Gundam: G no Reconguista Review & Characters - Ooh, Shiny Robots! (Gundam: Reconguista in G)


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Ooh, Shiny Robots!

  • Episodes : 26
  • Genre : Sci-Fi, Mecha, Space, Action
  • Airing Date : October 3, 2014 – March 27, 2015
  • Producers : Sunrise

Gundam Reconguista in G Preview / Plot (No Spoilers)

Reconguista in G starts out with a mysterious mobile suit, the G-Self, attacking the Capital Tower. This tower is actually an orbital elevator that connects Earth to space colonies outside of its orbit. The arrival of the G-Self sets in motion a series of events that will cut the precarious ties that have held together the Regild Century’s “harmonious era of peace and prosperity”.

Bellri Zenam is one of the soldiers who was training in the Capital Tower at the time of the G-Self’s attack. He becomes the only earthling capable of piloting the mobile suit. The Capital Guard quickly realizes that this kind of weaponry is something far more advanced than what they’re currently capable of manufacturing. It is in fact a direct violation of the Ag-Tech Taboo, a treaty that dictates no nation or space colony may obtain advanced warfare technology.

The past era, Universal Century, was filled with wars utilizing Gundams to end the lives of thousands and cause devastation. It seems someone has secretly re-constructed similar technology in the present. The story follows Bellri, the Capital Army, and various factions as they piece together where this suit came from and what the implications of its existence might mean for humanity.

Gundam Reconguista in G OP Blazing

Who does Gundam: G no Reconguista cater to?

This latest entry into the Gundam franchise was very much created for fans of the original series. There are so many callbacks to Mobile Suit Gundam that you may as well call Bellri and Luin this generation’s Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, respectively. There are other names, character designs, locations, technical jargon, and scenes that only make sense if you’ve watched the older series.

If you are a fan of Mobile Suit Gundam, then you will enjoy this show more than a person who is just being introduced into the Gundam franchise. A new fan may still enjoy the series, but they will have to pay attention to every scene and more than likely have to spend some time online looking up mobile suit jargon and piecing together each episode into a cohesive story. It really is a show catering to loyal Gundam fans who have been there since the beginning.

What's so appealing about this piece of work.

The mobile suit designs and the animation are extraordinary. The fights are exciting and visually stunning. Gundam battles are where this show truly excels. So, if you’re a fan of sabers, beam rifles, mecha dismemberment, flashing lights, and explosions then you will not be disappointed by Reconguista in G.

Reconguista in G ED

Gundam: Reconguista in G ED Main Characters List

Bellri Zenam

gundam reconguista Bellri Zenam

Voice Actor : Mark Ishii

Bellri is a the son of Operations Director Wilmit Zenam and a space cadette for the Capital Guard. Though he is young, he skipped two classes and is a very talented pilot. He was going through a routine exercise when the G-Self disrupted his training and attacked the Capital Tower. Somehow, he is capable of piloting the G-Self mobile suit. It’s an ability that only he and two others share.

He is typically a carefree person. But, he becomes extremely motivated and loyal when his heart finds a cause worth fighting for.

Aida Surugan

gundam reconguista Aida Surugan

Voice Actor :Yuu Shimamura

Aida is the adopted daughter of Amerian General Gusion Surugan. She can be hot tempered and rash. But, most of the times she acts mature and is a very capable leader. She is first introduced as the 2nd pilot of the G-Self. Her mission was to aid a small team in stealing photon batteries from the Capital Tower.

Later she is shown piloting the Gundam G-Arcane. Though she is not an exceptionally gifted pilot, she is one of the few people capable of activating the Rayhunton Code and using the Gundam mobile suits.

Luin Lee

gundam reconguista Luin Lee

Voice Actor :Takuya Satou

Luin is a gifted soldier and is the head of Bellri’s cadet class. He is a Kuntala and that fact motivates him to make a name for himself. He wants to prove his worth while enacting some kind of revenge for the atrocities committed towards his people.

He pilots various mobile suits throughout the show. He is proficient in each one and is capable of fighting evenly against the genius Klim Nick and any of the other ace pilots.


Contains Spoilers

Gundam: Reconguista in G Review

I previously wrote an article covering the first half of the show. I tried to recap the important events and explain what was covered by each episode. It was something that a lot of people needed because the story was so confusing and ill-paced.

Gundam Reconguista in G [Mid-Season Review, Recap & Summary]

It would be great if I could tell you the second half had a better developed story and characters. Unfortunately, that is not the case. It kept the same muddled narrative and actually threw in more characters and factions. Keeping track of the Capital Army, Capital Guard, Amerian Army, Towasangans, Venus Globe members, and G-IT Laboratory members is a daunting task to ask of anyone.

Most fans of the show stopped caring about character development and a cohesive story arc. Also, the ridiculous attempts at over the top comedy were brushed aside. After that… people actually started to enjoy it more. If you stop trying to make sense of things the show becomes much more enjoyable.

The mobile suit designs, abilities, and battles are all very well done. The similarities to the original Mobile Suit Gundam were much appreciated by long-time fans. Plus, there was an interesting “plot twist” thrown in with Bellri and Aida.

I feel that those reasons along with a few others are enough to justify watching the show. It can be entertaining if you go into it with the right mindset. Though, if you want to get the most out of Reconguista in G, I still recommend watching the original series first.

1. G-Self vs Wuxias

gundam reconguista G-Self (High Torque)

Bellri uses the newly installed High Torque Pack to race across a wet marsh and rescue Aida. She was overmatched by several Wuxia mobile suits. Luckily the extremely strong speed boost from the pack allowed Bellri to arrive in time before they caused her any serious harm.

Bellri was able to unmount the pack but activate it remotely. It charged his enemy while the G-Self flanked him from behind. This caught the enemy Wuxia off-guard and led to a very Dragonball-esque attack by the G-Self.

2. Rayhunton Lineage

Gundam Reconguista in G ep16 capture

In what was probably the biggest surprise of the series, Bellri and Aida arrived at Towasanga only to be given some unexpected news. They were actually siblings and from the royal Rayhunton family.

They were separated, one sent to Earth and the other to Ameria, so that they would not be killed by the Dorette family and the Hazm government. The Rayhunton Codes (installed in the G-Self and G-Arcane) only responded to people with Rayhunton DNA. So, that explains why they were the only ones (besides Raraiya) capable of piloting those mobile suits.

3. Final Battle on Earth

G-Self vs Kabakali

The final showdown on Earth was easily the most entertaining and exciting scene. There were multiple gundams and mobile suits fighting all over the place. Some of them started battling in the air, then continued onto land, and even still underground in ruins of the Universal Century. There were actually so many pilots fighting that it’d be tedious (and I’d likely lose your attention) typing out all of the match-ups that were taking place.

Of course the most anticipated fight was between Bellri (G-Self) taking on Luin (Kabakali) and it did not disappoint! They pushed each other to their limits and tore their mobile suits to pieces. It was definitely the high intensity brawl that the show needed for its last episode.


Watching Mobile Suit Gundam first is highly recommended. You’ll see the subtle callbacks such as Bellri struggling with his New type-ish abilities and a brief scene in the Jaburo Base. Likewise, it’ll really drive home the reasoning behind the Ag-Tech Taboo and why seeing a Gundam, in the present, would cause everyone to panic and basically start an arms race. But, you can still enjoy this show on its own merit. Just be patient, focus on the Gundams themselves, and realize that the story isn’t supposed to make a lot of sense.

Javier Garcia

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Author: Javier Garcia

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