Mon, 05 Jul 1999 02:15:05 +1200
> At 12:25 7/2/1999 -0700, you wrote:
> >Here's a short list of U.C. Gundam stories set following the events of
> >Hathaway's Flash (Gundam Novel by Tomino, set UC 0103)
> >Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (including F90 and Silhouette Formula; Set UC
> >Mobile Suit V Gundam (Set UC 0150)
> >Gaia Gear (Gundam Novel by Tomino, Set UC 0203)
> >Mobile Suit Gundam G-Savior (set UC 0223)
> Add, also, Crossbone Gundam (manga by Tomino, set in UC 0133).
> >However, Hathaway's Flash and Gaia Gear, as novels, aren't exactly
> >considered Canonical. Neither are the F91 Side Stories, F90 and
> >Silhouette Formula.
What is canon and what is not, what is a side story, what is not, can a
side story be canon? These questions have always gnawed at my brain.
Here are my thoughts...events in which if the conclusion were to go the
other way would change the outcome of the UC continuity are most
certainly canon, and would not be considered a side story.
Minor events like 0080 and 0083 I consider side stories. My reasoning
is 'if the Gions had suceeded...so what?'. Amuro succeeded without the
NT-1 anyway, and for 0083, the Titans would have been formed at the end
of Operation Stardust. I haven't seen 08th MS team, but I speculate
that it won't have any history shattering events. Granted these were
written after well after CCA (in real time), my reasoning remains the
ZG by itself could be considered a side story, but if taken with GZZ (ie
the Gryps Crisis), the whole even is significant in the UC timeline
(forget the fact that CCA basically ignores this period of time...or
does it?). Sentinel is definitely classed as a side story. CCA
definitely significant, the difference is either a big rock in the
planet or floating in space. Then comes Shining Hathaway/Lightning
Hathaway (or what ever...), Double fake (and Moon crisis ?), F90 I know
little about, but I hazard a guess these are side stories. Silhouette
Formula - side story.
F91 and Crossbone Gundam are the first major conflicts the EFM have seen
for a while, and IMHO when you're up against the Jupiter Energy Fleet,
that's pretty serious stuff. V Gundam harks back to the same sort of
conflict (IIRC) back in the One Year War (all three significant and
Finally Gaia Gear...and if you have to deal with a Char clone, whose
purpose is to finish the work of the original...I think that the Feds
would take that pretty seriously too (canon)
Overall though, UC could be well summarised by just the 'trilogy' of the
One Year War Chars Counterattack and Gaia Gear.
> Event from Hathway's Flash and Gaia Gear have been included in
> officially-published timelines, most notably the V Gundam timelines
> published in Newtype Magazine and its associated books.
I would have to agree that Gaia gear is accepted in the UC timeline.
However more recent anime and works begin to make me think Gaia Gear is
fast becoming an obsolete part of UC history. I thought was meant to be
the conclusion of Earth/Spacnoid conflict the UC timeline, however that
does not appear to be so with G-Saviour in the 20 year down the track.
Inconsistencies in technology and esp weights between MS and Man
machines I treat with suspicion, and I am beginning to wonder if I
should accept Gaia Gear in a UC continuity different to F91 and VG, and
all UC events prior to F90 (UC 0110?) are common to both continuities.
G-Saviour may be a different UC yet... As for Turn A, we have yet to
see about that.
> The novels are apparently considered Canonical, but the manga are not.
You might have a problem with the original Gundam novels where Amuro and
Char die...again, I think that is yet a different UC continuity.
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