How Did The Red Comet Get His Nickname?
There is no doubt about it; Char Aznable is one of the most badass anime characters ever conceived and the poster boy for what makes the Gundam franchise so incredible.
An anti-hero whose motives, demeanor and general swagger have turned him into a cultural icon, is it any wonder he eventually got his own anime?
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin has delved into how Char (once a boy named Casval Rem Deikun) rose to become the greatest pilot the Universal Century ever saw. His expert skills, signature red Mobile Suits and fondness for shades were only matched by his underlining desire for revenge.
The fifth episode is due for theatrical release this weekend in Japan, and from the sounds of it things are about to get explosive since it appears to be taking place during the infamous Battle of Loum.
It will have to suffice however, since its been announced that the sixth episode will air in 2018.
According to an article on Anime News Network –
Sunrise announced on Friday that “Tanjō Akai Suisei” (Rise of the Red Comet), the sixth episode of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime and the last in the anime’s “Loum Arc,” will open in Japan on May 5, 2018. The episode will focus on the young Zeon ace Char Aznable earning his “Red Comet” nom de guerre, as well as the beginnings of the Federation’s “Project V” weapons project that will eventually birth the RX-78-2 Gundam.
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin V: Clash at Loum (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin V: Loum no Kaisen), the anime’s fifth episode, will open in Japan on Saturday in 35 theaters — more than double the previous four episodes’ 15 theaters. The episode’s screenings will also be extended to four weeks, double the two-week screening run that each of the previous episodes had.
The episode is the first episode in the anime’s “Loum Arc,” which covers the Battle of Loum, the pivotal conflict in the One Year War’s early days before most of the events depicted in the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime. The battle came after the Operation British space colony drop and other devastating events that wiped out nearly a third of the human population. Char Aznable, the nemesis of the first Gundam anime’s protagonist Amuro Ray, became famous as the legendary ace “Red Comet” during this war.
In addition to Char and his infamous Zaku II mobile suit mecha, the new episode will feature Char’s younger sister Sayla, the Zeon pilot Ramba Ral and his lover Hamon, and Amuro and Fraw Bow (living in the tranquil Side 7 colonies before the specter of war visits them).
Thanks for making us wait Char, why do you have to be so cool?