Famitsu.com put up some screens of the four Gundams in the game as well as its Gunpla Navi mode.
Amiami posted a shot of some promotional info. There'll be about 80 missions, characters will include voiceovers, and new MS that haven't been in the TV series will appear.
Edit: Amazon Japan says the game will come with a FG Gundam Exia in rollout colors.
the brilliant green's official site put up pics of the Gundam 00 widecap stickers that come with the limited CD + DVD version and standard version, respectively, of their Ash Like Snow single.
Now up here. Additionally, Edigi Games has some pics and further info: As part of the content of the game, there's a Gunpla Navi, which has easy to use & understand photos, tips for putting together your models better, and advice on kits. And thanks to connections with Bandai's Hobby Division, people who reserve the game will get a limited edition "Gundam Exia rollout colors" Gunpla newly created for this occasion.
The Japanese dot-anime site is offering two limited edition DVD sets for people ordering all seven volumes of Gundam 00: a 49,800 yen version with a Celestial Being mechanic uniform (MA-1 type jacket + cap) and a 45,000 yen version with a Haro & Gundam Meisters voice alarm clock (orange, with around 10 seconds of voice for each character). The special items are sent with the final volume of the set.
Listed DVD release dates:
Vol. 1 - 2008/1/25
Vol. 2 - 2008/2/22
Vol. 3 - 2008/3/25
Vol. 4 - 2008/4/25
Vol. 5 - 2008/5/23
Vol. 6 - 2008/6/25
Vol. 7 - 2008/7/25
From the Bandai Hobby Site and Bandai Hobby English site.
Additionally, Amiami has pics of the Lancelot, Sutherland, and Sutherland Purist faction version Offshoot In Action figures.
The official site's Gallery contains entries for Masakazu Fukuda's "G Striker" and Yuichi Maekawa's "Gorgon Gundam".
Game Watch has screenshots of new Bonds Of The Battlefield MS showing up as of Rev. 1.10: GM Kai, High Mobility Gelgoog, Full Armor Gundam, and MS-09K-2 Dom Cannon Twin Guns Type.
In a Nikkei Business Online article about the state of the anime industry this past year, the top 20 from Oricon's anime DVD sales rankings for 2007 (through Dec. 16) were made available:
1) Gedo Senki - 242,000 copies sold
2) Remy's Delicious Restaurant (aka Ratatouille) - 207,000
3) Shrek 3: Special Edition - 121,000
4) Leroy & Stitch - 93,000
5) My Neighbor Totoro - 83,000
6) Cars - 75,000
7) Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Special Edition: The Cost of Freedom - 66,000
8) Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Vol. 1 - 63,000
9) The World Of Golden Eggs Vol. 1 - 59,000
10) Code Geass Vol. 2 - 53,000
11) Mobile Suit Gundam DVD Box 2 - 51,000
12) The World Of Golden Eggs Season 2 DVD Box - 49,000
13) Code Geass Vol. 3 - 48,000
14) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (standard edition) - 47,000
15) The World Of Golden Eggs Vol. 2 - 47,000
16) The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 7 (limited edition) - 45,000
17) Laputa: Castle In The Sky - 44,000
18) Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation: Pokemon Ranger & Prince of the Sea, Manaphy - 43,000
19) Code Geass Vol. 4 - 43,000
20) Code Geass Vol. 9 - 42,000
The article points out only five anime series ranked and not a single new anime TV series broadcast beginning in 2007 was among them.
Following the clear version MSiA Gundam Exia promo campaign, Tamashii Web posted details on how to get the Clear Color Editions of the other three Gundams' MSiA figures. Each will be respectively available via required mail order forms in one of three magazines on sale this month: Gundam Ace (Dynames), Dengeki Hobby (Kyrios), and Hobby Japan (Virtue). The ordering deadline is February 29 with delivery starting in the middle of May. The Dynames & Kyrios go for 2,500 yen and the Virtue for 3,000.
Oricon lists the Mobile Suit Gundam Movies Memorial Box as #5 on the overall weekly DVD sales charts and #1 on the weekly anime DVD charts.
Famitsu announced Mobile Suit Gundam 00 for the Nintendo DS, a 3D action game coming out March 27. The top screen is for the MS battles while the bottom is for various gauge indicators. Special attacks can be triggered by filling the Tension Gauge. After-mission conversations with characters differ depending on circumstances. Developer is BEC.
Video Research Ltd. has Gundam 00 at #9 with a 5.7%, the highest ratings the show has received so far.
Oricon reports Gackt's 0079-0088 ranked #6 on the weekly album charts with 41,000 copies sold.
The official site updated its Gallery page with pics of Hisanobu Kometani's "Octo Gundam" and Nakagawa's "Gun Hedam".
Pre-opening version has been up for couple months now, but today marked the grand opening of the site with more screenshots and MS list.
The second and last volume of MS IGLOO series according to Bandai Visual USA
Title: Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO Apocalypse 0079
Release date: Jan 8, 2008
Ep 1: In the Skies of Jaburo. I Saw the Sea
Ep 2: Cross the Path of Light
Ep 3: Spirits Returning to the Cries of Thunder
The DVD release will include 24 page booklet and 8 minutes of bonus features, next episode trailers, text less OP/ED, galleries.
Gundam Tactics Online will officially begin services on January 24.
Bandai Namco also opened a portal site for their online PC games.
The 2-minute BB Senshi Sangokuden promo video was added to the rotation of vids on Bandai TV.
Carddas has a website promoting its 00 card merchandise with two sections open: one for their Visual Clear Plates 00 and the other for MS & Character Selection Mission: 001.
MG Nu Gundam - metallic coating version, February, 8,925 yen
BB Senshi Kakouton Giros - February, 525 yen
HG Gundam Throne Eins - February
The names of the new MS mentioned earlier are the Gundam Throne Eins, Gundam Throne Zwei, and Gundam Throne Drei.
Bandai Namco put up a portal site for the SD Gundam G Generation series of games. Available is an explanation of the games' concept, a list of past titles in the series, and a collection of opening movies.
The blog of Hobby Shop Londenion reports that the Gundam 00 MS & Character Selection: Mission 02 card set, coming out late March, will include 3 new Gundams.
Edit: Happinet Online also confirms this info.
Edit 2: Treasure Capsule has the solicit info source, featuring actual pics of the MS in question. Also listed among the characters are "New pilot A", "New pilot B", and "New pilot C".
Also mentioned in the bottom lefthand corner, the 00 HG plamodel series is selling 120% compared to SEED Destiny's.
Edit 3: Finally, regarding presently known MS in the listings cards depicting new equipment for the Exia and Dynames are listed as well as a Commander version of the Tieren.
After being absent from the top 10 for the past two episodes, Video Research Ltd. has Gundam 00 returning at #9 with a 4.8% for last week.
Bandai Namco put out a press release (PDF) announcing the Gihren's Greed Special Pack: a red custom-colored PSP suitable for Char Aznable himself with the Principality Of Zeon emblem on the backside, AC adapter, battery pack, Zeon cross medal strap, and the Menace Of Axis game. Price is 25,890 yen, release date is February 7.
Gamespot Japan has pics of the PSP.
Akiba Blog posted a follow-up report on the Mobile Suit bars, which opened on the 15th. According to them, Zeon was mostly full. The interior had red walls decorated with the Zeon emblem, black tables (about 14 two-person tables and 10 bar counter seats), and First Gundam was being shown with a projector. Operators (female staff) wore mono-eye t-shirts with pleated miniskirts. A Char-custom cellphone with Zaku head charger was seen on the counter as well as a Gihren Zabi-cosplaying customer. The menu had some 48 drinks and 19 food items, including the "Mass-Production Zaku" (matcha oolong tea), "Dom" (Black Russian), "Asshimar" (Orange Blossom), "Gouf Heat Rods" (squid entrails), and Luna II (fried chicken).
Commemorating the upcoming release of the Mobile Suit Gundam Theatrical Memorial Box, a screening of the third film, Encounters In Space, was held at the Kinokuniya Southern Theater in Shinjuku, Tokyo yesterday. In attendance were Yoshiyuki Tomino, Shuuichi Ikeda, Keiko Han, narrator Ichiro Nagai, and special guest Gackt, with the currently overseas Toru Furuya sending a video message. The audience of 300 were invited from the group of fans who had pre-ordered the Box. A talk show was also held featuring Kadokawa Shoten president Shinichiro Inoue, anime critic Ryusuke Hikawa, manga artist Mayu Shinjo, and comedy duo America Zarigani discussing various aspects of Gundam.
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4Gamer.net added 40 new screenshots of the PC game (pics #60-#99).
On the 14th, Mediaworks held a pre-opening at SuperModelers, a new hobby shop in Akihabara. Execs from Mediaworks, Arclight, Wave, Chara-Ani and Bandai's Katsumi Kawaguchi were all present for the event. The grand opening will be on January 25.
Akiba Hobby 1
Akiba Hobby 2 (Gundam Astraea display)
Moe Yo! Akibajin
Gundam.Info wraps up its Dengeki 15th anniversary photo gallery series with their final set of Advance Of Zeta photos.
The MS Gallery now features Hajime Katoki's Tenma Gundam.
The third of Gundam.Info's look at Dengeki 15th's Advance Of Zeta display is now up.
Akiba Souken and Akiba Blog caught some signs advertising twin Gundam cosplay bars to open in Akihabara in mid-December. The "mobile suit bars", named "Zeon" and "Federal Forces", will be housed on the 4th and 5th floors, respectively, of the Zeniya building, also home to Iosys' Akihabara shop and Pash Cafe Nagomi. The bars will be centered on the worldviews of First, Z, and ZZ with mobile suit and character-based food & drinks. Applications for female staff members are currently being taken.
Datsu! Mikkabouzu and Gunpla Secret Factory both received their MG Unicorn Gundams a week early and have been posting pics as they put theirs together.
Edit: Akiba Hobby also has shots of one on display at Asobit Hobby City.
Happinet Online has more screenshots from the new PSP Gihren's Greed. In addition to the previously mentioned info, more than 200 characters appear and there are new strategic elements, such as the Alignment System (which involves the good & evil actions of your faction), unit remodeling (Dodais, base jabbers, custom unit mods), night battles, and entrustment of units. People who reserve the game get a special Blood Of Gihren's Greed DVD.
The second round of Advance Of Zeta scratch built kits on display is up at Gundam.Info.
From Happinet Online.
Pics of many scratch-built Advance Of Zeta models from 2002-2003 here.
Toon Zone posted a report from Bandai Entertainment's panel at the New York Anime Festival. Gundam-related details:
- SEED Destiny Vol. 12 in January, with the "OVA's" coming out sometime in 2008
- Gundam 00 rights are in negotiation but not yet held
- Z Gundam will be released on the Anime Legends label next year
Several MS updates at the official site.
GN-004 Gundam Nadleeh
Head height: 18.1 m
Base weight: 54.0 t
Armament: beam sabers
Pilot: Tieria Erde
Graham's custom Union Flag Custom
Head height: 17.9 m
Base weight: 66.6 t
Armament: Prototype new model linear rifle, defense rod, sonic blade (plasma sword), 20mm machine gun, missles
"An enhanced, improved version of the Union's latest mobile suit, the Flag. Developed by professor Reife Eifman for First Lt. Graham Acre of the anti-Gundam investigation team. It employs the most advanced present technology and moves with almost twice the speed of the standard Flag. Its equipped with the Iris Company's prototype, new model linear rifle as its main armament."
AEU-09T AEU Enact Commander Type
Head height: 17.6 m
Base weight: 66.8 t
Pilot: Patrick Corlasawar
Armament: linear rifle, defense rod, sonic blade (plasma sword), leg missles
"The commander type of the mass-produced Enact. AEU ace Patrick used it for military exercises in Moralia. It has a more enhanced communication capacity than the standard version."
AEU-09Y812 Sarshes' custom AEU Enact
Head height: 17.6 m
Base weight: 66.2 t
Armament: blade rifle, defense rod, sonic blade (plasma sword), leg missles, grenades, carbon dagger
"A tuned-up, improved prototype of the Enact for the PMC's Sarshes. The blade rifle appears from the tip of the large sonic blade. Increasing the amount of fixed armaments, the sonic blade is built into the arm."
Human Reform League:
MSJ-06II-C Tieren High Maneuver Type
Head height: 18.3 m
Base weight: 101.1 t
"HRL Tieren variation. While making use of the merits of the Tieren's characteristic super heaviness, the unit elevates to the limits its weak point: mobility. High-speed movement with hovering is possible. Though it has two wings on its back it's not suited for flight. Primarily, they're used for gliding landings from transports and changing course while hovering."
Head height: 17.3 m
Base weight: 134.9 t
Armament: 30mm machine gun, 200mm x 25 caliber-length smooth-bore gun
"'Anf' means 'nose' in Arabic. The Human Reform League sold the unit to third countries including the Middle East. Originally the HRL's MSJ-04 Phantom but exported after it was finished being used by their forces because of the breakaway from fossil fuels."
You can now listen to samples of Gackt's upcoming 0079-0088 album at Nippon Crown Music.
the brilliant green's and Stephanie's official sites both posted details for the singles of their upcoming Gundam 00 theme songs. "Ash Like Snow" will come in a limited edition CD + DVD version and a standard, CD-only version. Both come with an Allelujah character ID card and each will have a different widecap sticker. "Friends" will come with its own widecap sticker and a Tieria character ID card.
Bandai Hobby's HCM-Pro site updated with 5 sets of pics of the HCM-Pro Gundam Virtue, featuring removable armor.
Kadokawa has a picture of the beam gatling gun set that comes with the special version of Gundam Unicorn volume 4. It will include 2 beam gatling guns.
Sports Hochi announces the brilliant green's OP theme is "Ash Like Snow" (on sale February 6) and Stephanie's ED theme is "Friends" (on sale January 30). This will be the first time the brilliant green has done an anime theme song.
From GA Graphic:
Gundam 00 Mascot Robo Haro
1/43 Bandai 00 Dunlop SC430
From Tamashii Web:
MSiA Gundam TR-1 Hazel Custom
Zeonography Zeong/Perfect Zeong
Included within the photos of upcoming & scratchbuilt kits is a mention that an HG Alec Lad custom Kerberos BuCUE Hound is coming in Spring.
All six episodes of MS IGLOO will be shown at the New York Anime Festival. The screening of the The Hidden One-Year War episodes and the premiere of the Apocalypse 0079 episodes will be on December 9 at 2 pm.
Hobby Shop Midori is running several polls asking visitors what BB Senshi they want reissued, what BB Senshi Sangokuden character they want a kit of, and what they want from the original SD Mark series. The results will be sent to Bandai. Thanks to HellCat for the heads-up.
Posted several days ago, we mentioned that Hajime Katoki will be appearing at Gundam Expo 2007. Katoki will not be making an appearance at the expo. Instead, they will have a special section featuring his works at the expo. We apologize for the error.
Thanks Felix Ho for the correction.
Now up here.
Starting from the January 5th broadcast, Gundam 00's opening song will be done by J-rock band the brilliant green. College sophomore Stephanie will do the ED theme.
GN-004 Gundam Nadle
"The form uncovered when the Gundam Virtue purges its armor. One characteristic is the exposure of the completely disheveled, hair-like cords that were attached to the armored parts. Light and excelling in mobility, it nimbly dodged attacks from Peiris' Taozi. It can use the Virtue's shoulder cannons as handheld weapons."
Gpara's Media Create ranking has SD Gundam G Generation Spirits selling 252,000 copies in its first week, making it #3.
The site's MS Gallery includes profiles for Kunio Okawara's Reigan and Mika Akitaka's Bushido Gundam.
Gundam.Info posted the first of seven upcoming photo galleries taken at the Dengeki 15th Anniversary event, featuring merchandise and scratch-built models. Just as the February issue of Dengeki Hobby (on sale Christmas) will come with Gundam Astraea modification parts for the HG Gundam Exia kit, there will also be red parts for the Gundam Astraea Type F mobile suit seen in Gundam Ace's Gundam 00F. It's not made clear what issue of what magazine the Type F parts will be enclosed with.
Two Gundam-based commercials, one featuring Amuro Ray and another with Gihren Zabi, are being used to promote Nissin No Donbei, a Japanese brand of instant noodles.
In conjunction with the launch of Gundam II Pachi-Slot, Yamasa original Gundam goods are being offered in gift corners at places where they have the game starting this month: 1/144 Gunpla (Gundam pearl white ver., Zaku pearl green ver., Char Custom Zaku pearl red ver.), Gundam lighters, and sofubi mobile suits.
Oricon has Hiroko Moriguchi's "Mou Hitotsu No Mirai ~starry spirits~", SD Gundam G Generation Spirits' theme song, as #23 on the weekly singles chart with sales of 6,000 copies. This is her first top 30 song since 1995's "Anata To Ita Jikan".
From Hobby Search:
1/100 Gundam Kyrios
HG Tieren Taozi
MG MS-06R High Mobility Zaku (Black Tri-Stars spec.) Ver. 2.0
HG Gouf Ignited - Rudolf Wittgenstein custom, January, 1,575 yen
Jumbo Grade Z Gundam - transforms, first run comes with an original Yuji Kaida-drawn poster, February, 28,140 yen
HCM-Pro SP Gundam Exia - February, 4,410 yen
HCM-Pro Ground-Type GM
HCM-Pro GM Sniper - limited edition, February, 2,625 yen
Pre-opening for now.
From December 14 through January 1, Gundam Expo 2007 will take place at the Metropolis Mall, next to the Hung Hom KCR station. Highlights include:
- A world premiere showcasing of Sangokuden - Sou Sou Gundam, Sonken Gundam and a top secret large-size display at the venue.
- The famous Japanese Gundam designer, Mr. Hajime Katoki, will have a special section featuring his works - a first outside of Japan.
- Bandai Gunpla World Cup and BB Senshi Sangokuden Gunpla competitions.
- The latest Gundam 00 Gunpla, MG kits, gashapon and candy will be showcased.
- Free Gunpla construction class workshop, gashapon panel, Gundam War CCG competition & workshop.
- Lots of fun and exciting minigames and stage events.
- Limited edition Gunpla and newest Gundam goodies will be on sale, including the new BB Senshi Sangokuden Peach Orchard Oath Set.
- Lots of other exciting events open to all. Admission is free.
The official site can be seen here. Thanks to Hi Nu Gundam for the translation.
From flying Dog.
From Bandai Hobby's English site. Note: the description of the HG Virtue Gundam is swapped with its HCM-Pro counterpart.
Three posters from the Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy signed by Kunio Okawara are going up for charity auction on Yahoo! Japan. The 30-year-old collectibles will be offered separately: December 4 through 11 for the poster of the first film, December 11 through 18 for the second, and December 18 through the 25 for the third.