Much like Gundam Wing Part 2, the second half of Gundam 00 arrived early and this time surprisingly on a weekend!
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is a 2007 anime series from studio Sunrise and directed by Seiji Mizushima. It is the twelfth television series in the Gundam franchise and one that won’t require knowledge of the previous titles to enjoy it.
Gundam 00 takes place in the Anno Domini 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.
Like Gundam Wing, the series was previously released in the UK by distributor Beez Entertainment on DVD, however, due to the publisher discontinuing at the same time as Bandai in the US the Gundam licenses went in limbo until Anime Limited stepped in and became the UK distributor for the franchise on behalf of Sunrise.
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 00 however the film and the OVA special edition are delayed to 2020, so only the main series is going to be available during this plan. 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 00 Season 2 contains all 25 episodes of the show’s second season across 4 Blu-ray discs, using the Nozomi & Rightstuf master this time around (much like Gundam Wing did). 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 16:9 ratio
Locked Subtitles: No
Plot Synopsis (via Anime Limited):
“The year is 2312 A.D.; four years after the United Nation forces destroyed Celestial Being. Thanks to the actions of the now-missing Gundam Meisters, most of the world’s nations have been unified under the Earth Sphere Federation. But this world is still full of conflict, and an autonomous peacekeeping force known as the A-LAWS employs brutal tactics such as the use of murderous automatons in order to suppress all resistance to the Federation government.
It is time for the Gundam Meisters to make their second advent, and their new objective is to crush this formidable force of global oppression. Setsuna reappears with his battered Gundam and joins forces with Tieria, who has been working with the remnants of Celestial Being to create a new series of Gundams using their precious solar reactors. As they try to recruit a new member and rescue an old comrade, a revolutionary new machine known as the 00 Gundam is about to awaken.”
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
Gundam 00 Season 2 Flash-like Chibi Short (Disc 4)
Japanese Audio Commentary for Episodes 1 & 3 (Disc 1), 8 (Disc 2), 14 & 17 (Disc 3), 20 & 25 (Disc 4)
Tactical Forecasts 3-6 (Disc 1), 7-10 (Disc 2), 11-14 & 15-18 (Disc 3), 19-22 & 23-25 (Disc 4)
Clean Opening Song 1 (Disc 1) & Song 2 (Disc 3)
Clean Ending Song 1 (Disc 2) & Song 2 (Disc 4)
Collector’s Edition Extras:
Last but not least, here are photos of the two parts together for the series.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is available on Blu-ray only from Anime Limited.