In a poll taken on the official Gundam news portal Gundam Info, it was voted that New Mobile Report Gundam Wing was the most memorable Gundam series of the early Heisei period, outside of the Universal Century. The poll had a total of 2,847 voters with Gundam Wing taking 38.3%, Turn-A Gundam with 21.5%, G Gundam 21.0%, and Gundam X with 19.3%.
New Mobile Report Gundam Wing was broadcast in Japan from April 1995 to March 1996, the series was the second entry in Sunrise’s “Alternate Universe” direction for the Gundam franchise not set within in the main Universal Century timeline.
Directed by Masashi Ikeda, Shinji Takamatsu and scripted by Katsuyuki Sumizawa, the series is set within After Colony 195, depicting political tension and war between the United Earth Sphere Alliance, Organization of the Zodiac(OZ), and the oppressed space colonies. The space colonies’ trump card is five skilled young men and their advanced mobile suits, Gundams. The series was popular with women and has gained worldwide acclaim, it is noteworthy as the first Gundam series to broadcast in the United States. The success of the series earned it a three episode OVA sequel taking place one year after the series, titled Endless Waltz.
The 1999 Turn A Gundam series marked the return of Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino directing a Gundam series after his departure from the franchise following Mobile Suit Victory Gundam. The series celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Gundam franchise and Tomino’s first Gundam work not set within the Universal Century he had created.
Taking place in the Victorian-inspired Correct Century, the series is an unique entry in the franchise for its avant-garde designs and setting. Tomino tapped Hollywood scifi designer and visual futurist Syd Mead for the mechanical designs, with Capcom’s Akira Yasuda(Akiman) for the character designs.
Following Yoshiyuki Tomino’s departure from the Gundam franchise, the 1994 Mobile Fighter G Gundam series is unique for being the first Gundam entry not set within the Universal Century. This would become a staple trend for the franchise having the headlining TV series set in their own self-contained timelines, fans have coined this concept “Alternate Universes”.
G Gundam distinguished itself within the frachise by being a break from the war drama, politics and complex themes accustomed to previous Gundam entries, in favor of a bold world tournament storyline and Super Robot-esque elements.
After War Gundam X was released in 1996 depicting a post-apocalyptic setting within the “After War” timeline, following fifteen years after the 7th Space War between the United Nations Earth and Space Revolutionary Army destroying much of the Earth. The series follows protagonist Garrod Ran as he joins the crew of the Frieden in their mission to rescue Newtypes from being exploited in this chaotic time, while a new United Nations Earth government is being established, fanning the flames of war once more.