First-Ever Gundam Online Expo Set to Take Off in the United States on August 21-30, 2020

The global phenomenon Gundam is making franchise history with the announcement from BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) of the first-ever GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO in the United States. Together with fellow BANDAI NAMCO Group companies SUNRISE INC. and Bandai Spirits, Bluefin will present this official Gundam-only digital event over 12-days commencing on August 20, 2020. The GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will showcase over 60 event exclusive figures never-before available in the United States, including not only GUNPLA World exhibit exclusives but also THE GUNDAM BASE exclusives – both of which until now were previously only available in Asia. The GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO event exclusives will be released in two waves at 6:00 pm Pacific on both Friday, August 21 (Group A) and Sunday, August 23 (Group B) on Premium Bandai USA with free shipping on all orders over $150.00 USD. All sales will end on Tuesday, September 1 at 11:59 pm Pacific.

In addition to event exclusives, GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO attendees will get a chance to visit THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO virtually via augmented reality. This experience will include a tour of GUNPLA WORLD Ver.MG, a special exhibition celebrating GUNPLA’s 40th Anniversary and the MG series. This exhibit features:

  • MG Lineup Exhibit. The entire MG series lineup, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, gathered and displayed in one place
  • GUNPLA Evolution History. An exhibit of valuable materials from the BANDAI HOBBY CENTER where GUNPLAs are created.
    Giant GUNPLA Timeline. A timeline chock-full of the 40 years of Gundam and GUNPLA history
  • Package In-depth Analysis. A detailed analysis of how GUNPLA packages are create
  • Modeler Masterpiece Exhibit. A display of “MG” masterpieces created by famous modelers
  • Reveal of the Latest MGEX Brand. A sneak peak of he Unicorn Gundam from the latest MASTER GRADE EXTREME brand

And that is not all, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will also offer special video content like instructional sessions on painting skills with professional modeler Katsumi “Meijin” Kawaguchi aka “Master Kawaguchi” as well as interviews and panels featuring Japanese guests (to-be-announced) from gaming, voice acting, merchandise and animation.

For schedule details and the latest event information, visit the official GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO website at en.Gundam.info/onlineexpo.

Right Stuf Reveals Gundam Seed Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Disc Release

Right Stuf announced at its panel at the Otakon.Online digital event that it will release the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Collector’s Ultra Edition Blu-ray on December 1, 2020. The set will be available only through Right Stuf’s website, and pre-orders are available now.

The collection will include episodes 1-48 of the HD remastered television series, episodes 1-50 of the original HD series, and three “Special Edition” movie compilations with both English subtitles and a dub. Right Stuf noted that the remastered series will be available in standard versions in 2021, but the original series in HD will only be available through this Ultra Edition. The release will also bundle a 118-page art book and a double-sided tear-out poster.

Right Stuf announced in July 2018 that it would release a Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set for the series with both English dubs in 2019.

Source: ANN

Right Stuf to Release Mobile Suit Gundam NT on Blu-ray Disc on October 6, 2020

Right Stuf announced during its panel at the FunimationCon 2020 online event that its home video release of the Mobile Suit Gundam NT anime film will ship on October 6, 2020. The release will include English subtitles and English and Japanese audio. Special features will include interviews with staff; commercials, trailers, and promo videos; videos from premiere events in Japan and Los Angeles; and a “Zoltan Breaks Down the Universal Century in 3 Minutes” video.

Mobile Suit Gundam NT opened in Japanese theaters in November 2018. Fathom Events and Sunrise screened the film in the United States with an English dub on February 2019. Sunrise worked with NYAV Post to produce the English dub for the anime.

Source: ANN

Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 Anime Resumes After COVID-19 Delay

The official website for Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 has announced that the anime will resume with Episode 19 on Sunrise’s Gundam Channel on YouTube on July 9, 2020. The series will then resume its television broadcast on July 11, 2020.

Episode 18 of the series debuted on May 8, 2020, but Episode 19 was delayed due to the effects of COVID-19 on the show’s production.

Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 premiered on Sunrise’s Gundam Channel on YouTube on April 9, 2020.

Source: ANN

Right Stuf to Release Gundam Build Divers Anime on Blu-ray Disc

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced during their panel at the virtual MomoConline convention that they will release the Gundam Build Divers anime on Blu-ray Disc on September 1, 2020. The release will include both English subtitles and a dub.

The anime premiered in April 2018, and Crunchyroll and Gundam.info both simulcast the series as it debuted in Japan. FUNimation Entertainment then added the anime to its FunimationNow streaming service in March 2019.

Right Stuf previously released other installments in Sunrise’s Gundam Build project, including Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try, on home video with English dubs. The company will also release a “Gundam Build Fighters Special Build” anime collection on Blu-ray Disc on August 4, 2020. The collection will include Gundam Build Fighters: GM’s Counterattack, Gundam Build Fighters Try Island Wars, and Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces July 2020 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for July 2020.

From Shonen Jump:

Act-Age Volume 1
by Tatsuya Matsuki

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World Volume 1
Original Concept by Tite Kubo, Written by Ryohgo Narita

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $14.99

The Quincies Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. Tokinada Tsunayashiro, elevated to head of his clan after a slew of assassinations take out every other claimant to the title, has a grand plan to create a new Soul King. His dark ambitions soon sow the seeds of a new total war across the realms, but all is not lost. There is one unlikely Soul Reaper who holds the key to defusing the conflict—Shuhei Hisagi, Assistant Captain of the Ninth Company and reporter for the Seireitei Bulletin.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Volume 15
by Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Turns out confessing your feelings is the easy part of a romantic relationship… Next you have to figure out how to behave in a relationship. Kaguya retreats behind the protective ice shield she built to protect herself years ago. Miyuki believes only an ideal version of himself is worthy of love. Ai/Haski, as usual, is caught in the middle. Will our two notstar-crossed lovers ever learn to let go and just be?

Before you can love someone else, you have to love yourself.

One-Punch Man Volume 20
by ONE, Art by Yusuke Murata

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Immediately before the big Monster Association battle, the Class-S heroes hold a strategy meeting. Unfortunately, they just aren’t in sync, and when Amai Mask barges in, the situation only gets worse. Thankfully, King appears just in time to boost their morale—and it’s a good thing, too, because the big
monster battle begins.

Seraph of the End Volume 19
Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto,
Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Shinoa fights for her life at the Demon Army headquarters where the First Progenitor, Shikama Doji, is trying to possess her. Ferid’s solution to the problem? Kill her before she’s turned and possessed. With all of the pieces in place and the First’s resurrection all but complete, the vampires and the Hyakuya Sect both converge on Shibuya. Meanwhile, trapped in his own mind with Asuramaru, Yuichiro’s missing past is finally revealed to him.

Haikyu!! Volume 39
by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

It’s Little Giant versus Little Giant in the quarterfinal game against Kamomedai, and the Little Giant of the past that both Hinata and Korai look up to is watching in the stands. Karasuno struggles against Kamomedai’s iron-tough defense, as their blockers are just as infamous as Date Tech’s, if not more/ Will Karasuno find a way to open a hole in Kamomedai’s wall?

Dr. Stone Volume 12
by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Kingdom of Science is now in uncharted waters. Motivated to find out the meaning behind the cryptic message they intercepted, Senku and a select few prepare for a long overseas voyage. And what they find on the first stop on their journey might provide a clue behind the mysterious petrification that ended civilization.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaina Volume 14
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Tanjiro’s sword is still not ready. The swordsmith Haganezuka tries to concentrate on finishing while Tanjiro and his friends engage the two upper-rank demons, Hantengu and Gyokko, in a ferocious battle. Hantengu continues to create different forms to attack the Demon Slayers. Meanwhile, the Mist Hashira Tokito regains his memories of the past and confronts Gyokko, but what will these memories reveal?

From Shojo Beat:

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 8
by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Shirayuki and Zen finally have “the talk” about their future together. Then, a heavy rain forces the party to take shelter at an inn after seeing off Sakaki. But just as night falls, Obi slips away.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 7
by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Suzume and Mr. Shishio take a trip together for the first time. But something weighs heavily on Mr. Shishio’s mind. Meanwhile, Suzume’s worried about being caught on a romantic outing with her teacher.

Prince Freya Volume 2
by Keiko Ishihara

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Freya finds her charade as Prince Edvard difficult to maintain while battling treacherous Tyrish nobles and her own crushing grief. With the help of her dear friend Alek and her new guardian Sir Julian, however, she’s determined not to give up. But will her new resolution and impulsive nature send her straight into the jaws of danger?

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 4
by Mak Enjoji

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

At long last, the Dark Lord has been defeated. Wait—it can’t be that easy.

Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Nanase hears that Kairi has requested to study abroad. She is shocked by the news and tells him she doesn’t want to be apart, but Kairi’s response makes her uneasy.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 3
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Akari begins to see Kazuomi in a different light. But Kazuomi seems completely uninterested in love, and he’s very different from Akari’s usual type. Rio learns that Akari is attracted to Kazuomi, and Rio’s state of mind makes Yuna’s heart ache.

Takane & Hana Volume 15
by Yuki Shiwasu

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Takane’s mother shows up from London and causes a stir. The big question is, can she possibly accept Hana’s role in Takane’s life? Things don’t look promising, but perhaps a trip to the amusement park can mend the strained relationship between mother and son.

From VIZ Media:

Radiant Volume 12
by Tony Valente

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price USA $9.99

Traveling to Bôme to recover the Nemesis that Grimm has stolen, Seth, Melie, Doc and Ocoho are separated during confrontations with both a Nemesis and a member of the Mesnie, eaters of the Infected. But this is not their only problem: the presence of General Inquisitor Sargon aboard their aircraft suggests that a meeting of Inquisition senior officials will soon take place in Bôme, an event sure to pile more troubles onto the Infected.

Persona 5 Volume 3
by Hisato Murasaki, Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Ann has a new admirer… kind of. His name is Yusuke Kitagawa and he is an aspiring artist apprenticed to master painter Ichiryusai Madarame. Enthralled by Ann’s beauty, Yusuke is determined to use her as a model for a painting. But a new palace appears and it soon becomes apparent that it belongs to none other than Madarame himself, who has been plagiarizing his students’ art for his own gain. Will Yusuke have the will to rebel and join Akira and his friends to defeat the evil painter?

Record of Grancrest War Volume 7
Original Story by Ryo Mizuno, Story and Art by Makoto Yotsuba, Character Design by Miyu

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

It’s all been building to this point. Siluca and Theo’s plans, their hopes and their dreams—all are going to be put to the test in this final volume. Can the genius mage and upstart Lord pull off one last win, or will this be the end of everything they hoped to accomplish?

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 1
by Hideki Goto

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

New Inklings take center stage as they and their friends embark on hilarious escapades in the world of Splatoon, the hit video game series from Nintendo.

From VIZ Signature:

Mujirushi
by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi.

Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to massproduce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 14
by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $14.99

The Nanyang Alliance desperately tries to evacuate their Psycho Zakus from the Taal volcano base under intense pressure from the attacking Federation forces. To cover the retreat, Daryl Lorenz and the members of his team try to hold off Io Fleming and his unit. But this face-off was always going to come down to Io and Daryl, whose rivalry has only intensified since they first dueled in the Thunderbolt Sector. Each will accept nothing less than total destruction of the other, but victory always comes at a price.

BEASTARS Volume 7
by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Red deer Louis has always been the prime candidate for Cherryton Academy’s next Beastar, but now he has dropped out of school to run a gang of lions. When his greatest rival, gray wolf Juno, tries to convince him to return to school, their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, gray wolf Legoshi’s relationship with dwarf rabbit Haru is changing too. Will they grow closer or farther apart? Then, Legoshi is blindsided by a huge, mysterious assailant. What new skills will he need to learn to protect himself, let alone his friends?

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 3
by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

A group of sinister beings have lived on this island for several lifetimes, tinkering and experimenting on humans and the local fauna to further the goals of their dark sciences. Who are these otherworldly individuals that rule this beautiful and deadly island and how will Gabimaru manage to kill them to achieve his goal?

RWBY: The Official Manga Volume 1
by Bunta Kinami

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $12.99

Ruby takes her first step on the road to becoming a Huntress by enrolling at Beacon Academy, eager to take on the battery of tests, challenges and difficulties that follow. Ruby knows her talents will take her to her goal, but is she ready to clash with Weiss Schnee, haughty scion of the Schnee Dust
Company?

No Guns Life Volume 6
by Tasuku Karasuma

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Andy Wachowski was the genius who developed the basic theory of Extension technology. But once he saw what became of his creation he turned against it, becoming the leader of the anti-Extended terrorist organization Spitzbergen. Now, in an attempt to control Juzo Spitzbergen threatens Tetsuro. Berühren’s Resolvers Pepper and Gun Slave Unit Seven are after Juzo as well. Juzo has plenty of cases to deal with now— it’s just too bad he’s not getting paid for any of them.

Levius/est Volume 5
by Haruhisa Nakata

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

The main event of the Southern Slam tournament is Levius’s title fight against “the Emperor,” Oliver E. Kingsley, but first Natalia must face off against A.J.’s brother Balthus. Zack and Bill are ringside to help, but the Amethyst corporation’s experiments have turned Natalia’s opponent into a dreadful new kind of weapon.

Children of the Whales Volume 15
by Abi Umeda

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Chakuro, Suou and Shuan boarded the battleship Karcharías hoping to convince Orca to release Ouni and Lykos. But instead of rescuing their friends, they are now caught up in Orca’s plan to destroy the Mud Whale and all its residents in order to unleash an apocalypse that will overthrow the Nouses and create a parallel world where humans will never again feel pain or sadness. When words prove useless against Orca’s sophistry, will the team from the Mud Whale be forced to use violence?

From Shonen Sunday:

Case Closed Volume 75
by Gosho Aoyama

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Conan and Rachel discover that someone is posing as Detective Moore and doing good deeds… but why? A string of threatening notes left on cars gives Detective Chiba the chance to solve a case alongside his childhood crush, new police-recruit Naeko Miike. And a shocking death at a wedding party reveals a startling secret. But when Conan’s investigation of the wedding leads him to an undercover detective working on the same case, he finds himself on the trail of an even bigger mystery…

RIN-NE Volume 34
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

When some late exorcism fees are finally deposited in Rinne’s account, he informs Sakura that he’ll pay off all his debts to her. Meanwhile, after a fight with her parents over her credit card, Ageha runs away to stay at Rinne’s place. When Sakura hears about the new living arrangements, she gets the wrong impression. Can Rinne set her straight?

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment Announce Upcoming Releases

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced during their panel at the virtual Anime Lockdown convention that they will release a “Gundam Build Fighters Special Build” anime collection on Blu-ray Disc on August 4, 2020. The companies also announced that their Blu-ray Disc release of Galaxy Angel AA and Galaxy Angel S will also ship on August 4, 2020. Both releases are available to pre-order now on Right Stuf.

“Gundam Build Fighters Special Build” will include Gundam Build Fighters: GM’s Counterattack, Gundam Build Fighters Try Island Wars, and Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue.

Right Stuf will release Galaxy Angel AA and Galaxy Angel S under the title Galaxy Angel AA + S.

Source: ANN

Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 Anime Delays New Episodes Due to COVID-19

The official website for Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 has announced that the anime’s episodes will be delayed beginning with Episode 19, which was scheduled for May 14, 2020, due to the effects of COVID-19 on the show’s production. Episode 18 will still debut as scheduled on May 7, 2020.

Sunrise’s Gundam Channel on YouTube will instead stream selected episodes from the whole franchise beginning on May 14, 2020. Tokyo MX will begin airing reruns of selected episodes from the Gundam Build franchise on June 2, 2020, and BS11 will do the same starting on May 16, 2020.

Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE Season 2 premiered in Japan in April 2020. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the anime’s episodes as they premiere.

Source: ANN

Over 20 Exclusive Gunpla and Dragon Ball Figures on Sale Now at Premium Bandai USA

Premium Bandai USA will begin offering highly sought-after and exclusive collectibles from renowned Bandai toy and collectible brands to domestic fans and customers. The catalog has been expanded to feature Bandai Spirits’ Tamashii Nations’ Dragon Ball S.H.Figuarts action figure line and Hobby’s catalog of Gundam model kits (GUNPLA), including many rare and limited-edition releases that were, until now, available only to the Japanese market.

Nearly two dozen products—including Gundam Deathscythe EW (Roussette Unit) MG 1/100, Tallgeese (TV Animation Color Ver.) RG 1/144, and S.H.Figuarts SUPER SAIYAN GOD SUPER SAIYAN VEGITO -SUPER- — became available direct to U.S. consumers for pre-order starting on April 2, 2020, at 6 PM PDT via Premium Bandai USA.

For a complete list of item details, including images and pricing, please visit: https://www.bluefinbrands.com/press

Premium Bandai USA Brings Exclusive Gundam Models and Dragon Ball Figures to North America

Premium Bandai USA is Bandai’s official online store and focuses on stocking high quality anime, video game, and Tokusatsu merchandise. These limited edition and variant products are not available from any other domestic retailer and include action figures, model kits, jewelry and other collectibles based on many popular anime and video game properties.

Starting on April 2, 2020, Premium Bandai USA will begin offering highly sought-after and exclusive collectibles from Bandai toy and collectible brands to domestic fans and customers. The catalog has been expanded to feature Tamashii Nation’s S.H.Figuarts action figure line and Bandai Spirits Hobby’s catalog of Gundam model kits (GUNPLA), including many rare and limited-edition releases that were, until now, available only to the Japanese market.

Nearly two dozen of Dragon Ball and Mobile Suit Gundam products will be available direct to North American consumers starting on April 2, 2020 via Premium Bandai USA

Dragon Ball: https://p-bandai.com/us/cont/campaign/dragonball-cp01
Gundam: https://p-bandai.com/us/cont/campaign/gundam-cp01

Register with Premium Bandai USA before March 30, 2020, for a chance to win Dragon Ball and Gundam prizes.