October 5, 2022, marks the 20th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Today, 20 years to the day after the anime’s first episode aired in Japan, Sunrise has updated the title’s official site with a new look. It also announced plans to release an anniversary book set and a radio show featuring one of the series’ characters, Yzak Joule.
Yzak Joule is one of the ZAFT soldiers who hijacked the Gundam-type Mobile Suits at Heliopolis during the show’s starting segments. The character’s Japanese voice actor, Tomokazu Seki, will host the radio show. He will discuss the 20-year-old show with other guests and read letters sent by fans.
In addition, Sunrise will release an official book set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gundam SEED. The set will contain the “Freedom” fan book, with over 250 pages of illustrations, and the “Justice” setting material book, with over 100 pages of background descriptions and staff commentaries. Pre-orders will open in Japan around November 2022 with a price tag of 11,000 yen (~$76). Sunrise will ship the finished books in April 2023.
In May 2021, Sunrise announced multiple projects related to Gundam SEED ahead of its 20th anniversary. The projects range from a video game and a feature film to a new manga series and a life-size statue of the Freedom Gundam in Shanghai, China. The new manga series, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Eclipse, is available to follow in English on the GundamInfo YouTube channel.
The first episode of the monthly Gundam SEED Yzak Joule radio show will air around the end of October 2022.