Japanese content service Anime Consortium Japan has announced on Wednesday that their anime streaming website Daisuki will offering premium streaming for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, which is the latest Original Video Animation (OVA) series under the Gundam franchise.
The anime, which will be available as a paid service, will be available worldwide (except for Japan and China) starting Saturday, February 28.
It is also set to be available in both Japanese and English audio, as well as subtitles in English, French, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
The first episode, titled “Blue-Eyed Casval”, will be the Gundam OVA series’ first offering.
Universal Century 0068, Side 3 – The Autonomous Republic of Munzo. Zeon Zum Deikun attempts to declare complete independence of Munzo from the Earth Federation Government, while he preaches the evolutionary potential of humans who have advanced into outer space. Deikun however suddenly falls to his death in the middle of his speech at parliament.
Upon Deikun’s death, Jimba Ral spreads word of a House of Zabi conspiracy – but despite such efforts the power and sphere of influence of House of Zabi, led by Degwin Sodo Zabi, only seem to escalate.
While we witness for the first time the untold convulsions of Universal Century history, Casval and Artesia, just bereaved of their father, must face destinies which will be just as tumultuous as the very era itself. (Synopsis from Anime Consortium Japan)
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin is an anime adaptation of a manga series by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, which is an alternate re-telling of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino. It was serialized by Kadokawa Shoten’s Gundam Ace magazine from June 2001 to June 2011, and has a total of 23 volumes.
The anime adaptation was directed by Yasuhiko together with Takashi Imanishi, who also directed several Mobile Suit Gundam movies, while the screenplay was handled by Mobile Suit Gundam Wing scriptwriter Katsuyuki Sumisawa. Tsukasa Kotobuki and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko handled character designs, which was produced by anime studio Sunrise.
Anime Consortium Japan also announced that starting Wednesday, users can pre-order the release of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 1 Blu-ray Disc Collector’s Edition (Export Version) in Blu-ray disc, which is set for release on Friday, April 24.
The release will be a limited edition, which includes several bonus features, and it will be available in Japanese & English audio with multiple subtitles.
For more details on the digital & physical release, you may visit their website at daisuki.net/gundamtheorigin.