Mobile Suit Gundam G40 (機動戦士ガンダムG40?) is a 2020 ONA by Sunrise and LDH made to promote the HG 1/144 Gundam G40 (Industrial Design Ver.), a collaboration between Ken Okuyama Design and the Bandai Hobby Center as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Gundam franchise. It depicts an abridged retelling of the One Year War, reimagining iconic scenes from Mobile Suit Gundam with new designs.
Orbiting above the Earth is a space colony. Five Zaku IIs approach the colony and enter it. They land in a residential area with one holding up its shield. A boy waves at one of the Zakus and it waves back. Above one Zaku has already damaged a building with one of its two Heat Hawks.
Elsewhere in the colony, the Gundam switches on and Kamaria Ray approaches its head as its glowing red eyes activate. She turns around and sees her son, Amuro Ray. Amuro runs away but the Gundam follows him. Kamaria's voice emanates from the Gundam as it reveals its empty cockpit.
Civilians in the colony watch the Zaku IIs pass by while Amuro gets into the cockpit. He fires the vulcans in panic and the Zakus return fire. One Zaku II gets close but he blocks the barrel with his left hand a rips off the Zaku's mouth with the other.
Later, Char Aznable approaches the colony in his custom Zaku II, seeing the White Base and and Gundam nearby. He hopes to be shown what the Earth Federation mobile suit can do. Amuro approaches, stating that Zaku are not human. He engages the scope but Char dodges, dealing a direct hit afterwards. While Amuro is in shock, Char is amazed that the Gundam is still functioning. Amuro fires more shots from his beam rifle but continues to miss. Char returns fire with a machine gun but the Gundam protects itself with the shield. Eventually, the Zaku and Gundam are head to head. Amuro fires the vulcans but Zaku kicks the Gundam in the abdomen.
Afterwards, Amuro flies the core fighter and docks with the Gundam. The Gundam has more battles with Zakus and Char's custom. Eventually, the Gundam performs atmospheric entry, and fights on Earth. Finally, at A Baoa Qu, the Gundam loses its left arm and then head and Amuro fires one last shot upwards.
- MS-06 Zaku II
- Gundam G40 (Industrial Design Ver.)
- MS-06S Char's Zaku II
- TO THE SKY by FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE
- SHOW YOU THE WAY by THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE
The ONA was uploaded to the Gundam Channel on YouTube for Japanese viewers on January 1, 2020. Gundam.Info uploaded a version with English subtitles on their channel on January 20, 2020.
Notes & Trivia
- Instead of Side 7 Noa being an O'Neill Cylinder at L3, it is a Stanford Torus in Low Earth Orbit similar to Laplace. The colonists are also depicted wearing 18th century-style fashion.