The “2nd Gundam Conference” was held on September 15 by Bandai-Namco Group’s cross-sectional “Gundam Project” to discuss the future plans for the Gundam brand. The meeting was led by the Group’s Chief Gundam Officer (CGO) and Gundam business supervisor, Koji Fujiwara.
Announced during the conference were three anime projects set for a 2022 release: Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch from Mercury, Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island, and a special edition of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans.
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 according to the press release, the series will focus on attracting 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 uses “G-Witch” as its official abbreviated title and multi language website.
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.
Developed by Bandai Namco and Sunrise BEYOND, Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt takes place between seasons one and two of the Iron-Blooded Orphans series, set on the Venus colony of Radonista, following protagonist Wistario Afam piloting the mysterious Gundam Hajiroboshi. Urðr-Hunt will feature anime and gameplay components, with staff members from the original series such as Tatsuyuki Nagai and Masaru Yokoyama returning to their roles for the spin-off game.
Source: Press Release