Feburary, 2010 – (TBD)
Harutoshi Fukui (Writer of Novelization)
Hajime Yatate (Pen Name for Sunrise Creative Staff for Gundam productions. Courtesy Credit)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (Creator and Director of original Mobile Suit Gundam. Courtesy Credit)
Mika Akitaka (Design Cooperation)
Kunio Okawara (Designer for Mobile Suit Gundam. Courtesy Credit)
Novel Series (8 Volumes as of Current)
6 50 Minute OVA RELEASES
Feburary 20, 2010 (Limited Feature Film Run)
March 12, 2010 (Home Video Release)
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn takes place in year 96 of the Universal Century (UC 0096), three years after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack.
(Character Name (Seiyu/English Voice Actor)
Banagher Links (Kouki Uchiyama/Steve Cannon) – A 16 year old high school student who was not alive during the One Year War, or involved in any of the subsequent conflicts from it, he looks as war as nothing but fiction.
Audrey Burne (Ayumi Fujimura/Stephanie Sheh) – A young girl from a noble family. There is more to her past than what it seems.
Full Frontal (Shuuichi Ikeda/) – A masked man who is the leader of the remnants of the Neo-Zeon a.k.a “The Sleeved”.
His look and voice resemble that of the late Char Aznable.
RX-0 Unicorn Gundam – Piloted by Banagher, the RX-0 is an experimental mobile suit developed by Anaheim Electronics. The Psycoframe built into the unit allows greater mobility and firepower when a special device in the Operating System is activated.
– The adaptation of Gundam Unicorn marks a significant departure from all previous Gundam animated productions as this is the first production that is adapted from a previous story in a print format. All other productions were originally produced as TV Series, Movie or OVA formats.
– Gundam Unicorn also marks the first return to the Universal Century (outside of the One Year War era: UC 0079 – UC 0083) since 1993’s Mobile Suit Victory Gundam*
(*ED. Note: Technically 1999’s G-Savior counts as the last UC production, But I’ll pretend it doesn’t exist -Setsuna).
– The OP Theme Song is “Ryuusei no Namida“, by Chiaki Kuriyama.
– Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn premiered as a Light Novel series on September 26, 2007. 8 collected Volumes have been published so far in Japan only.
– A Promotional Video for the Novel was shown at Chara Hobby 2007.
– On March 11, 2009, Kazunori Ueno, Bandai NAMCO President and CEO, announced at a press conference that there were no plans for a future TV Series to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam franchise.
– Circa early April 2009: reprints of the Unicorn novels contain a jacket with a message from series writer Harutoshi Fukui that a Unicorn TV series was greenlit for winter 2009.
– On April 22, the June issue of Kadokawa Shoten‘s Monthly Gundam Ace magazine confirmed Fukui’s announcement.
– Aprill 27: animeanime.jp reports that Sunrise is planning to release Gundam Unicorn worldwide simultaneously.
– August 16 (POSSIBLY UNRELATED) Bandai Channel, a video distribution service has announced that they will begin distributing anime (produced by Sunrise and/or Bandai) via streaming in 10 different languages in the US and Eurasia in 2010.
– Much of the Gundam Unicorn prodcution will be handled by many anime industry veterans including a few who have been major players in previous Gundam works.
– Dir. Kazuhiro Furuhashi has helmed many works for Studio DEEN and Prodcution I.G, including Ranma 1/2, Rurouni Kenshin, Getbackers, Le Chevalier D’Eon and most recently, Real Drive.
– Yasuyuki Muto was the screenwriter for Afro Samurai: Resurrection, Le Chevalier D’Eon and Senkgoku Basara
– Legendary illustrator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko handled designs for much of the Gundam franchise early productions and created the look and style for its iconic characters.
– Kumiko Takahashi got her start in the industry as an in-between animator in the third Mobile Suit Gundam compilation movie.
She has made a sucessful career as an Animation Director on several TV Series, such as Card Captor Sakura, Inu Yasha, Witch Hunter Robin, Fullmetal Alchemist (the first series) Ouran High School Club and Darker than Black.
– Hajime Katoki has near single handedly evolved the look and style of mechanics in the Gundam franchise.
His major credits in the Gundam Franchise include: Gundam Sentinel, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz and Mobile Suit Gundam Igloo.
He also does design work for the Bandai Master Grade Model Line, the G.F.F. and Zeonography toy lines and most recently, Robot Damashii.
Non Gundam credits include the Super Robot Wars (SRW) Video Game franchise and Virtual-On, and the Patalabor 2 Movie.
– Junya Ishigaki worked with Katoki on New Mobile Report Gundam Wing and After War Gundam X .
Recently he performed design work for Macross Frontier.
– English Dub ADR work will be handled by NYAV Post. The ADR Director is Michael Sinterniklaas.
(TO BE ADDED)