After a temporary hiatus due to health concerns, the official Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury Twitter account has announced that voice actress Yume Miyamoto will be reprising her role as Nika Nanaura upon recovery.
The talent agency for Miyamoto, Gekidan Himawari, concurrently made a statement that she would be resuming work little by little, taking her health into consideration.
In November, Gekidan Himawari announced Miyamoto’s brief hiatus, citing poor health. No specific ailment was given. Her role as Nika Nanaura was temporarily filled by Haruka Shiraishi from episode 10 onward. It has not been stated which episode in the upcoming 2nd season of the Witch from Mercury will feature Miyamoto returning as Nika.
In the Witch from Mercury, Nika is characterized as a second-year student in the mechanical department, who belongs to Earth House. She loves mecha, and is very curious about Suletta’s Gundam Aerial. Nika is caring and known to have outstanding maintenance skill.
Miyamoto is best as known for portraying Rikka Takarada in Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions‘ SSSS.Gridman series. The actress is set to reprise her role as Rikka in the upcoming Gridman Universe theatrical film, serving as a crossover between Gridman and its sequel series SSSS.Dynazenon.
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 will resume with Season 2 in April 2023. The series is currently listed to run for a total twenty-four episodes across two seasons. From January to March, TV editions of Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt and Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative will air in its 5pm time-slot.
A teaser visual was released from Bandai Namco Filmworks(Sunrise) for the upcoming season, illustrated by character designer Mogumo and concept artist Lin Junbun.