The tale of the Red Comet shall be told across many frontiers.

Earlier today, Hulu revealed that Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin will launch on their digital platform. The first season is slated to hit the service on May 5.

The announcement did not indicate whether this was a subtitled or dubbed release.

Series creator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko is serving as Chief Director on the project at Sunrise, with Takashi Imanishi (Armored Trooper Votoms: The Heretic Saint, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory) working as director. The team of Tsukasa Kotobuki (Knights of Ramune & 40 Fire, Saber Marionette J manga) and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam) is collaborating on character designs, while Katsuyuki Sumisawa (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Inuyasha) writes the screenplay.

Gundam the Origin retells the story of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, focusing on the stories of Char Aznable and Sayla Mass. Sunrise describes the title as:

Universal Century 0068, Side 3 – The Autonomous Republic of Munzo. Zeon Zum Deikun attempts to declare the complete independence of Munzo from the Earth Federation Government while he preaches the evolutionary potential of humans who have advanced into outer space. Deikun, however, suddenly falls to his death in the middle of his speech at parliament.

Upon Deikun’s death, Jimba Ral spreads word of a House of Zabi conspiracy – but despite such efforts the power and sphere of influence of House of Zabi, led by Degwin Sodo Zabi, only seem to escalate.

While we witness for the first time the untold convulsions of Universal Century history, Casval and Artesia, just bereaved of their father, must face destinies which will be just as tumultuous as the very era itself.

Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin VI: Rise of the Red Comet is the final entry in the franchise’s “Loum Arc.” The feature opens in Japanese theaters on May 5.

The sixth film will lead into the events of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, explaining how Char Aznable gained his “Red Comet” moniker and touching on the origins of the “Project V” weapons project that led to the RX-78-2 Gundam.

Source: Hulu (Email Communication)