Classic Gundam Remake Incoming?

by Brandon Takeda

There is some potentially exciting news coming out of Japan for all you Gundam fans out there. Franchise mainstay Yoshikazu Yasuhiko expressed his willingness to remake the original Mobile Suit Gundam during an interview with the Daily Sport newspaper. Yoshikazu was the animation director and character designer for the 1979 classic. The response comes after being asked about Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, of which Yoshikazu is the director. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin follows the tale of the infamous Char Aznable as he rises from obscurity to legend status during a time prior to the plot of the 1979 anime. When asked about whether or not his current project would eventually continue on into the story of the original anime Yoshikazu replied: “I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t do it. The length of the story is no joke, though.”

Even though Mobile Suit Gundam is considered the classic that helped pioneer the mecha anime genre, Yoshikazu reflects on the show’s creation with some regret, telling the Daily Sport that the show went through budgeting and scheduling issues that resulted in the show’s length of 43 episodes rather than the intended 51. He also admits that the show did not age well, even though he regards it as the best show in the entirety of the franchise. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko has also worked on Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Mobile Suit F91, and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, making him a seasoned veteran of the IP and likely ruling out his “best of the franchise” opinion as a purely nostalgic one.

While no remake is confirmed at the moment, as noted in the interview, there is a “big project” being worked on for Mobile Suit Gundam’s 40th anniversary in 2019.

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