Turn A Gundam‘s fiftieth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on April 14, 2000. This is the final episode of the show and the last entry in this blog post series. This is a behemoth of a finale with a very unique and memorable epilogue sequence. It features stunning animation by Masami Goto, Atsushi Shigeta, Kenichi Yoshida, among others, and Yoshihito Hishinuma and Masami Goto served as animation directors. This episode’s broadcast date was postponed due to the eruption of Mount Usu on March 31, 2000.
Naturally, the finale was selected by fan-poll to receive an audio commentary track for the Blu-ray release.
Turn A Gundam‘s forty-third episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on February 11, 2000. I own a copy of its storyboard and have included comparison shots, which provide an additional layer of perspective on how scene framing and/or drawings began and evolved over time. This episode’s storyboard is by Kazuki Akane, and it is the only episode in which they were involved in. Additionally, this episode was selected by fan-poll to receive an audio commentary track for the Blu-ray release. It received so many votes that two audio commentary tracks were recorded, each with a separate set staff members, proving that it is unquestionably the fan-favorite episode.
Turn A Gundam‘s forty-second episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on February 4, 2000. I own a copy of this episode’s storyboard and have included comparison shots in this post, which gives one an additional layer of perspective on how scene framing and/or drawings began and evolved over time. This episode’s storyboard is by Seiji Okuda, an absolute veteran in the industry.
Turn A Gundam‘s second ending is titled “Tsuki no Mayu” (“Moon’s Cocoon”). This song has lyrics by Yoshiyuki Tomino (under the pseudonym Rin Iogi), composition & arrangement by Yoko Kanno, and vocals performed by Aki Okui. It is also this blog’s namesake, i.e. “Moon’s Cocoon”!
Turn A Gundam‘s second opening is titled “Century Color”. This song is a collaborative project with RAY-GUNS, who provide the vocals and arrangement. Its lead singer Youmu Hamaguchi composed the song and also co-wrote the lyrics with Yoshiyuki Tomino (under the pseudonym Rin Iogi).
Welcome to yet another new series of blog posts! This is one I’ve had in mind for a while, and I’m rewatching the show (for, if I recall, the 8th time?) to facilitate the process. The goal is to provide analysis and staff & production info for all fifty episodes, along with the OP/ED songs & animations!
Turn A Gundam‘s first opening is titled “Turn A Turn”. The lyrics are by Yoshiyuki Tomino (under the pseudonym Rin Iogi) and its vocals are by Hideki Saijo. The production of this opening song was a very rushed ordeal, with the music composition completed only two weeks prior to its broadcast debut.
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.
My luck hit big and I won auctions to a few Turn A Gundam storyboards, which are huge acquires for a collector like myself. In this post, I’m highlighting episode 42 – “The Turn X Activates”, with storyboard by Seiji Okuda. Okuda is an industry veteran who’s been involved with anime since the mid-60s. His most notable work is perhaps Dancougar (1985) in which he served as series director.
Note that it’s listed as #41 because the recap episode (#16) is omitted from the broadcast count number.