Time Enforcer Anubis here with a fresh review!
The One Year War era of Gundam is an infinitely-expandable part of the Gundam Franchise. While the Mobile Suit Gundam anime focuses on the RX-78-2 and the White Base crew, there are a plethora of other events that happen before, during, and after the events of the TV series.
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO is a series of two OVAs (“The Hidden One Year War” and “Apocalypse 0079”) set in the One Year War. It tells the story of a group of Zeon military personnel tasked with the evaluation of experimental weapons throughout different points of the One Year War. The MS IGLOO series distinguishes itself from other Gundam anime by being entirely CGI.
The premise of MS IGLOO is basically an excuse to show really cool one-off weapons doing really cool things in computer-generated 3D. That isn’t to say that the story doesn’t matter, but it’s heavily outshined by the action, which certainly steals the show.
MS IGLOO is a Gundam technology fan’s wet dream. From a massive plasma cannon that pulls Salamis cruisers off-course simply by firing past them, to a giant tank that destroys enemy mobile suits in one shot, all the way to a custom Z’gok designed to take out ships trying to leave atmosphere, MS IGLOO serves up an entire R&D department’s worth of prototype weaponry. It also provides a unique perspective on the One Year War, and sheds some light on events such as the Battle of Loum, Operation Cemballo, and the aftermath of Operation Odessa.
The amount of detail comes with a price, however. When the action isn’t taking the stage, there’s a good deal of exposition, and, while it’s well-presented, those who aren’t already familiar with the One Year War might get lost in all the information. While it’s certainly possible to enjoy MS IGLOO without knowing the ins and outs of the One Year War’s timeline, it’s definitely geared more toward hardcore Universal Century Gundam buffs.
MS IGLOO serves the same purpose as the evaluation team whose story it tells: It showcases the tech of the UC Gundam universe, and does it very well. While it might be a bit complex for newcomers, it’s still fairly enjoyable to those unfamiliar with the One Year War, and it’s easy enough to familiarize oneself before watching. If you’re into UC Gundam, especially from a mecha and technology aspect, you owe it to yourself to watch MS IGLOO.
‘Till next time!