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
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…
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.
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.
Bandai Entertainment announced today at it’s Comic Con International panel today that it has acquired the rights for all 50 episodes of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Turn A Gundam series.
Although more than a little eccentric and not without it’s flaws, it is no secret that Turn A Gundam is my favorite installment in the franchise.
Released in 1999 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the first Gundam television series it features designes by Syd Mead (of Blade Runner and Alien fame) and music composed by the master herself, Yoko Kanno (of Cowboy Bebop fame). Turn A Gundam is also so far director Yoshiyuki Tomino’s last contribution to the franchise apart from a short film made for last year’s 30th anniversary entitled Ring of Gundam.
No release date is set yet but I am happy just to know that this series has been picked up for release in America.
Yoshiyuki Tomino is well known for being the principle creator of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and he has worked on a very large number of productions over the years. Although I am not always very fond of his style of directing he has made some of the most memorable and unique opening sequences to grace animation even if they are more than a little eccentric. Tomino even composed some of the opening songs himself under a pseudonym, often times making up an entirely fake band name that would appear in the title credits. So, for fun, and my love of opening sequences, here is a selection of my favorite Yoshiyuki Tomino opening sequences.
Up first is the original opening for Mobile Suit Gundam from 1979.
The second opening credit for Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam from 1985:
Next is the second opening from 1986’s Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.
This next video is probably NSFW and is the opening sequence for Tomino’s 1998 series Brain Powerd.
Next are the two opening sequences for the 1999 television series Turn A Gundam. These are by far my favorite videos.
The last video is for Tomino’s 2002 series Overman King Gainer.
Some of these are without a doubt really strange videos, even for anime standards (especially the one for Brain Powerd), and I also tend to feel that Tomino’s overall style hasn’t changed very much from the 1979 title sequence for Mobile Suit Gundam. overall, I feel as though they are interesting enough to at least view once.
The first volume of Kazuhiro Furuhashi’s and Sunrise’s new OVA series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is now the #1 selling anime Blu-Ray release (by first week sales) and is topped only by, strangely enough, the Michael Jackson This Is It documentary. The previous top two first-week Blu-Ray releases for anime have been Mamoru Hosada’s film Summer Wars and Hideaki Anno’s Evangelion 1.11. Gundam Unicorn (or just UC if you don’t want people to know that you watch a show called Unicorn) is by far the best of all the recent Gundam incarnations that I’ve seen over the past decade or so since Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Turn A Gundam. This new OVA returns to the originial series’ Universal Century timeline for the first time since perhaps 08th MS Team.
Here is the beginning of what will be a long list of all of my favorite opening credit sequences from various anime that I have watched over the years. These aren’t in any particular order either, just placed in the list on a whim.
Kemonozume Opening “Auvers Blue” by Katteni Shiyagare
Turn A Gundam 2nd Opening “Century Color” by Ray-Guns
Cowboy Bebop Opening “Tank!” by The Seatbelts
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 2nd Opening “Ash Like Snow” by The Brilliant Green
Bleach 1st Opening “Asterisk” by Orange Range
Naruto 5th Opening “Seishun Kyosokyoku” by Sambomaster
Full Metal Alchemist 4th Opening “Rewrite” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood 4th Opening “Period” by Chemistry
Xam’d Lost Memories Japanese Broadcast Opening “Back On My Feet” by Boom Boom Satellites
Samurai Champloo Opening “Battlecry” by Nujabes feat. SHINGO2
To be continued…!