Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Macross 1/100 Model Kit Series Unveiled: First Up, The YF-29

We finally get to see some nice images of the VF-29, slated to appear in the second Macross Frontier movie. That's a good thing, right?


Personally, I think it's just about the ugliest Valkyrie I've ever seen. Here's hoping it doesn't eat up too much screen time.

Anyway, this is apparently the first of a very new (and very welcome) line of cheap (and detailed) Macross model kits. With a price of only 1200 yen, it's very cheap. The trade off? It's fighter-mode only. But it is molded in color, has a transparent canopy, ~and~ comes with the stand pictured. Personally, I think it's a great deal and can't wait to see more Valkyries get some nice kits like this one.

From CyberGundam

Monday, December 6, 2010

HGUC Bearguy Images

 I think it's creepy.
I also think it's far less cute than the normal Acguy.
But still....
There's just something about it.

I can't look away.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Autumn 2010 /m/ Mecha Anime Survey Results

The survey concluded last week, but it took me a while to calculate all of the results. I apologize for the delay, but this survey ended up being much, much larger (and therefore more informative/reliable) than the last. It also covers a great deal more shows.

A few quick conclusions:
  • The highest rated show is... Legend of Galactic Heroes.
  • The best show you haven't seen is... VOTOMs.
  • The best show no one has seen is... Fang of the Sun: Dougram.
  • The worst show everyone has seen is... Gundam Seed.
  • The worst show no one has seen is... Dancouga Nova.

I'll post the individual list of rankings below (both ranked by highest total rating and by viewership percentages). With 420 participants, this survey covers ~50% or more of /m/'s total population, and can therefore be considered a very reliable measure of the community's tastes. Full documentation of the survey can be found here.

Too Good To Ignore: Gundam Musou 3

I've refrained from posting about Gundam Musou 3, mostly because the news has been coming at a fairly steady rate, but also because after the first two games, I wasn't too thrilled about the third.

But then we learned it would have Unicorn and 00. And Deathscythe Hell. And Heavyarms Custom. And Kshatriya. And then we started to see bizzare grunt suits appearing--the Death Army, from G, and the bizzare Einerad Gedlav from Victory.

But, still, I refrained.

But I can't do that any more. The single sexies mobile suit ever designed was, today, unveiled as part of the game, and I can no longer contain my excitement.

Your eyes do not deceive you, that is indeed a Tallgeese.

With the game out next month, odds are we'll continue to see surprises like this one. I, myself, cannot wait.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Miyazawa Hobby Show: HGFC Nobel Gundam Image Preview

Despite enjoying G Gundam a fair amount, it's the kind of series that's very hard for me to even think about watching again, simply because of how very, very absurd some of the mecha design was.

Of course, the Nobel Gundam was pretty normal by G Gundam's standards.

Anyway, this kit is slated for release in three months (January 2011) and certainly looks rather unique. The Nobel has a fairly simple design, so I'm curious as to what gimmicks or construction tweaks will be introduced, if any.

Robot Damashii Sinanju $ More... Sale Pics


Monday, November 15, 2010

Gundam Unicorn: Episode 3 Preview

Check out a short preview for the next episode of the Gundam Unicorn OVAs, titled "The Specter of Laplace."

Episode 3 is scheduled for release globally on March 18, 2011.

Hyper Chogokin Yamato and Yamaguchi Showroom Preview

I've been aware of the Yamato forever, it seems like, but for some reason never invested the time to watch it. (Though I have seen a good deal of Captain Harlock). When I found out that Kimura Tatsuya was starring in the 2010 film (this winter!) I started watching the original anime... and, damn, is it fun.

And because I have a tendency not to think too far ahead, my number one priority is obtaining a Yamato figure of my own. Who needs food money, anyway?


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Summer 2010 /M/ Mecha Anime Survey Results

1. Turn A Gundam
2. Legend of Galactic Heroes OVA
3. Cowboy Bebop
4. Legend of Galactic Heroes: Spiral Labyrinth
5. Armored Trooper VOTOMs
6. Mobile Suit Gundam
7. Moblie Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
8. GaoGaiGar
9. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam / Armored Trooper VOTOMs Pailsen Files
10. Mobile Fighter G Gundam

You can view the direct results here, or simply take in everything at a glance via the handy graph below. For a bit of explanation on how the scores were derived: each series' grades were compiled into a GPA, and then multiplied to get a percentage.

Because the scores are based on GPAs, if a series got all As, it would have a score of 100%. All Bs, 75%. All Cs, 50%. All Ds, 25%, All Fs, 0%.

An Autumn 2010 Survey is already underway, with a great many series added. (See the immediate results here).

And to continue the results....

11. Patlabor OVA
12. Outlaw Star
13. Macross Plus
14. PlanetES
15. Patlabor TV
16. Armor Hunter Mellolink
17. Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team
18. SDF Macross
19. SPT Layzner
20. Legend of Galactic Heroes Gaiden
21. Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
22. Full Metal Panic!? Fumoffu
23. Neon Genesis Evangelion
24. Code Geass
25. Fang of the Sun Dougram
26. Full Metal Panic!
27. Armored Trooper VOTOMs: Shining Heresy
28. Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack / Macross Seven
29. Overman King Gainer
30. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
31. Mobile Suit Victory Gundam
32. Heavy Metal L-Gaim
33. After War Gundam X
34. Mobile Suit Gundam F91
35. Genesis of Aquarion
36. Mobile Suit Gundam 00
37. Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam
38. SDC Orguss
39. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation
40. Mobile Suit Gundam IgLoo
41. Macross Frontier
42. The Five Star Stories
43. Code Geass R2
44. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
45. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
46. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ryousuke Takahashi Interview Translation (Votoms)

Firstly, could you tell us the details regarding the planning of the series of "New VOTOMS" works?
The plan for renewal of VOTOMS content first began at the Sunrise VOTOMS Studio's General Staff Headquarters (a nickname the VOTOMS studio production staff uses for their department). The producers are much more energetic compared to my generation, and it went something along the lines of, "It may be tough, but let's get some new VOTOMS content out there!"

At that point in time, how was the big topic of "Directors other than Takahashi Ryousuke producing VOTOMS works" handled?
It was simple, really. I had no opposition to the notion, myself. From the beginning I've been credited for many original works. However, in the publishing world, so-to-speak, what is considered an original work is considerably different; so much so that you may say to yourself, "is this really my own original work?" Rather, whatever the production, the feeling that it was made together with the whole staff at those particular times is strong. So, whenever new talent wants to join in, I say, "Go right ahead!"

Then, there were no suggestions on your part regarding the production contents of Armored Trooper VOTOMS Case;IRVINE and VOTOMS Finder, Director Takahashi?
Absolutely none! Instead, I myself decided on one particular policy. Others might call this "Ryousuke-esque," but in short it was, "Don't say anything; just do it how you want to do it!" hehe. There were two reasons for this. The first was, it meant I didn't have to do as much work, heh. Secondly, whenever someone states their opinion on something, that statement carries with it an influence on the recipient, doesn't it? If that had happened, the will behind the "VOTOMS Revival" would have become weak from the very beginning. That's why it's more of a "do as you please" situation.

Figma KOS-MOS Version 4 - Preview

 On one hand, it's nice to see so richly detailed a KOS-MOS figure, even if such things tend to be obscenely overpriced, of course, several figma figures seem to be quite reasonably priced. Hm... I suppose if I ever buy an anime girl figure, it'd probably be KOS-MOS. Or Yotsuba. (Probably Yotsuba).

On the other hand... spider tits? Seriously, what the hell is that? Removable breasts? So... odd. It's a bit disappointing that this figure seems to eschew the more conservative, elegant KOS-MOS designs from the three games (all of which featured drastically different versions of her basic design) in favor of generic, crazy-big-boobs-and-thighs "pop" anime proportions. You know, the kind of thing you see all the time in low-budget romantic/comedy anime.

Hyper Hobby 12 & Maxfactory 2011 Images

Another decent slew of pics, mostly toku stuff this time around.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Robot Damashii 00 Quanta & Eva 02 Released

 Just a reminder: Gundam Unicorn OVA Episode 2 was released today for rental in both the Japanese and North American PSN stores. Just finished watching the episode myself ($5.99 rental from the NA store) and it was quite good. Check it out, if you can.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Preview Meddley: MG 00Q, STANDart 8 and FW Gundam Converge 2

Not too much news to be had lately in terms of new merch, but we are getting a slow trickle of publicity images for some of the cooler Gundam figures and kits slated for release this winter.

First off, the upcoming Master Grade 00 Quanta: I'm not too terribly fond of this design--particularly the legs and general lack of weaponry--but the MG looks very sleek, and very different. One of those kits ya' buy just because they're so much fun to build, ya' know?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mobile Suit Gundam: Ecole du Ciel -- Resurrected at Last?

After a hiatus of sixty-five billion years, it looks as though Ecole du Ciel will finally resume publication in Gundam Ace.

You might better know Ecole du Ciel as, 'that one Gundam manga that is absurdly awesome.' Given the big names involved, it was, frankly, astonishing that we ever got more than a few chapters to begin with. At 11 volumes already (the first nine of which are available in English), I think it's safe to call this thing a miracle.

Drawn by Mikimoto Haruhiko (made famous by his work on Macross) and with mecha designs by Yoshinori Sayama (whom you may remember from Patlabor), Ecole du Ciel is one of those rare creations that no fan of the genre can afford to miss. It doesn't hurt that the writing is a fair bit stronger than is typical of the Gundam franchise. I, for one, am deliriously excited for more.

PG Strike Freedom: Publicity Images

Looks very nice, but... I don't know. Something about it just seems a bit off to me.

Upcoming Gundam Merch:

 The main thing I'm excited for here is, of course, the RD Victory Gundam. Proportion-wise, it looks better than the Master Grade to me. Being a huge fan of Victory in general, I'll probably get the new V2, as well, though it seems to me like they couldn't have picked a worse angle for that picture...

Oh well. Now that we're on our second and third Victory figures, hopefully some of those wacky bug-eyed grunts won't be too far behind.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Great Exodus

Perhaps I'm a bit late to the party, but I've recently discovered that Wikia is forcibly converting all of its hosted wikis to a simply atrocious new template. The current, very clear and easy-to-navigate template (Monaco) will be removed forever.

Having just established a Legend of Galactic Heroes wiki a few months ago, I am not exactly thrilled by this news. And neither are a great many other wikis, all of whom are currently stuck between a rock and a hard place: do they try to find a new host; do they try to make do with the terrible new template; do they simply abandon the wikis so much time and effort has been invested into?

S.H. FiguArt Kamen Rider Images

Two new figures, slated for release early next year. I'm not sure what they are, but they look cool.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

1:1 Core Fighter Video

A nice video of the 1:1 FF-X7 Core Fighter, currently on display at the Shizuoka Hobby Fair. If you want to go see it there, you have till the end of March.

It may not be quite as impressive as the 1:1 Gundam, but it's still pretty awesome.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Gundam Musou 3: Deathscythe Confirmed

One more mobile suit confirmed for Gundam Musou 3--the Deathscythe Hell. Gundam Wing fans should be... happy, I guess? While it's awesome to the Deathscythe get some love in game, it is still a Musou game after all...........

In addition to the updated graphics and handful of new units, it looks like the developers have also spared no expense with regard to the enemies you will face: the same as in the past two installments, expect to be up against nothing but horde after horde of Zakus, Hizacks and Z'Goks.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Gundam Unicorn Episode 2: First 15 Minutes

The Red Comet Returns!

If you don't mind the early spoilers, feel free to watch the first 15 minutes of the upcoming Gundam Unicorn OVA, Episode 2:  The Red Comet. The full episode will be released on Blu-Ray and PSN later next month. Please look forward to it.

(Presented in 2 Parts)

Part 1:

Part 2:

You can now view the first 15 minutes of the OVA, dubbed in English, at the Bandai Channel.

50th AJMS: Just A Few More...!

 Why? Because it's only the best hobby show EVER.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Gundam Musou 3: New Screenshots

 We've got some new screenshots for the upcoming Gundam Musou 3. Personally, I was pretty disgusted by the insane amount of tedium in the second game, so I'm not too terribly excited... but, at least graphically, this game is very impressive. This is the style of heavily-stylized, cel-shading that Gundam has been begging for ever since the PS3 first launched.

50th AJMS: Even More Images

Even more images!

I think I'm in love with the SD Ingram.

Anyway, many of these items were also covered in the previous two All Japan Model Show posts, but these pictures are, I think, of better quality--and there are certainly more of them. At the moment I'm torn on who I should link the pictures: should I upload them all to the blog, or simply link to the original Japanese blog (which is what I've done in this post, for example). If you have any strong feeling either way, post a comment here.

At the moment, I'm leaning toward the latter. It's both easier for me, and (theoretically) should give those Japanese sites traffic indicative of interest, which is always good.