Turn A Gundam‘s first episode was broadcast on April 9, 1999, after a production process that lasted over two years. It celebrated the Gundam franchise’s 20th anniversary as part of Sunrise’s “Big Bang Project” and marked the return of director Yoshiyuki Tomino to the series from a 5-year hiatus. This episode was selected by fan-poll to receive an audio commentary for the Blu-ray release.Continue reading “Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #1 “Howl at the Moon””
Turn A Gundam‘s first ending song is titled “AURA”. It is written, composed, and sung by singer-songwriter Shinji Tanimura and its music arrangement is by Yoko Kanno.Continue reading “Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – ED1 “AURA””
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.Continue reading “Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – OP1 “Turn A Turn””
It’s Turn A Gundam‘s 22nd anniversary! To celebrate, I’m unveiling something big.
Welcome to 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. It’ll be divided into four parts for easy reading as follows:
- Part I – Victory Gundam & Battling Depression
- The 1980s
- Victory Gundam
- Part II – Influences & Inspiration
- Part III – Prelude to Turn A Gundam
- Part IV – The Era of Turn A Gundam
Without further ado…Continue reading “The History and Production of Turn A Gundam: Part I – Victory Gundam & Battling Depression”
A while back I acquired a holy gem—”Turn A no iyashi”, which literally translates to “Cure of Turn A”, but I think a more appropriately localized title would be something among the lines of “The Healing Power of Turn A”. In this book, director Yoshiyuki Tomino writes about how creating Turn A Gundam healed his soul. It is essentially a memoir or autobiography detailing the thoughts and struggles Tomino faced in the 90s leading up to Turn A. It is a very revealing and vulnerable text; Tomino talks about his depression, his past & present, his time at Mushi Production, his wife and daughters, and goes into depth on the production process.Continue reading “New Project Announcement: “Turn A no iyashi”—the healing power of Turn A Gundam”