Gundam’s lesbian couple receives praise from the Anime community

Gundam’s lesbian couple receives praise from the Anime community

Anime fans are showing their support for the latest Gundam anime’s creative yet respectable exploration of same-sex equality and freedom of choice.

Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Mobile Suit Gundam: The witch from MercuryWith its modernization of the story and the introduction of issues relevant to today’s society, The witch from Mercury has given a timely, and much-needed update to the 43-year-old Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. So far, fans are loving it.

Hiroshi Kobayashi Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury tells the story of how one evolved Gundam universe where the companies that were once the most aggressive manufacturers and promoters of mobile suits as military weapons are now the most vocal opponents of mobile suit technology as weapons, especially when such use threatens pilot injury. The anime also supports a more progressive stance on issues such as equality and sexual orientation. Not only is the series’ protagonist Suletta Mercury the first female protagonist in Gundam story, but she is also in a same-sex relationship with Miorine, the daughter of the school’s top leader.


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Fans of the new series have been supportive of Gundam’s development, particularly in the series’ treatment of same-sex relationships. In fact, according to Anime Trending, since its debut in October, fans have consistently voted Suletta and Miorine as the best “couple ship” in the manga. Also, the longer the relationship lasts, the more fans seem to support it. For example, during the last week of October 2022, Suletta and Miorine ranked as the sixth most popular couple among anime fandom. However, in the first week of December 2022, anime fans chose them as the most popular couple, beating out such famous couples as Bleach couple Ichigo and Orihime, and Spy x Family‘s Loid and Yor Forger.

Suletta and Miorine have chemistry

Suletta and Miorine

As fans have shown in their support for the couple, what Kobayshi does well with the Suletta – Miorine relationship is to let it develop naturally. There is no extreme push to make the relationship work. On the one hand, it is Miorine who grew up in a society where same-sex relationships are normal, common and accepted. On the other hand, there is Suletta who was raised, essentially by a Gundam himself. Accordingly, the relationship begins with an “arranged” relationship. The issue is not focused on the fact that Suletta and Miroine are both women, but rather on whether their personalities can work well together. It’s a small but mature tweak of the “relationship model” that allows viewers personal dynamics between the two instead of gender.

What the fans have discovered is that regardless of gender, there is chemistry between Suletta and Miorine. It combines all the simple complexities – push and pull – usually found in the most healthy and loving relationships, like those between Ichigo and Orihime. It’s no wonder fandom finds this Mobile Suit Gundam: The witch from Mercury couple so irresistible.

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Mobile Suit Gundam: The witch from Mercury is now available to watch on Crunchyroll.

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