After Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury‘s 22nd episode, “The Woven Path” aired, JAXA‘s(The Japanese Space Agency) official Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter(MIO) Twitter account announced they would be collaborating with the aptly titled series. As of now, the collaboration will include posters and original voices.
MIO’s third swing-by of Mercury will be June 20, 2023 around 04:34 JST.
In Japan, discussions regarding the exploration of Mercury began in 1997, with BepiColombo commencing as a project in 2003. BepiColombo is an international plan to explore Mercury led by cooperation between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). MIO’s objective is to study Mercury’s surrounding environment in detail, including its magnetic field, plasma, thin atmosphere, and dust.
Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury is directed by Kiznaiver‘s Hiroshi Kobayashi, and penned by Code Geass scribe, Ichiro Ohkouchi. The tagline of the series is “This witch…rides a Gundam”. The series began broadcast October 2, 2022 on twenty-eight of MBS and TBS TV networks on their 5pm “Nichigo” anime block, as well as simulcasted internationally. The Witch from Mercury completed its twelve episode first season in January and began Season 2 on April 9, 2023.