Gundam UC episode two previewed on ANN

19 10 2010

A preview of the second episode of Gundam UC is streaming on the Anime News Network website.

Gandam UC is an adaptation of a novel set in the Gundam universe. The first episode premiered on playstation network Feb. 20 and are being released there first.

The novel’s focus is the year 0096, toward the beginning of colonization.

Anime New Network is streaming the first 14 minutes of the second episode. Each episode is 50 min. long.

To see the preview, click here: (Gundam UC)

Gundam Unicorn announced as OVA

24 08 2009

JG Unicorn gundamFans looking forward to the release of the newest in the Gundam canon, Gundam Unicorn, received news yesterday that the series will be released in OVA format.

The announcement came at the Gundam Big Expo in Tokyo that the series would be released in six 50 minute episodes. The series will take place three years after the events of Char’s Counterattack.

Gundam Unicorn is based on a series of novels by Harutoshi Fukui, adapting the first two novels of the ten-novel series.

Man torches house over lost Gundams

10 08 2009

JG Gundam ModelA bigger threat than Zion invaded 29-year-old Japanese factory worker Yoshifumi Takabe: his mom. According to police reports, Takabe set fire to the two-story home he shared with his 55-year-old mother, himself also doused in kerosene, after suspecting that his mother had disposed of his gundam models. 

Takabe reportedly told police that he was so upset over the models’ disappearance that he wanted to commit suicide, though despite being doused in kerosene both him and his mother escaped the blaze uninjured. No word on whether the models were in fact thrown out or melted in the blaze.

First reported in the Kobe Shinbun. (Photo: A Gundam model worth burning down the house for — though perhaps not literally.)

Early Impressions: Sora Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Space)

28 05 2009

JG Sora 1Most anime fans are likely familiar with Sunrise, the company who brought us the oft-revered Gundam Wing, as well as each subsequent series like Gundam Seed and the currently popular Gundam 00. Fans searching for slick-looking space battles between shiny, fast mobile suits know that Sunrise is the ticket.

Not largely known outside of Japan, though popular among the anime insider crowd (those who follow the trends in Japan, admittedly an arduous and never-ending task), is a lesser-known title in the Sunrise lineup, Sora Kakeru Shoujo — literally translated as sky-soaring girl, though generally translated as The Girl Who Leapt Through Space.

Sora Kakeru Shoujo is the brainchild of the creative minds at Sunrise, and to sum up the show very briefly: It’s Gundam with girls. Lots of them. In fact, the vast majority of the cast in this show, whether it’s the space patrol, the security guards, or of course the main characters, they’re all females. Otaku who couldn’t get enough of the female characters in Gundam will get an eyeful in Sora Kakeru.

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Gundam 00 2nd season to debut on Sci-Fi in June

2 05 2009

jg-gundam-00Sci-Fi network will start airing the second season of Gundam 00 in its listings as of June 29.  The network has yet to release listings past June, as July is slated for the relaunch of the network as Syfy, to the consternation of many fans. In fact, programs like Gundam 00 are part of what the network envisions as its new, more diverse selection of programing.

The first season of Gundam 00 premiered on Sci-Fi last November, and this season’s domestic release is a remarkable turn-around, as the second season’s run in Japan only ended on March 29.

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Gundam Unicorn to air worldwide simultaneously

27 04 2009

jg-unicorn-gundamBandai’s latest Gundam anime, Gundam Unicorn, will be released around the world simultaneously in 10 different languages. It hasn’t been announced what format the series will air on, but Bandai already has Gundam 00 and Code Geass: Lelouch the Rebellion on Youtube, so this would seem like the most likely candidate. 

Gundam Unicorn is based on a series of light novels by Harutoshi Fukui. The story involves Gundam’s Universal Century timeline, and takes place three years after the events in Char’s Counterattack. The anime version is slated for sometime in winter 2009. For a quick preview, click: Here!