PS2 Gundam SEED pic
Famitsu has more pics of Owaranai Asu E.
Japanese SDGF GBA site
The nicely done official Japanese site for the SD Gundam Force GBA game is now also up. Two streaming movies can be viewed.
MS IGLOO promo movie
The official MS IGLOO site now hosts a streaming, Windows media format promo for the work. There's a broadband version as well as the required postage stamp-sized narrowband version.
Toru Furuya appearances
Toru Furuya's homepage mentions that on August 8th, he'll be appearing at the Akihabara Oriental Comic Theater as part of a Gundam talk show event. Though details aren't decided, it seems an easy guess that this will be tied into the theater's 25th anniversary Gundam film screenings.
He'll also be appearing at the International Character＆Hobby Collection (the combo Hobby Expo + C3 event) at the Kadokawa booth on either August 21st or 22nd.
Not that this is really news...
This doesn't give any insight into the SEED Destiny thing but another domain search shows that gundam-seed-destiny.com is also registered by a rather famous individual. I guess Mr. Yamato didn't receive enough royalties from Sunrise?
US Gundam games sites
On Bandaigames.com, there's pages up for the upcoming domestic Gundam games:
Gundam Battle Assault 3: Featuring Gundam Seed (PS2)
Gundam SEED: Battle Assault (GBA)
SD Gundam Force: Showdown! (PS2)
SD Gundam Force (GBA)
Thanks to A.C.E on Gundam Watch for pointing this out.
PS2 SEED game info
Gundam Ace and Famitsu had more info about this game.
- Will feature the multi-lock on, which was seen in Encounter in Space game.
- Play as Kira Yamato or Athrun Zala.
- The general flow of the game - Opening anime, mission briefing, mission, then the ending anime.
- Stirke, Aegis, Freedom, M1 Astray, Moebis Zero, Blitz, Duel, and Buster are confirmed at the moment.
Famitsu.com has a screen cap of the game.
Kenichi Matsumura interview
The August issue of Gundam Ace contained a Zeta movie staff interview with Kenichi Matsumura. In the past, he has worked on series like King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final as assistant producer, and Argento Soma and Witch Hunter Robin as a producer. He is currently working on the Zeta movie as a producer.
Q: The previously rumored Zeta movie is finally underway. Did this year being the 25th anniversary have anything to do with it?
Matsumura : This year being the 25th anniversary wasn't the only reason behind it. Last year, Mr. Tomino's TV series (Overman King Gainer) finally ended and the biggest reason was Mr. Tomino's feelings towards Zeta.
Q: For this movie production, did Director Tomino demand anything from the staff?
Matsumura: Instead of demands, he told us to be prepared. Since we are reorganizing a 20-year-old-series and adding new scenes, he told us, "Don't let this being 20-years-old imprison you." Besides making this movie fit with the 20-year-old Zeta, we were told to create this like a movie of today. As for the staff, it's mostly centered around people I know.
Q: Regarding the staff, you didn't organize the people who worked on the series for the movie?
Matsumura: I started off by hiring people I worked with in the past. Therefore, a lot of them don't have any experience with Zeta Gundam. We do have staff members like Naoyuki Onda and Morifumi Naka, who have worked on the TV series. We also have other former TV production members like Shigeaki Saegusa for music and Sadayoshi Fujino as the sound director. The new Zeta Gundam has a good balance of old and new staff.
Q: The main focus of the movie will be about the new scenes. How much of Part 1 "Inheritor of Stars" will be new scenes? Overall, how much air time does that translate to?
Matsumura: Part 1 will be about 90 minutes long and things will develop in a very good tempo. The new scenes will be about 1/3 of the movie. Director Tomino is personally re-editing the TV series footage using computer editing software. Usually the whole scale is decided during continuity, then the rest is "rush and cutting". However this time, the director would make a compilation of the footage, then feedback it to the continuity where overall scale and changes will take place. Finally, we would decide on what new scenes are needed.
Q: There are differences in the quality and animation today compared to 20 years ago. Is the staff having any difficulties with the new scenes?
Matsumura: In terms of animation, there was a lot of doubt. Today's art styles are different. Besides the difference in quality, you can experience a major gap in the drawing's feeling. In the beginning, there was a lot of doubt about how to draw them so it can be added on. As the production went on, the director's advice and each animator's strong tenacity resulted in the quality of the animation settling. The new scenes try to reflect the TV series' style while maintaining the movie's high quality. If you tried to follow the picture's change, you can probably tell which is new or old. We tried to make it unnoticeable if you followed the story. Necessary new scenes were added depending on how the story unfolded. As for the old animation, adjusting it from the TV format to widescreen was more than just cutting the top and bottom parts out. Lots of time was spent reflecting the anime direction design, fine tuning each cut, and making images clearer. I hope they will notice those parts as well.
Q: Finally, do you have a message for the anticipating fans?
Matsumura: This is a new Zeta Gundam with several original movie scenes and new BGM featuring Dolby Digital 5.1ch added. Of course, the characters and episodes will share common ground with the TV series, but it should distinguish itself as a movie. Please look forward to its completion.
Astray Blue Frame promo info UPDATED
Gundam Ace lists the following as staff:
Director - Katsuyoshi Yatabe
Script Writer - Tomohiro Chiba
And these as the cast:
Gai Murakumo - Kazuhiko Inoue (Jerid from Zeta Gundam, Eiji from SPT Layzner)
Loretta Adja - Kumiko Nishihara
Kazahana Adja - Yu Kobayashi
Edward Harrelson (aka Ed The Ripper) - Yasunori Matsumoto (Mellowlink from Armor Hunter Mellowlink, Gourry from Slayers)
Making apperances will be the Blue Frame Second L, GINN High Maneuver, Sword Calamity, and Elijah's GINN. As previously reported, the promo will be about 5 minutes long. Apparently, it'll be out in July.
Gundam Ace tidbits
News from August issue of Gundam Ace
- Sleggar Rowe appears for the first time as Char's squadron begin their attack on Jaburo. Here, Sleggar commands his own GM squadron. MA Adzam appears as well on Zeon's side.
Wind of the Moon: Turn A Gundam Sidestory - Day of Rolan
- Officially starts with this issue. Rolan and Keith meet for the first time near a waffle dessert shop and found themselves again as the new recruits of the Dianna Counter.
- A new series by Masahito Natsumoto, the manga author of the Lost War Chronicles. Here, he will do a manga version of various important UC events. Episode 1 is about Lt. General Revil. Covering the events during the Battle of Loum, his captivity, his escape from Zeon, and to the conclusion of the Antarctic Treaty signing.
Ecole du Ciel
- Part 2 starts with time being forwarded to U.C.0086. Asuna Elmarit joined the remnants of Zeon, which originally attacked her in the end of Part 1.
SEED Special Edition Part 2
- No date was announced, but it will air this summer. (perhaps the 2nd week of August?)
Gundam Best 10 - Your favorite Male characters.
1) Char Aznable - 21234 votes
2) Amuro Ray - 12367
3) Anavel Gato - 7657
4) Kira Yamato - 5456
5) Shiro Amada - 3456
6) Heero Yuy - 3214
7) Kamille Bidan - 2123
8) Athrun Zala - 1232
9) Duo Maxwell - 987
10) Ramba Ral - 876
*Gunota comment - 1 & 2 are no surprises. Gato at 3 is a surprise. Perhaps, a sign that SEED finally lost its momentum?
The Origin - Char & Sayla editon
- For the November issue of Gundam Ace, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko will do a special The Origin manga on the hidden past of Char and Sayla. Yas and Gundam Ace will be accepting your ideas about Char and Sayla's past, which maybe used for this special manga story.
Zeta Movie info
From the August issue of Gundam Ace, Kenichi Matsumura, one of the producers for Zeta movie, has revealed the first movie will be around 90 minutes in length and it will feature Dolby Digital 5.1ch sounds as well.
Bandai Museum Edition HGUC MS IGLOO Mass Production type Fully Armed Zaku II
HGUC MS IGLOO Zaku II was first mentioned here in this post, which mentioned it was only available by purchasing advanced tickets of MS IGLOO show. Fans who missed that opportunity can buy the Bandai Museum Edition HGUC MS IGLOO Mass Production type Fully Armed Zaku II. The model kit is priced at 1800 yen and comes with MS IGLOO decals. Like the name suggests, this will be available only at the Bandai Museum starting July 19.
MS IGLOO Web online
Sunrise's official site for MS IGLOO is now online. Contents include a characters & mechanics section and an area with downloadable flyers and a yet-to-come streaming portion.
Character Model magazine to end
According to Pam's HP, the seasonal release of Character Model magazine by Kadokawa Shoten will end this year. In its place a new magazine titled, "Gunner", will be published by Kadokawa. This magazine will combine the contents of Character Model magazine and Gundam Goods Ace publication. The "Gundam FIX GALUTION" corner covered in the Character Model magazine will move to Gundam Ace. "Gunner" is scheduled to come out in November.
Starting next month, ToyBook will release "Gundam Operation -Jaburo-". Priced at 1280 yen each, ToyBook will release total of 6 volumes for Operation Jaburo. Each release will come with a toy figure, diorama, and a booklet. This release will exactly follow the same style as ToyBook's previous release, Gundam Operation A Baoa Qu. Animate Internet has the pics of the toy figures. For the first release, fans can re-enact the infamous Char's Z'gok piercing through a GM scene.
Harutoshi Fukui TV appearance
Harutoshi Fukui, author of 1 of 2 Turn A Gundam novelizations, will appear as guest on the "Bakushou-Mondai no Susume" TV show. The show will come on the air on NTV at 12:10am June 28. "Bakushou-Mondai no Susume" is the same show where Yoshiyuki Tomino appeared with him drawing a pic of Char Aznable.
Largest Gundam specialty shop to open in Osaka UPDATED
The other day, various Japanese news sites reported the impending opening of "Gundam's", which will be Japan's largest speciality shop devoted to Gundam goods. Joshin Denki, a large electronics retailer, announced that Gundam's will be in an approximately 330 sq. meter area that will open on July 10th in Nipponbashi, Osaka. The front of the building will be adorned with an 18-meter tall, full-body rendition of a Gundam (that's full size) and the side will have the upper body of Zaku II with a billboard. The first floor will have things like DVD's and game software while the second floor will be devoted to plamo. Business hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Joshin Denki estimates that the proceeds for the current fiscal year will be about 300 million yen.
EDIT: Thanks to Pam's Homepage for making this a bit clearer to me: the store exists but is quadrupling its floor space and adding the Gundam and Zaku II for a re-opening.
And the title of the SEED sequel is...?
Thanks to the detective work of darkhunger, it'd seem that the SEED sequel has a name: Gundam SEED Destiny. While this isn't the same as an official announcement, I'll note that this is pretty much exactly how the title of Gundam SEED was originally confirmed as well.
HLJ Shizuoka vids
HobbyLink Japan has the Sci-Fi Models vid up in their Shizuoka Hobby Show video section.
SEED 2 tidbit from Tokyo Toy Show
According to this report from Tokyo Toy Show 2004, a man in charge of Gundam at Bandai's new head office said that Gundam SEED 2 will succeed Full Metal Alchemist.
SDGF 3rd OP audio clip
A clip of SD Gundam Force's 3rd opening song, "Taiyou Ni Kogarete" by Harebare, can be heard on Sony Music Online Japan's site.
Pics of the GFF F90 and F91 showed up on Japanese boards.
For those who don't check the site often, UniversalCentury.net has been updating its screenshot archive pretty regularly over the past month.
SEED Special Editions II & III UPDATED
Bandai Visual's Digital Beat site put up some details and pics for the DVD releases. It mentions that the second SE covers up to the destruction of Orb.
Bandai Visual's site also has a pic of the DVD cover for the first SE.
Gundam 25th Anniversary theatrical screenings
The Akihabara Oriental Comic Theater, Tokyo's brand new, one-screen theater dedicated entirely to showing anime of all formats, will be screening several Gundam features to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the franchise. From July 17th to August 14th, they'll be showing the MSG movie trilogy, Char's Counterattack, and Gundam F91. Additionally, they'll also be showing Ideon: A Contact and Ideon: Be Invoked from August 1st to August 14th.
Bit more on the new PS2 Gundam SEED
The advance order page on LaLaBit Market for the just-announced PS2 SEED game has one or two more screenshots. Pam's Homepage also mentions it'll have 40 minutes worth of new anime scenes.
Tetsujin 28 licensed
A press release from Geneon the other day announcing Appleseed also mentioned in passing that Tetsujin 28 has been licensed as well. This seems to be the 2004 Yasuhiro Imagawa-directed series.
SEED MSV guide book
Coming out July 12th from Mediaworks is Gundam The Selection Vol. 11: Gundam SEED-MSV Perfect Guide. It's described as having a complete MS encyclopedia, the genealogy chart, an introduction to all the characters and other material that fans have been wanting.
Zeta Gundam limited edition DVD boxset price
Previews lists the retail price of the Zeta boxset as $199.98.
Tamashii Web update
Tamashii Web has updated with pics and details of the upcoming Radio Control Guntank. The 1/144 scale R/C Guntank will come in 2 other color type designed by Kunio Okawara. The desert color and forest color. Up to 8 players can play at once. The remote control includes a LCD monitor, displaying damage and ammo, and sounds featuring Bright, Hayato, and various sound effects. Gimmicks like pullback action are featured when players use the Bopp Missiles. The controller acts as a battery charger for the Guntank as well (10 minutes of charging will give players about 10 minutes worth playing time).
New Gundam SEED PS2 game announced
Famitsu reports that a new action-shooting game entitled "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Owaranai Asu E" ("Towards An Endless Tomorrow", same title as the final ep of the TV series) is going to be released in the Fall. Price is given as 7,140 yen. The production team is said to be the same as the one that worked on "Encounters In Space" for the PS2. Lots of side story characters and MS are to appear.
This would seem to be a different game than the one mentioned on NCSX's site last month.
SD Gundam Force new character
Another magazine scan from Comic Bon Bon gives the first look at a new character: Professor Gerbera, Dark Axis' foremost technical chief.
Tomino x Fukui interview
The current issue of Gundam Ace contained a 9-page long interview with Yoshiyuki Tomino by writer Harutoshi Fukui as part of the Zeta Gundam Movie announcement. However, only 2 pages involved Gundam directly. The rest was centered around current world politics (Iraq War, nationalism, and 9/11). Below is the portion of the interview which did relate to Gundam. Some spoilers for the Zeta TV series are present.
The link between the Zeta Gundam movie version and the current world.
Fukui: Changing our topic to the movie version of Zeta. Did any of these (current world) issues we touched on serve as a hint for this Zeta?
Tomino: Yes. It relates to what I was thinking after they offered for me to do a movie version of Zeta.
During the TV version, I was reluctant since I felt like "I have to do another Gundam." I wanted to make 2-3 more hits after Mobile Suit Gundam, but wasn't able to because of a lack of strength. I was disappointed to feel "Is this all I have?" and also because of problems within the production environment, a relationship difficulty with Nippon Sunrise (now Sunrise). TV anime business people can only think about making shows that make money. It's not a bad thing, but I was shameful about settling into that. In that shamefulness, I decided to do what I wanted to do with Zeta by using the "Gundam" name. In other words, implementing a message, "You become dumber by watching anime all the time", into your series. It's dangerous to apply things from anime into the real world. So to slip that message in, you have to do it through the main character and maybe people will understand. The end result was that Kamille goes crazy.
Encouraging the TV anime generation to part with TV anime, in other words creating an antithesis against TV anime within a TV anime, that's what I did. The memory of just creating Zeta one way or another left a bad impression on me. However, 20 years later, I now like TV anime because of Zeta. To me, that's my stupid side coming out.
Kamille became crazy because I wanted to leave a message, but some people thought "TV anime is a medium in which you can do these kind of things." They're right about it, too. There are lots of works of art where the main character goes crazy in the story.
F: I agree.
T: Nothing you can do about it when they say that. I understand that's how a work (series) is seen. 6-7 years ago, I had an offer to do a Zeta movie. Of course, it disappeared while I was reluctant to reply. This time, I decided to accept the offer because 9/11 happened. The other reason was personally myself. After doing Turn A and Overman King Gainer, I thought now is a good time to do Zeta.
The movie version will be compiled into 3 parts. Once I started on it, I worked on the content of the first movie then edited it together with the DVD footage. I said, "Wow, this is great!" I have not decided how it will end ultimately yet.
F: It won't follow the TV version?
T: I decided this much after the first one: The ending is going to be (Note: a bit of a spoiler for the end of the movies here) the reverse of the TV version. Kamille's ending will be happy. If I decide to release something that's a counter against society, there will be some who misunderstand it. If I said this anime is just entertainment, I feel a lot better.
If I do it this way, TV anime or even robot anime won't create any misunderstandings. This is why the movie version of Zeta will have a 'vigorous' Kamille. I have no doubt about this. I came to this conclusion while working on the first part. In fact, I completed the first part with Kamille becoming envigored. This is Kamille's story. I used that as the foundation for the movie. This resulted with it being enjoyable and great. I was surprised. As I let go of my stress, I became relieved. What a rush. This is how entertainment should be. It gives hope. I don't want to see a story where there's no tomorrow.
Which finally brings us to the connection with Iraq. Muhammad started Islam and rejected worshipping idols. I was able to understand why he did this. He's saying to end dangerous lifestyles where you can't tell the difference between living in reality or playing around. This is why Muhammad outlawed this. By creating an idol, each tribe makes their own god, which leads to killing each other.
How does this story tie in with Zeta? You have idols like Kamille, Char, and Amuro. Now those idols are joined together. In terms of film theory, this would be a grand format. It looks like I can make a story where a group exists in which everyone in this world gets together doing something.
F: That part deals with the nationalism we discussed.
T: Yes, exactly. The most important point when I made Zeta was that the characters who appeared in Mobile Suit Gundam had aged. Who in this anime business world would do such a bothersome thing? I did that in Zeta. People such as "10 years ago, I was fighting as Char. Now I have become older." appeared and you had young people saying, "Amuro-san was a hero." (Note: Tomino's describing characters who grew up inbetween the two series by using general dialogue they spouted in the show rather than simply stating their names. In this case, Char and Katz.)
F: Everyone believes this is what makes Zeta enjoyable.
T: Wonderful. Lots of characters appeared in the TV version, which was tiresome back then. Now it becomes a weapon. No one was more surprised than myself. Initially, I had planned to eliminate some semi-regulars to summarize it, but no one got left out. Having everyone there results with good organization.
F: Like there are many countries and ethnics, accepting each as individuals.
T: It's useless for me to be saying selfish things in order to reconcile it. It's ok for everyone to be there and it looks like it'll be that way.
F: This is similar to seeing things from another point of view.
T: I'm planning to slowly unfold the story. Perhaps one or two might go away. For that I hope they forgive me, but fundamentally I can't leave anyone out.
F: The last part of the TV series, characters died left and right...
T: They are going to die. I didn't leave out any important episodes. People are going to die because they were there. If they weren't there, they can't die.
F: Better that they're there than not.
T: They have to be there. If they were left out originally, they can't even die. But everyone is there. Even though I hold the authority as the original author, I can't leave them out. In those terms, this is a superb story.
SD Gundam Force eps 27-30 tidbits
A Japanese magazine scan gives the first real glimpses at the new season of SD Gundam Force.
Episode 27: "Breaking In! Dark Axis"
Description: "In order to undertake a rescue from Lacroa, the Gundamusai departs to a different dimension!"
Main characters: Gerbera, Kibaomaru, Genkimaru
Episode 28: "Three Ways" (or "Three Methods", "Three Roads", etc.)
Description: "It's been decided that the mysterious Genkimaru will join up on the journey?!"
Main characters: Captain Gundam, Genkimaru, Zero, Bakunetsumaru
Episode 29: "Sure Win Technique Sealed!? The Miracle Of The Minovs Sea Border"
Description: "Cobramaru appears on the Gundamusai as it wanders between dimensions!"
Main characters: Captain Gundam, Bakunetsumaru, Cobramaru
Episode 30: "Revival! We're The Leads!?"
Description: "Zapper's gang begins a takeover of the Gundamusai!"
Main characters: Zapper Zaku, Grappler Gouf, Destroyer Dom
SEED Special Edition event
According to Pam's HP, Bandai/Sunrise is planning a SEED SE event in Tokyo and Osaka. The four main seiyuu (voice actor/actress) are scheduled to appear as guests. They are Souichiro Hoshi (Kira Yamato), Akira Ishida (Athrun Zara), Rie Tanaka (Lacus Clyne), and Naomi Shindou (Cagalli Yula Athha). The event will include an airing of Part 3 titled, "Rumbling Universe", and a talkshow with the guests. Date and Time for each city are:
Tokyo - Sep 5, 3pm-6pm
Osaka - Sep 11, 3pm-6pm
Tickets are given away by a random drawing by fans submitting a postcard.
MG IGLOO HGUC Zaku
Bandai Museum's site has some pics of the HGUC Zaku that comes with advance tickets for MS IGLOO.
SD Gundam Force game
Famitsu.com has a brief article regarding about the upcoming SD Gundam Force game for GBA platform. The article metions players control Captain Gundam, Bakunetsumaru, and Zero the Winged Knight. Price is listed at 5400 yen scheduled for August release.
HLJ Shizuoka Hobby Show videos
HobbyLink Japan is posting video footage from this year's Shizuoka Hobby Show. Nothing anime-related up yet but more updates are in the works.
SD Gundam Force season 2 broadcast info
Monocle on Gundam Watch's forums posted a press release from Bandai regarding SDGF. One portion says:
"Come this July, season 2 of SD Gundam Force will debut on Cartoon Network and Bandai America will unveil its new collection of toys. Snap together action figures, collectible miniatures, 5” figures, vehicles and playsets will all be available based on characters from the new season."
So, even assuming that it premieres after the Japanese broadcast of season 2 begins the same month, a likely weekday slot for the new season on CN would obviously outpace the weekly Japan eps pretty quickly. Good news for fans here after all.
Alternate Universe Gundam closes
As mentioned by The Word: Finder, Professor Daravon's fine Alternate Universe Gundam resource site has shutdown.
The official SEED MSV site updated with a few new MS: the M1A Astray and, making the transition from Hobby Japan contest winner to MSV canon, the Lightning pack.
And, for anyone still holding out on officially official confirmation about the 2nd and 3rd SEED Special Editions, Sunrise's site finally made mention of the DVD releases. Details (titles, release dates, choice of two types of boxes with the final SE, price) match earlier reports. It's mentioned that "Dawn Becomes Distant" will be broadcast sometime in the Summer.
Zeta Movie scans from Newtype
The July issue of Newtype contained a total of 5 screen shots from the Zeta movie. 3 of them were already shown in Studio Voice magazine earlier.
Quick summary of the Newtype article:
The movie will be in the widescreen format.
It will focus on Kamille's growth where you will see less of him rebelling against adults, being more optimistic, and generally being a good boy. Additional footage of his daily life will be included.
Rest of the article focused on the "Aging Effect", which was previously covered in Hobby Japan and Gundam Ace.
Scans courtesy of Gunota.
Hizack on Salamis' deck with ballute
Last note: The preview section for the Aug issue of Newtype mentions that there's an important story for everyone regarding SEED. Perhaps, the first announcement of the SEED sequel by an anime magazine? Stay tuned.
Zeta Gundam movies staff & cast
A poster on Char Custom Classic@2Ch's ongoing Zeta movies discussion thread put up a staff & cast listing taken from the July issue of Animedia. Most of the original main voice cast from the TV series is accounted for. For the sake of being completest though, here they are:
Original work/Scenario/Storyboards/Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Original plan: Hajime Yatate
Character designer: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Mechanical designer: Kunio Okawara, Kazumi Fujita
Character animation director: Naoyuki Onda
Mechanical animation director: Morifumi Naka
Art: Junichi Higashi, Masatoshi Kai
Music: Shigeaki Saegusa
Sound director: Sadayoshi Fujino
Char Aznable: Shuuichi Ikeda
Kamille Bidan: Nobuo Tobita
Bright Noa: Hirotaka Suzuoki
Emma Sheen: Maya Okamoto
Reccoa Londe: Masako Katsuki
Fa Yuiri: Satomi Arai
Jerid Messa: Kazuhiko Inoue
Bask Om: Daisuke Gouri
Paptimus Scirocco: Bin Shimada
Amuro Ray: Toru Furuya
The only real notable at the moment is that Miyuki Matsuoka looks to have been replaced by Satomi Arai for the role of Fa Yuiri.
Another Harutoshi Fukui novel being filmed
It was announced today that a Harutoshi Fukui book, "Boukoku No Aegis" (Eng. title "Aimless Aegis", though the name is more literally "Aegis Of A Ruined Country"), is being turned into a movie. The story is about an Aegis warship with bio-chemical weapons on board that becomes occupied by terrorists and the two members of the crew who have to fight them. Directed by Junji Sakamoto, the cast includes Hiroyuki Sanada (Ring, The Last Samurai), Akira Terao (Ran), and Koichi Satou (Rasen, Whiteout). The budget is said to be 1 billion yen ($9 million) and it comes out in Japan next Fall.
Another Fukui novel, "Shuusen no Lorelei" ("Lorelei Of The End Of The War"), was previously announced back in December as being adapted into a film. Fukui is a best-selling writer and an associate of Yoshiyuki Tomino as well as the author of one of two novelizations of Turn A Gundam.
Bit more SDGF
Something sure to make ship design fans cringe in horror: the Battleship Gundamusai. Thanks to Hellcat Gundam over at Toonzone for checking HLJ more often than I do.
Bit more MS IGLOO
Softbank Games put up another article on the upcoming MS IGLOO with a previously unseen pic or two. The screenplay for the work is credited to Asahide Okuma (Gundam 0083) and Hiroshi Onogi (Zeta Gundam, Green Divers, Macross Zero, etc.).
Zambot 3 mecha designer interview
Toybox DX posted an interview with Studio Nue's Kazutaka Miyatake (Dunbine, Macross, Orguss) on how the design for the Zambot 3 came about.
Captain Gundam upgrade 2?
Interesting pic of a new Captain Gundam figure on Hobby Net. The caption says "Hyper Mode start-up! Final body Captain visits!!" HobbyLink Japan refers to it as the "Hyper Captain".
Bandai A-Kon news
News from Animeondvd.com regarding Bandai's panel at this weekend's A-Kon: Zeta Gundam is coming this September, which gels with an old report from February .
Also, they seem to have confirmed that they have the license for Overman King Gainer. News like this deserves a Super Flaming Tomino Head as well as a Monkey Tomino.
Finally, they mentioned that some later volumes of Gundam SEED will have Limited Editions as well.