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Anime Series ‘Panzer World Galient’ Slated for Japanese HD Blu-ray Release Next Spring

22 Jan

panzerworldgalientBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Sunrise’s animated series Panzer World Galient (機甲界ガリアン) is being released in Japan on Blu-ray for the very first time. The 25 episode series that originally aired on Nippon Television from 1984 to 1985 and spawned 3 original video animations (OVA) will be sold as part of a 5 double-sided disc box set. Galient has been previously released on DVD, first in 2008 as part of the “Anniversary” release and again in 2011 as part of Emotion’s “the best of” series. But this is the first time Galient episodes will be taken from the source tapes and remastered in high definition. All 25 episodes of the series plus the three OVAs (Earth Chapter, Sky Chapter and Crest of Iron) will be included in the Blu-ray box set.

Galient was directed by Ryōsuke Takahashi (Ozuma), written by Sōji Yoshikawa (Cyborg 009) with mechanical designs by Yutaka Izubuchi (WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3). Both Takahashi and Yashikawa worked on the Armored Trooper VOTOMS series that premiered the year before. Galient‘s opening and ending themes were composed and performed by EUROX, a progressive Japanese rock band formed in 1984.

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Don’t Worry, Zeon’s Got Your Back with Super Deformed Comfy Cute Cushions

17 Dec

1000110934_1By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

From the Bandai Life homeware Division comes four unique Mobile Suit Gundam cushions. As part of the Hito Yasumi Head Cushion series, the mobile suits of the Zeon army, MS-06 Zaku II, MS-06S Zaku II, MS-07 Gouf, and MS-09 Dom have been recreated in super-deformed versions. Each cushion is a hemispherical type bearing an “angular robot likeness” to the mobile suits (robots) from the series. Each mobile suit cushion comes in a different colour and each has a singular eye called the “mono eye”. Each cushion will retail for 4,104 yen ($34.79 US, $46.39 CAN, or £27.84 GBP) each (including tax, excluding shipping and handling fees).

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