plot holes. The characters aren’t that special but the robots look cool though. You can skip this one if you are not a hardcore Gundam fan.

 

15. Gundam Build Fighters (2013-2014)

Gundam Build Fighters (2013-2014)
  • Total Episodes: 25
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

Build fighters is a series where they reimagined the Gundam series and made a world where kids are more interested in building plastic Gundam models, rather than the space war.

 

16. Mobile Suit Gundam-San (2014)

Mobile Suit Gundam-San (2014)
  • Total Episodes: 13
  • Runtime Per Episode: 2 min

This one is not relevant to any timeline, rather it is a compilation of comedy and skits.

 

17. Gundam Build Fighters Try (2014-2015)

Gundam Build Fighters Try (2014-2015)
  • Total Episodes: 4
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

Build Fighters try is a sequel to the build series and it just continues the storyline of the build series. Not much action, adventure.

 

18. Gundam Reconguista in G (2014-2015)

Gundam Reconguista in G (2014-2015)
  • Total Episodes: 7
  • Runtime Per Episode: 24 min

Probably the second worst Gundam anime out there. The story is bad, the soundtrack does not match and the visuals are ok. At least that’s what fans say!

 

19. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015-2017)

Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015-2017)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 24 min

Probably my number one recommendation when suggesting someone a Gundam show.  With a good soundtrack, great action. Overall, a great show to put as an example of what Gundam is.

 

20. Gundam Build Divers (2018)

Gundam Build Divers (2018)
  • Total Episodes: 1
  • Runtime Per Episode: 24 min

Divers is the last season of the Build Fighter series. The show is animated towards kids and is mostly aired to sell cool Gundam.

 

21. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (2019)

Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin (2019)
  • Total Episodes: 13
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

The Origin series contains the prequel to what and how the Gundam war came to be. But it would be best if you did not watch it early. Because it has many spoilers for what happens in the series later on.

 

22. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022)

Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch from Mercury (2022) Fixed
  • Release: 2021-

Still unknown about the story and yet to be released. We only know it is scheduled for release in 2022.

 

Gundam Movies Release Order:

1. Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack (1988)
Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack (1988)
  • Runtime: 2h 4min

This was the first fully dedicated movie to the Mobile Suit Gundam Franchise that adds to the lore with heavily character-driven and amazing fight scenes.

 

2. Mobile Suit SD Gundam (1988, 1989, 1991, 1993) (5 Movies)
Mobile Suit SD Gundam (1988,1989,1991,1993)
  • Runtime: Varying

This one is a series of animated shorts that were released in theaters in hopes that people would buy more Gundam and building kits. Big brain move I suppose.

 

3. Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (1991)
Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (1991)
  • Runtime: 2h

This one is a hit or miss for everyone. This takes place in the late universal century. Has amazing Gundam designs.

 

4. Gundam: Mission to The Rise (1996) (Short Film)
Gundam Mission to The Rise (1996)
  • Runtime: 3m

This is another promotional video focused on people building toys. Not much of a movie and mostly received badly.

 

5. Gundam Neo Experience 0087: Green Diver (2001) (Specialty Format Movie)
Gundam Neo Experience 0087 Green Diver (2001) (Specialty Format Movie)
  • Runtime: 25m

Green Divers incorporates the battle between AUEG and Titans. The main dilemma is that Asagi and Takuya must make their ship go through the atmosphere’s entry.

 

6. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: Awakening of The Trailblazer (2010)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie Awakening of The Trailblazer (2010)
  • Runtime: 2h 1m

This one is considered a sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam 00. This show wraps up any plot holes left in the first series. They introduced aliens in this one and the audience had mixed feelings about this.

 

7. SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors (2010)
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors (2010)
  • Runtime: 13m

It is based on the 14th-century Chinese novel, the romance of the three kingdoms. The show is good but it’s still average at some parts.

 

8. Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (2018)
Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (2018)
  • Runtime: 13m

It is inspired from the 11th Gundam Unicorn novel, Phoenix Hunting. With amazing visuals and good fights, this might be worth your time.

 

9. Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway (2021- TBA) (3 Movies)
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (2021- TBA) (3 Movies)
  • Runtime: 1h 35m

This one is a trilogy of movies that haven’t even been aired yet. The dates of

 

10. Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island (2022)
Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island (2022)
  • Release: 2022-

Yet to be released. Also, the timeline of this movie is still unknown.

 

Gundam Specials Release Order:

1. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1996)
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (1996)
  • Total Episodes: 49
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30 min

This is a compilation of the Wing series and it has some new scenes that patch up the plot holes.

 

2. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2004)
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (2004)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

The SEED special is a three-episode show with the anime loosely tying up any loose ends that were left behind.

 

3. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2006)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 1h 30 min

A sequel to the destiny franchise, SEED Destiny is used to fill the unanswered questions in the show.

 

4. Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G (2010)
Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G (2010)
  • Total Episodes: 3
  • Runtime Per Episode: 15 min

This one is a Canon; the show is made for people who are interested in building Gundam with model kits. Lots of design and some action for a special, I guess. But I am just not like the other shows.

 

5. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (2013)
Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team (2013)
  • Total Episodes: 12
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

Not much to say about this, It’s not considered as the best works from GUNDAM staff, I guess. It has all the cliches.

 

6. Gundam Build Fighters (2014)
Gundam Build Fighters (2014)
  • Total Episodes: 25
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

Just like Gunpla, Build Fighters, focuses on building your own model kit instead. It is cool to have something a bit more light-hearted here. Very high quality and very nostalgic to watch.

 

Gundam OVA Release Order:

1. Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in The Pocket (1989)
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in The Pocket (1989)
  • Total Episodes: 6
  • Runtime Per Episode: 27 min

This one is a sort of child-friendly entry but it still shows the atrocity of war. With mediocre action sequences but very powerful and very solid storytelling.

 

2. Mobile Suit SD Gundam (1989-1991)
Mobile Suit SD Gundam (1989-1991)

 

3. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991-1992)
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory (1991-1992)
  • Total Episodes: 13
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30 min

This one is a sort of child-friendly entry but it still shows the atrocity of war. With mediocre action sequences but very powerful and very solid storytelling.

 

4. Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team (1996-1999)
Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team (1996-1999)
  • Total Episodes: 13
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25 min

This one is a sort of child-friendly entry but it still shows the atrocity of war. With mediocre action sequences but very powerful and very solid storytelling.

 

5. Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (1997)
Gundam Wing Endless Waltz (1997)
  • Total Episodes: 3
  • Runtime Per Episode: 1h 30m

This is somewhat of a sequel to the series. This one wraps up the after colony alternate universe.

 

6. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2004)
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (2004)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 25m

 

7. Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War (2004)
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO The Hidden One Year War (2004)
  • Total Episodes: 3
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30m

 

8. Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079 (2006)
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO The Hidden One Year War (2006)
  • Total Episodes: 3
  • Runtime Per Episode: 27m

 

9. Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Gravity Front (2009)
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2 Gravity Front (2009)
  • Total Episodes: 3
  • Runtime Per Episode: 30m

 

10. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2009)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2009)
  • Total Episodes: 50
  • Runtime Per Episode: 24m

 

11. Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (2009)
  • Total Episodes: 2
  • Runtime Per Episode: 4 min

Gundam ZZ is the third installment in Sunrise’s long Gundam franchise and this OVA was used as a follow-up to what happened after the show.

 

12. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (2010-2014)
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (2010-2014)
  • Total Episodes: 7
  • Runtime Per Episode: 1h 2 min

Unicorn goes back to the early universal century. It came after 00. It has amazing quality and plays a big part in this universe’s storyline. You have to watch this one if you don’t want to get mixed up in the story later on.

 

13. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2013)
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE (2013)
  • Total Episodes: 2
  • Runtime: 1h 15 min

AGE has made a bad name for itself. It has become the worst Gundam show ever with bad animation and story. It has done everything badly and is the black sheep in the Gundam Franchise.

 

14. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (2015-2018)
Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin (2015-2018)
  • Total Episodes: 6
  • Runtime Per Episode: 1h 11 min

 

Despite being called origin, it should be watched at the very end of the series because this one contains major spoilers on the Gundam series.

15. Gundam Build Fighters Try (2016)