akiman · Staff Highlight · Turn A Gundam

Staff Highlight: Akira Yasuda (“akiman”), the Character Designer

This is the second in my series of staff highlight posts. My sources include various written and video interviews, audio commentaries, and individual research.

Akira Yasuda (pen name “akiman”) is a game designer, character designer, and mecha designer who currently works as a freelancer but was formerly employed by Capcom in the 1980s and 1990s. He gained international fame as the character designer for the transformative fighting game series, Street Fighter II. He provided character designs for Turn A Gundam.

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Yasuda Akira (“akiman”), Turn A Gundam‘s character designer, along with promotional artwork he drew for the Japanese DVD boxes.

Below is a highlight of info and fun facts pertaining to his time on Turn A Gundam.

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My Encounters with Akira Yasuda (“akiman”)

Akira Yasuda (better known by his pen name “akiman”) is the character designer for Turn A Gundam. He is well-known for his various design roles in video games, notably the Street Fighter series. He has also been involved in anime linked to director Yoshiyuki Tomino, such as Turn A Gundam, King Gainer, and Gundam Reconguista in G. I had the opportunity to meet akiman at Anime Expo in 2016, and I was blessed with yet another opportunity at this year’s Anime Expo.

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My two personal sketches of Dianna Soreil, by akiman (2016, 2018).

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akiman · Turn A Gundam · Wind of the Moon

Turn A Gundam: Wind of the Moon FINAL CHAPTER & commentaries/afterword

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And here we are! The final chapter of Wind of the Moon. Included also are commentaries by Harutoshi Fukui and Ryuusuke Hikawa, and an afterword by akiman himself.

If you ask me, WotM‘s a total mess, but it introduces a lot of interesting ideas to the Turn A Gundam universe: intergalactic transfer portals, hyperadvanced human civilizations, Newtype evolution, etc., and there’s some nice backstory on the Moonrace as a people. It’s beautifully drawn too. I enjoyed it.

I’d like to thank everyone involved in this project: khoda, nanopocalypse, nozaku, and myself. It means a lot to me. For years this manga has been seen as an enigma and something fans had given up hope on, so I’m glad to have led the effort to translate it.

So what’s next? Who knows. I have a few potential projects lined up. We shall see!

Thank you for reading!

The Team
Typesetting / organizing: Feez
Translation: khoda
TL checking: nozaku
Cleaning / editing: nanopocalypse


Final Chapter – Tomorrow, the Bright Skies of Earth

MEGA Folder
Mediafire


COMPLETE MANGA SCANLATION – INCLUDES ALL CHAPTERS

MEGA Folder
Mediafire

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Turn A Gundam: Wind of the Moon Ch.3

Chapter 3!

Huge thanks to ZeonicScanlations for offering to provide raws of the digital release of the manga. The quality is notable. I have re-released chs 1 & 2 using these new raws. Please see the download links below.

The Team
Typesetting / organizing: Feez
Translation: khoda
TL checking: nozaku
Cleaning / editing: nanopocalypse


Chapter 3 – Scramble!

MEGA Folder

Mediafire


Ch. 1 v2 – Mediafire

Ch.2 v2 – Mediafire

akiman · Turn A Gundam · Wind of the Moon

Turn A Gundam: Wind of the Moon Ch.2

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Chapter 2! This chapter’s more event-heavy and features Loran, Keith, and even Dianna.

Here’s chapter 2! A bit more event-heavy than the first chapter. It features plenty Dianna and Loran & Keith shenanigans. Things are slowly happening.

The Team
Typesetting / organizing: Feez
Translation: khoda
TL checking: nozaku
Cleaning / editing: nanopocalypse



Chapter 2 – The Illusive Descent Unit?

MEGA – https://mega.co.nz/#F!jcsz1DxC!ewBnPg2a1JDQkW9MOyImrA

Mediafire – http://www.mediafire.com/download/t9xfl9ibh680s53/%5BMoonlight%5DTurn_A_Gundam_Wind_of_the_Moon_Ch2.zip