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Gundam: The Origin

 

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

 

In 2001, Miobile Suit Gundam character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko began work on Gundam: The Origin, a manga adaptation of the original series. The Origin expanded upon and reordered events from the anime, but it also devoted several volumes to creating an expanded backstory for Char Aznable and Sayla Mass, along with filling in the gaps of the lead up to the One Year War. More than a decade later, Sunrise announced an anime adaptation, the first part of which was released in early 2015. Directed by Takashi Imanishi (Gundam 0083), the staff is filled out with other Gundam veterans, including screenwriter Katsuyuki Sumisawa (Gundam Wing) and mechanical designers Hajime Katoki (Gundam Unicorn), Junichi Akutsu (Gundam SEED), Mika Akitaka (Gundam 0083) and Kimitoshi Yamane (The 08th M.S. Team). Similar to Gundam Unicorn, new installments were released months apart, with English subtitled/dubbed streaming rentals available from various outlets. Initially announced with four episodes for the "Char and Sayla arc," Sunrise later revealed a two episode extension with the "Loum arc," which was released from 2017-18. The first four episodes were domestically released on home video in North America by Right Stuf. As part of Gundam's 40th anniversary celebration, a TV edit entitled Advent of the Red Comet was released in 2019. In addition to streaming on Crunchyroll, it also aired in North America on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.

 

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