The next Astray series
Koichi Tokita posted a notice on his blog about the newest Astray series, to appear in Gundam Ace starting in the June 26th edition. The title is partially revealed to be "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 * Astray" (something between the words "C.E. 73" and "Astray" is intentionally obscured by a brush stroke). Destiny Astray's 4th and final collected volume will also come out the same day.
Wings Of Rean episode 3 screenshots
From the official site's Story page.
MSiA Gouf Ignited mass-production pics
From Amazon Japan. A shot of the EMSiA Justice Gundam can also be found.
Gundam Quiz: Toi Senshi DX for PSP
This week's Famitsu apparently announced a PSP version of the Gundam Quiz: Toi Senshi arcade game to be released on July 13.
Bandai Museum on the move?
Speculation of Bandai Musuem's closure spread few months ago when rumors of Bandai Namco already sold the land and the building surfaced. Today's press release officially confirms the transaction as Bandai Namco released their adjusted earnings . While no official announcement has been made, Bandai Museum will close in the Summer and move to a new location in Tochigi prefecture.
Apocalypse 0079 ep 1, Wings Of Rean Vol. 1 first day sales
Oricon reports that MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079 Vol. 1 ranked #5 on the integrated DVD sales chart and #1 on the anime DVD sales chart its first day out.
Wings Of Rean Vol. 1 ranked #15 on the anime DVD sales chart.
Day After Tomorrow free preview
From today through May 2nd, Kadokawa's site is hosting a free preview of the first chapter of Tsukasa Kotobuki's manga "Mobile Suit Z Gundam: Day After Tomorrow - From Kai Shiden's Report-". The first volume went on sale today.
MS IGLOO site update
The official site updated with info for Apocalypse 0079 episode #2: story synopsis, profiles for the destroyer Mobile Pod Oggo, Chivvay, MS-14 Gelgoog, Core Booster II, Erwin Cadillac (Monique's younger brother & Oggo pilot), and Herbert Von Caspen (Gelgoog pilot).
Regarding the Mobile Pod:
"A unit the Technological HQ gives priority development to with the deteriorating situation of the Zeon forces. It uses pre-existing armaments like the Zaku machine gun and is consequently hastily mass-produced and undergoes evaluations during the final battle at A Baoa Qu."
Mobile Suit Gundam site
The official site promoting the upcoming R2 DVD is up now. It has clickable contents for episode synopsis, characters, and mecha.
Gundam Xbox 360 game for America
Gamespot and IGN both announced that the Gundam Xbox 360 game will be coming to the US under the title "Mobile Ops: The One Year War". The game is reportedly intended to turn the tide for the Gundam brand name stateside. Release date will be sometime during the holiday season.
SD Gundam G Generation Portable official site
Now up but, as is usually the case with new sites, not much to be seen.
SRW OG anime follow-up
Now that other sites (ITmedia +D Games, Game Watch, Gpara.com) have coverage of the Steel OG Festival, there are some further details about the new SRW OG anime: It isn't a continuation of the OVA but instead based on the story of the first SRW OG game, the actual format (TV series, OVA, etc.) was not announced but it'll be longer than the OVA, and JAM Project is confirmed for the theme song.
Destiny Special Edition II details
Sunrise posted that the 2nd SE, entitled "Sorezore No Tsurugi" ("Every Sword", "Respective Swords"), will cover from episode 14 of the tv series through episode 28.
Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The TV series
Officially announced the other day at the Steel OG Festival, with details via Moonphase:
Super Robot Wars Original Generation - Fall 2006
Director: Hiroyuki Kakudou
CG advisor/special director: Ichiro Itano
Series composition: Takanobu Terada
Their miscellaneous notes site says the story will mainly follow the SRX team with Ryusei as the protagonist.
New merchandise pics and info
EMSiA Hyaku Shiki
Cosmic Region Infinite Justice Gundam
Hobbynet's listings say that the Zeonography Galbaldy Alpha's will turn into Gelgoogs and that the GFF GM Sniper Custom converts into a Real Type Gundam. Additionally, Pam's Homepage lists the contents of UC Arms Gallery Vol. 3 as: Hyaku Shiki beam rifle, Gundam Mk II beam rifle, Hyaku Shiki bazooka, GP-01 beam rifle, GP series experimental long rifle, and GM Custom machine gun.
Wings Of Rean episode 3 preview
A 15-second look at the 3rd installment is available at Bandai Channel's site.
Gundam: Senjou No Kizuna official site
The official site for the 180 degree dome screen arcade game is open. Location testing (4 vs. 4 players) will take place in Namco's Plabo Nakano amusement facility in Nakano, Tokyo from April 29th to May 7th.
Based on people getting early copies of Hobby Japan magazine, HGUC Zudah is confirmed for June release. It will be priced at 1470 yen featuring movable monoeye, stand, extra head parts , and the 130mm anti-ship rifle.
For HCM-Pro, Nu Gundam is apparently under developement.
0087 Green Divers updates
E-Field's home page put up info about the HCM-Pro Asshimar (Green Divers ver.) being sold with a limited edition seal at the Mercian Karuizawa IMAX Theater where Green Divers is currently being screened.
Additionally, from July 15th through October 29th, the film will be shown at the Space World theme park in Kitakyushu.
Upcoming Gundam products UPDATED
Thanks to Gunbuster718 for the heads up. Noda-Ya has the lists of future GFF and Zeonography lineup.
GFF #0031 Crossbone Gundam X-3 - Aug, 4179 yen
GFF #0032 GM Sniper Custom (08th MS Team version) - Sept, 4179 yen
Zeonography #3010a Galbaldy Alpha/Beta - July, 3864 yen
Zeonography #3010b Galbaldy Alpha/Beta - July, 3864 yen
However, Pam's HP lists the Zeongraphy as reversable to Char's Gelgoog and normal Gelgoog and GFF Sniper Custom as MSV version.
Other new products from Pam's HP:
MSiA LaGOWE - July
UC Arms Gallery Vol 3 - Anaheim Electronics weaponry - July
MSiA Bound Doc Gates Kappa custom - Aug
MSiA Providence Gundam - Aug
EX MSiA Gundam Mk-II & Flying Armor - Aug
MSiA Gaza C Haman Karn custom - Sep
EX MSiA Hyaku Shiki - Sep
Zeta III DVD
JBook now has R2 Zeta III DVD available for reservation. The last part of the trilogy will be available on Aug 25 priced at 6000 yen. The Limited Edition version will once again include a special disk featuring "Making of Zeta Gundam: Love is the Pulse of the Stars", special discussion with Gackt and Tomino, and Zeta III galleries.
According to Plamoya-san's Useless Diary, following are rumors of future Gunpla releases after June.
Below are considered somewhat reliable:
HGUC Zudah (from MS IGLOO)
HGUC Zaku I (color variation)
MG Gundam F91
These are rumors:
HGUC Nu Gundam
HGUC ZZ Gundam
Again take this with grain of salt.
SEED SE streams
During the Golden Week holidays, Bandai Channel will have each of the 3 SEED Special Edition available for free through their site. Schedules are:
Special Edition I - April 29
Special Edition II - April 30
Special Edition III - May 1
In some what related news, customers of NTT Flet's broadband will able to watch DESTINY Special Edition starting May 12.
A bit late, but Mamoru Nagano of Five Star Stories will be starting a new original anime titled, "GOTHICMADE". The current announced staff is Nagano himself as he will be in charge of original story, director, scenario, animator, and photography for this series. GOTHICMADE will be non-CG animation. The official site has a brief intro of this tale and 2 characters. Meanwhile this month's issue of Newtype magazine has details on the main mecha, Die Eis KAISERIN, and other minor characters.
Love and Fight of Robot polls
Interesting mook titled, "Love and Fight of Robots", came out last month which featured several polls. Here we'll mention the top 5 and where the Gundam-related shows placed (within the top 50) for each category. Nonetheless, some of the results are intriguing as few of the characters were picked as both favorite and villanous character. The book also contains interviews with Yoshiyuki Tomino, Shouji Kawamori, Toru Furuya, Ichijo Kariya, Go Nagai, and Leiji Matsumoto.
The poll was conducted during a 1 month period (Jan 6 - Feb 6) over the internet. 10,000 people participated in the polls.
The most intense robot anime series
1) Mobile Suit Gundam
2) G Gundam
4) SEED DESTINY
17) Zeta Gundam
26) Gundam Wing
33) Turn A Gundam
39) SD Gundam Force
Robot anime series that influenced you the most as a child
1) Mobile Suit Gundam
2) Mazinger Z
16) Zeta Gundam
29) Gundam ZZ
36) Char's Counterattack
37) Gundam X
41) V Gundam
43) Gundam F91
The most action-packed combination (gattai) scene
1) Getta Robo
5) Impulse Gundam
21) Gundam ZZ
36) V2 Gundam
1) Amuro Ray (MSG)
2) Kira Yamato (SEED DESTINY)
3) Kouji (Mazinger Z)
4) Guy (GaoGaiGar)
5) Domon Kasshu (G Gundam)
8) Heero Yuy
19) Athrun Zala
24) Kamille Bidan
33) Rolan Cehak
35) Duo Maxwell
42) Shiro Amada
44) Mu La Flaga
46) Anavel Gato, Sleggar Lowe
49) Dearka Elsman
1) Sayla Mass (MSG)
2) Rei Ayanami (Evangelion)
3) Asuka Langley (Evagelion)
4) Lynn Minmay (Macross)
5) Elpeo Ple (Gundam ZZ)
10) Rain Mikamura
11) Lalah Sune
12) Lacus Clyne
16) Four Murasame
20) Tifa Adill
25) Cagalli Yula Attha
26) Haman Karn, Relena Darlian
28) Emma Sheen
34) Allenby Beardsley, Lunamaria Hawke
36) Sochie Heim
39) Aina Sahalin
42) Matilda Ajan
43) Dianna Soriel
46) Stella Loussier, Relena Peacecraft
The most villanous bad guy/gal/enemy
1) Gihren Zabi (MSG)
2) Dr. Hell (Mazinger Z)
3) Killer The Butcher (Zambot3)
4) Muruta Azrael (SEED)
5) Utsumi (Patlabor)
13) Kira Yamato
17) Lacus Clyne
18) Bask Om
20) Katejina Loos
21) Gilbert Dullindal
26) Rau Le Creuset
28) Paptimus Scirocco, Lord Djibril
30) Yazan Gable
31) Ulube Ishikawa
33) Char Aznable
34) Gym Ghingnham
35) Carozzo Ronah
37) Cima Garahau, Iron Mask (aka Carozzo Ronah)
43) Ramba Ral
45) Jamitov Hymem
The most beautiful bad guy/gal/enemy
1) Char Aznable (MSG)
2) Kaworu Nagisa (Evangelion)
3) Treize Khushrenada (Gundam Wing)
4) Leonardo Medici Bundle (GoShogun)
5) Prince Sharkin (Raideen)
6) Rau Le Creuset
9) Haman Karn
13) Master Asia
17) Anavel Gato
21) Garma Zabi
25) Zechs Merquise
27) Ramba Ral
29) Katejina Loos
29) Gilbert Dullindal
37) Paptimus Scirocco
43) Dearka Elsman
43) Milliardo Peacecraft
46) Lacus Clyne
50) Gihren Zabi, Jerid Mesa
This is the basic robot weapon/move
1) Rocket punch (Mazinger Z)
2) Beam saber (MSG)
3) Beam rifle (MSG)
4) Breast fire (Mazinger Z)
5) God finger (G Gundam)
19) Zaku machine gun
21) Gundam hammer
31) Satellite cannon
The most deeply moving scene
1) Last scene from MSG 3 Encounters in Space
2) G Gundam ep 45 - death of Master Asia
3) Zeta Gundam last episode
4) Gunbuster last episode
5) Mazinger Z last spisode
8) Turn A Gundam ep 43
9) G Gundam last episode
16) Turn A Gundam last episode
24) SD Gundam Force ep 51
28) Mobile Suit Gundam last episode, Gundam X last episode
31) V Gundam last episode
34) SEED last episode
36) 0080 last episode, MSG ep 36
44) Char's Counterattack last scene, SEED DESTINY last episode
48) MSG ep 28
DESTINY SE air dates
Sunrise posted time and day of when SEED DESTINY will be broadcast on TV.
TBS (will broadcast it twice):
May 1, 1:59am-3:05am & May 2, 1:59am-3:05am
MBS (airing over span of 2 days)
May 3 - 9:55am-10:50am (part 1) & May 4, 9:55am-10:50am (part 2)
The first part of SE will cover from ep 1 through 13. DVD will be released on May 26.
Destiny Special Edition I ED theme clip
Sony Music Online Japan has a clip of Nami Tamaki's "Result". Additionally, the release date was pushed back to May 3rd.
Zeta III week 6 box office figures
Once more from 2ch's Box Office Watch thread: Love Is The Pulse Of The Stars has made 448 million yen in 37 days.
Xplosion! Gundam SEED opens
As if the official Stargazer site opening was not enough, the official site bringing you everything on SEED/DESTINY events is up as well.
SEED C.E. 73 Stargazer site opens
Info from the official site which opened today:
Deep Space Survey and Development Organization (DSSD) - A group founded to survey & develop regions beyond the orbit of Mars. The Earth Alliance, PLANT, and neutral powers cooperated in its establishment though it is neutral with regard to the Alliance & ZAFT and has special jurisdiction. The fundamental principle is "The advancement of frontiers": to transcend all countries, organizations, religions, and races, sending that doctrine from the human species out to the far-reaches of space.
Phantom Pain - A special military force that answers to Logos, Blue Cosmos' supreme governing organization. The unit is a private army organized by Blue Cosmos. Blue Cosmos, thus far not getting the depended on military power from the Earth Alliance, formed the group as a way of directly embodying their personal intentions. Phantom Pain's parent organization is comprised of Alliance personnel & equipment. Notices issued from the Earth Alliance's upper echelon, in situations where goods and personnel are requested by Phantom Pain, are informal but are to be responded to without delay. With that assistance, Phanton Pain can take in provisions and furnishings wherever they go. But only Logos and representatives of Logos possess command authority over them. Even within the Alliance, only a tiny few of its leaders are aware of the particulars regarding Phantom Pain. As a private army, they aren't bound by the armistice treaty entered into by the Alliance and ZAFT. The treaty prohibits both the Alliance and ZAFT from having N-Jammer Cancellers, nuclear weapons, Mirage Colloid, loading ships with Phase Shift armor, and possessing nuclear-powered mobile suits but Phantom Pain disregards that and executes operations using ships that carry such things. And since they are funded behind the scenes by Blue Cosmos, the equipment they get is radical but extravagant.
GSX-401FW Stargazer - Affilated with DSSD.
GAT-X105E Strike Noir - A mobile suit specializing in close-range combat deployed by the Earth Alliance's 81st Independent Mobile Battalion (aka Phantom Pain). It's based on the X105 Strike and piloted by lieutenant junior grade Sven Cal Bayan. Integrated performance improvement measures on the unit were conducted by Actaeon Industries.
Selene McGriff - 28-year-old female Coordinator. One of the engineering staff on the DSSD engineering development's GSX-401FW Stargazer Project. "Mankind must set out to space." Those words are Selene's guiding principle. As is the case with many DSSD staff, she was born and raised in space and her parents are also members. Bright but has a strong tendency to be somewhat egotistical. Once she decides what her goal is, she won't be happy until she achieves it and, that being the case, she won't choose a way of meeting her objectives without great effort. Strong-minded and unafraid of being criticized for her methods. Aggressive at times and, as a result, much of her nature is to disregard her partner's ideas though if someone tries that with her, she'll be reluctant and impassionate. Nevertheless, since the DSSD is an organization with a high ratio of eccentrics and freaks among the personnel, Selene hasn't especially changed.
Sven Cal Bayan - 19-year-old male Natural. A lieutenant junior grade in the Earth Alliance's 81st Independent Mobile Battalion (Phantom Pain). Pilot of the mobile suit GAT-X105E Strike Noir. Part of a special combat MS platoon with another 2-3 people. Orphaned due to an incident when he was very young. Afterwards, he became affiliated with Phantom Pain as an elite combat member for Coordinator extermination warfare. What's the reason for his intense hatred of Coordinators...and what is the past of this cruel fighting machine?
Gundam exhibition goes to Sendai
From April 19th to May 21st, the Gundam: Generating Futures art exhibit will be showing at the Sendai Mediatheque arts center.
Game Watch Card Builder playing guide #11
Continuing their perpetual series of articles on the 0079 arcade game, Game Watch writes about Zeon forces markmanship units.
First Gundam ikimaasuuuu!
Rumors have been floating for the past couple weeks, but it is official now. Sunrise has announced the long awaited Region 2 Mobile Suit Gundam TV series DVD. Details for the DVD boxset and individual volumes:
DVD-Box 1 (Ep 1-25, 6 DVD) : Dec 22, 2006 - 37,800yen
DVD-Box 2 (Ep 25-43 5 DVD): Jan 26, 2007 - 31,500yen
Individual DVD volumes will come out on Feb 23, 2007.
Rental DVD will come out first on July 28, 2006.
Early reservation ends on Sep 14, 2006. Customer reserving DVD-Box1 before Sep 14 will also receive 1/200 scale RX-78-2 Limited Version action model.
The official site will come online April 25.
Bandai Visual's press release. According to the press release, the Gundam franchise accounts for 20-40% of total sales every year for Bandai Visual.
Zeta III week 5 box office figures
The latest posting on the subject on 2ch's General Movie board's Box Office Watch reports that the film has made 428 million yen since it came out 30 days ago.
MS Gundam for Xbox 360
At the Xbox 360 Media Briefing, Bandai Namco showcased the upcoming FPS style Mobile Suit Gundam for Xbox 360. Player can play as Earth Federation or Zeon soldier, pilot tanks, planes and MS. Scenarios like invading enemy base, human vs MS, stealing enemy MS. The game will be compatible with Xbox Live. Game Watch has several screenshots of the game. The release date and price of the game were not announced.
Another Century's Episode 2 first week sales
Gpara.com reports that ACE 2 sold 111,000 copies, ranking #2 on the weekly game sales charts. The first game did about 175,000 copies in the same amount of time.
More ZxR audio clips
Richie Kotzen's official site has longer clips of his versions of "Because You Are Waiting" and "Metamorphoze", both Gackt songs from Zeta Gundam: Heirs To The Stars.
Oricon reports that Rina Aiuchi's Another Century's Episode 2 tie-in single ranked on the weekly singles chart at #5 with 15,000 copies sold. This is her 21st single and her 8th to hit the top five (her first to do so since 2003's "Full Jump").
Stargazer, new hobby merchandise info
Hobby Shop Midori put up official pics and info for a number of new and previously announced items.
New formal announcements:
HG Strike Noir (June, 1,575 yen)
1/100 Legend Gundam (June, 2,730 yen)
HCM-Pro Zeta Gundam (Green Divers ver., May, 2,520 yen)
HG kits for new Stargazer MS will be made through 2007. More CCA HCM-Pro figures will appear.
Boasts more than six new mecha, two of which are affiliated with ZAFT, one from DSSD, and two from the Alliance's Phantom Pain (the Strike Noir itself is listed with Orb). The kit description says that the Noir Striker backpack can change into a flight form. The Strike Noir comes with beam swords, listed as its main armament, and a small rocket anchor.
Fiction Junction The Musical
Sunrise linked to the official site for Angel Gate, a "fantasy musical" featuring Fiction Junction Yuuka vocalist Yuuka Nanri and a theme song composed by Yuki Kajiura. The story revolves around three angels who come to Earth through an "Angel Gate", a door in Shibuya unknown to humans through which angels travel, to safely deliver the soul of a troubled former idol singer to Heaven. The show's performance time is planned to be 2 hours 15 minutes and will run this month from the 13th to the 16th at the New National Theater, Tokyo.
MSIA BuCUE pics
Again, from Amazon Japan.
ZxR "Ai Senshi" official site
JEC International has a promotional website for the English-language Gundam rock cover album. Audio clips for "Take Flight Gundam", "Soldiers Of Sorrow", and "Go Beyond The Time" are available there and more can be heard at BMG Japan's site.
GFF ZII pics
From Amazon Japan.
PS2 Sunrise Eiyutan 3
Famitsu.com mentions Sunrise Interactive is set to release Sunrise Eiyutan 3 on June 1. Instead of the previous version which used simulation rpg format, the 4th installment of the game (3rd for PS2) will be a true RPG game centering around the main character Shawn. The game will have multiple endings depending the path the players take. The participating series are:
Gao Gai Gar