Mecha anime fans who are looking for something different ought to watch Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury online.
While many Gundam series are all about war drama, The Witch from Mercury includes an element of (unofficially lesbian) school romance. Of course, the mecha battles are still there (in the form of duels). But you also get corrupt corporate politics, and the ethical pitfalls of Gundam technology.
We can help you find this series. We will also explain how to use a VPN to watch anime.
About the Series
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury doesn’t take place in the primary Universal Century timeline.
So, forget what you know about Zeon, the Red Comet, etc. Even the Gundams are technically GUND-ARMS, space medical technology adapted for combat use (but often mistrusted and banned).
Similar to previous Gundam series, Witch from Mercury (nicknamed G-Witch) features factions of Earthians (humans from Earth), and space colony Spacians. In addition, various powerful corporations are involved.
The witch in G-Witch is Suletta Mercury. In this series, “witch” is used to describe illicit Gundam pilots. As others have pointed out, some scenes even symbolically resemble metaphorical “witch trials.”
In the beginning, Suletta transfers to the Asticassia School of Technology, a corporate school for mecha pilots and mechanics. She turns out to be an unusually good mecha pilot. This leads to suspicion, and other complications. (Her past is also a major spoiler.)
Suletta soon develops a relationship with Miorine Rembran, the tsundere daughter of a company president. Their relationship is often sad and rocky, as they face difficult situations which pull them apart.
Like most Gundam series, Witch from Mercury is “anime-first,” rather than adapted from a manga or light novel. Season 1 ran from October 2022 to January 2023; while Season 2 ran from April to July 2023. The series has 25 episodes, including the Prologue.
Online reviews have been mixed. Some Gundam fans loved the school setting, politics, and the romantic plot. Others hated the school romance with its frequent downer moments, and wanted more battles.
List of Places to Watch Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury
- Netflix Singapore
- GundamInfo (YouTube)
- Apple TV
- Amazon Prime Video
Note: All of these are legal, licensed websites. You will find no pirates here.
Where to Watch Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury
You can find G-Witch at Netflix Singapore. Netflix Japan also has it, but without any translation.
If you’re outside Singapore, you will need a good VPN, such as NordVPN, to watch. Here’s how:
How to Watch Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury Anywhere in the World
This method works on both desktop PCs and mobile phones or tablets.
- Purchase (or start a free trial) of a VPN. I can confirm that NordVPN works for this purpose.
- In the settings, choose Singapore as your location.
- Fire up the VPN and wait for it to do its magic
- Once you’re connected, navigate to Netflix (browser or app)
- Search “Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury” in the Netflix search bar and you should see the anime pop up.
Enjoy! Please note that if your Netflix library doesn’t update to reflect the country you selected in your VPN, you may have to clear the Netflix cache first and try again.
To do this on mobile, go to settings -> apps -> Netflix -> clear cache. To do this on PC, you have to clear the cache in your web browser.
I’ve had no trouble using this method and I still use NordVPN to watch anime from various Netflix country libraries daily.
- A good selection of anime and non-anime content
- Good language choices
- Geo-locked in most places
Languages: Japanese with English, Malay, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese subtitles.
Price: Basic with ads, $6.99/ month. Basic: $9.99/ month. Standard: $15.49/ month. Premium: $19.99.
GundamInfo, the official English-language YouTube channel for all things Gundam-related, has the series.
If you’re in the United States, you can watch most episodes, except episodes 23-24. (Note: At least, that was the case in September 2023.) If you want those episodes, you will need a VPN to link to Singapore.
The entire series is geo-locked in Japan.
- Free episodes
- A lot of Gundam content
- Some episodes are geo-locked
Languages (in the U.S.): Japanese with subtitles in English, Chinese (Taiwan), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Hong Kong), French, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese. YouTube also has an (unreliable) Auto-Translate option.
If you already subscribe to Crunchyroll, you might as well watch Gundam on Crunchyroll. The language options include several dubbed versions.
If Crunchyroll is geo-locked in your area, we have some tips which may help.
- A huge library of recent and classic anime
- Good language options
- Geo-locked in some areas
Languages: Audio: Japanese, English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Hindi. Subtitles: English, German, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, and Hindi.
Price: Free, limited viewing is available for some shows. $7.99 for “fan” level; $9.99 for “mega fan”; and $14.99 for “ultimate fan.”
4. Apple TV
Apple TV has season 1 of The Witch from Mercury.
- A good selection of content
- First season only
- Buying can get expensive
Languages: English dubbed
Price: $2.99 per episode, or $26.99 for the complete season.
Amazon has several versions. Subtitled and dubbed versions are sold separately:
- Original Japanese Version, in Japanese with subtitles. This version does not include the Prologue episode. As of September 2023, it also doesn’t include all of season 2.
- Simuldub, in English (dubbed). This version includes the Prologue, and all of season 2.
- A decent library of content
- Buying episodes
- Subtitled version is incomplete
Languages: Japanese with English subtitles; or English dubbed.
Price: $1.99 per SD episode; $2.99 for HD episodes. Full season (1 or 2), Original Japanese Version: $18.99 for SD; $23.99 for HD. Season 1, Simuldub: $17.99 for SD; or $26.99 for HD. Full season 2, Simuldub: $18.99 for SD; or $23.99 for HD.
At least one of these choices should be the right one for you. With our VPN tips, you should be able to watch The Witch from Mercury from anywhere on Earth.