Bandai recently announced that legendary Gundam director Yoshiyuki Tomino will direct a new Gundam series. Comments made have suggested that this new series will be released in the 2014-2015 period, somewhere around the same time as Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin is set to release. According to Bandai, this new series will be a full-fledged project. Bandai has made no mention of whether or not it would be set in the Universal Century setting, another setting, or will occur in an entirely new setting.
Personally, seeing Tomino’s name attached to the project automatically makes this noteworthy, as the last time Tomino has done anything Gundam related was 2009’s Ring of Gundam and the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation reboot before that. While I don’t think those pining for a return to the brutal style of older Gundams will be entirely satisfied (as Tomino isn’t depressed anymore), mostly anything that the original creator can come up with will be gold. If the new series has a similar tone to Turn A, for instance, I’d find it fantastic. At the same time, I imagine cynical Tomino could attempt a deconstruction of more recent mecha trends, particularly of the newer Gundam series. Really though, I don’t even have to say why this is noteworthy, as it’s inherently something that will always attract a lot of attention.
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