Gundam Info, the official international Gundam YouTube channel, has announced five Gundam titles for their September streaming lineup: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and the four main Gundam Build series: Gundam Build Fighters, Gundam Build Fighters Try, Gundam Build Divers, and Gundam Build Divers Re: RISE.
Gundam 00 is now available, streaming with Japanese audio and six subtitle options. The Gundam Build series works will be made available tomorrow on the YouTube channel.
Broadcasting from October 2007 to March 2009 for a two season run, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is directed by Seiji Mizushima and scripted by Yosuke Kuroda. Michinori Chiba and Yun Kouga served as the character designers, while the series featured an ensemble mechanical design team consisting of Kanetake Ebikawa, Takayuki Yanase, Naohiro Washio, Kenji Teraoka, Hitoshi Fukuchi, Seiichi Nakatani and Kunio Okawara. Kenji Kawai scored the music for the series.
The popular 00 series inspired a theatrical film sequel in 2010 titled Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer, as well as novels, several manga series, video games and a stage play.
The stage play adaptation of the anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam 00- Awakening By Destruction-, debuted in February 2019, with Fumiya Matsuzaki as director and playwright, and 00’s anime director Seiji Mizushima supervising the production. A sequel to the play was performed in February 2022, titled Awakening By Destruction- Re:(in)novation.
The year is 2307 A.D. While the Earth’s reserves of fossil fuels have been depleted, humanity has obtained a new, nearly infinite source of energy to replace them in the form of large-scale solar-powered generation systems based on three huge orbital elevators. However, the benefits of this system are available only to a handful of major powers and their allies.
These orbital elevators belong to three superpower blocs: the Union, the Human Reform League and the AEU. These confederations continue to play a grand zero-sum game for the sake of their own prestige and prosperity. Thus, even in the 24th Century, humanity has yet to unite as one.
In this world of unceasing conflict, a private armed organization steps forward, declaring their intention to eliminate war through martial force. Using the power of their mobile suits combatively, a series of four high-performance machines each dubbed “Gundam,” the paramilitary organization known as Celestial Being takes the world stage, beginning armed interventions within all the world’s nations.
The Gundam Build series began in 2013 as a departure from the sci-fi-fueled war drama and sociopolitical intrigue accustomed to the mainline Gundam series, in favor of light gunpla-centric storylines set in the “real world” akin to the 2010 OVA Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G.
Airing from October 2013 to March 2014, the twenty-five episode-Gundam Build Fighters was the first entry in this new spin-off franchise, directed by Kenji Nagasaki and scripted by Mobile Suit Gundam 00’s Yōsuke Kuroda. The series characters were designed Kenichi Ohnuki and Suzuhito Yasuda, with an ensemble mechanical design team including: Kunio Okawara, Junichi Akutsu, Junya Ishigaki, Kanetake Ebikawa, and Kenji Teraoka.
The time is the near future. Years have passed since the 1980s, when “Gunpla” — plastic models based on the “Mobile Suit Gundam” animation — created a huge boom.
Now, a new wave is sweeping the world, in what could be called a second Gunpla boom. Its popularity is driven by “Gunpla Battle,” in which assembled Gunpla can be controlled and made to fight. With the introduction of this revolutionary Battle System, its popularity has expanded to the point that a Gunpla Battle World Tournament is held each year.
The main character of the story, Sei Iori, is a young Gunpla builder who loves Gunpla and dreams of entering the Gunpla Battle World Tournament. As the only heir to a hobby shop, he has high Gunpla building abilities, but he doesn’t know how to control them in battle and is continually defeated in the opening rounds of tournaments. When he meets Reiji, a mysterious boy with superb Gunpla control skills, they team up to take on the World Tournament.
Sei, the Gunpla builder.
Reiji, the Gunpla fighter.
Sei builds, and Reiji battles.
They’re the Build Fighters everyone is talking about! Their goal is to enter the Gunpla Battle World Tournament — and win!
The success of Build Fighters spawned a bustling model kit-line of custom mobile suits, a sequel anime series in 2014 titled Gundam Build Fighters Try, Gundam Build Fighters Amazing manga series, and two ONA projects: Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue and Gundam Build Fighters: GM’s Counterattack
Beginning in 2018, Gundam Build Divers is a new iteration of the Gundam Build series, stand-alone from its predecessors. Divers shifted from conventional Gunpla Battle seen in Gundam Build Fighters to virtual reality. Returning from Gundam Build Fighters Try, the series is directed by Shinya Watada and scripted by Noboru Kimura.
The Sunrise Beyond-produced Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE was announced November 2018 as part of the Gundam 40th Anniversary Project, tentatively named “New Gundam Build Divers work”. The series was formally announced as Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE in June 2019, with Gundam Build series mainstay Shinya Watada returning as director and Yasuyuki Muto(Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Afro Samurai, Deadman Wonderland) joining the project for series composition. The series served as a sequel to Gundam Build Divers, and like Build Fighters Try to Build Fighters, it follows a new group of characters set within the same world.
Gunpla Battle Nexus Online (GBN) is a new network game that lets people enjoy a variety of missions using Gunpla in a virtual cyberspace dimension. Middle-school students Riku Mikami and Yukio Hidaka dive together into this vast world, and Momoka Yashiro, their soccer friend, decides she wants to join in as well! Becoming “Divers,” or inhabitants of GBN, they meet a mysterious girl named Sarah who has an amazing sensitivity to Gunpla. They begin playing alongside her, but…
There are many other famous Divers, starting with Kyoya Kujo, the champion whom Riku admires. Multiple Divers can join to form a team called a “force.” Meanwhile, the game is disrupted by Mass-Divers who use unofficial tools called Break Decals. Through many encounters and experiences, Riku and his friends will build not only Gunpla, but their own adventures as well!
Dubbed “Gundam Build 10th Anniversary Dream Battle Project,” Bandai Namco announced Gundam Build Metaverse in March during their Gundam Conference Spring 2023 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Gundam Build series and as an anime tie to the Group‘s ambitious Gundam Metaverse Project. The three-episode miniseries will stream on Gundam‘s official YouTube channels, Gundam Channel in Japan, and Gundam Info internationally in October 2023. The series is directed by renowned mecha animator Masami Obari.
A new Internet service has been born in the world of Gunpla. Within the Metaverse realm, the user can control their own avatar, interact with other users, play Gunpla Battle, and purchase actual Gunpla. Rio Hojo is a boy who has dove into this new world. Studying Gunpla building techniques in the real world with Seria Urutuski, and absorbing Gunpla Battle know-how from Mask Lady in the Metaverse world, he has been honing his skills day by day. After completing his own original Gunpla, the Lah Gundam, Rio happens to encounter some past champions of Gunpla Battle in the Metaverse realm.
- Planning: Sunrise
- Original Concept: Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino
- Director: Masami Obari
- Series Composition: Noboru Kimura
- Character Design: Hirona Okada, Yoriko Goto, Ippei Gyobu
- Fumina Design Cooperation: Humikane Shimada
- Character Design Supervision: Kenichi Onuki
- Mechanical Design: Kunio Okawara, Kanetake Ebikawa, Takayuki Yanase, Shinya Terashima, Naohiro Washio, Kotaro Ando(Studio GS)
- Chief Mechanic Animator: Yu Yoshiyama
- Planning Cooperation: Bandai Spirits, Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Production: SUNRISE BEYOND
- Produced by: Bandai Namco Filmworks, Sotsu