Domestic debut: April 7, 1995

Like geopolitics, the Gundam universe is almost beautiful in its complicated nature. Gundam is far more than just giant robots in space. What's made the franchise timeless is how each series thoughtfully grapples with topics like the human cost of war, diplomacy, and interstellar relations. Yes, you'll see beautiful Gundam designs both as over-the-top weapons and as graceful harbingers of destruction or peace, depending on where your allegiances lie. Just know that if you're picking up Gundam Wing, you're in for far more than major space explosions. While it can get slightly murky—which I would blame more on translation teams, plus some preexisting convolution of the Gundam timelines—expect to see warfare from 360 degrees; from the front lines to clandestine diplomacy. —Gregory Babcock