Gundam Watch Order: Including Series and Movies

Gundam Watch Order: Including Series and Movies

Gundam is a Japanese media franchise that began in 1979 and is one of the oldest active media franchises from Japan. The franchise began on April 7, 1979 with Mobile Suit Gundam, a TV series that defined the “real robot” mecha anime genre by featuring giant robots called mobile suits in a militaristic setting. The franchise was created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate, also known as the creator of Cowboy Bebop.

Although the franchise is present in numerous artistic fields, the anime is what concerns us today, as we are going to bring you the ultimate watching order for the complete Gundam anime series, including the series (regular anime series, OVA, and ONA episodes) and the movies. The guide will contain all of the material, listed in the proper chronological order.

How many Gundam episodes are there?

If our numbers are correct, as of November 2021, there is a total of 1,052 Gundam episodes. This includes the actual anime series, specials, shorts, OVA episodes and series, ONA episodes and series, and some OVA compilations. The number of episodes for the upcoming 2022 anime series is still unknown, so we haven’t included it in our calculation.

Seeing how Gundam series is one of the best anime and had a lot of compilations over the years, it is difficult to determine the exact number of episodes, so keep in mind that the number might not be fully correct but we’re definitely not far off.

How many Gundam movies are there?

As of 2021, and including the scheduled 2022 releases, there are a total of 35 Gundam movies (excluding the one live-action one from 2000), most of which are compilation movies, though, that simply sums up some of the series in a shorter format. There are, of course, several original movies but out of the 35 movies, the majority are simply compilation movies that you can, for the most part, skip if you’ve seen the anime series.

Gundam watch order

Gundam‘s chronology is one of the most expansive and complex in the world of anime. It is very difficult to follow the complete narrative with a guide, which is why we have decided to bring you, firstly, a list of the material, and then that same list in chronological order. The latter will include fewer titles than the first list simply because the material on the first list will also contain compilations that we won’t be listing later. Here is the first list:

NameMediaRelease dateTimeline and year
Mobile Suit GundamTV series: 43 episodes1979–1980UC 0079
Mobile Suit GundamCompilation movies: 31981–1982UC 0079
Mobile Suit Zeta GundamTV series: 50 episodes1985–1986UC 0087
Mobile Suit Zeta GundamCompilation movies: 32005–2006UC 0087
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZTV series: 47 episodes1986–1987UC 0088
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZOVA: 2 episodes2009UC 0088
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s CounterattackMovie1988UC 0093
Mobile Suit SD GundamMovies: 51988, 1989, 1991, 1993
Mobile Suit SD GundamOVA: 9 episodes1989–1991
Mobile Suit SD GundamCompilation TV series: 8 episodes1993
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the PocketOVA: 6 episodes1989UC 0079-80
Mobile Suit Gundam F91Movie1991UC 0123
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust MemoryOVA: 13 episodes1991–1992UC 0083
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust MemoryCompilation movie1992UC 0083
Mobile Suit Victory GundamTV series: 51 episodes1993–1994UC 0153
Mobile Fighter G GundamTV series: 49 episodes1994–1995Future Century 60
Mobile Suit Gundam WingTV series: 49 episodes1995–1996After Colony 195
Mobile Suit Gundam WingCompilation specials: 4 episodes1996After Colony 195
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS TeamOVA: 12 episodes1996–1999UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS TeamCompilation movie1998UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS TeamSpecial2013UC 0079
After War Gundam XTV series: 39 episodes1996After War 15
Gundam Wing: Endless WaltzOVA: 3 episodes1997After Colony 196
Gundam Wing: Endless WaltzCompilation movie1998After Colony 196
Gundam: Mission to the RiseShort film1998
Turn A GundamTV series: 50 episodes1999–2000Correct Century 2343-5
Turn A GundamCompilation movies: 22002Correct Century 2343-5
G-SaviourLive-action TV movie2000UC 0223
Gundam Neo Experience 0087: Green DiverSpecialty format movie2001UC 0087
Gundam EvolveAnimated shorts: 15 episodes2001–2007
Mobile Suit Gundam SEEDTV series: 50 episodes2002–2003Cosmic Era 71
Mobile Suit Gundam SEEDOVA: 2 episodes2004Cosmic Era 71
Mobile Suit Gundam SEEDCompilation specials: 3 episodes2004Cosmic Era 71
Superior Defender Gundam ForceTV series: 52 episodes2003–2004
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year WarOVA: 3 episodes2004UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DestinyTV series: 50 episodes2004–2005Cosmic Era 73-74
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DestinyOVA: 1 episode2004Cosmic Era 73-74
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DestinyCompilation specials: 4 episodes2006Cosmic Era 73-74
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079OVA: 3 episodes2006UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: StargazerONA: 1 episode2006Cosmic Era 73
Mobile Suit Gundam 00TV series: 50 episodes2007–2009Anno Domini 2307-2308, 2312
Mobile Suit Gundam 00OVA: 3 episodes2009Anno Domini 2307-2308, 2312
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Gravity FrontOVA: 3 episodes2009UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam UnicornOVA: 7 episodes, 1 special episode2010–2014UC 0096
Mobile Suit Gundam UnicornCompilation TV series: 22 episodes2016UC 0096
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle WarriorsMovie2010
SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle WarriorsTV series: 51 episodes2010
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the TrailblazerMovie2010Anno Domini 2314
Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning GSpecials: 3 episodes2010
Mobile Suit Gundam AGETV series: 49 episodes2011–2012Advanced Generation 115-164
Mobile Suit Gundam AGECompilation OVA: 2 episodes2013Advanced Generation 115-164
Gundam Build FightersTV series: 25 episodes2013–2014Our Century
Gundam Build FightersSpecials: 3 episodes2014Our Century
Mobile Suit Gundam-sanTV series: 13 episodes2014
Gundam Reconguista in GTV series: 26 episodes2014–2015Regild Century 1014
Gundam Reconguista in GCompilation movies: 52019–TBARegild Century 1014
Gundam Build Fighters TryTV series: 25 episodes2014–2015Our Century
Gundam Build Fighters TryOVA: 1 episode2016Our Century
Mobile Suit Gundam: The OriginOVA: 6 episodes2015–2018UC 0068, 0071, 0078
Mobile Suit Gundam: The OriginTV series: 13 episodes2019UC 0068, 0071, 0078
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded OrphansTV series: 50 episodes2015–2017Post Disaster 323, 325
Mobile Suit Gundam ThunderboltONA: 8 episodes2015–2017UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam ThunderboltCompilation movies: 22016–2017UC 0079
Mobile Suit Gundam: Twilight AXISONA: 6 episodes2017UC 0096
Mobile Suit Gundam: Twilight AXISCompilation movie2017UC 0096
Gundam Build Fighters: BattlogueONA: 5 episodes2017Our Century
Gundam Build Fighters: GM’s CounterattackONA: 1 episode2017Our Century
Gundam Build DiversPrologue ONA: 1 episode2018Our Century
Gundam Build DiversTV series: 25 episodes2018Our Century
Mobile Suit Gundam NarrativeMovie2018UC 0097
SD Gundam World Sangoku SoketsudenONA: 10 Episodes2019–2021Unknown Timeline
Gundam Build Divers Re:RiseONA: 26 Episodes2019–2020Our Century
Gundam Build Divers: BattlogueONA: 1 episode2020Our Century
Gundam Build RealLive-action Net Drama2021Our Century
SD Gundam World HeroesONA2021Unknown Timeline
Mobile Suit Gundam: HathawayMovies: 32021–TBAUC 0105
Gundam Breaker BattlogueONA: 6 Episodes2021Unknown Timeline
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from MercuryTV series2022Unknown Timeline
Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s IslandMovie2022UC 0079

As for watching Gundam in chronological order, this is how the works are ordered:

WorkTitleYearRelease DateType
MainMobile Suit Gundam: The OriginUC 00682015OVA
MainMobile Suit GundamUC 00791979TV
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS TeamUC 00791996OVA
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team – A Battle with the Third DimensionUC 00792013Special
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year WarUC 00792004OVA
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079UC 00792006OVA
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Gravity of the BattlefrontUC 00792008OVA
MainMobile Suit Gundam ThunderboltUC 00792015ONA
MainMobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt 2nd SeasonUC 00792017ONA
MainMobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the PocketUC 00801989OVA
MainMobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust MemoryUC 00831991OVA
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Fading Light of ZeonUC 00831992Movie
MainMobile Suit Zeta GundamUC 00871985TV
Side StoryGundam Neo Experience 0087: Green DiversUC 00872001Movie
MainMobile Suit Gundam ZZUC 00881986TV
MainMobile Suit Gundam: Char’s CounterattackUC 00931988Movie
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: One of Seventy TwoUC 0095.12.032013Special
MainMobile Suit Gundam UnicornUC 00962010OVA
MainMobile Suit Gundam: Twilight AxisUC 00962015ONA
MainMobile Suit Gundam NTUC 00972018Movie
MainMobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s FlashUC 01052021Movie
MainMobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash 2?TBAMovie
MainMobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash 3?TBAMovie
MainMobile Suit Gundam F91UC 01231991Movie
MainMobile Suit Victory GundamUC 01531993TV
MainGundam: G no ReconguistaRC 10142014TV
Side StoryGundam: G no Reconguista – From the Past to the FutureRC 10142015Special
MainMobile Fighter G GundamFC 00601994TV
MainMobile Suit Gundam WingAC 1951995TV
MainMobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz MovieAC 1951998Movie
MainAfter War Gundam XAW 00151996TV
MainTurn A GundamCC1999TV
MainMobile Suit Gundam SEEDCE 00712002TV
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam SEED: After-Phase Between the StarsCE 00712004Special
MainMobile Suit Gundam SEED DestinyCE 00712004TV
Side StoryMobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E.73: StargazerCE00732006ONA
MainMobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen FutureCE 00742005OVA
MainMobile Suit Gundam SEED Movie?TBAMovie
MainMobile Suit Gundam 00AD 23072007TV
MainMobile Suit Gundam 00 Second SeasonAD 23112008TV
MainMobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie: A Wakening of the TrailblazerAD 23142010Movie
MainMobile Suit Gundam AGEAG 1082011TV
SummaryMobile Suit Gundam AGE: Memory of EdenAG 1082013OVA
MainGundam Build Fighters2013TV
MainGundam Build Fighters: GM no Gyakushuu2017ONA
MainGundam Build Fighters Try2014TV
MainGundam Build Fighters Try: Island Wars2016OVA
Side StoryGundam Build Fighters: Battlogue2017ONA
MainGundam Build Divers Prologue2018ONA
MainGundam Build Divers2018TV
MainGundam Build Divers Re:Rise2019ONA
MainGundam Build Divers Re:Rise 2nd Season2020ONA
MainGundam Build Divers: Battlogue2020ONA
MainMobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded OrphansPD 3142015TV
MainMobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2nd SeasonPD 3142016TV
MainMobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – Urðr HuntPD 323TBAONA

Those works that we have not listed here are either not canon or are standalone stories unconnected to the main timeline. This means you can watch them however you want. The chronology also gives more details on certain series, seasons, and episodes.

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Do you need to watch Gundam in order?

Well, Gundam is a pretty large franchise and the release dates of specific episodes and movies don’t necessarily follow the chronology of the universe. Now, this is a major issue if you want to connect all the dots, which is why we highly recommend that you follow our chronological guide from this article, as it will help you understand the whole franchise much better.

Will there be more Gundam anime?

There is absolutely no doubt that there will be further Gundam episodes and/or movies. We already had a short series in 2021, and we have two upcoming projects planned for a 2022 release. Seeing how Gundam has survived for – now – almost half a century, we’re certain that more material is on the way.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.