Anime Preview: Gundam Twilight Axis

It’s a Year for Anime and Gundam in particular. After a huge ending for Iron-Blooded Orphans, Thunderbolt Season 2 starting we are now greeted with an upcoming short series based on a Light novel, named Twilight Axis.

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The above promotional poster shows you the main characters and mobile suits. We should get some good looking model kits out of this, however, I’m not sure they will be as nice as we hope as the rumours are they are just retooling of older HG kits.

We see the Gundam Tristan, and the Zaku III Kai, though it could be an interesting twist this time…..I think the Zaku is used by the good guys! Most of the story is untold but Here is the blurb.

U.C. 0096, the Earth Federation Forces felt a threat to the existence of “psycho frame” again after the incident surrounding “Laplace’s Box.” In order to approach that mystery, they dispatched an investigation team to the asteroid Axis drifting outside the Earth Sphere. Two civilians participate as members of the research group: Arlette Almage and Danton Hyleg. Both have pasts with government service to the Principality of Zeon and Neo Zeon as an engineer and test pilot. Having infiltrated Axis, the investigators come under attack inside a base where no one should be. Arlette and Dalton are confronted with by an incident they would never have imagined.

Fans of Gundam UC stories should be ecstatic! Another UC series, and set straight after the events of Unicorn Gundam. So to elaborate on rumours I’ve heard online, The Team are attacked by the Gundam Tristan, and Find a Zaku III in the hanger and use that to defend themselves. The team were dispatched to find the remains of the Sazabi left on Axis after Chars Counterattack.

We will have to wait and see how this all plays out, but I’m excited. I’m not sure about 5 x 3 min episodes, and 1 x 8 min episode. This will be a mega short series, but hey it’s quality, not quantity.

See the latest preview here, and leave a comment! Thanks 🙂

Kirky.

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Anime Review: Iron Blooded Orphans

I’ve taken quite a while to get to this series, and in part that is because I wasn’t sure I’d do a review or even watch it and continue watching it until I finished season 1. Now we are drawing to a close on season 2 and I figured it was a good time to write it up…So here goes!

As usual, here is your disclaimer…..POSSIBLE SPOILERS ahead! I’m not going into a huge amount of plot info as I want you guys to go and watch the series, the best part is you can watch it all on youtube on the Gundam.info channel. They’ve even just started streaming season 1 in dub format….though I’m not mega keen on the english voices, but it makes it easier for some as they hate subtitles.

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This series is set in a future, where a planet like Mars can be inhabited thanks to terraforming. However, there is alot of inequality far worst then you see in current society. If you aren’t from a wealthy background you’re basically trash, you work labour jobs in factories and colonies etc.. Cryse is the main city on mars, and our main cast (as pictured below) are such unlucky citizens, working for the CGS for adults who treat them like filth because they’re parentless kids and only good for dying.

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There are many more to the cast but these are the main for season 1 and most of 2. When the main heroine of the story Kudelia hires CGS to take her to Earth so she can change how things are on Mars, the injustices, the inequality, she creates a huge problem in the main antagonists of season 1 are trying to stop her and will crush anyone in there way including the security company.

There are so many good things that are different about this show, and I highly urge you to watch it! But one of the more interesting things about this show is the mobile suit designs, unlike any before. Gundams are obviously the main suit, but there are plenty of other types of suits.

This show has intense violence, like none I’ve seen in a Gundam series before, down to children executing adults at point blank range with a gun to Mobile suit combat with axes and swords. I love that they took the beam weaponry that could overcome everything out of it, and took it back to basic melee combat and firearms were the only way to do things. That doesn’t mean there is no future tech though, alot of the children have been forced to have a surgey which allows them to interface with mobile workers to do work in outer space and on the ground.They can also steer ships with them, and if it allows (as the gundam frames do) interface with a mobile suit. It’s a tech left over from the Calamity war 300 years earlier to which we still at the end of season 2 have no clue was about as we only get fragments.

But what we do know is the large military organisation which is supposedly responsible for peace and order in the galaxy was born out of this event, Gjallarhorn. It seems they originally created the 72 Gundam Frames, and the Alaya-Vijnana System for human interface, but have since prohibited the use and studied in secret, fearing its use against them. The Gundam frames might number  72, but so far we have seen less then 10 in the anime, and maybe 1-2 in side stories from a manga and game. Below is a picture of the basic Gundam frame, each will obviously be tuned for different speed and strength etc.. And some have different features, Like the special System Vidar uses in season 2….go watch to find out that!

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Another great feature of this series, is how they have linked in history and myth, the reason there are 72 Gundam Frames…is there are 72 demons listed in the first section in the magic book the lesser key of solomon! I love series that do this, I love reading Dan brown as he writes based on myth and history.

This series has been awesome and refreshing, something very different a new stand alone series and it was very good to see after what I see was a very big flop series, Reconguista in G. Do yourself a favor, and follow the link below to the first episode and hope that it isn’t blocked in your country.

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Kirky,

Gundam Thunderbolt Season 2 update

Foud most of this over on Gundam Kits collection site, It looks like we have a date for the release of Season 2 of the OVA for Thunderbolt which I cannot sit still and wait for.

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I love the Universal Century storylines, but this one is just awesome. Bulky looking mobile suits fighting it out amongst the debris…..But wait, it looks like the battle has moved out of the thunderbolt sector and down to Earth. I’m not sure of all the story particulars, but here in the trailer we can see water and atmosphere something that looks like a Pegasus class Assualt carrier like the Albion from 0083 Stardust Memories.

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The release dates I’ve found are here

  • Episode 5: Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Episode 6: Friday, April 28, 2017
  • Episode 7: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • Episode 8: Friday, June 30, 2017

So it looks like our 2 aces will continue to fight it out, Io Flemming will have his new Gundam RX-78 Atlas which is a weird design but it has a rail gun and who doesn’t like a mobile suit sporting a ridiculously overpowered weapon. Darryl Lorenz is back, and his is one I didn’t realise was from this part of the UC, the MS 04 ACGUY which is an amphibious type suit. Hopefully since the Gundam is capable of water battle also we are going to see some amazing fight scenes.

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This is going to be another epic 4 part OVA to blow your mind. Keep an eye out for more trailers, and hopefully the Jazz soundtrack will be back.

More to come when I find it guys! Enjoy.

Guyver: Bio Boosted Armor

You know those fond memories you have of watching things from when you were a kid? I have tonnes of those as I loved the weekly trips to the rental shop with my parents (kids be screaming, what you talking about! lol)

But back in the day, there was no netflix, internet speeds for most were dial up and terrible so torrenting etc… wasn’t really an option and DVD wasn’t around. So VHS tapes were the rage. I got into most shows I like today by seeing early anime without realising it and I think I’ve mentioned this before. But I digress, Guyver the anime is a fun show but I’d never heard of it till 8 years ago or so and picked up the DVD boxset on a work trip when I just happened by a pop culture store that had it. I’d always thought it was just an american film I’d seen when I was a kid.

Happily though it is another Japanese Manga that spawned Anime’s, Ova’s and movies.

The premise is this, kid in the  manga/series stumbles across a top secret alien weapon and it activates. Transforming him into the Guyver, a soldier wearing a high tech bio armor with incredible agility, speed, strength and weaponry.

In the first film I ever saw as a kid it was actually Mark Hamill this happened to, and he then fought off the evil corporation trying to get it back and their hoard of alien soldiers called Zoanoids. Basically creatures resembling animals etc… here but larger grotesque versions.

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The second film picked up sometime after (no Mark Hamill) living a life of solitude as the armor seems to be causing a lot of social issues as he is often out at night, hunting criminals and killing them. There is more explanations in this film helping you to understand where it came from.

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The manga that spawned it all started in 1985! and is currently still running though I’m not sure how frequent the releases are.

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The Anime was probably closer obviously to the manga storyline, and actually had 3 Guyvers in it, which obviously makes for a huge amount of fun in the combat sections.

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This was a quick trip down memory lane, I’m currently 5 episodes into the anime and loving it. I’m sure I’ll have no trouble polishing off the rest in no time.

 

I Highly recommend getting out there and finding it for yourself! I have both films and they were easy enough to locate on ebay in a dual pack.

More content coming soon, as I start my Airbrushing of model kits and my 2nd custom kit.

 

Cheers! Kirkysworld

Gundam Thunderbolt

Been a hell of a long time! But I’m back and this first post is brief, but most of what I will be talking about for a while.

Gundam…A space opera over 30 years old and still going strong as a series today, though with many changes.

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This latest series to come up leaked in December but can now be watched for a short time in subtitled format outside of Japan on the  Gundam.info youtube Channel.

What is Gundam? Well hard to describe, but think gigantic exo suits or Mobile suits as they are referred to in the series that people use in war. The hero suit is often referred to as a “Gundam” and most often has other names but is usually the most powerful one in the series….Seriously, if I was a pilot and someone said go fight a Gundam….I’d laugh in their face!

This newest series is set in the same period as the original series Mobile Suit Gundam 0079, during the one year war where the peoples of Earth were locked in battle with the peoples of Space who live in Colonies which are a cluster of cylinders called Sides. The instigators of the war are a nation named Zeon, led by the Zabi Family….More info please go watch yourself! despite being 35 years old or so it is brilliant and english dubbed for those not interested in sub titles.

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As stated the new series is set during UC0079 (Universal Century) and takes place in the Thunderbolt sector of space, where Side 4 Mua was and is now a shoal zone full of wreckage of ships and colonies etc… The Earth federation forces are fighting with the Zeons. The 2 primary characters and their machines are pictured below.

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The ESFS Ace Ensign Lo Flemming in his new FA-78 Gundam will be pitted against Zeon Ace sniper Daryl Lorenz who just happens to have robotic legs (the zeons stationed here are the Living Dead Corp, guessing pilots who have survived major battles) and it seems the two are fated to kill each other from what we see in the first episode.

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There will be a new Zaku test type for the enemy but first ep looks like standard equipment only for them. I love the music the Jazz is so invigorating!

 

Stay tuned for more episodes though they are due for release in 2016 with no schedule as yet,

-Kirky

 

Anime Review: Gundam Build Fighters

Welcome back! A year later. Buying a house and work are exhausting activities people, try to post more but only worthwhile content like this 🙂

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I haven’t seen all of the gundam series available, I’m yet to build a model and I’m no expert on the topic. Now, having said that I can say that this new series is by far the easiest to get into and most exciting of what I have seen so far!

Seems like I’m not the only one from some comments I’ve seen around blogs. This is a different type of series, whilst you’ll find plenty of mobile suit action, exotic landscapes and space battles… It’s all played out using gunpla (Gundam plastic models) in a virtual type setting!

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It’s a kind of spin off from another previous series which I am yet to watch, however this is pretty amazing. It’s easy to watch and you just love the characters.

The story centres around 13 year old Sei Lori, whose father was a an almost champion in the gunpla battle championships years before. He lives in a model shop with his mother and while he has excellent building skills, battling is not his specialty.

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That is until he meets Reigi, an clueless kid with unbelievable battle skills, match made in heaven! The builder and the warrior, together they go on a journey to be the best.

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I have just finished episode 21 of 25 and can’t wait for the end! I’m sure you will all love it as much as I have, the battles the friendships and the complete fandom over mecha!

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P.S. This kind of seemed a little like pokemon lol only slightly but see if you think the same 🙂

Enjoy and feel free to leave comments!
Kirky

Arrow has begun!

Well episode 1 finally hit us last week and I found myself panicking before watching it! Nerve racking. But after the opening few mins I was put at ease.

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Steven Amell is doing an awesome job so far, he’s trained hard for the role that I could see. The pilot episode is doing a great job of being that. Giving us answers to storyline whilst not giving too much away.

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In the pic above you can see the new costume, And compared to the smallville green arrow you can see this is trying to be more functional and less theatrical.

Oliver Queen as a character is someone you can easily like, the bad guys are hard to see it could b anyone around him… Won’t give too much away. Below is a picture of someone I’m betting will be his friend/ally in the future eps! John Diggle who has been hired on as his bodyguard/driver

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I’m fairly impressed and think this is going to be a great show, I just hope it doesn’t get an axing early on as some of my fav shows tend to do. Last screen shot is a high wire escape from police.

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