2009年01月18日

Mobile suite Gundam Unicorn

Title: Mobile suite Gundam Unicorn
Author: Harutoshi Fukui
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Official site : http://www.gundam-unicorn.net/ (only in Japanese)

If you're a fan of Mobile Suit Gundam, you have probably heard of the new Gundam story, Mobile suite Gundam Unicorn.
This is a novel written by popular writer Harutoshi Fukui, who is the author of Shusen no Lorelei and Boukoku no Igisu etc.and a big fan of the Gundam world.
Gundam Unicorn started as a new serial novel in the monthly magazine Gundam Ace in 2006 and has subsequently been published as a book. 6 volumes of the book have been released so far and the story is continuing. It is a sad thing that we haven't got an English translated version yet.

Gundam Unicorn takes place in Gundam’s Universal Century. It is the original universe timeline of the Gundam anime series. U.C.(abbreviation of Universal Century) is usually used. The very first Gundam series (One Year War) takes place in U.C.0079, the second one (Gundam Z) in U.C.0087, the third one (Gundam ZZ) in U.C.0088, and Char's Counterattack in U.C.0093.
The novel of Gundam unicorn begins in U.C.0001, starting with the human immigration to the first space colony. The main story though takes place in U.C.0096. Recently released Gundam series such as Gundam Seed and Gundam 00 take place in their own universes/timelines. For example, the Gundam Seed timeline was in the Cosmic Era and Gundam 00 timeline is in the Dominical Year, which is the same as our real world. But this novel is a saga of the Universal Century. We have been expecting a story taking place in the Universal Century for long time.
Character designs are provided by Yoshikazu Kazuhiko, who also created the characters for the first Gundam and Gundam Z.
Mechanical designs are provided by Hajime Katoki.
Gundam Unicorn is a big present for the first Gundam generation who has become adults.

[Spoiler] the synopsis is as follows.
U.C.0001, a poor young terrorist named Siam Vist discovered a strange box during a terrorist activity at the space station "Laplace", an official residence of the Prime Minister of the Earth Federation. Later the box was called "Laplace's Box". No one knows what the box is for. It is secret. It is said that it has the power to overturn the world.
U.C.0096, when Barnage Lynx, a high school student living in the colony Industrial 7, meets a mysterious girl, Audley Burn, he gets involved in a conflict.
Neo Zeon, the Earth Federation and the Vist family are in a fight against each other centering on the Laplace's Box. During the battle, Barnage encounters a white mobile suite, Gundam Unicorn, and then his power as a New Type awakens.
What will happen next ? The story is continuing...

(Text by pastel blue)


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