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How do we determine what is canon when we write Gundam articles? We follow the Sunrise policy on Gundam Official storylines. Only anime productions are official.

Gundam Official

What this means is, Gundam anime has the highest priority when it comes to determining what is Gundam Official. If a series has both an anime and a non-anime release, the anime will always be considered official regardless of whether it came before or after the non-anime release. If a series is first published as a light novel or manga and an anime is subsequently released, the characters and events in the anime will be considered Gundam Official.

This doesn't mean that non-anime stories and characters are considered non-canon. If a particular story only exists in manga or novel form, that will be Gundam Official until an anime is made. However, the caveat is that all these have to be produced under Sunrise supervision. These are considered semi-official.

There are too many Gundam spinoffs, especially in manga and games. Some of these are licensed from Sunrise but not created with input from Sunrise. These are considered unofficial by Sunrise, hence MechaBay regards these as non-canon.

MechaBay canon

We use the following to determine what storylines are canon:

  1. Anime series, OVAs and ONAs.
  2. Compilation movies. These are usually condensed or corrected versions of the anime series.
  3. Manga and light novels.
  4. Games

Discrepancies will be pointed out in the Behind the Scenes section of each article.

While we try to ensure that MechaBay provides the most updated information, we might be a little slow in catching up with changes due to a release of an anime production. We are most likely working on new articles so we appreciate any help with noticing areas in existing articles that require updates.

See full article: Gundam Canon

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