Bandai announced on Sunday that after the Gundam Front Tokyo amusement park closes at the DiverCity Tokyo mall on April 5, The Gundam Base Tokyo complex will take its place this summer. The complex on the mall’s seventh floor will be Japan’s largest one devoted to Gundam plastic models (Gunpla), as well as a “base” for disseminating news and information to Gundam fans.
The anime studio Sunrise announced at Sunday’s closing ceremony for the life-size Gundam statue (pictured below) in Tokyo that a new life-size statue will debut this fall. The new statue will depict the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam from the Mobile Suit Gundam UC anime. The new statue will debut at the site of the current statue, in front of the DiverCity Tokyo mall on the artificial island of Odaiba.
Wow, now I have a good reason to go to Japan this year or the year after. I’ve been hearing rumors left and right about what will happen to the Gundam statue but now it’s confirmed. Not only that, but a Gunpla center? This is exciting stuff. Ideally, I want to visit the country during the spring season so I can see the cherry blossoms but that obviously won’t happen this year. Most likely 2018 will be guaranteed. Hopefully I can find a travel partner who’s open minded enough to go to various places around the country rather than simply staying in the city. 🙂
The wait is now over! My goodness it’s a beautiful first episode…
I’m already liking Fumina Hoshino as the heroine. Just as Ral said, Sekai Kamiki is like the 2nd coming of Reiji. We’re also shown Yuuma Kousaka, who’s China’s little bro (I still wish she got hit by a truck and died unceremoniously in between the two shows). I’ll be looking forward to Wednesdays for the next 5-6 months. With Build Fighters Try, G-Reco, and the continuation of Gundam-san, it’s truly a year for Gundam.
A lot more to come…
Watch me play with these guys. Btw, I’m not the one who recorded this. I’m playing as this guy’s team member.
After several rewatches and thinking about it, here are my overall thoughts. It was good up until the 2nd half.
- The battle of grunts taking each other out, Unicorn vs Banshee, Banager taking out Full Frontal’s dandy.
- Stellar music throughout.
- The gorgeous animation of course.
- Unicorn using the shields as funnels
- Newtype BS. I understand how newtypes can create strange phenomenon but this is one of the biggest loads of crap I’ve seen. I raised an eyebrow when Full Frontal dragged Banana into this weird time travel thing. Then it became even weirder when Full Frontal’s MS dissolved and fades in gray. That’s not all though, after Unicorn & Banshee defends against Gryps 2, Unicorn bursts out in crystallized form then repaired automatically in an instant. Lastly, with a swing of an arm, all MS is disabled. Perfect newtype? What a load of bull.
- The lack of Full Frontal’s origin. Being a vessel is not gonna cut it. Anyone could be a vessel. It’s disappointing to see his regression towards the end there spouting out a bunch of generic bad guy nonsense to justify his actions. What happened to that guy anyways? Did the touch of spirit Lala and Char kill him?
- Alberto crying for Marida’s death made no sense to me. Since when did he care for her?
- The importance of Laplace’s box always had me head scratching because it keeps mentioning how it’s gonna change the tides of war. However, when it reveals what the thing actually is, I thought to myself… “that’s it?” One little article deleted from the monument. I look back in episode 1 and see the original article being broadcasted throughout the whole media before the colony went boom. It’d be unrealistic for that broadcast NOT to be recorded by some. I mean, EVERYONE WHO WATCHED IT ON TV IS A WITNESS! Does the ORIGINAL monument matter that much? How this became such a big deal to trigger conflicts here is beyond me. I mean the war between the zeons and the federations has already happened which renders the box meaningless.
- Full armor Unicorn hardly made a difference in battle.
- Unicorn doing tai chi moves on Neo Zeong was amusing and outta place.
In conclusion, I think of this simply as an extra to UC’s timeline. While it’s nice to see some of the returning characters from Gundam shows prior to this chronologically, the overall show really doesn’t mount to anything important because of F91 and V.
UPDATE: Funny story behind this. The episode first came out during Acen weekend, so a friend of mine brought his PS3 to the hotel room to watch it. Unfortunately, I had a panel to go to, so all I got was the first 30 min to view. When I came back from the panel, I asked if the episode was any good. They responded that it was the worst ending they’ve seen to any Gundam show. They said, “Everything was good up until you left the panel.” So I had to see it for myself but the first file I downloaded was in chinese subtitles. Even though I didn’t understand crap, my first complaint upon watching it was the whole newtype bullshit. Then finally, the translations came out, and wow… my buddies were right. Well, it wasn’t as bad as SEED Destiny’s and AGE’s ending but it was one hell of a letdown.
Cleaning up the idle…
Kill la Kill
I was a bit underwhelmed with the final episode due to the lack of compelling action scenes but it was fine ending to the context of the story. I find it amusing the two main nudist beach members are the most clothed out of everyone. I wish they could’ve used a different song for the epilogue. Shame that we didn’t get to see what happened to the other characters aside from Ryuko, Mako, and Satsuki. Other than that, great show. Anyone who enjoyed Gurren Lagann will get a kick out of this.
Biggest troll anime I’ve seen. Nothing more to add here since I’ve already ranted about this in my previous post.
Hajime no Ippo: Rising
As usual, Ippo still is a great show to watch. It remains the only sports anime worth giving a shot. Ippo’s fight with Sawamura was good but Takamura’s fight against Eagle stole the show. The arc with the Coach’s past is dull and boring.
Ah Space Dandy. Very hit of miss show. Some episodes managed to dose me off while some others happen to be really good. The two eps that stood out the most were the zombie scenario and last one which happens to be robot revolution. Sad to say, I’m won’t be watching season 2 as it stands right now to be not interesting enough to continue.
As generic as this is, it’s my guilty pleasure mecha anime. Even with the ridiculous names and terms, I found it rather enjoyable which includes the main cast. The final episode however almost made me drop kick the show because it was gonna push the time travel endless cycling cliche, but thankfully it avoided that trap. I’ll watch season 2 as it airs but I don’t have any expectations whatsoever. Oh and please kill off that jilted boyfriend, his existence is a nuisance.
The Pilot’s Love Song
Too little, too late. Seriously, it’s the most disappointing the anime I’ve seen this season. With only 13 episodes total, there’s not much you can do for a revenge story that involves war, politics, steam punk setting, and a handful of characters. The animation quality was inconsistent at times. Some characters really aggravate me like the incompetent captain for the example. Who the hell sends out trainee cadets out in the front lines? Some dramatic scenes made me cringe like the confession scene. I prefer The Princess and the Pilot over this wasted potential.
Gundam Build Fighters
Saving the best last, I was literally in tears upon watching the final episode of Gundam Build Fighters. I actually had a hard time sleeping through the night because of my excitement for the last ep. It’s very rare of me to wake up for an anime first thing in the morning. Haven’t done that since Gundam SEED, unfortunately that show doesn’t hold up to this day. Even watching it in its remastered form, I cringe more than any other Gundam series. Back to Build Fighters, the feels were strong in this finale. As much as I wanted more, all good things must come to an end and what an appropriate end it is. Seeing Ral, Chinan, and Takashi fight was an asbolute blast to see that left me with more happy tears and jaw drops. The ending scene where Reiji and Sei having their final duel with Yuuki was a rather moving moment when Reiji made Sei realize what he was lacking isn’t controlling skills but the resolve to fight on. Reiji indeed goes back to his home world tagged along with Aila but there’s chances for them to come back, especially when Nils invented plavsky regeneration(?), and the crystal necklace Aila has. Everyone gets a happy ending, even the chairman and Baker who’re trying to sell bootleg gunpla in Arian. In the final scene, we see the Build Strike receives another upgrade called Build Strike Cosmos. Overall, this is the most entertaining Gundam series I’ve seen. There’s so many things about the show I love; the cameos, custom builds, humor, characters, the battles. Pretty much everything I ever wanted in the next Gundam series after the disappointing AGE. There were a few things that I did disliked though. First off is China. I didn’t mind her at first but seeing her character archetype so many damn times across other animes eventually annoyed the hell outta me. Japan, can we please put an end to these shy timid anime girls cliche? Also, the inconsistency of Nil’s character going from genius to an idiot all because the plot required it. Other than that, Gundam Build Fighters is a wonderful show that’s a must watch for fans of the franchise. If you’re a Gundam fan who can’t be open to something fresh like this, then I have to wonder if you’re cynical. I see this show has a gift from Sunrise, not only for creating it but also uploading each episode on youtube with english translations during airdates for us outsiders to watch.