The Mobile Suit Gundam franchise is living the high life this year, celebrating the franchise's fortieth anniversary with the expected launch of a Gundam styled satellite as a part of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and several other announcements. While the hustle and bustle of the celebratory year may cause some of the mech news to fall to the wayside, it's hard to ignore the concept that is the "Gundam Girls". Created by Mika Akitaka, a designer on Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory, the Gundam Girls may have been created years ago but their presence has recently been re-introduced to the world.
Twitter User and Mecha News Source FabrizioGunjap shared the recent compilation of all the different "Gundam Girls" that have been created to reflect some of the biggest and baddest mobile suits that have come about thanks to the long running anime franchise:
The "Gundam Girls" were actually first introduced in a monthly Gundam publication, Gundam Ace, back in 1982, with a subsequent compilation book released in 1994 that collected the pinup artwork that fused mech suits with anime girls to create a strange, unique combination. Gundam Ace continues to print artwork of these unique amalgams as the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise marches forward.
While there have been a few female Gundam pilots that have populated the ranks of the long running anime franchise, whether or not we'll see Sunrise eventually bring these "Gundam Girls" to life is another question all together.
What's your favorite "Gundam Girl" that's been produced in the history of the franchise? What has been the biggest news to come out of the franchise's fortieth anniversary so far? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and Mobile Suit Gundam!
Mobile Suit Gundam is one of the most popular franchises in the world, and that popularity is only expected to grow as Sunrise continues to release new projects for the franchise. This includes new anime based in the original Universal Century storyline, which will next see a film trilogy based on the Hathaway's Flash novels, a returning anime for its SD Gundam spin-offs, and even a brand new live-action movie coming to the West co-produced by Legendary, a studio who is currently in the midst of bringing a new take on Toho's Godzilla franchise to the screen.