Gundam Seed Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Delayed to 2021

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Delay caused by wrong version of series being provided to Right Stuf by Sunrise

Anime Limited has Tweeted that its Ultimate Edition Blu-ray of Mobile Suit Gundam Seed has been delayed until 2021, with the exact date to be confimed.

Anime Limited also retweeted a post from Nozomi Entertainment, including a message from Shawne Kleckner, the President/CEO of Right Stuf. In the message, Kleckner says that Sunrise provided masters of Gundam Seed to Right Stuf. However, Sunrise inadvertently provides the broadcast version of the series, not the revised Gundam Seed HD Remaster version. For this reason, Right Stuf will create new Blu-rays using replacement materials provided by Sunrise.

In its own message, Anime Limited said, "As this news impacts our release, we want to make it known our Gundam Seed set will now be coming in 2021 (date TBC) when the new disc masters are available. This is to ensure our release has the correct discs utilising the home video masters."

Anime Limited has previously summarised the series:

"Year 70 of the Cosmic Era. The Coordinators, a group of genetically enhanced humans, have moved into colonies orbiting the Earth. But that hasn't quieted the tensions between them and regular humans; the conflict soon escalates into a full-scale war. On the neutral colony of Heliopolis, Kira Yamato, and his friends are going to school and just being kids. But when the ZAFT commando forces attack, Kira's life changes forever.

"Left with no choice, he and Federation officer Murrue Ramius are thrown into battle in a prototype mobile weapon, which Kira christens “GUNDAM.” Now, Kira must defend himself and his friends from his own people. For, unknown to anyone else, Kira is a Coordinator. And the enemy he faces on the battlefield is his childhood best friend, Athrun!"

In the U.S., Gundam Seed was the last Gundam series to be aired on Cartoon Network, due to faltering ratings. It was also the last Gundam toy line available in the U.S. market, as most retailers stopped carrying the line after an oversaturation of Mobile Fighter G Gundam toys.

In December 2011, Sunrise remastered Gundam Seed in high definition and added new footage to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series.

Regarding the sequel series Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Anime Limited said that it hoped it could release it in the future, but did not confirm a release. "It's a project with many similar circumstances to Seed. But suffice to say if/when it is something we can confirm will receive a release, we'll be sure to make it known."

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