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Gundam Unicorn Novelist Outlines 1st Anime Installment

posted on by Egan Loo
Harutoshi Fukui says 1st installment lasts about 1 hour, covers 1st 2 novels

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn novelist Harutoshi Fukui has revealed some details about this winter's anime adaptation of his work in an interview for the Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Web site on Wednesday. Fukui says he has seen how the anime is developing up until the script and storyboard stages. According to the novelist, the first anime installment will last about one hour and will incorporate material from the first two novel volumes.

Fukui says that the anime feels like a reconstruction due to the inclusion of ideas developed between himself and scriptwriter Yasuyuki Mutō (Afro Samurai: Resurrection, Le Chevalier D'Eon, Persona -trinity soul-). Still, Fukui emphasizes that the anime is very faithful to his original Gundam Unicorn novels, compared to films adapted from his other works. According to Fukui, the anime is being intricately plotted in such a way that nothing will seem cut out from the original story. He adds that the anime includes as many of the scenes and imagery that novel readers are anticipating as possible.

The original Gundam Unicorn novels are set in the same Universal Century (UC) timeline as Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise's first Mobile Suit Gundam science-fiction television anime series and its sequels. Fukui finished serializing the novel version in the August issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine in June. The final two compiled book volumes, #9 and #10, will ship in Japan on Monday. The Sunrise anime studio has not specified the release format of the anime version, and Kadokawa Shoten has retracted two magazine articles which described the project as a television anime. The animeanime.jp news website reported in April that Sunrise is planning to release the Gundam Unicorn anime around the world simultaneously.

Before penning Gundam Unicorn, Fukui wrote the stories of the C-blossom - case729 and Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 manga.

Image © Sotsu, Sunrise

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