A beginner’s guide to 40 years of robots, rivals, and sci-fi pacifism from Mobile Suit Gundam

April 7, 1979 was the date of the Japanese premiere of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Gundam, a low-rated sci-fi anime show about giant robots that—in the 40 years since—has used the awesome power of merchandising to become a pop culture force that’s essentially on par with something like Star Wars here in the United…

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