The time is nearly here as Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 arrives on Blu-ray this coming Monday (8th February.) As we’ve talked about in the past, the first 1000 units of this across all UK retailers will come with a Limited Edition Artbook too. A reminder only the version that will be available on day on release is the one with the artbook. It will not be possible to buy this without the book on day release of release.
If you want to catchup on how Part 1 turned out, you can find the details HERE.
And before we go any further a reminder that Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 can be pre-ordered right now from the likes of Amazon UK, Zavvi, Base and our own web shop. And once again, no matter where you pre-order this it will come with the art book.
Synopsis: The epic conclusion of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series comes to the UK for the first time ever, and on Blu-ray too!
The White Base is the target of constant attacks by Zeon, and Amuro and the others have officially become soldiers of the Earth Federation Forces. They return to space to fight in the final campaign, and here Amuro meets the mysterious and beautiful Lalah Sune.
As the war builds to its conclusion, the final battle pits Federation against Zeon, brother against sister, and Newtype against Newtype. The Federation is weakened! Zeon is in turmoil! Will the Zeon fortress of A Baoa Qu stand or fall? It all ends here!
WHAT’S INSIDE? WHAT’S ON THE DISCS?
As was the case with our release of Part 1, Part 2 comes in an amaray case with two Blu-ray discs inside containing the second half of the series. Our release includes both the English and original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
- Episodes 22-42 across two Blu-ray discs
- Extra: 30th Anniversary Interview (approx. 24 mins)
- 48-page artbook (Limited to first 1000 units across all retailers only)
What Else Should I Know About This Release?
~ As was the case with Part 1, 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.
~ 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.
WHAT DOES THE FINISHED PRODUCT LOOK LIKE?
And now the part you’ve been waiting for, photos of the actual product. Take a look below and if it helps you can click on the images to enlarge them too.
And for those of you who were able to get your hands on the version of Part 1 that came with the Limited Edition Box, here’s what Part 2 and the book like when put in with Part 1.
For those wondering, we have sold through our allocation of the version of Part 1 that comes with the box. Some retailers may still have the version with the box, but you’ll need to enquire with them directly.
And that concludes this preview of our Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 Blu-ray release. We hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are – we think the remaster has turned so well, especially considering the details we made note about earlier in this post.