Three Mobile Suit Gundam anime projects have been announced for 2022, including a new series, a new movie, and a special edition of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
The new Gundam series, the first new TV Gundam project since 2015’s Iron-Blooded Orphans, is titled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury.. Oricon reports that the show is meant to secure young fans from all around the world.
Meanwhile, the new movie is titled Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island. Cucuruz Doan’s Islandis the name of the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam series’ 15th episode, which was not released in North America. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the character designer and animation director of the original series, will direct the movie. The Cucuruz Doan’s Island movie will depict the original episode “from a new angle,” according to the SUNRISE English Twitter account.
As for the special edition of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, which will be released in Spring 2022 with nine episodes, it is related to the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Urdr Hunt spin-off, which will release in 2022 via the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans G smartphone app. A trailer for Urdr Hunt was released in 2019, while a short trailer for Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans G was released today.
The special edition’s broadcast will coincide with Urdr Hunt‘s release period and will offer a look at the spin-off. Urdr Hunt features the involvement of the series’ staff, including director Tatsuyuki Nagai, scriptwriter Hajime Kamoshida (now series composer), original character designer Yū Itō, character designer Michinori Chiba, music composer Masaru Yokoyama, and background art studio Kusanagi, as well as mechanical designers Naohiro Washio, Kanetake Ebikawa, Ippei Gyōbu, and Kenji Teraoka.
Iron-Blooded Orphans premiered in 2015 and ran until 2017 with two seasons. Netflix describes the show as:
On a terraformed post-disaster Mars, a group of child security agents rebel against the adults who betrayed them and the oppressive Earth government.
Meanwhile, the Gundam Wiki describes Urdr Hunt as:
It is the year P.D. 323. Gjallarhorn’s political interference in Arbrau escalated into an armed conflict and came to an end thanks to Tekkadan.
News of Tekkadan’s exploits has also reached the ears of Wistario Afam, a young man born and raised at the Radonitsa Colony near Venus. Venus, which lost to Mars in the initial contest for colony development, is a remote planet in which the four economic blocs have little interest. It is now used as a penal colony for criminals, whose inhabitants don’t even have IDs.
Wistario, who hopes to change the status quo of his homeland, encounters a girl who claims to be the guide to the “Urdr-Hunt”.