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English Voice Cast & Trailer Revealed for First “Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin” OVA

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GundamTheOriginOVA1The official website for the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin OVA has been updated with an English voice cast announcement for its first episode, along with an English version of its full-length trailer and other new content. The four-episode miniseries will tell the backstory of the One Year War recounted in the franchise-launching 1979 series Mobile Suit Gundam, emphasizing the rise of the Principality of Zeon, the youth of Zeon ace Char Aznable and the reasons for his vendetta against Zeon’s ruling Zabi family.

The Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin animation is based on a portion of the manga of the same name by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, which retells and expands upon the plot of the original series and is being published in English by Vertical Inc. Mr. Yasuhiko served as animation director and character designer on the original series and is supervising project with Takashi Imanishi (Gundam 0083) directing, while Katsuyuki Sumisawa (Gundam Wing) is writing the screenplay and Kiyoshi Egami (Space Battleship Yamato 2199) and Ichiro Itano (Mobile Suit Gundam, Macross Plus) are serving as episode directors. Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Mika Akitaka and Junichi Akutsu are adapting Kunio Okawara’s original mecha designs.

The English cast and trailer for the first episode, Blue-Eyed Casval, follows. The episode will be screened in theaters in Japan February 28 and then released on home video April 24, 2015. Release details for the episode outside of Japan have not yet been announced.

  • Casval Rem Deikun: Karen Strassman (Japanese VA: Mayumi Tanaka)
  • Artesia Som Deikun: Maggie O’Connor (Japanese VA: Megumi Han)
  • Degwin Sodo Zabi: Marc Thompson (Japanese VA: Jin Urayama)
  • Gihren Zabi: Liam O’Brien (Japanese VA: Banjo Ginga)
  • Sasro Zabi: Braeden Fox (Japanese VA: Shinshu Fuji)
  • Dozle Zabi: Bob Johnson (Japanese VA: Kenta Miyake)
  • Kycilia Zabi: Wendee Lee (Japanese VA: Akeno Watanabe)
  • Ramba Ral: Kirk Thornton (Japanese VA: Shigeo Kiyama)
  • Crowley Hamon: Amanda Shuckman (Japanese VA: Miyuki Sawashiro)
  • Zeon Zum Deikun: Marc Diraison (Japanese VA: Eizo Tsuda)
  • Astraia Tor Deikun: Veronica Taylor (Japanese VA: Ayumi Tsunematsu)
  • Jimba Ral: Doug Stone (Japanese VA: Chafurin)
  • Char Aznable: Keith Silverstein (Japanese VA: Shuichi Ikeda)