It’s as if we’ve strapped on a very special Gundam suit which has the power to jump into the future.
Last month, we reported on the rumors of SD GUNDAM SANGOKUDAN, a new Sunrise-produced TV anime series that Sunrise would star a line of super-deformed Gundam. The official announcement of that series isn’t supposed to hit until Friday’s issue of Japan’s KEROKERO ACE magazine. We aren’t supposed to know about it until then. However, just like when you follow radiation seeping out of nuclear reactor core, we’ve found a leak.
The clipping above is from KEROKERO ACE, by way of the Anime News Network. It should be noted that this series, SD GUNDAM SANGOKUDAN, is distinct from several other adaptations of the super-deformed figure line. There’s also the BB SENSHI SANGOKUDEN – SENSHIN KETTO-HEN manga in KEROKERO ACE as well an anime film, Cho DENEI-BAN SD GUNDAM SANGOKUDEN BRAVE BATTLE WARRIORS that’s hitting Japanese theaters on the 27.
I might riff on the prospect of traveling to the future, but this branch of Gundam actually deals with a story of the past. The oft-adapted Chinese epic, ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS, to be specific. The lil' Gundam above correspond to the three main characters of that historical tome.
Are you pumped for this, oh adamantine Anime Vice community? Does the prospect of this series make you feel powerful enough to wage mecha war in space? Or does it make you feel as small inside as a two inch figure?
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.