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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray(2002)
December 30, 2009, 11:42 am
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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray (機動戦士ガンダムSEED ASTRAY?) is a collection of “gaiden” (side-stories) set in the Cosmic Era of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

Whereas the main story of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED focuses on the struggles between the Earth Alliance, ZAFT, and Orb Union, the Astray series is focused on the three MBF-P0x mobile suit prototypes (however mainly on Lowe Guele) and their respective pilots and organizations, who mainly exist on the outskirts of the main SEED storyline. The MBF-P02 Astray Red Frame is piloted by Lowe Guele of the Junk Guild, and the MBF-P03 Astray Blue Frame is piloted by Gai Murakumo of the mercenary group Serpent Tail. The third Astray, MBF-P01 Astray Gold Frame, is piloted by the primary antagonist of the Astray story, Orb nobleman Rondo Ghina Sahaku, and later by his twin sister Rondo Mina Sahaku. Astray R follows the adventures of the Red Frame’s pilot Lowe and his Junk Guild associates and interlocks with the events of the original Astray-series. Both Astray and Astray R are available in the US from TOKYOPOP. Astray B follows Gai Murakumo and his fellow Serpent Tail mercenaries. It was released in Dengeki Hobby modelling magazine as a “photo novel” (illustrations using custom-built plastic models accompanied by text), and it is highly unlikely it will make it over to the US.

In addition to Astray R and Astray B, there is another Astray manga series. Gundam SEED X Astray is about Canard Pars, who is a failed experiment from the Ultimate Coordinator program. Canard is searching for Kira Yamato, the successful Ultimate Coordinator, so that he can defeat him and prove he was not a “failure”. During his search, he fights anyone he comes across. This brings him into conflict with Lowe Guele and the Junk Guild. Lowe Guele and the Junk Guild find a young boy named Prayer Reverie, who has with him a powerful ZAFT prototype mobile suit, the YMF-X000A Dreadnought, which was built on a heavily modified GuAIZ frame and was the testbed for the DRAGOON (Disconnected Rapid Armament Group Overlook Operation Network) system of the ZGMF-X13A Providence

The sequel to this series is Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Astray, followed by Mobile Suit Gundam SEED VS Astray.

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny(2004)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny (機動戦士ガンダムSEED DESTINY, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Shīdo Desutinī?) is the second anime television series set in the Cosmic Era universe of Gundam by Sunrise. Set two years after the original Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Gundam SEED Destiny features many new characters and some returning ones. The series spanned 50 episodes (plus a recap episode entitled “Edited”), aired in Japan from October 9, 2004 to October 1, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. on the JNN TV stations TBS and MBS. The series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 2004 and 2005.


Gundam SEED Destiny sets the story two years after the original series and follows pilot Shinn Asuka and the rest of the crew of the ZAFT battleship Minerva’s involvement in the Second Bloody Valentine War, as well as some returning characters from the previous series.[4] Three mobile suits are stolen from ZAFT by a group called Phantom Pain, which is controlled by the Blue Cosmos terrorist organization. Shinn Asuka and the Minerva try to intervene but the group manages to escape.[4] Shinn and the Minerva are then ordered to destroy the ruins of a space colony to prevent it from crashing into Earth. Returning character Athrun Zala decides to aid the crew of the Minerva to stop this. They find out rogue ZAFT soldiers are controlling the colony in order to cause it to crash into Earth.[4] After failing to completely destroy the colony, a second war starts once news has spread that ZAFT soldiers cause the colony to collide on Earth.

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E. 73: Stargazer is a side story to the anime TV series, Gundam SEED Destiny. It has been streamed on Bandai Channel as an Original Net Animation. The show was directed by Susumu Nishizawa and written by Shigeru Morita, both staff members of Gundam SEED Destiny.

The GSX-401FW Stargazer

Taking place immediately following the Break the World incident, Stargazer stars Sven Cal Payang, a 19-year old male Natural who is a member of the Phantom Pain special forces and pilots the GAT-X105E Strike Noir. It also features Selene McGriff, a 28-year old female Coordinator and a researcher of the “Stargazer Project” for the Deep Space Survey and Development Organization (DSSD).

The series consists of three episodes, each running at 15-minutes long. The web broadcast began in July, 2006, with a new episode showing monthly. A DVD containing all three episodes as well as the two 5-minute long Gundam SEED Astray animated shorts was released on November 24. This DVD also contained a different ending for Stage 3 in which several scenes after the Phantom Pain attack are shown.

WD-M01 Turn A Gundam
December 30, 2009, 10:58 am
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WD-M01 Turn A Gundam

The WD-M01 Turn A Gundam aka SYSTEM ∀-99 (WD-M01) ∀ Gundam is a fictional mecha from the CC (正暦 Seireki) calendar system in the anime Turn A Gundam.
The System-∀99 (WD-M01) ∀ Gundam (also known as “Turn A”) was first discovered in CC 2345 when the Moonrace’s Diana Counter army arrived on Earth and attacked the city of Nocis; which at the time was holding a Coming of Age ceremony for Loran Cehack and Sochie Heim, who danced and offered prayers in front of the “White Doll” statue. When the Moonrace forces attack, the “White Doll” statue crumbled, revealing the Turn A. Loran and Sochie take shelter inside the cockpit, which activates and automatically fires at the unaware Moonrace forces. After several battles with the Moonrace, the Turn A became the symbol of the struggle to resist the Moonrace’s attempts at colonizing Earth.

The Turn A’s main propulsion was provided by an I-field Beam Drive System, which left the suit completely hollow and allowed it to be filled with extra armaments and rocket thrusters. Standard armament consisted of two beam sabers and a beam rifle. The Turn A was also equipped with an I-Field barrier which could protect it from various sorts of attack, including nuclear weapons. It is also capable of utilizing some sort of teleportation system, allow it to vanish from one place and reappear later.

Its nanomachines onboard are capable of an attack named “Moonlight Butterfly” (named after the effects of the attack when active). It is said that the attack has 3 requirements, the nano-machines, the energy to use them and finally the program to activate it.

Moonlight Butterfly

Moonlight Butterfly

Turn A was originally designed for interstellar warfare. Unlike mobile weapons from previous timelines, Turn A Gundam is powered by a DHGCP powerplant (Discontinuous Hyperoscillation Gauge Collapsing Pile) which is essentially an artifical blackhole. The powerplant leaves the chest cavity of Turn A open, allowing several different equipments to be placed inside, as evidenced by Turn A holding Nuclear Warheads within the cavity. To futher enhance its combat power, Turn A Gundam also has a large support unit called the DOC Base (Device Operation Control) which hold various equipments for Turn A Gundam, allow it to quickly be refit according to situation. One of the DOC Bases was discovered in the series, and although it’s wrecked by Moonlight Butterfly and the hyper hammer, heavily coated with preserving nano-machine, it remains usable.

It is also capable of total regeneration of both itself and its pilot, (however, this is not instantaneous and can take some time) the ability to warp beam shots directly into enemy cockpits through unknown means, and teleportation. However, these are not shown in the series, and are not firmly placed in the canon.

CC (Seireki)
December 30, 2009, 10:53 am
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CC (Seireki) is the fictional timeline of the anime television series Turn A Gundam and its related projects.

Seireki is the theoretical result of a merging of the other timelines seen in Gundam prior to Turn A. (It should be noted that the Cosmic Era and Anno Domini are NOT included in the timelines that lead to the Correct Century.) Set in an indeterminate number of years into the far-flung future, the Seireki (True History) is a universe in which all technology on Earth was destroyed, the culmination of mankind’s Black History. As a result, the technological level on Earth in this timeline is comparable to that of Earth in the early 1900’s.

In stark contrast to the backwoods nature of Earthlings is the almost utopic society of the Moon Race, a futuristic society which has changed the barren landscape of the moon into a paradise. The Moon Race is the only group which has advanced to the point of having their own Mobile Suits; the people of Earth only find Mobile Suits as relics of the far-flung past in archaeological digs, such as the MS-06 Zaku II (referred to as Borjarnon by the Earth militia) and the titular machine of Turn A Gundam, referred to by the characters as the White Doll.

Seireki hints at the fact that its past is the combined events of every previous Gundam series several times; however, the full truth is sealed away in the chronicles of the Black History, hidden on the moon — confirmation in the form of footage of the pivotal battles from all of the previous Gundam series. An attempt to recreate the Black History by Gym Ginghnam becomes the focus of Turn A Gundam’s plot when it nears its climax.

Turn A Gundam(1999)
December 30, 2009, 10:51 am
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Turn-A Gundam is a Gundam series created by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino. The show premiered in 1999, the 20th anniversary of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, as part of the “Big Bang Event.” The show is loosely set in a universe in which the Universal Century, Future Century, After War, and After Colony timelines have already occurred, so that mecha and technology from these past Gundam series are unearthed and referenced throughout the series.

Turn-A is set in the far future of Correct Century 2345 (exactly how far this is from each show varies in different incarnations), in which many wars, followed by a mysterious event (Revealed to be WD-M01 Turn A Gundam‘s Moonlight Butterfly attack turning all technology from Earth to Jupiter, with the exception of the moon, to sand) have blasted Earth’s technology back by hundreds of years. As the series begins, Earth has achieved roughly early 20th century-era technology, and is invaded by the Moonrace, a colony of humans that have been living on the moon.

The show features a fairly large cast by Gundam standards, of which comparatively few are active combatants. Among the characters are:

  • Loran Cehack, a member of the Moonrace who emigrated to and settled on Earth with his friends Keith Laije and Fran Doll, as advance scouts for the Moonrace colonization effort. It is during this time that he befriends and becomes the driver for the Heim Family, a well-to-do family that owns a mine in Inglessa. He is sympathetic to both sides of the war, but primarily wants to stop the Moonrace from its conquest. He has impressive mechanical skills, one of the reasons the Heims hired him, and his feminine looks caused Guin Lineford to coin the nickname “Laura” for him, which comes in handy as an alias when he uses it to infiltrate an Earthrace ball and negotiate with Queen Diana Soriel. At the end of the series, he marries Diana Soriel and lives out his years with her. He pilots the WD-M01 Turn A Gundam.
  • Kihel Heim, a well-to-do girl who takes on Loran as a servant. She is a near mirror-image of Diana Soriel, queen of the Moonrace. She uses her aesthetic similarities to the queen to pose as her during key points in the series, and eventually permanently at the end, when Diana deserts her position to marry Loran Cehalk. She eventually marries Harry Ord, Captain of the Guard and her love.
  • Diana Soreil, the queen of the Moonrace, who is leading the invasion somewhat against her will. She’s supported slow emigration to Earth, but has been pushed towards conquest by the Moon’s military. Diana and Kihel happen to look exactly alike.
  • Sochie Heim, Kihel’s younger sister and eventually a mecha pilot.
  • Guin Lineford, a charasmatic noble that is driven by personal ambition rather than his peoples’ welfare, causing him to make a Faustian Pact with Gym Gingnham in order to secure Moonrace technology for his own gain.

Turn-A is more political than most Gundam series. It focuses on the external and internal politics of both the invaded Earth peoples and the invading Moonrace.

WiP: PG 00 Raiser #05
December 21, 2009, 11:47 am
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nocked out quite a bit of this kit over the weekend. After I built the feet, I decided to build the entire inner frame first, and then will go back to do the outer armor. I’ve decided that I’ll panel line, decal, and top coat (flat) the 00 Gundam itself. The main problem is that there are quite a bit of stickers and clear parts for the GN Condensers so I’m going to have to leave those off to top coat then add later. Also, the decals that the kit come with are of the dry transfer type, while I’m not against dry transfer, I had a fairly good experience with the water slides for the Sinanju, so I’m debating picking up the water slides of the 00 and using them here too. The only thing is that I’m not sure when they’ll be available, and that they are split among two releases, so that means 600 yen extra to get both. Bandai sure is milking this kit for what it’s worth.

Anyways, let’s get to the first build, the feet. The feet here really remind you that you’re not building a 1/44, or 1/100, but a monsterous 1/60. The design here follows the MG Exia in that you have three areas of movement, but one ups it with some pretty amazing movement in the ankle. Add in the rubber soles, which was a great innovation brought to the line by the PG Astray, and you’ve got a very solid base to start with.

The internal bits of the feet.

Putting on the outer armor.

The rubber strips for grip, a great idea.

The ankle joint, full of side and front/bank movement.And feet done, sweet and simple.

So now we move into the legs, I actually haven’t built the GN condensers yet, figured I see how it looks beforehand. One major thing about this kit, is the use of the O shape. It makes sense of course, considering it’s the 00 Gundam which bases its lineage on Exia and the 0 Gundam itself, but there is a lot of “O” area’s. The biggest area of course being the knee area, and when you stop to think about it, it’s fairly unique. Most Gundams go with the simple knee with piston’s etc. A large amount of hologram strips are used here, even though it looks like a majority of them won’t even be visible. Guess you get the satisfaction of knowing you put them there though.

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