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Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (機動戦士ガンダムUC(ユニコーン) Kidō Senshi Gandamu Yunikōn?) is a novel by popular Japanese author Harutoshi Fukui (Shūsen no Lorelei, Bōkoku no Aegis). The novel takes place in Gundam's Universal Century timeline. Character and mechanical designs are provided by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Hajime Katoki, respectively. An anime adaptation of the novels premiered on Sony's PlayStation Network Japan from February 20, 2010, and the first episode had a simultaneous worldwide DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on March 12, 2010.

Plot

The novel begins in U.C. 0001, at the very beginning of human space colonization, with the Laplace Incident, a major event that influences the course of human history forever. The main story takes place in UC 0096, three years after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack and 27 years before Gundam F91.

The story revolves around Banagher Links, a seemingly normal boy living and going to school in the space colonies. His life changes one day when he meets a girl named Audrey Burne. Little does he know that this encounter will entangle him in a conspiracy revolving around a new Gundam and an adventure beyond imagination.

Media

Novel

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th>Title</th><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;"> ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol01">01</td><td style="text-align: left;">"Day of the Unicorn (Part 1)"
Yunikōn no Hi (Jou) ("ユニコーンの日(上)")</td><td>September 26, 2007</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-713969-5</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol02">02</td><td style="text-align: left;">"Day of the Unicorn (Part 2)"
Yunikōn no Hi (Ge) ("ユニコーンの日(下) ")</td><td>September 26, 2007</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-713970-1</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol03">03</td><td style="text-align: left;">"The Red Comet"
Akai Suisei ("赤い彗星")</td><td>December 26, 2007</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-715003-4</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol04">04</td><td style="text-align: left;">"Palau Capture Battle"
Parao Kouryaku Sen ("パラオ攻略戦")</td><td>April 26, 2008</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-715060-7</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol05">05</td><td style="text-align: left;">"Specter of Laplace"
Rapurasu no Bourei ("ラプラスの亡霊")</td><td>July 26, 2008</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-715084-3</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol06">06</td><td style="text-align: left;">"In the Depths of a Gravity Well"
Juuryoku no Ido no Soko de ("重力の井戸の底で")</td><td>October 25, 2008</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-715112-3</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol07">07</td><td style="text-align: left;">"Black Unicorn"
Kuroi Yunikōn ("黒いユニコーン")</td><td>December 26, 2008</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-715143-7</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol08">08</td><td style="text-align: left;">"The Sky and the Stars"
Sora to Hoshi to ("宇宙と惑星と")</td><td>April 25, 2009</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-715229-8</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol09">09</td><td style="text-align: left;">"Over the Rainbow (Part 1)"
Niji no Kanata ni (Jou) ("虹の彼方に(上)")</td><td>August 26, 2009</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-715286-1</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol10">10</td><td style="text-align: left;">"Over the Rainbow (Part 2)"
Niji no Kanata ni (Ge) ("虹の彼方に(下)")</td><td>August 26, 2009</td><td>ISBN 978-4-04-715287-8</td></tr> </table>

Anime

In the June 2009 issue[1] of the Japanese monthly manga magazine, Gundam Ace, it was announced that an anime adaptation for Gundam Unicorn has been green-lit for late 2009, but was moved to spring 2010. It is directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and features screenplays written by Yasuyuki Muto. Hajime Katoki, who was the mechanical designer for the novel, works on the anime alongside veteran designers Junya Ishigaki and Mika Akitaka, and newcomer Nobuhiko Genba. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's character designs have been adapted for animation by Kumiko Takahashi, and the music is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano.[2] It is planned to be six 50 minute episodes[3] and Sunrise has announced its plan to release the anime worldwide.[4] The series premiered on PlayStation Network Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable systems from February 20, 2010. The Blu-ray Disc edition was released simultaneously worldwide on March 12, 2010, featuring both Japanese and English audio and subtitles in five languages (Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Chinese).[5]

Episode list

# Title Release date
01 Day of the Unicorn
"Unicorn no Hi" (ユニコーンの日)
March 12, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A Neo Zeon remnant group called the "Sleeves" travels to Side 4's Industrial 7 colony, so that its captain, Zinnerman, can receive a "key" to something known as "Laplace's Box" from Vist Foundation leader Cardeas Vist. The item is said to be capable of either restoring the future or destroying the world. Audrey Burns seeks to meet Vist first and convince him not to turn over Laplace's Box, believing the Sleeves will use it to start another war. Along the way, she is rescued by 16-year-old student Banagher Links, who agrees to take her to Vist. Meanwhile, a battle breaks out between the Federation's Londo Bell taskforce and the Sleeves. As the collateral damage rises, the colony is evacuated. Amidst the chaos, Banagher discovers the fatally-wounded Cardeas Vist in the cockpit of the Unicorn Gundam. Before his death, Vist entrusts the Gundam to Banagher, who realizes that Vist is his father. Banagher then launches in the Unicorn and confronts the Sleeves' elite pilot, Marida Cruz, who is piloting the Kshatriya.
02 The Second Coming of Char
"Akai Suisei" (赤い彗星)
November 12, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The transformed Unicorn Gundam overpowers the Kshatriya and Marida is ordered to retreat. The Unicorn is picked up by the Londo Bell ship Nahel Argama. Banagher is questioned by Daguza Mackle about how he came to possess the Unicorn Gundam but is interrupted by the Sleeves' surprise attack. Full Frontal, the leader of Neo Zeon, demands that the Nahel Argama hand over any items related to Laplace's Box, including the Unicorn. Daguza tries to ensure safe passage by holding Audrey, revealed to be Zeon Princess Mineva Lao Zabi, hostage, but Frontal refuses to accept they have the real Mineva. With no other choice, Banagher sorties in the Unicorn against the Sinanju; he fights well, but is captured when blindsided by the Kshatriya. Banagher is taken to meet Frontal, whilst the Federation plans its assault on the fortress of Palau, where Banagher and the Unicorn are being held.

After discussing the nature of Zeon with Marida, who is placed in charge of watching over Banagher, a crew member from Nahel Argama disguised as a bum bumps into Banagher and passes him a map and a transmitter, telling him to get to the 14th space gate or risk being killed in the coming battle. Banagher laments over how the colony will become a battlefield soon.

03 The Specter of Laplace
"Rapurasu no Bourei" (ラプラスの亡霊)
March 5, 2011 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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Video games

RX-0 Unicorn Gundam is one of the playable secret mobile suits in the game Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next, come along with a new Route H. For the PlayStation Portable port Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus, the Unicorn is joined by NZ-666 Kshatriya. Gundam Unicorn is a Playable MS in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3,[7] along with the Sinanju and Kshatriya (DLC only).

References

  1. Published in April, 2009
  2. "Gundam Unicorn Anime Officially Announced (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  3. "Gundam U.C. to Be 6 50-Minute OVAs". Anime News Network. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  4. "Report: Gundam Unicorn Planned for Simultaneous World Release". Anime News Network. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  5. "Gundam Unicorn to Have English Dub, 5-Language Subs (Updated)". October 22, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  6. http://gundam-musou3.jp/

Source

Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Gundam metaseries (production order)
1979–2010
Succeeded by
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: Awakening of the Trailblazer
Preceded by
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Universal Century
UC 0096
Succeeded by
Mobile Suit Gundam F91
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