Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (機動戦士ガンダムSEED Destiny Kidō Senshi Gandamu Shīdo Desuteini?) is a 2004 anime television series directed by Mitsuo Fukuda. It is a sequel set two years after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
Gundam SEED Destiny had its premiere broadcast in Japan on October 9, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. on the JNN TV stations (Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS TV), Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS TV, producing TV station), etc.) and ended October 1, 2005. Bandai Entertainment has announced that Gundam SEED Destiny is licensed for the North American market, and confirmed at Anime Expo 2006 that it will broadcast on Canadian television on YTV. There is no schedule date to broadcast the series in the US at this time according to Bandai Entertainment.
On Christmas 2005 a special episode ("Final Plus") aired, called "The Chosen Future". The episode is mainly a remake of the Final Phase (Ep 50), with a few storyline changes, a lengthened battle, and an epilogue to the series.
On March 2013, a new HD Remastering airing had begun. Like the HD Remaster of Gundam SEED, the remastering of SEED Destiny not only improves the animation for HD viewings, but also alters lines and scenes from the original airings, as well as introducing brand new Mobile Suits. The episode count for this has so far been confirmed to be up to a maximum of 50 episodes. The recap episode "Refrain" being completely omitted from broadcast in this remake, while the final episode divided into 2 parts: "Final Power" and " The Chosen Future", based on the "Chosen Future" special episode with re-made animation footage.
Directed by Mitsuo Fukuda, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is the sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and the second Gundam series to be set in the Cosmic Era timeline. For background information see Factions of the Cosmic Era, for the events in the first series see First Alliance-PLANT War, for the events in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny see Second Alliance-PLANT War. Set in C.E. 73, two years after the peace treaty between ZAFT and the Earth Alliance was signed in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, members of the Earth Alliance special task force known as Phantom Pain hi-jack three advanced mobile suits from a ZAFT armoury base during a meeting between Orb representative Cagalli Yula Athha and new ZAFT chairman Gilbert Durandal. What begins as a pursuit of this band of Extended Naturals by Orb refugee Shinn Asuka, Athrun Zala, and the crew of the LHM-BB01 Minerva, escalates into cataclysmic circumstances which lead to the declaration of yet another war.
Themes and reactions
While still focused on the conflict between Naturals and Coordinators, Destiny's focus was placed more on the ideological conflicts held by the characters, with social commentary proposing an interesting global government conspiracy theory for the real world. In a wide scope, the series poses the question of what would be the best path for humanity to follow: one where people's paths are chosen, but they are able to live to their full potential, or that of freedom and the inevitable conflict that will occur?
However, these themes were not always apparent, and although a ratings success, Destiny could not match either the previous success of Gundam SEED or Fullmetal Alchemist, both of which previously aired on the popular Saturday evening prime-time slot. But Destiny's DVD sales were very large, surpassing SEED's DVD sales.
An abridged version of the TV series, known as Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition, has been released. This abridged version is a retelling the story in four 90 minute parts. Unlike it's counterpart, Gundam SEED: Special Edition, this retelling of Destiny focuses on fixing some of the more criticized aspects of the series (for instance, focusing on Athrun Zala's point of view to keep the focus as neutral as possible) rather than simply editing together highlights and important battles.
There are two manga adaptations of SEED Destiny, written by Mizuho Takayama and Masatsugu Iwase respectively. Another manga series, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: The Edge by Chimaki Kuori, tells the events of the anime from the point of view of Athrun Zala.
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny has also appeared in many entries of the SD Gundam G Generation and Super Robot Wars game series, the most notable entries being Super Robot Wars Z for the PS2 and Super Robot Wars L for the Nintendo DS.
Cast and crew
- Andrew Waltfeld - Okiayu Ryoutarou (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English), Carlo Landrito (Tagalog)
- Arthur Trine - Takahashi Hiroki (Japanese),
- Athrun Zala ("Alex Dino") - Ishida Akira (Japanese), Sam Vincent (English), Louie Paraboles (Tagalog)
- Auel Neider - Morita Masakazu (Japanese), Brad Swaile (English), Robert Brillantes (Tagalog)
- Cagalli Yula Athha - Shindou Naomi (Japanese), Vanessa Morley (English), Ria Paz Bautista (Tagalog)
- Dearka Elsman - Sasanuma Akira (Japanese), Brad Swaile (English), Bernie Malejana (Tagalog)
- Gilbert Durandal - Ikeda Shuuichi (Japanese), Ted Cole (English), Robert Brillantes (Tagalog)
- Haro - Mitsuishi Kotono (Japanese),
- Heine Westenfluss - Nishikawa Takanori (T.M. Revolution) (Japanese), Michael Punzalan (Tagalog)
- Yuna Roma Seiran - Nojima Kenji (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English), Benjie Dorango (Tagalog)
- Kira Yamato - Hoshi Souichirou (Japanese), Matt Hill (English), Michael Punzalan (Tagalog)
- Lord Djibril - Hori Hideyuki (Japanese), Alistair Abell (English)
- Lunamaria Hawke - Sakamoto Maaya (Japanese), Maryke Hendrikse (English), Katherine Masilungan (Tagalog)
- Reverend Malchio - Nakai Kazuya (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English),
- Lacus Clyne / Meer Campbell - Tanaka Rie (Japanese), Chantal Strand (English), Wendy de Leon (Tagalog)
- Mayu Asuka - Sakamoto Maaya (Japanese), Katie Chapman (English)
- Meyrin Hawke - Orikasa Fumiko (Japanese), Nicole Bouma (English)
- Miriallia Haw - Toyoguchi Megumi (Japanese), Anna Cummer (English)
- Murrue Ramius ("Maria Vernes") - Mitsuishi Kotono (Japanese), Lisa Ann Beley (English)
- Mad Abes - Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Jason Simpson (English)
- Narrator - Mitsuishi Kotono (Japanese), Alison Matthews (English)
- Neo Roanoke / Mu La Flaga - Koyasu Takehito (Japanese), Trevor Devall (English), Alexx Agcaoili (Tagalog)
- Rey Za Burrel - Seki Toshihiko (Japanese), Kirby Morrow (English), Alexx Agcaoili (Tagalog)
- Shinn Asuka - Suzumura Kenichi (Japanese), Matthew Erickson (English), Benjie Dorango (Tagalog)
- Stella Loussier - Kuwashima Houko (Japanese), Lalainia Lindbjerg (English), Pinkee Rebukas (Tagalog)
- Sting Oakley - Suwabe Junichi (Japanese), Brent Miller (English), Pocholo Gonzales (Tagalog)
- Talia Gladys - Koyama Mami (Japanese), Venus Terzo (English), Katherine Masilungan (Tagalog)
- Colonel Todaka - Kazuya Ichijou (Japanese),
- Unato Ema Saran - Hiroshi Matsumoto (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English)
- Vino Dupre - Hisafumi Oda (Japanese), Reece Thompson (English)
- Yzak Joule - Seki Tomokazu (Japanese), Michael Adamthwaite (English), Pocholo Gonzales (Tagalog)
- Yolan Kent - Sugita Tomokazu (Japanese), Michael Coleman (English)
- Lacus/Meer's singing voice - Jillian Michaels (English)
- Ledonir Kisaka - Adam Henderson (English)
- Erica Simmons - Sharon Alexander (English)
- Martin DaCosta - Brian Dobson (English)
- James/Eduardo - James Blight (English)
- Malik Yardbirds - Lee Tockar (English)
- Sato - Paul Dobson (English)
- Chen Zheng Yi - Andrew Toth (English)
- Shinn's mother - Laura Drummond (English)
- Shinn's father - Paul Dobson (English)
Director: Fukuda Mitsuo
Series Writer: Morosawa Chiaki
Character Designer: Hirai Hisashi
Mechanical Designer: Okawara Kunio, Yamane Kimitoshi
Design Works: Fujioka Kenki
Art Director: Ikeda Shigemi
Sound Director: Fujino Sadayoshi
Music: Sahashi Toshihiko
Producer: Takeda Seiji (MBS), Sato Hiroyuki (Sunrise)
Openings, Endings and Insert songs
- Ignited by T.M.Revolution (ep. 1-13)
- PRIDE by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (ep. 14-24)
- Bokutachi no Yukue (Our Whereabouts) by Hitomi Takahashi (ep. 25-37)
- Wings of Words by CHEMISTRY (ep.38-50)
- vestige by T.M.Revolution (HD Remaster Ep. 38 onwards, Ep. FINAL PLUS ~The Chosen Future~)
- Reason by Nami Tamaki (Ep. 1-13, HD Remaster Ep. 1-11)
Result by Nami Tamaki (HD Remaster Ep. 12-13)
- Life Goes On by Mika Arisaka (Ep. 14-25)
- Life Goes On '2013 Remix' by Mika Arisaka (HD Remaster Ep. 14-25)
- I Wanna Go To A Place... by Rie Fu (ep. 26-37); Two Versions of this song (English and Japanese Lyrics) sung Rie Fu herself were used in that run, with the English Lyrics only appearing in Episodes 28 and 32 with the rest of the episodes using Japanese Lyrics.
- tears ~ Remix 2013 by Lisa Komine (HD Remaster Ep. 28)
- Shinkai no Kodoku ~ ReTracks by Kuwashima Houko (HD Remaster Ep. 32)
- Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru (君は僕に似ている; You Resemble Me) by See-Saw (Ep. 38-50, Final Plus); Instrumental Version of this song was first played in Episode 29; Lyrics used in Final Plus is different from the one used in Episodes 38-50.
- Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru 2013 Remix (君は僕に似ている; You Resemble Me) by See-Saw (HD Remaster ep. 38-40, 42 onwards)
- Enrai: Tooku ni Aru Akari(遠雷 ～遠くにある明かり～; Distant Thunder ~The light far away~) by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (HD Remaster ep. 41)
Note: Openings and Endings for HD Remaster are incomplete as the series is still ongoing as of writing. Changes will be made as the episodes get underway on their official channel.
- Mizu no Akashi (水の証; Token of Water) by Rie Tanaka (Meer Campbell - eps. 10, 29)
- Fields of hope by Rie Tanaka (Lacus Clyne)(Eps. 7,9 Final Plus)
- Meteor by T.M.Revolution (Ep. 23, HD Remaster Ep.42)
- Quiet Night C.E. 73 by Rie Tanaka (Meer Campbell)
- Shinkai no Kodoku (The Sea's Loneliness) by Houko Kuwashima (eps. 21,32,33)
- Vestige by T.M.Revolution (eps 39, 42, 49)
- Honoo No Tobira (焔の扉; Door of Flames) by Yuki Kajiura|FictionJunction YUUKA (ep. 40)
- Honoo No Tobira ~ Remix 2013 by FictionJunction YUUKA (HD Remaster Ep. 40)
- EMOTION by Rie Tanaka (Meer Campbell) (Ep. 47)
- Anna Isshi Datta no ni (We were so close together, but) violin only
The series contains several references to previous Gundam and Fukuda-directed anime series.
- Just as Mobile Suit Gundam SEED is heavily influenced by Mobile Suit Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, being a sequel, is heavily influenced by Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, with the plot, characters and mobile suits notably mirroring it at several places. The most notable of these are the characters Shinn Asuka, Stella Loussier and Lunamaria Hawke, being similar to Kamille, Four and Fa, respectively. The designs of various mobile suits and armors such as the GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam being similar to the MRX-009 Psyco Gundam.
- Most notable among the non-Gundam references are those to Fukuda's Future GPX Cyber Formula television and OVA series. These include several vehicles used in these series, such as the convertible that Athrun drives in Episode 8, and the motorcycle that Shinn rides in Episode 21, as well as some images including the scene in the fourth OP with Gilbert and Talia is almost an exact duplicate of a scene with Kyoshiro Nagumo and Kyoko Aoi in the Cyber Formula Sin OP.
- The Destiny Gundam itself is a leftover of sorts from SEED's initial production. Chief designer Okawara Kunio had been charged with designing the original Freedom Gundam as a mobile suit with compact, "always-on" versions of the original three Striker Packs. Several rough designs of this concept have been released in official material, and it is evident that in early attempts, the result would have been simply too cluttered and (presumably) difficult to animate, hence the drastically alternate, final design for Freedom. However, this concept obviously made it through for the second try, as the Destiny Gundam features compact forms of the first three Impulse Silhouettes (which are nearly identical in function and design as the three Striker Packs) as standard weaponry. This is a rather ironic footnote to the fact that Destiny Gundam and Freedom Gundam are made complete opposites in the storyline.
- Majority of the returning cast grew taller and lost weight. Most are underweight according to the body mass index.
- The "Destiny" in the title of the series can refer to several things.
- In its initial run in Japan, it occupied the same Saturday 6 p.m. timeslot on MBS and TBS as Gundam SEED and Full Metal Alchemist (which was shown in between GS and GSD.)
- In Episode (Phase) 15, towards the end when Athrun Zala enters the 'waiting room' overlooking the Minerva's Mobile Suit hanger you can see Shinn Asuka laying on the couch reading a magazine with the band HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (who did the shows 2nd Opening theme) on the cover.
- In Gundam SEED Destiny, a common practice with ZAFT Mobile Suits is the names being acronyms: Consider ZAKU (ZAFT Armed Keeper of Unity), GOUF (Guardian of Unity Forerunner), and DOM (Dauntless Obliterator Magnificent). This practice was actually first seen in Gundam SEED, with GUNDAM (General Unilateral Neuro-link Dispersive Autonomic Maneuver, and all subsequent variations), and most likely originated with the MRC-F20 SUMO (Strike Unit for Maneuver Operations), in Yoshiyuki Tomino's ∀ Gundam.
- In November 2004, Takanori Nishikawa (as T.M. Revolution) made Gundam singles history when his single, "Ignited", hit the #1 spot in Japanese Oricon's daily top 20 singles; a first for the franchise. Up until then, the highest ranking Gundam song was T.M. Revolution's own "Invoke", which had made it to #2. Initial sales data has "Ignited" as having sold 108,000 copies. "Ignited" is the first opening theme song for Gundam Seed Destiny while "Invoke" was the first opening theme song for Gundam Seed.
- The word "Gundam" is actually only said twice, in the first episode by Cagalli and in the second by Sting.
- In Episode 22, there is a slight error in a split-second animation frame where the Force Impulse Gundam slashes through an Astray. Instead of the Force Impulse, the Aile Strike Gundam's likeness is seen. This suggests that the said frame is reused from Seed, but was not modified.
- Along with its prequel, Gundam SEED, Gundam SEED Destiny is the Gundam series that scored the most brilliant achievements in Animage's Anime Grand Prix. It won the 1st place in 2002, 2004 and 2005, and selected as the runner up in 2003 and 2006. Other Gundam series that come up to Gundam SEED's achievements are the original Mobile Suit Gundam (won the 1st place twice), followed by Zeta Gundam, Gundam ZZ, Gundam Wing and Gundam 00 (each won the second place once).
- Kenichi Suzumura has expressed his preference for how Super Robot Wars Z handled the plot and Shinn's character, which is regarded as vastly superior to the series. He even once said that the genuine Shinn is the one in the game.
- The fourth opening theme of Gundam SEED Destiny (original version) "Wings of Words" is a reference to the Destiny Gundam's special feature, "Wings of Light".
| Preceded by:|
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
| Production order|
2004 – 2005
| Succeeded by:|
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73:
- MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED DESTINY: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny on Gundam.Info
- GUNDAM SEED DESTINY: Official Website
- GundamOfficial: Official Gundam Site
- Gundam Seed Destiny Screenshots Gallery
- Anime News Network: Gundam Seed Destiny information page at Anime News Network
- Gundam News: Gunota Headlines
- Mobile Suit: Advent Destiny - Online RPG, previously known as Advent Destiny/Seed RPG