GUNDAM REQUIEM FOR VENGEANCE Returns to the One Year War in New Teaser Trailer

Bandai Namco Filmworks recently unveiled the latest teaser trailer for the CG-animated series, Gundam: Requiem for Vengeance. The newly released teaser trailer showcases the film's impressive graphics and environments, which were rendered completely using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 5.
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Bandai Namco Filmworks recently unveiled the latest teaser trailer for the CG-animated series, Gundam Requiem for Vengeance. The newly released teaser trailer showcases the film’s impressive graphics and environments, which were rendered completely using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5.

The upcoming series is currently in the works from Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc. Sunrise Studio, and it’s going to stream exclusively on Netflix. You can check out the newly revealed teaser trailer for Gundam Requiem for Vengeance below:

Gundam Requiem for Vengeance Trailer Returns to U.C. 0079

The new teaser trailer firmly establishes the setting as being the Eastern Front during the year U.C. 0079 –  concurrent with the One Year War that was central to the first Gundam series – thus setting it firmly within the Universal Century continuity and so most of the other entries in the long-running franchise.

As you would expect from a show using Unreal Engine 5, it looks very much like a video game cutscene. The animation is fluid, clean, and fast-paced, allowing for the characters (human and Gundam alike) to have unique, detailed designs. However, some of the transitions between exterior and interior scenes (as well as between human and animal designs) can be jarring with the CGI able to render nature and townscapes more convincingly than people.

What do we know about the One Year War?

The One Year War is a conflict that serves as the central backdrop for the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime series, which premiered in 1979. The conflict takes place in the Universal Century (UC) timeline, a fictional timeline in the Gundam universe. It begins in the year UC 0079 and lasts for approximately one year, as the name suggests. The war primarily involves the Principality of Zeon, a spacefaring nation that seeks independence from the Earth Federation, the governing body of Earth and its space colonies.


Several key elements of the One Year War were depicted in Mobile Suit Gundam’s run and set up the tropes for which the franchise is known, which gives us a good starting point for speculation when it comes to Gundam Requiem for Vengeance.

1. Zeon’s Declaration of Independence – The Principality of Zeon, discontent with the Earth Federation’s policies and treatment of space colonies, declares independence. This led to the conflict known as the One Year War.

2. Mobile Suits – The war saw the widespread use of powerful humanoid robots known as Mobile Suits. These machines revolutionized warfare and played a crucial role in the conflict. The Earth Federation deploys its own Mobile Suits, including the iconic RX-78-2 Gundam.

3. Colonies and Space Warfare – Much of the conflict occurs in space and on space colonies, showcasing the significance of space as a theater of war. The destruction of space colonies and the subsequent drop of debris onto Earth play a crucial role in the narrative.

4. Newtypes – The concept of “Newtypes” is introduced, referring to individuals with heightened psychic abilities as a result of living in space. The evolution of humanity and the emergence of Newtypes become important themes in the Gundam series.

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The One Year War is a foundational event in the Gundam universe, setting the stage for numerous sequels, prequels, and spin-offs within the Universal Century timeline. The success of Mobile Suit Gundam contributed to the enduring popularity of the Gundam franchise and the mecha genre as a whole.

Which big names are on the staff roster?

Erasmus Brosdau, German artist and filmmaker, takes the director role in Gundam Requiem for Vengeance. He gained significant attention for his project The Lord Inquisitor, which is a fan-made CGI animated film set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The Lord Inquisitor is known for its high-quality animation and attention to detail, capturing the grim and dark atmosphere of the Warhammer 40,000 setting. Brosdau’s dedication to the project and his skills in animation garnered praise from the Warhammer community and fans of CGI filmmaking, which is very promising for his transition into the Gundam franchise.

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The series’ writer, Gavin Hignight, has extensive experience writing for sci-fi franchises, with titles such as Transformers: Cyberverse and Tekken: Bloodline under his belt. Gundam veteran Naohiro Ogata (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury) is listed alongside Gavin Hignight as executive producer and should bring continuity into the universe.

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Unfortunately, the trailer ends with a ‘Coming Soon’ caption. But watch this space, as we will continue to bring you up-to-date information as and when we get it. We do know the show is going to stream on Netflix later on, so hopefully more information about a release date will be coming soon.

About Gundam Requiem for Vengeance

Gundam Requiem for Vengeance

Release date: N/A
Director: Erasmus Brosdau
Writer: Gavin Hignight
Production: Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc. Sunrise Studio
Distribution: Netflix
Cast: Celia Massingham

Synopsis: Gundam Requiem for Vengeance will take place on the European front during the One Year War, a conflict also depicted in the first Gundam series Mobile Suit Gundam. This series follows the themes such as conflict and love seen in previous Gundam titles, as well as human drama depicted through the clash of pilots who operate humanoid weapons called Mobile Suits.

Are you excited for Gundam Requiem for Vengeance? Do you think it will be a fitting entry in the franchise, or should the Gundam series be left alone? Let us know what you think in the comments or on our social media.

SOURCE: Bandai Namco Filmworks/Sunrise



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