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New High Grade Model kits for August-October

By Loran

It’s that time again! Yep, I’m going to be looking at some of the upcoming Gunpla releases for the coming months, namely the stuff I’m interested in. That means one thing: It’s mostly gonna be HGUC stuff. If you prefer Master Grades, well, I struggle to wonder why you even read my reviews since I’ve only done… what, one or two of them? Yeah, they’re nicer kits, but they don’t really interest me… though I do plan on getting myself all five of the Gundams from Wing (Version Katoki, of course) plus Epyon once they’re all out. That’ll be a fun project.

With the release of the HGUC GM III and GM Cannon II earlier this summer, I’m actually really surprised Bandai is giving us another GM so quickly, and it’s none other than the GM II, one of the suits I thought we’d never see. So far the only pictures we’ve seen are uncolored resin hardcopies, so it’s difficult to tell if they’ll be giving us the Federation or AEUG colors first. Personally, I’d prefer the AEUG one myself. This leaves us with only two anime-original GMs that need HGUCs right now: The GM Sniper II and the GM Ground Type. Get on it, Bandai! The GM II launches in October.

Here’s one I’m excited for—the Jesta from Gundam Unicorn. I can’t quite explain it but I LOVE this design. It’s basically the sexy baby of the ReZel and the Jegan. It has this feel that reminds me of one of the GINN variants form SEED that punches for its melee weapon in the game. When I look at this suit I don’t see it shooting stuff or using its sword, I just see it running around punching other suits. And that’s awesome. The Jesta will start punching stuff in September. Continue reading

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The History of Gundam in America part 2

by Christopher Troy

Welcome back readers! I’m going to continue with the article in a minute, but I wanted to do shamelessly plug something first.  Always the trendsetters, both FPNYC and I are on twitter and if you wish to follow us, you can add @FPNYC and @ Anarchris to your follower list! Warning: I curse like a sailor. Anyway let us continue!

War in the Pocket, MS 08th Team, and Stardust Memory

Even though MS Gundam didn’t live up to it’s expectations, the franchise still had some life in it. MS 08th Team was placed on Toonami, which was kind of an odd fitting, given it’s plot and setting. Stardust and War in the Pocket did fairly well on Adult Swim though, which I’m sure pleased Bandai, as 3/4th of that block were shows from their catalogue. However, merchandising behind these shows wasn’t as easy/strong as it was for Wing and original Gundam, but we did manage to get a few kits over here, and some figures as well. A handful of games were released as well for the Playstation 2, but they were pretty subpar (Most of the Bandai games are simple cash-grabs for the record) Continue reading

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G-Gundam: The World Cup of Gundam

by Christopher Troy

Soccer mania has swept the planet as the World Cup, which started several weeks ago , and in  a surprising turn of events, America actually cared this time around. This probably had to do with the fact that we didn’t get destroyed in the first round, which is a pleasant change, especially for the 5 Americans who actually follow the sport on a regular basis. For all of those not in the know, The World Cup is a international soccer tournament that happens every 4 years (much like the Olympics), and is usually a pretty big deal for a good portion of the globe..

However, this isn’t a soccer (or football for any of you living outside the US of A) blog. So what’s the closest thing Gunpla enthusiasts have to the World Cup you ask?

G-Gundam! Debuting in Japan in 1994 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gundam franchise (eventually making it’s way over here in 2002, which was aired on Cartoon Network), G-Gundam probably has more to do with Street Fighter than soccer. Both “Sports”  are played internationally; the difference being that the World Cup takes place every 4 years and gets your country bragging rights and a trophy, where as the G-Gundam fights, this once every four year battle tournament  gains you control of the planet. And possible a sweet trophy, it only makes sense right?  Also worth noting is that while the World Cup ends in a few weeks (I know this because I have a party to attend), a NEW G-Gundam manga debuts this August in Japan. Good timing for this article huh?

So well all know the point of soccer right? Kick ball into goal, most goals wins. There are a bunch of rules that go along with that, but those are boring, and I would lose the remaining 2 readers I have by posting them. In G-Gundam, there are several rules to be followed:

1) A unit whose head section has been destroyed is disqualified. Supplement: Accidental harm inflicted on a Gundam Fighter during a match is acceptable.

2) A Gundam Fighter must never aim at the cockpit of an opponent’s Gundam.
3 ) A Gundam Fighter may repair damage to his Gundam as often as he desires and move on to the championship league, as long as the head section has not been destroyed.
4) A Gundam Fighter must take responsibility for protecting his own Gundam.
5) A match shall only be held on a one-on-one basis.
6) A Gundam Fighter shall not taint the honor and dignity of the nation he is representing.
7) The Earth is the ring! Supplement: Destruction of property on Earth due to the Gundam Fight is not considered a crime.
So now that you know the score, let’s see how some of the countries did in G-Gundam vs the World Cup:
As for the host’s country’s (Africa) Gundam:
“It’s a  Gundam wrapped in racism!”-overheard quote from AnimeNEXT 2010, which pretty much sums up this Gundam and the series.
Gundams: Shining and Burning/God Gundams.
Series Fate: Obviously the main character in this series, Domon Kasshu enters the tournament on the behalf of his country and to find his brother. SPOILER: He does, and wins the tourney
World Cup Fate: Japan lost in the 2nd round to Paraguay
Gundam:  Gundam Maxter
Series Fate: Maxter pilot Chibodee Crocket initally loses to Domon, but later helps him fight againist the evil Devil Gundam and it’s allies as a fellow member of the Shuffle Alliance.
World Cup Fate: America, much like Japan, lost in the 2nd round.
Gundam: Shadow Gundam/ Gundam Speigel
Series Fate: Dies fighting the devil Gundam
World Cup Fate: Serious World Cup contenders.
What I’ve shown it’s just a sample of the insanity of Gundams shown in G-Gundam.  The entire series can be bought in 2 collections put out by Bandai of America, and there are several older Gunpla kits still available from both the original Japanese run, the American release (if you look hard enough online), as well as some new kits available/coming soon. And if we’re learned anything from this, it’s that you can’t be good at both giant robot fights and soccer/football/sports.

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