The original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series is now available in Blu-ray format! Mobile Suit Gundam Blu-ray Memorial Boxwas released this week. It includes fully remastered complete episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam, plus 10 great bonuses for first edition only. Here’s what’s in the set:
1) Scenario Plot of Episode 1 “Gundam Rising (Gundam Daichi ni Tatsu)” 2) Storyboards of Episode 1 (plus the intro animation, ending animation, and 15-seconds ad spot animation) 3) The original script of Episode 1 4) A prototype proposal for “Space Fighter Team Gun Boy” (this is an early version of what later became Gundam) 5) A prototype proposal for “Mobile Steel Man Gunboi” 6) Merchandise Proposal 7) Cassette Cover Art Cards 8) 124-pg of MEMORIAL ALBUM of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 1979-1980 9) HISTORICAL MAETRIALS OF MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM
10) Special Disc Sleeve
Also, check out these beautiful box covers designed by Toshihiro Kawamoto and Iwao Teraoka. Inner jackets are illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the character designer, and Kunio Okawara, the mechanic designer of the original Gundam.
You can order Mobile Suit Gundam Blu-ray Memorial Box through Rinkya Store for $335.00 (with all Rinkya fees before international shipping)!
Do you love fishing? Regardless of which fishing store you go to, you find that fishing tackle comes in a large variety of shapes, designs, and colors. Among many options, Japan’s got some of the most awesome fishing lures. As it could be said to almost everything Japanese people do, they put meticulous attention to details and leverage all their artisanship, creativity, and wackiest ideas into making these novelty lures. I selected a few of my favorite to share with our blog readers!
1) Bandai G-Master Splash Heroes Mazinger Z Fishing Lure
Our favorite giant robot Mazinger Z is soooo cute as a chibi fishing lure. Bandai had a line of anime and tokusatsu-themed fishing lures called G-Master Splash Heroes back in 2003 (long sold out now), and Mazinger Z is one of them.
2) Bandai G-Master Splash Heroes Gamera and Kamen Rider V3 Lures
I have to show two more from Bandai’s Splash Heroes series because they are just so cute. Aren’t thse Gamera and Kamen Rider V3 fishing lures adorable? You can see how detailed they actually are for something that you are supposed to throw in water…
8) GAN CRAFT Tsuri Chichi Nagisa Collaboration Jointed Claw 178
Here comes the fun part: sexy bishoujo lures.
This lure is specially crafted for a fishing manga series on Shounen Sunday called Tsuri Chichi Nagisa. And they are actually made by a quality fishing tackle company Gan Craft too, instead of a toy company. You can enjoy outdoor fishing with beautiful Nagisa-chan!
Here’s another sexy fishing lure, featuring Super Sonico, the popular mascot girl from Nitroplus.
This is actually a handmade lure modified from an existing lure “Strike King Sexy Spoon.” How fitting is it that the artist chose to put Sonico on it? The artist Unagiinu does a lot of customized “Ita-Lure” (痛ルアー) to make ordinary fishing lures more, um, attractive.
Here’s a little section of a fishing store displaying Unagiinu’s custom tackle.
10) Toys Frog Char Zaku Flash Jim Fishing Lure
Char Zaku should be able to fish 3 times faster than other lures (hopefully)! The 3D mono-eye is cute!
It should work really well for octopus catching too, since, reportedly, that’s how Japanese fisherman catches octopus…as shown in a Japanese TV show Zip. (News source: Kotaku) I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but give it a shot, right?
Pacific Rim Hits US theaters this week! Is everyone ready for the biggest giant robot fight of the year? Directed by Guillermo del Toro, a huge Japanese robot anime fan himself, and with Rinko Kikuchi and many famous super robot seiyuus (for dubbing) such as Shuuichi Ikeda (Char Aznable), Toru Furuya (Amuro Ray), and Megumi Hayashibara (Rei Ayanami) involved in the film, both Japanese fans and western robot fans have been anticipating for its release.
Pacific Rim will not be in Japanese theaters until August, but as customary of films released in Japan, theaters give away exclusive pamphlets, flyers, collectibles to viewers who purchase movie tickets in advance.
For Pacific Rim, here are some exclusive items for advance ticket viewers.
This is a set of 5 trading cards featuring different Jaegars. The cards are the same as the ones released in US at Wonder Con, except these have been localized to Japanese audience, making them extra special! It comes in a very nice package too…
Many super robot creators from Japan who’ve watched it highly praised the film too, including Go Nagai (Mazinger Z), Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion), Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid), and the list goes on. I can’t wait to see it!