…appears to be within the Universal Century timeline which is, in my most honest opinion, absolutely awesome! Fine, most people were hoping that Unicorn would be the 30th anniversary series that Bandai/Sunrise will release but heck, I’m not complaining about this one. It’s UC baby! And what makes it even better is the fact that the mecha design will be done by none other than Katoki Hajime himself! How awesome can that be?!
30th Anniversary Gundam
This image was nabbed from gits_sac‘s post in DC.com.
Now the mobile suit featured above is none other than the RX-78-7. Yes, 7. It’s not some redesign of the old RX-78-2 to go in line with remake of Mazinger Z. This is a different mobile suit.
As the focus of the One Year War shifts into space, the Earth Federation begins designing a new Gundam for space combat, and the end result is the RX-78-7 7th Gundam. The 7th Gundam is designed to equip Full Armor parts, and as a result the body is covered with mounting latches. The powerplant is more powerful than that of the RX-78-2 Gundam, however, there are sub generators installed in the Full Armor parts to not allow a drop in useable time. The body is in the class of the RX-78NT-1 Gundam “Alex” and is similarly equipped with magnetic coating and a panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit. Unfortunately, the One Year War ends with only the basic frame of the 7th Gundam completed. - MAHQ
Above is the description of the 78-7 and the original designer was Kunio Okawara.
This series opens up a lot of possible series directions that Bandai can release afterwards for the UC line. It could link up with Advance of Zeta since this series is right smack in the middle and they can follow through with another storyline that falls right smack in the middle of two major stories. Since Katoki’s in the project, this could also connect (somehow) with Sentinel Gundam.
Of course, Bandai could also go with the “still milking the UC timeline” and release Unicorn. But then to be honest, as much as I would love to see a Unicorn anime NOW, I would prefer that the series be completed in the manga first before it gets animated. Somehow, I feel that it’s better that way. Fine, the suspense of waiting for the next episode is gone, but they can also play with sidestories along the way if they wanted to since the main storyline was well-established already. Or just make an OVA out of it.
Overall, I’m really happy with this move by Bandai. I’m am soooo looking forward to this UC series with Katoki doing the mecha designs. Of course, I do pray that we get none of that SEED Destiny Shinn-type pilot stereotype and none of that own-you-all type of mobile suit power.