It looks like the mighty Gundam Barbatos found a new home today… and Gunpla fans found a new model to await.
Earlier today, Funimation announced that they partnered with Sunrise, to license both seasons of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Funimation will start releasing the title later this year.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans‘ first season will be released across two sets in “late 2017.” A limited-edition bundle is currently planned, which will include an art book and a chipboard box with space for the second season. Possibly the biggest bonus with the release, though, is an exclusive “HG (High Grade) 1/144 Scale Gundam Barbatos + Smoothbore Gun [Metallic Gloss Injection]” model kit (Gunpla).
Iron-Blooded Orphans’ second season will hit retailers in 2018.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is an original series by Sunrise. The title, which began airing on October 4, 2015, was directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, A Certain Scientific Railgun) at Sunrise. Michinori Chiba (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Someday’s Dreamers) provided character designs on the project, while Mari Okada (Black Butler, Selector Infected Wixoss) tackled series composition.
Sunrise describes the show as:
The Earth Sphere had lost its previous governing structure, and a new world was created under new systems of government. While a temporary peace had arrived, the seeds of a new conflict were being sown in the Mars Sphere, far away from Earth.
Source: Funimation (Industry Panel)