All posts tagged: Gundam

Newtype Wonderland – Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost On – Humble Opinions

From the arcades of Tokyo to PlayStation 4’s across the globe, Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost On gives console gamers the addictive arcade experience—from the comfort of their own home. Maxi Boost On is an upgraded port of the wildly popular arcade cabinet game Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. and he action and intensity of the Mobile Suit Gundam series is on show here in what may very well be the best entry into the series’ long line of video games to date; its addictive arcade-style nature makes this a game that is hard to put down. Maxi Boost On plays exactly like its arcade counterpart: placing you in an expansive map and charging you with combating enemy Mobile Suits in fast-paced and often times overwhelming action. There is a massive list of Mobile Suits available, spanning just about every iteration of the Gundam franchise. If there is a particular Mobile Suit you have in mind, it is most likely available to play in—and likely upon launching the game as well. I was truly impressed by …

The Children Are Revolting – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (Complete Season One) – Humble Opinions

Childhood is a wondrous time of life. Far beyond the realm of work and responsibility, before the weight of the adult world becomes evident. Or at least it’s supposed to be. Some are not lucky enough to live their formative years free of strife and must mature beyond even the kin of those supposed to protect them. They struggle and fight in battle not meant for them, pondering concepts they should never have to. Granted, not every child under these dire circumstances enacts a coup against a corrupt corporation and embarks on a journey across space to destabilise a military superpower, but not every child doesn’t either. Enter the Iron Blooded Orphans, never actually called that in-universe, but representatives of the ideal all the same. Born into poverty, or sold by parents who were, the young employees of CGS live lives of hardship. As far as the specifics of what they actually do are concerned, the series is a little vague on the details, but you’d better believe their lives are awful…because it tells you …

Gunpla Championships at SMASH! 2016

In what has become an annual tradition Gundam fans have descended upon SMASH! con at the Rose Hill Gardens for some Gunpla building fun. Each year Bandai host a championship at SMASH! con with some pretty swanky trophies up for grabs for the winners. As expected the booth at SMASH! was jam packed with fans of the iconic mecha franchise and hobby enthusiasts alike. Not only were the championships held, Bandai also put some incredible Gunpla figures on display for punters to take a gander at. All in all Bandai put on a fantastic showcase of Gunpla and gave Gundam fans plenty of things to feast their eyes upon at SMASH! whether it be the championships itself or the stunning collection of figures they exhibited. Check out Bandai’s Gunpla booth and the championship in the gallery below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on Bandai’s Gunpla championships in the comments section below. -30-

Gundam Reconguista in G (Part Two) – Review

Resolution. A simple term laid out at the end of a long and winding path. For everything that moves forward, this is both a goal and a destination, a way in which the journey itself may come to make sense. For what is a beginning without an end? A book with no final page? A greeting without a farewell? The lack of either lessens the impact of the other and thus one must know both to understand something completely. But what of that which lacks resolution? Which wanders aimlessly forward with no clear intention? No method? And seemingly no true purpose? Well my friends, it is therein we find ourselves currently, within a realm of uncertainty, a realm of disappointment and, most of all, a realm of unequivocal confusion. Well, here we are again, back in the clumsy arms of Reconguista in G, the series that scored my lowest review score ever. Now I don’t usually like getting this meta within my reviews, but I feel as if you should know from the start where I stand …

Gundam Reconguista in G (Part One) – Review

For as long as words have graced the ears of those intelligent enough to understand them, so too have stories. Those yarns spun of fiction and facts that teach all lifelong lessons or simply grant a respite of joy. From this incalculable run, it is also quite easy to believe that form has been honed and that certain stories have come to be known far beyond their point of origin. However, complacency is tantamount to sin in the eyes of some and so tales never told continue to be born from the foundations created by those who came before. Yet, despite the twisting of form and alteration of lessons, there is one law that should always remain standing; in its own way, a story should make sense. For a story to break this unspoken rule comes at its own detriment. After all, what point is there to lesson that none can learn? To a message that cannot be understood? The short answer is none. The long answer is the same, with an example. Oh boy, …

Import Duty- Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue Destiny (SEGA Saturn)

Gundam isn’t a Japanese niche, it’s huge all over the world with the same acclaim and widespread recognition as something like Dragon Ball Z. Whether it’s the anime, manga, or the huge selection of figurines and model kits that get their own dedicated section at Hobby stores, Gundam is a well-known commodity no matter where you are. That being said, fans outside Japan tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to video game adaptations. Over the past few decades, and even now, most of the good Gundam video games almost never leave Japan. We’ve seen a few games show up in local shops over the years, in particular the very undesirable Dynasty Warriors: Gundam spin-off/crossover series. Also at this point, a Dynasty Warriors re-skin is quite possibly the laziest way to make a video game, not to mention that playing as a mech in a Dynasty Warrios game doesn’t even remotely feel like controlling a mech. In fact, Luke Halliday has been trying to give away his copy of Dynasty Warrios: …

Anime of the Year Awards 2015

Welcome to SnapThirty’s second annual ‘Anime of the Year Awards’ for the Year of 2015. It has been a wild ride for anime fans with countless classics making a major impact on the anime community and industry. Over the past year we have seen blood used as a weapon, we have witnessed city wide destruction on multiple occasions, learned how to assassinate our teacher, felt the true force of a single punch, joined the fight with Tekkadan, sang along to Bump of Chicken’s ‘Hello World’ in broken Japanese, saw life unfold from the bar stools of Quindecim and saw a topless doctor perform surgery in the middle of a Vietnam war battlefield. So in honour of this year in anime we present the awards for the best of the best and even a look at some of the most memorable moments in anime this year. Without further adieu, these are the winners for SnapThirty’s 2015 ‘Anime of the Year Awards’: Anime of the Year 2015 – Blood Blockade Battlefront How many Anime compel you to rewatch the current …

‘Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans’ The Subject of Complaints From Concerned Parents in Japan

If you have watched the new Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, you are no doubt acquainted with the no nonsense iron-blooded protagonist Mikazuki, a product of his corrupt environment who has an almost biblical view of the world around him. Fans of the series would no doubt be familiar with the shocking scene in episode 3 in which the young teenage protagonist Mikazuki slays his commanding officers after they had fled battle leaving his comrades to die. While many fans found this to be an utterly compelling scene with immense implications and potential consequences down the line, some parents in Japan felt otherwise. The scene and the character of Mikazuki in particular have become the subject of a series of complaints made to the Japanese Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization who claim to have received a cavalcade of complaints from concerned viewers over a scene depicting “several nonresistant prisoners and enemy soldiers are gunned down by the young male protagonist.” Interestingly the parents complaining about the scene feared that it would influence their children …

Fall 2015 Anime Season Watch Guide

Okay so I am a little late to the party this time around with my watch guide but hey I have at least watched some of the series this time so this is a guide of a different kind of flavour. Rather than being based simply on how things look from the outside, this will be more of an inside look after having watched some of the series this season. I will be listing what I think is worth a look in for Fall 2015. So without further adieu, here is SnapThirty’s handy Fall 2015 anime season watch guide.   Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Sunrise) Gundam is back, baby! Iron-Blooded Orphans may just be one of my favourite anime this season, kicking off with a barn burner of a premiere episode that hit all the right notes while setting the stage for what is sure to be one hell of an anime series. Not only does this series showcase all the things that make the Gundam franchise so damn good but it also breaks …

First Thoughts: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – THIS IS GUNDAM!

Now that is what I’m talking about! This is Gundam, pure unadulterated Mobile Suit Gundam and it is about damn time. After a bit of a drought, the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise returns to good form with an uproar and a fist rebellious pumping into the air. Iron-Blooded Orphans is the Gundam series we have been dying for since Gundam 00. This is the series we had wished Reconguista in G could have been. This is Gundam at its finest. Right out of the gate Iron-Blooded Orphans sets the stage and over the course of a glorious 23 minutes builds up to a climactic conflict boiling over all of the political and personal drama in grand fashion. The series takes place in the distant future in which Mars has become colonized and serves as essentially a mining planet for Earth. One of the Martian royals feels that Mars should become an autonomous state separate from Earth’s control and as it often goes in typical Gundam fashion, you know what hits the fan.   Iron-Blooded Orphans …

Gunpla Builders at SMASH! Con 2015 – Gundam is Fundam

As has become almost an annual tradition, Gundam has once again invaded SMASH! con in Sydney with the Gunpla model kit building competition taking the event by storm was a massive booth right in the centre of the main convention hall. Many Gunpla fans turned out for a glimpse at the jaw-dropping booth and all the incredible Gundam figures and builders present. Like previous years a special edition Gunpla figure was available at the booth, this time a rare Neon Bear Guy was available. Watching on from the side-lines I found myself utterly fascinated by the passion conveyed by builders and onlookers alike for the Gunpla kits. The level of intricacy and delicate detail that goes into building a kit is incredible and watching on as builders competed against one another to construct their kit was compelling to say the least. These people love Gunpla and that passion is evident simply from the look in their eyes as they connect one piece to the next. Interesting to note was the Gunpla Builders World Championships taking …

Journey to the West (Of Japan) – Akihabara Travelogue

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. As an anime fan upon touching down in Japan I really only had one thing on my mind; going to Akihabara. So that’s what I did and over the first four episode of Journey to the West (Of Japan) I chronicle my journey to Japan and exploration of the Electric Town of Akihabara as day turns into night and my anime dreams come to life. You can check out the first four episodes below covering my trip to Akihabara: #1 Going to Japan and the Pepsi Nex Conundrum #2 Akihabara, AKB48 and the Gundam Cafe #3 Akihabara Maid Cafe and …

‘Gundam Reconguista In G’ simulcasting on AnimeLab, Gundam Mania Running Wild!

Gundam maniacs stand up now because you might just fall off the edge of your seat in anticipation for Madman Entertainment’s simulcast of the upcoming installment in the legendary mecha anime franchise, Gundam Reconguista In G. Fear not Gundam fans, the series is crash-landing to the AnimeLab streaming service on October 3rd, 2014 at 8AM AEST. Gundam Reconguista In G is the next stage in the ultimate mecha anime franchise. The anime is made in celebration of the Mobile Suit Gundam series 35th Anniversary and looks to take the series back to its roots while introducing some fresh new concepts. Also a brand new mobile suit is said to be introduced by the name of G-Self, the latest and greatest mobile suit. Be sure to check out the brand new series on AnimeLab.com each and every Friday, with new episodes launching at 7.30AM from October 10th onward. Madman has also confirmed they plan to release the series on DVD and Blu-Ray down the line. What else needs to be said? Gundam mania is at a …

Bandai Namco Games Is Bringing “Mobile Suit Gundam” To The PlayStation 4

PlayStation consoles are by far the greatest platforms for gamers who are huge fans of Anime video game titles. Be they based on an Anime series or simply designed in an Anime style, you’ll always find a whole bunch of games that closely resemble or are based on the popular visual medium. It was a ‘Naruto’ fighting game that caught my attention as a young boy and it is what lead me to eventually be the PlayStation fan I am today. Hopefully you see where I’m going with this. Despite the amount of Japanese-made titles announced for the PlayStation 4 – Persona 5, Disgaea 5, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, etc – the console does not feel complete. To get the true ‘OtakuXGamer’ experience, one must play games of all Anime-type genres…including ‘mecha’, and no Otaku-driven console is complete without a ‘Gundam’ game. Bandai Namco Games revealed, through Sony’s small press conference just a few days ago, that they will be bringing a brand-new ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’ game to the PlayStation 4 in 2015. Though it has …

Bandai Namco Releases The Very First “Super Hero Generation” Trailer

It’s been a little over a month since we first heard about Bandai Namco’s upcoming crossover PlayStation Vita/PlayStation 3 title ‘Super Hero Generation’ and up until now the Japanese publisher/developer has provided the pop culture world with a great deal of screenshots but no actual video footage, that is…until today! The very first trailer for “Super Hero Generation” – a JRPG that brings together the ‘Gundam’, ‘Kamen Rider’ and ‘Ultraman’ franchises – has just been released and I think it has been well worth the wait seeing as the video not only goes for a whopping four and a half minutes but also shows us so much of the game in motion! From battle systems to character super movies, this trailer has it all! It’s definitely one that will build hype and put fans of the featured series’ in a state of immense anticipation. ‘Super Hero Generation’ hits Japan on the 23rd of October with no word on a Western release as of yet. Hopes are that the game does make it’s way to local …

“Super Hero Generation” Gets A Bunch More Screenshots and A Confirmed Character List

Bandai Namco, you’re magnificent! A few weeks ago Bandai Namco announced a brand-new crossover title called ‘Super Hero Generation’ that came alongside a couple of screenshots just to whet our appetite (Click Here). This game brings together the universes of ‘Kamen Rider’, ‘Gundam’ and ‘Ultraman’ into one action-packed tactical RPG the likes of which we haven’t seen since ‘Project X Zone’ which, in my personal opinion, was an extremely under-appreciated game but I’m not here to talk about ‘Project X Zone’, I’m here to deliver you a whole bunch of new screenshots for the upcoming superhero-centric title and that’s exactly what I’ll do! Below you’ll be able to see a gallery of all the newly-released screenshots courtesy of Bandai Namco Games but before you head down there I urge you to keep reading as the game’s publisher has also revealed a list of confirmed characters so far and they are as follows: Gundam: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Memory of Eden Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Mobile Suit Gundam …

“Super Hero Generation” – First Screenshots Released

I’m somewhat ashamed to admit this but I actually have no experience with the ‘Kamen Rider’, ‘Ultraman’ and ‘Gundam’ series’ but the prospect of a crossover video game between the three got me excited enough to want to write about it! While I’ve never actually experienced any material in regards to the three series’, I have heard a great deal about them and, like a true pop culture freak, I’ve done my research. Bandai Namco announced this game not too long ago, it is called ‘Super Hero Generation’ and it looks to be a tactical RPG-type game that features some incredible looking cinematic action sequences. Famitsu, the Japanese video game magazine, has today posted online five screenshots for the newly-announced game. This images are the first we’re seeing of the crossover title and, while focusing on what looks to be action sequences, it does give us somewhat of an idea of just exactly how this game is played. Unicorn Gundam, Ultraman Ginga and Kamen Rider Wizard take center stage for their very own screenshots but …