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Gundam the Origin Ends Char's Arc With Part IV in Fall, Starts Arc on Battle of Loum in 2017

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
4th episode to feature Lalah sune, Amuro Ray, 1st mobile suit battle in history, Dr. Minovsky

Screenings of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime's third episode, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin III: Dawn of Rebellion (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin III Akatsuki no Hōki, pictured at right), announced on Saturday that the current Char/Sayla arc of the anime will end with the fourth episode, Unmei no Zenya (Fateful Eve), this fall. The third episode also revealed that production has been green-lit for a new Loum arc that will cover the Battle of Loum, starting next year.

The anime's fourth episode will cover the first ever mobile suit battle in history, and will feature Char's "fateful encounter" with the girl Lalah sune, Amuro Ray, and "the legendary Dr. Minovsky," as well as the development of the MS-04 and the RX-78 Gundam.

The third episode is screening in 15 theaters in Japan for two weeks. A limited-edition version of the Blu-ray Disc is on sale at the theaters screening the episode, and the standard Blu-ray Disc and DVD will ship in Japan on June 10. The episode follows the youth who would become known as Char Aznable and his future comrade Garma Zabi after they join the Zeons' military academy.

The original video anime's first episode, titled "Blue-Eyed Casval," premiered in a limited engagement in Japanese theaters in February 2015. The second episode, "Artesia's Sorrow," opened in Japan last October. Anime Consortium Japan is releasing the series digitally worldwide through a premium rental streaming program, and Right Stuf — in collaboration with Sunrise — is releasing the series on home video.

The anime project adapts Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's manga of the same name, which in turn is inspired by the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime's story.

This article has a follow-up: Gundam: The Origin IV & Loum Arc Teased in Visuals (2016-05-21 13:00)
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