Super Deformed Gundam

Super Deformed Gundam or SD Gundam is a series that spawned from the Gundam series. This series takes the mobile weapons and characters and express them in super deformed style.


SD Gundam originated from a contributed illustration of a junior high school student from Nagoya by the name of Koji Yokoi to the "Model News" magazine that Bandai was issuing in the 1980s. The illustration is of a Gundam but with an unusual proportion where the overall height of the Gundam is equal to 2 of its head. This illustration interested the chief editor and so leading to Koji Yokoi serializing SD Gundam in 4 frame comics in "Model News".

The super deformed design was suitable for capsule toys and so SD Gundam started merchandising with the Gashapon series "SD Gundam World" in 1985. Although at first SD Gundam started out as a parody of the Gundam series by the 1990s SD Gundam spawned many spin-off series, SD Sengokuden (Musha Gundam) which has a Sengoku setting, SD Gundam Gaiden (Knight Gundam) which has a fantasy medieval setting and SD Command Chronicles which has a modern military style to name a few.

With its popularity, SD Gundam merchandise expanded to include manga, trading cards, anime and video games.

Model kits

While regular Gundam model lines strive for realism by introducing High Grade, Master Grade, and Perfect Grade models, SD Gundam models are designed for (and sometimes by) the customization crowd. Many SD Gundam models are designed such that variations of the stock models, as seen by SD Gundam comics, can be made by using parts from other SD Gundam kits. Modifying SD models is very popular in Japan, more so than the full-sized counterparts. In addition to made-up robots contributed to SD Gundam comics, Bandai also held monthly contests for custom Gundam (usually Musha-based) models.

The model kit series is called "SD Gundam BB Senshi". 2007 saw the release of the 300th kit in the series. Forming the bulk of the series are Musha Gundam kits; the Musha kits have standard gimmicks like detachable armour and others, such as combination and compatibility of parts between kits. In recent years the G Generation kits have introduced a new proportion and enhanced poseability.

Scale is often inconsistent, especially in older kits where many characters from the same storyline are out of scale with one another. However, as the line continued these issues have mostly been addressed and sometimes been intentional. Dai-Shogun characters have often seen their final form released as a much larger figure (in some cases, this is included in the storyline by the character growing to giant size to combat an equally large foe).

Another model kit series called Ganso SD Gundam, though discontinued in the 1990s, covered all the SD Gundam series but mainly focus on Knight Gundam kits. These kits are made from more durable plastic and are bigger than the BB Senshi kits. They can be found at auction sites, usually with high prices.

Century number releases (100, 200, 300, etc) are often marked as special occasions. 2007 saw the release of the 300th BB Senshi kit in official numbering. However, the previous kit had been BB 295. Bandai retroactively filled in the missing five kits alongside releases of kits with the 300+ numbering. These retroactive kits were of units from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, many being recolours of existing kits. Additionally, popular SD Gundam kits have been re-released in waves at around the same time as new kits. These re-releases are broken down by series (Musha, Knight, Command, G-Generation). The popularity of these older kits is such that many have been included in later re-release waves.

Animation works

Some of the SD Gundam animation works, a more complete list is available at the Japanese wiki entry.

* Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mk I (1989)
* Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mk II (1989)
* SD Gundam's Counterattack (1989)
* Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mk III (1990)
* Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mk IV (1990)
* Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mk V (1990)
* SD Gundam Side Story (1990)
* SD Gundam Scramble (1991)
* SD Gundam: Dawn of Paparu (1991)
* SD Gundam Festival (1993)
* SD Gundam Mushaparaku (2001):A short music video produced by Sunrise D.I.D. (Digital Imaging Department?) that first appeared in Tokyo Hobby Show in 2001/10/13. The video uses cel-shaded versions of SD Gundam Mushamaruden characters. The video is bundled with the limited special color clear version of BB Senshi #178.
* SD Gundam Mushaparaku 2 (2003):Debuted in 42nd Shizuoka Hobby show 2003 on 2003/5/17, this video uses SD Gundam Mushamaruden 2 and 3 characters.
* SD Gundam Force (2004)

Manga works

In Japan, SD Gundam comics are published in the assembly maual of the BB Senshi kits, titled 'Comic World' (drawn by MARSHI a.k.a Susumu Imaishi). The popularity of the SD Gundam series led to stand-alone publications of SD Gundam comics, initially serialized in Comic Bom Bom by Kodansha. The Comic World stories may contain differences from their expanded counterparts. In later BB Senshi kits, especially the musha-themed kits, contain side story for the separately published series.

Most of the SD Gundam manga were serialized in Kodansha's Comic Bom Bom with the exception of Musharetsuden ZERO which was serialized in "Hobby Japan".

Some of the SD Gundam books are translated into Chinese and published by Rightman Publishing Ltd. in Hong Kong.

Below is a rough list of manga works, a more accurate and complete list is available at the Japanese wiki entry.

Musha Gundam series

*SD Musha Gundam Fuunroku by Koichi Yamato (9 volumes):contains the stories of Musha Shichinin Shuu to Densetsu no Daishougun
*Shin Musha Gundam Shichinin no Choushougun by Masahiro Kanda (2 volumes)
*Shin Musha Gundam Chou Kidou Daishougun by Masahiro Kanda (3 volumes)
*Chou Musha Gundam Bushin Kirahagane by Masahiro Kanda (2 volumes)
*Chou Musha Gundam Touba Daishougun by Masahiro Kanda (2 volumes)
*Shin Musha Gundam Tensei Shichinin Shuu by Masahiro Kanda (2 volumes)
*Shin Musha Gundam Musha Senki Hakari no Hengen Hen by Masahiro Kanda (2 volumes)
*SD Gundam Musha Generation by Masahiro Kanda (no takubon yet)
*SD Gundam Mushamaruden by Masato Ichishiki (2 volumes)
*SD Gundam Mushamaruden 2 by Masato Ichishiki (2 volumes)
*SD Gundam Mushamaruden 3 by Masato Ichishiki (3 volumes)
*SD Gundam Force Emaki Musharetsuden Bukabuka Hen by Masato Ichishiki (3 volumes)
*Musharetsuden Zero by MARSHI a.k.a Susumu Imaishi (serialized in Hobby Japan, 1 takubon)
*Musha Banchō Fūunroku by Masato Ichishiki (4 volumes)
*SD Gundam Sangokuden Fuuun Gouketsu Hen by Tokita Koichi (2 volumes)
*SD Gundam Sangokuden Eiyuu Gekitotsu Hen by Kentarō Yano (serializing in Kerokero Ace)

Knight Gundam series

*SD Gundam Gaidan Knight Gundam Monogatari by Ryuuichi Hoshino (10 volumes):contains the stories of Sieg Zion Hen to Seikihei Monogatari
*SD Gundam Gaiden Knight Gundam Monogatari Special by Ryuuichi Hoshino (3 volumes)
*Knight Gundam Kikoushin Densetsu by Ryuuichi Hoshino (3 volumes)
*Knight Gundam Maryuu Zero no Kishidan by Ryuuichi Hoshino (2 volumes)
*Knight Gundam Gold Saga by Ryuuichi Hoshino (3 volumes)
*Knight Gundam Gaitoushin Senki by Ryuuichi Hoshino (2 volumes)
*Knight Gundam Seiden by Ryuuichi Hoshino (3 volumes)
*Knight Gundam Kishidan (Powered) by Ryuuichi Hoshino (no takubon yet)
*SD Gundam Eiyuden by Koichi Tokita (5 volumes)


*SD Gundam Daibokan G Vehicle (serialized in Comic World and Comic Bom Bom Special Edition)
*SD Gundam Fullcolor Gekijou by Azuma Yuki <あずま 勇輝> (8 volumes, ongoing):this series is based on the SD Gundam Fullcolor Gashapon toy line, which are capsule toys for SD Gundam figures.

Game works

In the past most of the SD Gundam games are turn-based strategy games and Brawlers shooter but recent SD Gundam games started appearing in other genres.

Below is a rough list of game works, a more accurate and complete list is available at the Japanese wiki entry.

* SD Gundam Gachapon Senshi series
* SD Sengokuden series
* SD Gundam Side Story series
* SD Gundam Eiyūden series
* SD Gundam Arcade series
* SD Gundam G Generation series
* SD Gundam Force
* (2005)

The SD Gundam designs were also used throughout the earlier Super Robot Wars games (up through SRW F and F Final, stopping at SRW Alpha for the PS1), as can be seen by the pupils present in the eyes of the various Mobile Suits that appeared. From SRW Alpha and beyond, however, the eyes of Mobile Suits remain blank, though the robots themselves are still super-deformed (just as all mechs represented in typical SRW games are).

External links

Official sites

* [ SD Gundam Portal Site "We Love SD Gundam"] (Japanese)
* [ Bandai Hobby Site] (Japanese)

Information sites

* [ Gundam Comic Chronicle] - detailed information on all SD Gundam comics ever published (Japanese)
* [ Inugoya's homepage] - information on all SD Gundam timelines (Japanese)
* [ガンダム SD Gundam history page] (Japanese)
* [ STRIPE's home page] (Japanese)
* [ ToYaMeI's homepage] (Chinese)
* [ SD Gundam Papercrafts] (English)
* [ SD Gundam BB Senshi] (Chinese) - Detailed collection of all SD Gundam BB Senshi Model Kits

Publisher links

* [ Comic Bom Bom official site] (Japanese)
* [ Hobby JAPAN magazine official site] (Japanese)
* [ Rightman Publishing Ltd. official site] (Chinese)

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