It’s Turn A Gundam‘s 23rd anniversary, so here’s a special article to commemorate!
When Turn A Gundam was still on-air, Yoko Kanno wanted to hold a concert to commemorate the Gundam franchise’s 20th anniversary—as part of the “Gundam Big Bang Project”. Tomino approved of the idea, and thus the concert was held on November 12, 1999 at the Tokyo International Forum. The following is an in-depth examination of the concert, along with a transcription & translation of the bonus press conference.
For over a decade I’ve wondered what it’d be like to see director Yoshiyuki Tomino in person. In November of 2019 I was finally able to make this dream a reality. Tomino attended Anime NYC as a Guest of Honor to celebrate the Gundam franchise’s 40th anniversary and to promote the first Reconguista in G film. I made the trip from California to New York for this rare occasion. In this post I’ll briefly reflect on my experience and provide commentary on the Turn A Gundam related question-answers.
This is a transcription of an interview with mechanical designer Syd Mead by Robert Napton originally shot for Bandai Entertainment’s canceled release of Turn A Gundam, which was announced in 2010. This has often been referred to as the “lost” Syd Mead interview, until it finally resurfaced with Right Stuf’s North American release of the Turn A Gundam DVDs in June of 2015.
The transcription follows below and has been edited for readability.