Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (series)
by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
* * * * * Stars (Amazing!)
“Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin” is a manga series detailing a war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. In the distant future, humanity is forced to build colonies in outer space due to overpopulation. These colonies soon revolt, wishing to become independent. Both sides of the war start an arms race, culminating in the development of “mobile suits,” large robotic battle armors piloted by humans. I liked the series because it not only contained lots of epic battle scenes, but also explained the political and economic reasons behind each conflict. I believe that many of the lessons outlined in the story have the potential to be applicable to real-world politics.