I often gush about Turn A Gundam‘s first episode, particularly its ending scene because I find it to be a beautiful and significant moment that’s stuck with me over the years. This is a little post detailing why I feel that way.
This post highlights the storyboard of Turn A Gundam episode 43 – “The Shocking Dark History”, with storyboard by Kazuki Akane. This is a major pivotal episode in the plot, so expect spoilers! Akane is an industry veteran who’s no stranger to Gundam in particular, providing storyboards for 0083 and being involved in Zeta Gundam, ZZ Gundam, Char’s Counterattack, F91, and later on Iron-Blooded Orphans. He also provided storyboards for Brain Powerd, so, needless to say, Tomino was quite familiar with his work! His major directorial work is perhaps the 2008 Birdy the Mighty Decode TV anime and OVA.
Note that this storyboard is listed as #42 because the recap episode (#16) is omitted from the broadcast count number.