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2:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin II is up to bat

I have to admit that I wasn't blown away with the first Origin OVA. I think I might have built the whole thing up in my head a bit too much, and was hoping for some more juicy Char history. There's something about the style ...

Hiroko Yamamura



Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 21-22 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 21-22
by Josh Tolentino

Ah, whiskey and pocky: The snack of champions. Gunpla Battle champions, that is!

With the latest installments of Build Fighters Try out of the way, the road has been paved to the finals, with the buildup handled by two of the better engagements in the series' run so far. 

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8:00 AM on 03.12.2015

Right Stuf reveals Turn A Gundam and Please Teacher's release date

I may be a little behind on this thing, but I thought that this set of announcements were worth mentioning around here. For the first order of business, Right Stuf and Sunrise have announced that Turn A Gundam Part 1 com...

Salvador GRodiles



Impressions: Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval photo
Impressions: Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval
by Josh Tolentino

Char Aznable.

In all of Mobile Suit Gundam's long history, there's perhaps no better icon of the franchise (besides the Gundam itself) than the Red Comet and his trademark mask. In fact, Char himself has become a fixture of Gundam itself, far beyond the Universal Century. Whenever a masked villain appears anywhere near a science-fiction setting in anime, comparisons to Char will ensue.

The thing is, though, that's not even his real name, which is what makes this first installment of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, so fascinating.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 18-20 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 18-20
by Josh Tolentino

It's been a while since we last checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, but being able to watch the last few episodes in quick succession as I caught up to the latest developments has led me to one, inescapable conclusion:

Sekai might be the Try Fighters' ace, but Fumina is their MVP.

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12:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Watch 7 minutes of the Red Comet in Gundam: The Origin

Fans of the Red Comet, rejoice! We finally get to see Char Aznable in action in this new trailer for the upcoming first part of the OVA adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. The trailer features Char Aznable laying wa...

Red Veron



Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 17 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 17
by Josh Tolentino

It's worth pointing out that among many similarities to other episodes in the series, this week's installment of Build Fighters Try is the second time they've spent the opening minutes on the puppy-love angle between Fumina, Sekai, Gyanko, and now Shia. As a fan of cute, dumb things, I can't help but like it, and anyone looking to Build Fighters for a serious war drama has long since been frightened off, so there's no problem there.

What IS a problem, though, is having sound effects in the opening sequence. Why do you do these things, Sunrise? When David Production did it to the openings for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure late into the Battle Tendency arc I thought it was just some kind of rookie mistake, but you've been making Gundam for several decades now. You should know better!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16
by Josh Tolentino

Despite its reputation for grit and mature storytelling about deep subjects like war and..stuff, the extended Gundam franchise is host to a great many ludicrous and silly things. For me, one of the silliest things about Gundam, especially the original Gundam series, is the Core Block System.

For those unfamiliar, it's that system that allows a little transforming plane (the "Core Fighter") to form the "abs" of the original Gundam, which would assemble the legs, head, and upper torso around it. Given the original series' reputation as pioneering a concept of giant robots in a military, wartime context, the Core Block System and its combining glory feels like a weird holdover from the Super Robot days, where every robot assembled itself with an eye towards spectacle more than practicality.

Thank goodness for Minato Sakai and his Build Busters teammates, then.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15
by Josh Tolentino

It hasn't even been 24 hours since the last Build Fighters Try recap, but let's get this train going. After all, we've finally arrived at...THE NATIONALS.

Let's fighting!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 12 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 12
by Josh Tolentino

Another week, another installment of my third-best anime of 2014. But as a fitting Christmas Eve present (the episode went live on December 24th), we get to unwrap the lovely gift that is the timely arrival of Meijin Kawaguchi III, and his legendary Gunpla, the Amazing Red Warrior.

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10:00 AM on 12.24.2014

Asians and Swiss get a merry Gundam Christmas

While not everyone celebrates the Christmas season, the occasion has become widespread enough that most companies usually trot something out to commemorate the holiday. The fine folks running the Gundam.info website have done...

Josh Tolentino







Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 11 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 11
by Josh Tolentino

With the team high on the sweet taste of victory, we take a break from the road to the national championship for the customary training section. This is where we learn just what the Try Fighters are up against, now that they're playing in the big leagues.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10
by Josh Tolentino

Survival guides teach us that a good way to deal with a bear is to make ourselves look larger, make a bunch of noise, and generally give the impression that you're no easy prey. 

But what about Beargguys? More importantly, what about Mama Beargguys?!

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9
by Josh Tolentino

Y'know, I like Build Fighters Try and all, but in retrospect, it's kind of nuts that it took this long for someone to put the "Burning" in "Build Burning Gundam". 

But hey, it finally did happen, and it was awesome.

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8:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Animator Expo's Gundam Short will please your burning soul

Right when I thought that Animator Expo was only dedicated to showcasing original anime shorts, the project's fifth piece ended up being a tribute to Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Gundam's Character Designer and Animation Director) and...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Gundam the Origin's subbed trailer shows off blue-eyed Char

In case you haven't gotten enough Char in your life from the last Gundam The Origin trailer, it's time to have some in a language you can understand! Yep, they've officially subtitled the first trailer in English, which...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8
by Josh Tolentino

When last we checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, "teamwork" was the name of the game, as Fumina debuted her support-specialized Winning Gundam, acting as a true leader should, to bridge the gaps between her two superstars, Yuuma and Sekai to form the trio into a more cohesive unit.

Episodes 7 and 8, on the other hand, are about setting up the pairings and rivalries that form the bedrock of Gundam character dynamics. This happens both on the individual level and team level, though in the latter case, it takes sacrifice to establish that bond. 

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8:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model

Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by.  The champion builder has co...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Get a little Char history in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue-Eyed Casval

Man, I totally had no idea this was happening. Somehow I totally missed the news that there was a new OVA series coming out about some back story about our favorite Gundam characters. First up is the ever mysterious and char...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 11.19.2014

This ad for a Unicorn Gundam model goes full Psycho (Frame)

I've never been that much into model-making, Gundam or otherwise, so I've never had much of a reason to pay attention to commercials for the things. Then again, if they're all as cool as Bandai's new ad for an upcoming ...

Josh Tolentino

7:30 PM on 11.14.2014

Gundam Build Fighters Try's first opening gets an amazing 8-bit remix

As Gundam Build Fighters Try continues to impress us with its Solid Winning Streak, Studio Megaane has used his Retro Gunpla building skills to turn the show's opening into an 8-bit masterpiece. All in all, Megaane's ta...

Salvador GRodiles







Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 6
by Josh Tolentino

Though we took quite a break between installments of our coverage of Gundam Build Fighters Try last time, I'm not about to let a good battle pass by, especially not as things are beginning to heat up for Team Try Fighters.

Plus, this week's engagement, though short, is a lovely treat for anyone who loved the Universal Century's more realistic spinoffs.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 2-5 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 2-5
by Josh Tolentino

It's been a while last we checked in with Build Fighters Try, but for a fan of the first season, things have been going about as well as can be expected. Sunrise has once again managed to deliver an easily digested, intricately produced action show that also manages to mine the nostalgia of Gundam fans old and young.

So far, so good.

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7:00 PM on 10.11.2014

Rejoice: Right Stuf to distribute more Gundam shows in North America

At long last, Right Stuf's deal with Sunrise has expanded outside of Gundam UC, as the company's been given the rights to release the original Gundam series in North America. On top of that, Right Stuf is distributing Gu...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 07.09.2014

Gundams, Riders, and Ultra Warriors join forces in Super Hero Generation

It's been a year since Bandai Namco's released a Compatible Hero game, as Heroes VS came out in 2013. Lo and behold, the team's ready to have the heroes from the Kamen Rider, Gundam, and Ultra series reunite in a new adv...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 06.26.2014

Fan poll selects most powerful robot

The argument about the strongest robots in anime is one that will continue in perpetuity. I mean, it's hard to get any sort of consensus about what to even include on the list. Giant robots are one thing, but do you include a...

Pedro Cortes

2:00 PM on 06.26.2014

It's time to buy a Gundam new watch

Gundam has seen its share of plenty of merchandise tie-ins. Lately the series has begun really branching into the fashion and accessories market, but none of it has really tickled my fancy. This new Casio G-Shock watch is exa...

Hiroko Yamamura

3:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Gundam: Reconguista in G gets way more info

Sunrise dropped a ton of new info on the official Gundam: Reconguista in G website. In addition to a newly available trailer, we now have updated info on staff and cast, as well as several of the main 'bots you'll be seeing ...

Pedro Cortes

4:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Nami Tamaki covers your favorite Gundam hits

Gundam fans are no stranger to the lovely, Nami Tamaki. The beautiful Wakayama native is responsible for multiple Gundam Seed hits, including one my favorites, Believe. This time she's decided to cover other fantastic songs ...

Hiroko Yamamura