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Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Bandai February merchandise
From the Bandai Hobby Site and their English site.

Also of note is their new English language Blog Of The Soul.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Gundam Musou update
The latest issue of Famitsu confirms the God Gundam, Wing Gundam Zero, and Turn A Gundam as playable units in Gundam Musou.
Tetsujin 28 animated movie trailer
The trailer for Yasuhiro Imagawa's Tetsujin 28 movie is up at the official site. Click the right-most link.
Upcoming merchandise pics
From The Gundam Base.Side 1:
R3 L-Gaim Mark II
HGUC Gundam GP02A (Type-MLRS)
HG Civilian Astray DSSD Custom
Monday, January 29, 2007
MSG DVD Box 2 first week sales UPDATED
Oricon reports the 2nd Mobile Suit Gundam TV series DVD Box set ranked #1 on the overall weekly DVD charts with 39,000 copies sold. Anime titles dominated the overall chart this past week, taking 1st, 2nd (Haruhi Vol. 7, limited edition), and 3rd place (Code Geass Vol. 1). The last time that happened was November 2005, when the top 3 were Howl's Moving Castle, Howl's Moving Castle Special Edition, and the Howl's Moving Castle + Ghibli Ga Ippai Special Short Short twin box.

Gundam Evolve Alpha ranked #5.
Alliance Vs. ZAFT Portable MS
A listing of MS in the PSP version of the game is now up at the official site.
MG Hi-Nu Gundam pics
Moe Yo! Akibajin posted snapshots from a display of the kit at Asobit City's Chara City.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Keroro Gunsou movie 2 trailer
Now available under the Movie link at the official site.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
MS Gundam DVD Box 2 launch
Akiba OS has pics of the Gundam Corner display for the second MSG DVD Box set up at Asobit City in Akihabara.
Friday, January 26, 2007
GFF Metal Composite RX-78 Ver. Ka pics
From Amiami.
PS3 Gundam Musou update
The official site now has a section on sub-characters and official mode.

ITmedia, Gpara, Dengeki, and eg has pics of Hyaku Shiki, The O, and Char Gelgoog in action.
Gundam Evolve 15 details
From the official Evolve site...

"Challia Bull was found to have the attributes of a Newtype during his activities in the Zeon force's Jupiter fleet. While doubtful of his own abilities, he is assigned by commander-in-chief Gihren to serve in Char Aznable's combat unit under Kycilia's command. Even as he senses the girl he met known as Lalah Sune to be something of a Newtype, the fierce combat with the Federation ace-piloted Gundam changed his convictions..."

Amuro Ray - Toru Furuya
Challia Bull - Rikiya Koyama
Char Aznable - Shuuichi Ikeda
Lalah Sune - Keiko Han

Mobile Suits:
MAN-03 Braw Bro - "A mobile armor developed for Newtype-use by the Zeon army. The very first unit capable of all-range attacks through wired psycommu and the basis of the Zeon force's Newtype weapons development."

RX-78 Gundam - "The close combat model mobile suit born from the Earth Federation's attempt to counter the Zeon army's mobile suits, Operation V."

White Base - "The new model assault/landing ship the Federation constructed for the use of mobile suits."
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
More Gundam Musou pics
Some more screenshots from a Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong event via Game News Network and Gamebase.
MS IGLOO Complete Creation Data Collection
The MS IGLOO site put up details for a publication entitled MS IGLOO Complete Creation Data Collection. The 144-page mook, coming out the end of February, has not only prototype ships and weapons from the anime but also those appearing in the manga version newly done in 3D CGI by Sunrise's D.I.D. Studio (such as the pictured GM Camouf). Includes multi-view lineart, development details, gimmicks, weaponry, and commentary.
Sony & Bandai Namco form new software company
Game Watch reports Sony Computer Entertainment and Bandai Namco Games are forming a company named Cellius Inc. starting up March 6. Cellius will create and sell audio, visual, & computer software using Sony's Cell Broadband Engine chip. Bandai Namco will own 51% of the company, with Sony owning the other 49%.
Upcoming merchandise pics
From Hobbynet:
MG Strike Noir (lineart)
HGUC Mass-production Gelgoog/Gelgoog Cannon (lineart)
1/100 Akatsuki Full Set
HCM-Pro Gelgoog (MS IGLOO version)
HCM-Pro Gelgoog (Kuspen version)
RRR Strengthened Layzner (New Layzner)
Monday, January 22, 2007
MG Hi-Nu Gundam pics UPDATED
From Hobby Stock.

Edit: The Gundam Base.Side 1 put up two more.
This month's hobby mag news UPDATED
MG Strike Noir - March, 4,725 yen
HGUC Mass-Produced Gelgoog/Gelgoog Cannon - March, 1,680 yen
EX Model Hildolfr - 1/144, March, 7,140 yen
1/100 Akatsuki Full Set - w/ gold plating, March, 6,300 yen
HCM-Pro Gelgoog - Kuspen version, March, 2,100 yen
HCM-Pro Mass-Produced Gelgoog - IGLOO version, March, 2,100 yen
RRR SPT-LZ-00X-B Strengthened Layzner (aka New Layzner) - March, 4,200 yen

The next EMSiA is reported as Char's Gelgoog.
Gundam Musou site update
The site's MS page updated with the Hyaku Shiki, Char's Gelgoog, and The O.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Spirits Of Zeon site update
The arcade game's official site has sections covering Stage 4, the test version of the GM Striker, and a page for High Quality Keyholders (Arcade Game Original assortment).
Gundam Musou pics has some new screenshots of the PS3 title.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
08th MS Team all night screening
MYCOM Journal reports Bandai Visual will hold an all night 08th MS Team screening on Feb 24th at Theatres Shinjuku. The event starts at midnight showing all 11 episodes in 5.1ch sound with director Umanosuke Iida and Takashi Imanishi as guests. The price of admission is 2500 yen.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Upcoming merchandise pics
From The Gundam Base.Side 1:
U.C. Hardgraph E.F.G.F. MS[G] Platoon Briefing Set
Keroro Gunsou Plamo Collection Dororo Robo
HGUC Gaplant TR-5
HCM-Pro Hyaku Shiki
Gundam Collection DX 6
Monday, January 15, 2007
Gundam Musou game modes
Tsutaya Online describes three modes of the game: Official Mode allows you to play through battles in the original anime. Original Mode lets you choose from all the game's characters from MSG, Z, & ZZ and play through stages based on situations not in the original anime. With Versus Mode, you compete in battles with special victory conditions.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Upcoming merchandise pics
From The Gundam Base.Side 1:
MG Crossbone Gundam X-1 Full Cloth
Gundam Musou site update
The official site now has Game System and Mobile Suit sections.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Evolve Plus DVD update
CDjournal reports the May release of Evolve Plus DVD will be different from the previous version. Evolve 1, 4, and 5 will feature 5.1ch audio and Evolve 5 will also come with Music Score Remix version.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
It Figures! MSiA of the year voting
It Figures! is running several Mobile Suit In Action polls over at Gundam Board In Action!! for input on the best MSiA figures of 2006. Voting runs until midnight January 23.
Upcoming merchandise pics
From Hobby Shop Midori:
R3 L-Gaim Mk II - Also for February are "Heavy Metal Coating" versions of the HG Heavy Metal L-Gaim Mk I and Auge.
MG Hi-Nu Gundam - Comes with display stand and Fin Funnel thruster effects parts.
Keroro Squadron Set, Keroro Robo 5 Set - Each set comes with papercraft.
HG Civilian Astray DSSD Custom (lineart)
08th MS Team DVD Box digipack art
The 08th MS Team site has inner & outer digipack art pics.
2006 top videogames charts
Info from this week's Famitsu. By the number of titles in the top 100, Bandai Namco Games ranked #2 with 15 games (behind Nintendo, with 30). By sales numbers, Bandai Namco ranked #4 with 4,220,898 units sold. Rankings of Gundam-relevant titles:

29) Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: Alliance Vs. ZAFT II Plus - 440,432 copies sold
48) SD Gundam G Generation Portable - 271,425 copies sold
53) Mobile Suit Gundam Climax U.C. - 241,597 copies sold
78) Another Century's Episode 2 - 181,052 copies sold

Additionally, SD Gundam G Generation Portable was the #2 selling game for the PSP in 2006 while Gundam: Target In Sight was the #2 selling game for the PS3, with 96,714 copies sold.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Gundam Musou release date
Confirming rumors from the past couple of days, gaming magazines do in fact say Gundam Musou has a March 1st release date. corroborates the info.
08th MS Team 5.1ch DVD Box pic
From Bandai Visual's site.
Gundam Musou tidbits
Rakuten's edigi site gives one or two tiny details: the addition of a dash button gives a sensation of speed not present in any of the past Musou games. The character growth system applies to both the pilot and mobile suit, allowing your characters to become stronger and awaken as a Newtype.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Alliance Vs. ZAFT Portable official site
The official Alliance Vs. ZAFT site updated with content for the PSP game. Several gameplay movies are available in the Outline section (under Game Rule, Basic Operation, and Battle System).
Friday, January 05, 2007
MSG DVD Box: Rental vs. Sales
An interesting discussion about the visual quality of the Region 2 MS Gundam TV series DVD's broke out on's forums. The thread includes sample pics illustrating differences between the rental version, which came out in Japan in July, and the for-sale version released two weeks ago.
Oricon movie/manga spinoff poll
Oricon has another poll of interest, this time regarding which movie or manga characters people would like to see a spinoff of.

1) L - Death Note
2) Char Aznable - Mobile Suit Gundam
3) Kaede Rukawa - Slam Dunk
4) Roronoa Zoro - One Piece
5) Fujiko Mine - Lupin The 3rd
6) Krillin - Dragonball
7) Goemon Ishikawa - Lupin The 3rd
8) Masumi Okuyama - Nodame Cantabile
9) Shinichi Okazaki - Nana
10) Usopp - One Piece

Women's choices:
1) L - Death Note
2) Kaede Rukawa - Slam Dunk
3) Masumi Okuyama - Nodame Cantabile
4) Reira Serizawa - Nana
5) Shinichi Okazaki - Nana
6) Rui Hanazawa - Hana Yori Dango
7) Fujiko Mine - Lupin The 3rd
8) Goemon Ishikawa - Lupin The 3rd
9) Ryutaro Mine - Nodame Cantabile
10) Roronoa Zoro - One Piece

Men's choices:
1) Char Aznable - Mobile Suit Gundam
2) L - Death Note
3) Krillin - Dragonball
4) Roronoa Zoro - One Piece
5) Usopp - One Piece
6) Colonel Roy Mustang - Fullmetal Alchemist
7) Fujiko Mine - Lupin The 3rd
8) Inspector Zenigata - Lupin The 3rd
9) Daisuke Jigen - Lupin The 3rd
10) Sumire Onda - Bayside Shakedown
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Bandai January merchandise
From Bandai's hobby site and their English site.
Gundam Musou official site UPDATED
A new Game Watch article included a link to the official home page.

Other sites now have similar article up now:
ITmedia +D
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Anime! Anime! News' Top 10 news of 2006
The top 10 anime news stories of the year, as chosen by Anime! Anime! News:
1) The "Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya" boom
2) The high profile of "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" in the entertainment industry
3) The big strides made by web animation
4) Japanese investing in ADV
5) Anime sales on the Internet & the growth of Internet anime distribution
6) The expansion of anime events with record years for the Tokyo Animation Fair, Anime Expo, and Japan Expo
7) Successive profit warnings from up-and-coming anime/manga-related enterprises
8) American Michael Arias becomes the first foreigner to direct a large-scale domestic anime production with "Tekkon Kinkreet"
9) Yoyogi Animation Institute files for bankruptcy
10) Mobile Suit Gundam TV released on DVD - Anime! Anime! writes a DVD is considered a hit if it sells 10,000 copies. So for a DVD box to have 120,000 sets shipped despite its priceyness makes it a big hit.

The summary pages for 1-5 and 6-10.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Bonds Of The Battlefield site update
The news section of the official site announces in commemoration of the HGUC kit, they're taking applications for ace pilots to test the Gundam GP02A MLRS Physalis in the game. Candidate test pilots for the super high cost MS need to rank within the top 10 pilot point rankings of their battalion for the month of January. The test period takes place from February 14 through March 13.
Char Custom Blog closes
The webmaster of the Char Custom Blog posted a New Year's notice about the closing of his site. For the past three years, the blog has been the single best resource for Japanese Gundam news if one didn't want to wade through the spam on 2channel. Best wishes to all involved.
Comet Chick Express
On sale July 26th, is Hideki Ohwada's "Mobile Suit Gundam-san: Tsugi No Chotto Tsugi No Maki ~Comet Chick Express~". It comes with 48 all-color pages of manga featuring the famous Gundam-san character: the Comet Chick, a 6 cm Power Spring Chick that moves when you pull its tail string, three 3cm diameter tin badges, three 4.8cm Chick glitter stickers, and a secret item. The cutoff date for reservations is March 23rd.
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