2D Champions Episode 71: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky

The Champions return to the Gundam franchise to find out just how well Jazz and giant robot space battles go together. Based on the ongoing manga by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Gundam Thunderbolt takes a familiar setting and turns it on it’s head by introducing some new twists to the Universal Century. Is Thunderbolt a shocking addition to the beloved Gundam franchise? Or does it fizzle out all too soon? Listen and find out!

You can check out the Gundam Thunderbolt manga here:

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt PV

Sunrise announced a few weeks ago plans to adapt Yasuo Ohtagaki’s Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga series. The adaptation will consist of four episodes that will be released digitally through online rental services. The first episode will be eighteen minutes long and will be available on December 25th. This is the first time that a new Gundam series will be premiered in this fashion and there are currently no details on how Sunrise plans to release Thunderbolt to international fans outside of Japan.

The trailer for the series looks really fun and although I haven’t read the manga it’s being adapted from, I’m hoping that such a good-looking series will end up being longer than just the four episodes that have been announced so far.


Source: Gundam Guy

2-Dimensional Champions Episode 22: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans


The Champions take a trip to Mars in this episode as they discuss the first five episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Can you make a dull series watchable by slapping a Gundam on it? Listen and find out!

You can watch Iron-Blooded Orphans by following the links below:


Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans TV Series

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans promotional image

Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans promotional image

In a press conference that was live-streamed around the world last night, Sunrise revealed it’s newest Gundam TV series: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. The new series will start on October 4th and will feature a Gundam that will ‘evolve in stages’ along with the characters who discover it.

The central Gundam for the series will be named ‘Gundam Barbatos’ and will be discovered as a relic from a war 300 years earlier. Other mecha’s in the series can be cannibalized for parts to upgrade the Gundam Barbatos and it will grow in power as the story progresses. The director of the series, Tatsuyuki Nagai, previously worked with Mari Okada (who is providing series composition) on the series Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, so I am looking forward to Iron-Blooded Orphans to provide me with not only exciting mecha battles but also an emotionally traumatizing story.

Of course, a whole line of High Grade kits have been announced for release in the fall as well as a 1/100 Gundam Barbatos kit.



Sources: Gundam Guy, Crunchyroll News

Gundam Unicorn Episode 5 Release Date

With the imminent release of episode 4 on PSN this weekend and on Blu-ray in early December, animation studio Sunrise has announced a May 2012 release date for the 5th episode of their ongoing Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series entitled ‘Black Unicorn’. The series, directed by Kazuhiro Furhashi of Rurouni Kenshin and Hunter x Hunter fame, has been a huge success in Japan. It has also been revealed that the ending to the OVA series will be different than the ending which occurred in the novels that the animation is based upon.

I’ve also included below the HG announcement for the Banshee mobile suit design.

From Gundam Guy.

Gundam Unicorn Episode 4 Release Date

Sunrise and Bandai Visual have announced that the fourth episode of their popular Gundam Unicorn OVA series will premiere in Japanese theaters on November 12th and be released on home video a few weeks later on December 2nd. The new episode will be entitled ‘At the Bottom of the Gravity Well’.

This new episode begins the second half of the series and will introduce several new characters and mobile suits perhaps even including the highly anticipated ‘Shamblo’ Mobile Armor from the original novels.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Anime Project Announced

This month’s issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Gundam Ace magazine announced that Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga adaptation of the original Mobile Suit Gundam television series entitled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin would itself be adapted into animation.

Yasuhiko was a character designer and animation director on director Yoshiyuki Tomino’s 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam television series and has also worked on many other Gundam projects; his most recent contribution being character design work on the ongoing Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series.

The announcement does not mention whether this adaptation of The Origin manga will be a film, OVA, or television series, stating only that a ‘anime project’ has begun (much like how the new Berserk and Rurouni Kenshin ‘anime projects’ have recently been announced). This month’s issue of Gundam Ace also celebrated the 10th anniversary and final chapter of Yasuhiko’s The Origin manga.

This announcement comes just a few weeks after Bandai announced Mobile Suit Gundam AGE television series for children. This new project clearly seems geared towards older fans of the franchise and will hopefully be more warmly recieved than Gundam AGE’s announcement.

Personally, I feel as though The Origin will take form as a film series as Gundam AGE will be airing in October on television and Gundam Unicorn has a firm hold on the direct-to-video market.

Only time will tell though and I for one am looking forward to this new interpretation of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s masterpiece. Also, I would love to know if Tomino has anything to do with this new project, and if he doesn’t, how he feels about this new project.