On September 2, 2022, the staff for the Japanese superduo YOASOBI released a music video featuring the song “The Blessing” (Shukufuku) that is the opening theme song for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, which aired its first episode today.
YOASOBI’s staff commented, “Thank you for the [music video] premiere! Like the Gundam series, I hope it will be a work that will be loved for a long time.”
The song “The Blessing” was inspired by the short story “Cradle Star” written by Ichiro Okuchi, which was also released today. You can read the novel here. The story is in Japanese so you’ll have to use Google Translate in order to read it in English.
Nobutaka Yoda of 10GAUGE directed the music video for “The Blessing” with Yutaro Kubota as the animation director. Sunrise and CALF were responsible for the video’s production.
You can watch the music video on YOASOBI’s official YouTube channel here:
Who are YOASOBI?
YOASOBI is a duo formed by Sony Music Entertainment Japan whose members include: Vocaloid producer Ayase and singer-songwriter Ikura. The duo creates songs inspired by novels (written by professional authors, books, and letters) and posts them on Monogatary.com (a novel-centered social media website by Sony). The duo’s slogan is, “Novels into music”.
In 2019, YOASOBI’s debut single “Yoru ni Kakeru” went viral on social media and reached No. 1 on Billboard Japan Hot 100 for six non-consecutive weeks and on the 2020 year-end chart. “Yoru ni Kakeru” was the first song to be certified diamond for streaming by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. “Yoru ni Kakeru” is such a popular song among anime fans that it is frequently mistaken for an anime opening or ending song, but it hasn’t been used for an anime yet!
YOASOBI are also known for their Blue-Period-inspired song “Gunjou”, and their song “Kaibutusu”, which was used as the second theme song for the anime BEASTARS. YOASOBI’s first two EPs “The Book” and “The Book 2” hit No.2 on the Oricon Albums Chart. Their EP “E-Side” has also gained great popularity.
What is the plot of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury?
The story is set during the era A.S. (Ad Stella) 122 when a multitude of corporations entered space and built a huge economic system. The story centers on a young girl named Suletta Mercury, who is from the remote planet Mercury.
Suletta decides to transfer to the Asticassia School of Technology, which is run by the Beneritt Group that dominates the mobile suit industry. Suletta’s pure heart blazes with a scarlet light as she enters a new, adventurous world filled with advanced technology, Gundams, and dangerous enemies.
Who are the members of the production team?
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury production team members include:
- Director – Hiroshi Kobayashi
- Animation – Sunrise
- Scriptwriter – Ichiro Okouchi
- Original Concept – Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino
- Original Character Design – mogmo
- Character Design – Hirotoshi Takaya, Marie Tagashira, Shuri Toida
- Music composer – Takashi Ohmama
- Art Director – Ayumi Satou
- 3D Director – Shinichi Miyakaze
- Sound Director – Jin Aketagawa
- Director of Photography – Shouta Kodera
Who are the main cast members?
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury main cast members include:
- Kana Ichinose – Ericht Samaya, Suletta Mercury
- Eiji Hanawa – Rajan Zahi
- Lynn – Miorine Rembran
- Makoto Furukawa – Shaddiq Zenelli
- Miyu Tomita – Chuatury Panlunch
- Natsuki Hanae – Elan Ceres
- Tetsuo Kanao – Vim Jeturk
- Youhei Azakami – Guel Jeturk
- Youji Ueda – Kenanji Avery
- Yume Miyamoto – Nika Nanaura
The Witch From Mercury will be the first brand-new TV mecha anime series in the Gundam franchise since Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. A prologue titled The Witch From Mercury Prologue recounts the mysterious past of the main character Suletta. You can currently watch The Witch From Mercury Prologue and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Episode 1 on Crunchyroll.
Did you already watch the first episode of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury? Did you enjoy it? Do you like the opening theme song “The Blessing”? Let us know in the comment section below!