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Gundam the Origin Anime's Loum Arc Previewed in 2 English-subtitled Videos

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
1st of 2-volume arc opens in fall 2017

The Gundam.info portal site began streaming two English-subtitled videos on Friday for the Loum Arc of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime. The new arc will start next fall with volume 5, "Clash at Loum," and will end in 2018 with volume 6, "Rise of the Red Comet."

Drama Version

Mecha Version

Both videos originally screened during the theatrical screenings of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin IV volume.

The new arc will cover the Battle of Loum, the pivotal conflict in the One Year War's early days before most of the events depicted in the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime. Char Aznable, the nemesis of the first Gundam anime's protagonist Amuro Ray, became famous as the legendary ace "Red Comet" during this war.

The Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin IV Eve of Destiny anime opened in 15 Japanese theaters on November 19. The current Char/Sayla arc of the anime ended with this fourth volume. The volume features Char's "fateful encounter" with the girl Lalah Sune, Amuro Ray, and "the legendary Dr. Minovsky" (whose physics breakthroughs eventually led to mobile suit warfare). The volume also covers the development of the MS-04 and the RX-78 Gundam mobile suits, as well as the first ever mobile suit battle in history.

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. Yasuhiko designed the characters in the first Gundam anime, and he serves as the chief director and storyboarder for the Gundam: The Origin anime. The manga has 10 million copies in print.

Anime Consortium Japan is releasing the Gundam: The Origin series digitally worldwide through a premium rental streaming program, and Right Stuf — in collaboration with Sunrise — is releasing the series on home video.

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