A part of Sunrise’s “Road to UC 0105” YouTube campaign, the anime studio will be streaming the 1991 Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory 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: Stardust Memory 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 932,000 subscribers, already achieving the glut of its subscription goals in nearly 2 months since the campaign began.
Releasing from 1991 to 1992, the thirteen episode Stardust Memory series was directed by Mitsuko Kase (episodes 1–7) and Takashi Imanishi (episodes 8–13). The year is Universal Century 0083, and three years have passed after the One Year War ended with the Principality of Zeon’s defeat. The Delaz Fleet, a group of Zeon remnants, launched an attack on the Earth Federation’s Torrington Base, stealing the prototype RX-78GP02A Gundam “Physalis”, a mobile suit with nuclear launch capability. Kou Uraki, an Earth Federation test pilot at Torrington Base, is selected as the pilot of the GP02A’s sister unit RX-78GP01 Gundam “Zephyranthes” and joins the Pegasus-class carrier Albion as it pursues the stolen GP02A in order to stop the Delaz Fleet’s ultimate goal: “Operation Stardust”.
Stardust Memory has become a favorite among fans for its “Top-Gun”-reminiscent storyline, soap-operatic romance drama and glorious soundtrack by Mitsuo Hagita. The series produced iconic mechanical designs by Shoji Kawamori(of Macross fame), Mika Akitaka, Hajime Katoki, and Yasushi Ishizu.
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory episodes 1-4 will stream on Gundam Channel for 24 hours on February 27 at 21:00 JST, while episodes 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13 will stream the following Saturdays: March 6, March 13, and March 20, respectively at 21:00 JST.
Gundam Channel is primarily tailored to Japanese audiences and there has been no statement made if the stream will be accessible to English speaking or other foreign audiences.
Source: Gundam Info