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.

Bones Announces ‘Towa no Quon’ Film Series

Before passing away director Umanosuke Iida (who also directed Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team and the original Hellsing television series) was working on a new science fiction project titled Towa no Quon.

After Iida passed away last November, animation studio Bones announced that it would complete the production as a series of six films which are to be helmed by Takeshi Mori in Iida’s place. Toshihiro Kawamoto (character designer of Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain) will be designing the characters as well overseeing the animation production.

Bones is well-known for their stunning animation work, especially in their theatrical releases. The first Towa no Quon film will open in five Japanese cities on June 18th. It seems that alot of care is being put into this work so I am very excited to see what the project will end up looking like.

From ANN.