Gundam the Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan no Shima Manga Launches in May
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The June issue of Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine announced on Tuesday that it will begin serializing a spinoff manga of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga titled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan no Shima (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan's Island) in the magazine's July issue on May 26. Junji Ōno is drawing the manga. Hajime Katoki is credited with the mechanical design, and Tsukasa Kotobuki is credited with character design. Hajime Yatate (the collective pseudonym for Sunrise staff) and Yoshiyuki Tomino are credited with the original work.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin MSD: Cucuruz Doan no Shima will tell the story of Cucuruz Doan, a character who appeared in the similarly-titled 15th episode of Yoshiyuki Tomino's original Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. The episode itself has been omitted from English releases of the series. In the episode, the titular character is a Zeon pilot who abandoned his post after refusing an order.
Yasuhiko's Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga is also inspired by and re-imagines the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. Viz Media published part of the manga in North America from 2002 to 2004, before it halted publication of the series. Vertical licensed the series in 2013, and released the 12th and last volume last December.
The manga is also inspiring an ongoing OVA prequel series that tells the story of the rise of series antagonist Char Aznable. The third episode will screen in 15 theaters in Japan for two weeks starting on May 21.