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Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island (機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島?) is an anime movie directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko [2], that premiered on June 3, 2022 [3]. This film is an adaptation of the 15th episode of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, which aired in 1979 [4].

Synopsis

After enduring a defensive battle in Jaburo, the Earth Federation Forces plan to launch an operation to capture Odessa, the headquarters of Zeon's Earth Attack Force. Amuro and the White Base head to Belfast to resupply before the mission. However, the White Base receives new orders; to head to an uninhabited island known as the "Island of No Return" to wipe out stragglers. Amuro sets out on the island in search of soldiers that were left behind but instead finds a group of children and a Zaku that shouldn't be there. Losing the Gundam in a battle, Amuro meets a man who calls himself Cucuruz Doan. Uncovering the secrets of the island, can Amuro find the Gundam again and escape safely…… [6]?

Plot

On a seemingly uninhabited island, a deformed Zaku engaged and destroyed two GMs and the Gunperry transporting them while a group of children watch and cheer for the Zaku and its pilot, Doan.

Following the victory at Jaburo, Bright Noa, now promoted to Lieutenant Commander, is assigned by Gopp to head through Las Palmas alongside other Federation forces against the Zeon forces. During which, a commander requests Bright to pass through the island of Alegranza, the northernmost island of the Canary Islands, due to Zeon forces that remained in the area and had taken out two GMs. As ordered, Bright passes the island and dispatches Amuro Ray's RX-78-02 Gundam, Kai Shiden's RX-77-02 Guncannon with Job John and Hayato Kobayashi using the Gunperry and remaining at a landing base for them.

The pair split off as Kai found plowed fields near the island's lighthouse as well as children who began pelting his mobile suit with rocks. Meanwhile, Amuro followed a set of Zaku footprints near a cliff, where he was attacked from behind by a lone Zaku II. Amuro was nearly pushed off the cliff but was able to shove the Zaku off. Having lost his beam rifle to the attack, the two engaged in melee combat, but the Zaku got the upper hand as it dodged Amuro's attack and cut through the Gundam's shield. While Amuro discarded the shield and continues fighting, the ground beneath him collapsed after he jumped to avoid the Zaku's attack.

By this time, Kai returns back to the Gunperry. Unable to contact Amuro, and with a storm approaching, Bright ordered Kai, Job and Hayato to return and said they would continue the search later on. Meanwhile, Amuro, unconscious, was dreaming of his hardships until that point: the attack on Side 7, his father's obsession over the Gundam, his mother berating him for fighting in the war, and his battle with Char Aznable during atmospheric reentry. Once he woke up, he found himself bandaged on a bed in a beach shack. Upon seeing him, a group of children rushed to their caretaker, a farmer named Cucuruz Doan. Amuro realized that Doan was the pilot of the Zaku that attacked him and demanded him to return the Gundam. When Doan refused to answer and the children revealed their true disdain for soldiers like him, Amuro left to search for the Gundam.

By sunset, Amuro reached the edge of the island's volcanic crater but found nothing. Sensing Cara's concern for Amuro being exposed outdoors, Doan asked her to go find him. As the children and Doan were discussing how one of the children, Julian, was about to celebrate his 7th birthday the day after tomorrow, Cara brought Amuro back for dinner, much to the annoyance of the the other children. In spite of the children's hostility, Doan promised that Amuro would begin working for his meals the next day. That night, Cara noticed Doan working another one of his many tireless nights, but he assured her that his work was almost complete.

On a Dish heading for the Federation naval base in Belfast, Admiral Johann Ibrahim Revil and Elran were coordinating the attack on Odessa. Revil wished to have the White Base close to him and ordered it to head for Belfast. When Bright was informed of this and ordered to depart immediately, he was outraged by the abrupt news but was forced to inform the crew that they had to leave Amuro behind and depart for Belfast. Because of this, Sleggar and Kai began planning their own rescue mission for Amuro.

Meanwhile, M'Quve, the commander of the Zeon forces on Earth, contacted the Federation attack force led by Gopp, warning them to cancel the attack on Gibraltar, threatening to destroy major Earth cities should he refuse. However, Gopp simply ignored the threat. At the same time, the Southern Cross Corps, piloting MS-06GD Zaku High Mobility (Surface Type), defeated a group of GMs attacking Casablanca and rescued allied forces. After the battle, the team's latest member, Danan Rashica, remarked that he joined because of his interest in the team's former captain, Doan, wanting to see how strong he was up close. He was quickly cut off by the group's new leader, Egba Atler, who held his Zaku at knife point and warned him never to speak of the traitor's name.

That night, Doan stayed up late studying the schematics of a rocket. Lope, one of the children, was crying, causing him to experience a flashback to his time as the leader of the Southern Cross Corps. When he led the Corps fighting through a city, he heard the sound of Lope crying, helpleslly tugging on the lifeless body of an adult. He then had a conversation with Cara, with Cara begging him not to die for their sake.

The next morning, Amuro began helping with Doan's farm work. He was impressed by the friendship between the children and Doan's care towards them. He went off in search of the Gundam again, but not before receiving a Zeon field cap and a water canteen from Doan. In the White Base, Katz, Letz, Kikka, and Haro locked themselves in the ship's bathroom when they learned that Amuro was being left behind, refusing to eat or leave. However, Sleggar tricked Kikka into opening the door with the promise of ice cream.

Characters

Earth Federation Forces

Alegranza Inhabitants

Principality of Zeon

Southern Cross Corps

Character Japanese Voice
Amuro Ray Toru Furuya [6]
Bright Noa Ken Narita [6]
Kai Shiden Toshio Furukawa [6]
Hayato Kobayashi Hideki Nakanishi [6]
Sleggar Law Tomofumi Ikezoe [6]
Mirai Yashima Satomi Arai [6]
Sayla Mass Megumi Han [6]
Fraw Bow Misato Fukuen [6]

Mechanics

Earth Federation Forces

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units

Principality of Zeon

Mobile Weapons

Vehicles and Support Units

  • Luggun
  • Fat Uncle

Zeon Deserter

Mobile Weapons

Production

It was first announced at the 2nd Gundam Conference on September 15, 2021 [7][8]. It was announced that Yoshikazu Yasuhiko would be the director and it would focus on episode 15, Cucuruz Doan’s Island from Mobile Suit Gundam, depicting it from a new angle [9].

The first key visual and trailer were released on December 21, 2021 at about 07:00 JST [10][11]. Gundam.Info published the staff on the same day [1]. On January 19, 2022, the GundamInfo channel uploaded the first trailer with English subs [12].

According to an interview with Yasuhiko published in the December 2021 issue of Gundam Ace, this movie was not an adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin MSD Cucuruz Doan's Island, but the manga was the reason for the start of the project.[13]

On February 3, 2022 07:00 JST, the release date, synopsis, main cast, and more character designs were revealed [3][6].

On March 9 ("Zaku Day"), Cucuruz Doan's voice actor and mobile suit were revealed.

Releases

The film premiered in Japanese theaters on June 3, 2022 [3].

For international releases, the film first saw release in Malaysia (distributed by Odex Private Limited) for a limited time (June 3 to 5) at Mid Valley Megamall's Golden Screen Cinemas with English subtitles [14][5]. A limited Indonesian release was also overseen by CBI Pictures and ODEX in select CGV Cinemas starting from June 10. [15]

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References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 『機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島』2022年初夏公開決定!超特報映像&超ティザービジュアル初解禁! | GUNDAM.INFO (2021-12-21).
  2. 2.0 2.1 機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島 公式サイト. Archived from the original on 2021-09-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島 on Twitter: "【公開日決定✨】… (2022-02-02).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島 Blu-ray劇場限定版 [Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan Island Blu-ray Theatrical Limited Edition] (Blu-ray BDOT-0268). バンダイナムコフィルムワークス [Bandai Namco Filmworks]. 2022-06-03. UPC 4934569959393. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan's Island | Movie Release, Showtimes & Trailer | Cinema Online (2022-06-04).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 『機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島』6月3日公開決定!ストーリー&アムロらメインキャラクター設定も到着! | GUNDAM.INFO (2022-02-03).
  7. Mikikazu Komatsu (2021-09-15). Crunchyroll - Gundam Franchise to Release New TV Anime "The Witch from Mercury" & Film "Cucuruz Doan's Island" in 2022.
  8. 第2回ガンダムカンファレンス
  9. SUNRISE INC. on Twitter: "New movie, “Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island” to hit theaters in 2022!… (2021-09-15).
  10. 『機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島』超特報映像
  11. 機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島 on Twitter: "映画『機動戦士ガンダム ククルス・ドアンの島』は… (2021-12-20).
  12. Super Special Announcement:MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM Cucuruz Doan's Island
  13. Thoughts on the movie Cucuruz Doan's Island and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko / Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN Exhibition ── Interview with Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
  14. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM CUCURUZ DOAN'S ISLAND (Official Trailer) - In GSCinemas 3-5 JUNE 22
  15. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM CUCURUZ DOAN'S ISLAND CGV Cinemas.

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