Gundam franchise’s official portal site announced on Aug 18, 2022, that the prequel anime for the upcoming Witch From The Mercury series, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Prologue will be released on their YouTube channel (Gundam.info) for free outside Japan.
The anime will hit the platform on Sep 1, 2022.
Gundam: The Witch From The Mercury Prologue will also be released on streaming sites, including their official YouTube channel, Hulu, AbemaTV, among others in Japan on Sep 4, 2022.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From The Mercury Prologue anime released on July 14, 2022. The prologue premiered as part of the Gundam Next Future event where screenings were held simultaneously at the Link the Universe venues from July 14 to July 15, 2022.
The first screening of the prologue outside of East Asia was held at San Diego Comic-Con as part of the Gundam: The Witch from Mercury panel on Thursday, July 21, 2022.
The prologue was announced at the 3rd Gundam Conference on March 29, 2022. Bandai Namco described the prequel as a full-fledged project that will feature its own story and mobile suits, including the Gundam Lfrith and Beguir-Beu.
It was previously revealed during the panel for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury at The San Diego Comic-Con International on Thursday, 21 July, 2022, that the upcoming anime series will be simulcasted worldwide (outside Japan) in October 2022.
Gundam is a mecha media franchise created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise (now Bandai Namco Filmworks). The franchise features giant robots, or mecha, with the name “Gundam”. The franchise began on April 7, 1979, with Mobile Suit Gundam.
Since then, it has gone on to spawn an empire that includes 50 TV series, films and OVAs as well as manga, novels and video games, along with a whole industry of plastic model kits known as Gunpla which makes up 90 percent of the Japanese character plastic-model market.