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“Tanjō Akai Suisei” (Rise of the Red Comet), the sixth and last episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime and the last in the anime’s “Loum Arc,” opened in Japan on Saturday in 35 theaters, earning 94,764,100 yen (about US$869,500) to rank #9 at the box office in Japan in its opening weekend.
The film focuses on the young Zeon ace Char Aznable earning his “Red Comet” nom de guerre. The episode also focuses on the beginnings of the Federation’s “Project V” weapons project that will eventually give birth to the RX-78-2 Gundam.
The anime project adapts Yasuhiko’s manga of the same name, which in turn is inspired by the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime’s story. Yasuhiko designed the characters in the first Gundam anime, and he serves as the chief director and storyboarder for the Gundam: The Origin anime. Yasuhiko revealed last month that Gundam: The Origin is his last anime