Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury premiered its first episode today, and the opening song “The Blessing” (“Shukufuku”) by YOASOBI has received a music video. The song is based on a short story “Cradle Star” by Ichiro Okouchi, which was also released today. “The Blessing” is directed and storyboarded by Nobutaka Yoda from 10GAUGE with Yutaro Kubota as the animation director. Sunrise and CALF were in charge of the production. Watch the music video:
The main staff for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury anime consists of:
- Studio: Sunrise
- Director: Hiroshi Kobayashi
- Series Composition & Script: Okouchi Ichiro
- Original Concept: Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino
- Original Character Design: Mogumo
- Character Design: Tagashira Marie, Toida Juri, Takaya Hirotoshi
The cast for the anime includes Kana Ichinose as Suletta Mercury, Lynn as Miorine Rembran, Miyu Tomita as Chuatury Panlunch, Yume Miyamoto as Nika Nanaura, Yohei Azakami as Guel Jeturk, Natsuki Hanae as Elan Ceres, and Makoto Furukawa as Shaddiq Zenelli.
The anime is a standalone Gundam project, and there is a prologue episode 0 that tells the past of the protagonoist Suletta. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime (including episode 0), and they describe the story:
A.S. (Ad Stella) 122― An era when a multitude of corporations have entered space and built a huge economic system. A lone girl from the remote planet Mercury transfers to the Asticassia School of Technology, run by the Beneritt Group which dominates the mobile suit industry. Her name is Suletta Mercury. With a scarlet light burning in her pure heart, this girl walks step by step through a new world.