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Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #43 “The Shocking Dark History”

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-third episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on February 11, 2000. The illustration pictured is by by Naomi Yamamura from the Gundam Perfect File no. 163.
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Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #42 “The Turn X Activates”

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 forty-second episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on February 4, 2000.
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Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – ED2 “Tsuki no Mayu”

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 ED “Tsuki no Mayu” (tl. “Moon’s Cocoon”)

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Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #40 “Sea Battle on the Moon”

Turn A Gundam‘s fortieth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on January 21, 2000. Incidentally, this is one of four episodes whose scenario is by Ichiro Okouchi, who’s responsible for the script and series composition on the currently-airing Gundam: The Witch from Mercury.

Turn A Gundam‘s fortieth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on January 21, 2000.
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Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – OP2 “Century Color”

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).

Turn A Gundam’s second opening – “Century Color”

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Turn A Gundam Ranks as #1 Favorite Tomino Work in “CONTINUE SPECIAL” Magazine Survey

To commemorate the back-to-back theater releases of the 4th and 5th Gundam Reconguista in G movies—which, as of this writing, are still both being shown in Japanese theaters—a CONTINUE SPECIAL magazine was released on July 26, 2022. The magazine features interviews with Yoshiyuki Tomino, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Kenichi Yoshida, among others, along with Tomino filmography information, fan polls, and more. While there’s much to parse in this amazing booklet, I want to focus on select “General Election of Director Tomino” survey polls that were conducted. The reader survey ran from June 13-20, and most participants were in their 30s with a gender ratio of 80% male, 10% female, and 10% N/A.

The G-Reco CONTINUE SPECIAL magazine.
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The History and Production of Turn A Gundam: Part III – Prelude

Continuing my series of articles 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 community discourse. This is the culmination of research I’ve done and continue to do over the past decade. It’ll be divided into four parts for easy reading as follows. I highly recommend you read and familiarize yourself with previous parts, as there is a lot of overlap between them.

Part III: Prelude to Turn A Gundam (banner credit to @nanopocalypse)

Without further ado…

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