G Gundam Spawns New Manga with Original Anime Staff
posted on by Egan Loo
The August issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Gundam Ace magazine is announcing on Saturday that a new manga version of the Mobile Fighter G Gundam television anime series will launch in the next issue in July. G-Gundam's original director Yasuhiro Imagawa is scripting the tentatively titled Kidō Butōden G Gundam the Comic (Mobile Fighter G Gundam the Comic), while Kazuhiko Shimamoto (Blazing Transfer Student, The Skull Man) and his Honō Production studio are drawing the actual manga.
With G-Gundam in 1994-1995, Imagawa (Giant Robo, Seven of Seven) co-developed the first Gundam television series that was not set in the Universal Century timeline of the original Gundam anime. It re-imagined Gundam's robotic mobile suits as mobile fighter units that battle in tournaments every four years. Shimamoto had collaborated on the character designs for the G-Gundam anime.
Koichi Tokita (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Astray) had actually drawn a three-volume Mobile Fighter G Gundam manga during the anime's 1994-1995 broadcast run in Japan. Tokyopop published that earlier manga in North America shortly after Cartoon Network ran the anime in the United States.