French sportswear company Patrick is partnering with Gundam apparel store STRICT-G to release a line of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED-themed sneakers to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV anime series.
The sneakers are based on Patrick’s popular “Marathon” model and will be available in a blue “Kira Yamato” version sporting the Earth Alliance logo from the series, and a red “Athrun Zala” version featuring the ZAFT logo.
The Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Sneaker Marathons released in Japan April 9 to the STRICT-G Tokyo Odaiba, Tokyo Solamachi, and Shizuoka NEOPASA locations for 22,550 yen. The shoes are available for online purchase via Premium Bandai and will release sometime in April.
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED aired from 2002-2003 directed by Mitsuo Fukuda and scripted by Chiaki Morosawa. The series features character designs by Hisashi Hirai, mechanical designs by Kunio Okawara and Kimitoshi Yamane, chief mecha animation direction by Satoshi Shigeta, and music by Toshihiko Sahashi. The popular series was followed with a sequel series in 2004 titled, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Both the SEED and SEED Destiny series received HD Remastered editions in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
Year 70 of the Cosmic Era. The Coordinators, a group of genetically enhanced humans, have moved into colonies orbiting the Earth. But that hasn’t quieted the tensions between them and regular humans; the conflict soon escalates into a full-scale war. On the neutral colony of Heliopolis, Kira Yamato, and his friends are going to school and just being kids. But when the ZAFT commando forces attack, Kira’s life changes forever.
Left with no choice, he and Federation officer Murrue Ramius are thrown into battle in a prototype mobile weapon, which Kira christens “GUNDAM.” Now, Kira must defend himself and his friends from his own people. For, unknown to anyone else, Kira is a Coordinator. And the enemy he faces on the battlefield is his childhood best friend, Athrun!
Announced in May 2021, the SEED series is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PROJECT ignited. The project includes the installation of the life-sized Freedom Gundam statue in Shanghai with a special video by director Mitsuo Fukuda to commemorate it, Gundam Docks at Shanghai event, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Eclipse manga, a new video game in development, and an anime theatrical film sequel to the SEED TV anime series.
Source: Gundam Info