Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment’s Announcements at Anime Expo 2022

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced at their Anime Expo 2022 panel that they have licensed the Macross 7 anime, and will release it in two Blu-Ray Disc sets, with both a regular edition and a “collector’s ultra edition” release with bonus content. This is the first time the anime has been licensed in North America since its 1994 premiere.

The first set will include the first 29 episodes plus the anime shorts, and the second set will include Episodes 30-49 and Macross 7 Encore.

Macross 7 is described as:

It is the year A.D. 2045.

The seventh New Macross-class vessel, Macross 7, home to over one million inhabitants, journeys in search of habitable planets. Having departed Earth seven years earlier, the fleet is continuing on its journey when its flagship is suddenly attacked.

Meanwhile, at an outdoor venue in a park in Macross City, the rock band FIRE BOMBER has just started its opening set. The band’s lineup includes passionate lead vocalist and guitarist, Basara, bassist and singer, Mylene (the seventh daughter of Max and Milia Jenius), the laid-back founding member and keytarist, Ray, and on drums, the Meltran of few words, Veffidas.

Their gig is just starting to go off when things are interrupted by the attack on the fleet. What is the identity of the mysterious enemy fleet and the true purpose of their attack? The inhabitants of Macross 7 are soon caught up in a nightmarish conflict, the likes of which they could never have imagined.

They also announced that they have acquired the license for the Gundam-san, SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors, and Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE anime. The companies will release all three series on home video.

Source: ANN
Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds More Mobile Suit Gundam Anime to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added more Mobile Suit Gundam anime to its catalog:

  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ anime series
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack anime film
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 -Awakening of the Trailblazer- anime film

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ is described as:

Young Judau and the Double Zeta Gundam rise to oppose the Neo-Zeon, led by Haman Karn. A direct sequel in the Mobile Suit Gundam series which portrays the first Neo-Zeon War following the aftermath of the Gryps Conflict.

Source: Crunchyroll

Anime Blu-ray Review: Mobile Suit Gundam F91

Mobile Suit Gundam F91 is an anime film for the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise that was released in Japan in 1991.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91
English Publisher: Sunrise Inc.
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: February 7, 2017

The film opens on Earth Federation colony Frontier IV, which is attacked by the Crossbone Vanguard. Student mechanic Seabrook Arno, his friend Cecily, as well as some of their mutual friends, lead some refugees to the lower levels of the colony during the chaos. They meet up with Seabrook’s father, who helps them escape from the colony.

But before they meet up with Seabrook’s father, Cecily runs off and encounters her adoptive father. Cecily is really Berah Ronah, and is part of the family that leads Cosmo Babylonia, which is in charge of the Crossbone Vanguard. The Crossbone Vanguard has come to take Cecily back home. After seeing Seabrook get shot while trying to save her, Cecily reluctantly agrees to go with them. Her real father and grandfather want to overthrow the Earth Federation and replace it with a more just aristocracy. Cecily reluctantly agrees to join them, because she thinks her friends didn’t survive the attack on Frontier IV. Cecily receives mobile suit training, and she appears to be a natural at piloting it.

Meanwhile, Seabrook and his friends come across a Federation training ship called the Space Ark, which is run by a barely experienced skeleton crew. This ship is also carrying the inoperative Gundam F91. Seabrook and his friends join up with this crew, and Seabrook helps to repair the Gundam F91. In the process, he learns that it was developed by his mother, who left home to focus on her work when he and his sister were young. Seabrook ends up piloting the Gundam F91, because it’s thought that since his mother developed it that he might have the ability to pilot it. It turns out that Seabrook seems to pick up on piloting the Gundam F91, although not quite as quickly as Cecily did in her mobile suit training.

Cecily encounters Seabrook during a battle, which allows her to discover that her friends are still alive. With this knowledge, she defects from Cosmo Babylonia and joins up with the crew of the Space Ark. The film climaxes with a battle between Cecily’s father’s new weapon, the “Bugs,” and the mobile suits from the Space Ark.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91 is a well told story that keeps the audience interested in what’s going on. Even though the film only has a two hour runtime, Tomino and Ito were able to develop the two main characters, Seabrook and Cecily, just enough for the audience to come to care about them and their story. Unfortunately, this means that many of the other characters (especially Seabrook’s fellow refugees and the crew of the Space Ark) aren’t able to really get any development.

If you go into this film already familiar with Mobile Suit Gundam, you can pick up on the elements and tone that Tomino had employed in previous entries in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. That’s not to say that the film or the franchise is formulaic, though. It’s just that Tomino has a certain way that he writes for the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, and that a viewer can pick up on those touches if they watch enough of the franchise.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91 was a decent film and should be watched at least once by viewers who have an interest in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise.

The Blu-ray included in this release has 1080p High Definition / 16:9 HD Native video. The audio includes Japanese LPCM 2.0 and English LPCM 5.1 and LPCM 2.0. I had no complaints about either the video or the audio quality of this release.

There are three bonus features included in this set. The first is an English commentary track for the film. The second is a trailer collection for Mobile Suit Gundam F91 that runs for about five minutes. The final bonus feature is a Universal Century Timeline, which is a video that scrolls text on the screen. In order to read anything, you basically have to keep pausing the feature. This bonus feature is helpful to fans who want or need information to fill in the 30 year gap between Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack and Mobile Suit Gundam F91. However, I wish this had been done in a “slideshow” format, where the viewer can use their remote to move through the timeline at their own pace. This kind of a format for this feature is much more helpful to a viewer.

I would recommend this Blu-ray release of Mobile Suit Gundam F91 to fans of the film, as well as to Mobile Suit Gundam fans that want to own every entry in the franchise in their anime home video library.

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Anime Film Review: Mobile Suit Gundam F91

Mobile Suit Gundam F91 is a theatrical anime film, which is set 30 years after the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack film.

Mobile Suit Gundam F91
Directed by: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Written by: Tsunehisa Ito and Yoshiyuki Tomino
Starring: Kouji Tsujitani, Masaki Maeda, Yumi Touma, Chie Koujiro, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Mari Yoko, Sayuri Ikemoto, Takeshi Kusao, Teppei Takasugi, Mikio Terashima, Miyoko Shoji, Takeshi Watabe, Tamio Oki, Yoku Shioya, Takehito Koyasu, and Taiki Matsuno
Run Time: 115 minutes

The film opens on Earth Federation colony Frontier IV, where student mechanic Seabrook Arno and his friends are having a celebration. This includes a contest that Seabrook’s friend, Cecily, was nominated for and doesn’t want to participate in. As Cecily is announced as the winner, the colony comes under attack by the Crossbone Vanguard, the military arm of Cosmo Babylonia. Chaos ensues, and Seabrook, Cecily, along with some of their friends, lead some refugees to the lower levels of the colony, where they meet up with Seabrook’s father. With his help, they are able to escape from Frontier IV.

But before the group makes its escape, Cecily runs off and encounters her adoptive father. It turns out that Cecily is really Berah Ronah, part of the Ronah family who are the leaders behind Cosmo Babylonia. Her real family has come to take her back home, and she reluctantly agrees to go after Seabrook is shot trying to save her. Cecily’s real father and grandfather dream of overthrowing the Earth Federation and replacing it with a more just aristocracy. Cecily is reluctant to join them, but ends up doing so, thinking she has no choice. Since she left with her brother, she has no idea that Seabrook survived and that he and their mutual friends are safe. Cecily receives mobile suit training, and it quickly becomes apparent that she’s a natural at piloting it.

Seabrook and his friends, meanwhile, come across a Federation training ship called the Space Ark, which is run by a barely experienced skeleton crew. This ship is also carrying the inoperative Gundam F91. Seabrook and his friends join up with this crew, and Seabrook helps to repair the Gundam F91. In the process, he learns that it was developed by his mother, who left home to focus on her work when he and his sister were young. Seabrook ends up piloting the Gundam F91, because it’s thought that since his mother developed it that he might have the ability to pilot it. It turns out that he seems to pick up on piloting the Gundam F91, although not quite as quickly as Cecily did in her mobile suit training.

Cecily encounters Seabrook during a battle, which allows her to discover that her friends are still alive. With this knowledge, she defects from Cosmo Babylonia and joins up with the crew of the Space Ark. The film climaxes with a battle between Cecily’s father’s new weapon, the “Bugs,” and the mobile suits from the Space Ark.

I have to be honest and say that it wasn’t made clear in the film itself just how much time had passed since the events of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack anime film, and I only know it’s 30 years because I did some research online. It’s also never addressed in the film itself as to what happened with the previous enemy, Zeon. Because of that, Cosmo Babylonia just feels like it appears out of nowhere. For viewers coming into Mobile Suit Gundam F91 without seeing the earlier entries in the franchise, this isn’t going to be a concern. But for a viewer like myself coming into this film with that knowledge, I had a hard time figuring out where exactly this fit into the timeline and how the series got to this point. The Blu-ray release I watched this film on has a bonus feature that provides a Universal Century Timeline, and it has the missing information included in it. It’s too bad that there wasn’t a way to provide this information, even in a brief recap, in the film itself. I know that the intention with Mobile Suit Gundam F91 was to reboot the franchise, but it would have been helpful to viewers already familiar with the franchise to provide some of this information in some way, shape, or form.

When it comes to the actual story, it’s a well told story that keeps the audience interested in what’s going on. Even though the film only has a two hour runtime, Tomino and Ito were able to develop the two main characters, Seabrook and Cecily, just enough for the audience to come to care about them and their story. Unfortunately, this means that many of the other characters (especially Seabrook’s fellow refugees and the crew of the Space Ark) aren’t able to really get any development. For me, at least, I’ve forgotten most of these characters’ names after watching this film.

If you go into this film already familiar with Mobile Suit Gundam, you can pick up on the elements and tone that Tomino had employed in previous entries in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. That’s not to say that the film or the franchise is formulaic, though. It’s just that Tomino has a certain way that he writes for the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, and that a viewer can pick up on those touches if they watch enough of the franchise.

It’s interesting to note that at the end of the film, there’s text on the screen that this is only the beginning (or something along those lines). According to what I’ve read, there were plans for a sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam F91, but that a project for a continuation never materialized. Perhaps if a sequel had ever happened, maybe some of the characters who weren’t developed in this film could have received some development in it. Oh well, it’s neither here nor there, since a sequel never happened.

Even with its faults, Mobile Suit Gundam F91 was a decent film and should be watched at least once by viewers who have an interest in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise.

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The Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation: Heirs to the Stars Anime Film Is Now Streaming on YouTube

The Fandom Post is reporting that the official Mobile Suit Gundam YouTube channel has added the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation: Heirs to the Stars anime film to celebrate the channel closing in on two million subscribers. The film is available with the original Japanese audio and multiple subtitle tracks. However, it appears the film will only be available for streaming for a limited time.

The story of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation: Heirs to the Stars is described as:

The Earth Federation stands victorious, but are they still on the right side?

Universal Century 0087. The Titans, a bellicose faction among the Earth Federation Forces, grows powerful and tyrannical, even using poison gas to suppress a civil unrest. Dissident soldiers from the same military stand against them, forming a resistance group called the A.E.U.G. Kamille Bidan, a civilian student, gets entangled in this conflict when he accidentally steals the Gundam Mk-II and joins the A.E.U.G., running away from his home space colony. Then he begins to fight along with Char Aznable, a former Zeon ace pilot who has infiltrated the Earth Sphere for reasons of his own.

Source: The Fandom Post

Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island Anime Film to Open in Japanese Theaters on June 3, 2022

Sunrise’s Gundam.info website has announced that the Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island will open in Japanese theaters on June 3, 2022. The film is a retelling of Episode 15 of the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime series, which has been omitted from English releases of the series.

The story is set after the Federation defense of Jaburo, with the Federation planning to renew offensives on Zeon’s invasion headquarters in Odessa. Amuro and the White Base head to Belfast to resupply, but the White Base receives new orders: to head to the “Island of No Return” to search and destroy any Zeon stragglers. Amuro sets out on the island in search of Zeon spies, but finds a group of children and a Zaku mobile suit on the supposedly uninhabited island. With the Gundam left behind, Amuro encounters a man who calls himself Cucuruz Doan. After uncovering the secret of the island, Amuro attempts to make his way back to the Gundam to escape.

It was also announced that Toru Furuya is reprising his role as Amuro Ray, and Toshio Furukawa is reprising his role as Kai Shiden.

Source: ANN

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Anime to Premiere in October 2022

The official website for Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, the first new Gundam television anime series in seven years, has announced that the anime will premiere on Japanese television in October 2022.

Koji Fujiwara, Bandai Namco Entertainment’s Chief Gundam Officer, stated at the “Dai 2-kai Gundam Conference” event in September 2021 when the anime was first announced, “We are aiming to create a work that even young generations will support.” He added, “We are making bigger developments than ever before.”

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury will be the first television anime series in the Gundam franchise since Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

Source: ANN

Gundam Breaker Battlogue Web Anime to Begin Streaming Worldwide on October 19, 2021

The official website for the forthcoming six-chapter web anime Gundam Breaker Battlogue has announced that it will start streaming worldwide on October 19, 2021. It will be streamed on the Gundam franchise’s official YouTube channel “Gundam Channel” in Japan, and on Gundam.info overseas.

The Gundam Breaker Battlogue anime is produced as part of the “Gundam Breaker Battlogue Project,” which aims to further strengthen the linkage between the Gundam plastic models and the “Gundam Breaker” series inspired by them. It features the project’s original mobile suits and characters from the Gundam Breaker Mobile smartphone game app and the Gundam Breaker 3 PlayStation4/PlayStation Vita game.

Source: Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment to Begin Streaming More Mobile Suit Gundam Anime in September 2021

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming more Mobile Suit Gundam anime in September 2021. Starting on September 7, 2021, the following anime from the franchise will be available to stream: Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin.

Each series will stream with English subtitles and in English-dubbed format on FUNimation in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. They will also launch in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, with a date to be confirmed.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Gundam Online Expo Returns to the United States with Exciting New 12 Day Program of Panels, Exclusives, Livestream Shopping and More From August 26-September 5, 2021

Following its franchise history-making first year, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO is confirmed to return to the United States with an announcement from BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin). This official, Gundam-only, digital event is presented by BANDAI NAMCO Group companies BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles, SUNRISE INC. and BANDAI SPIRITS. It offers 2021 attendees an expansive schedule of programming including workshops, panels, specially produced video content and event exclusive collectibles. New features include the 2021 GUNPLA Builder’s Cup winners announcement ceremony and the GUNPLA Livestream Shopping Experience (akin to a cable TV shopping network show) co-hosted by a team at BANDAI NAMCO Collectible’s U.S. headquarters and well-known Japanese model/TV host Rinrin at Bandai Namco Entertainment’s Miraiken Studio in Tokyo. In addition, for the first time, this year’s GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will feature video content from current and future Gundam anime and live-action titles — including both screenings and event-only reveals — all made possible by 2021 partners Netflix and Crunchyroll. The GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO is free to attend and will kick off its 12 day program on August 26, 2021 and close on September 6, 2021.

GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO EVENT EXCLUSIVES

This year’s GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will showcase more than 100 different GUNPLA and feature a vast collection of exclusive model kits — including numerous GUNPLA from both the GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA and THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO that were previously only available in Asia. For 2021, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO GUNPLA collection will be available during the GUNPLA Live Shopping Experience and on the Premium Bandai USA website at 6:00 p.m. PDT in four separate waves:

  • August 26, 2021: Wave 1 – Release of 30 items
  • August 27, 2021: Live Shopping Experience – Release of 12 items
  • August 28, 2021: Wave 2 – Release of 24 items
  • August 30, 2021: Wave 3 – Release of 25 items
  • September 1, 2021: Wave 4 – Release of 24 items

All website sales will end on September 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Unleash the World of GUNPLA with Adam Savage

Tested is one of the largest content platforms and online communities for makers on YouTube, with more than 5.5 million subscribers. It is led by editor-in-chief Adam Savage, whose storied career began in special effects working on more than 100 TV commercials and a dozen feature films, followed by the role of co-host on the long-running Discovery Channel series MythBusters. For 2021, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO is collaborating with Tested to produce a one-of-a-kind GUNPLA build video. The GUNPLA workshop video will premiere on the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO website via the Tested YouTube channel.

GUNDAM BASE TOKYO VIRTUAL REALITY TOUR

Attendees of the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will have the opportunity to virtually visit THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO for a tour of the world’s largest and ever-changing GUNPLA exhibition. The tour will be available for the duration of GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO at Gundam.info.

SPECIALLY PRODUCED VIDEO CONTENT

In addition to the Adam Savage GUNPLA Workshop, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will feature a variety of other specially produced video content including:

“Bringing Gundam to Life” feature video
Gundam.info YouTube Channel Special Screening Series