Earlier in the year, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing returned to the UK on Blu-ray with its first half of the series. The second half is coming at the end of the year but they had early stock at MCM London. Then out of nowhere those who had pre-ordered on their web store got their copy as well.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (also known as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing) is a 1995 anime series from studio Sunrise and directed by Masashi Ikeda. It is the sixth television series in the Gundam franchise and one that won’t require knowledge of the previous titles to enjoy it.
Gundam Wing takes place in the After Colony timeline, which is a separate continuity from the Universal Century where Amuro & Char’s saga is covered. That means a whole new cast of characters but the series keeps the same themes of war and the idea of using Gundams to fight.
The show did make an appearance in the UK through Toonami back in the day and eventually on DVD through Beez Entertainment, but due to the publisher discontinuing (at the same time as Bandai in the US) the Gundam licenses went in limbo.
UK distributor Anime Limited is the main distributor for Gundam on home video. As part of their Summer of Gundam 40th Anniversary plan, they are finally releasing Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and also its continuation Endless Waltz. Like the other Gundam UK releases on Blu-ray, the second half for this series will include a collector’s booklet for the first print run. A standard edition version will be planned later down the line.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Part 2 contains the remaining 24 episodes of the series (episodes 26-49) across 4 Blu-ray discs, using the Nozomi & Rightstuf master this time around. The audio options for the series are both English & Japanese audio with English subtitles. The disc is region locked to B and the subtitles are unlockable during playback. The colour of the subtitles is yellow for the main dialogue and white for secondary dialogue or on-screen info.
The collector’s edition Blu-ray is available to order through Amazon UK.
Languages: English, Japanese
Audio: English Linear PCM 2.0, Japanese Linear PCM 2.0
Video: 1080p High Definition Native format with 4:3 ratio
Locked Subtitles: No
Plot Synopsis (via Anime Limited):
The actions of Heero and his fellow Gundam pilots have plunged Earth and its space colonies into political upheaval.
The secret society OZ, which took over the world in a stunning military coup, has now split into warring factions and the Gundam pilots are caught in the middle.Only the pacifist Sanc Kingdom, now resurrected under Relena’s leadership, remains an oasis of peace in a world torn by war. But two powerful new Gundams, and OZ’s legions of computer-control-led mobile dolls, are about to escalate the conflict to new heights.
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
Clean Openings 3 & 4 (Disc 4)
Japanese Commercials (Disc 4)
Collector’s Edition Extras:
Last but not least, here’s photos of the two parts together for the series.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is available on Blu-ray only from Anime Limited.