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Gundam Twilight AXIS Net Anime's 1st Episode Streamed With English Subtitles

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
6-episode series of shorts stars Risa Shimizu, Shuuhei Sakaguchi, Daisuke Ono

The Gundam.info portal site began streaming the first English-subtitled episode on Friday for the net anime adaptation of Ark Performance and Koujirou Nakamura's Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS novel.

The anime will have six episodes — five three-minute episodes, and the final eight-minute episode. The first episode debuted for free on Friday on the Gundam Fan Club, the Gundam.info website, the Yatate Bunko imprint's website, the Bandai Channel service, and the YouTube service. The later episodes will stream exclusively with the Gundam Fan Club every other week.

Gundam.info describes the story:

Late U.C. 0096. The Earth Federation government, regarding the existence of the "psycho-frame" as a threat, organizes the Mastema special forces team under the command of Lieutenant JG Mehmet Merca, a member of its intelligence bureau. The team is ordered to enter and investigate part of the shattered asteroid Axis, which is drifting in the Earth Sphere. The investigative team accompanying Mehmet includes two civilians named Arlette Almage and Danton Highleg, who were formerly an engineer and a test pilot with the Principality of Zeon and Neo Zeon.

While investigating a supposedly unoccupied facility within Axis, Mastema comes under attack from a new model of Gundam that belongs to a private militia called Birnam. Arlette and Danton fight back using a red Zaku III Custom, a mobile suit they once helped develop. As the fighting escalates, Arlette, following a secret agenda of her own, makes her way to the wreckage of the Sazabi that lies abandoned on the surface of Axis...

The cast includes:

Se Jun Kim (Mobile Suit Gundam UC assistant director, Gundam Build Fighters animation director) is making his directorial debut in the anime and is also credited for character and mechanical designs as well as technical animation direction alongside Shingo Abe (Star Driver, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Kim is also penning the scripts. First Gundam designer Kunio Okawara is credited for the original mechanical design.

Hideki Nakamura (Gundam Thunderbolt, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) is the art director. Nagisa Abe (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096) is the color designer. Atsushi Iwasaki (Re:Zero, Macross Delta) is the director of photography, and Kazuhiro Nii (Aikatsu Stars!, Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie) is the editor. Sadayoshi Fujino (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny) is the sound director, and Takashi Ohmama (Castle Town Dandelion, Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation) is composing the music. Ark Performance is credited for story and concept design.

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