For the first time since its debut in 1979, a Mobile Suit Gundam series will have a female protagonist.
The as-yet-unnamed protagonist was revealed in a new teaser for Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, where she was seen alongside her new mobile suit – the Gundam Aerial. The anime was announced in September last year and is now set to air in October.
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Bandai Namco has released a new teaser trailer for The Witch From Mercury, showing the protagonist’s short red hair blowing in the wind and Gundam Aerial booting up near the end. The series seems to have a modern art style and inspirational music judging by the trailer.
Produced by Studio Sunrise, this is Gundam’s first TV show since 2015’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Oprhans. There will also be a prologue to The Witch From Mercury, which features two other Mobile Suits, Beguir-Beau and Gundam LFRITH. Details about the plot and characters of The Witch From Mercury have not yet been announced, but more information should follow later. It is also currently unknown in which timeline this series will take place.
Women have featured prominently in the Gundam multiverse since the original series, with some of the most famous examples including Sayla Mass, Emma Sheen and Christina Mackenzie. However, Gundam’s main cast were generally teenage boys who accidentally fall into the cockpit of a powerful mobile weapon. It will be interesting to see how Witch From Mercury changes the formula after more than 40 years of Gundam stories.
In the meantime there will be Gunpla for the three Mobile Suits. Aerial, LFRITH, and Beguir-Beau Gunpla models will be available for purchase at a later date. Bandai Namco is also working on some other Gundam related projects including a game called Gundam Evolution, a 6v6 FPS game and a brand new Gundam Metaverse.
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https://www.ign.com/articles/gundam-witch-from-mercury Gundam: The Witch From Mercury will feature the series’ first female protagonist