Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket is only a 6-episode OVA created by studio Sunrise. The episode 1 premiered on March 25, 1989 and the last episode was published on August 25, 1989. The OVA itself was directed by Fumihiko Takayama and it becomes one of several installments in the Mobiel Suit Gundam franchise that commenced back in 1979 and is even now delivering new shows until today.
The plot of War in the Pocket is set in Universal Century 0080. The location is the neutral colony cluster of Side 6, and it centers around a 10-year-old young man named Alfred Izuruha. He, much like most young boys his ages are extremely keen on the war between Earth Federation and Principality of Zeon. He is also really keen on mobile suits. Someday Al runs Christina, who Al used to know prior to when she left for Earth, but she has today moved back next door to him. What Al doesn’t never realize is that Chris has become test pilot of a prototype Gundam that’s being produced in secret by the Earth Federation in the colony. A Zeon Special Forces team has snuck onto the colony to obtain, or steal, or destroy the thing that the Earth Federation is trying to hide. Eventually Alfred stumbles upon a Zaku mobile suit that’s been shot down. There he encounters Bernard Wiseman, who Al gets to be friends with, and winds up helping Bernie and the Zeon with figuring out what the Earth Federation is trying to hide.
The three vital characters in this anime is Alfred Izuruha, often called Al. He is living with his mother on Side 6 and lives a reasonably dreary everyday life faraway from all the battling. However, he’s really keen on the war, and as the war reaches Side 6, he winds up befriending Bernard Wiseman and ends up assisting the Zeon.
Bernard Wiseman, often called Bernie through the entire the show, belongs to the Zeon soldiers who end up visiting Side 6. They are tasked with figuring out what the Earth Federation has brought to Side 6. However, Al starts making the effort to get involved with them and resulted on drawing unnecessary attention to them, so they wind up letting him join them and assist them out. However, Bernie himself ends up being really attracted to Al and because of them playing brothers they end up starting to be really best friends.
While Christina Mackenzie, often called Chris, is an older girl who Al used to know, but she has been departing for Earth. There she ended up joining the Earth Federation and now she has went back to Side 6 as a test pilot for the new Gundam that they are creating.
The animation in this anime can be excellent. The mobile suit battles move well and they tend not to keep pulling the camera away from the battle constantly, so you will get to find out most of what happens. I have practically nothing truly to complain about in regards to the animation. The character designs and background art is furthermore pretty good, despite the character designs could appear a tad wonky from time to time because of to numerous the lines in their faces.
The sound was outstanding. Even though no music in it stood out in my opinion as really perfect, it did it’s position really well. That said though, I wouldn’t say that the sound isn’t the robust fit of this series.
Just before I enter into my conclusions, I’m gonna ought to say that I am really not a Gundam fan. I just haven’t watched lots of Gundam shows, and mecha may be my least favorite genre. Then again though, I was looking forward to watching this anime. From what I had noticed it was somewhat different from lots of other Gundam shows, while as well sticking to what makes a Gundam show, and it does this by centering even more on the civilian aspect instead of mostly aimed at the military. This can be a switch in angle that I truly liked from this anime. Consequently, I found myself truly enjoying watching this anime. I appreciated seeing how the war suffering the civilians who’re not associated with this war and it does indeed a superb job in showing just how serious this is. It’s not hard to trigger bame for lost lives over on some others, which you see the soldiers do from time to time in this series, but that still fails to change that a war between two factions even now end up impacting on people doesn’t really have a single thing to do with it. I truly liked it. This anime OVA surely gets a recommendation from me.