|Name:||Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (機動戦士ガンダム00（ダブルオー）, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu Ō, Mobile Suit Gundam Double-O|
|Creator:||Mizushima Seiji (director), Kuroda Yousuke (writer)|
|Date(s):||TV Anime: 2007-2009|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||Gundam 00 Official Website |
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The anime follows a group of terrorists equipped with advanced technology who threaten to fight anyone who engages in conflict as a method of preventing war.
Gundam 00 aired in Japan on two channels, Mainichi Broadcasting System and Tokyo Broadcasting System. The first season ran from October 2007 to March 2008, while the second began in October 2008 and ended in March 2009. The movie, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, which is a direct sequel to the series, was released in Japanese theaters in September 2010. The series was licensed in the US by Bandai Entertainment, and aired on the Sci-Fi Channel's Ani-Monday Block starting in November 2008, with the second season starting in November 2009. Bandai also released both seasons and the movie on DVD in the U.S., but after the company closed, it went out of print. In 2015, Sunrise Entertainment announced that they were taking over distribution of the series.
In the Philippines, Gundam 00 aired on the Toonami Block of Cartoon Network Philippines. In Europe, the series is licensed by Beez Entertainment.
Spinoffs and Additional Media
Gundam 00 has been adapted into manga, novels, a videogame, and a stage play. Several manga and novels are also set in the Gundam 00 setting but featuring different characters or set at different times. The most notable of these are:
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00P: A novel series set before canon
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00N: A photo novel anthology that occurs during canon
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00F: A manga series focused on a different branch of the Celestial Being organization than the one featured in canon
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00I: Another manga, and 00F's sequel
When Gundam 00 first aired on TV, a wide range of fans were introduced to the series. This, paired with the character designs by known shounen-ai mangaka Kouga Yun, resulted in a large number of female fans despite the fact that mecha fandom can sometimes be hostile to that demographic.
In this fandom, much of the shipping focuses on the main team of protagonists, or on canon pairings. Het and slash are the most common, though there are a few femslash pairings. The Locktie pairing (involving Neil Dylandy and Tieria Erde) is notable for being a slash pairing that many fans feel was heavily implied in canon.
Some of the most common pairings include:
- Setsuna/Marina or SetsuMari
- Setsuna/Neil or Lockset
- Neil/Tieria or Locktie
- Allelujah/Marie or AlleMarie
- Saji/Louise or SajiLouise
- Billy/Graham or Akugiri
- Lichtendahl/Christina or Christendahl
Despite the wide range of pairings available in the fandom, there is a significant contingent of the fandom that is more focused on Gen works and platonic relationships.
Threesome pairings are also popular in some parts of the fandom, specifically Allelujah/Neil/Tieria. Finally, there is a tendency to ship the characters Setsuna F. Seiei and Graham Aker with their robots, due to the way they talk about their machines in canon. In most of fandom this is treated as a joke, but because Setsuna's robot was personified as a young woman in one of the openings, and because some people are interested in human/machine ships, there are certain people who are more serious about these ships.
Tropes & Fanon
Over time, certain trends in Gundam 00 fanfiction have emerged.
- Fix-it fics: Due to the large number of character deaths, this trope and the related Everybody Lives are popular. These fics often focus on the Season 1 finale as a point of divergence.
- Futurefic: Fics continuing the character's arcs after the series are very common.
- Character Study: This type of fic is popular, possibly due to the show's large cast, many of whom had limited screentime.
Additionally, there are certain pieces of fanon that have come to be commonly accepted by fans:
When Gundam 00 first aired, there was still an active fannish presence on LiveJournal, so much of the fannish activity related to the series happened there.
- Gundam 00 Kinkmeme: No longer active, but when the series aired this (and the related Season 2 and Movie kinkmemes) were centers of fannish activity.
- Anime News Network Encylopedia: Sci-Fi Channel Accessed 13 August 2020