Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: December 21, 2021 at 11:53 PHT (GMT+8)
The Mobile Suit Gundam franchise by Yoshiyuki Tomino is back with an animated film Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island, scheduled to premiere in Japan in the early summer of 2022.
Below is the teaser video. The film Cucuruz Doan's Island is based on the 15th episode of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series which first aired in 1979. This film will be directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (安彦 良和), who wrote the manga series Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, a retelling of the original 1979 anime by Tomino.
Mobile Suit Gundam, known in Japan as Kidō Senshi Gundam (Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム, Romaji: Kidō Senshi Gandamu, also known as First Gundam, Gundam 0079 or simply Gundam '79), is an anime television series, produced and animated by Nippon Sunrise, created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino. It premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations on April 7, 1979, and lasted until January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes.
It was the first Gundam series, which has subsequently been adapted into numerous sequels and spin-offs. Set in the futuristic calendar year "Universal Century" 0079, the plot focuses on the war between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation, with the latter unveiling a new giant robot known as the RX-78-2 Gundam piloted by the teenage civilian mechanic Amuro Ray.
Below is the teaser visual for the film.
Planning / Production: Sunrise
Original work: Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino
Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Assistant director: Ka Hee IM
Screenplay: Toshizo Nemoto
Character design: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Atsushi Tamura, Tsukasa Kotobuki
Mecha design: Kunio Okawara, Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane
Art director: Yuji Kaneko
Color design: Nagisa Abe
Cinematographer: Takeshi Kuzuyama, Ryo Iijima
CGI Director: Shuhei Morita, CGI
Director: Morihito Abe
Editor: Kazuhiro Nii
Sound director: Sadayoshi Fujino
Music: Takayuki Hattori
Synopsis of Mobile Suit Gundam from MAL:
It is year 0079 of the Universal Century. Mankind has moved to space, living in colony clusters known as "Sides." One of these Sides declares itself the "Principality of Zeon" and declares war on the Earth Federation, the governmental body currently ruling Earth. Using powerful humanoid robots known as "mobile suits," Zeon quickly gains the upper hand.
Nine months into the conflict, the Earth Federation has developed its own powerful mobile suit called the Gundam. When Zeon launches an attack on the colony holding the Gundam, a 15-year-old civilian named Amuro Ray suddenly finds himself thrown into a conflict that will take him all across Earth and space, pitting him against the enemy's ace pilot, Char Aznable.
(Cucuruz Doan's Island covers the 15th episode of this series, when a distress signal is detected on a small island in the Pacific, Amuro is dispatched with the Core Fighter to investigate the source).