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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers vol. 3 by Katsuyuki Sumizawa and Tomofumi Ogasawara (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 4, 2018 by  



There is much more of a plot introduced and less confusion with the third volume, so I’m hoping things get better as the manga progresses. “Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers” vol. 3 is finally starting to show some promise!

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MANGA TITLE: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers vol. 3

STORY BY Katsuyuki Sumizawa

ART by Tomofumi Ogasawara

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kodansha Ltd.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Comics

RATED: ALL

RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2017


The Gundams have gathered to put a stop to a planned operation to launch MS Tauruses into space from New Edwards Base. Quatre, Trowa and Wufei attack the base without realizing that the operation is a feint. OZ Commander Treize seizes the chance to launch Operation Pleiades with the aim of dismantling the United Earth Sphere Alliance. As the moderate members of the Alliance attempt to flee to New Edwards Base, Heero’s Wing Gundam alights…


Five different Gundam pilots, each with a different motivation.  With “Operation Pleiades” in effect to dismantle the United Earth Sphere Alliance Military, the Gundams have come togther at New Edwards base and with the actions of one, now they may become the enemy of Earth.

And what happens when Chang Wufei and Treize Khushrenada confront each other?

All this and more in vol. 3 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.


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 third volume features all Gundams united at New Edwards base to take on Oz.  But Heero decides to go on the attack to kill anything Oz…problem is, what he thought was Oz were not and now the Gundams will be looked at as the enemy of Earth.

Meanwhile Oz’s Commander-in-Chief, Colonel Treize Khushrenada challenges the Gundams to come at him.

As for Relena, her father tells her the truth of who she really is.  And Wufei confronts Treize in a battle, who will become victorious?

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.  But things are getting much better, as there is much more of a plot introduced and less confusion with the third volume, so I’m hoping things get better as the manga progresses.

 

“Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers” vol. 3 is finally starting to show some promise!

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