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Old 06-16-2017, 04:55 AM   #100
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Forbes MAR 13, 2017:
Yoshiyuki Tomino On 'Gundam', Newtypes And The Perilous Future Facing Humanity
Originally Posted by Ollie Barder
For anyone that is interested in anime, you will have likely heard of Yoshiyuki Tomino. One of the main forces behind the original Mobile Suit Gundam, he has since gone on to create and work on all sorts of fascinating series and movies. I caught up with him recently at Sunrise and ended up discussing all manner of things, from his work to what he thinks will await us in the future.

Tomino is a very big figure in Japanese animation, having written and directed many very successful series and movies. While he may be more known for his mecha-related anime, what has allowed his work to resonate and endure is down to the depth of his stories and characterization.

In that sense, the mecha in a series in Mobile Suit Gundam are closer to conduits for the characters that pilot them and the narrative is far more human as a result.

ANN 03/15/2017:
Gundam Thunderbolt Season 2 Anime's New Mecha, Character Designs Revealed


Assault Carrier "Spartan"

Forbes 03/15/2015:
'Gundam: The Origin' Manga Review

Forbes MAY 11, 2017:
The First Arc Of 'Gundam: The Origin' Will Get A Western Blu-Ray And DVD Release This August
Originally Posted by Ollie Barder
The first four episodes of Gundam: The Origin, comprising the initial Char and Sayla story arc, will finally get a U.S. release on Blu-ray and DVD this August.

Previously, the individual episodes were only available as imports or streamed online. While these included English language dialogue and subtitle tracks, they were in fact the Japanese releases of the anime.

This new versions comprises the first arc in its entirety and bundles it as one handy collection, on either Blu-ray or DVD.

Gundam: The Origin is based on a manga retelling of the events from the original Mobile Suit Gundam from the creative standpoint of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. As he worked on the original anime, penning the characters and directing much of the animation, Yasuhiko has a unique viewpoint on how the whole Gundam saga came about.

Yasuhiko is also a greatly respected manga artist and anime writer/director in his own right. From penning the fascinating Venus Wars manga and later directing its excellent anime adaptation, he also went on to make the hugely influential Arion and the much loved Giant Gorg. Not to mention the glorious work he did on series like Crusher Joe.

So having Yasuhiko come back to retell Mobile Suit Gundamas a manga was a stroke of genius and it was thoroughly brilliant as well. The fact he is also directing the anime adaptation is also wonderful and the series has been met with great success in Japan.

Gundam: The Origin has done so well in fact that it is getting another arc, starting with the events of the Battle of Loum. This being a hugely important event in the Universal Century timeline and one that has never really been animated in any great detail before.

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