Recently BANDAI SPIRITS revealed more on the Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Project during the 59th All Japan Model and Hobby Show on Friday, and also teased the “Mobile Suit Gundam G40” promotional anime that will debut this winter. 2019 will Mark the 40th anniversary of the first Gundam television anime, as well as next year marks the 40th anniversary of the first Gundam plastic model kit.
To celebrate both of these milestones, they (BANDAI SPIRITS) is releasing a High-Grade 1/144-Scale Gundam G40 (Industrial Design Version) model kit in December. This new model features a new design of Kunio Okawara’s first RX-78-2 Gundam mobile suit, as reinterpreted by industrial designer Ken Okuyama (Enzo Ferrari car, fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, E6 and E7 Series Shinkansen trains).
The booth’s tease video features a title logo which inspired by the first Gundam television anime’s logo and Okuyama’s Gundam G40 design, rendered in cell-shaded CG. The video that was teased begins with a pan over a mobile suit and the epic as well as iconic mono-eye activation sequence which is reminiscent of the Zeon enemy’s Zaku II mobile suit only for the mobile suit’s full face to appear, revealing the Gundam G40 design. Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Ken Okuyama Design Gunpla Project Special Movie was initially planned for completion this fall. Also, LDH Japan is contributing the music.
Moreover, Gundam 40th Anniversary Project includes a film trilogy based on Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway (Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash) novel series, a five-part compilation film project of the Gundam: Reconguista In G television anime, a television airing of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime, the new Gundam Build Divers Re: RISE net anime series, and a new SD Gundam work titled SD Gundam World Sangoku Sōketsude. Furthermore, Sunrise and Legendary Pictures are also developing a live-action film project.