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Home | Tag Archives: Viz Media

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TNTM: Mobile Suit Gundam gears up again!

The popular Gundam series is getting a new Manga.  Into this maelstrom of destruction go two veteran Mobile Suit pilots: the deadly Zeon sniper Daryl Lorenz, and Federation ace Io Fleming.

It’s the beginning of a rivalry that can end only when one of them is destroyed. The lightning-streaked debris fields are about to become the stage for an epic duel where death is the only true winner.

What is Gundam?

Not everyone is familiar with the Gundam series so let me give a little history.  Gundam is a science fiction series featuring giant robots called mobile suits.  The mobile suits from the title carry the name “Gundam”.  The franchise started on April 7, 1979 as an anime TV series called Mobile Suit Gundam.  

The realism of the series is what set it apart from other giant robot anime series.  It defined the real robot genre of anime by featuring giant robots in a militaristic war setting.  Mobile Suit Gundam made the series more believable by having flaws in the robot design, weaponry running out of energy/ammunition, and the robots breaking and malfunctioning.

The technology derived from true science (such as Lagrange points in space and the O’Neill cylinder as a living environment) or at least well-explained feasible technology. Only a few fictional elements are required for the suits to function (such as Minovsky Physics as a means of energy production from helium-3).

Most Gundam are large, bipedal, humanoid-shaped vehicles controlled from cockpits by a human pilot. The majority of these “mobile suits” have a cockpit in the “torso” of the machine, with a camera built into the “head” to transmit images to the cockpit and are non-sentient machines.  There are many Gundam hobby model kits available.

Most of these kits are based on mobile suits from the series and are hyper-real.  The Gundam models are so popular there are events held with awards given to the best kit build.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt

The series takes place concurrently with Mobile Suit Gundam, during the One Year War. In U.C. 0079 the Earth Federation’s Moore Brotherhood and the Principality of Zeon’s Living Dead Division engage in a fierce battle in the “Thunderbolt Sector”. This sector is a shoal zone littered with debris from destroyed space colonies.

It is named for the frequent electrical discharges that occur there. Since the outbreak of the war Zeon forces have secured the Thunderbolt Sector.  It is a vital supply route to the A Baoa Qu asteroid fortress. The story focuses on Federation soldier Io Fleming as he battles Zeon’s best sniper, Daryl Lorenz.

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TNTM: Sailor Moon R- THE MOVIE Coming to Theaters!

What is Sailor Moon?

Every anime fan has at least heard of Sailor Moon.  It is a Japanese manga series that follows the adventures of a young schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino as she transforms into Sailor Moon to search for a magical artifact called the “Legendary Silver Crystal”.

During her journey she leads a diverse group of comrades called the Sailor Soldiers. They battle against villains to prevent the theft of the Silver Crystal and the destruction of the Solar System.

The series was broadcast from 1992 to 1997 in Japan.  There were also three feature films, a television special, and three short films produced during the same period. A live-action television adaptation titled Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon aired from 2003 to 2004 and a reboot of the anime series titled Sailor Moon Crystal began simulcasting in 2014.

The entire anime series has been licensed by Viz Media for an English language release in North America.

Who is Sailor Moon?

In Minato, Tokyo a middle-school student named Usagi Tsukino befriends a talking black cat named Luna.  Luna gives her a magical brooch enabling her to become Sailor Moon.  Sailor Moon is a pretty guardian destined to save Earth from the forces of evil. Luna and Usagi assemble a team of fellow Sailor Guardians to find their princess and the Silver Crystal.

They encounter the studious Ami Mizuno, who awakens as Sailor Mercury; Rei Hino, a local shrine maiden who awakens as Sailor Mars; Makoto Kino, a tall transfer student who awakens as Sailor Jupiter; and Minako Aino, a young aspiring idol who awakens as Sailor Venus. Additionally, they encounter Mamoru Chiba, a high-school student who assists them on occasion as Tuxedo Mask.

Sailor Moon R the Movie coming in January

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Sailor Moon’s first film, the fan favorite Sailor Moon R- THE MOVIE, is coming to theaters nationwide in January, 2017!  Be sure to check this site as well as the official Sailor Moon and VIZ 

Don’t know about Sailor Moon R- THE MOVIE? Here’s a little rundown.

Sailor Moon comes to the big screen in her first dazzling movie! Uncut and for the first time in theaters, join Sailor Moon on an adventure to save not only the world, but also her true love! This limited engagement also includes the North American debut of the original theatrical short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians and exclusive extras. A special bonus gift will be given to ticket holders while supplies last.

Sailor Moon R- THE MOVIE synopsis:

Long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side- it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth! Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, It’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru!

Make Up! Sailor Guardians synopsis:

Usagi and Chibi-Usa are at the cafe when they overhear two girls debating which of the Sailor Guardians is the best. Will Usagi’s alter-ego, Sailor Moon, end up being their favorite?

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