Bandai and Sunrise have released the first trailer for the anime component of the Gundam Breaker Battlogue multimedia project.
Similar to Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Divers, Gundam Breaker Battlogue will not feature battles between skyscraper-sized mobile suits, but will feature virtual duels using modified versions of the real-life Gundam plastic model kits, commonly known as "Gunpla," that Gundam fans have been building for decades. The trailer showcases the two new Gundams used by the series' new heroes, the first of which is the Gundam Helios, which is made from a combination of the Destiny and Freedom Gundams from the SEED sub-series, as well as a few parts from the classic '90s mobile suits like the F91 Gundam and the Gundam Double X. The series' second flagship gunpla is the Blazing Gundam, which is a heavily modified version of the close-combat focused Shining Gundam from G Gundam. The trailer also introduces a new, jet-black version of the Gundam Barbatos from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
The series is just one part of the multimedia Battlogue project, which Bandai is promoting as a deep integration of the anime, video game, and plastic model branches of the franchise. The series will be accompanied by a new line of High Grade model kits that can be easily customized. Gundam fans will then be able to recreate their personalized mobile suits in the Battlogue mobile game, which also features a story line that ties into the plot of the anime. The anime also features characters from the Gundam Breaker series of video games, which began on the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita.
As with most of the previous entries in the long-running franchise, the new Battlogue anime is being produced at animation studio Sunrise. The series will reportedly be directed by Masami Obari, who previously worked with Sunrise on Code Geass and Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, and is best known for the classic Fatal Fury anime adaptations from the '90s. The series' new and remixed mobile suits are designed by Kunio Okawara, who has been involved with the Gundam franchise for several decades and has worked on shows such as After War: Gundam X, Gundam OO and Gundam Build Fighters.
Gundam Breaker Battlogue will stream this October on the official Gundam YouTube channel, and will be six episodes long. The official Gundam YouTube Channel, GundamInfo, streams a rotating selection of Gundam series and movies. The latest Gundam movie, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway, recently made its international debut exclusively on Netflix.