Following our release of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 back in November last year, the time has nearly arrived for our Blu-ray release of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 to be available to add to your collection. 8th February is the date for you to put in you calendars for when you can get your hands on this. We wanted to take a few moments to highlight some details about this release.
~ First 1000 units comes with a Limited Edition Art Book
We wanted to add something special for our release of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 so the first 1000 units of this Blu-ray release will come with a UK Exclusive Limited Edition 48-page art book.
This book is NOT a specific retailer exclusive item so no matter where you pre-order your copy you will receive this on day of release. The version that comes with the art book is the only version that will be available on release day.
In terms of the content in the book it will be divided into three sections, Gallery, Characters and Mechas.
~ Special Extra on this Blu-ray
A special on-disc bonus included in this Blu-ray is a 30th Anniversary Interview, that was originally included in the Japanese “Mobile Suit Gundam 30th Anniversary Documentary Memorial Box” release. It features comments from Yoshiyuki Tomino (Director), Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Animation Director, Character Designer), Kunio Okawara (Mecha Designer) and Mitsuki Nakamura (Art Director) discussing various elements of the series and experiences working on it. It’s duration is just over 24 minutes.
And for those of you reading this who are interested in purchasing this along with our part 1 release, a few things to note:
~ A reminder that this is a remastered release of a series first broadcast in the 1970s
With any anime we are delighted to see when it’s possible to have a series or film showcased in the best quality quality and HD remasters are something we’re big fans of, but Mobile Suit Gundam is a slightly different animal. Most HD remasters that made it to the UK have been of far more recent properties, for example a series that was made in the last 15-20 years, but the original Mobile Suit Gundam first aired on Japanese television back in April of 1979. The style of animation has developed so much in the decades following Mobile Suit Gundam that for a first time viewer it can almost be a sort culture shock. Also the way animation was preserved back in the 70s was far different to how it done today.
~ Both Part 1 & Part 2 are dual language releases.
Our release of the series contains both the original Japanese audio with subtitles and the English language dub. Yes, some of you might be surprised to hear this but the series did have a brief run on television in the USA so the entire series was dubbed into English. You get both that and the original Japanese audio included in our release.
~ The original Mobile Suit Gundam series was NOT animated in 16:9
As the original Mobile Suit Gundam aired in the late 70s, this series was not animated in widescreen (16:9). This means that when watching the series will be pillarboxed, meaning it will be displayed with black bars at the side of the screen to retain the original aspect ratio (4:3) rather than stretching the image or using other techniques to make it into widescreen.
We appreciate there are a generation of fans who might not be as aware of this fact so we like to make mention of it. Pillarboxing was also utilised for our release of Cowboy Bebop and is also the case for the Season 1 and Season 2: Fumoffu episodes of Full Metal Panic in our Ultimate Edition release.