Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Promotional Video
Posted by Tom on June 13, 2011
Yesterday in Japan, Sunrise held a press conference and show a trailer to the new Gundam series. Not only that, but they also announce merchandise that will be connected to the show, including Gunpla, card games, and a video game. In this short trailer, I did picked up some things:
- The enemy is most likely to be an alien race. And their mechs reminds me of the Blue Eyes White Dragon. Is Kaiba commanding them? XD
- Animation are, of course, spot on. I mean, this is 2011, it’ll be criminal if the animation is terrible.
- The grunt suit is pink! lolwut?! Well, I think it’s a grunt suit.
- A third of the way into the trailer, I can hear quite a bit of Gundam Seed sound effects.
- The designs of everything really looks like this is aimed towards the newer generations.
So while the trailer looks nice and all, it still doesn’t give a lot of information. So until I read more, I’m still going to keep neutral on this. Although…
Judging by the like/dislike bar, there is a significant negative reactions from the older fans of Gundam. I can understand that. But at the same time, you’re reacting to what’s only shown so far. More info will be release, so I’m sure that opinions will be turned after several episodes.
Kawakuchi seems to echo the same feelings that I have, in that people are really judging this show by the very little information that we have, as well as the fact that the series was announced in a children’s magazine. Of course, this show IS for kids, why would the older fans get angry. They still have Unicorn for crying out loud!
So I guess the moral of this little cry-feast is that for the Gundam franchise to survive, you need new fans. And what better way then to bring in the young kids. If you can make an impact on them, you have a fan for life. After that, it depends on them if they want to explore the Gundam series. But older fans should really remember why they got into the show as a kid. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t about the story or characters. But the fact that it’s giant robots beating the crap out of other giant robots and awesome action. It was when we all grew older and start to better understand the stories and character development do we truly appreciate the series that brought us into this great franchise.
Anyways, enough ranting! Besides the little trailer, Bandai has already announced some models for this new series. With this new series comes new lines of models. The first is the AG 1/144 lines. AG stands for “Advance Grade” by the way.
This is the new line where Bandai says that you won’t be needing any tools. Going by this statement, the looks of the models, and the pricing (all of them are 600 yen), I am going to say that these are the newly reborn First Grades, which died out after season 1 of Gundam 00.
The second is the 1/100 GB lines. GB standing for Gage-ing Builder.
Again, going by the looks of the models and pricing of the two first release (the AGE-1 Gundam is 2800 yen and the Garfan is 3000 yen) I’m going to say that these are the Non-Grade 1/100’s for this series. Or they could be action figures, like bigger versions of Robot Domoshii I think. I must admit I’m pretty interested in the Garfan, since it transform into a dragon looking mecha. ^^;
Both of these new lines have chips in them so that you can use it for various arcade games across Japan. Interesting, but since I live in the US, it’s a lost cause really. >.>
Of course, we’ll be getting High Grades and Mega Size versions of the AGE-1 Gundam.
The High Grade AGE-1 doesn’t look bad IMO. It does look kinda plain though. Looks wise, I can see a lot of sharp angles and some sticker for the knees. Is the chest center going to a sticker or a clear green part? Fall release for 1200 yen.
The Mega Size AGE-1 Gundam looks nicely detailed, which it should for a model kit of this scale. Price TBA, but I read that it may be release in the fall.
Also a Master Grade AGE-1 Gundam is in the works, which is quite exciting.
If the MG is in the works, I want it to look like this. The proportion looks excellent to me, it’s not too skinny, and not too bulky. Hopefully we’ll see a prototype in the next couple of months.
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE begins airing this October. The staff is a nice mixture of old and new:
Original Character Design: Takuzō Nagano (Inazuma Ileven, Professor Layton)
Animation Character Design: Michinori Chiba (Moblie Suit Gundam 00, Basilisk)
Mechanical design:Kanetake Ebikawa (Mobile Suit Gungam 00, Full Metal Panic!)
Junya Ishigaki (Macross Frontier, Mobile Suit Gundam V, W, X,∀)
Kenji Teraoka (Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
Bandai will also announce something Gundam related on June 25. It could be a new series, a new hobby announcement, or something else. If it’s a another Gundam series announcement, that will be awesome because I will have 3 Gundam series to watch.
So what are you guys opinion on the series. Or the model kit lines, or this new announcement on the 25th of June. Me, I can’t wait to see more model kits from this series (especially the Garfan) and while I am somewhat skeptical, I look forward to the first several episodes of this new series.
As always, info and pics are from Gundam Guy. Video from Youtube on Gundaminfo’s channel.