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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers vol. 2 by Katsuyuki Sumizawa and Tomofumi Ogasawara (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

January 20, 2018 by  



For those who haven’t watched the anime series will find “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers” to be a deep, complex but also action-packed mecha manga series and it’ll be interesting to see if the manga continues to be more action-driven or will it find a balance with more of a plot to help with the character development.

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MANGA TITLE: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers vol. 2

STORY BY Katsuyuki Sumizawa

ART by Tomofumi Ogasawara

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kodansha Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Comics

RATED: ALL

RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017


“Our target is OZ!” is the rallying cry of the five young Gundam pilots that fell to earth like meteors. They begin to attack OZ facilities scattered around the globe. Trowa, in the Heavyarms, launches a fierce attack on an MS factory on Corsica, when suddenly the Gundam Sandrock appears, with Quatre in the pilot’s seat, leading a Maganac corps. The battle between these two Gundam pilots, who had been unaware of each other’s existence until they end up engaged in combat, takes an unexpected turn…


Five different Gundam pilots, each with a different motivation.  Trowa Barton had come to Earth from the L-3 colonies in the Gundam Heavyarms and launches an assault on the MS production factory on Corsica but there to confront him is Quatre Raberba Winner, pilot of the Gundam Sandrock.

Meanwhile, Heero Yuy, pilot of the Wing Gundam has stolen parts from Duo Maxwell’s Gundam Deathscythe and now Duo wants revenge.

We also learn about Chang Wufei, pilot of the Shenlong Gundam and learn of the struggles from his past.

All this and more in vol. 2 of “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers”.

What is “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers”?

It was back in 1995 when an anime series titled “Shin Kido Senki Gundam Wing” aired in Japan. The sixth installment in the “Gundam” franchise, it was a series that took place in the “After Colony” timeline.

A different setting and an alternate universe than the well-known Universal Century (UC), the AC deals with events primarily “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing” and its sequel “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”.

The series is set in After Colony 195 and humans have colonized space and developed space colonies at each of the five Earth-Moon Lagrange points. On Earth, the nations formed the United Earth Sphere Alliance and this alliance has oppressed the colonies with their powerful military.

The colonies want to be free and scientists have developed a plan for revenge against the alliance with “Operation Meteor” and five teenage boys have been chosen and trained by five scientists and then sent to Earth with advanced mobile suits known as “Gundams” made from Gundanium alloy designed by each scientist.

The manga introduces us to these five teenage boys with the protagonist being Heero Yuy, Duo Maxwell, Trowa Barton, Quatre Raberba Winner and Chang Wufei.

As the United Earth Sphere Alliance are aware of the attacks on Alliance soldiers, the Organization of the Zodiac (OZ) has their ace mobile suit pilot, Zechs Merquise to find the enemy.

We are also introduced to Relena Darlian, daughter of the Alliance’s Vice Foreign Minister. We learn how she found Heero Yuy, who had washed ashore on the beach neaer the spaceport and she had always wanted to learn more about him, despite him always threatening to kill her. But for Heero, he is more intent to destroy his Gundam before anyone in OZ can get to it and learn the technology.

As Heero points a gun at Relena, she is saved by Duo Maxwell and as for Heero, he is held captive by the Alliance military.

But before they could get any answers from Heero, Duo breaks Heero out and the two escape.

Meanwhile, OZ is planning to unleash their mobile suit, the Epyon.

Five different Gundam pilots, each with a different motivation.  Trowa Barton had come to Earth from the L-3 colonies in the Gundam Heavyarms and launches an assault on the MS production factory on Corsica but there to confront him is Quatre Raberba Winner, pilot of the Gundam Sandrock.  What happens when these two pilots and their Gundam’s confront each other?

Meanwhile, Heero Yuy, pilot of the Wing Gundam has stolen parts from Duo Maxwell’s Gundam Deathscythe and now Duo wants revenge.

We also learn about Chang Wufei, pilot of the Shenlong Gundam and learn of the struggles from his past.

And is a new group being created by Zechs Merquise, when he comes to the aid of Lucrezia Noin?


With the release of “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers”, readers who are not familiar with the storyline, may find it a different situation from the UC “Mobile Suit Gundam” storylines, especially if they have only read “Gundam Origin”.

The role has been reversed in the AC universe as Earth’s alliance are the aggressors and the colony who want to be free are the ones with specialized Gundam mecha suits.

The second volume can be described as a volume of chaos.

There is a lot of panels of fighting and things are so chaotic that it’s easy to get lose.   Writer Katsuyuki Sumizawa has a tough task of having to write stories about five Gundam pilots, let alone introducing characters from Zechs Marquise side that sometimes the storyline pacing becomes a little incoherent and you quickly realize the different writing stiles and character development when compared with “Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin”.

Different writing styles, both mecha/action-driven, many characters but one is engrossing and well-planned, the other is chaotic and incoherent.  In fact, you’ll find pages with a lot of action and then one word bubble.  And in this volume alone, then you get character development solely focused on Chang Wufei’s character that has much more of a plot going into his history and then leading up to his battle with Lucrezia Noin.

While I found the volume to be entertaining, considering I am a Gundam fan, I also found volume 2 to be a bit hard to follow at times.

But it’ll be interesting how the other manga will be and if they manage to give more character building stories with the other characters and showcase their origin but for now, it seems the focus is panels with pure action.

But for the most part, for those who haven’t watched the anime series will find “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers” to be a deep, complex but also action-packed mecha manga series and it’ll be interesting to see if the manga continues to be more action-driven or will it find a balance with more of a plot to help with the character development.

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