Gundam is one of the most famous anime ever created, and with good reason! Between its epic battles, beautifully designed robots and characters, and tragic backstories, Gundam’s popularity continues to grow to this day, even though it first debuted in 1979 in Japan. No matter your age or where you live, if you like anime or Japanese culture at all, chances are you know about Gundam or at least heard of it.
The battle between Gundam and Transformers has been an ongoing debate since the 80s. For those of you who don't know, Gundam is a Japanese TV show that's all about giant robots fighting each other. And in America, there's this show called Transformers where cars turn into giant robots and they fight too.
It's been a long-standing question among anime fans and robot enthusiasts over which is better: Mobile Suits or Transformers.
What is a Gundam?
The Gundam series is a Japanese anime and manga franchise created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate. The original story takes place in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity's growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their independence, but face opposition from governments that wish to keep them under control.
What are the different types of Gundams?
Each Gundam has a different set of strengths and weaknesses, depending on the type of pilot. For example, Gundam Barbatos is best for close-quarters combat and is perfect for those who like to get up close and personal with their enemies. On the other hand, Gundam Exia is better suited for long-range battles due to its high power output in beam weaponry. While fans have yet to come to a consensus about the best all-around Gundam mobile suit as most have their draw backs but one unit that has stood the test of time is the Gundam Wing Zero piloted by the infamous Heero Yuy
( We're just going to ignore all the more... lets say out there choices of Mobile Suits that exist in the MASSIVE gundam history.... looking at you hurricane gundam)
What are Transformers?
The Transformers are a group of alien robots who crash-landed on Earth in the late 20th century and were adopted by humanity. They have been at war with the Decepticons, their enemies, ever since. The Autobots are led by Optimus Prime and his lieutenant Ratchet. They are allied with humankind, but work independently to protect themselves from their enemies. The Decepticons are led by Megatron and his second-in-command Starscream.
Both of these franchises have been around for decades, and they have both had their share of iconic moments. But which one is more badass? Let's find out!
Lets pit the poster boy Optimus up against the Poster boy RX78-2 while being an older unit the "Grandaddy" Gundam as it is affectionately called is still very nimble although standing only 18feet tall he can not only take but pack a punch with its Luna Titanium Armor this little guy can shrug off most beams and bullets with little difficulty
Optimus stands 22 Feet tall with the capability of disguising himself into your average overly painted Semi Truck. Optimus Prime real name Orion Pax is the ever fearless and ever eloquent speech giving leader of the Autobots
Lets talk weaponry
Both units have a wide array of weapons they use when the need arises but for now we'll go with the standard mission loadout for both!
- 2 × 60mm Vulcan Gun mounted on either sides of its head
- BOWA-XBR-M-79-07G Beam Rifle (which only comes with 10-15 shots on a full charge)
- RX-M-SH-008/S-01025 Shield fully capable of surviving the the heat of re-entering the earth's atmosphere this sheild is an irreplaceable part of this unit's loadout
- 2 × Beam Saber (2 x Beam Javelin) For getting up close and personal
This highly depends on what continuity you are using so I'll go withHe primary used Ion Blaster, Barrage Cannons, Machine Gun, Dual Energon Swords, Hand-Held Energon Sword, Rusty Dual Energon Sword, Knuckle-Spikes, Energon Hooks, Energon Axe, Shield, Thermal Cannon, Thermal Machine gun, Missile, Quad Barrel Shotgun, and Knuckle-Spikes.
Transformers are the clear victor in this battle. They have a head start on Gundam with their iconic hero, Optimus Prime and their ability to transform into vehicles. Plus, they are much better known in the Western world than Mobile Suits ever will be due to merchandising but still. I mean, just look at how many people didn't know what I was talking about when I said Mobile Suit instead of Transformer. There is no way you could convince me that a robot transforming into an alien isn't more badass than a guy transforming from a tiny ship to some sort of super robot. However feel free to sound off in the comments I'll gladly take you on!