Episode Analyses

Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #49 “Moonlight Butterfly”

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-ninth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on March 24, 2000. This episode was selected by fan-poll to receive an audio commentary track for the Blu-ray release.

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-ninth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on March 24, 2000.
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Character Analysis

Turn A Gundam Character Heights

Gundam character heights have been a hot topic lately due to The Witch from Mercury‘s Suletta being unusually tall for a protagonist. She’s 170cm, which places her as the tallest TV protagonist in her age group (mid-late teens; she’s 17). This has prompted people in both Western and Japanese fandoms to create height comparison charts, mostly in good faith to poke fun at the oddity of the situation. What I have noticed, however, is that Loran is often either absent from these charts and/or his height is misrepresented. One such chart from a content creator listed him as 161cm, which is factually incorrect. Turn A Gundam character height information isn’t readily available online for some reason, so I figured I’d use this opportunity to rectify that. My sources include official character settei that I own, along with settei reproductions from the supplementary “Turn A Gundam Art Works” book, and Newtype Magazine character data profiles. I should note that my collection of settei is nowhere near exhaustive and as a result I don’t have confirmed heights for all major characters.

Character settei height charts, dated 2/18/99.
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Turn A Gundam & G-Reco movies to feature at 2023 Sunrise Festival

The Sunrise Festival is an annual event held by Sunrise in collaboration with Japanese movie theaters. The festival has been active since 2010 and screens popular anime episodes, specials, movies, concerts, etc., mixed in with guests and talk shows to attract large audiences. This year’s festival runs from January 9th-29th, featuring many of Sunrise’s popular titles, such as Tiger & Bunny, Kyoukai Senki, Love Live, and Zeta Gundam. Most relevant of course is the fact that they’re showing both Turn A Gundam movies and all five G-Reco movies in an all-day event!

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Episode Analyses · storyboard

Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #47 “Ghingnham Invades”

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-seventh episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on March 10, 2000. This is the last episode with scenario by Tetsuko Takahashi.

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-seventh episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on March 10, 2000.
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Episode Analyses

Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #46 “To Earth Again”

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-sixth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on March 3, 2000. This is the final episode to feature scriptwriting by Hiroyuki Hoshiyama.

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-sixth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on March 3, 2000.
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Episode Analyses · storyboard

Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #43 “The Shocking Dark History”

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-third episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on February 11, 2000. I own a copy of its storyboard and have included comparison shots, which provide an additional layer of perspective on how scene framing and/or drawings began and evolved over time. This episode’s storyboard is by Kazuki Akane, and it is the only episode in which they were involved in. Additionally, this episode was selected by fan-poll to receive an audio commentary track for the Blu-ray release. It received so many votes that two audio commentary tracks were recorded, each with a separate set staff members, proving that it is unquestionably the fan-favorite episode.

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-third episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on February 11, 2000. The illustration pictured is by by Naomi Yamamura from the Gundam Perfect File no. 163.
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Blog Updates

Heya, folks! Small update. In an effort to future-proof this blog and focus on ease-of-accessibility, I’ve made some housekeeping improvements. I’ve removed the “Resource Compilation” page that acted as a centralized hub of info/links. Having a long list of resources like that was useful when my content was in its infancy, but it’s gotten too large to reasonably update and maintain. Instead what I’ve done is create individual pages for major topics that people are likely to come to this blog for: “Audio Commentaries”, “Episodes”, “Interviews”, “Manga”, “Mead Gundam”, “My Sources”, “Production History”, and “Turn A no iyashi”. I know you can sort through categories to find most of this stuff, but that’s an additional step people have to take and I want to make it as easy as possible. I may add or delete pages in the future.

You’ll notice a number of incomplete items in the “Interviews” and “Manga” sections—yes, all the manga and interviews listed are either currently being worked on or future projects I intend to tackle and provide for the community. So, there’s a lot of content in the future. Thanks, and happy holiday season!