Climax U.C. official site update
For those who haven't seen it, the Climax U.C. promo movie is available on the official site.
January Yahoo! Gundam Evolve clip
The newest Yahoo! Gundam Evolve clip is up at their Gundam Hobby Collection site.
March/April Gunpla news
HGUC Gryps War set (Hyaku Shiki, Gundam Mk II, Zeta) - March 4410 yen
HGUC Gaza C Haman Custom - April 1470 yen
HGUC Gaza C - April 1575
MG Gundam Mk II ver 2.0 Titans - March 3675 yen
HGUC Qubeley (Special Coating version) - March 3150 yen
HG Oowashi Akatsuki - April 2520 yen
0083 5.1ch All Night Screening Event report
0083 site has a report on the event which took place this past Saturday. 250 fans participated with Takashi Imanishi (director), Hiroshi Osaka (animation director), and Mika Akitaka (mechanical designer) appearing as guests. Before the start of the event, a preview of the upcoming MS IGLOO Apocalypse 0079 was shown.
More Climax UC's progress mode
ITmedia +D has an article on upcoming game, Climax UC's progress mode. Player start as either Earth Federation or Delaz Fleet, then move on to different factions (AEUG, Titans, Axis, Neo-Zeon, Londo Bell) based on the path each player takes. At the same time the characters' traits are passed on to the next generation as the 2nd generation character continues on with the progress mode.
Winners Forever 21Century
Several online shops like Animate now list a new album titled "Winners Forever 21Century" by infix. The album will include 14 re-recorded songs (with "Winners Forever" as one of them) and 2 new songs. One of the new songs will be the official theme song to "ROBO-ONE" robot competition in 2010. The CD jacket cover will feature V Gundam and will come out on March 24 for 3000 yen.
Zeta III theme song
Crown Records confirms that Gackt's "Love Letter" will be the theme song for the last Zeta film. The single version comes out March 1st, paired with the B-side "Dybbuk", but the tune previously appeared on his album of the same name released last February.
ACE 2 Premium Disc contents
ACE 2's Premium ACE Disc is revealed to contain special interviews with anime directors (Takashi Imanishi, Shoji Kawamori, Ryosuke Takahashi, Yoshiyuki Tomino) giving their thoughts on robot anime and the game, a 5.1ch version of the opening movie, TV commercials and promo videos, and an "original sound drama" that covers the unknown pasts of characters Tak and Marina in the period before ACE 2's war.
Game Watch Card Builder playing guide
Game Watch has a lengthy guide to playing MS Gundam 0079 Card Builder with plenty of pics.
Side-B February issue
Finally posted on Bandai's Videogame site with the following Gundam-related material:
Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.
Climax U.C. site update
The official site has its Mode Page up.
Zeta Gundam Ace 003 info
The third and last(?) special issue will feature:
- Zeta Gundam III manga by Naoto Tsushima
- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam 1/2 manga by Yuichi Hasegawa
- Day After Tomorrow manga by Tsukasa Kotobuki
- Vanishing Machine manga by Kazuhisa Kondo
- untitled manga by Naoki Karasawa and Yasuyuki Tokumitsu
- Poster by Kunio Okawara featuring MS of Zeta world
Zeta Gundam Ace 003 will come out on Feb 25.
Zeta III news
Zeta III Special Premiere event will take place on Feb 23 at Yurakuchou Marion Asashi Hall 11F at 6pm. Yoshiyuki Tomino and Gackt are scheduled to appear as guests.
ITmedia D+ Games has another article on Zeta III with few new screenshots (Qubeley, The O, Reccoa).
Zeta II wins Digital Content Grand Prix award
ITmedia D+ Games reported on the awards ceremony for the 20th Digital Content Grand Prix, a yearly contest for cutting edge media and services that promote the digital content industry. In the domestic category's Digital Content class, Zeta Gundam II: Lovers won an award for excellence. Other winners in that category:
Always - Sunset On Third Street (DCAj Chairman Prize)
Wakusei Daikaiju Negadon
Zeta II on Bandai Channel
For a limited period, fans can purchase net streams of Zeta II movie at Bandai Channel. The stream will be available starting Feb 1 and will last until Feb 23.
Extended MSiA poll results
The recent issue of Hobby Japan magazine listed the midway poll results asking what MS they wanted to see as an Extended MSiA. The midway results are based on the first 200 votes they received.
Tied 1) Hyaku Shiki & Sazabi - 17 votes each
3) Nu Gundam - 15
4) Wing Gundam Zero Custom - 14
Tied 5) Crossbone Gundam & Gerbera Tetra- 10
Tied 7) Gundam DX & Gelgoog - 8
9) Strike Freedom Gundam - 7
Tied 10) Infinite Justice Gundam, Gundam F91, Gundam X, God Gundam, V2 Gundam, V Gundam, GP03S
Tied 17) Freedom Gundam, Guncannon
Tied 19) Ez-8, Tallgeese, Wing Gundam Zero, Master Gundam, Gyan
Tied 24) Gouf Custom, GP02A
Tied 26) Shining Gundam, Z'gok
Last) Justice Gundam, Strike Gundam, RX-79[G], GP01, GP01Fb, Gundam Alex
UMD MS IGLOO
Both Sunrise news and MS IGLOO site announced that the first 3 MS IGLOO episodes will be avaible on Sony PSP's UMD video on April 27. Single UMD disk will contain all 3 episodes for 7140 yen. The extra footages included in the DVD release will not be included.
On a related note, MS IGLOO site updated the following sections:
- Brief summary of episode 1 of Apocalypse 0079
- Mechanics section with Gaw Attack Carrier.
- Interview with CG Supervisor Masayoshi Obata
Dengeki Book news
Dengeki will be releasing couple books for March.
Mobile Suit Illustrated 2006 - 2625 yen
- This will be the updated version of Mobile Suit Illustrated 2003. Over 700 MS will be covered including MS IGLOO, Advance of Zeta, and all of TV series. Book cover illustration will be once again done by Hajime Katoki.
Character Encyclopedia 2006 - 3465 yen
- This will be the updated version of Character Encyclopedia 2000. It will include characters from SEED DESTINY, side stories like Astray and Advance of Zeta, and games. Book cover illustration will be done by Hisashi Hirai.
American artists cover Gundam songs UPDATED
The Char Custom Blog reports in its coverage of the latest issue of Gundam Ace about an upcoming Gundam cover album by an outfit known as "Z x R". Guitarist Richie Kotzen (formerly of bands like Poison and Mr. Big) confirmed in an October news posting on his site that he has been working on the project, which will include special guests and a live tour to support it beginning in Japan in March. The list of songs being covered:
Kimi Ga Matteiru Kara (Zeta Gundam: Heirs To The Stars)
Metamorphoze (Zeta Gundam: Heirs To The Stars)
Ai Senshi (Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers Of Sorrow, featuring Cyndi Lauper on vocals)
Kaze Ni Hitori De (Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers Of Sorrow)
Z Toki O Koete (Zeta Gundam)
Mizu No Hoshi E Ai O Komete (Zeta Gundam)
The Winner (Gundam 0083)
Tobe! Gundam (Mobile Suit Gundam)
Meguriai (Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters In Space)
Plus 3 other songs
The album, titled "Ai Senshi", goes on sale in Japan on March 22nd.
Edit: A product listing for this can be seen at Tower Japan. The three other songs will be "The Way Forward", "Re-Encounter", and "The Beginning", all original tunes by Kotzen.
More new figures
T.J GrosNet lists the following new merchandise:
MSiA Gouf Ignited (mass-production type, June, 1,575 yen)
EMSiA Justice Gundam (June, 2,625 yen)
GFF #0030 Z II (June, 5,775 yen)
Cosmic Region Infinite Justice Gundam (June, 5,775 yen)
DX Voice I-Doll Lunamaria Hawke (June, 3,990 yen)
DX Voice I-Doll Lacus Clyne (June, 3,990 yen)
This month's hobby mag news UPDATED
HGUC Methuss (March, 1,470 yen)
HG Murasame (mass-production type, March, 1,575 yen)
EX Model Magella Attack (March, 3,675 yen)
HCM-Pro Asshimar (Green Divers version, March)
HCM-Pro Hambrabi (March, 2,100 yen)
Also revealed for the first time is that the Zeonography Z'Gok/Zogok can be converted into an Agg as well.
More on Climax U.C.'s Progress Mode
Famitsu's site has a few more pics and details: character personality traits selected at the outset affect the upgrading of abilities like shooting and melee. Progress Mode has 9 stages total, with big changes depending on the armies you choose to join in each time period starting from UC 0079.
SD Flextion for Korea
Bandai Korea's site shows off two SD Flextion (SD Gundam Force toys) that didn't see the light of day in either the USA or Japan: Deathscythe, The Knight Of Darkness and the Daishogun Of Perfect Virtue.
Gundam Shorts Collection
Kodansha's site lists the January 23rd publication of the "Gundam Shorts Collection", a reprinting of 4 obscure manga (3 MS Gundam Gaiden and 1 G Gundam Gaiden):
"Far East MS War Front Account" by Mizuho Takayama - (site description) The Great Wall Of China extends through Asia. Here, one woman continues the fight in a Federal Forces independent unit, the 04th Team. An intense struggle ensues when Zeon forces attempt to steal the newly-deployed RX-79[G]. Will she and her comrades choose the road to victory?
"The Crimson Lightning Of Zeon: Johnny Ridden" by Kitaro Ototoi
"Dead Zone" by Yasushi Baba
"Tower Of Death" by Mitsuru Kadoya
Steel OG Festival
ITmedia +D Games reports that, on April 22nd, the Steel OG Festival will be held. The event commemorates the release of the very first Super Robot Wars title 15 years ago, which came out for the Gameboy on April 20th, 1991. The Festival, comprised of the usual assortment of seiyuu & production team talk shows and live concert appearances, takes place at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel's Stellar Ball. Also slated is a special video that won't be shown elsewhere as well as projects to be revealed.
April-May Bandai merchandise
From Noda-Ya, finally confirming at least one long standing rumor:
GFF God Gundam & Nobel Gundam (April, 4,179 yen)
EMSiA Freedom Gundam (April, 2,100 yen)
EMSiA BuCUE (May, 1,575 yen)
HCM-Pro Zeta pics
Over on Bandai TV's site, the 16th installment of Funnel B features the HCM-Pro Zeta Gundam.
A New Translation Review details
Mentioned last month, a few more details on the Zeta Gundam movie OST are given at HMV Japan: An undecided number of Gackt's theme songs are included in addition to Shigeaki Saegusa's BGM, making the soundtrack a 2 CD set. The 3rd disc that comes with the limited edition version is a collection of famous scenes and a booklet will contain a message from Tomino and other special contents.
Climax U.C. Progress Mode characters
This week's Famitsu included details about the game's original characters:
Kamuna Tachibana (Hideo Ishikawa) - Born into a family with a military history, comes from an academy. Earth Fed.
Pamir Macdamile (Anri Katsu) - The Kamuna team's rookie pilot. Earth Fed.
Shirley Ramsey (Mamiko Noto) - Kamuna team pilot. Shown wearing a Zeon non-commissioned officer's uniform in one screenshot.
Ellen Rochefill (Yui Horie) - Earth Fed operator.
Unnamed 3rd heroine - Civilian.
One can apparently choose Kamuna's child to be one of 4 different characters (2 male, 2 female):
2nd generation male protagonist #1 (Daisuke Namikawa)
2nd generation female protagonist #1 (Nana Mizuki)
2nd generation male protagonist #2
2nd generation female protagonist #2
Egis Veracruz (Takuma Takewaka) - 2nd generation rival character.
Climax U.C. coverart
Rakuten's E-Net Japan site now has a pic up for that as well.
ACE 2 site update UPDATED
Thanks to Ollie Barder for pointing out. The official game site was updated several days ago. It now has:
Game jacket cover
More mecha : Zephyranthes, Full Vernian, Dendrobuim, Neue Ziel, Physalis, Nanajin, Nadesico
ACE 2 Prologue
Game System flow
The blog has 3 more screenshots of the game under Jan 15th's entry.
Edit: There's now a 6-minute promo movie shown in stores up.
Climax U.C. official site, more pics UPDATED
The official site opens.
Edit: More screenshots can be found at Tsutaya Online (click on the tiny cameras).
Second edit: And one or two more pics at ITmedia +D Games.
Third edit: By far, the largest version of these pics are at Gpara.com.
Upcoming Bandai merchandise pics
Rakuten's Be-J Shop site put up images of February/March Bandai merchandise, including the Zeonography Z'Gok/Zogok and the Zeta Gundam Voice I-Dolls.
Hitomi Takahashi's 1st album
Hitomi Takahashi's official site put up an announcement that her first album, "sympathy", will go on sale March 1st. It'll contain 12 tracks, including her singles "Bokutachi No Yukue", "evergreen", and "Aozora No Namida". The limited edition comes with a DVD that includes the music videos of those 3 songs.
Tamashii Web update
Thanks to RAC from It Figures! for pointing out the unlinked page for the EMSiA RX-78 on Tamashii.
More Climax U.C. stuff
Rakuten's E-Net Japan site has several screenshots of the game. A 2-player Vs. Mode is confirmed and the jacket collection mentioned earlier comes in 9 varieties (8 regular + 1 secret), the backs of which can be put together to form a Universal Century chronology.
Super Robot Tamashi 2006
Animate TV web news reports couple Super Robot events will be held during the Golden Week holidays in Japan.
Super Robot Tamashi 2006 "Spring Camp" 1,2
- April 29 and 30 at Tokyo Odaiba Zepp Tokyo. Gates open at 5pm with event starting at 6pm
- Guests for 1 (April 29): Ichiro Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie, Hironobu Kageyama, MIQ, Isao Taira, Yukio Yamagata, Yoshiki Fukuyama, Masaaki Endo, YUKA, Yumi Matsuzawa
- Guests for 2 (April 30): Hiroko Moriguchi, Mami Ayukawa, Chihiro Yonekura, Tomohisa Kawazoe, infix, Yoshifumi Ushima, and others
Super Robot Tamashi 2006 "Osaka Summer Camp"
- May 5th at Osaka Namba Hatch. Gates open at 4pm with event starting at 5pm.
- Guests: Ichiro Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie, Hironobu Kageyama, MIQ, Hiroko Moriguchi, Isao Taira, Yukio Yamagata, Mami Yamagata, Chihiro Yonekura, and others
Price of admission to any of the event is 5500 yen.
Ultimate Mark update
Mark Simmons continues his exploration of the formative days of the Universal Century with another update to his site's Data Evolution section, referencing more early Gundam-related publications like Gun Sight & Roman Album Extra and comments by Tomino from Animec Magazine.
New details for Climax U.C.
The description of the game provided at es! Toys mentions several things about the upcoming PS2 game: people who make advance orders will receive a "jacket collection", though there's no details about what exactly that is. Sunrise is supervising over a large amount of new footage made specifically for the game. The Chronicle Mode allows one to play as people such as Char & Haman as well as lead characters like Amuro & Kamille. A new element revealed for the Progress Mode is that original characters created with it can get married and pass the game on to a second generation of characters.
AoDVD Bandai Ent. 2005 overview
AnimeOnDVD.com puts up their look at how Bandai Entertainment did in 2005.
SD Gundam Capsule Fighter pics
Gpara.com has more screenshots of SD Gundam Capsule Fighter as well as SD Gundam Pocket Generation, an original Korean 3D shooting game for cellphones set during the late stages of the One Year War.
ToyboxDX 2005 Toy Of The Year
The results of Toybox DX's annual poll can be seen here.
Tamashii Web update
MSiA Baund Doc
MS IGLOO site update
The official site put up QTVR's of the Zegok in its Mechanics section and Werner Holbein in its Characters section.
0083 all night screening
To commerate the release of R2 5.1ch 0083 DVD boxset, Theatres Ikebukuro will hold an all night 0083 screening on Jan 28th. The all night screening will feature 5.1ch audio and cost 2500 yen. It will start at 11pm and end at 6:10am. A talk show with director Imanishi and guests will take place as well.
Anime! Anime! News' Top 10 news of 2005
Anime! Anime! News listed their top 10 news of 2005;
1) Merger of Bandai and Namco
2) Studio Ghibli becoming independent.
3) Production I.G. goes public (stock offering)
4) Live action movie version of manga becoming a hit. Nana & Touch were listed as examples.
5) Shogakukan establishing Viz Media as part of their foreign marketing strategy for manga.
6) Success of old and new Gundam - Zeta Gundam: A New Translation and SEED DESTINY
7) Establishment of contents fund group. Hokuto Fund (aka North Star from Fist of the North Star) was cited.
8) Impact of GyaO, providing free broadband contents.
9) The increasing market for Japanese manga.
10) Takara buying out Tatsunoko Production.
Details of 1-5 and 6-10 can be found at Anime! Anime! News site.
Limited Edition EX model ships UPDATED
Noda-Ya lists a couple Limited Edition EX model ships for March release.
1/1700 EX Albion
1/1700 EX Argama
Both come in special coating color version.
Climax U.C. pics
Famitsu.com put up a couple of screenshots for those who haven't seen them yet.