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'Mobile Suit Gundam' Franchise Announces 40th Anniversary Project

by tsubasalover
Nov 21, 2018 12:36 AM | 25 Comments

A press conference for Mobile Suit Gundam franchise held on Wednesday has announced its 40th anniversary project. Titled Beyond, the project includes: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin TV broadcast, new Gundam Build series work, SD Gundam World Sangoku Souketsuden, Gundam G no Reconguista recap movie, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Senkou no Hathaway movie trilogy. The project's theme song is "THE BEYOND" by Sugizo, who is part of LUNA SEA and X Japan. Four different visuals for the project have also revealed, collaborating different characters of the franchise.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, which was released as an ONA series between 2015 to 2018, will be broadcast on TV as a 13-episode series. It will premiere next April via NHK G. Luna Sea will perform opening theme song, while Sugizo will be performing ending theme song.

A new work for the Gundam Build series is in production. More information including the format will be announced at a later time.

Commemorating 30th anniversary of SD Gundam series, a new work titled SD Gundam World Sangoku Souketsuden is in production.

A recap movie of Gundam G no Reconguista, with new scenes added, will premiere on Japanese theater next year.


A 3-part movie adaptation of the Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senkou no Hathaway novel, which was written by Yoshiyuki Tomino between February 1989 to May 1990, has officially announced. It is part of the UC NexT 0100 project, which was announced this April with Mobile Suit Gundam NT, which will be premiered in November 30.

The project also includes stage adaptation and concerts of Gundam 00 series. Titled Hakai ni Yoru Saisei - Re:Build, the stage will be held between February 15 to 24 of next year. Two concerts have been decided so far: Film concert will be held next summer, while music concert will be held next fall.

Gundam Factory Yokohama, a part of Gundam Global Challenge, is also planned for 2020. A project of adding movement to the huge robot that displays in Odaiba will be held in Yokohama.

Sunrise's Gundam franchise has been ongoing since the first TV anime series was released in April 1979 It was followed by Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta in 1985,, ZZ in 1986, the film Char's Counterattack in 1988, SD in 1988, 0080 in 1989, F91 and 0083 in 1991, Victory, G in 1994, Wing in 1995, The 08th MS Team and After War Gundam X in 1996, Turn A in 1999, SEED in 2002, 00 in 2007, Unicorn in 2010, AGE in 2011, Build Fighters in 2013, G no Reconguista in 2014, The Origin and Iron-Blooded Orphans, Thunderbolt in 2015, Twilight AXIS in 2017, and Divers which aired this spring.

40th Anniversary Project official site: http://gundam40th.net/

Source: Comic Natalie

Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash 2, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash 3, SD Gundam World: Sangoku Souketsuden and Gundam: G no Reconguista Movie on MAL

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Apr 6, 8:12 PM by tsubasalover

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin TV broadcast (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin - Zenya Akai Suisei (前夜 赤い彗星)) will air via NHK G starting April 29 0:35 a.m.
Key visual
OP1: "Uchuu no Uta ~Higher and Higher (宇宙の詩 ~Higher and Higher~)" by LUNA SEA
https://www.animatetimes.com/news/details.php?id=1550806068

Feb 21, 8:12 PM by tsubasalover

TheRealGtype said:
Happy they're still dedicated to releasing UC content. I get this frustrates some people, but it's kind of like a band you love releasing new albums of songs that are their new sound, and 'how they sounded before they went mainstream'.

I've heard the first 20 minutes of NT was decent, so that's nice. And a G Reco recap is appreciated, since I can't finish it to save my life.

Helios92 said:
I haven't watch much Gundam, but i wanna if IBO a good show as they say, what other Gundam series can you tell me what watch that are good and is the worst of the Gundam fransice.


Biggest thing to understand is that not all series fall into the same timeline. Many of them are set in alternate universes. So it might be a good idea to do a little research before jumping into a series. For the most part, any given series will fall into one of two categories: Universal Century (UC), and everything else.

IBO is pretty alright. Most people use 08th MS Team as their entry point into the UC timeline. But, tbh, most every Gundam series has die-hard fans. So it's hard to go wrong. It seems to usually depend on when your favorite era of anime is and how tight your nostalgia glasses are strapped on. Seed is always a good bet. A lot of people love 00. G no Reconguista is hard to digest, being a Tomino work, so maybe steer clear. The original series, Mobile Suit Gundam, is hard to put down once you're into it.


Thanks man <3

I'll keep that i mind.

Dec 1, 2018 6:09 AM by Helios92

Happy they're still dedicated to releasing UC content. I get this frustrates some people, but it's kind of like a band you love releasing new albums of songs that are their new sound, and 'how they sounded before they went mainstream'.

I've heard the first 20 minutes of NT was decent, so that's nice. And a G Reco recap is appreciated, since I can't finish it to save my life.

Helios92 said:
I haven't watch much Gundam, but i wanna if IBO a good show as they say, what other Gundam series can you tell me what watch that are good and is the worst of the Gundam fransice.


Biggest thing to understand is that not all series fall into the same timeline. Many of them are set in alternate universes. So it might be a good idea to do a little research before jumping into a series. For the most part, any given series will fall into one of two categories: Universal Century (UC), and everything else.

IBO is pretty alright. Most people use 08th MS Team as their entry point into the UC timeline. But, tbh, most every Gundam series has die-hard fans. So it's hard to go wrong. It seems to usually depend on when your favorite era of anime is and how tight your nostalgia glasses are strapped on. Seed is always a good bet. A lot of people love 00. G no Reconguista is hard to digest, being a Tomino work, so maybe steer clear. The original series, Mobile Suit Gundam, is hard to put down once you're into it.

Nov 30, 2018 1:27 PM by TheRealGtype

*doing the anime happy dance* an Origin series and three part movie, NOICE

Nov 29, 2018 7:02 PM by Tank25

I haven't watch much Gundam, but i wanna if IBO a good show as they say, what other Gundam series can you tell me what watch that are good and is the worst of the Gundam fransice.

Nov 26, 2018 1:22 PM by Helios92

Gundam will never die.

Nov 23, 2018 10:22 PM by malvarez1

I'm still waiting on the news of Gundam 00's new animation project its weird it was not mentioned. Maybe 2020? xD

Nov 23, 2018 5:35 PM by Roloko

Im totally exciting to see the crossovers including IBO!

2019 is gonna be a awesome year!!!!

Nov 22, 2018 3:14 PM by Melonknight

IBO series was great, hope to see more modernized content as great or even more ambitious in the future!

Nov 22, 2018 2:06 PM by Playcool

More Gundam is (nearly) always good, wish it was another series though.

Nov 22, 2018 11:26 AM by Choostopher

Turtles_Hunter said:
red-tomato said:
>00 and IBO crossover
I think you misread something. They talked about stageplay and concert for 00, but no mention of a crossover.

But except Hathaway's Flash, it's really underwhelming. Sequel to a bad side series, a new SD show (good for the fans, but not really what I'm waiting), and two recuts of old series (movie in serie and serie in movie). Not really what I expected for the 40 years.

oh...fuck
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Nov 22, 2018 6:40 AM by red-tomato

I'm freaking out right now all those visuals look so good especially one that caught my eye with Mika and Setsuna meeting for the first time.

Nov 21, 2018 10:37 PM by Mg204

These illustrations are beautiful. Setsuna giving Mika the ELS flower, that shit's tearing me up, man.

Hathaway's Flash was to be expected. I unironically love G-Reco, so I am looking forward to experience it again. Though I am kinda worried, that Tomino will pull a Zeta New Translation on us. Only seen a bit of SD Gundam, the old ones were genuinely funny parodies of the three main UC entries while the modern ones such as SD Gundam Force were generic battle shounen with atrocious CG animation. This new entry is obviously the latter, but I might still be checking it out, since I like these kinda shows and CGI has come a long way since then.

Really excited for more Build stuff. Here I am hoping that we will get a second season to Build Divers. I need more Nanami and Ayame in my life! Please, just don't do another TRY.

On that note, more news for what's up with the new Gundam IBO Project will be revealed in January. Maybe a new show, OVA or movie, dunno. Though IBO's director and main creative force Tatsuyuki Nagai is stuck on doing more Railgun, so that makes me think, that it might be something else like another manga or novel. We'll see.

Nov 21, 2018 2:05 PM by MaceChan

I should stsrt watching UC Gundam already.
And 00 stageplay? I'm doing some mental gymnastics thinking about they can do a stageplay of a war mecha anime. I'd rather watch some cute boys doing cute things version of 00.

Nov 21, 2018 1:15 PM by MeisterDM

Awesome to see Gundam getting some more love.

Nov 21, 2018 1:08 PM by Yuno

So to summarize, "Beyond" is comprised of rehash and re-trash. Yay.

Nov 21, 2018 10:40 AM by VyseLegendaire

I'm so excited for all these new Gundam anime! happy 40th anniversary to Gundam. That's a lot of anime for me to watch.

Nov 21, 2018 9:55 AM by ShadowHedgehog

meh im expecting a TV remake or a movie trilogy remake of the original Gundam at least but that did not happen

Nov 21, 2018 9:39 AM by deg

More Gundam is always welcome.
Those posters looks very good, maybe in the future we will get new anime for Gundam IBO or Gundam Wing.

Nov 21, 2018 9:09 AM by Icebreaker93