In the June 2009 issue of the Japanese monthly manga magazine, Gundam Ace, it was announced that an anime adaptation for Gundam Unicorn has been green-lit for late 2009. It will be directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and written by Yasuyuki Muto. Nobuhiko Genba will help design the mecha along with other animators who have worked on previous Gundam series, while Kumiko Takahashi will be doing the character designs.
This is exciting, to me especially, since we are going back to the Universal Century timeline. Yes, it’s a bit of a chore because it boils down to “Some faction of Zeon is at it again! It’s up to the Earth Federation to stop them! “, but that is what all the great Gundam series have been.
I for one, look forward to this, especially since the previously announced Gundam 0081 series is actually going to be a PS3 game.
And a koala in my necktie!! Not really, though, ’cause that’s impossible. However, I do believe Woody the cowboy doll is truly crying out for help when he broadcasts his snake-to-boot ratio. That’s right, he’s a doll. I said it.
But don’t worry little doll, without your doll-osity we wouldn’t be able to feature you in this week’s episode! It’s a story about toys, and is in fact called Toy Story. Boy, that’s easy to remember. Check this: It just so happens to be the very first feature-length CG-animated film ever in the history of ever. Ah, 1995, when the monarchs at Pixar were merely mud-piling serfs (and perhaps mid-level blacksmithes). So at least Woody’s got that going for him. Too bad his comfy world is about to get shattered when ANOTHER toy shows up to take him down!! Look out Woody, this is much worse than any old snake in the boot! What will he do? You’ll have to watch (re: listen) and find out!!!
Hey partner, don’t forget, our theme is composed by The Wind Whistles. They’re our faaaaaavorite deputies. Make sure to check out their fancy little website 🙂 Also, make sure to set your DVD players to 00:00:00 if you’re following along with the movie…ya varmint. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the first ever CG-animated podcast!! (CG podcast not available in all areas)
So. Thirty years ago today, Mobile Suit Gundam premiered on Japanese tv. The show was different from the usual giant robot shows before it. Gone were the super heroic robots controlled by hot blooded youths. Gundam started the real robot genre. Here, robots were machines of war. They broke. They were upgraded. They were mass produced.
Here was a story with no real “good” or “evil” side. Individuals on either side of the war could be strong, noble heroes, or spineless, self serving snakes in the grass. Characterizations were much more real than previously. Amuro Ray did not jump at the chance to pilot the Gundam. He did it to survive, and throught the show, he hesitates, he resents, he fights to NOT pilot. As he grows and understands the nature of war and the world around him, he slowly comes to terms with what he must do.
Of course, Mobile Suit Gundam has carried on since then, with entries being very dark (Zeta Gundam, Victory Gundam), ridiculous (G Gundam), and sub-par (Gundam Wing, ZZ Gundam). This year, we get a new series, taking place in UC 0081, and bringing the series back to it’s roots: the Earth Federation fighting against the Principality of Zeon.
Happy birthday Gundam, I look forward to what else you have in store.