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The year is Universal Century 0223. The Earth Federation has collapsed, and space colonies under the Federation's control were given autonomy. The space colonies are now referred to as space "Settlements". Following the end of the Federation, two opposing powers have emerged: the Congress of Settlement Nations (CONSENT), which is comprised mostly of the former Federation and Sides 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and the Settlement Freedom League, comprised of Sides 1, 4, and the Lunar Cities.
Various social crises, such as overpopulation and food shortages, have caused instability in the Earth Sphere. CONSENT suffers from a global food shortage, while the Settlement Freedom League has the capability to feed itself and is thus unaffected. When an agricultural breakthrough is made by scientists from the neutral Side 8 Settlement of Gaea, CONSENT resolves to suppress the technology by force. Opposing CONSENT is the Illuminati, an organization dedicated to maintaining peace in the Earth Sphere.
- G-SAVIOUR G-Saviour Origin Mode
- I-SAVIOUR Illusion
Vehicles and Support Units
Vehicles & Support Units
The project's actors are predominantly from the Canadian production company Polestar Entertainment, with the Japanese language version being dubbed into the film. Most of the outdoor set locations were in British Columbia, Canada. Production began in June 1998, and the film was released in 2000 and intended, along with the Turn A Gundam television series, to be the centerpiece of Sunrise's "Big Bang Project", the 20th anniversary celebration for the Gundam franchise. Gundam co-creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was not involved in the production of the film. The G-Saviour film is listed in the production catalog on the official Gundam website in Japan and the official website for Sunrise. It is still available on DVD in Japan as its original release from Bandai Visual.
It is unique among Gundam animated and live-action works in that the word "Gundam" is not in the title, or actually used at all throughout the film's run.
In October 1995, work began on the G-Saviour film project, beginning with the production of a promotional trailer to pitch the film to Sunrise. The promotional trailer was completed in March 1997, with CG work differing from the final film. In the trailer, a crime syndicate called Marchosias attempts to take over Side 4 with their Bugus. They begin to attack New Manhattan, the Settlement where the Side 4 government is based. The organization known as the Secret Vigilance of Side 4 (SV-4) intervenes, deploying the G-Saviour in its Terrain Mode Hover Type configuration. After defeating the Marchosias MS inside the Settlement, the G-Saviour switches to its Space Mode and along with the Illusion, destroy Marchosias' space forces.
The Japanese language version of G-Saviour first aired on TV Asahi and its affiliate ANN stations on December 29, 2000. The Japanese language version was subsequently released on both VHS and DVD. The original English language version was released on DVD in 2002 for North America by Bandai Entertainment.
Notes & Trivia
- The term "Gundam" is never mentioned in the film.
- One of the pilots, who only appear during the final battle, is played by Sam Vincent, who would later be known for voicing Athrun Zala and Tieria Erde in the English dubs of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 respectively.
- G-Saviour is one of the only instances of a production in the Gundam franchise being originally produced in English, then dubbed in Japanese.
- The Congressional Armed Forces uniforms seen in the film are reused props from the Starship Troopers film.
- The events of this film are referred to in other G-Saviour media as either the "Battle of Gaea" or "Light of Gaea".
- G-Saviour on Wikipedia
- G-Saviour on MAHQ
- Official G-Saviour website (Archived)
- Sunrise's G-Saviour DVD page
- Bandai Visual's G-Saviour DVD page
- Gundam Perfect Web's G-Saviour DVD page