It looks like Hulu is leveling up its anime game. The popular streaming site has plenty of competition where anime is concerned. Other sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation continue to dominate the medium, but Hulu is making a bid for mecha domination thanks to Mobile Suit Gundam. Earlier today, the website announced that five new titles from the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise will be available for streaming this month.
On February 20th, Mobile Suit Gundam is poised to take over Hulu with a slew of new releases. The following shows are slated to become available on the site:
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Remaster
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team
Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin
At this time, it’s not clear which format the anime series will come in. They may be English subbed or dubbed depending on licensing, and full episode counts for each show will go live when the show’s become available. Right now, each series is said to have at least the first season of each anime available come February.
Of course, the announcement has got plenty of anime fans excited. For years, many U.S. anime lovers were resigned to watching Mobile Suit Gundam through home releases licensed out by Sunrise. The DVD and Blu-ray sets were produced through Right Stuf, so it looks like the company will now need to contend with Hulu for consumers.
If you don’t know much about the franchise and want to know more, then you can join the anime’s fandom at any time. Having debuted in 1979, the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime debuted in Japan to mixed reviews. However, time treated the series kindly, and generations of anime lovers have since ranked the franchise as one of anime’s most influential to date. The show’s action-packed inclusion of massive tech suits was a hit amongst fans, and its compelling war story also left audiences on edge.
Set in a distant future, Mobile Suit Gundam tells the story of a war that breaks out between two factions, and the bloody conflict sees its tides turn with a teenage boy unveils a new robotic weapon to the battlefield. Over the years, several spin-off titles have been released which expand upon the massive war, exploring different factions and teams who helped fill in the frontlines.
If you want to know more about the anime’s various series, you can see which ones scored the highest fan-ratings here!
[HT] Anime Herald