Tokyo Toy Show: European Gigolo UPDATED
Mainichi Mantan Web
Ota☆Suke Figures 1 (Robot & Sentai Heroes)
Ota☆Suke Figures 2 (many Bandai product pics along the bottom of the page)
Datsu! Mikkabouzu (Figures, GFF, MSiA)
Bandai's promotional plans for Gundam 00's MS In Action figures can be seen in a chart shown here. A large-scale campaign is planned starting in October after the program begins airing.
MS IGLOO, SRW:OG OVA & TV licensed
ANN reports from Anime Expo that Bandai Visual USA licensed MS IGLOO and both Super Robot Wars: Original Generation anime, with IGLOO and the SRW OVA coming in October.
A.C.E. 3 The Final official site
The official site is already accessible. Another link on the main site confirms Hitomi Shimatani's "Shinku" (image song) and "Ai No Shi" (ending song), at least one of which can be briefly heard when the site's movie loads up.
Famitsu.com also has an article online.
Tokyo Toy Show 2007 UPDATED
ITmedia +D Games
GA Graphic 2
MIA Nado (avoid direct links to the gallery, reproducing photos, etc.)
Apron No Hito Mokei Production Diary (6/28 update, Sengokuden coverage)
Datsu! Mikkabouzu (Gunpla, MG Turn A, etc.)
EMSiA Wing Gundam Zero pics
From Amazon Japan.
SEED/Destiny Fan Disc SEED Supernova ist DVD cover
From Bandai Visual's site.
SEED/Destiny Fan Disc first week sales
Oricon reports Gundam SEED & SEED Destiny Fan Disc Supernova er was #5 on the weekly overall DVD charts and #3 on the weekly anime DVD charts. The second Turn A Gundam memorial box ranked #7 on the anime charts.
Another Century's Episode 3 UPDATED AGAIN
Another Century's Episode 3 was announced by the official website linking to a countdown page for the 3rd installment.
Edit: Japanese sites are reporting the release date as September 6 for the PS2.
Edit 2: The series list...
Overman King Gainer
After War Gundam X
Mobile Suit Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Psalm Of Planets Eureka Seven
Turn A Gundam
Shin (Change!!) Getter Robo
Metal Armor Dragonar
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Mobile Fighter G Gundam
Martian Successor Nadesico: Prince Of Darkness
New Mobile Report Gundam W: Endless Waltz
Aura Battler Dunbine
Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?
Wings Of Rean
The game will also feature the following theme songs:
Heats - Shin (Change!) Getter Robo
King Gainer Over! - Overman King Gainer
In My Dreams - Brain Powerd
Realize - Gundam SEED
Dreams - Gundam X
Resolution - Gundam X
Trust You Forever - G Gundam
Last Impression - Gundam W: Endless Waltz
Yume Iro Chaser - Metal Armor Dragonar
Dunbine Tobu - Aura Battler Dunbine
Information High - Macross Plus
Turn A Turn - Turn A Gundam
Days - Eureka Seven
sakura - Eureka Seven
My Boyfriend Is A Pilot Part 1 - Macross: DYRL?
Plus 9 other songs...
According to Famitsu, this will be the final installment of A.C.E.
VOTOMS: Pailsen Files Vol. 1 info
Famitsu.com posted info about the first volume of the 12 episode OVA, coming October 26. Each volume contains 2 episodes (total of 50 minutes) and a limited edition version will come with a 1/48 Actic Gear action figure (Pailsen Files Version) of Chirico's mech.
Gundam Unicorn site update
New stuff includes summaries of Day Of The Unicorn 4 and Day Of The Unicorn 5 and MS & character profiles.
RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode):
"The Unicorn's appearance when the 'NT-D' system is activated. In this form, the psycoframe infused within the entire body's internal frame reads the pilot's thoughts (psycowaves) and directly influences the unit's movements. In other words, the MS can ultimately be controlled by thought alone.
However, when compared to one's idea of how a human body works, the stress of gravity on an 20 meter MS (more than 10 times the size) is extraordinary. Aided by the psycommu, the pilot's mind can only endure about five minutes of operation, after which a limiter is believed to activate, returning the MS to normal Unicorn form.
Furthermore, the system activates not according to the pilot's discretion, but automatically when certain conditions, as yet unexplained, are met."
MS Sensen 0079 multiplay modes
The official site has a multiplay page up in its Modes section: Versus Mode features split screen battle against the computer (VSCPU), against another player (VS2P), or coop 2-players against the computer (VSTAG). In Survival Mode, you beat down as many enemies as you can in 3 minutes and can compete with a second player. Combination Mode has original missions that can be cleared collaboratively selecting every pilot & MS from either the Fed or Zeon sides.
Upcoming merchandise pics
From Amazon Japan:
EMSiA Johnny Ridden's High Mobility Gelgoog
EMSiA Gelgoog Cannon
In Action!! Offshoot Dunbine
In Action!! Offshoot Billbine
Gundam Crisis official site
The Fuji-Q Highland attraction opening July 21st has an official site now available. Other than the promo photo, more info is found in the press release than on the site so far. Sunrise is providing newly done 2D animation with 3D CGI mobile suits with director Kenichi Suzuki, a story by Kazuho Hyodo, and mecha designer Hajime Katoki on the staff. Up to 40 people can participate at once.
Taking place after the Federation captures Solomon from the Zeon, players have to work as a team to execute Mosk Han's magnetic coating project for the Gundam. During that time, news comes from the 24th patrolling unit's Jack Bayard that Zeon forces have been detected. The deployed GMs, Balls and Saberfish are outgunned by the Zakus, Rick Doms, and the testing of the new unit from Char's forces. Players get a PDA called a "VQ Divider" and run around the hanger accomplishing time-restricted missions, the successful clearing of which allows them to get inside the Gundam's cockpit.
SD Gundam G Gen Cross Drive update
The official site updated their series list with Crossbone Gundam and Gundam Sentinel and posted the promo movie.
PS2 VOTOMS site opens
The official site put up most of their info on their System page. Sites like ITmedia +D Games and DengekiOnline.com have lots of promo pics.
Gundam 00 merchandising redux
Famitsu.com put up even more extensive coverage of the Gundam 00 Club eX event (and more pics of the MG Turn A Gundam prototype and other figures).
FG (First Grade) Gundam Exia - September
FG Gundam Dynames - September
FG Gundam Kyrios - September
FG Gundam Virtue - October
HG Gundam Exia - October
HG Gundam Dynames - November (December?)
HG Gundam Kyrios - November (December?)
1/60 Gundam Exia - October (or maybe November or December...)
HCM-Pro Gundam Exia - October
HCM-Pro Gundam Dynames - October
HCM-Pro Gundam Kyrios - November
You can see Hajime Katoki credited for work on the 00 Region line. An unspecified large-scale item will be released for the Gundam Collection series in December.
MG Char's Gelgoog Ver. 2.0 pics
A few promo pics are up at Happinet Online.
Misc. Bandai Visual stuff
Bandai Visual put up a promotional page showing off the contents of the SEED Supernova er DVD.
The cover for the 4th volume of the individual MS Gundam DVD releases is also available.
More Spirits Of Zeon for arcades
Mycom Journal reports on the announcement of a version update to the Zaku machine gun shooter Spirits Of Zeon: Dual Stars Of Carnage. Spirits Of Zeon: Memories Of Soldiers is planned for the Fall. Differences announced so far are the addition of straps for the machine guns and the Gundam Alex as a new boss if the player acquires enough achievements.
Stargazer MS & characters for G Gen Cross Drive
Famitsu.com reveals the addition of C.E. 73 Stargazer to the list of series in SD Gundam G Generation Cross Drive.
MS Sensen 0079 site update
Now covering the Gallery Mode's color change system.
Gundam parody manga sells
Asahi.com has a story about the popularity of Gundam parody manga like Nawoki Karasawa's "Inu Gundam", Hideki Ohwada's "Mobile Suit Gundam-san", and Tony Takezaki's works. Last Fall's Gundam Ace Special, featuring comedic Gundam comics, sold 150,000 copies. The first issue of the ongoing quarterly version, which came out in May, exceeded that.
SEED & SEED Destiny Fan Disc Supernova ist details
Bandai Visual's site put up details for the 2nd Gundam SEED/Destiny Fan Disc, the contents of which look to be more of the same offered on the first DVD (Character Song Remix, Tane Chara Theater, WWS, MS Trico Stage, and SEED The Live Tour).
Bonds Of The Battlefield new MS pics
Game Watch has pics of the GM Sniper II and Gelgoog(G) seen in the latest update to the arcade game.
VOTOMS goes PS2
Famitsu.com has an article covering the newly-announced PS2 VOTOMS game, coming this Fall. It says you can freely hop in and out of Armored Troopers as well as steal enemy units. Reports from the most recent issue of Famitsu say the game features first/third person switchable gameplay.
Gundam Collection Complex pics
Hobby Shop Midori put up a promo flier for Gundam Collection Complex, coming in August and featuring the Gundam Exia.
MS Gundam Vol. 3 individual DVD cover
From Bandai Visual's site.
BB Senshi Sangokuden official site opens
Bandai Hobby's official Sangokuden site opened with character profiles for the first three Gundams. Thanks to HellCat for the info.
Gundam 00 MS, main characters, merchandising UPDATED AGAIN
Famitsu.com put up coverage of Club EX, where Bandai introduced the main characters and Gundams for Gundam 00 and had some Gunpla (display only for now) to show off.
DengekiOnline.com's coverage goes beyond to also show off merchandising info. The write-up says Gundam 00 will differ from Gundam SEED in that, according to Bandai President Kazunori Ueno, the 4 main characters will appeal not only to female fans gained with the previous Gundam, but to male fans who prefer harsh outlooks of the world.
Also revealed: The Union seems to encompass both North and South America plus Japan while the AEU is also in control of Africa.
GN-001 Gundam Exia
Head height: 18.3m
Base weight: 57.2 tons
Screen details: "Because of the GN particles eminating from the GN Drive within the unit, it has astounding mobility and near infinite energy. Compared to currently-in-use MS, it introduces a great deal of high technology."
Addition info from Dengeki's write-up: "A close-combat, high-mobility MS equipped with 7 blades." "The GN particles eminated into the air cause radio wave interference and disrupt ordinary radar and communications."
Setsuna F. Seiei
Screen details: "Fated boy soldier born & raised in the war-torn Middle East's Kurdis Republic. A cool kid who hates getting close to others and keeps his feelings inside."
GN-002 Gundam Dynames
Head height: 18.2m
Base weight: 59.1 tons
Screen details: "Same as the other Gundams, equipped with a GN Drive. It's emphasis is gun warfare. Has many guns suitable for missions and a GN Sniper Rifle as standard equipment."
Addition info from Dengeki's write-up: "When it carries out precision shooting, the head transforms into Sniper Mode with a concealed camera eye appearing. During that time, a rifle-style controller is used."
Screen details: "Decided to join Celestial Being after losing his parents because of terrorism. The eldest pilot and team leader."
GN-003 Gundam Kyrios
Head height: 18.9m
Base weight: 54.8 tons
Screen details: "Variable unit that can transform into a flight form. In its flight form, it has a rear arms container and can deal with every mission with versatility."
Addition info from Dengeki's write-up: "While it excels at hit-and-run attacks in its flight form, even in its MS form it has offensive capabilities to match other Gundams."
Screen details: "Spent his childhood as an orphan in the People's Reform League. Usually gentle and quiet."
GN-005 Gundam Virtue
Head height: 18.4m
Base weight: 66.7 tons
Screen details: "Heavily armed type and has powerful weapons such as the GN Bazooka and GN Cannon. It expands the GN Field, covering itself with a barrier and has considerably high defense."
Screen details: "A boy with a rare kind of beauty, his history, nationality, and origins all a mystery. Within his gentle tone, he can give a sense of cold intentions."
Merchandising and other goodies
Gunpla Expo Tokyo will be held August 11 through 16.
In September, 28 places countrywide will have an advance screening of episode 1 of Gundam 00.
Gundam 00 merchandise will show up in Gundam War cards (Double O Double Get Campaign starting in August), HGCORE figures (September), HGIF character figures and SD Gundam Full Color Custom 13 (October), and G Flex from the Candy Division (October).
Gundam 00 will also invade major product lines as well, including MSiA (Gundam Exia, price & date not shown), the apparently new 00 Region line (Exia, price & date also not shown), and HCM-Pro with the Gundam Exia (September, 2,300 yen) and Gundam Dynames (October, 2,300 yen).
A pic of a MG Turn A prototype is also in there somewhere.
More Super HCM-Pros in the pipeline
Famitsu.com interviewed a member of Bandai Hobby Division's planning & development team, asking if there were other mobile suits going to be sold as Super HCM-Pros. He answers that he wants Super HCM-Pro established as a product line, with mobile suits appearing in all the series under consideration, not just First Gundam.
0087 Green Divers Summer screenings
The eternally touring Green Divers will be showing at the planetarium in Konu's Jimmy Carter Civic Center through September 30.
Gundam 00 MBS site
Mainichi Broadcasting System's Gundam 00 site is now up with nothing to see.
On a side note, though it isn't much, the clearest version of the Gundam Excia promo pic so far is up at Famitsu.com.
MS Sensen 0079 original characters UPDATED
From the most recent issue of Famitsu.
Earth Federation (SRT-Unit 1 Corps):
2nd Lt. Alan Aylward (Hiroshi Kamiya) - Serves as the head of the Corps and protagonist of the Federation scenario. He excels at piloting and is a decisive leader. But perhaps because of his child-like face he tends to be seen as wishy-washy.
Master Sergeant Dennis Barrow (Hiroki Takahashi) - A handsome-looking young man. Though a talkative playboy, his combat skill is true. He's good at everything from constructing strategies to building things but his real forte is as a marksman.
Corporal Hoa Blanchett (Sayaka Ohara) - Serves as the team's operator and is a non-combatant. A calm, older sister figure who brings everyone together. Has a strong ability to analyze information.
Warrant Officer Lilu Sommers (Masumi Asano) - Strong-willed, egotistical lady. Is disgruntled by her assignment to the oddball SRT-Unit 1 Corps but gradually opens her heart to those around her.
Principality Of Zeon (Brauer Team):
2nd Lt. Leo Brauer (Koutarou Namura) - A man with great self-respect from a fallen noble family. Mischievous yet lively, he is beloved by many. The kind of person who makes decisions quickly and tends to be in touch with his surroundings.
Master Sergeant Klaus Bertrand (Daisuke Ono) - Leo's childhood friend. An intellectual who's always scheming for his own benefit. At first, he appears gentle and friendly but his true nature is dark.
Sergeant Toldo Bobrov (Osamu Hosoi) - Veteran pilot who worked as a colony construction subcontractor in the past. Surviving from the beginning of the One Year War, he has a wealth of experience.
Private 2nd Class Ann Friberg (Fumiko Orikasa) - Operator and non-combatant. Finished training courses at the academy and was assigned halfway through. As this is her first time on Earth and on the frontlines, she's beginning to feel the stress.
Edit: The official site updated with Story Mode info and reveals people who reserve the game get the MS Sensen 0079 Memorial Disk DVD (contents not yet mentioned).
Yomiuri Gundam 00 article
The Daily Yomiuri Online put up an English language article covering the announcement of Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
VOTOMS: Pailsen Files promo movie
The second promo movie (and the first with real footage) for Pailsen Files is up at the official site.
Gundam 00 site update
The official site updated with an outline & staff section. Nobuto Sue's name is added alongside Kenji Teraoka and Hitoshi Fukuchi to the list of concept designers. Also worth noting is Kunio Okawara is credited third as a mechanic designer, behind Kanetake Ebikawa & Takayuki Yanase. In Sotsu Agency's press release, Okawara wasn't mentioned at all, potentially indicating a reduced role for him compared to his level of participation in other Gundam series. The official site will formally open on July 10.
The story outline:
As fossil fuels became exhausted, humanity found a new energy source to change their situation: A large-scale solar power system with three enormous orbiting elevators. However, only a few large countries and their allies reaped the benefits.
Three superpowers had ownership of the three orbiting elevators: The Union, based in the United States Of America, The People's Reform League, made up of China, Russia, and India, and Europe's AEU. The superpowers continue playing a large zero-sum game for their own dignity and respective prosperity. Even though it is the 24th century, humanity has yet to become one.
In this world where war has no end, a private militia appears advocating the eradication of war through force. Each possessing a mobile suit Gundam, they are Celestial Being. The armed intervention by the Gundams against all acts of war begins."
Upcoming merchandise pics
From The Gundam Base.Side 1:
U.C. Hard Graph E.F.G.F. Anti MS Squad Set
BB Senshi Ryubi Gundam
PG Wing Gundam Zero (EW) Pearl Mirror Coating version
BB Senshi Kanu Gundam
BB Senshi Chouhi Gundam
Action Base 2 Black
HCM-Pro Akatsuki Complete Set
HCN-Pro SP Nu Gundam
From Hobby Shop Midori:
BB Senshi Shibai Sazabi
More MS Sensen 0079 details
Bic Camera says the game will have more than 60 missions total, over 40 playable MS, and about 30 characters.
Bonds Of The Battlefield Rev. 1.06
The official site details online update Rev. 1.06 to take effect June 13th for the arcade game, which includes the newly added GM Sniper II and Gelgoog(G).
MS Gundam 00 official press releases
From Sotsu Agency's official website, the press release for Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the 12th Gundam TV series and the first to be broadcast in Hi-Def. The premise is given as follows:
"The setting is Earth 300 years from the present day, in 2307 AD. The series depicts the protagonist, Setsuna F. Seiei, who pilots a mobile suit (Gundam Excia) for a mysterious private militia (Celestial Being), going against a whole world where conflicts never cease and the struggle to eradicate war."
Bandai Namco's press release says the first Gundam 00 plamodel, the 1/144 Gundam Excia, comes in September. Outside of Gunpla, expect a slew of merchandising including figures, candy toys, vending machine stuff, apparel, video games, mobile content, and DVD & video.
Newtype Gundam 00 news
Director - Seiji Mizushima
Series Composition - Yousuke Kuroda
Character design - Yun Kouga
Animation character design - Michinori Chiba
Mechanic design - Kunio Okawara, Kanetake Ebikawa, Takayuki Yanase
Mechanic concept design - Hitoshi Fukuchi, Kenji Teraoka
Animation mechanic design - Seiichi Nakatani
The main Gundam seems to be the Gundam Excia.
Upcoming merchandise pics
From Hobby Search:
MG Turn A Gundam (Mead lineart) - 3,990 yen
MG RX-78-2 Ver. OYW 0079 (TV colors)
HG Blaze Zaku Phantom (Dearka Elthsman custom) - September, 1,575 yen
HG Gouf Ignited (Yzak Joule custom) - August, 1,575 yen
HGUC Blue Destiny Unit 1
HGUC Amphibious Mobile Suit Set - Acguy + Gogg + Char's Z'gok, July, 3,150 yen
BB Senshi Blaze Zaku Phantom (Heine Westenfluss custom) - August, 630 yen
BB Senshi Blaze Zaku Warrior - July, 630 yen
BB Senshi Stargazer - August, 630 yen
HCM-Pro Nu Gundam Special Painted - August, 5,040 yen
Kululu Robo Mk II - August, 840 yen
Tamama Robo Mk II - July, 840 yen
MG Summer Campaign
Some info for the upcoming MG Summer Campaign, the last of the Countdown 100 promotional tie-ins, is up at Hobby Shop Midori: When you buy a MG from participating shops, you get a commemorative DVD featuring Shuuichi Ikeda talking about the advances made towards MG 100. Additionally, the first run of the MG Turn A Gundam will come with a deluxe copy of "Gunpla Turn Ace", a special edition of Gundam Ace featuring the Turn A.
New Gundam TV series confirmed: Mobile Suit Gundam 00
A very short promo appeared after today's episode of TBS/MBS' "Toward The Terra" announcing a new Gundam series. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (Double Oh) is set to air at 6pm on Oct 2007. The official site is up providing a streaming promo.
Known details are:
Setting - 2307 AD ("seireki", Japanese for "anno domini")
Characters - 4 Gundam Meisters, who pilot the mobile weapons.
Factions - Solestal Beings (not real sure on the English name right now), a private militia group whose purpose is to eradicate wars.
Tagline at the end of the commercial - "Rebirth begins through destruction"
Rumors about the series have been going around Japanese message boards for some time, especially after Sunrise registered several Gundam00 domains. The proclamation that the setting would neither be in the Universal Century of the original nor the Cosmic Era of Gundam SEED, as stated by Sunrise's Yasuo Miyakawa, seems to have been followed through with. Staff members are yet to be confirmed although the most persistent rumor is that the series will be directed by Fullmetal Alchemist's Seiji Mizushima.
Edit: The clearest look at the head of the main Gundam can be seen on the top page at Gundam Perfect Web.