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.
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- WHERE TO OBTAIN?
- MEGA FOLDER
- THE HISTORY AND PRODUCTION OF TURN A GUNDAM
- TRANSLATION PROJECTS
- MEAD GUNDAM
- BD AUDIO COMMENTARIES
- SAKUGA MAD
- SELECTED POSTS, ARTICLES, AND TWEET THREADS
- TURN A GUNDAM GROUPWATCH
- MISCELLANEOUS LINKS
1) WHERE TO OBTAIN?
Right Stuff has released Turn A Gundam in both DVD and Blu-ray formats. They have also released the two movies as a DVD collection. This is the best legal way way to obtain a copy of the show for American (Region A) audiences.
All the Anime has released Turn A Gundam Blu-ray collections, the best legal option for United Kingdom and European (Region B) audiences.
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.
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 or here. Many of the releases online still use an old and outdated subtitle track.
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.
3) THE HISTORY AND PRODUCTION OF TURN A GUNDAM
A 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.
Part I – Victory Gundam & Battle Depression
Part II – Influences & Inspiration
Part III – Prelude to Turn A Gundam
Part IV – The Era of Turn A Gundam
4) TRANSLATION PROJECTS
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
Turn A Korokoro by Akira Yasuda
A picture book.
Progress: 100% scanlated
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.
Ch. 1 – translated
Ch. 2 – currently on hold (indefinitely)
The Turn A Gundam manga adaptation by Atsushi Souga
An adaptation written and illustrated by Atsushi Souga.
Vol. 1 – 100% scanlated
Vol. 2 – 100% scanlated
Vol. 3 – 100% scanlated
Vol. 4 – in progress
Vol. 5 – TBD
Turn A no iyashi by Yoshiyuki Tomino
A personal memoir by director Tomino about how creating Turn A Gundam healed his soul.
Status: in progress (see this post for more detail)
5) 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.
Please refer to this post for more information. I have scanned the entirety of the book for your viewing pleasure.
Where to obtain? A reprint edition was released in 2013, but these days your best bet to find a copy might be via eBay or Amazon.
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.
More to come soon!
7) 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.
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)
8) 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
9) 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 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.
10) 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.
11) MISCELLANEOUS LINKS