Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment Announce Mobile Suit Gundam on Blu-ray

Art from the Japanese Blu-ray box

Art from the Japanese Blu-ray box

At a panel this past weekend at Anime Expo 2015, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced several new licences, including several new Gundam titles. This comes about a year after Right Stuf announced a new collaboration project with Sunrise to make as much of the Gundam franchise available in the United States on home video as possible. The first title to be released was a two-part DVD collection of Turn A Gundam. Now, although there are no release dates yet, the following series were announced at Anime Expo:

  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
  • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam
  • After War Gundam X

All of the series listed above will be released only on DVD, like the recent Turn A Gundam release. The most exciting part of the announcement was that the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam series will also be released on Blu-ray.This will be, along with a Revolutionary Girl Utena box set also announced at the panel, the first time Right Stuf will release titles on Blu-ray. The first part of the Blu-ray Mobile Suit Gundam collection will arrive this fall. Right Stuf also announced that it has the rights to the Turn A Gundam compilation films and will be releasing those in the future as well.

Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment’s recent announcements as well as Vertical’s publication of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga prove that this is the best time ever to be a Gundam fan in the United States. Both The Origin and the Turn A Gundam DVD’s can be found on Amazon by following these links: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Turn A Gundam.

Sunrise has also announced a new Gundam project entitled G-Tekketsu that will be unveiled on July 14th. I’ll be updating here as soon as details of the new series are made available…

Source: Crunchyroll 

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.