Turn A Gundam Resource Compilation (v. 4.0)

This serves as a consolidation of materials and resources for English-speaking audiences. Contains links to manga and novel translation projects, notable interviews, audio commentary translations, selected blog posts and articles, and a MEGA folder with many goodies.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on things to add to this post please contact me. You can reach me in the comments below or via Twitter @feezy_feez.

CHANGE LOG:
April 9, 2019 v.4.0 – massive re-haul and reorganization of content
May 24, 2017 v.3.0 – pastebin relocated to WordPress and re-organized, many new sections added

CONTENTS:

  1. WHERE TO OBTAIN?
  2. MEGA FOLDER
  3. MANGA AND NOVEL TRANSLATIONS
  4. MEAD GUNDAM
  5. INTERVIEWS
  6. BD AUDIO COMMENTARIES
  7. SAKUGA MAD
  8. SELECTED POSTS, ARTICLES, AND TWEET THREADS
  9. TURN A GUNDAM GROUPWATCH
  10. MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

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1) WHERE TO OBTAIN?

Right Stuf has released Turn A Gundam in both DVD and BD formats. If you live in North America, this is the best legal way of obtaining a copy and watching the show. You can purchase it directly from Right Stuf’s website or through a retail outlet such as Amazon.

Right Stuf
DVD 1 | DVD 2 | Movies
BD 1 | BD 2

[EG] releases of the BD boxes
BD 1 | BD 2

If you are using a downloaded copy of the show and/or a rip of the BD releases, I highly recommend using the official subtitles which can be downloaded here. Many of the releases online still use an old and outdated subtitle track.

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2) MEGA FOLDER

A MEGA folder containing a number of items:

  • art books
  • manga and novels
  • audio commentaries
  • various media (soundtracks, live concerts, etc.)

Note: all translated media will be uploaded to the MEGA folder.

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3) MANGA AND NOVEL TRANSLATIONS

Turn A Gundam: Wind of the Moon by Akira Yasuda
A prequel story written and illustrated by Akira Yasuda. Set two years prior to the start of the TV series, it follows a younger Loran on the Moon and provides additional context and backstory on the Moonrace as a people.
Progress: 100% scanlated
Download Here

Turn A Korokoro by Akira Yasuda
A picture book.
Progress: 100% scanlated
Download Here

The Turn A Gundam novelization by Harutoshi Fukui
A 2-volume novel adaptation by Harutoshi Fukui, who would later gain fame by penning the Gundam Unicorn novels.
Progress:
Ch. 1 – translated
Ch. 2 – currently on hold (indefinitely)
Download Here

The Turn A Gundam manga adaptation by Atsushi Souga
An adaptation written and illustrated by Atsushi Souga. By-the-books with its own flair and changes to events.
Progress:
Vol. 1 – 100% scanlated
Vol. 2 – in progress
Download Here

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4) MEAD GUNDAM

“Mead Gundam” is a 300+ page Turn A Gundam art book featuring concept sketched drawings by mechanical designer Syd Mead. The majority of its notes are in English, so this is a highly recommended purchase for Turn A fans.

I’ve taken photos of select images from the book. I’m currently also considering scanning the entire book.

Translations of the introduction, the forward by Yoshiyuki Tomino, and the books closing comments by Syd Mead.

Where to obtain? A reprint edition is available at a reasonable price through many outlets.

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5) INTERVIEWS

Syd Mead BD#2 interview
A short clip featuring Syd Mead from the second Blu-ray boxset. A transcription can be found here.

Syd Mead DVD interview
An hours-long interview conducted by Robert Napton for the Bandai Entertainment release of Turn A Gundam. Unfortunately this release was canned and the interview lost in the abyss. Years later Right Stuf’s release of the DVDs and the BDs allowed the interview to resurface. You can download and watch it here. I’ve also transcribed the interview and edited it for readability.

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6) AUDIO COMMENTARIES

The Turn A Gundam Blu-ray releases included episode commentaries by voice actors and actresses and other staff. The episodes were selected by fan poll, indicating their popularity. You can download the audio tracks via the MEGA folder. Translations for each episode commentary is listed below.

Highlight of info (selected by me)

Episode 1: Howling at the Moon (feat. Romi Park, Rieko Takahashi, and Akino Murata)
Episode 8: Laura’s Cow (feat. Romi Park, Kumiko Watanabe, and Jun Fukuyama)
Episode 10: Visit to a Grave (feat. Akino Murata, Tetsu Inada, Jun Fukuyama, and Setsuji Sato)
Episode 21: Dianna’s Desperate Fight (feat. Rieko Takahashi, Noriko Kitou, and Ai Kobayashi)
Episode 27: Sunrise at Midnight (feat. Romi Park, Hōchū Ōtsuka, and Akino Murata)
Episode 43b: Dark History (feat. Akira Yasuda, Hideyuki Tomioka, Tetsuko Takahashi)
Episode 49: Moonlight Butterfly (feat. Inada Tetsu, Tsuyoshi Koyama, Yumiko Nakanishi, and Takehito Koyasu)
Episode 50: The Golden Autumn (feat. Romi Park, Takehito Koyasu, and Rieko Takahashi)

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7) SAKUGA MAD

Turn A Gundam is the last TV Gundam to be mostly filmed with camera and painted on cels. Cel-animation is often associated with “old anime”, and Turn A Gundam lands at the cusp of that, marking an end of an era. The anime features beautiful cel-animation, and to exemplify that I’ve created a video highlighting its “sakuga”. I’ve marked episode numbers and animators associated with each cut. I’ve also written a post detailing some of its prominent animators

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8) SELECTED POSTS, ARTICLES, AND TWEET THREADS

A post by Feez reflecting on Turn A Gundam‘s significance in honor of its 20th anniversary.

Turn A Gundam staff highlights: a series of blog posts by Feez about key staff members behind the show.

Feez debunks a fan rumor that Loran Cehack was originally intended to be female.

A small analysis by Feez of Loran’s unique role as a protagonist.

A tweet thread by Feez providing commentary and analysis on Dianna Soreil as a character.

A review of Turn A Gundam (DVD1|DVD2) by Nick Creamer at Anime News Network.

A review of Turn A Gundam by psgels of the Star Crossed Anime Blog.

A review of Turn A Gundam by Mewth24 of Anarchy in the Galaxy.

A review of Turn A Gundam by Mike Dent of Otaku USA.

Seven reasons to watch Turn A Gundam by Lauren Orsini of Otaku Journalist.

An analysis of Turn A Gundam by Mark of Colony Drop.

A quick look into Turn A Gundam‘s Western release by Ollie Barder of Forbes.

A review of Turn A Gundam‘s soundtrack by zzeroparticle of Anime Instrumentality.

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9) TURN A GUNDAM GROUPWATCH

From August 28th, 2016 to March 12, 2017 I co-hosted a Turn A Gundam “groupwatch” on Twitter (#TurnAgw) which was met with modest exposure and success. The format was simple: every Sunday at 1PM PST those participating would begin watching and livetweeting about the episodes allotted for that day. It was an informal process – you watched at your own pace; participants were encouraged to tweet their thoughts and opinions and pictures and discuss together using the hashtag #TurnAgw. With the growing popularity of anime “groupwatches” on Twitter in the last few years, this is something I had thought about hosting for a while. I’m glad I did in the end, because it was a lot of fun. Feel free to browse through the Twitter hashtag and read through all comments and thoughts by people.

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10) MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

2 thoughts on “Turn A Gundam Resource Compilation (v. 4.0)

  1. Thank you so much for compiling this, it’s fantastic! I was wondering, in the MEGA folder, the BD interview is marked as ENG subbed, but unlike the other files, no subtitles are coming up for me? I’m using the VLC player, so I don’t know if this is a technical difficulty or if there are no subtitles. Thank you again for all the great work.

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