With the first episode of Gundam: The Origin getting a two week screening starting on February 28th, 2015, Bandai Visual previously set an April 24th, 2015 release date in Japan for the DVD and Blu-ray release. With them selling the release for attendees if they want it, the cover artwork for it has now been revealed for the three different editions that will be available. The DVD release will be priced at 5,800 yen while the Blu-ray is priced at 6,800 yen. Bandai Visual will also be releasing a limited time exclusive collectors edition for 10,000 yen that will feature a storage box for the series and a 250 page book of storyboards and other production material. Neither release is listing English subtitles or dub like we got with Gundam Unicorn. The regular release is planned to come with a 32 page manga piece and a twelve page booklet. On disc extras so far include just a staff and cast commentary track.
Gundam: The Origin is coming this year as a four part OVA series. This is the adaptation of the lengthy manga series that went back and re-adapted the original TV series with a lot of expansion and detail. The manga, done by well respected mangaka and character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (who was the character designer on the original series), retells the One Year War storyline from the original anime series. It’s not the first time an anime gets a manga which then gets adapted back into anime. While the original anime series ran back in 1979, the manga adaptation of it in this form didn’t happen until 2001 and it ended in 2011 after the full twenty-three volumes. Viz Media had released some volumes of this before but Vertical started releasing it in 2013.
Plot Concept: It is the year Universal Century 0079, in a space colony the Earth Federation is storing and testing a new piloted robot for use in the battle against the Principality of Zeon. The experimental RX-78 Gundam mobile suit is scheduled to be transported to Federation command in Jaburo, deep within the Brazilian jungles. Unfortunatley, before the transporter would arrive, the Federation would come under attack from Zeon. With few resources available against the Zeon’s most mobile mechs, Federation forces strike back using their new weapon, the mobile suit Gundam.
Caught in the crossfire is a young teen named Amuro Ray. Not willing to see innocent people die like this, Amuro crawls into the cockpit of the closest machine around him. Whether it be a tank, jeep or jet, he was going to use it to help stop this slaughter. And what he happened to slide into was another Gundam. Having never operated a machine like this, what are the chances he can do anything to repel an experienced squad of mech-piloting invaders?
[Source: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin]