The hit Gundam Video Anime will get a re-release in the form of an anime TV series.
It is a surprise that Bandai and Sunrise decided to re-launch Mobil Suit Gundam UC for a TV broadcast. The news was revealed by the official Gundam.info portal where a new microsite dedicated for the TV series was unveiled recently.
It will also sport a new title called Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096 and it is expected to air on TV Asahi and other affiliated channels on April 3 at 7:00am. The series will be re-edited for the television version, which includes new anime footage and a couple of new opening and ending songs that will be composed by Gundam UC composer Hiroyuki Sawano. The opening song will be titled Into The Sky, performed by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Tielle. The two ending songs will be performed by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:naNami with Next 2U -eUC- and bL?dy f8 -eUC- by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Aimer. This was confirmed by Sawano himself on his blog post. The theme songs will be available for purchase on June 29.
Voice actor Shuuichi Ikeda will be narrating the episode previews at the end of each episode of the series. Shuuichi is also know to voice the series antagonist Full Frontal as well as Char Aznable from the original Mobile Suit Gundam. Mobile Suit Gundam UC was originally based on the novel series by author Harutoshi Fukui, which takes place on the Universal Century 0096 timeline. The story is set 16 years after the events of the One Year War from Mobile Suit Gundam and three years after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char?s Counterattack. In the story, another conflict has occurred between the Earth Federation and the Neo Zeon remnants. Both groups are after the LaPlace Box, an item that holds the secret to the formation of the Federation.
The novel was turned into a 7-episode OVA from 2010 to 2014 and it was released on home video and select theaters in Japan and other countries outside Japan. A series of plastic model kits were released that are very popular in Japan and other parts of Asia.