Viewers in the Philippines able to watch limited-availability stream.
Gundam AGE, the latest incarnation of the highly popular Gundam franchise, has just premiered on TBS and other selected JNN stations a few hours ago. Yet, an official subtitled video stream of the pilot episode is now available on the official online Gundam portal Gundam.info.
ANN has reported yesterday that Gundam.info will stream the latest episodes of Gundam AGE at the same time that it airs in Japan. Gundam AGE airs in Japan every Sunday at 5:00pm Tokyo time (4:00pm MNL).
The said website will also stream the episodes in four subtitle languages, namely English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, and Korean. They will also be streamed in raw Japanese audio. The episodes of Gundam AGE will be available on the site for free for one month.
Gundam.info says that the videos will only be available in selected countries worldwide. Luckily, the Philippines is one of the countries that will benefit from their free streaming of Gundam AGE. This is quite a rare instance of the Philippines being included in a list of countries that will be able to watch a limited-availability anime stream online. You can watch the pilot episode of Gundam AGE here.
UPDATE (as of Oct. 9 at 11:30pm MNL): The English-subtitled stream of the pilot episode, which is being hosted by YouTube, is only available for South Asian countries, which presumably includes those in Southeast Asia. A number of users on the ANN forum thread of the quoted article say that the video is locked in the US, but is available in Australia. This is certainly a very peculiar case in this era of official video streams of anime. This article will be updated with further developments on this story as they come to our attention.
Gundam AGE‘s story will cover a century and three generations of Gundam pilots. In the year A.G. 101 (Advanced Generation) — several hundred years after humans have migrated into space — an Unknown Enemy (UE) suddenly attacks the space colony Angel and destroys it. In A.G. 108, the war with the UE comes to the home colony of seven-year-old Furitto Asuno. After losing his mother to the war, he is entrusted with the “AGE Device,” a memory unit with blueprints for an ancient mobile suit known as “Gundam.”
In the year A.G. 115, 14-year-old Furitto is at the Earth Federation base Arinsuton on the space colony Nora. For seven years, Furitto has continued developing the mobile suit with the base’s engineers, and at last the “Gundam” is complete. However, the UE has arrived at Nora, and Furitto must fight in the very Gundam he built himself. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
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