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.