Gundam Crowdfunding Reached for Yuji Kaida’s Art Book

22.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME

A crowdfund was set up on the Japanese website BOOSTER to raise money for an art book entitled Drawing of Gundam Yuji Kaida. The goal was set at 3 million yen but fans have been to accumulate almost 8 million yen.

This one-of-a-kind art book compiles the works of Japanese artist Yuji Kaida up to today. Kaida is a veteran illustrated renowned for his art work of Gundam, Godzilla and Ultraman.

Kaida released the following statement: “This one and only volume encompasses Gundam I have drawn over the years. It also includes extensive illustrations of the plastic models all compiled dynamically! Mobile Suit Gundam began airing in 1979 not long after I debuted as an illustrator. I was nuts about it and watched it religiously. Drawing as an artist for Gunpla packaging was my encounter with illustrating Gundam. I have drawn around 180 Gundam starting with the 1/100 Acguy from the first series. I have drawn pieces over many years to capture the characteristics of Gundam builds and their weapon together with a dramatic element. I really want fans to be able to enjoy those works all compiled into this book. I hope this can serve as returning the favour for the gratitude I have continued to feel up to now. I feel it is together with the fans that I have been able to make this book, so I would be overjoyed if we can join hands in this.”

The owner of the project Jin Matsuyama also made the following statement: “The work Yuji Kaida produces has an overwhelming power. We are clearing away restrictions to produce this book so we can create something as wonderful as possible. I ask humbly for you to participate in this project. This is illustrator Yuji Kaida’s second 40th anniversary project. He is someone I have been indebted to since university. Even now he continues to support me in many different ways. Originally, this… magnificent? project was to release the Ultraman book in 2017, the Gundam book in 2018, and plan something else for 2019. But there was various tuning that needed to be done, and Yuji Kaida conveyed his strong desire to make this book of illustrations something satisfying, to the release date ended up changing to 2019. We’re currently in the final stages of editing, and I’m simply overwhelmed by the power that this collection of works has. On the production side of things, we are doing everything from resizing images and printing to binding as well as clearing away restrictions on book shop distribution so we can make it as wonderful as possible. I hope to deliver it to all the Gundam fans and fans of Yuji Kaida. I ask for your continued support. We also plan to hold exhibitions [around Japan] for Yuji Kaida’s work. Please look forward to it.”

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  • Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Merchandise Releasing at Sanrio Stores

    16.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    As part of the ongoing Gundam vs. Hello Kitty project, Sanrio is releasing a new collection of chess design merchandise and other merchandise themed on both franchises at Sanrio stores across Japan, as well as its online store and in selection shops stocking Sanrio merchandise on August 17 (and August 21 for the online store).

     

    Let’s take a look at just some of the items up for grabs.

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    To celebrate 40 years of Yuji Kaida’s illustration artwork for the Gundam series, an exhibition entitled Yuji Kaida Gundam Gallery will take place on the fifth floor LOFT Forum of Umeda LOFT in Osaka from August 23 to September 8.

     

    Yuji Kaida is known for his longtime work on box art for Gunpla model kits. The exhibition will feature a gorgeous collection of his iconic Gundam artwork, covering traditional art from Mobile Suit Gundam to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing to digital art in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

    Over 70 pieces illustrated by Kaida will be displayed, each categorised into one of four themes. Many of these will include artworks being shown to the public for the first time such as the Gwazine-class battleship.

     

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    Hiroyuki Sawano is a Japanese musician and composer who has written soundtracks for a string of popular anime series including all three seasons of Attack on TitanKill la KillMobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and the upcoming anime film Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative. He is also set to perform his first ever overseas solo show at the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai on December 6, opening up opportunities for future global endeavours.

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    Comment: Hiroyuki Sawano

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  • Ink Wash Mobile Suit Gundam Paintings Now Available from Bandai

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    Over on Asobi Store, an eCommerce site, they are releasing the first in a series of traditional art merchandise on April 23.

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    Masayuki Kojo is an ink wash painter who specialises in drawing bujinga, which is a style of portrait that depicts warriors. Five hand painted bujinga pictures of Gundam are going on sale which are available to purchase through a lottery draw.

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    The traditional art series combines Japan’s traditional crafts with elements of Japanese pop culture popular across the world like anime and games. These powerful hand painted Mobile Suit Gundam portraits are the first to arrive in the series.

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    Gundam lovers will absolutely be taken by these skilfully drawn and detailed paintings, as will those with an interest in pictures drawn by hand! Access the website and enter the draw to get your hands on one of the five pieces.

     

    ■Information

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    Deliveries: End of June (subject to change)

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    Lottery Draw
    Application Window: April 23, 2018 at 5pm―April 30, 2018 at 11pm
    Winner Announcements: Mid-May
    *Member registration required to apply.
    *Please apply from the product page during the application window for the lottery draw you wish to enter.
    *Applications can only be made once per person for one painting only.
    *Multiple applications cannot be made for the same painting.
    *Applications as well as enquiries via telephone, FAX, letter or e-mail cannot be made after the application window closes.

     

    Applications are made via Bandai Namco Entertainment’s official eCommerce website Asobi Store.
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  • SKY-HI Digitally Releases Gundam Build Divers OP Theme ‘Diver’s High’

    13.April.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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    The song was produced by music producer veteran Seiji Kameda. SKY-HI drove a tight beat into the track. That coupled with the unparalleled high tone vocals of Saito Kousuke, a thunderous guitar, and groovy bass provided by Kameda give the song an exhilarating, scampering feel. It’s an absolute must-listen.

     

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    SKY-HI Comment
    “I was very pumped with writing a song for Divers, the sequel to the popular anime Gundam Build Fighters. I compared the world of the anime to my own life. ‘Fighting alongside someone, and diving into a new world. These things can change days when we’re having a hard time or feeling impatient into something exciting and heart-pounding.’ That is the feeling I wrote into the song.

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    Make sure to listen to Diver’s High and hear SKY-HI’s soul poured into the track!

     

     

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    SKY-HI / Diver’s High -Teaser Movie-
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    TV Anime ‘Gundam Build Divers’
    Channel: TXN Station 6
    First Broadcast: April 3, 2018 at 17:55
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    Released: April 13, 2018
    【iTunes】
    URL:https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id1361462051?app=itunes&ls=1

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    URL:http://open.spotify.com/album/7FGpljdFRHAven0uqy701l

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    URL:https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id1361462051?app=apple&ls=1

     

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  • SKY-HI’s New Song “Snatchaway” to be Used as Theme Song for PS4 Game New Gundam Breaker

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    SKY-HI is receiving much attention for his work not just in the hip-hop scene but the music scene as a whole. He successfully completed a solo concert at Nippon Budokan in May 5th; his latest digital album Marble went to number one on Oricon‘s Weekly Digital Album Rankings; and last year he embarked on his SKY-HI Round A Ground 2017 tour which saw him perform 25 concerts in 24 locations, including first-ever overseas performances in Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and London.

     

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    It has been announced that SKY-HI’s new song Snatchaway will be used for New Gundam Breaker, a video game set for release on June 21st, 2018.

     

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    The song was produced with Koichi Tsutaya and features members of his own band THE SUPER FLYERS and horn sections that turn the song into a strikingly funky tune. SKY-HI was inspired by the world of the game when creating the song, which features lyrics that capture the efforts of players in a joint struggle for victory in their giant Gundams. The technical rap showcases SKY-HI at his best in this liberating party tune.

     

    You can get an early listen to Snatchaway in the latest promotional video for New Gundam Breaker on BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s official YouTube Channel.

     

    “New Gundam Breaker” Promotional Video

     

    SKY-HI is currently in the midst of a Japan hall tour titled SKY-HI TOUR 2018 -Marble the World- with THE SUPER FLYERS where they are rocking every stage.

     

    If you’re in Japan, consider taking a trip to see their overwhelming live performance.

     

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    New Gundam Breaker

    ・Created by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment

    ・To be released on June 21st (June 22nd on PC)

    ・MSRP for PS4: ¥7,600 (w/ tax ¥8,208)

    PS4 BUILD G Sound Edition: ¥9,600 (w/ tax ¥10,368)

    PS4 Premium Edition: ¥11,800 (w/ tax ¥12,744)

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    Website: : https://gb.ggame.jp/

     

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  • Gundam Apparel Shop “STRICT-G” in Tokyo Odaiba to Reopen in THE GUNDAM BASE TOYKO

    12.August.2017 | FASHION

    “STRICT-G” is an apparel chain in Japan that is entirely based on the world of the hugely popular anime series “Mobile Suit Gundam.” The “STRICT-G” store in Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo Bay, is undergoing a revamp and will relocate and join with “THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO,” a Bandai-official Gunpla store located on the 7th floor of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, on August 19th.

     

    Below is a list of reopening merchandise the shop will be selling to celebrate its return.

     

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    “Tokyo Odaiba Limited Edition T-Shirts”

    ¥4,104 each (tax incl.)

    To support the store’s reopening, Tokyo Odaiba limited edition t-shirts based on the popular Mobile Suit Gundam series will be available for purchase on August 19th. The t-shirts feature the titular “Unicorn Gundam” and come in two different designs – red and green.

     

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    Special “Hand Towel”

    People who spend over ¥3,000 (tax excl.) will receive a “STRICT-G” collaborative hand towel made by the tenugui hand towel specialist shop “Kamawanu” completely free.

     

    img_131403_5 copy“THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO” Grand Opening Stickers

    To celebrate the grand opening of “THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO,” if you purchase a gunplay from the store and show your receipt at the STRICT-G register you will receive some stickers. You can also get them if you buy more than one item at STRICT-G. This is available for a limited time only.

     

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    ■Information

    STRICT-G Tokyo Odaiba

    Reopening: Saturday August 19, 2017

    Address: “THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO” on DiverCity Tokyo Plaza 7F, 1-1-10 Aomo, Kōtō, Tokyo

    Open: 10:00-21:00

     

    “STRICT-G” Official Homepage: http://www.strict-g.com

    Bandai Homepage: http://www.bandai.co.jp/

     

    ・Special “Hand Towel”

    Available: Saturday August 19th onwards

    *Not sold separately. Limited Stock.

     

    ・“THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO” Grand Opening Stickers

    Available: August 17th to August 31st

    *Not sold separately. Limited Stock.

     

    ・Limited Edition Pins Campaign

    Campaign card available at STRICT-G in Odaiba from Saturday August 19th

    Collection Points:

    Tokyo Solamachi STRICT-G (RX-78-2 design pins)

    NEOPASA Shizuoka STRICT-G (MS-06-S design pins)

    Collection Date: September 1st onwards

    ※The pins are not available at the Tokyo Odaiba branch.

    *Not sold separately. Limited Stock.

     

    ©Sunrise Inc.

     

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