2D Champions Episode 71: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky

The Champions return to the Gundam franchise to find out just how well Jazz and giant robot space battles go together. Based on the ongoing manga by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Gundam Thunderbolt takes a familiar setting and turns it on it’s head by introducing some new twists to the Universal Century. Is Thunderbolt a shocking addition to the beloved Gundam franchise? Or does it fizzle out all too soon? Listen and find out!

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Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment Announce Mobile Suit Gundam on Blu-ray

Art from the Japanese Blu-ray box

Art from the Japanese Blu-ray box

At a panel this past weekend at Anime Expo 2015, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced several new licences, including several new Gundam titles. This comes about a year after Right Stuf announced a new collaboration project with Sunrise to make as much of the Gundam franchise available in the United States on home video as possible. The first title to be released was a two-part DVD collection of Turn A Gundam. Now, although there are no release dates yet, the following series were announced at Anime Expo:

  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
  • Mobile Suit Victory Gundam
  • After War Gundam X

All of the series listed above will be released only on DVD, like the recent Turn A Gundam release. The most exciting part of the announcement was that the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam series will also be released on Blu-ray.This will be, along with a Revolutionary Girl Utena box set also announced at the panel, the first time Right Stuf will release titles on Blu-ray. The first part of the Blu-ray Mobile Suit Gundam collection will arrive this fall. Right Stuf also announced that it has the rights to the Turn A Gundam compilation films and will be releasing those in the future as well.

Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment’s recent announcements as well as Vertical’s publication of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga prove that this is the best time ever to be a Gundam fan in the United States. Both The Origin and the Turn A Gundam DVD’s can be found on Amazon by following these links: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Turn A Gundam.

Sunrise has also announced a new Gundam project entitled G-Tekketsu that will be unveiled on July 14th. I’ll be updating here as soon as details of the new series are made available…

Source: Crunchyroll 

Yoshiyuku Tomino’s New Project: G-Reko

Early last September, it was announced that Yoshiyuki Tomino (creator and director of Mobile Suit Gundam) was working on a brand-new science fiction project. Now, the first clear images of the project have been released.

Early reports are claiming that the new project, G-Reko, takes place 1000 years after Gundam’s Universal Century Timeline. Space elevators will be a major part of the plot. It isn’t totally clear what form this project will take but it does seem to be for animation.

The title drawing above is by Yoshida Kenichi, the character designer of Eureka Seven who previously worked on Tomino’s last television series King Gainer.

More information later as it becomes available!

From Gundam Guy.

Gundam Unicorn Episode 4 Release Date

Sunrise and Bandai Visual have announced that the fourth episode of their popular Gundam Unicorn OVA series will premiere in Japanese theaters on November 12th and be released on home video a few weeks later on December 2nd. The new episode will be entitled ‘At the Bottom of the Gravity Well’.

This new episode begins the second half of the series and will introduce several new characters and mobile suits perhaps even including the highly anticipated ‘Shamblo’ Mobile Armor from the original novels.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Anime Project Announced

This month’s issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Gundam Ace magazine announced that Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga adaptation of the original Mobile Suit Gundam television series entitled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin would itself be adapted into animation.

Yasuhiko was a character designer and animation director on director Yoshiyuki Tomino’s 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam television series and has also worked on many other Gundam projects; his most recent contribution being character design work on the ongoing Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series.

The announcement does not mention whether this adaptation of The Origin manga will be a film, OVA, or television series, stating only that a ‘anime project’ has begun (much like how the new Berserk and Rurouni Kenshin ‘anime projects’ have recently been announced). This month’s issue of Gundam Ace also celebrated the 10th anniversary and final chapter of Yasuhiko’s The Origin manga.

This announcement comes just a few weeks after Bandai announced Mobile Suit Gundam AGE television series for children. This new project clearly seems geared towards older fans of the franchise and will hopefully be more warmly recieved than Gundam AGE’s announcement.

Personally, I feel as though The Origin will take form as a film series as Gundam AGE will be airing in October on television and Gundam Unicorn has a firm hold on the direct-to-video market.

Only time will tell though and I for one am looking forward to this new interpretation of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s masterpiece. Also, I would love to know if Tomino has anything to do with this new project, and if he doesn’t, how he feels about this new project.

Gundam AGE Promotional Video & Announcement

Bandai announced the newest television series entry in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise two weeks ago. If I was ten I probably would think that this is totally badass. Otherwise this seems like a sensible marketing decision as Sunrise is still in the middle of releasing Gundam Unicorn which is clearly aimed at the older fans. Gundam AGE is scheduled to air in October, hopefully arriving around the same time as the 4th episode of the Gundam Unicorn OVA series.

Here is the official synopsis for the series:

Is been several hundred years since mankind had migrated into space, living inside space colonies. Wars on earth had long ended, and the world seems to be in a peaceful era.  But this peace is about to crumble.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 101

An UE (Unknown Enemy) suddently appears, they attack and destroyed the space colonly [Angel].  This disaster is known as the ‘Sunset of the Angel’, and the peace on earth was replaced with war & despairs.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 108

As the war with UE rages on, the once peaceful space colony [Ovan] was invaded by these unknown enemies.  Frit Asuno (7 yrs old boy) lives on this colony with his mother.  When the aliens invaded, his mother was killed.  Before she die, she uploaded her memory onto the AGE Device and gave it to her son.  And with this device, Frit will be able to pilot the ancient mobile suit Gundam.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 115

Frit is now 14 years old, living in the space colony [Nora], stationed in the Earth Federal Military Base [Arinsuton].  Seven years had passed since he inherited the Gundam, and through years of research, he was able to engineer & completes the revolutionary AGE system for the Gundam (Gundam AGE-1), which is able to self evolved thru combat experience.

The time had finally came when the UE attacks [Nora], and now the 14 yrs old Frit will fight them with the Gundam.. can he overcome such a formidable adversary?

From Gundam Model Kits & Figures.

Bones Announces ‘Towa no Quon’ Film Series

Before passing away director Umanosuke Iida (who also directed Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team and the original Hellsing television series) was working on a new science fiction project titled Towa no Quon.

After Iida passed away last November, animation studio Bones announced that it would complete the production as a series of six films which are to be helmed by Takeshi Mori in Iida’s place. Toshihiro Kawamoto (character designer of Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain) will be designing the characters as well overseeing the animation production.

Bones is well-known for their stunning animation work, especially in their theatrical releases. The first Towa no Quon film will open in five Japanese cities on June 18th. It seems that alot of care is being put into this work so I am very excited to see what the project will end up looking like.

From ANN.