New 'Gundam' Anime Reveals Its 2018 Release Date

The next Gundam series is expanding on the Gunpla style side series with Gundam Build Divers, and now the series has a release date to go along with the recently released trailer for the series.

Gundam Build Divers is set to release April 3.

Sunrise describes the prologue as such:

"The Gunpla Force Battle Tournament is a big event held in GBN once per year. Competing in the final round are Avalon, led by the champion Kyoya Kujo, and the elite 7th Panzer Division led by the cunning Rommel. Starting with Kyoya's Gundam AGE II Magnum, a variety of Gunpla take to the field to determine which is the strongest force!"

The series stars Yusuke Kobayashi as Riku Mikami, Natsumi Fujwara as Yukio Hidaka, Nene Hieda as Yashiro Momoka, Haruka Terui as Sera, Jun Kasama as Kyoya Kujo, and Sho Hayami as Rommel. The series will be directed by Shinya Watada, with Noboru Kimura composing for the series and Shuri Toida handling the character designs.

One Mobile Suit Gundam fan even calculated what kind of power the mechas would yield in real life. Taking one of the most oft-ignored mechs in the series, that fans wouldn't consider too powerful, they calculated an incredible range that would surely do damage in the real world.

Premium Bandai is currently taking pre-orders on their site for the two pillows representing a cute version of Char's Masai cruiser and the SCV-70 White Base. With orders being taking until they sell out, they'll start shipping out in March.

Financial magazine Weekly Toyo Keizai commissioned the 70 year old character designer for Mobile Suit Gundam, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, to draw their cover for their 2018 financial forecast issue.The cover depicts President of the United States Donald Trump partying for the new year with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The most damning, however, is the depiction of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, who sits on top of a nuclear missile in-between all of them.

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Not familiar with Gundam? You may want to give its latest anime a spin. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, the series is set more than 300 years after the Calamity War first seen in the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime. With the Earth Sphere falling into anarchy, the world has given way to bandits and rebels.

Iron-Blooded Orphans focuses on a young boy named Mikazuki Augus as he works for a security company, and his is used as cannon fodder during an ambush. Augus, along with his friend Orga Itsuka, take the chance to revolt against their demeaning employers - and the determined boy changes his fate when he begins piloting an abandoned mobile suit known as Gundam Barbatos.