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Tré Roland-Martin

Mobile Suit Gundam and Macross are two sci-fi animes that many nerds everywhere know about, involving futuristic themes with robots and battles, but what about a South Korean version of the two (made into one series)?

Space Gundam V was made in South Korea in 1983, three years after Mobile Suit Gundam's ending, by Kim Cheong-gi. It was an animated sci-fi series that is unrelated to Mobile Suit Gundam, despite it's name.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the South Korean government had illegalized Japanese media, and this includes animes and mangas, and for this reason, many unauthorized Korean versions and interpretations of Japanese animation began to spread (in a way similar to films released in Turkey during the '70s and '80s such as Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, commonly known as Turkish Star Wars due to its illegal use of Star Wars footage that was placed into the film, as well as how some films in Italy ripped off films like Jaws and the Evil Dead series).

Space Gundam V typically involves a pre-teen boy piloting a giant robot in order to defeat villains such as a demon and a huge rat. However, when clips of the show began circulating on YouTube, it gained widespread infamy; many fans of Macross criticized the robot in the show to be a rip-off of the VF-1J Valkyrie from that exact show. The rather low-budget animation was also a factor.

I've seen Turkish Star Wars, but I've never actually seen any episodes of Space Gundam V, but I think it might be an interesting show; certain mockbusters can be good, but most of them, not so much.


What are your thoughts on Space Gundam V?


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