Official Gundam fashion brand STRICT-G is collaborating once again with military fashion company Alpha Industries to release a new Gundam-style military jacket. Using the Alpha Industries MA-1 NATUS model, this collaboration inspires a flight jacket based on protagonist Domon Kasshu’s black Mobile Trace System suit from the popular 1994 Mobile Fighter G Gundam series.
The MA-1 originated as the successor to the A-2 flight jacket in 1945. This LIGHT MA-1 jacket is based on the L-2B flight jacket (the lightweight, all-season variant of the MA-1) and is essentially a normal MA-1 jacket with all the padding removed. This Mobile Fighter G Gundam-inspired LIGHT MA-1 NATUS jacket presents a striking silhouette and comes with a detachable hood, making it more stylistically versatile. The jacket features emblem patches on both the sleeves and front such as the “King of Hearts” emblem, “The School of the Undefeated of the East” and “GF13-017NJII”, the model number for Domon’s signature mobile fighter, God Gundam.
The actual fabric has a high-quality texture with just the right amount of sheen. It is likewise lightweight and comfortable, regardless of the season.
The STRICT-G ALPHA MA-1 NATUS Mobile Fighter G Gundam Domon Kasshu model is priced at 39,600 yen, releasing November 19, 2022 to STRICT-G stores in Japan, with Premium Bandai pre-orders shipping later in November. All customers who purchase the jacket from STRICT-G or Premium Bandai will receive an acrylic stand with an original illustration of Domon.
Mobile Fighter G Gundam series depicts the first major Gundam entry not set within the franchise’s long running Universal Century timeline. Garnering a reputation for making series move in unexpected directions from Mister Ajikko and Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Yasuhiro Imagawa directed the series with Fuyunori Gobu, of Armored Trooper Votoms fame, on series composition.
Mangaka Kazuhiko Shimamoto(Blazing Transfer Student, Blue Blazes) was tapped for character design drafts for the series by producer Masahiko Minami, who had been a friend and classmate to Shimamoto at Osaka University of Arts. The final character designs are handled by Hiroshi Osaka(The Vision of Escaflowne) coming off Mobile Suit Victory Gundam. The mechanical design team included Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, and veteran Kunio Okawara.
Set within the Future Century timeline, to escape the war weary Earth, the world’s nations migrated into outer space to establish space colonies. To maintain peace between these new colony nations, they compete in a massive fighting tournament with a representative Gundam and pilot, the victor nation is then allowed to govern space and the other colonies. The series follows Neo Japan representative Domon Kasshu, a hot-blooded, reluctant participant in the 13th Gundam Fight, searching for his brother Kyoji Kasshu, who has seemingly betrayed his family and nation.