Crunchyroll announced that it is streaming the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime. The show is available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS.
Created by Yoshiyuki Tomino, Mobile Suit Gundam first aired in 1979. The show was both the first Gundam anime and the first to take place in the Universal Century setting. Since its release, there have been numerous sequels and spin-offs set in the Universal Century, as well as Gundam series like Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed that take place in entirely different settings.
Aside from anime, there have also been numerous Gundam manga, light novel, and video games. There are also the Gundam plastic models, known as Gunpla, which debuted in 1980 and remain popular today. Nikkei Asia reported that over 500 million models had been sold as of April 2019.
A new Universal Century-set anime movie, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, is set to release in Japan on May 7.
Crunchyroll describes Mobile Suit Gundam as:
Universal Century 0079. The rebel space colonies of the Principality of Zeon launch a war of independence against the Earth Federation, using humanoid fighting vehicles called mobile suits to overwhelm the Federation Forces and conquer half of Earth’s surface. Months later, the Federation has finally developed its own prototype mobile suits at a remote space colony. But when the colony suffers a Zeon surprise attack, these new weapons fall into the hands of a motley crew of civilians and cadets. Fate places a youth named Amuro Ray at the controls of the white mobile suit Gundam…