Mobile Suit Victory Gundam (TV)
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The last Universal Century Gundam TV anime ever made, Victory Gundam was produced during a period of financial problems for Sunrise. Eventually it was agreed during its run that Bandai will buy out Sunrise, and their acquisition also led to the creation of the Alternate Universe Gundams.
To this date, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam is the second longest-running series in the Gundam universe (behind SD Gundam Force by one episode), having spawned 51 episodes during its run. (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, ∀ Gundam: Called Turn "A" Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny are tied at third with 50 episodes each.)
Victory Gundam strangely starts off out of order, as the first episode takes place after the next three episodes chronologically. This was actually the result of objections by sponsors, who maintained that the first episode should feature the title mobile suit, the Victory Gundam, and therefore, the episodes had to be edited to satisfy their request. However, in a later series, ∀ Gundam, director Tomino pulls the same stunt by not including the title mecha in the first episode, this time successfully.
This series features the youngest main character in a Gundam series to date. Usso Evin was 13 years old in this series.
Created during Yoshiyuki Tomino's state of depression, known as one of the darkest Gundam series ever made, whereas Turn A Gundam, (made after his depression) acted as a contrast by becoming a much lighter tone of plot in the Gundam series from his enlightenment from his state of anguish. Both providing revolutionary new aspects on the franchise.
One of the League Militaire characters, Tomache Massarik, is named for Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia.
Five members of the Shrike Team are named for popular female singers of the twentieth century: Cony Francis (for Connie Francis); Pegie Lee (for Peggy Lee); Kite Bush (AKA "Keito Busshu"; for Kate Bush); and Maheria Meril and Helen Jackson (for Mahalia Jackson and Helen Merrill).
Fonse Kagatie's character resembles General Chang from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. This makes Gundam's conection with Star Trek even more. Fonse Kagatie and General Chang were both the sceaming main antagonist of their media and Star Trek VI was the ending to the original Star Trek series while Victory Gundam was the ending to the Universal Century saga (along with G-Saviour) of Gundam.
Shakti Kareen's first name may be a reference to the Hindu Goddess of cosmic energy Shakti. Which hints that her father (that we never see) is Hindu.
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