Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 release date confirmed: Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo Part 2 in Spring 2023

Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch from Mercury 2023
Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch from Mercury Season 2 could also be considered to be Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch from Mercury Season 1 Part 2. Either way, the official sequel to the anime TV series is coming out in Spring 2023. Pic credit: Studio Sunrise

The Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 release date is confirmed to be in April 2023, the Spring 2023 anime season.

The exact premiere date in April 2023 for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Episode 13 should be announced in the time frame of late February or March 2023. Once the news is officially confirmed this article will be updated with the relevant information.

The TV show will be broadcast during the Nichi-5 slot on Sundays at 5 PM JST (3 AM EST) on the 28 MBS/TBS-affiliated TV stations nationwide in Japan. Internationally in the United States, Canada, and the UK, Crunchyroll will be streaming the new episodes.

Although the official website labels the second half of the story as Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo Season 2, sometimes the continuation is also referred to as Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Part 2 by anime fans since it is the 2nd cour in the series.

What’s a “cour,” you might ask? For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a “cour” is a three-month block of TV broadcasting based on the physical seasons usually composed of 10 to 13 episodes.

A “split-cour” is where a single anime season takes a multi-month break before resuming TV broadcasting.

Once a rarity, this type of TV broadcasting schedule has become fairly common in the anime industry, especially since the COVID pandemic disrupted several years’ worth of production scheduling. Recent examples of popular split-cour anime include Attack On Titan Season 4 Part 3 and SPY x FAMILY Part 2 (SPY x FAMILY Season 2 is confirmed to be adapting the Great Cruise Adventure Arc in 2023).

The first season’s finale, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Episode 12, will be released on January 8, 2023.

According to the official Twitter, the finale was delayed due to special programming. Episode 10 came out on December 11, 2022, while TBS’ “Houdou no Hi 2022” was aired on December 18, 2022. Episode 11 came out on December 25, 2022, while New Year’s 2023 special programming was broadcast on January 1, 2023.

  • Updated December 26, 2022: Added Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 Blu-Ray/DVD details.

This article provides everything that is known about Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Part 2 / Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo Season 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Episode 24 will end the story

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 will have 12 episodes in total, which means that Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Episode 24 will be the finale.

All 24 episodes and the prologue episode will be released as 8 Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Blu-Ray/DVD volumes (Season 1 has 4 volumes and Season 2 has 4 volumes). Here is the release schedule in Japan:

  • Season 1 Volume 1: March 24, 2023
  • Season 1 Volume 2: April 26, 2023
  • Season 1 Volume 3: May 26, 2023
  • Season 1 Volume 4: June 28, 2023
  • Season 2 Volume 1: September 27, 2023
  • Season 2 Volume 2: October 27, 2023
  • Season 2 Volume 3: November 22, 2023
  • Season 2 Volume 4: December 22, 2023
Gundam Conference Autumn 2022 stream

The Mobile Suit Gundam 2023 TV schedule is packed

This plan for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 release date was originally announced during Gundam Conference Autumn 2022 by Bandai Namco’s Chief Gundam Officer (CGO) Kouji Fujiwara on September 29, 2022.

While Gundam fans are waiting for the 2nd season there will be a time gap from January to March 2023. During Winter 2023, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt anime films will air as TV editions of 4 episodes.

Also, on BS11 at the GUNDAM NEXT FUTURE x BS11 Gundam Hour, past works of the Gundam series will continue to be broadcast on Fridays and Saturdays at 19:00 (JST). It will rebroadcast Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, as well as Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny.

Gundam 2025
This TV release schedule will be part of the Gundam Next Future: Road To 2025 project. Obviously, that means Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 will be just one of several Gundam anime projects planned for 2023, 2024, and 2025. Pic credit: Gundam Conference Autumn 2022 stream

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury novel and Cradle Planet prequel

As revealed in the December issue of Kadokawa’s Gundam Ace magazine on October 25, 2022, a Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury novel adaptation. The Gundam novel was written by Yuuya Takashima and serialized in the Gundam Ace magazine.

The cover of the December 2022 issue of Kadokawa’s Gundam Ace magazine announcing the Gundam novel adaptation. Pic credit: Gundam Ace Twitter
The cover of the December 2022 issue of Kadokawa’s Gundam Ace magazine announcing the Gundam novel adaptation. Pic credit: Gundam Ace Twitter

In addition, anime screenwriter Ichiro Okouchi wrote a short story prequel called Cradle Planet. The GundamInfo website has released an official English translation of the Cradle Planet story.

The Cradle Planet novel acts as a prequel to the main story that’s set between the events of the prologue anime episode and Episode 1. You can watch the prologue here so you can understand the context of Cradle Planet.

The Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Prologue episode is available in English.

The prequel novel focuses on Suletta Mercury and her mother relocating to Mercury after the events of the prologue episode. Told from the perspective of Suletta’s mobile suit, Gundam Aerial, the story explores their unique family-like bond and Aerial’s apparent intelligence. As Suletta begins attending the Asticassia School of Technology, unaware of her mother’s vengeful plans, the Gundam Witch From Mercury prologue novel sheds light on Aerial’s perspective and the reasons for their tight-knit relationship.

Crunchyroll’s Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury English dub release date

The Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury English dub release date hasn’t been announced by Crunchyroll yet.

Presumably, now that Funimation is being phased out by Sony, Crunchyroll’s Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 English dub release date will be announced in the future after Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo Part 2 has first premiered with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Hopefully, future English dubbing will be faster once the COVID pandemic winds down and becomes endemic. In order to protect voice actors from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, they were forced to temporarily pause production or take extra safety precautions that resulted in slowed work.

Many English dubbing houses have experienced delays since voice actors often travel to the recording studio. By mid-2022 Crunchyroll began switching from remote recording to in-studio recording again (most of the work is done in their Texas studio).

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 studio, staff, and cast

Presumably, Studio Sunrise and Namco Filmworks will be returning to produce Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2. The anime features the following mobile suits: CEK-040 Beguir-Beu, XGF-02 Gundam Lfrith, and Heingra.

The staff members include:

  • Hiroshi Kobayashi (Kill la Kill) — director
  • Ryou Andou (Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Sōma) — assistant director
  • Ichirou Ohkouchi (Code Geass) — series composer
  • Marie Tagashira, Juri Toida, Hirotoshi Takaya — character designers
  • Mogumo — original character designer

The Japanese cast members include:

  • Kana Ichinose — Ericht Samaya
  • Hiroshi Tsuchida — Nadim Samaya
  • Mamiko Noto — Elnora Samaya
  • Sachiko Kojima — Nyla Bertran
  • Miyuki Ichijo — Cardo Nabo
  • You Taichi — Wendy Olent
  • Atsushi Ono — Sarius Zenelli
  • Eiji Hanawa — Rajan Zahi
  • Naoya Uchida — Delling Rembran
  • Tetsuo Kanao — Vim Jeturk
  • Yoji Ueda — Kenanji Avery

Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise revolutionized the anime world with the groundbreaking 1979 creation of the Gundam series, introducing audiences to giant robots known as “Gundams.” The TV anime series Mobile Suit Gundam defined the mecha anime genre and continues to inspire creators and captivate fans decades later.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo) was the 15th entry in Sunrise’s iconic Gundam franchise, marking the first new TV anime in the series since 2015’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. This exciting new addition to the Gundam universe was the first television anime series in seven years, bringing the legendary franchise to a new generation of fans.

For more information on the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury anime series, you can visit the official website. The series also has an English website for the international audience.

Let’s just be glad the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Season 2 release date is coming up so soon in 2023. Stay tuned!

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