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    You'd have to buy the most expensive and unnecessary shipping for importation to cost what that odd Amazon listing is, I think. Fortunately, Rightstuf's now listing it at their normal rate.

    http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/cat...em/94902/4/0/0

    The true cover art is also out there now, which is an improvement on the early promo art that only had the Banshee.

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    Marida: "WHEEEEEEEEEEE! Look, Banagher, I can do cartwheels! Puru puru pu-....No, I'm a big girl now".

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    Once again AnimeChannel's put up an 8-minute clip, and there's an English version of the long trailer also!

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    Big news about Unicorn's future this weekend:

    At the "Gundam Live Entertainment: Mobile Suit UC Film&Live 2012 Reader's Theater 'hand in hand'" event held earlier today to promote the upcoming release of episode 5 of Gundam Unicorn, it was revealed that a seventh volume of Gundam Unicorn will be produced.

    Along with a poster advertising the sixth volume which is now titled "宇宙と地球と" (which appears to be read "Sora to Hoshi to") in "2013 Spring," another poster advertised a never previously announced seventh volume titled "The Final" coming "In the near future."
    I'm hearing that there's more material in the latter novels and that we should all expect episode 7 to be longer than the usual hour.

    The wait is getting longer and longer, but at least it's been worth it. Promo pics in the tag.
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    Whilst I'm glad to see they apparently realised their poor planning (the fact that episode 5 takes everyone back to space makes throwing them down to Earth for episode 4 seem kinda pointless), a whole year between episodes? Why is this suddenly occuring when so far they've had no problem producing two a year? I could understand such a wait between 6 and 7 but I have to wonder what's gonna require the wait between 5 and 6.

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    Me thinks the wait is because the production team got on their hands and knees and basically said "Executive-san, this just isn't going to work. We need more time to make the story good!!" so they're retooling Episode #6 so that the story can wrap up in a [hopefully] extended length Episode #7. We also have to look at how this affects the animators. Working on an extended series means more work, which means more money. I imagine most animators working on OVAs or films are doing it because they're veterans who can afford to be able to afford it or are doing it out of the principle of it.

    Assuming Episode #7 hits in the spring of 2014, that will be the thirty-fifth anniversary, too. I wonder what'll happen with The Origin, though.
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    Thing is, they hinted at this back during the cinema screenings of episode 4. We were even told 'We've got a surprise but you won't hear more till the release of episode 5'. So whilst the story would need to be adjusted, they've know about this for a while now. Really, that should mean the time in between episodes is given over to producing them. I wouldn't doubt also that getting an extra episode was green lighted because of just how well the releases have been selling, leading to extra copies being made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HellCat View Post
    Thing is, they hinted at this back during the cinema screenings of episode 4. We were even told 'We've got a surprise but you won't hear more till the release of episode 5'. So whilst the story would need to be adjusted, they've know about this for a while now. Really, that should mean the time in between episodes is given over to producing them. I wouldn't doubt also that getting an extra episode was green lighted because of just how well the releases have been selling, leading to extra copies being made.
    That's probably where the issue with scheduling staff comes in, though. That or they decided to make Episode #7 a thirty-fifth anniversary project.
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    While I'm glad they aren't rush it in order to maintain the level of quality, it is a bit annoying that it may take two more years to finish it. I wonder if it has anything to with the rumors that there are going to be major changes from the plot of the novel for the Unicorn anime including an completely different ending?

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    So Otakon 2012 didn't just have a screening for Gundam Unicorn 5, they had a panel on it after the screening. My attempt at recording audio was successful, so I finally made time to write a report about it. Good for some anecdotes and teasers about what's coming. My favorite tidbit by far is the one about how animator Ryuji Shiromae just unilaterally improvises at times and they just run with it, because the work just turned out that well.

    On another front, my talk with Michael Sinterniklaas touches on the production aspect of Gundam UC quite a bit.

    What really killed me at the panel was how all photography wasn't allowed, so this artwork they were showing off for Angelo's Geara Zulu and the Full Armor Unicorn Gundam I couldn't capture and share! It's stuff they decided to keep exclusive to conventions at the moment, I guess. With the Gundam it was a detailed illustration showing it from the front and back, like what you'd get in a design book (it's Hajime Katoki work, for the record). Without that, the next best thing to do is to point to pictures of the model. It's substantially larger and pretty much carrying as much firepower is it can possibly carry...impressive stuff that should make for quite a spectacle in episode six.
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    I demand a Europe Unicorn panel. MCM gets a pretty big crossover from mainland Europe, so host it there.

    It's what Bright would want.

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    Episode #6 info seems to be coming later this month. Recording is already underway.
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    The long trailer for Gundam Unicorn 6 + the cover. Oof, so after all those trials in episode 5 that led to Banagher and Audrey / Mineva bonding better than ever before, it sure looks like another wall's coming between them. Especially frustrating because this alliance of convenience between Frontal's forces and Banagher & company is pretty much the only option the latter have.

    Frontal going out of his way to win over Banagher = very interesting. Looks like this will definitely be the major Zeon-focused episode.



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    I want a Marida hug Lots of people are speculating she and Zinnerman will die in 6, which I really hope isn't true. The last 20 minutes of episode 5 already put me through the ringer with that. Let's just leave Loni as the series pointless death, k? As for Frontal...I'm going to be very interested to see how they handle this. Unicorn is smack bang in the middle of certain Japanese fans seeing Zeon as some unfairly tortured stand in for WWII Japan and I really don't want to see them glorify that. Since this also looks to cause trouble between Banagher and Mineva, hopefully they do this right. Tomino never celebrated Zeon. We were shown there were good people in it but the stories were blunt that they were doing terrible things and many were beyond hope. I don't want 2D antagonists, but the 'cult of personality' that some fans and in turn creators have developed around Zeon is disturbing.

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    Yeah,all the sighs point to Marida and Zinnerman being doomed. I only hope they get to go out in somewhat heroic manner like previous genuinely sympathetic or noble Gundam antagonists (Ramba, Norris, Mashmyre, Trieze, etc.) Ask for Frontal, the time has come to find out if he really does want the best for humanity in his own extreme way or if he's simply in it for his own selfish ambitions like all the past UC Gundam enemy faction leaders and most of AU ones as well. After all, Ulube and Rau acted alot like Frontal has so far before they showed their true colors...
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    In regard to Frontal and the portrayal of the Zeon, the episode synopsis on the official site sheds some light on how likely it is that we'll see the Sleeves "celebrated" by the narrative. It's perfectly open info but this does give a bit away, so I'll spoiler tag it:

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    Having escaped the pursuit of the Earth Federation fleet thanks to Full Frontal's intervention, the Nahel Argama is now forced to form a joint front with the Sleeves. Frontal, hoping to learn the next coordinates for Laplace's Box, reveals his secret plan agains the Federation. Banagher and Mineva are horrified by the cruelty and callousness of the future he describes.

    Meanwhile, a lone Federation patrol ship approaches the Nahel Argama. Will they destroy the patrol ship, or dissolve their joint front with the Sleeves? Caught between friend and foe, what choice will Banagher and his comrades make?


    In last year's "what's wrong with the Federation" thread I basically suggested that the pro-Zeon side is in large part really anti-Federation post-0083, which would fit in pretty well with the whole occupation analogy. The "cult of personality" bit is definitely dead on when it comes to the hagiography Zeon diehards bestow upon Char. The trouble is, they embrace the lofty talk about independence to the point they don't care to look at the authoritarianism of the Zabis and Char's by-any-means-necessary attitude and ruthless pragmatism, without which the portrait of Zeon is not complete. It appears Frontal too may not have a line that he won't cross.
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    Thing is, bar episode 1 the series has generally been leaning more to the side of the Zeon and making the Federation look bad. I mean the drive for the plot is a conspiracy that brought the Federation to power. Episode 4 in particular was bad about this. Loni is slaughtering people left and right, yet with no real buildup we're supposed to want to see Banagher save her and the story paints her as a victim.

    There's definitely a story to tell in the Zeon members who were misled or joined the war because they had suffered first hand but I worry Unicorn is a bit too much under the spell of portraying Zeon romantically. Especially awkward because at the start of the story Mineva is freaking out about what they could do with a plot device that threatens to topple the Federation

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    Between signs of Federation corruption and Mineva's concern about the implications of the Sleeves attaining Laplace's box, I'd suggest the Unicorn narrative takes a balanced approach and has avoided painting one side as "right". You rightly note the degree to which Zeon is humanized and such, but this doesn't necessarily lead to a bias toward the assertion that Frontal is righteous or that things would be better if the Sleeves were to bring down the Federation. I think I'd benefit from rewatching 4 on the subject of Loni.

    In any event, my interpretation of the overall narrative is that if anyone is on a right side in all this we're definitely supposed to conclude that Mineva is, who looks at the big picture and is invested in preventing bloodshed. Banagher, our hero, is the only one completely on her side and notably empathizes with individuals on both sides, which I think has to factor heavily into any reading of Gundam UC.

    Of course, Mineva is aligned with Zeon herself, but she's not exactly putting her team first. The Zeon are a complicated lot, just as the likes of Amuro and Bright and others contrast against unsavory or incompetent people in the Federation.
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