At the second Gundam Conference, three new Gundam anime projects, a movie, a special, and an anime, were announced. All of these new projects are expected to release in 2022 at to be determined dates. To see all of the anime that's been confirmed for 2022 so far, check out the 2022 anime schedule.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island Movie
The first project is a movie titled Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island, which is a name we already know thanks to the 15th episode of Mobile Suit Gundam (1979). It is a retelling of the 15th episode in Mobile Suit Gundam.
After a secret mission goes awry, Mobile Suit pilot Amuro Ray and his comrades crash-land on an island. They were sent to this land—known as the Island of No Return—to clear off any enemy forces, only to find a group of children and an enemy mecha attack. Now Amuro must find a way for them all to escape this mysterious land, but not before meeting a strange man—Cucuruz Doan.
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, who's worked as a character designer and director on multiple Mobile Suit Gundam projects, including Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta Gundam, is directing the movie. You may also know him as the mangaka behind the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga series.
It is releasing on June 3, 2022 in Japan with a screen time of 1hr 48min. Crunchyroll is bringing Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island to select theaters in the United Kingdom on September 21 and 22, the United States on September 27 and 28, Canada on September 29 and October 1, and Australia on September 29.
If you are based in the US, you can reserve your tickets for Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island now on Fandango or Atom!
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Anime
The second project is a new anime called Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury. Later on, a scheduled release date of October 2022 was revealed; However, the first episode, which is titled "PROLOGUE", will be airing ahead of the series in the Summer of 2022.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury is the first new Gundam anime to release in seven years and it is the first to have a female lead. Suletta Mercury pilots a new Gundam called the Gundam Aerial. Two other mobile suits from the upcoming anime, the Gundam Lfrith and Berguir-Beu, have also been revealed.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury follows Suletta, who lives in A.S. (Ad Stella) 122, a time when a multitude of corporations have entered space and built a huge economic system. She transfers to the Asticassia School of Technology, which is run by the Beneritt Group that dominates the mobile suit industry.
Animating the series is Sunrise (Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop, Gintama, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans). Also working on the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury anime is Hiroshi Kobayashi, who worked on Hisone to Maso-tan, and script writer Ichiro Okouchi, who wrote the script for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, episodes 1-10 of Devilman Crybaby and more.
These are all of the details we have about the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury anime as of now, but we will keep you posted as we learn more!
Special Edition of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
And finally, the third project that was revealed is a 9-part special edition of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans that compiles the series and is set to broadcast in Japan in the Spring of 2022. It is set to release around the same time as the upcoming smartphone app, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans G. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is one of our favorite mecha anime that's currently streaming on Netflix, so we are looking forward to this special edition release.
A lot of new Gundam anime projects to look forward to in 2022! We will continue to update this post as more details, such as synopses and release dates are announced, so stay tuned!
In other Gundam news, Nike is collaborating with Gundam to release the Nike Gundam SB Dunk High inspired by the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam in Destroy Mode. Also, if you are looking to getting into the Gundam universe, check out our Mobile Suit Gundam Watch Guide!