BLOG: New Gundam Series – "Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS"

Bandai/Sunrise has finally announced the next Gundam series that’s set to premiere this October, just six months after GUNDAM Reconguista in G — a series received with mixed to negative reactions. The promotional campaign started with its official website going online showing a countdown timer and the silhouette of the next lead Gundam. As each day pass by, more and more details are being removed from the shadows with followers speculating as to how the mobile suit would look. Following the countdown, the official announcement was made with live streaming at the official website and accompanied by a simultaneous English interpretation.

The next Gundam series is Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS

The series is set in Post Disaster 323, 300 years after the "Calamity War", a great conflict between Earth and Mars. Thrust into the conflict are Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka, members of the Chryse Guard Security (CGS) security group. To fight off the enemies, Mikazuki pilots the Gundam Barbatos, an old mobile suit from the days of the Calamity War.

Impressions? Great! It seems to have the same grit as Gundam 00 and doesn’t look like aimed at a younger audience like Gundam AGE. The story is unique and grounded, not like the overused Earth versus Space Colonies conflict and not as ambitious as a generational story. Also liked the way they’re focusing on a rag-tag bunch of ‘orphans’ rather than some aces from the Earth Federation.

Gundam Barbatos also looks very fresh, coming from the same mechanical designer as Valvrave the Liberator.

New Gundam Series - Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS No new Gundam series announcement would be complete without Gunpla and all other merchandising opportunities.

Starting off the HG Series is the 1/144 Gundam Barbatos set for an October release. Borrowing concepts from the HGBF and HGBC lines, this High Grade can be armed and enhanced using parts from other kits.

After a hiatus with Gundam AGE and G-Reco, the 1/100 kits are making a comeback. While not branded as a Master Grade, the 1/100 Gundam Barbatos will have an internal frame for more mechanical details.

That’s it for now as Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS is set to premiere on October 4, 5PM JST on MBS/TBS.

Oh and Biscuit Griffon… BISCUIT GRIFFON!

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