A part of Sunrise’s “Road to UC 0105” YouTube campaign, the anime studio will be streaming the 1989 Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket series on their official Gundam YouTube channel, Gundam Channel.
To promote the release of the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash(or Hathaway) film, “Road to UC 0105” began January 1, 2021 as a campaign for Gundam Channel to exceed 1.05 million subscribers, in reference to the film’s setting “U.C. 0105”.
Beginning with Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN: Advent of the Red Comet, the channel set to stream various Universal Century Gundam works for each subscription milestone, Mobile Suit Gundam film trilogy at 790,000, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket at 800,000, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Afterglow of Zeon at 830,000, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation at 870,000, and Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack at 930,000, with a “Coming Soon!” when the channel finally reaches 1.05 million. Currently the channel sits at approximately 899,000 subscribers, already achieving the glut of its subscription goals in little over a month since the campaign began.
Credited as the first Gundam original video animation(OVA) series, beginning release on March 29, 1989 to VHS and Laser Disc, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Gundam franchise.
The six episode series was directed by Fumihiko Takayama, and scripted by Gainax’s Hiroyuki Yamaga. The story takes place in the neutral colony Side 6 and follows Alfred Izuruha, a young boy with a fanciful view of the One Year War, as he gets embroiled in a covert Zeon military operation to destroy the experimental RX-78NT-1 Gundam “Alex” that is being housed on the colony by the Earth Federation.
The series takes an unconventional route in the Gundam franchise, being a side story focusing on a boy’s naïveté and rose-colored view of warfare as he learns the reality of its ramifications when his two sibling-figures are forced into a deadly battle completely unaware of each other.
War in the Pocket has become a favorite among fans for its emotional and tragic storyline greatly emphasizing Gundam’s anti war themes, with stunning mechanical and character designs by Yutaka Izubuchi and Haruhiko Mikimoto respectively.
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket episodes 1-3 will stream on Gundam Channel for 24 hours on February 13 at 21:00 JST, while episodes 4-6 will stream the following Saturday February 20 also at 21:00 JST. Given Gundam Channel is primarily for Japanese audiences, with Gundam Info tailored for international audiences, there has been no statement made if the stream will be accessible to English speaking or other foreign audiences.
Source: Gundam Info