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Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Anime Gets Spinoff in App

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
TV anime staff reunites for Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt app that combines anime, game

Sunrise and Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a website on Sunday to reveal that the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans) television anime series is inspiring a spinoff titled Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans: Urðr-Hunt (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt). The staff from the anime reunites for this spinoff, which will be available in a smartphone app that combines anime and game elements.

The spinoff's story is set in the year P.D. 323, the same year as the television anime's story. Gjallarhorn's political intervention in the Arbrau Central Parliament escalated into an armed conflict using mobile suits. The incident was brought to an end by Tekkadan, a group of youths who came from Mars.

Word of Tekkadan's exploits even reached the ears of Wistario Afam, a boy born and raised in the Radonitsa Colony floating above Venus. Venus, which lost a terraforming rivalry with Mars, is a remote planet for which even the four major economic blocs has shown little interest. The inhabitants do not even carry IDs, and the planet is just used as a place to exile criminals.

Wistario wishes to change the status quo of his birthplace — and then, appearing before him, is a girl who claims to be the guide to the Urðr-Hunt.

The returning staff from the television anime includes director Tatsuyuki Nagai, original character designer Yū Itō, and character designer Michinori Chiba. Also returning are the mechanical designers (Naohiro Washio, Kanetake Ebikawa, Ippei Gyōbu, Kenji Teraoka, Tamotsu Shinohara), the art studio Kusanagi, and musical composer Masaru Yokoyama. However, Hajime Kamoshida, a script writer on the television anime, is credited as series script supervisor instead of Mari Okada.

The characters include:

Wistario Afam, a boy born and raised in the Radonitsa Colony floating above Venus. His parents died early in his childhood, and he inherited the vestiges of the colony management company Afam Equipment. He is cheerful, with a strong resolution and big dreams of turning Venus into a tourism destination.

Demunaa Kitako Junior, a man who served as a teacher and caretaker since Wistario's birth. He looks strict and severe at first glance, but ultimately has a strong tendency to pamper Wistario. For many years, he has been secretly maintaining the Gundam Hajiroboshi.

Korunaru Kōsa, a mysterious girl who appeared before Wistario, claiming to be the guide to the Urðr-Hunt. In addition to her proper and polite manners, she speaks with a calm tone that belies her apparent age. As she rarely changes her expression, it is hard to get a read on her. She like brewing tea.

The Gundam Hajiroboshi is a mobile suit hidden deep in Radonitsa Colony's power section. Demunaa inherited the duties of managing this unit from his late grandfather, and he has secretly kept maintaining it. When the colony is attacked by unknown mobile suits, Wistario pilots this Gundam and awakens it from its long slumber.

The app will be free to download from Apple's App Store for iOS devices and the Google Play store for Android devices, although there will be in-app purchases.

The app's official website is also launching Yurutetsu, the official four-panel manga for Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans featuring characters such as Mikazuki and Orga.

The official Twitter account for the anime had teased in August that there would be new development and asked fans to wait for news of a "continuation." The account also posted an illustration.

The television anime's first season premiered in 2015, and the second season premiered in 2016. Daisuki, Gundam.info, and Hulu streamed the first season as it aired, and Crunchyroll streamed both seasons, and also streamed an English dub. Toonami began airing the first season with an English dub in June 2016, and debuted the second season in October 2017.

Writer Hajime Kamoshida and artists Dango and Hirosuke Terama's Mobile Suit Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans Gekkō spinoff manga ended in Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine in March 2018.

Source: Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans: Urðr-Hunt game's website via Yaraon!

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