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Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Spinoff Casts J-Pop Star

Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Spinoff Casts J-Pop Star

The newest entry in the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans series has found its lead.

Meet Rina Ikoma

Former AKB48 and Nogizaka46 member Rina Ikoma revealed on her Twitter account that she voices the main character named Wistario Afam in Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans: Urðr-Hunt (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt), the spinoff from the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans) television anime series.

Rina Ikoma is a popular actor and singer, best known internationally for being a former member of the popular Japanese pop groups AKB48 and Nogizaka46. Ikoma left Nogizaka46 in 2018 to pursue an acting career; while Urdr Hunt will be her first major starring role as a voice actor, she previously starred in the live-action adaptation of Corpse Party in 2015 and appeared in Kamen Rider Reiwa: The First Generation in 2019.

About the Anime

The original Iron-Blooded Orphans anime focused on a group of child-soldiers from Mars. The spinoff will tell the story of Wistario Afam, an optimistic young boy from Venus, which has been transformed into a massive prison colony. Afam will pilot the ASW-G-35 Gundam Hajiroboshi, a mobile suit that shares many design elements with Mikazuki Augus’ Gundam Barbatos from the original series.

The new anime will debut within the corresponding Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans G app in spring 2022.

Sunrise and Bandai Namco Entertainment announced the Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans: Urðr-Hunt spinoff in 2019. Urdr Hunt‘s premiere in Japan will also be accompanied by the broadcast of a new “Special Edition” of the 2015 anime on Japanese TV. The new version of the show condenses its story from 50 episodes to just nine, but despite the truncated runtime, the show’s producers are promising the addition of new animation cuts.

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The television anime’s first season premiered in 2015, and the second season premiered in 2016. Writer Hajime Kamoshida and artists Dango and Hirosuke Terama’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans Gekkō spinoff manga ended in Kadokawa‘s Gundam Ace magazine in March 2018.

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