MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN I Press Notes
Announced as a “Mobile Suit Gundam 35th Anniversary Project”, the four part OVA MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN (機動戦士ガンダム THE ORIGIN, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu THE ORIGIN) will premiere as a series of screening events in Japanese cinemas. The first chapter — MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN I: BLUE-EYED CASVAL (機動戦士ガンダム THE ORIGIN I 青い瞳のキャスバル, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu THE ORIGIN Aoi Hitomi no Kyasubaru) — will have a limited theatrical run from February 28th – March 13th, 2015.
The Beginning of a Red Vengeance: The Past Unveiled
Mr. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko served as character designer and animation director for MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (機動戦士ガンダム, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu, 1979-1980), Japan’s landmark robot anime, whose TV broadcast began in 1979. He is also the creator of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (2001-2011), a mega-hit manga boasting a total of 10 million copies printed. This manga is finally becoming an anime!
What was the tragedy that decided the fates of Char Aznable, the man later nicknamed the “Red Comet” as an ace pilot of the Zeon forces, and his sister Sayla Mass?
The two siblings’ journeys, brought on by the sudden death of their father Zeon Zum Deikun who was a leader of the Spacenoids, are depicted in the four episodes of “CHRONICLE OF CHAR AND SAYLA”. This story will be presented in the form of event screenings.
The Zabi family who seize control of Side 3 and lead the Principality of Zeon, the early days of many renowned Zeon ace pilots who later fight in the One Year War, the secrets of mobile suit development, conflicts with the Earth Federation Forces, and the road leading to the outbreak of war — all will be revealed.
Episode 1: BLUE-EYED CASVAL
Universal Century 0068, Side 3 – The Autonomous Republic of Munzo.
Zeon Zum Deikun, preaching the reformation of humanity through advancement into outer space, has been attempting to declare Munzo’s complete independence from the Earth Federation government. Suddenly, he collapses and dies in the middle of a speech to the Diet.
Upon Deikun’s death, his aide Jimba Ral begins spreading conspiracy theories about the Zabi family. But despite his efforts, the Zabi family, led by Degwin Sodo Zabi, intensifies its secret maneuvering to seize control of Side 3.
As we witness for the first time the untold chaotic history of the Universal Century, Casval and Artesia, Deikun’s orphaned children, must face destinies just as tumultuous as the era itself.
Comments from Mr. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Through the production of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN” I became involved with anime again for the first time in 25 years — a quarter-century. Chronicle of Char and Sayla, which is now being animated, is a “prequel” to the foundational MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (First Gundam) and is also a completely original part of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN. As such, it is the part to which I feel most strongly attached. I thus thought that if it were going to be animated as an OVA, I might be able to get involved, and decided to take on tasks such as main character design and storyboarding.
During my long absence from the anime world, animation production had become very different. It is now completely digital, and full of surprises and curious things for me. On the other hand, some aspects of it remain mostly unchanged. I believe I am still very capable of contributing in those areas.
I was really quite nervous when I started drawing Chronicle of Char and Sayla as I was to depict parts of the story which had previously remained untold. However, I received a lot of positive comments, and I now think it was a good idea.
During the anime production, capable staff members are examining the work and enriching the story settings with their many ideas. Nonetheless, my original manga remains the basis of the work. Now I feel even more confident about this “prequel” to GUNDAM that I created.
The infusion of new talent and technology, as well as the effort and work of many people, is now transforming Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin into an excellent animation. As they enjoy this process, I sincerely hope that everyone will feel the “depth” of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM once again.
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN I: BLUE-EYED CASVAL
Release Date: February 28, 2015
Tokyo: Shinjuku Piccadilly, Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro, TOHO CINEMAS Nihonbashi
Kanagawa: Yokohama Petersburg 13
Chiba: MOVIX Kashiwanoha
Saitama: MOVIX Saitama Kawaguchi
Tochigi: MOVIX Utsunomiya
Osaka: Namba Parks Cinema, Osaka Station City Cinema
Kyoto: MOVIX Kyoto
Fukuoka: Fukuoka Nakasu Ocean Cineplex Ogura
Aichi: Midland Square Cinema
Hokkaido: Sapporo Cinema Frontier
Casval Rem Deikun: Mayumi Tanaka
Artesia Som Deikun: Megumi Ban
Degwin Sodo Zabi: Jin Urayama
Gihren Zabi: Banjo Ginga
Sasuro Zabi: Shinshu Fuji
Dozle Zabi: Kenta Miyake
Kycilia Zabi: Akeno Watanabe
Zeon Zum Deikun: Eizo Tsuda
Astraia Tor Deikun: Ayumi Tsunematsu
Ramba Ral: Shigeo Kiyama
Crowley Hamon: Miyuki Sawashiro
Jimba Ral: Chafurin
Char Aznable: Shuichi Ikeda
Narrator: Akio Otsuka
Director: Takashi Imanishi
General Director: Yoishikazu Yasuhiko
Main Story: Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino (from MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM)
Original Story: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (KADOKAWA)
Character Design: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Tsukasa Kotobuki
Original Mechanical Design: Kunio Okawara
Mechanical Design: Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Mika Akitaka, Junichi Akutsu
Screenplay: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
Unit Director: Hiroyuki Nishimura
Chief Mechanical Animation Director: Takuya Suzuki
Art Directors: Shigemi Ikeda, Yukiko Maruyama
Military Uniform and Equipment Design: Takuhito Kusanagi
Display Design: Yoshinori Sayama
Science Fiction Setting Consultant: Tsukasa Shikano
Color Designer: Nagisa Abe
Director of Photography: Takeshi Katsurayama
Editor: Masato Yoshitake
Sound Director: Sadayoshi Fujino
Sound Effects: Mutsuhiro Nishimura
Music: Takayuki Hattori
Planning and Production: Sunrise
Theatrical Distributor: Shochiku
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For more information on MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 to Stream on Crunchyroll
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN)
- MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00
- New Edition of Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: The Original TV Series
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN)
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN) on Region 1 DVD in August 2013
- DVD Release of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN), Part 3 in November
- Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations Destiny Gundam in January 2014
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN) Series Concludes in May 2014
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN) Update
- Bluefin Bandai Tamashii Nations GFFMC Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) in December 2014
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN) Vol. 07 on R4 DVD
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN), Part 4 on DVD in October
- Sunrise and Right Stuf Expand Distribution Deal for MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM Franchise