The #TwitterTrend Awards is annual series of awards selected by a Japanese committee based on a variety of data for words that have been trending the most on Twitter in 2021. This is the awards’ fifth year of operation.
“Gundam” is ranked 20th in the Twitter Trend Awards for 2021 due to the tweets made by Gundam Info and others on September 15 for the Gundam brand’s 2022 projects: Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury, Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island, Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt and construction of the life-size RX-93ff Nu Gundam statue.
Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury is the highly anticipated first new Gundam TV anime series in seven series, since the broadcast of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans. The series is currently shrouded in mystery as far as plot or staff, but is stated to attract a new younger audience with teenagers. Bandai-Namco Group will be working with external “G-PARTNER” members on the series to aim for “large-scale deployment than ever before”. The series is set to release next year in 2022.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island is a new anime film directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the character designer and chief animation director of the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam series, as well as chief director of the 2015-2018 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin OVA series. The film will be a new perspective on the fifteenth episode of the same name from the 0079 series and release to theaters in 2022.
A special edition of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans will air to coincide with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans G. Announced in 2019, Iron-Blooded Orphans G is a new smartphone app set to release spring 2022 where players can re-experience seasons one and two of the TV series through gameplay and a new spin off story, Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt. The special edition of the Iron-Blooded Orphans series will be nine episodes in total and feature part of Urðr-Hunt.
Bandai Namco Entertainment’s Koji Fujiwara, the current CGO (Chief Gundam Officer), announced in mid-June that a new life-sized Gundam statue project was underway. The project was fully unveiled September 15 as the RX-93ff Nu Gundam.
Based on Amuro Ray’s RX-93 Nu Gundam from the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack film, originally designed by Yutaka Izubuchi, the RX-93ff version sports a new long-range fin funnel and tricolor markings designed under the supervision of Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Constructed in conjunction with Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., Kyushu Electric Power Company, Inc., Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd., and NOMURA Co., Ltd,the new life-sized statue is to be erected Spring 2022 at Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport FUKUOKA in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City.
Accompanied with the statue at Mitsui Shopping Park Lalaport FUKUOKA will be “Gundam Park Fukuoka”, a new Gundam-themed entertainment complex developed and managed by Bandai Namco Amusement Inc. and Bandai Spirits.
Source: Gundam Info