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Final Gundam Thunderbolt Episode's Ad Highlights Pilot Rivalry

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
4th episode premieres on Friday after earlier fan club preview

Bandai Visual began streaming a commercial for the fourth and final episode in the anime of Yasuo Ohtagaki's Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga on Tuesday. The commercial highlights the rivalry between Zeon pilot Daryl, and the Earth Federation pilot Io.

Text: When the two's conflict is finally over, will the nightmare called "war" end?
Daryl: This Mobile Z you made is even more free than the arm and leg I lost!
Io: Die!!
Text: The now-streaming super-hit series is finally completed!
Io: The war hasn't ended yet.
Text: Episode 4 begins streaming on April 22 at noon!! For more details, check Gundam-tb.net!

The episode will launch digitally on Friday, April 22, though the Gundam Fan Club app hosted an early release on April 8 for paid subscribers.

The first episode became available digitally on December 25, while the second episode launched on February 12. The third episode streaming on March 18. Episodes are available via an EST (Electronic Sell Through) service that allows purchasers to download the episode, and it is the first time a Gundam series is available via this method.

The story is set in the same One Year War in UC 0079 as the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime series, and it follows the battles between two ace pilots at the "Thunderbolt Sector," a shoal zone with numerous wrecks of space colonies and warships.

Ohtagaki launched the manga in Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine in March 2012, and Shogakukan published the seventh compiled book volume on December 25. The manga has more than 1.6 million copies in print.

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