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Mobile Suit Gundam 00 TV Series Announced for October

posted on by Egan Loo
Story to take place in 2307 AD, separate from previous Gundam anime

A 15-second teaser trailer, which aired during Saturday's Toward the Terra broadcast in Japan, has officially announced Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the newest television series in the Gundam robotic mecha franchise. The series will air at 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays (after Toward the Terra ends in that timeslot) starting in October 2007 on MBS and TBS network affiliates. Gundam's original sponsor Sotsu and original studio Sunrise will return for this installment.

The story will take place in 2307 AD of our modern calendar system—which is different from the fictional Universal Century calendar of the first Mobile Suit Gundam series, the Cosmic Era calendar of Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, and the four other previously used calendar systems. It will be the first time a Gundam animated project officially takes place in our modern calendar system. (There were two apparent uses of AD dates in the first Mobile Suit Gundam series and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam series, but both dates were edited out of the later movie compilations of those series.)

The main characters will be four Gundam Meister mobile weapon pilots in Solestal Being, "a private military organization bent on eradicating war." The Solestal Being intend to use Gundams to enforce its goal. The teaser trailer ends with the phrase, "Rebirth begins through destruction." Japanese fans have noted the similarity of the character designs with the work of Yun Kouga (Loveless), although Sunrise has not confirmed her involvement. Sunrise has also not confirmed the involvement of Fullmetal Alchemist director Seiji Mizushima, Hellsing video series script supervisor Yōsuke Kuroda, Eureka Seven character designer Kenichi Yoshida, or the first Gundam story's lead voice actor Tohru Furuya as the narrator.

Update: Images and additional Japanese fan reports added. Thank you to dormcat for the additional information.

Images © Sotsu, Sunrise, MBS

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