Mobile Suit Gundam Wing



Futuristic battles are the center of this cartoon.
  • Review Date: March 28, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 625 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series promotes the idea that the highest military ideal is to die in the service of one's cause.

Violence & scariness

Abundant death and destruction in explosive military battles between giant manned robots. In one video, a main character accidentally murders peace-seeking officers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi animated series from Japan is perfect for preteens and teens, who will thrill to the elaborate "mecha" (mechanical fighting machines), the melodrama, and the attractive characters. Gundam Wing offers adolescent and teen sci-fi fans a beautifully animated and imaginative array of technological warfare, covert operations, and teen melodrama in a story that's compelling, if occasionally confusing. Children younger than that (6-8) will be enthralled with the series as well for its constant action, but parents may balk at exposing their children to the series' nonstop military combat. For American audiences, the biggest problem may be the excessive militarism and the stubborn prevalence of the Japanese notion that the highest military ideal is to die in the service of one's cause.

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What's the story?

GUNDAM WING is the first series in Japan's 21-year-old Mobile Suit Gundam animated franchise to be shown on American TV. In this series, explosive futuristic battles take place as teen pilots and their opponents clash. Shooting Stars, Vol. 1 contains the first four (uncut) episodes, and provides background for the young people involved in a civil war between space colonies and a one-world earth government. Dark Shadows, Vol. 2 introduces new characters and new intrigue in this hard-hitting animated science fiction series. Explosive military battles mix with political assassination, stalled peace talks, acts of lethal sabotage, and a brutal deception, which leads the hero to commit a horrendous murder. The Cold Battlefield, Vol. 3 has the villains getting more interesting and relationships deepening, all in the midst of spectacular high-tech battles, strategic maneuvers, and high school antics.

Is it any good?


Gundam Wing sets itself apart from American cartoons. The futuristic "mecha," or mechanical fighting machines, and expressive character design are quite sophisticated and outclass any similar animated efforts on American television. The frequent and explosive battle action is also on a scale unseen in any American cartoon, although it's a common feature of the long-running Gundam franchise. For American audiences, the biggest problem may be the excessive militarism and the stubborn prevalence of the Japanese notion that the highest military ideal is to die in the service of one's cause.


The story takes sharp turns, and the animation and design maintain high levels of imagination and spectacle. Fans will welcome the exciting mix of action, melodrama, and political intrigue of Shooting Stars, Vol. 1, while preteen and teens will probably be fascinated by the civil war subject matter in Dark Shadows, Vol. 2, and the character development adds even more drama to the third installment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's theme of militarism and what their values are in terms of military power. What would you do if you were in the teen pilot's position? Is it a battle you'd be willing to fight? Why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 16, 2000
DVD release date:May 16, 2000
Cast:Kirby Morrow, Mark Hildreth, Scott McNeil
Director:Rika Takahashi
Studio:Sunrise Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens
Run time:625 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymamasboy306 April 9, 2008

The best Anime series ever!

This show while being intriging,cool,action packed,and well written it's flaws are obvious in the uncut version 1. over 100 mild profanity uses 2. people are vaporized ( not graphic ) and shot No blood and stapped to near death in a sword fight. 3. people commite suicide about 7 or 8 times. Other than that I would suggest it for 10 or older the movie "Endless Waltz" has several shootings and one graphic shot through the head other than that, no deaths, I suggest the movie for 12 or older consult your parents before watching this show.
Adult Written byAzelma February 6, 2010

6 and up? Seriously?

I love Gundam, and I love this particular Gundam series, but I know that I was a bright 14-year-old when I first watched it (I'm an adult now) and only got a superficial understanding of what was going on. It's honestly hard to believe that the author of the official review has watched this show in its entirety: you should be aware that there is mild language (mostly of the "d*mn" and "hell" variety and not frequent, but it's there) and a little blood. People blow up, not just mecha, and very, very frequently. Part of the point of Gundam is illustrating that War Is Bad, and they do this very well. But to do this, a lot of violence has to happen. This isn't your typical "Saturday morning giant robot" violence; the war scenes are realistic and gritty, though sensitively portrayed. The characters are all kind of nuts and espouse equally-nuts beliefs that don't make them the best of role models, and you should be careful to put their worldviews in the proper context for your kids. Content-wise this show would be alright for mature young tween, but viewers will probably need a few more years and a lot more patience to fully understand and appreciate the story. Re-watching in my 20s, I was quite surprised at all that I'd missed.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byianbob306 April 9, 2008

favorite show

Semi Graphic violence over 90 profanities suicidal and homicidal maniaces and great action, storyline, and acting watch it if your over 11


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