The biggest name in Japanese science fiction—Gundam—returns with one of its creators retelling its origins 25 years after the series debuted. Caught in the crossfire of a space civil war, teenager Amuro Ray accidentally finds a new mobile weapon—the RX-78 Gundam.
In the eighth volume of Gundam: THE ORIGIN, readers are sent back to the war at hand. The White Base continues to be chased across the Earth by Zeon forces. The story shifts away from the jungles and deserts of the Americas, moving into much more urban settings in Europe.
About the Author
Hokkaido native Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (1947-) is a Japanese animator and manga artist. His career as a character designer has spanned over four decades, creating famed characters for such anime as Super Atragon, Brace Raideen, and the widely known Mobile Suit Gundam. Considered a pivotal player in mecha and sci-fi anime, Yasuhiko's characters, stories and illustrations are unmistakable in their style and serve as timeless examples as pioneers of manga and animation in Japan.
Yasuhiko began his career as an animator in Osama Tezuka's Mushi Productions, and later on decided to go freelance to work for a number of animation productions for both film and television. In the late 70's, Yasuhiko would turn his attention to the world of comics, as he has since penned nearly two dozen titles since.
In 1981 he was awarded the Nebula Award by the Japanese Sci-Fi Association. In 1990 his work Namuji won the Japan Comic Artist Association Grand Prize And in 2000 he took the Japan Media Arts Award for Best Comic with his title A Revolutionary Dog.