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Japanese animation studio Sunrise continues to spin off the storied mecha anime franchise when Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans touches down in Japan this October.

Director Tatsuyuki Nagai and writer Mari Okada’s series, which take place in a new timeline outside of Mobile Suit Gundam’s sprawling “Universal Century” arc, begins its Sunday night run October 4 on MBS/TBS and their affiliate stations across Japan. Via a livestream event yesterday in Japan, Sunrise announced the details of the show, which takes place 300 years after a megawar between Earth and Mars failed to end their power struggle, specifically over the Martian colony called Chryse.

It falls to the show’s heroine Cuderia and her private security entourage Chryse Guard Security, led by the hardy Mikazuki Augus and the coup-focused Orga Itsuka, to fire up the mobile war suits and blow stuff up in the name of fighting terrorism and galactic takeovers. Of course, the finer military and political details of Mobile Suit Gundam’s franchise have often taken a back seat to its action sequences, which seem well represented in the Iron-Blooded Orphans teaser.

Character designs for the series were done by Michinori Chiba based on original designs by manga artist Yu Ito, and mecha designs were created by Naohiro Washio, Kanetake Ebikawa, Ippei Gyoubu Kenji Teraoka, and Tamotsu Shinohara.

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