"Gundam 0080 is a great anti-war anime. Now don't take that wrong. When I first heard that it was an anti war anime I kind of lost interest in it. Then I watched it and loved it. It has tons of (meaningful) action, and the animation is very good. There isn't a whole lot in the way of objectionable content besides some strong language, blood/violence, and some very brief non explicit magazine nudity."
A cheap collection to add to your Gundam collection
eau | USA | 08/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The great war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon is almost over. At the neutral space colony of Libot, the federation secretly constructs a powerful new Gundam mobile suit. Untouched by the conflict, a little boy named Al dreams of mobile suits and space battles... until a Zeon Commando Team discovers Libot's secret, and changes Al's life forever."
This complete collection consists of the entire 2 volumes of MS Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. The 2 discs come in a slim double keepcase with foil-like cover artwork."
Great Short Series
Gareth Scullion | 02/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's something a little bit special about War in the Pocket that seperates it from the rest of the Gundam Series. Whereas the other Gundam shows seem to focus mainly on Action and Politics, this one is interesting because the story takes place on a much smaller scale.
The story is still about War and Robots, but this time on a much more personal level. It shows how War effects everyone, how it changes people, and how it is not fun or glorious like it is potrayed be videogames, books, and movies. Rather, war is an ugly thing in which people die for the wrong reasons.
This show is about how the one year War effects Al, a harmless youth who literally carries the "war in pocket". He obsesses over mobile suits, the war, and violence until the events that occur cause him to realize that War is not such a great thing.
The series is short- only 6 episodes. But I think helps make it great. It is more detailed and developed than most movies, yet you can still watch it in one sitting."
A six-part Gundam OAV series that gives you a child's perspe
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 08/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0080: WAR IN THE POCKET" takes place in December, Universal Century 0079. Literally the final month of the One Year War between the Earth Federation versus the Principality of Zeon.
In Side 6 is the civilian colony of Libot which is neutral and have not been picking any sides between both the Earth Federation or Zeon but the Zeon are dispatched to the colony after the Earth Federation were seen, trying to fly and sneak something top secret to the colony.
For Zeon pilot Bernie, all he wants is to be the best pilot out there and assumes things will be safe on the neutral planet while on a mission, that is until the Federation mobile suits come out with guns ablazing.
Bernie's Zaku crashes into a dense forest-like area and is discovered by a young boy named Al. A 10-year-old kid who is so starry eyed towards mobile suits and space battles.
Al tends to get into arguments (and bad grades) in school because his interest is so much into mobile suits and space battles that he ends up helping Bernie and actually assisting the Zeon Cyclops Team, not knowing that he's being used.
To make matters much more interesting, his next door neighbor that he adores, Christina is back at home and has join the Earth Federation but not knowing that she is testing the new Gundam Alex, the new Gundam that Bernie and the Cyclops Team are after.
"MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0080: WAR IN THE POCKET COMPLETE COLLECTION" offers all six OAV's on two discs. Re-released in 2005, this anime OAV series released back in 1989 was the first Gundam OAV series and also the first Gundam series not given to the co-creators to direct. This led to the side story that didn't deal with Newtypes but more towards the civilian perspective of the war.
I know that "MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0080: WAR IN THE POCKET" is a classic and many fans adored the storyline because it showcased the perspective of war from a young child's perspective and how war pretty much sucks!
I enjoyed the overall OAV series but personally, I had some problems with it and mainly it centering around the 10-year-old Al.
For example, in the first episode, Al sees Bernie's Zaku crashing from his school yard. Automatically, he knows where it fell (in a dense forest area). For days, this Zaku has remained stationary in that forest area with no one ever finding it but Al. I can't believe that no one has found this Zaku (which is still somewhat functional) except Al and that bugged me a little.
Then there was a segment where Bernie and Al are in space suits (after breaking into a top secret area). As if there are space suits and helmets for short kids instantly available in a working area. I know that it was important to show this bond between Al and Bernie but this bugged me a little as well.
And then there is the final episode, a great episode but how a ten year-old kid can cover so much ground running versus an adult to get from point A to point B in time for a battle, again...that bugged me a little.
And of course, how Al seems to sneak into top secret areas and covertly gets information. Very stealthy! Granted, I know this is me zeroing in on Al too much but this is a ten year old kid, not Solid Snake (ie. Metal Gear Solid).
But aside from these little nitpicky things that I found that in no means does it detract from the overall series because "MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0080: WAR IN THE POCKET" is a series full of action, humor, tragedy, happiness, sadness and warmth.
One of the things that I liked was how the screenwriter focused on the relationship between Al and Bernie which more or less becomes like his big brother or father figure that he looks up to. And then showing the contrast of him being miserable at home, without a father figure and always complaining of his mother and you see how it affects him deeply, even in school.
But his emotions and his perspective of war from the beginning of meeting up with Bernie and then leading up to the final episode and to see how Al is affected was truly emotional and definitely gives a certain perspective of the war from a civilian.
It's a pretty interesting storyline to have that civilian perspective but also a perspective of fear after helping the enemy, the ramifications that come with it. The animation really captured Al's emotions quite well.
I have to admit that by Takayama Fumihiko directing and Mikimoto Haruhiko responsible for character designs, "MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0080: WAR IN THE POCKET" had this special feeling of being something different compared to what was released around that time or before and just giving fans something fresh visually and in storytelling.
All in all, this complete collection on DVD can be found online for a good price and for any Gundam fan, this is a must have in their collection.
Bryan Parkerson | 10/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished watching Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the pocket, and i must say it is one of the best anime's i have ever seen. This OAV paints a deep, and more personal picture of the one year war, than i have ever seen in a Gundam sereies. I haven't cared this much about any character in a Gundam series since 08th MS Team. I usually watch Gundam just for the giant robot action, but I am moved with so many emotions after finishing this. Such a great job was done with character development. With each episode, you grow to know the characters, and care for them. I don't want to give anything away, but this anime is beautiful, and tragic, and makes the one year war seem just like that, a war, and not just a bunch of robots fighting for no particular reason like in other Gundam series. I am very impressed with this Gundam series, and would absolutely reccomend it to any Gundam, or just plain anime fan. The animation is awesome! I didn't really like all of the music, but I was so moved by this story. Watch this! Its worth the price of admission. This has one of the best stories in any Gundam series I have seen, and will touch you on a deep level. Its not just great action and animation; this series has a plot, and a message, and it is just incredible. Buy this anime; you will not be dissapointed."