A brand new countdown website has been revealed for the next major Gundam project, tentatively titled NEXT G Coming Soon. Is it an anime series? A movie? OVA series? Time will tell.
The site is currently counting down will July 15th at 12:00pm JST. The site currently uses the local computer time to check and when you set your date and time after the countdown this message will be shown:
Warning!: Violation of Access
If the site’s URL,G-Tekketsu, indicates the name of the new project, then it would be titled Gundam: Tekketsu (Gundam: Blood and Iron).
Gundam is one of Japan’s largest and most iconic franchise. The franchise is mostly set in a science fiction future that focuses on giant mechanical robots. The franchise was created by Hajime Yatate, a group of animators from the studio Sunrise, lead by Yoshiyuki Tomino. It began in 1979 with the release of the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, though while the anime itself did not receive high praise and viewings, the eventual gunpla models from Bandai launched the series into popularity. Since then, there has been a plethora of anime series, OVAs, films, manga, light novels, games and merchandise based on the franchise. It has become an iconic symbol of Japanese pop culture where Bandai make over 50 billion yen per fiscal year on the models alone. The franchise hit its 35th anniversary on April 7th last year with the release of Gundam: The Origin.
Here is the synopsis of the original series:
In the year Universal Century 0079, humanity lives in space colonies called Sides. Side 3, the Principality of Zeon, has declared war on the Earth Federation. After the intial fighting, an 8-month stalemate occured. However that stalemate breaks when Amuro Ray stumbles into the Gundam, the Earth Federation’s secret weapon. Now Amuro and the crew of White Base must stand up to Zeon in order to end the war.
The new Gundam project will be revealed on July 15th at midday. Whether it titled Gundam: Blood and Iron, and whether it will be a new TV series, movie or OVA series, we will all find out on that day.
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