As previously reported, Anime Consortium Japan, the anime company that handles the online streaming service Daisuki, announced that they will offer premium streaming for the first episode of Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin this Saturday, February 28.
This is in addition to the one-day screening that is also set to happen on Saturday in selected cinemas in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.
The online service has revealed more details regarding the premium “on-demand” streaming.
The episode will be available on daisuki.net worldwide (except for China) starting Saturday, February 28, from 08:00am Japan Standard Time (07:00am Philippine Standard Time, 23:00 GMT).
The episode will cost at USD6.99 (about PHP310), which can be paid through Google Play and Amazon Instant Video, and can be accessed for 72 hours.
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 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 the Official Website)
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.