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Turn A Gundam Resource Compilation (v. 5.0)

This serves as a consolidation of materials and resources for English-speaking audiences. Contains links to manga and novel translation projects, notable interviews, audio commentary translations, selected blog posts and articles, and a MEGA folder with many goodies.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on things to add to this post please contact me. You can reach me in the comments below or via Twitter @feezy_feez.


CHANGE LOG:
April 9, 2021 v5.0 – another massive re-haul
April 9, 2019 v.4.0 – massive re-haul and reorganization of content
May 24, 2017 v.3.0 – pastebin relocated to WordPress and re-organized, many new sections added

CONTENTS:

  1. WHERE TO OBTAIN?
  2. MEGA FOLDER
  3. THE HISTORY AND PRODUCTION OF TURN A GUNDAM
  4. TRANSLATION PROJECTS
  5. MEAD GUNDAM
  6. INTERVIEWS
  7. BD AUDIO COMMENTARIES
  8. SAKUGA MAD
  9. SELECTED POSTS, ARTICLES, AND TWEET THREADS
  10. TURN A GUNDAM GROUPWATCH
  11. MISCELLANEOUS LINKS
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Episode Analyses · Tomino · Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – OP1 “Turn A Turn”

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.

Turn A Gundam’s first opening – “Turn A Turn”. This is one of the few Gundam OPs were the title of the show is said in the actual song.
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Production · Tomino · Turn A Gundam

The History and Production of Turn A Gundam: Part I – Victory Gundam & Battling Depression

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
    • Depression
  • Part II – Influences & Inspiration
  • Part III – Prelude to Turn A Gundam
  • Part IV – The Era of Turn A Gundam
Part I: Victory Gundam & Battling Depression (banner credit to @nanopocalypse)

Without further ado…

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Tomino · Turn A Gundam

New Project Announcement: “Turn A no iyashi”—the healing power of Turn A Gundam

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.

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“Turn A no Iyashi” is a book by Yoshiyuki Tomino in which he writes about how creating and directing Turn A Gundam healed his soul.
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Syd Mead · Turn A Gundam

Mead Gundam

One year ago Syd Mead passed away. He left behind a legacy that shall continue to be remembered. A visual futurist and industrial designer, he contributed much to film, anime, and other media. He was the primary mechanical designer for Turn A Gundam. Director Yoshiyuki Tomino had immense respect for Mead’s craft and sought his services in order to bridge gaps between cultures and mediums.

So naturally that brings us to “Mead Gundam”: a 321-page book featuring design drawings, concept sketches, and notes & annotations by the late Syd Mead pertaining to his work on Turn A Gundam. The book also contains an introduction (TL), a forward by Yoshiyuki Tomino (TL), and closing comments by Syd Mead himself (TL).

Where to obtain?
The book was originally published in 2000 and later received a reprint in 2013, so it is admittedly difficult to order online at a reasonable price. Your best bets for buying the book are Amazon listings (U.S., JP), eBay listings, or other such stores or auctions.

Download link to scans?
Lucky for you, I recently scanned my copy of the book. It is one of the few Turn A artbooks that hasn’t been scanned over the years, so I figured I’d do it myself. This was a long and arduous process of unbinding my book, scanning each individual page, and then cleaning and editing for presentation. I have newfound respect for people who generously provide anime artbook scans.
MEGA

Below is a link to a Twitter thread in which I briefly examined the book and provided commentary based on my knowledge and research. Please have a look if you’re interested in learning more.

Atsushi Souga · Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam Volume 3, Chapter 17 – “Decisive Battle on the Surface” [Vol. 3 END]

And here we are! We’ve completed volume 3! Just in time to cap off the year. Only two volumes remain in this manga series.

This manga is an adaptation of Turn A Gundam‘s story by Atsushi Souga. While it shares the same overall plot, it diverges from the anime in many ways. I’d say that volume 3 is when you start to see significant deviations from the anime, so be on the lookout!

There are 5 volumes in total. Our goal is to scanlate the entirety of this manga series.

Chapter 17 – “Decisive Battle on the Surface”

The Team:
Feez – Organization & Typesetting
Peytral – Translation
idango – TL Checking
Nanopocalypse – Editing

Volume 3, Chapter 17 scanlation:
MEGA folder (includes complete vol.3 download)
Mediafire

Atsushi Souga · Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam Volume 3, Chapter 16 – “Dianna’s Soldier”

The next chapter is now available to download! Only one chapter remains to close out the volume.

This manga is an adaptation of Turn A Gundam‘s story by Atsushi Souga. While it shares the same overall plot, it diverges from the anime in many ways. I’d say that volume 3 is when you start to see significant deviations from the anime, so be on the lookout!

There are 5 volumes in total. Our goal is to scanlate the entirety of this manga series.

Chapter 16 – “Dianna’s Soldier”

The Team:
Feez – Organization & Typesetting
Peytral – Translation
idango – TL Checking
Nanopocalypse – Editing

Volume 3, Chapter 16 scanlation:
MEGA folder
Mediafire

Atsushi Souga · Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam Volume 3, Chapter 15 – “The Presented Plume”

Alright, the next chapter is now available to download!

This manga is an adaptation of Turn A Gundam‘s story by Atsushi Souga. While it shares the same overall plot, it diverges from the anime in many ways. I’d say that volume 3 is when you start to see significant deviations from the anime, so be on the lookout!

There are 5 volumes in total. Our goal is to scanlate the entirety of this manga series.

Chapter 15 – “The Presented Plume”

The Team:
Feez – Organization & Typesetting
Peytral – Translation
idango – TL Checking
Nanopocalypse – Editing

Volume 3, Chapter 15 scanlation:
MEGA folder
Mediafire

animation · Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam E-GRAPHICS Post Cards

I recently acquired a collection of Turn A Gundam post cards. This is a series of Bandai E-GRAPHICS cards released in 1999 which feature illustrations by various staff and industry people.

Turn A Gundam Bandai E-GRAPHICS post card collection.

I’ve scanned and uploaded them all for your convenience.
MEGA | Mediafire

Below I’ll go into detail on some of the illustrations and artists involved.

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Atsushi Souga · Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam Volume 3, Chapter 14 – “The Wedge Ship and the Ship of Feathers”

We continue to make progress. The next chapter is now available to download!

This manga is an adaptation of Turn A Gundam‘s story by Atsushi Souga. While it shares the same overall plot, it diverges from the anime in many ways. I’d say that volume 3 is when you start to see significant deviations from the anime, so be on the lookout!

There are 5 volumes in total. Our goal is to scanlate the entirety of this manga series.

Chapter 14 - "The Wedge Ship and the Ship of Feathers"
Chapter 14 – “The Wedge Ship and the Ship of Feathers”

The Team:
Feez – Organization & Typesetting
Peytral – Translation
idango – TL Checking
Nanopocalypse – Editing

Volume 3, Chapter 14 scanlation:
MEGA folder
Mediafire