Turn A Gundam

Newtype Magazine – Turn A Gundam Rankings & TV Ratings

I recently acquired a handful of Newtype magazine issues from the 1999-2000 era, primarily for Turn A Gundam research purposes. It’s my first time really diving into Newtype magazines in detail, and they’re very interesting—almost nostalgic—as if I’ve uncovered a time capsule of sorts. Lots of promotional material, roundups, overviews, interviews, Q&As, etc. for anime, manga, and video games; Turn A Gundam, Cardcaptor Sakura, Cowboy Bebop, Utena, You’re Under Arrest, Nadesico, The Five Star Stories, to name a few off the top of my head. From what I’ve parsed through, there’s little new Turn A content, but I still plan to do an overview and maybe publish interview translations later on.

What I find most intriguing about these magazines are the raw data they provide: TV station ratings & monthly reader rankings for a plethora of categories. This type of information tends to be difficult to find online, in both English and Japanese databases, so it’s nice to have hard data on-hand. I’ve compiled and assessed Turn A Gundam‘s TV ratings & popularity rankings, so I figured I’d write a little blog post about it.

A collection of eight Newtype magazine issues, 1999-2000
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2021 “System-∀99 Day” aka Unofficial Turn A Gundam Day

For years, Japanese fans have celebrated the 9th of September as an “unofficial” Turn A Gundam day of sorts—the “official” day of course being its April 9th anniversary. The reasoning stems from the Turn A’s model number, the System ∀99, hence 9/9. Basically, it’s another convenient opportunity to celebrate one’s love for Turn A Gundam! In recent years, fans all across the world have celebrated the event, and you can search the Twitter hashtag #9月9日はターンエーの日 to see what people have posted this year. Lots of fan art, collection photos, and just general love for the show. This is just a quick blogpost roundup picking out some highlights. Enjoy!

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Turn A Gundam Volume 4, Chapter 20 – “Lunar Gate”

Again, apologies for the delay between chapters! I have no excuse. But on the bright side, the next chapter is now available for download. This puts us halfway through the volume.

This manga is an adaptation of Turn A Gundam‘s story by Atsushi Souga. While it shares the same overall plot, it diverges from the anime in many ways. Volumes 4 & 5 have some very noticeable changes from the original story, so be on the lookout!

There are 5 volumes in total. Our goal is to scanlate the entirety of this manga series.

Chapter 20 – “Lunar Gate”

The Team:
Feez – Organization & Typesetting
Peytral – Translation
idango – TL Checking
Nanopocalypse – Editing

Volume 4, Chapter 20 scanlation:
MEGA folder
Mediafire

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Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #10 “Grave Visit”

Turn A Gundam‘s tenth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on June 11, 1999. This episode was selected by fan-poll to receive an audio commentary track for the Blu-ray release.

Turn A Gundam‘s tenth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on June 11, 1999.
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The History and Production of Turn A Gundam: Part II – Influences & Inspiration

Continuing my series of blog posts detailing the history and production of Turn A Gundam! My goal is to provide an accessible source of context and knowledge for reference purposes, and to improve discourse. This is the culmination of research I’ve done over the past decade. It’ll be divided into four parts for easy reading as follows:

  • Part I – Victory Gundam & Battling Depression
  • Part II – Influences & Inspiration
    • The Takarazuka Revue
      • Dance & Theater
    • The Moon
    • The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter / Princess Kaguya
    • Miscellaneous influences
  • Part III – Prelude to Turn A Gundam
  • Part IV – The Era of Turn A Gundam
Part II: Influences & Inspiration (banner credit to @nanopocalypse)

Without further ado…

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Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #8 “Laura’s Cow”

Turn A Gundam‘s eighth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on May 28, 1999. This episode was selected by fan-poll to receive an audio commentary for the Blu-ray release.

Turn A Gundam‘s eighth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on May 28, 1999.
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