Bandai June merchandise
This coming month's hobby merchandise listings at the Bandai Hobby Site.
Destiny SE I first week sales
Oricon has the first Destiny Special Edition #4 on the weekly integrated DVD charts and #1 on the weekly anime DVD charts.
G Generation Portable cover
From Rakuten's E-Net Japan site.
Zeta III DVD cover
Bandai Visual now has the DVD cover up at their site.
Upcoming merchandise pics UPDATED
Zeonography Galbaldy Alpha/Gelgoog (mass-production)
Zeonography Galbaldy Alpha/Char Custom Gelgoog
Stargazer ep 1 preview screening, release date
The Bandai Channel announced a preview screening of the first episode of SEED C.E. 73 Stargazer to take place at Tokyo Anime Center's Akiba 3D Theater on the evening of July 7th. Staff and cast members are scheduled to appear.
Gundam Ace reports net distribution of Stargazer's first episode begins a week later.
Minor SEED movie update
Posters on 2ch point out that Houko Kuwashima's diary on SEED Club's cellphone site says Stellar appears in the SEED movie. It's not clarified in what capacity the character appears though at this early stage, speculation favors a memory scene.
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Gundam Ace, Gundam Ace and Bandai Visual will hold special event, "G Festival", at Tokyo and Osaka. The scheduled events:
Mobile Suit Gundam - Fans can see first hand at footages of MSG DVD version
Zeta Gundam - Furuya Toru and Shuichi Ikeda will be guests at the Tokyo stage while Nobuo Tobita will be guest at the Osaka stage.
SEED DESTINY - Kenichi Suzumura, Maya Sakamoto, and Fumiko Orikasa will be guests along with latest Special Edition footages.
STARGAZER - The very first episode will be shown.
Limited edition goods will be available at both stages and tickets will not be publically sold. The Aug issue of Gundam Ace will have more details on how fans can obtain tickets.
Tokyo stage - Aug 26 (Sat), Hibiya Koukaido
Osaka stage - Aug 27 (Sun), Mido Kaikan
Banpresto Oct-Dec prize items
From GA Graphic
Special Creative Models ~Metallic Color~ (October)
Zaku Manipulator-shaped Action Cellphone Stands (December)
1/72 Scale Assembly Sofubi Mobile Suits (November)
Real Figure Keyholders ~Card Builder ver.~ (October)
Real Figure Keyholders ~Knights Of The Universal Century~ (December)
High Quality Keyholders ~All Gundam Edition V~ (December)
DX Aggressive Pose Figures 3 (December)
DX Girls Figures ~Card Builder Operators~ (October)
Destiny Heroines DX Figures 5 (October)
HCM-Pro official site update
Bandai Hobby's HCM-Pro site finally gets a makeover.
Stargazer site update
"A unit developed by Actaeon Industries based on the GAT-X102 Duel. Its back is equipped with large thrusters and is enhanced with exceptional mobility and armor. Excels in close-quarters combat with weapons concealed inside its shoulder armor, arms, and underside of its shield. Further, in contrast to the Assault Shroud on ZAFT's original Duel, the Blu Duel's reinforced armored entire body has PS armor."
"A unit developed by Actaeon Industries based on the GAT-X103 Buster. The cannons that were on its hips were moved to the shoulders so the hips were equipped with newly developed beam cannons. With the increase in firepower, reinforced armor, and its bayonettes, it's close-combat ability has been upped considerably."
Edmund du Clos (in addition to previously posted info)
"Bachelor. Retired from the army when the war ended in C.E. 71 and was appointed security personnel in the DSSD's Technology Development Center on the outskirts of Fortaleza, South America. At the time he retired, he had been a lieutenant commander. Has a strong sense of responsibility and takes good care of others. Because of that, he is the kind of person who gets unnecessarily involved in things. And so when his sister's son was orphaned, he offered to raise the boy himself. As someone who was once a soldier, he naturally has much resentment towards his ZAFT battlefield rivals."
MS Gundam site update
New content on the official site covers characters, mecha, and stories for episodes 15-21 (including Cucuruz Doan and the show's protagonist) and a pic of the 1/200 RX-78.
MS IGLOO update
New content on the official site includes screencaps of Apocalypse 0079 episode 2, profiles for the standard Gelgoog, RGM-79C GM Kai, Salamis, character profiles of mobile pod Oggo pilots Friedrich Catell, Erwin Cadillac, and Franz Bland, and an interview with 3 Bandai Hobby Division people.
Sunrise opens Dunbine.net, promoting the upcoming release of a limited Region 2 box set of the Aura Battler Dunbine TV series commemorating the DVD release of Wings Of Rean. It goes on sale August 25th.
Shizuoka Hobby Show Part VI: Jason Lives
Hobby Shop Convoy
The Gundam Base.Side 1
The Gundam Base.Side 1, 2
Mia Sora (Bandai)
Stargazer characters & mecha info UPDATED
From this month's hobby mags & Gundam Ace via 2ch:
GAT-X105E Strike Noir
Overall height: 17.72m
Weight: 90.5 tons
M2M5 Todesschrecken 12.5mm x 2
M8F-SB1 beam rifle Shorty (?)
MR-Q10 Flagalac 3 beam blades
MAU-M3E42 linked linear guns
GAT-X103AP Verde Buster Gundam
Overall height (antenna): 18.46m
Weight: 99.36 tons
Right shoulder: 350mm gunlauncher
Left shoulder: 94mm high energy beam cannon
6-tube missle launcher x 2 (220mm multipurpose missle 6-tube pods)
Beam rifle with bayonette x 2 (M9009B composite bayonette-equipped model beam rifle)
Shams Coza - 19-years-old. Male. Natural. Lieutenant Junior Grade affiliated with Phantom Pain. Pilot of the mobile suit GAT-X103AP. With his co-workers Sven and Mudie, the 3 form a special MS platoon.
GAT-X1022 Blu Duel Gundam
Overall height (antenna): 16.89m
Weight: 84.24 tons
M2M5 Todesschrecken 12.5mm x 2
Mk315 Stiletto rocket-propelled anti-armor penetrator
M443 Scorpion mobile railgun
ES05A beam saber x 2
M7G2 retractable beam gun
Mudie Holcroft - 18-years-old. Female. Natural. 2nd Lieutenant affiliated with Phantom Pain. Pilot of the mobile suit GAT-X1022. With her co-workers Sven and Mudie, the 3 form a special MS platoon.
Edmund du Clos - 37-year-old male Natural. DSSD Technology Development Center security submanager. Former Earth Alliance forces officer who served as a tank platoon commander. His married older sister, a DSSD engineer, was killed during the war. He became the guardian for the 14-year-old son she left behind, Sol Ryuune L'ange. Other than his nephew Sol, he has no relatives. Incidentally, Sol is a first-generation Coordinator.
UMD DESTINY Special Edition
With the DVD version coming out later this week, es!Toys now lists the UMD version will come out on Aug 24 priced at 3990 yen.
Shizuoka Hobby Show 5: Assignment Miami Beach
Japan K.K.S. Association
Hobby Shop Midori
Mia Sora (Kotobukiya)
MIA Nado (MSiA LaGOWE edition)
This month's mag news UPDATED
Crossbone Gundam: The Seven Of Steel
UC 0136 (Tobia is 18).
Story involves a scheme progressing from when Dogatie was still alive in which super long-range attacks can be made directly to the Earth from Jupiter.
Tetenith's stepmother (Crux Dogatie's second wife) appears.
The next Astray series is "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73 Δ Astray".
The protagonist's group is from Mars:
Agnes Brahe - Leader of the team dispatched from Mars to Earth. 16-years-old. Coordinator.
Nahe Herschel - Team staff. 19-years-old. Coordinator.
Diego Lowell - 16-years-old. Came to Earth with Lowe's ship. Possibly the pilot of the MJ.
The main mecha is the Δ Astray (Delta Astray). Has Destiny-like wings of light on its back called "Voiture Lumiere".
The preview shows the Strike Noir.
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Shizuoka Hobby Show
Kirarin's Hobby Diary Ver.BLOG
hetekarupi-san's Yahoo photo album
Shizuoka: The Last Stand
Shizuoka Broadcasting System (video)
Chatnoir Funtouki (Mezokurotei)
Gundam Collection Shop
modelfplus 2 (Shizuoka Modeler's space)
Stargazer Shizuoka update
The promo video shown at the Shizuoka Hobby Show reveals the following info:
New character, Edmund du Clos - George Nakata
Theme song, "Stargazer ~Hoshi No Tobira~" ("Door Of The Stars") by apparent newcomer Satori Negishi
PSP SD Gundam G Generation Portable
The official site now lists the release date as Aug 3.
HCM-Pro Jagd Doga pics
From Amazon Japan.
Yutaka Izubuchi for Anime Expo 2006
Anime Expo's site has a press release announcing Yutaka Izubuchi as a guest of honor for the convention, which takes place July 1 through July 4.
Shizuoka Hobby Show news UPDATED
Announcements from Chickens' Diary @ Autopage and 2ch:
MG Gundam F91 (July, 3,200 yen) - The first MG with polycap-less construction, comes with a stand with a Rafflesia image
MG Gundam F90 (exhibit only)
HGUC GP02A (July, 2,100 yen)
1/100 Astray Gold Frame Amatu Mina (July, 3,990 yen)
1/144 HG Verde Buster Gundam (Summer)
1/144 HG Blu Duel Gundam (Summer)
EX Model La Vie En Rose (September, 6,825 yen)
HCM-Pro Sazabi (July, 2940 yen)
U.C. Hard Graph official site - To open on June 25th. 1/35th scale Gundam figures + mechanics. Sunrise is involved to the extent that the site refers to this as "Sunrise's new project" and that elite Gundam series staff members are participating:
Vol. 1 - Sol + Crown figures, Wappa, Zeon weapons (September)
Vol. 2 - Ramba Ral + Crowley Hamon + Zeygan figures, bike, Zaku J type head (October)
Vol. 3 - Five 08th MS Team figures, hover truck (December)
Vol. 4 - Five Earth Fed anti-MS infantry figures, Ground Gundam right arm (February)
Super Mecha Chronicle - New series of Bandai plamodels devoted to 80's hero robots. The first in the line is the Layzner. The booth screen mentioned Dunbine, L-Gaim, Vifam, Xabungle, and Dragonar.
Pam's HP has pics and additional releases
HCM-Pro RGZ-91 (Aug, 2310 yen)
1/400 Gundam Collection Alpha Azier (Summer)
- Geara Doga, Nu Gundam, and Jegan are scheduled for HCM-Pro after ReGZ
- Couple more HG lineup for Stargazer are scheduled
- For those who reserve R2 MSG DVD Box1 before Sept 14, will receive a Limited Edition HCM-Pro RX-78-2 (TV color version)
- Bandai will open a first ever expo for Gunpla titled "Gunpla EXPO" on Aug at Tokyo Ikebukuro Sunshine City.
The Bandai Hobby site presents a Special Stargazer site devoted to Stargazer Gunpla.
Hobby.co.jp (Gundam stuff starts from Plamodels page 11)
Tsukurikake Mokei Dojo
Rainbow Ten (.wmv movies)
G Gen Portable update
This week's Famitsu reveals the following series are also included in the PSP game:
Stargazer release schedule UPDATED
ITmedia +D put up a small article on the upcoming SEED OVA, CE73 Stargazer. The article confirms that Bandai Channel will release ep1 in July with the DVD version coming out as well.
Ep 1 - 15 minutes long, July
Ep 2 - 15 minutes long, Aug
Ep 3 - 15 minutes long, Sept
Edit: Bandai Namco's press release says the DVD will come in the Winter. The stated goal for Stargazer is to gain new fans by having this be the first Gundam to be initially offered over the Net. The cast so far...
Selene McGriff - Sayaka Ohara
Sven Cal Bayan - Daisuke Ono
Sol Ryuune L'ange - Jun Fukuyama
2nd Gundam Evolve DVD
Description at Rakuten Ichiba mentions that 2nd volume of GUNDAM EVOLVE../Ω will be released on Jan 27, 2007. Since the 1st volume covers Evolve 6-10, the 2nd volume will carry the rest (11-15).
Upcoming plamo pics
From The Gundam Base.Side 1:
HG Strike Noir
1/100 Infinite Justice Gundam
HGUC Zaku I
Ex Model Samson trailer
Mobile Ops preview
IGN put up a brief look at the Xbox 360 game with the promise of more next week.
Apocalypse 0079 episode 3 summary UPDATED
Tsutaya Online has a synopsis of the the final episode of MS IGLOO, "Spirits Returning To Thunder":
"December 31st, UC 0079. The guns at the Battle Of A Baoa Qu roared at last. The blaze of combat can be seen everywhere. Meanwhile, the blueprints of a mysterious mobile armor are displayed on the main monitor of the Jotunheim's bridge, the MA-05Ad Big Lang (or 'Rang', 'Lung', 'Rung', etc). Frustrated, Colonel Caspen hands out defense HQ instructions to the crew on the bridge starting with Captain Prochnow. They are ordered to defend E-Field with the mobile armor..."
Edit: Fixed the last line. E-Field is apparently a place (one of A Baoa Qu's four defense areas) and not a fancy new technological gimmick. Thanks to Mark Simmons for catching that.
SD Gundam G Gen Portable site update
The System page is up.
Wings Of Rean site update
More screenshots from episode 3 are available as well as a profile of the Shinden:
"The Houjou army's new model Aura Battler, the successor of the Raiden. Dramatically improves on the Raiden's potential with strong Aura power despite its easy handling. Armed with a long spear and two swords on its hips. Sakomizu assigns units to Upper Earthers Rouri and Kanamoto."
Toon Zone Toonami interview
Over at Toon Zone, an audio interview with Toonami's Sean Akins & Jason DeMarco touches on several topics, including the current situation with Cartoon Network and Gundam. The Gundam-relevant discussion starts about 32 minutes in. Based on what's said, the chances of SEED Destiny airing look slim. Also admitted is that, outside of Gundam Wing, none of the Gundams broadcast have ever really hit it off with audiences.
XBox 360 Gundam Japanese site
The official Japanese site for Mobile Ops, known in Japan as "Gundam: Operation Troy", pre-opened today.
Zeta Gundam: A New Translation US premiere
The Zeta Gundam movie trilogy will have a USA premiere in conjunction with the Chicago International Film Festival and Yoshiyuki Tomino will appear to give a special lecture. The event takes place on Saturday, October 7th. Special screenings of Char's Counterattack and Gundam F91 are also planned. Thanks to HEDGESMFG at MAHQ's forums for pointing this out.
More E3 Gundam UPDATED
IGN updated their Mobile Ops gallery and put up impressions of the PS3 Gundam. GameSpot also posted their own report on the PS3 Gundam
Edit: IGN now has 2 movies of the PS3 Gundam in action.
GUNDAM EVOLVE../Ω UPDATED
Yodobashi Camera's site lists "GUNDAM EVOLVE../Ω" DVD. The DVD will come out on Oct 27 priced at 5040 yen.
Edit: The listing at Kinokuniya's Forest Plus says this will contain Gundam Evolves 6 through 10.
E3 Gundam games
IGN put up a trailer for the PS3 Mobile Suit Gundam, a port (?) of the Xbox 360 "Mobile Ops" game.
Also revealed among the Nintendo Wii lineup is "SD Gundam G Breaker", an SD Gundam Gashapon Wars-esque title (an extremely brief clip of which can be seen during a 6-minute Wii software presentation at Nintendo's site), and yet another eponymous "Mobile Suit Gundam" game, mentioned in GameSpot's Wii lineup report.
Stargazer staff update
The official site lists the following additional staff, among other miscellaneous crew members:
Mecha design - Kimitoshi Yamane, Kenki Fujioka
Design works - Thinkport
Music - Megumi Ohashi
HCM-Pro Jagd Doga Quess Paraya limited version
Plamo-ya San's Useless Diary Ex-S says the HCM-Pro Quess Paraya Jaga Doga will be sold only on a limited basis. The figure will likely either be available at an event like Chara Hobby as an exclusive item or otherwise as a limited edition like the Green Divers HCM-Pro's.
Result hits #5
Oricon reports that Nami Tamaki's theme song for the first SEED Destiny Special Edition hit #5 on the weekly singles chart with 27,000 copies sold. This is her 8th top 10 hit.
Gundam SEED goes theatrical UPDATED
Rumors on 2ch said to be from the Sony Music Anime Fes' 06 are that it was announced that there'll be a Gundam SEED movie.
It is known, through a radio commercial for this month's Newtype, that the magazine has "big Gundam SEED news" though early issues don't appear to have come out yet to confirm what exactly that news is.
Edit: Sunrise confirms the rumors, stating this will be the first completely original Gundam feature film since Gundam F91 came out 15 years ago. Mitsuo Fukuda will be the director.
Update 2: Based on people who attended the Anime Fes, Shinn Asuka, Cagalli Yula Atha, Lacus Clyne, Athrun Zara, and Kira Yamato were featured with narration "their path takes us.." to a screen officially announcing the theatrical production. TM Revolution apparently topped off the event by saying "See ya at the movies" to the crowd.
Upcoming merchandise pics
From Rakuten's Be-J site:
Cosmic Region Infinite Justice Gundam (mislabeled as the EMSiA Justice)
MSiA Gouf Ignited (mass-production version)
From Rakuten's Goodly site:
GFF ZII, 2
"Result" #3 for the day
Oricon reports that Nami Tamaki's "Result" came in at #3 on the daily singles chart.