It hasn’t been all that long since Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans premiered on Japanese TV, and now it has a manga adaptation that just launched this Monday.

The manga, which was launched in the December issue of Kadaokawa’s Monthly Gundam Ace, credits Kazuma Isobe and Hajime Yatate (aka, the Sunrise animation staff) and Yoshiyuki Tomino to be behind the original work.

The first chapter is to contain 63 pages with three colour pages. ComicWalker will also be serializing the series online, with the online manga also launching at the same time. We should probably mention that both the manga and the anime will be following roughly the same storyline, so you could likely watch/read both and still be getting the same thing.

Here’s the synopsis as described by Anime Consortium Japan (ACJ):

There was once a great conflict known as the “Calamity War.” Roughly 300 years have passed since the end of this war.

The Earth Sphere had lost its previous governing structure, and a new world was created under new systems of government. While a temporary peace had arrived, the seeds of a new conflict were being sown in the Mars Sphere, far away from Earth.

Our hero, a boy named Mikazuki Augus, belongs to a private security company called Chryse Guard Security (CGS). The company accepts a mission to escort Kudelia Aina Bernstein, a girl who seeks to liberate the Martian city of Chryse from the rule of one of Earth’s major powers. However, the military organization Gjallarhorn attacks CGS in order to nip this rebellion in the bud. CGS begins an evacuation, using Mikazuki and the other children as decoys.

Orga Itsuka, the leader of the boys, decides to take this opportunity to rise up in revolt and launch a coup d’état against the adults who have been oppressing them. He gives Mikazuki the task of repulsing Gjallarhorn, and Mikazuki enters battle using the Gundam Barbatos, a mobile suit from the Calamity War era which has been serving as CGS’s power source.

So which would you enjoy more? the TV series or reading the manga? let us know in the comments below.