A wrap-around jacket on the new Vol. 6 Tankoubon manga compilation for Yasuo Ohtagaki’s Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga, has revealed that an anime adaptation is now in the works.
A new teaser website has also been opened, supporting the manga’s announcement. It also confirms that Sunrise will once again animate this new Gundam project, just like it did for the previous Gundam anime.
Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is actually a side story which happens during the One Year War, the same conflict which the original 1979 anime is centered upon. The manga takes place in the Thunderbolt sector, an area filled with wrecks of old colonies and wrecked spaceships and was formerly known as Side 4, or Mua. It follows two ace pilots from the two opposing factions, the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation as they battle to take control of the sector.
The manga also inspired a line of HG 1/144 scale GunPla by Bandai, which are currently on sale these days. More announcements about this new Gundam anime project, such as the staff, cast, release dates, and format, will be made in the future so stay tuned to AFA Channel for more updates.