On Thursday, the Gundam.info YouTube channel by Bandai Namco Filmworks uploaded a trailer for the second season of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury. The trailer features a preview of the new opening theme song “slash” by Yama and announces that the second season will also have simultaneous streaming.
The second season of the anime is set to air in Japan on April 9 at 5:00 p.m. (4:00 a.m. EDT) on MBS, TBS, and 26 of their affiliate stations. A special program is also scheduled to air on April 2, one week before the new season premieres.
The anime’s first season, which premiered in Japan in October 2022 on MBS and TBS, it aired on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and was streamed by Crunchyroll as it aired. The English dub of the anime started streaming on February 5.
On February 21, it was announced that Yume Miyamoto will return to her role as Nika Nanaura in the second season of the anime, following a brief hiatus due to her poor health.
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Bandai Namco Filmworks/Sunrise has appointed Hiroshi Kobayashi (known for directing Kimi no Iru Machi, Kiznaiver, Spriggan) as the director of the anime, with Ryo Ando (known for co-directing Interviews with Monster Girls and Double Decker! Doug & Kirill) serving as the co-director. Ichiro Okouchi (known for his work on Code Geass, Princess Principal, Sk8 the Infinity) is credited for the series composition and as the scriptwriter. The original character designs are created by Mogumo, while Marie Tagashira, Juro Toida, and Hirotoshi Takaya are responsible for animating the characters. Takashi Ohmama (known for composing music for Castle Town Dandelion and Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS) is the composer of the music, and the anime’s mechanical designers include JNTHED, Kanetake Ebikawa, Wataru Inada, Ippei Gyōbu, Kenji Teraoka, and Takayuki Yanase.
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The prequel episode for the show, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury – Prologue, premiered on the Gundam.info YouTube channel outside Japan on September 1, and it later debuted on streaming services in Japan on September 4, and on MBS and TBS on September 25.
The anime’s official website published an English translation of Ichiro Okouchi’s “Cradle Planet” prequel short story for the anime on November 10. The story is narrated from the perspective of the Gundam Aerial and is also the basis of the lyrics for YOASOBI’s opening theme song “Shukufuku” (The Blessing) for the anime. The short story was also published on the anime’s Japanese website on October 2.