|Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt|
(Kidō Senshi Gandamu Sandāboruto)
|Genre||Adventure, science fiction|
|Written by||Yasuo Ohtagaki|
|Magazine||Big Comic Superior|
|Original run||March 23, 2012 – present|
|Original net animation|
|Directed by||Kō Matsuo|
|Written by||Kō Matsuo|
|Music by||Naruyoshi Kikuchi|
|Released||25 December 2015 – 14 July 2017|
|Runtime||15−20 minutes (each)|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky|
|Directed by||Kō Matsuo|
|Written by||Kō Matsuo|
|Music by||Naruyoshi Kikuchi|
|Released||25 June 2016|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower|
|Directed by||Kō Matsuo|
|Written by||Kō Matsuo|
|Music by||Naruyoshi Kikuchi|
|Released||18 November 2017|
Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (機動戦士ガンダム サンダーボルト, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Sandāboruto) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuo Ohtagaki. The manga takes place in the Universal Century timeline during and after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam . The manga is published by Shogakukan in Japan, with the English version licensed by Shogakukan Asia in Southeast Asia and Viz Media in North America. An ONA series adaptation by Sunrise was released between 25 December 2015 and 8 April 2016. A second season of the ONA series adapting the second arc of the manga was released between 24 March 2017 and 14 July 2017.
The series takes place concurrently with Mobile Suit Gundam , during the One Year War. In U.C. 0079, the Earth Federation's Moore Brotherhood and the Principality of Zeon's Living Dead Division engage in a fierce battle in the "Thunderbolt Sector" (サンダーボルト宙域, Sandāboruto Chū-iki), a shoal zone littered with debris from destroyed space colonies, named for its frequent electrical discharges. Since the outbreak of the war, Zeon forces have secured the Thunderbolt Sector as it is a vital supply route to the Zeon-aligned A Baoa Qu asteroid fortress. The story focuses on Federation soldier Io Fleming as he battles Zeon's best sniper, Daryl Lorenz.
The Moore Brotherhood (ムーア同胞団, Mūa Dōhō-dan) is an Earth Federation squadron consisting of former residents of the space colonies of Side 4: Moore, with the intent of punishing the Principality of Zeon for destroying their homeland.
The Spartan (スパルタン, Suparutan) is a Pegasus-class warship that serves as the protagonists' base in the series' second season.
The Living Dead Division (リビング・デッド師団, Ribingu Deddo Shidan) is a Principality of Zeon squadron made of amputee pilots fitted with metal prosthetic limbs. The division is assigned to defend the Thunderbolt Sector from the Federation.
The South Seas Alliance (南洋同盟, Nan'yō Dōmei) is a Buddhist radical cult faction aligned with the Earth Federation until U.C. 0080, when it calls for independence. Its military consists primarily of mobile suits cobbled together from Federation and Zeon units from the One Year War. Intelligence reports reveal that the South Sea Alliance possesses the remains of Daryl's Psycho Zaku and plans to mass-produce its Reuse P. Device technology.
Yasuo Ohtagaki put his Moonlight Mile manga on hiatus in November 2011 to write a Gundam series.He began serializing Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt in Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine in March 2012.
North American publisher Viz Media announced their license to the series during their panel at Anime Expo on 1 July 2016.
|No.||Original release date||Original ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||30 October 2012||978-4-09-184810-9||22 April 2015 (Singapore) |
15 November 2016 (North America)
| 978-981-09-4369-1 (Singapore)|
978-1-4215-9055-4 (North America)
|2||30 May 2013||978-4-09-185307-3||27 May 2015 (Singapore) |
21 February 2017 (North America)
| 978-981-09-4370-7 (Singapore)|
978-1-4215-9260-2 (North America)
|3||28 February 2014||978-4-09-186080-4||22 July 2015 (Singapore) |
16 May 2017 (North America)
| 978-981-09-4371-4 (Singapore)|
978-1-4215-9261-9 (North America)
|4||28 November 2014||978-4-09-186718-6||April 2016 (Singapore) |
15 August 2017 (North America)
| 978-981-09-4372-1 (Singapore)|
978-1-4215-9302-9 (North America)
|5||27 February 2015||978-4-09-186855-8||21 November 2017 (North America)||978-1-4215-9303-6|
|6||30 October 2015||978-4-09-187269-2||20 February 2018 (North America)||978-1-4215-9304-3|
|7||25 December 2015||978-4-09-187538-9||15 May 2018 (North America)||978-1-4215-9505-4|
|8||24 July 2016||978-4-09-187705-5||21 August 2018 (North America)||978-1-4215-9506-1|
|9||30 January 2017||978-4-09-189446-5||20 November 2018 (North America)||978-1-4215-9915-1|
|10||30 August 2017||978-4-09-189634-6||19 February 2019 (North America)||978-1-9747-0107-0|
|11||28 February 2018||978-4-09-189851-7||21 May 2019 (North America)||978-1-9747-0646-4|
|12||30 July 2018||978-4-09-860092-2||20 August 2019 (North America)||978-1-9747-0746-1|
|13||26 April 2019||978-4-09-860332-9||18 February 2020 (North America)||978-1-9747-1198-7|
|14||30 August 2019||978-4-09-860425-8||21 July 2020 (North America)||978-1-9747-1532-9|
|15||28 February 2020||978-4-09-860585-9||19 January 2021 (North America)||978-1-9747-2072-9|
|16||30 September 2020||978-4-09-860739-6||17 August 2021 (North America)||978-1-9747-2295-2|
|17||26 February 2021||978-4-09-861007-5||—||—|
|18||30 September 2021||978-4-09-861164-5||—||—|
A 4-episode original net animation adaptation, produced by Sunrise, was confirmed on 28 October 2015.It was directed and written by Kō Matsuo, with character designs from Hirotoshi Takaya and mechanical designs from Morifumi Naka, Seiichi Nakatani and Hajime Katoki. It premiered on 25 December 2015 with the last episode officially aired on 8 April 2016 via pay to watch service in Japan, with early access from the Gundam Fan Club app service on 11 December 2015. The first episode was streamed outside Japan for a limited time from 25 December 2015 to 7 January 2016. A 4-episode second season was announced by Bandai Visual on 18 November 2016 and premiered on 24 March 2017. Sunrise announced in the 2017 Anime Expo that the second season will receive an English Dub.
|1||25 December 2015|
|The Moore Brotherhood's Beehive flagship launches a squadron of GMs across the Thunderbolt Sector to break through the Principality of Zeon's defenses, only to be shot down by the Living Dead Division and their Big Gun units. Io Fleming, who manages to eject from his GM, guns down a Rick Dom pilot before commandeering the mobile suit and returning to the Beehive with the sniper location data. He is then assigned to pilot the new Full Armor Gundam prototype, which he uses to flush out three Big Gun units. Living Dead Division ace sniper Daryl Lorenz vows to avenge his fallen comrades and kill Io.|
|2||12 February 2016|
|During the Full Armor Gundam's second sortie in the Thunderbolt Sector, Io once again confronts Daryl. Daryl narrowly escapes after throwing a Cracker grenade at the Gundam, but he loses his left hand in the process. As the Living Dead Division is desperate to hasten the Reuse P. Device project to combat the Gundam, Daryl has his right hand amputated so that his body will have full control of the experimental Psycho Zaku.|
|3||18 March 2016|
|The Moore Brotherhood receives reinforcements from the Earth Federation, but the new mobile suit pilots are young teenagers, much to Io's chagrin. Feeling the pressure of the war, Claudia resorts to drugs before Io snaps her out of an overdose. Io leads the young cadets to break through the Living Dead Division's final defenses, but the battle becomes a massacre due to the young pilots' inexperience.|
|4||22 April 2016|
|With both sides suffering massive casualties, the Full Armor Gundam engages in a final showdown with the Psycho Zaku. Meanwhile, the surviving members of the Moore Brotherhood board the Dried Fish to take it over, but the remaining members of the Living Dead Division refuse to be taken prisoner and plan to self-destruct the vessel along with everyone on board. The Federation survivors manage to neutralize the Zeon crew and seize the Dried Fish, while Io and Daryl's battle results in heavy damage to both of their mobile suits. A Zeon reinforcement fleet then arrives and captures Io and the Federation survivors while rescuing any remaining Living Dead members.|
|5||24 March 2017|
|During the Earth Federation's assault on the Zeon's A Baoa Qu fortress, Io and his comrades escape captivity while several Zeon forces retreat, taking Io's Gundam with them. Eight months after the end of the One Year War, the Federation continues to battle Zeon remnants on Earth. The Federation carrier Spartan enters Earth orbit, but a Musai-class ship launches its Komusai shuttle for a kamikaze run on it. Suddenly, a new Gundam piloted by Io is launched from below and it slices the Komusai in half to save the Spartan.|
|6||28 April 2017|
|The South Seas Alliance, a Buddhist radical cult faction of the Federation, plots to declare itself independent. Furthermore, it is discovered that they possess the Reuse P. Device technology of Daryl's Psycho Zaku. The Spartan is assigned to track and destroy the Psycho Zaku before the South Seas Alliance can mass-produce the technology. In Antarctica, Bianca's squadron is ambushed by Zeon mobile suits. Io sorties in the Atlas Gundam and dispatches the enemy units before facing a Grublo mobile armor. The battle sends both units far too deep underwater and Io with his equipment lost slowly sinks to the bottom of the sea, but Bianca in her damaged Guncannon Aqua lifts him back to the surface.|
|7||31 May 2017|
|Due to the emotional trauma Karla suffered during the One Year War, her mind has regressed to that of an adolescent child with the Zeon Remnants now trying to take care of her in hopes of her adult mind to recover. Daryl's Acguy squadron heads to a South Seas Alliance-controlled city in Southeast Asia to retrieve a spy, but their cover is blown and they must fend off the island's mobile Suits. Meanwhile, the Spartan is confronted by a South Seas Alliance mobile suit Squadron, with Io's former commander and lover Claudia leading them.|
|8||14 July 2017|
|Tensions flare between the Spartan and the South Seas Alliance which results in a full on battle while Daryl's team is also having trouble in their hands finding their way out against a counterattack by the cult group. During the battle, several cultists break into the Spartan while Daryl manages to extract the Zeon spy out of the island. Meanwhile, Io and Bianca storm through the squadron of Dodai YS units to take back Claudia, but they are thwarted by Gouf pilot Chow Ming. The cultists boarding the Spartan are quickly repelled, but not before passing an item to a spy. Despite the temporary victory, Io learns that the leader of the South Seas Alliance, Levan Fuu, is a Newtype using his powers to brainwash his followers.|
A theatrical compilation film of the first season titled Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky (機動戦士ガンダム サンダーボルト DECEMBER SKY, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Sandāboruto Dissenbā Sukai) was released in Japanese theaters on 25 June 2016 with the Blu-ray release on 29 July 2016. Sunrise and Anime Limited distributed the film outside Japan. A theatrical compilation film of the second season titled Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower (機動戦士ガンダム サンダーボルト BANDIT FLOWER, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Sandāboruto Banditto Furawā) was released in Japanese theaters between 18 November – 1 December 2017.
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