Nyren's Corner: Bandai & Sunrise Should Remake Mobile Suit Gundam 0079 in 2019

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The original Mobile Suit Gundam aired in 1979, 38 years ago. Originally intended to air for close to 50 episodes, it was cancelled and cut down to 43 episodes. It might have ended there, but thanks to a cult following and some restructuring at Bandai, the series continued on and turned into the anime and cultural juggernaut that it is today. Many fondly remember that original series and its story has been expanded upon in various other series and novel/manga adaptations over the years. Various scenes from the original have been recreated in sequels, spin-offs, and video games showing exactly how it could look if made today(Or to be more precise, what it would have looked like in the early 2000's.), as can be seen in this video:

While the video offers no comparisons to the original series(Though I’m sure such a video might exist, I couldn’t find it after a quick search.), those who have seen the original will immediately notice how improved it is. The show, visually, has not aged very well. It’s classic, sure, but how many new fans will be willing to go back almost 40 years to watch it? Even being the huge Gundam fan that I am, I had a hard time watching it because it was so dated, even when compared to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, the next oldest full length Gundam series which holds up a lot better.


Right now, Bandai and Sunrise are currently animating Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, an OVA series based on the manga of the same name. It’s a retelling of the original series, but with changes to the plot in some places and added story that wasn’t present in the original. The current adaptation acts as a prequel to the original series and will air two more episodes starting this autumn which will adapt the Loum arc of the story. That, in turn, leads directly into the start of the original story. With the current adaptation slated to end in 2018, and Gundam’s 40th anniversary coming up in 2019, it seems to me like the perfect time to finally revisit the original series and make it look 40 years newer using The Origin manga as a base to work off of. A re-adaptation could introduce the original story to a new audience without forcing them to sit through the 40 year old version and the story could be properly finished this time around.

Truth be told, they’ve already teased a potential remake with the above video which was released in November of 2015. Granted, I’d prefer hand-animated mecha like in Iron-Blooded Orphans or Gundam Thunderbolt over the CG suits that the current adaptation of The Origin uses, and perhaps that’s what we’ll get with a full remake should it happen. So if you want it, cross your fingers because we probably won’t find out until next year at the earliest.

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