Gundam Designer Kanetake Ebikawa Reveals “I Gundam Exia” from Gundam 00 Stage Play Sequel

To promote the Blu-ray/DVD release of the Mobile Suit Gundam 00 stage play sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam 00- Awakening By Destruction- Re:(in)novation, mechanical designer Kanetake Ebikawa released an illustration on his Twitter account of the “I Gundam Exia”, an original Gundam Exia variant used in the play.

The new mobile suit sports a maroon and magenta color-scheme, and according to Ebikawa features a GNX-603T GN-X-esque composite sensor and upside down Celestial Being mark.
Kanetake Ebikawa has served as a mainstay mechanical designer for the Gundam series since Mobile Suit Gundam 00, contributing to multiple subsequent installments such as Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Gundam Build Fighters, Gundam Build Divers, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury.

Ebikawa designed the Beguir-Beu and Michaelis for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

After being delayed by COVID-19, The Bandai Namco Live Creative and Office ENDLESS production ran from February 4 to February 14, 2022 at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. The first season of the Gundam 00 stage play adaptation ran in February 2019. The Blu-ray and DVD for the stage play releases July 27, priced at 9,680 yen and 8,580 yen respecitively.

Fumiya Matsuzaki returned as director and playwright, with 00’s anime director Seiji Mizushima supervising the production. The cast from the first season of the stage play reprised their roles with the exception of Miyagi Koudai replacing Yusuke Seto as Patrick Colasour, and Takehisa Maeyama as Graham Aker, Yoshihide Sasaki played the Mr.Bushido version of the character. Yuki Maekawa and Sakiho Motonishi joined the cast as Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy respectively.

Returning Cast

  • Shohei Hashimoto as Setsuna F. Seiei
  • Yu Imari as Lockon Stratos
  • Seiichiro Nagata as Tieria Erde
  • Taiyo Ayukawa as Allelujah Haptism
  • Akihisa Kato as Sergei Smirnov
  • Akira Kubodera as Ali al-Saachez
  • Aya Kitai as Soma Peries
  • Juri Hirayu as Kati Mannequin
  • Kenta Asegawa as Lictendahl Tsery
  • Masahide Funaki as Michael Trinity
  • Megumi Matsumura as Feldt Grace
  • Mio Kobayashi as Christina Sierra
  • Reiji Sakagaki as Johann Trinity
  • Riona Tatemichi as Sumerage Lee Noriega
  • Takuro Sawada as Lasse Aeon
  • Tomoru Akazawa as Ribbons Almark
  • Yu Kazuuchi as Billy Katagiri
  • Yui Itou as Nena Trinity

Broadcasting from October 2007 to March 2009, the Seiji Mizushima-directed Mobile Suit Gundam 00 series is set in 2307 AD. Due to the depletion of fossil fuels, humanity relies on solar energy collected by three orbital elevators, controlled by one of the three “power blocs”, the Union (Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations), controlling the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan; the Human Reform League (controlling nearly all of mainland Asia sans the Middle East along with most of Oceania; and the AEU (Advanced European Union), which controls mainland Europe as well as many islands in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. With this nearly inexhaustible source of energy benefiting only the major powers and their allies, constant warfare erupts around the globe among minor countries for fuel and energy. 

The series follows the exploits of the organization Celestial Being in their crusade to end all acts of war through armed interventions using state-of-the-art Gundam type mobile suits. 

The 00 series received a theatrical film in 2010, titled Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer set two years after the end of the series in 2314 AD.

In Mid-March 2022, a spin-off CG anime project was announced by director Mizushima in collaboration with Tamashii Nations’s “Metal Build” figure line. Titled Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Revealed Chronicle, the project reunites the staff and cast from the original series and features previously unrevealed anecdotes about how design data from the product development phase was used in the anime series. The project unveil the secrets of the Double Drive, the missing link to the GN Drive, and feature new mobile suits for Setsuna F.Seiei, Lockon Stratos and other characters.


Source: Official Website

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