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Mobile Suit Gundam Writer Yamamoto Helms Original Anime Project

posted on by Karen Ressler
Series related to the 1980's J9 anime trilogy

A private organization called "GDW Project" opened Twitter account and a Facebook page on Thursday introducing an original anime project from scriptwriter Yū Yamamoto (Mobile Suit Gundam). The anime is related to the J9 anime trilogy, which aired in the early 80's, and is titled Ginga Jinpū Jinraiger.

The original J9 trilogy included Ginga Senpū Braiger (1981-1982), Ginga Reppū Baxingar (1982-1983), and Ginga Shippū Sasuraiger (1983-1984). Enoki Films licensed the series in English as Cosmo Ranger, Cosmo Runner, and Wonder Six, respectively. Yamamoto wrote the original story for all three.

As the representative of GDW Project, Yamamoto posted a message to the Facebook page, stating that the new series will have a "J9 taste" but include entirely new characters and story. The previous series each adopted a different motif: the Hissatsu Series for Braiger, the Shinsengumi for Baxingar, and Around the World in 80 Days for Sasuraiger. Similarly, Ginga Jinpū Jinraiger will use the Chinese classic novel Water Margin as its motif.

Yamamoto also stated that one of the goals of the project is to revive the "original anime" in an age where it's more common to base anime off of manga, which is bad for anime scriptwriters. For this reason, he has started a "Practice Anime School" to train several new talents for the next generation of anime scriptwriters, using Ginga Jinpū Jinraiger as the teaching material.

The project details will be announced on an unspecified talk show where Yū Yamamoto and Masayuki Yamamoto, who wrote the music for the J9 Trilogy, will appear as guests.

Up-and-coming artist Kanhō Murase will be in charge of character and mecha designs for the new series.

[Via: Yaraon!, Otakuma]

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