From Amazon Japan.
From Bandai's Hobby site.
Famitsu.com has a video interview with Norihoko Ushimura, game producer for all of the Gihren's Greed series. The site has some screenshots of the PSP version.
In Action!! Offshoot Lancelot - March, 2,625 yen
In Action!! Offshoot Sutherland - Purist faction version, March, 2,415 yen
In Action!! Offshoot Sutherland - standard version, March, 2,415 yen
On December 1, BS 11 Digital will be airing Kenshou! The World Of Mobile Suit Gundam: Road To The Universal Century, a 2-hour special examining how much closer we are to the Universal Century. The broadcast will look at the real world space program, robot technology, and hi-tech military weaponry in contrast with the science and technology of the UC. The hosts will be Gundam UC author Harutoshi Fukui and tv personality/idol Kaori Manabe with guests including Gackt.
Advertised on Gundam Ace, Kadokawa is set to release a limited edition version of Gundam Unicorn Volume 4. The limited edition novel version will come with Beam Gatling Gun, which can be attached to the upcoming MG Unicorn Gundam ver Ka. The limited edition verion comes out on April 26, 2008 priced at 1260 yen.
Oricon reports the SD Gundam Collection Box ranked #17 on the weekly anime DVD charts this past week.
Also charting was L'Arc's new album, "Kiss" (featuring "Daybreak's Bell"), which was #1 in Japan, selling 221,000 copies.
This week's Famitsu announced this PSP title will come out February 7th. As mentioned previously, it'll include the ZZ and CCA periods and you can choose to start out as the Federation, Zeon, AEUG, Titans, or Axis forces. Also being reported is the appearance of MS from MS IGLOO and Harmony Of Gundam. Including variations, there are said to be about 400 MS/MA. Estimated play time is given as 20-30 hours. While event scenes don't have animation, there are more than 400 still scenes created in collaboration with Sunrise.
Video Research Ltd. has last week's episode of Gundam 00 in a tie for the 10th most watched anime in Japan with a 5.0% rating.
Business Week did a write-up on Nissan's redesign of the GT-R sports car. Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's chief creative officer, said that the car had to really reflect Japanese culture and, the article notes, "the inspiration for the model's square lines and high-tech vents came from Gundam, the Japanese anime series featuring giant robots." The $69,850 automobile will be available in the US for the first time in June as well as Japan. Galleries of photos can be seen at Nissan USA's site and Motor Trend.
Game Watch covers some of the promotional blitz for G Generation Spirits. Starting from the 24th, JR East's Yamanote line, one of the busiest in Tokyo, began featuring posters for the game on the outside of the train. The ads will be up for about one month.
Couple Gundam sites updated today with new information.
MS/Mechanic - Unicorn (Destroy Mode)
Products - MG Unicorn ver. Ka
Story - Synopsis of "Red Comet 3"
Gundam SEED Frame Astrays - information appearing in this month's Dengeki Hobby magazine are up now
The official site has a pic of the Gundam Dynames Full-Shield and several character additions:
"34-years-old. A Celestial UN Ambassador for a Union member nation and an observer for Celestial Being."
"Age unknown. A mysterious boy participating in Alejandro Corner's actions."
"31-years-old. Scientist with the Union army. Pursues the mystery of the Gundams with ace pilot Graham."
Special Economic Zone Japan
"17-years-old. An overseas student majoring in space engineering who lives in Japan's Special Economic Zone. Saji Crossroad's girlfriend (?), she stands out with her selfishness and pushy behavior."
"22-years-old. Saji Crossroad's older sister who works in the press."
Kingdom of Azadistan
"27-years-old. A woman who chaperons and advises ruler Marina Ismail at the royal palace of the Middle East's Kingdom of Azadistan. Her political aptitude is great but because women are prohibited from being involved in politics in Azadistan, she can't take part in an official capacity. Consequently, her words and behavior have a bite to them."
4Gamer.net has an extensive preview of Gundam Tactics Online.
Moe Yo! Akibajin
DengekiOnline.com booth report
MS In Action!! Syndrome (direct linking/reposting pics prohibited)
Moe Yo! Akibajin (Bandai booth)
Upcoming SEED Frame Astrays kits:
MG Strike E + IWSP - Lukas O'Donnell custom, Spring
HG CGUE - Xist Elwes custom, Spring
HCM-Pro GM Sniper - Spring
Gundam.Info has wallpaper for the Next Generation Conflicts era.
GA Graphic (GFF Metal Composite Limited Casval's Gundam)
GA Graphic (MG Sazabi Metallic Coating ver.)
MG Unicorn Gundam Ver. Ka
And from a short while back:
HCM-Pro SP Ground-Type Gundam
HCM-Pro Gundam Ez8
1/100 Gundam Kyrios - January, 2,730 yen
HCM-Pro Ground-Type GM - January, 2,625 yen
Note: the following is taken from 2ch so there's potential for false info but at the very least the names Sadalsuud and Gundam Dynames Torpedo are confirmed by content listings for Dengeki Hobby and Hobby Japan.
GN-002/DG014 Gundam Dynames Torpedo
Head height: 18.3 m
Base weight: 66.0 t (torpedo equipment weight 6.9 t)
Armament: Torpedo launcher, GN beam saber
Has sensors on its left shoulder & face and anti-underwater equipment with a huge, larger-than-body-height torpedo launcher that conceals the right arm. Can shoot submerged enemies without entering the water. It appears to fire GN particle-charged GN torpedoes but as the torpedoes themselves remain undiscovered, the facts aren't certain.
Design by Takayuki Yanase
GNY-002 Gundam Sadalsuud
Head height: 18.2 m
Base weight: 49.9 t
Pilot: Gundam Meister 874
Armament: Revolve Bazooka
Has the image of the tarot card "The Star" (a female goddess taking some water). Scouting & command specialized prototype equipped with sensors all over its entire body. As it is a sensor-using test unit, it has a meager armament and an equal lack of armor. For the time being, it is the prototype of the Dynames.
Design by Takayuki Yanase
Gundam Meister 874
One of Celestal Being's four Gundam Meisters. Though Meisters generally use codenames, she's called by a number in her case. Doesn't appear in front of other members and apparently has a secret of some kind. Outwardly, she looks to be in her early teens and, if she is as old as she appears, as a mobile suit pilot so young, she is the best of the best.
Gundam Sadalsuud F - This unit is reinforced with weaponry and armor to a degree that doesn't compromise the prototype Sadalsuud's sensor effectiveness. Nonetheless, it isn't suited mainly for combat.
Yahoo! Japan has their own Gundam site up until January 25th as a cross-promotion for the Gundam Movie Trilogy Memorial Box Set. It features an upcoming Gunpla photo contest, a nice Gundam promo poster gallery covering all the animated Gundam productions, and limited edition merchandise: MG RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. OYW 0079 (Theatrical Edition Color), HCM-Pro Gundam Vs. Char's Zaku (Theatrical Edition DVD Box Sale Commemoration Set), HY2M 1/12 Zaku II (2008 Real Color Version), and HY2M 1/12 Zaku II (MMJ Color Version). The HY2M Zaku II MMJ version is restricted to one per customer and all are on sale until January 31.
Amazon Japan has the album covers for each version coming out:
Featuring Amuro Ray version
Featuring Char Aznable version
The official site had its grand opening today. Sections available are Product Info, MS Gallery (currently featuring the Eiga Kyouretsu Dino Gundam), Tournament/Event, and Special, featuring the Fusion Institute columns and magazine appearance info.
During Dengeki's 15 Anniversary celebration on the 24-25, merchandise and cards will be on display plus a promo video. At Jump Festa 2008 on December 22-23, promo cards & pamphets will be given out. The February issue of V Jump (on sale Dec. 21) will come with a special V Sparna Gundam card.
MG Gundam Ver. 2.0 - Under development, multi-color mold, core system, G-Armor linkage
MG MS-06R-1A High Mobility Zaku II Ver 2.0 - Black Trinary colors, January, 4,725 yen
HG Tieren Taozi - January, 1,575 yen
Also currently under development is the next MG after the Gundam Ver. 2.0, which is said to incorporate some kind of new technology.
Video Research Ltd. reports Gundam 00 episode 7 received a 4.9% rating, making it the 10th most watched anime last week.
GA Graphic (MG Unicorn Gundam)
As pointed out by ANN, Chuosha announced where various manga that had been serialized in Comic Bom Bom would be appearing after Bom Bom's final issue was published on November 15. Mobile Suit Gundam Alive and SD Gundam Full Color Theater will show up in a Spring issue of TV Magazine Manga Special and SD Gundam Sangokuden will be completed in its own comic with additional new material.
Bandai Visual posted information on volume 2 of Gundam 00. It comes with 4 episodes and goes on sale February 22.
Gundam.Info posted a second round of screenshots for other features of the game and wallpaper covering the Revival Of Zeon era.
Oricon lists The Back Horn's "Wana" as #9 on the weekly singles charts, selling 22,000 copies. The single marks The Back Horn's best ever chart ranking.
It's been posted on Moon Phase's misc. notes site that Gundam 00's second season is planned to air starting October 2008. The source of the announcement is given as a leaflet promoting the Gundam 00 Official File publication.
Nippon Crown Music announced changes for Gackt's upcoming Gundam album "0079-0088". Release date remains the same, however 3 version will be released.
1) "0079-0088" (general release) - 2,500 yen
2) "0079-0088" feat.Amuro Ray - 2,700 yen
3) "0079-0088" feat.Char Aznable - 2,700 yen
Amuro Ray and Char Aznable version will be available in limited numbers and will feature special recording by Toru Furuya (for the Amuro Ray version) and Shuichi Ikeda (for the Char Aznable version). The special recordings were supervised by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Bandai Visual USA put up a trailer for MS IGLOO on their official site.
Video Research Ltd. has Gundam 00 getting a 5.0% rating last week, making it the 9th most watched anime in Japan.
Softbank is now taking reservation for 913SH G TYPE-CHAR cellphone. It is priced at 100,000 yen and only 5,000 units will be produced. Those who ordered through Softbank's online store will receive two Char custom QUO cards.
Commerating the release of the SD Gundam DVD boxset, Sunrise announced an all night screening event will take place at Ikebukuro Theatres Daiya on Dec 8th. SD Gundam Mk I-V, SD Gundam Gaiden I-IV, and bonus footage are scheduled to be shown. Tetsuro Amino (director), Kouji Yokoi (SD Gundam designer), Susumi Imaishi (SD Gundam manga artist), and Koutaro Nakayma are scheduled to appear as part of the talk show event.
Gundam.Info has the first of four special reports on SD Gundam G Generation Spirits featuring pics of the units and original wallpaper.
The official site updated the MS and character profiles with new entries.
VMS-15 Union Realdo
Head height: 15.3 m (Overall height: 17.7 m)
Base weight: 60.0 t
"MS used by the Union. Still retains its status as their main weapon as their newest unit, the Flag, hasn't been thoroughly deployed. Like the Flag, it has a flight form and can be similarly used as a fighter craft but can't transform in mid-air, needing parts modification work for transformation."
MSJ-06II-SP Tieren Taozi
Head height: 18.7 m
Base weight: 112.1 t
Pilot: Soma Peries
"Enhanced soldiers, 'super soldiers', have been researched by the Human Reform League in absolute secrecy. This is the custom unit for the first of those, Soma Peiris. It displays astounding mobility with thrusters having been added all over the body and large thrust vectoring thrusters equipped on the legs and the moveable armor on both shoulders. The operating system's greater data processing volume with the increase in camera-eyes on the head and the large amount of G's acting on the pilot make flying it difficult for all but trained super soldiers. Further, for the Human Reform League, it's a unique unit envisioned for use both on land and in space."
MSJ-06II-LC Tieren Long-Range Cannon Type
Head height: 20.2 m (Bombardment posture head height, 19.3 m)
Base weight: 142.0 t
"Human Reform League Tieren variation specialized for long-range shooting. Equipped with a 300mm x 50 caliber smooth bore cannon. Against fortifications and, of course, against MS, it's an effective unit, attacking from outside enemy range. Its mobility as an MS is significantly reduced so it's mobilized with escorts during military action."
Ali Al Sarshes
"35-years-old. Head of the private military company PMC. It seems he has a past connection with Setsuna..."
"18-years-old. MS pilot with the Human Reform League, rank 2nd Lieutenant. From the Ubermensch Technical Research Institute, whose goal is to create a perfect soldier, 'Super Soldier Number 1' has an enhanced nervous system and body restructuring to adapt to outer space. She has limited emotional range as a result of brain alterations."
Famitsu.com has an article online about the Gundam II Pachi-slot game for the Wii.
Game Watch reports Bandai Namco Holdings announced Banpresto's game division will be integrated with Bandai Namco Games on April 1. Banpresto itself will continue focusing on their prize machines business.
Updated: Besides the announced integration of Banpresto, Bandai Namco Holdings announced the takeover bid (TOB) of Bandai Visual and Bandai Networks. Both companies will become wholly owned subsidiary after Bandai Namco Holdings buys back publically traded stocks.
According to Gpara's MediaCreate charts, Super Robot Wars Scramble Commander The 2nd sold 21,000 copies, making it #4 for the week.
Ascii.jp and CNET Japan got some photos of the unveiling of the Advanced Personal Equipment System at the Defense Technology Symposium held today.
From Banpresto's booth at the 10th Prize Fair, via GA Graphic:
Zaku Sound Action Figure - End of June
Gundam Keyholders - Middle of April (Gundam 00 Real Figure Keyholders 3), End of April (Real Figure Keyholders ~Gundam Collection 3~), Middle of May (Large Size Keyholders ~Zeon Edition~ and Gundam 00 Straps W/ Figures 3)
Zaku Head-type Sound Keyholders - End of June
Gundam Head-type Fan - End of May
From HobbyShop Kasare and Amiami:
MG Unicorn Gundam Ver. Ka
1/60 Gundam Exia
Zeonography Qubeley Set EX
From this week's Famitsu:
Wii Pachi-slot Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers Of Sorrow - 12/27
XBox 360 Gundam Musou International - 12/27
Video Research Ltd. has Gundam 00 episode 5 in a three-way tie for the 10th highest rated anime of the past week with a 4.4%.
Bandai Visual USA opened their MS IGLOO site.
Starting today, dot anime's Yahoo! Shop is taking reservations for the limited edition Mobile Suit Gundam Soldier's Rest Set. It includes a Char Custom bathrobe, a specially-made bathrobe case, a message card from the manager of the Principality Of Zeon Hotel, and the Mobile Suit Gundam Movies Memorial Box with the HD remaster, original sound versions of the MS Gundam movie trilogy. Total price is 24,800 yen.
Daily Sports Online reports that on December 19, Gackt will be releasing "0079-0088", a new album featuring 8 songs. Gackt, a huge Gundam freak, has previously provided the ending theme "dears" for Gundam: The Ride as well as theme songs for the Zeta Gundam theatrical trilogy. The 8 tracks consist of 5 of his own as well 3 others from the Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy: "Cross Of Sand", "Ai Senshi", and "Meguriai", his first cover songs. The project, announced on the same day Yoshiyuki Tomino celebrates his birthday, is said to be a present for the Gundam creator.
MSiA Hazel Kai - February, 2,625 yen
GFF Full Armor Gundam - limited edition blue version, February, 4,725 yen
Zeonography Zeong/Perfect Zeong - February, 10,290 yen
We at Gunota Headlines would like to say, "Happy Birthday Tomino-sama!" Mr. Tomino is 66 years old today.
Sankei News posted a photo and description of the "Gundam" advanced personal equipment system that made the rounds in the news last week. The ground combat-oriented system consists of a bulletproof vest and a helmet with a display that shows a physical status monitor, GPS positional info, and video of other locations. Three sets will be shown off at the Symposium this week, with one on display and another for visitors to try. The Ministry Of Defense's Technical Research & Development Institute is quoted as being perplexed with the reaction the listing received as the research was focused on group IT and it was listed as Gundam because it was called that by some of the researchers several years back.
Bandai announced "The Fusion Clashes: Gundam Battle Rave", a new card battle game going on sale at the end of December. The project is a collaboration between Bandai and Sunrise featuring original Gundams made through the fusion of a core "Machine Soul" MS card and a "Battle Rave" card representing something else. Examples include the fusion of a Gundam and a rhinoceros beetle (the "Gun Daibeet"), a Gundam and a ninja ("Koga G Shinobi"), and a Gundam and an electric heater ("Gun Hedam"). Kunio Okawara and Hajime Katoki took part as creators of the original designs. Bandai says the target audience is elementary schoolboys and their aim is to sell 40 million cards by the end of March 2009.
JBook has the first soundtrack for Gundam 00 coming out January 10.
As mentioned on their MySpace blog, Bandai Visual USA's MySpace site uploaded MS IGLOO wallpaper and points out people who order the series through dot-anime get miniature flags (Zeon with Vol. 1, Feddie with Vol. 2).
The official site opened the Mobile Suit/Unit page and added 08th MS Team and Crossbone Gundam vids to the Movie page. The MSG vid is also up but not linked to the top page. Changing the vid URL's number can access it.
From Banpresto's booth at the 10th Prize Fair, via GA Graphic:
Gundam 00 DX Heroine Figures 3 - Middle of May
V Gundam DX Assembled Display Model Special: V2 Assault Buster - Middle of June
DX High Scale Model 2: Zaku II F2 - End of April
Core Fighter Transforming Card Case - End of April
Beam Saber Ballpoint Pen w/ sound - End of May
Gundam 00 Assembled Collection Figures 5 - End of April
Gundam 00 Special Creative Models ~Exia & Dynames~ - End of May
Stuff we missed before. Credit mostly to MS In Action Syndrome's Plamo Radicon Show gallery:
HCM-Pro Tieren Ground Type - March
HCM-Pro Ground Type GM - Date not yet fixed
HCM-Pro GM Sniper (08th MS Team Ver.) - Date not yet fixed
00 Region Gundam Exia - 3,780 yen, February
More screenshots and gameplay details are up at the official site.
The official site reveals the Gundam GP01-fb, which appears after players get more than 30 medals.
Following the lead of the Japanese site, the English version also has November merchandise details.
Famitsu.com has pics of Gundam New Year postcards. Post cards available in Earth Federation Force pack and Zeon Force pack will be available at all Bic Camera and Sofmap stores starting Nov 23. The price is 880 yen and each pack contains 10 postcards.