As it turns out: even the students and staff of Asticassia from Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury need a break for the New Year. Multiple breaks, in fact. I guess walking around and fighting in mobile suits can be a bit physically and mentally taxing. A vacation was probably in order anyways.

A Holiday for Asticassia

The official Twitter account for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury just released a pair of Tweets explaining that the anime will be taking some time off for New Year 2022. The first Tweet mentions that the anime will go on a week-long hiatus on December 18, 2022. This is to make way for this year’s Hodo no Hi New Year’s program on TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System). This TV special, according to Crunchyroll, looks back on all the biggest news stories of the year, and has become something of a yearly tradition for Japan’s TV broadcasting. Thus, you can understand why they’re putting this anime on hold for now.

The second Tweet gives us the full broadcasting schedule for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury. This includes all the hiatuses it’s going to go through for the New Year. I already mentioned December 18 as one of the hiatus dates, but apparently, the anime is going to go on another hiatus on January 1, 2023. The reason for this is to make way for this year’s New Year’s special TV programs. As you might expect, this is another yearly tradition in Japan. You might even recognize it from various anime if they mention New Year traditions. Thus, you can also understand why this anime is taking a break now.

On a side note though, the second Tweet also gives us some interesting notes about Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury. Apparently, episode 12, which will premiere on January 8, 2023; will be the final episode of this first cours of the anime. That means once that episode airs, it will be a while before we get to see any more. Better savor that last episode of the anime then on that date.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury ~ Synopsis

"Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury" NA horizontal key art.
This key art pretty much tells you the whole story.

Want an idea of what Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury is about? Well, Crunchyroll has an official synopsis for the anime on its page in the streaming service. You can check it out below:

A.S. (Ad Stella) 122― An era when a multitude of corporations have entered space and built a huge economic system. A lone girl from the remote planet Mercury transfers to the Asticassia School of Technology, run by the Beneritt Group which dominates the mobile suit industry. Her name is Suletta Mercury. With a scarlet light burning in her pure heart, this girl walks step by step through a new world.

You can catch up on all current episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury only on Crunchyroll. You know, because it’s a Crunchyroll exclusive. Thus, you will need to shell out cash for a premium account to watch this anime. However, you can watch the prologue episode of this anime for free on YouTube.

You used to be able to watch episode 1 for free as well, but then Crunchyroll took their own video down.

Source: Crunchyroll News