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Monday, October 31, 2005
Zeta I comes in at #1 on DVD
Oricon states that Zeta I: Heirs To The Stars was the #1 movie released on DVD this past week with sales of 98,000 copies, beating out 21 other new titles to rank in the top 30.

SEED DESTINY Vol. 9 came in at #3 with 44,000 copies sold. All volumes released so far have made it into the top 6 with Vol. 9 being the 5th to rank in the top 3.
Zeta II comes in at #5
According to, Zeta II Lovers came in at #5 last weekend at the Japanese box office.
Meromero Battle Royale Z official site update
The official site for the Keroro Gunsou PS2 game put up more content.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Zeta II - Lovers thoughts
Story - Unlike the first movie, the second was fast-paced. The film immediately starts off without an opening roll and does not stop until the ending credits. Viewers with no prior knowledge of Zeta may come out thinking the movie is too disjointed.

Animation - Again telling apart the new and old was easy, but they were blended better. The characters this time looked more natural and had better facial expression.

Seiyuu (VA) - The biggest uproar regarding the second movie before it even premiered was the new VA for Four (Yukana) and Sarah (Chizuru Ikewaki). Yukana Four came out well. As for Ikewaki Sarah, Mizutani's performance in the TV version was way better. The tone of the voice was too odd for Sarah. Beltorchika, even though performed by the same person, was a bit different. She sounded softer in the movie.

Zeta III promo - The Tokyo Fanta premiere did not have a Zeta III promo, but the nation-wide theatrical release came with a short trailer at the end of the movie. Briefly narrated, the promo was all new animation. With how the second movie played out, all indications are that the Kilimanjaro/Dakar arc will be removed. Amuro's name was not on the Zeta III poster (Char, Kamille, Haman, and Scirocco are the four listed). Recent interviews indicate the movie is not finished and audio recordings by the actors have yet to take place.

Plot (spoiler alert)
Movie immediately starts off with Beltorchika arriving at Audhumla. Char and Amuro help bring her in. The weakened Amuro elements were removed. The Hickory and San Francisco battles were combined into one (Amuro takes out Asshimar and Kamille's Mk-II takes out Rosamia's Gaplant).

Most of the Hong Kong arc remained minus the part Mirai is taken as hostage. Here, they introduce the new twist that Wong Lee and Stephanie are father and daughter. Ben Wooder indeed shoots Four in the head at point blank range.

In space, Operation Apollo (ep 23), Reccoa infiltrating Jupitris (ep 28), and Titans gassing Side 2 (ep 29) were removed. Jamitov appeared for the first time and was annoyed at Bask (who did not appear at all) for commencing the colony drop on Granada. Jamaican did not die, however he did not appear after the colony drop (perhaps he was killed off like Roberto?). Scirocco's rank in the movie is Taisa (same as Bask) which is a huge jump from the TV version (Taii). Henken is more assertive in the movie as he tries to win the heart of Emma. The movie ends with an army of Gaza C storming into the battle between AEUG (Argama) and Titans (Scirocco's Dogos Gear). The Titans are repelled and the Argama is escorted to Axis.
First glimpses at Zeta III
From the Zeta II movie pamphlet
Hyaku Shiki
The O
Z III official title
Promotional images circulating around reveal the official English title of the third Zeta Gundam movie is "Love Is The Pulse Of The Stars".

Official site now has a pic of the poster.
Info from Tsutaya Online is that SEED DESTINY Suit CD 9 will be entitled "Athrun Zala x Infinite Justice Gundam". The release date is given as 2006.
2006 Banpresto prize items
From GA Graphic.
Customize Mobile Suit Selection 3
Customize Mobile Suit Selection 3 (2nd pic)
SEED DESTINY Heroine DX Figure 3: Lunamaria Hawke
SEED DESTINY Heroine DX Figure 3: Lacus Clyne

Gundam series 1/72 scale Assembled Sofubi Mobile Suits 1
Gundam series 1/72 scale Assembled Sofubi Mobile Suits 2
Real Figure Keyholders Z-MSV Edition
Genkina Haro Voice Calculator
Mobile Suit Gundam Big Objects
Gundam Aggressive Pose Figures
Gundam Aggressive Pose Figures (2nd pic)
Gundam takes the top 2 spot
Oricon lists Zeta I at #1 and SEED DESTINY 9 at #2 for the overall daily DVD rankings.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Tomino Interviews
Couple Tomino interviews are now available on the web. First, the official Zeta site put up the 2nd half of the Tomino interview. Over at Apple's site, Tomino talks about how Apple's Final Cut Pro enabled him to work on the Zeta trilogy. Thanks to CF-18 for pointing out the last interview.
Zeta Gundam Ace Power Rankings
From Zeta Gundam Ace 002

Top 10 Characters
1) Quattro Bageena
2) Kamille Bidan
3) Emma Sheen
4) Amuro Ray
5) Four Murasame
6) Haman Karn
7) Yazan Gable
8) Jerid Mesa
9) Paptimus Scirocco
10) Henken Bekkener

Top 10 MS
1) Zeta Gundam
2) Hyaku Shiki
3) Gundam Mk-II
4) Rick Dias
5) Qubeley
6) Marasai
7) Asshimar
8) Gaplant
9) The O
10) Hizack

To other related news, Zeta Gundam Ace 003 will come out in late Feb (25th?), which means Zeta III will premiere on March 4th going head to head against Doraemon at theatres.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
MAHQ downtime
Chris Guanche dropped us a line regarding MAHQ's current status: As MAHQ's server is physically located in South Florida, the site will be down for at least 2 weeks and possibly longer. Chris also requests that people not e-mail him as his access is limited for the time being.
Zeta III
And the official title is "星の鼓動は愛" or something like "The Pulse of the Star is Love". In the Gundam Ace interview, Tomino was going to name the 3rd movie "Three Ways", but changed it after the animators said the name was too Gundam.
Wings of Rean site
Today, the official Wings of Rean site made its content open to the public. Additional info on Asap Suzuki, who is half-American and half-Japanese. To top it off, the official site has a link to Ura-Tomino Blog, which is written by one of the producer after Tomino turned down the offer to do it by himself. The offical site also has the official Wings of Rean blog as well.
Upcoming Merchandise
From HobbyNet:
Zeonography #3009a Z'gok - late Feb, 3864 yen
Zeonography #3009b Z'gok - late Feb, 3864 yen
Cosmic Region Destiny Gundam - late March, 3091 yen
Extended MSiA RX-78 - late Feb, 1890 yen
MSiA NRX-055 Bound Doc - late Feb, 4200 yen
U.C. Arms Gallery Vol 2 - late March, 4788 yen
Voice I-doll Emma Sheen - late Feb, 1890 yen
Voice I-doll Haman Karn - late Feb, 1890 yen
Voice I-doll Quattro Bageena - late Feb, 1890 yen
Lord Of Byston Well Vol. 3 Gedo - Late Mar, 3,940 yen
Monthly Gundam Power Rankings
The post-DESTINY monthly Gundam power rankings in Gundam Ace.

Top 30 Male Characters
1) Kira Yamato - SEED DESTINY
2) Char Aznable - MSG/The Origin/Zeta
3) Athrun Zala - SEED DESTINY
4) Amuro Ray - MSG/The Origin/Zeta
5) Kamille Bidan - Zeta Gundam
6) Shinn Asuka - SEED DESTINY
7) Anavel Gato - 0083
8) Quattro Bageena - Zeta Gundam
9) Mu La Flaga - SEED DESTINY
10) Yzak Joule - SEED DESTINY
11) Rey Za Burrel - SEED DESTINY
12) Heine Westenfluss - SEED DESTINY
13) Shiro Amada - 08th MS Team
14) Dearka Elsman - SEED DESTINY
15) Garrod Ran - Gundam X
16) Heero Yuy - Wing
17) Kai Shiden - MSG/The Origin/Zeta
18) Andrew Waltfeld - SEED DESTINY
19) Canard Pars - SEED DESTINY Astray
20) Katz Kobayashi - Zeta Gundam
21) Kou Uraki - 0083
22) Seabook Arno - F91
23) Jerid Mesa - Zeta Gundam
24) Judau Ashta - Gundam ZZ
25) Domon Kasshu - G Gundam
26) Bright Noa - MSG/The Origin/Zeta
27) Bernard Wiseman - 0080
28) Rau Le Creuset - SEED
29) M'quve - MSG
30) Neo Lorrnoke - SEED DESTINY

Top 30 Female Characters:
1) Lacus Clyne - SEED DESTINY
2) Lunamaria Hawke - SEED DESTINY
3) Sayla Mass - MSG/The Origin
4) Cagalli Yula Athha - SEED DESTINY
5) Emma Sheen - Zeta Gundam
6) Meyrin Hawke - SEED DESTINY
7) Stellar Loussier - SEED DESTINY
8) Haman Karn - Zeta Gundam/Portrait Of A Young Comet
9) Four Murasame - Zeta Gundam
10) Murrue Ramius - SEED DESTINY
11) Aina Sahalin - 08th MS Team
12) Meer Campbell - SEED DESTINY
13) Cima Garahau - 0083
14) Matilda Ajan - MSG
15) Flay Allster - SEED
16) Katejina Loos - V Gundam
17) Natarle Badgiruel - SEED
18) Elpeo Ple - Gundam ZZ
19) Lalah Sune - MSG
20) Christina Mackenzie - 0080
21) Roux Louka - Gundam ZZ
22) Miriallia Haw - SEED DESTINY
23) Fraw Bow - MSG/The Origin/Zeta
24) Fa Yuiri - Zeta Gundam
25) Asuna Elmarit - Ecole du Ciel
26) Beltorchika Irma - Zeta Gundam
27) Kycilia Zabi - MSG
28) Sara Zabiarov - Zeta Gundam
29) Shiho Hahnenfuss - SEED DESTINY
30) Chan Agi - CCA

Top 30 MS:
1) Strike Freedom Gundam - SEED DESTINY
2) Infinite Justice - SEED DESTINY
3) Freedom Gundam - SEED DESTINY
4) Zeta Gundam - Zeta Gundam
5) Akatsuki - SEED DESTINY
6) Destiny Gundam - SEED DESTINY
7) Hyaku Shiki - Zeta Gundam
8) Zaku II - MSG/The Origin
9) Legend Gundam - SEED DESTINY
10) Qubeley - Zeta Gundam
11) Nu Gundam - CCA
12) Wing Gundam Zero - Wing: Endless Waltz
13) Gundam - MSG/The Origin
14) Sazabi - CCA
15) Gundam Mk-II - Zeta Gundam
16) Gundam F91 - F91
17) Kämpfer - 0080
18) GM - MSG/The Origin
19) The O - Zeta gundam
20) Gelgoog - MSG
21) ZZ Gundam - Gundam ZZ
22) Asshimar - Zeta Gundam
23) Providence Gundam - SEED DESTINY
24) Strike Rouge - SEED
25) Gouf Custom - The 08th MS Team
26) Zaku I - MSG/The Origin
27) Gouf - MSG/The Origin
29) Acguy - MSG/The Origin
30) Dom - MSG/The Origin
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Japan Robot Festival news
Official Macross site put up an announcement saying Shouji Kawamori, Yutaka Izubuchi, Hideaki Sena, and Takanori Shibata will appear as guest at "Japan Robot Festival in Toyama" on November 5th. They will be discussing the theme, "Study of Modern Robot Design - How are anime and reality linked together!" Macross booth and merchandises by Hasegawa will be on display/available during the 4 day event as well.
Wings Of Rean Bandai press release
Bandai's official site put up a press release, including new pics (better quality here), regarding Wings Of Rean, the first original animated work to be offered through broadband via the Bandai Channel. As had been reported earlier, the series will be 6 episodes total with each new 30-minute episode being released on a monthly basis. Besides the broadband release by Bandai Channel, Bandai Visual plans to release the anime through other media format such as STB (Set Top Box aka cable TV video on demand), PSP (Playstation Portable), and cell phones.

The story outline: Thanks to troublesome apartment-mates Rouri and Kanamoto, who had fired a rocket into an American military base, Asap Suzuki found himself chased by the US Military forces and police. Escaping on a bike, Asap saw a light come from the rising sea. Appearing from within the light, a strange battleship flew into the air. Asap was pulled in by the waves and when he approached the ship, a beautiful girl was onboard. On the feet of the girl, who identified herself as Princess Luxe of Byston Well, were shoes with shining wings. "My father is Shinjiro Sakomizu! Help me, Asap Suzuki!", the girl declared. Asap was perplexed. The girl knew his name upon meeting him for the first time. The ship wasn't the only thing to come from the light. One by one, otherworldly people appeared and Asap was overwhelmed by insect-like machines. The town was engulfed in flames from the ship's bombardment. Upper Earth and Byston Well...the war across two worlds began.

Watch Impress put up an article stating TV broadcast is not yet planned.

On a related note, Bandai Channel opened up a site featuring Tomino, which includes Tomino's filmography.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Modeler's Cup 2005 pics
Bandai Hobby's site is showing off 88 of the entries in the Modeler's Cup 2005 contest as part of their Plamonet prize. The Best 20 entrants are also up as well as pics of another 90.
MS Gundam Battle Typing
Coverage at Game Watch, which includes mention of the limited Char's Zaku Antenna mascot accessory that comes with the game being released on November 11th.
PS2 Alliance vs. ZAFT tidbits
Pics being passed around 2ch show the following SEED DESTINY units along with the respective characters associated with them: Gaia Gundam, Chaos Gundam, Abyss Gundam, Saviour Gundam, Slash Zaku Phantom (Yzak custom), Gunner Zaku Warrior (standard & Lunamaria custom), and Blaze Zaku Phantom (Rey custom). The SEED DESTINY version of Kira is also shown.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
More Wings of Rean info
Bandai Channel will begin ep1 netstream of The Wings of Rean starting Dec 16th. Each episode will cost 525 yen. Voice actors/actress and brief bio of the characters and mecha are now available courtesy of this month's Gundam Ace.

Character (VA)
Asap Suzuki (Jun Fukuyama) - Half-Japanese
Luxe Houjou (Yu Shimamura) - The main heroine of the story. The beautiful young lady of Houjou, the Komon world of Byston Well. Daughter of king, who united the Helicon lands.
Shinjiro Sakomizu (Rikiya Koyama) - Was a Kamikaze pilot during the 2nd World War and entered Byston Well during combat against American forces. Even after 60 years, hard to believe he is 80 years old based on physical looks.
Yahan Rouri (Hiroshi Tsuchida) - Friend of Asap and lives in the same apartment. Has anti-America ideology because of his father being close to Caucasian people.
Heiji Kanamoto (Shingo Tanabe) - Friend of Asap. 3rd generation living in Japan and holds Japanese citizenship. He is good with machines.

Nanajin - The main mecha. The sides sticking out from the back part of the head can serve as storage compartments.
Raiden - Mass-produced Aura Battler used by regular soldiers. 8 meters tall.
Gim Genan - Mass-produced Aura Battler used by the enemies of Raiden.

Jinzan - Old warship. Sister ship 'Renzan' exist as well.
Kintoki - New warship. She and Jinzan carry Raiden onboard.
Aprogena - Old warship. Carries Gim Genan onboard.

The Wings Of Rean - Wonderous shoes that enable one to fly into the air. When flying, wings of light extend outward. The existence of these shoes is the springboard for the tale.
Harutoshi Fukui Gundam
Starting next year, Gundam Ace will feature Gundam novel by Harutoshi Fukui, author of "Shuusen no Lorelei" and "Boukoku no Aegis" novels. Rumors regarding this have been floating around as Fukui recently commented that he hopes the anime version will be ready for Gundam's 30th anniversary.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Harobots Action!! pics put up some pics of the upcoming DS action title "Harobots Action!!", coming in December. It looks to be the same game announced as "Harobots Generation" last week. Various Sunrise mecha-based Haros appear, such as the Layzner Haro shown.
Hazel nameswap
This month's HJ also mentions the HGUC Hazel High Mobility Type is receiving another tentative name change to "Advanced Hazel".
ZGMF-X3000Q Providence Zaku - Next generation model advanced prototype mobile suit.

DESTINY MSV ends this month but next month (January issue), SEED DESTINY MSV Senki by Shigeru Morita begins serialization in Hobby Japan.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Z II couples preview screening UPDATED
MSN-Mainichi Interactive and Cinema Topics Online put up stories covering an advance screening of Zeta II: Lovers held at the Marion Asahi Hall the other day for couples only. 700 people, 350 pairs of men & women, showed up for the event. One woman attending said she wanted to give her recently-hospitalized boyfriend a gift and another was there with her Gundam fan husband for their October wedding anniversary. The guests were Yoshiyuki Tomino, Nobuo Tobita, Shuuichi Ikeda, Toru Furuya, and, through the magic of video, the currently-touring Gackt. Tomino greeted the crowd by saying, "In 25 years of Gundam, I hadn't thought it was possible to have a preview screening of this sort. This is thanks to all of you."

Sunrise put up two images from the event.
R2 Zeta I DVD press release
Bandai Visual put up a press release for the upcoming R2 Zeta I DVD. The press release pretty much confirms what has been reported in the past (53 minutes worth of special footage: Tomino x Gackt interview, Metamorphoze music video, and footage explaining the latest anime production technology). The DVD will also come with discount coupon for Zeta II Lovers to promote the movie.
Zeta Gundam Ace info
Web Newtype put up some information on the 2nd issue of Zeta Gundam Ace coming out Oct 26th. The main feature is the ZII Lovers manga by Kotoni Shiraishi. Other features:
- Manga by Yuichi Hasegawa, Tsukasa Kotobuki, Naoki Karasawa, Kazuhisa Kondo, Hiroyuki Kitazume.
- Nobuo Tobita x Yukana interview
- Shuichi Ikeda x Toru Furuya x Maya Okamoto x Maria Kawamura round table
- Zeta poster by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Haruhiko Mikimoto, and Hiroyuki Kitazume
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Gundam MK II Head Display pics
A promo photo of the 1/60 Gundam Mk II Head Display mentioned a couple of days back are up at Hobbynet.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
MG Mk II and HG Legend pics
From Noda-Ya:
MG Gundam Mk II Ver. 2.0
HG Legend Gundam
Limited edition HGUC Hyaku Shiki
As with the limited edition HGUC Gundam Mk II clear version sold at theaters during screenings of Heirs To The Stars, a limited edition HGUC Hyaku Shiki clear version will be sold for 1,100 yen at theaters showing Zeta II: Lovers.
Monday, October 17, 2005
CDA, Ecole Du Ciel figures
Kadokawa's site updated with pics of the Haman and Asuna figures that come with the limited March editions of CDA and Ecole Du Ciel, respectively.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
ZII: Lovers spoiler
The world premiere of ZII at the Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival was held today. Following are spoilers from 2ch Classic Char Custom BBS and

Tomino appeared as the only guest. Apparently he is still busy with the 3rd part and promises it will be full of surprises.

Other info:
Metamorphoze was not included.
The title for the 3rd part was not revealed plus no trailer for it.
First half appeared to have more new animation compared to the 2nd half.
Some are saying the 1st movie had better mecha action.

Additional staff/cast:
Design Assistance : Kimitoshi Yamane
Qum : Maki Sawamura


Starts off with Beltorchika approaching Audhumla.
At Hickory, Asshimar and Gaplant are shot down. Rosamia escapes. Hyaku Shiki goes to space. Katsu does not Gundam-jack Mk-II.
In Hong Kong, Mirai does not get kidnapped.
Four likely died. Ben Wooder stuck a gun to her head and shot her. A scene where her body falls to the ocean was seen and shortly afterwards Melord crashes into that same area. Kamille goes to space.
Blex and Char at Dakar remains the same as the TV.
Much of the space arc remains as the same as the TV. Colony drop on Granada is attempted. Most of "Half Moon Love" episode is intact. The part how Sara escapes Argama is changed.
Bright asks Henken to take Katsu onboard Radish. Henken's condition for taking in Katsu is Emma must accompany him.
Roberto did not appear at all. (Which assumes he died at New Kennedy like in the TV)
Instead of Gelgoog, Methuss was used as energy cartidge for Mega Bazooka Launcher.
White Gaza C appeared. (the Haman custom unit)
The movie ends at ep32.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
GFF Blue Destiny 1 & 2 pics
From Amazon Japan. Also pics of the Cosmic Region Strike Freedom Gundam to be found.
Gundam Mk II Head Display set
AmiAmi lists a Gundam Mk II edition of the 1/60 scale Head Display series, the first of which was the Zeta Gundam released in January. Like the Zeta, which came in normal colors and test colors, this will also come in 2 varieties: AEUG & Titans versions. Release is in February, price is 5,880 yen.
NDS Harobots Generation
Listed on Nintendo DS' software release date, Sunrise Interactive will be releasing "Harobots Generation" on Dec 15th. No other info is available for this game besides being listed as action. If the game title is any indication, it is probably related to various Harobots Kunio Okawara designed in the Gundam Ace publications.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Next GFF & Cosmic Region?
TW Comics is listing the following upcoming figure info:
GFF #0029 God Gundam/Nobel Gundam (March, 3,980 yen)
Cosmic Region #7004 "Super Freedom Gundam" (January, 3,680 yen)

TW Comics has posted incorrect early info in the past and none of the other usually reliable retail sites have listed these yet so take them with a grain of salt.
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Battle Typing game giveaway
Another giveaway news. MediaKite will randomly give away autographs of Zeta movie participants. To be eligible, people must purchase the Zeta Gundam Battle Typing Game and mail in a postcard with proof of purchase. There will be up to 3 winners for each autograph.
List of autographs:
Nobuo Tobita (Kamille Bidan)
Shuichi Ikeda (Char Aznable)
Toru Furuya (Amuro Ray)
Kazuhiko Inoue (Jerid Mesa)
Bin Shimada (Paptimus Scirocco)
Yoshiko Sakakibara (Haman Karn)
Houchu Ohtsuka (Yazan Gable)
Yuu Asakawa (Rosamia Badam)
SD Gashapon Wars news
People who pre-order the game will receive SD Gundam Full Color Stage Extra Model "Perfect Gundam". The giveaway will include a password which can be used in the game.
RX-78 Helmet
The people who brought us the Char helmet & Shin Matsunaga helmet, will now be releasing the Type RX-78 Gundam helmet. The helmet is priced at 20790 yen and scheduled to be delievered in late March 2006 (order reservations end on Nov 30).
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
True Odyssey becomes MS Saga
IGN has an interview up with Bandai's US branch regarding Gundam: True Odyssey. The game will be renamed MS Saga domestically and the release date is February 2006.
Gundam Museum's Special Set ticket
ITmedia is reporting Bandai Musuem will start selling special ticket set for their Gundam Museum segment. The 2000 yen set includes admission to Gundam Musuem, pamphlet booklet, and 3 vouchers for Gundam lift, Gundam cockpit, or Zaku machinegun. If the Museum is packed, fans can use the vouchers as money at the Gundam store.
1/1 Scope Dog head cushion
Votom Scope Dog cushion which was on display at Chara Hobby 2005 and Wonfest 2005 will now be available. The 1/1 scale cushion will not come cheap though. It is priced at 23000 yen available through Hobby Japan online store.
PSP Minipato
It's not Gundam, but hard to ignore the cute characters from Patlabor Minipato series. The official game site has been up for several weeks, but it finally has some contents (introduction, links, and promo movie still under construction). Mobile Police Patlabor: "Comeback Minipato" is set for Nov 2 release priced at 5040 yen.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Gundam otaku aims for the stars UPDATED
Yahoo! News writes of Daisuke "Dice-K" Enomoto, a 34-year-old Japanese man who is slated to be the world's 4th space tourist. If he gets approval, he says he plans to dress up as Char Aznable on the flight. Judging by his website, he's completely serious. Enomoto is naturally a self-described Gundam otaku. An article from the June issue of Cyzo quotes Enomoto as saying he wants to build his favorite plamodel on board the space station. The article also stated in passing that the Char costume has Bandai's full support.
Do roku mania
A pair of recent articles regarding the anime in what's come to be known as the "do roku" (Sat. 6) timeslot:
AV Watch covered the SEED DESTINY/Blood+ Relay Event that took place on October 1st in Tokyo. 5,000 fans chosen by lottery gathered at the Tokyo International Forum to watch the final episode of DESTINY as well as the first episode of Blood+ on the big screen. Appearing were Blood+ seiyuu, Hitomi Takahashi singing five songs, and chick magnet Akira Ishida.

Also in anticipation of Blood+, Oricon put up a story about how the music from the anime shown in TBS' 6 pm Saturday timeslot has made "do roku" a buzzword. Since Gundam SEED, every show there has had its share of hit singles. Given for selected songs from each anime are the highest rank achieved on the charts plus sales figures:

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
"Invoke" - T.M. Revolution: #2 (247,000 copies sold)
"Believe" - Nami Tamaki: #5 (194,000 copies sold)
"Realize" - Nami Tamaki: #3 (157,000 copies sold)

Full Metal Alchemist
"Melissa" - Porno Graffiti: #2 (371,000 copies sold)
"Ready Steady Go" - L'Arc-en-Ciel: #1 (310,000 copies sold)
"Rewrite" - Asian Kung-Fu Generation: #4 (139,000 copies sold)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY
"Pride" - High And Mighty Color: #2 (223,000 copies sold)
"ignited" - T.M. Revolution: #1 (196,000 copies sold)
"Reason" - Nami Tamaki: #2 (179,000 copies sold)
TIFFF trailer
The official site of the Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival has a streaming trailer up for the fest this weekend. Nothing really in the way of new Zeta footage but a montage of esoteric cinematic nuttiness can surely be appreciated by all.
DESTINY Complete Best
Sunrise and Sony Music put up specific details which pretty much confirms what we posted before. Special box art by Hisashi Hirai (Kira Yamato & Shinn Asuka) and Kenichi Takase (Strike Freedom & Destiny Gundam). CD/DVD case art by Kenichi Oonuki (Kira Yamato, Athrun Zala, Shinn Asuka, Rey Za Barrel) and Yoichi Ueda (mecha). It will go on sale Nov 2 priced at 4200 yen. This boxset will be in production until Jan 31, 2006.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Our 2nd anniversary
It was 2 years ago this day that this blog started up. It's amazing to me that we're still doing it 1,582 posts and 2,191,964 hits later. It can be hard work to keep up with all the things that go on in a mammoth enterprise like Gundam in a timely fashion and trying our best to get it right on top of commitments and responsibilities outside this site. So thank you very much for the appreciation & constructive feedback. We'll do our best to keep at it.
Alliance vs. ZAFT update
Game Watch reports that Shinn Asuka as well as the 3 versions of the Impulse Gundam are now enabled in the arcade version of the game. It's also mentioned that many SEED DESTINY characters will appear in the PS2 version.
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