To celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Mobile Suit Gundam" being broadcast as a TV series in 2019, it was announced today, November 21, 2018 (Wed.) that Bandai Namco Holdings, Sotsu, and Sunrise will launch the "Mobile Suit GUNDAM's 40th Anniversary Project" from 2019 through 2020.
For this project, the "Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN" TV series, "Gundam Build Series" new title, "SD Gundam World Sangoku Soketsuden", "Gundam Recongista in G Theatrical Movie", and "Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash" are the 5 works featured in this project. Additionally, SUGIZO will produce as the 30th anniversary LUNA SEA celebration "40th Anniversary Project Theme Song" and the holding of commemorative events, there will be many different ways fans can enjoy the Gundam world outlook. Also, there will be all sorts of goods and services that are in the development stages.
The project concept is "BEYOND"!
This project's concept is "BEYOND", which means "to go beyond all things."
The "Gundam series" has been expanding for 40 years now, the number of works have been increasing, the fans generations and countries, their tastes have also diversified. Beyond the frame of the individual works of Gundam, beyond borders, beyond generations, to approach a wide variety of people, those are the thoughts put into this.
The project logo is imagined as an expression of "An encounter with an unknown Gundam, and that encounter will form a new link and create a moebius." Simultaneously, the "Gundam series" is represented by an impressive scene of "sunlight peeking in over the earth" as a motif.
4 different key visuals released!
The four different key visuals released this time as a collaboration with each other are "Mobile Suit Gundam" and "Mobile Suit Gundam UC", "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-blooded Orphans" and "Mobile Suit Gundam 00", "Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" and "Mobile Suit Z Gundam", and "Gundam Reconguista in G" and "Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN". Based on the project's concept of "BEYOND", it goes beyond the frame of each work, and a world where they could coexist together is depicted.
Five works will be launched from 2019 to 2020!
This work focuses around "Char Aznable", also known as the "Red Comet", who originally appeared as a character in the 1979 broadcast of "Mobile Suit Gundam".
Based on the six theatrical events that took place from 2014 through 2018, a 13 episode TV series was re-edited, and will be broadcast starting April 2019 on NHK Terrestrial. Also, regarding this series, SUGIZO, who is handling the 40th anniversary project theme song, will aso be producing all the opening and ending songs. Beginning with new songs that hint at Gundam's future, various featured artists will cover famous Gundam songs, and LUNA SEA is in charge of all opening songs.
Planned to be broadcast on NHK Terrestrial beginning April 2019
The "Gundam Build Series" is "An anime based on moving Gundam plastic model kits", and began with the 2013 TV broadcast of "Gundam Build Fighters".
A sequel work to the April through September 2018 TV broadcast of "Gundam Build Divers" is currently in planning stages. Details will be released on the official website as soon as they are available. Enjoy the next report.
"SD Gundam World Sangoku Soketsuden"
SD Gundam celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018, primarily through manga and card games, and a focus on plastic model kits, children loved the series. This time, a new work which could be enjoyed by children all over the world has been decided upon.
A theatrical version with lots of new cuts and scenes added in to the 2014 broadcast of "Gundam Reconguista in G" will be screened in theaters 2019. Additionally, director Yoshiyuki Tomino will appear at "JAPAN EXPO" in Paris, France.
"Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash"
Based upon the 1989 novel of the same name written by Yoshiyuki Tomino, it is being made into a movie trilogy.
The second part of the "UC NexT 0100" project announced this spring, it is a work set in the stream of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" Universal Century timeline. At the November 30, 2018 (Fri) nationwide road show of "Mobile Suit Gundam NT", an advance trailer will be screened.