Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury gets an international release on 1st September

The Mobile Suit Gundam anime franchise is set to return after a gap of 6 years! Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury has officially been confirmed for 2022 and absolutely cannot wait! Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans was released in 2015 followed by a Season 2 for the same in 2016.

The Gundam franchise has expanded exponentially since its inception in the late 1970s. It has almost shaped the existing mecha genre as we know it today. The most recent release in Gundam was the Gundam Breaker Battlogue Project which was released in October 2021 that focused on a short anime series along with a series of GUNPLA releases.

For those unfamiliar, GUNPLA refers to Gundam Playable Models that are used to represent the vehicles and mecha units of the Gundam universe.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Trailer

About Mobile Suit Gundam

For newcomers to the franchise, Gundam might be an intimidating universe to explore. The story of Gundam spans multiple animated series and movies that have been released since the 1980s and continue to dominate the mecha genre, also while being greatly responsible for developing it. The series was created by Yoshiyuki Tomino in 1979 after he had created other works with the same theme in mind.

Tomino’s work in the mecha genre became particularly notable with the release of Mobile Suit Gundam in 1979-1980. The first Gundam series was only the beginning. The series has featured several anime seasons adapting Tomino’s work and OVAs, ONAs, and movies. Gundam even has its own video game franchise!

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury: What We Know Until Now

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury was first announced in September 2021 at the Dai 2-Kai Gundam Conference. The project was aimed at garnering the interest of fans from newer generations and gaining engagement from them by growing the scale of their development according to Bandai Namco’s Chief Gundam Officer, Koji Fujiwara.

It was earlier announced that the anime will be released in 2022. This has now been officially confirmed along with a release window for the anime itself. The official title logo for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury was released in December 2021. The specific details of the anime including the cast or even trailers remain undisclosed till now. As for all the Gundam anime releases till now, Studio Sunrise will be working on this upcoming project.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Release Date

In Japan, Gundam fans have been able to watch Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury. It was on July 14, a prequel to the events of the original series Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Prologue was broadcast.

1st September 2022 has been confirmed as the global release window for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury. The official website for the anime revealed that it would be taking the Nichi-5 slot on Sundays. This means that the anime will have weekly releases at 5:00 PM JST on MBS network channels.

MBS also released a promotional video for the anime showcasing previous anime releases on the channel in the same slot including legendary titles like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Hunter x Hunter, Code Geass, and other popular titles like Seven Deadly Sins, Star Driver, Magi, Haikyuu!!, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and more!

Where and when can I watch Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch Episodes?

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Episode 1 debuted on Sunday, October 2, 2022. It broadcasted on MBS and TBS at 5 p.m. time slot in Japan. It got simulcasted worldwide on Crunchyroll for global customers.

Here is the release time for upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch Episodes dropping in on every Sunday in various time zones across the globe:

  • 2:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
  • 3:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time
  • 04:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time
  • 10:30 a.m. British Summer Time
  • 11:30 a.m. Central European Summer Time
  • 3:00 p.m. Indian Standard Time

FAQs: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Edition

Q. Which timeline is Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury set in?

A. This is perhaps one of the most pressing questions at the moment. For those unfamiliar, The Gundam World has a Series that belong to many different timelines. Universal Century or the UC Timeline is the most popular and loved timeline in the Gundam Universe, with the original anime, Gundam Origin, Char’s Counterattack, Gundam Zeta, 08th MS Team, Gundam Unicorn, and many more.

There’s After Colony, Cosmic Era, and a bunch of other titles in various timelines. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans set up the Post Disaster Timeline that apparently occurs at the end of the Calamity War.

The Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury timeline could be a continuation of the same timeline after Gundam IBO in Post Disaster Timeline, which seems like a good option. Another possibility is going back to the good old UC timeline. The third option is to set up an entirely new timeline.

Q. What Gundam Series comes after Iron-Blooded Orphans?

A. Technically, Gundam IBO was released in 2015-2016 and ended its 50 episodes run to be followed up by a series titled Gundam Build Drivers which is unlike what most Gundam fans would consider a Gundam series. It does not chronologically follow Iron-Blooded Orphans in the Gundam universe but it does come after IBO end in 2016 with its release lined up in 2018.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury remains the first major release in the Gundam anime franchise since the release of Gundam IBO.

Q. What is the most recent Gundam release?

A. The most recent in the series of Gundam releases was Gundam Breaker Battleogue released in October 2021. The Gundam Breaker Battlogue Project by Bandai Namco as it is called is aimed at strengthening the link between GUNPLA themed video games and the actual GUNPLA releases. The six-episode short-film series is a part of the GUNPLA project that covers additional anime and games.

Before this, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway was also released in 2021 followed by Hathaway Noa, a character first introduced in UC Timeline’s Char’s Counterattack.

Q. When will Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury release on OTT platforms?

At the recent San Diego Comic-Con, it was confirmed that Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury release on OTT will happen in October outside Japan, although it has not yet been announced on which streaming platform. 

Stay tuned for updates on Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury and all the good stuff from your favourite titles. In the meantime, don’t forget to let us know your picks from Winter 2022 anime releases and let us know all you plan to watch in the upcoming season!

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