series, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 - A War in the Pocket
, was the first Gundam OVA
series. It was also the first time anyone other than creator Tomino Yoshiyuki
was given a chance to direct a Gundam story. Released in 1989, it served to commemorate Gundam's ten-year anniversary. As suggested by its subtitle, "War in the Pocket," it is a small, personal story, focusing on the experiences of a ten-year-old boy during the One-Year War
Gundam 0080 also began an enduring tradition of retroactive redesigns. Yutaka Izubuchi updated the original Mobile Suit Gundam's dated mechanical designs and costumes, and since then every new creative team has offered its own take on the classic Gundam props.
The character designer for this series was Haruhiko Mikimoto.