A music video has been released for YOASOBI‘s “Shukufuku,” the opening song for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury. The video features series protagonist Suletta Mercury and her Gundam Aerial mobile suit.
A short story titled “Yurikago no Hoshi,” which the song is based on, was also released. The story is told from the perspective of Gundam Aerial and covers Suletta’s experiences between the events of the Prologue prequel and the start of the main series.
“Shukufuku” is directed and storyboarded by 10GAUGE’s Nobutaka Yoda (Bubble opening animation director) with Yutaro Kubota (The Girl from the Other Side co-director et al.) as animation director and one of the photography staff (among other roles), Koshian and Harune Satou (“Tomoshibi Serenade” animator) as background artists, and 10GAUGE’s Matsuki Daisuke (“Makafushigi” music video photography director) and 10GAUGE’s Atsushi Kobayashi (“Makafushigi” music video) as photography staff. The animation production is credited to Sunrise and CALF.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury premiered today and will be a split-cour show, with the second cour beginning in April 2023. The premise is described as:
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An era when a multitude of corporations have entered space and built a huge economic system.
A lone girl from the remote planet Mercury transfers to the Asticassia School of Technology,
run by the Beneritt Group which dominates the mobile suit industry.
Her name is Suletta Mercury.
With a scarlet light burning in her pure heart,
this girl walks step by step through a new world.
Hiroshi Kobayashi (Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan, Kiznaiver) is directing the anime with Ryou Andou (Interviews with Monster Girls director) assisting and Ichirou Ohkouchi (Code Geass) as series composer. Illustrator Mogumo is the original character designer, while Marie Tagashira (Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash character animation director), Juri Toida (Gundam Build Divers Battlogue), and Hirotoshi Takaya (Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt animation character designer) are the character designers. Bandai Namco Filmworks is the animation production company.
The cast includes Kana Ichinose as Suletta, Lynn as Miorine Rembran, Youhei Azakami as Gel Jeturk, Natsuki Hanae as Elan Ceres, Makoto Furukawa as Shaddiq Zenelli, Yume Miyamoto as Nika Nanaura, and Miyu Tomita as Chuatury Panlunch.
Source: Ayase/YOASOBI YouTube channel