Gundam 00 S2 Episode 13

We pick up from where we left off last time; a portion of the Kataron fleet is wiped out by Memento Mori as the fleet closes in on it. As the fleet reels from this, they quickly come under attack by the MM defense forces, which includes the innovator Healing Care and her own Gadessa. She quickly begins to pick off Kataron ships. It is here the battle truly begins, as both sides launch their mobile suits and engage into a free-for-all, one which Kataron is badly losing. One Ahead manages to nearly fire on the Kataron command ships’ bridge, until they are saved by Setsuna in the OO Raiser. Setsuna barrels onward towards the Gadessa and engages Healing in battle.

Meanwhile, Nena is in her attack craft, the Riaan, and gives CB the technical readouts on the Memento Mori, something she does without Wang Liu Mei knowing.

At this time, the rest of CB are preparing their battle plans for the assault on Memento Mori. The Ptolemaios 2 speeds on down the orbital ring, trying to keep out of the firing arc of MM. However, they are under intense fire from the defense forces. This continuous barrage of fire knocks the P2 off course, and into Memento Mori’s firing arc. The MM is finally charged again and fires, seemingly hitting the P2 directly.

However, at the last minute, the Arios activated its Trans-Am, thus giving P2 Trans-Am, allowing it to dodge the blast, and come back, rocketing towards MM. However, they are practically defenseless, as all power is diverted to speed due to only Arios’ Trans-Am being active. The Seravee and Cherudim are at the P2’s central launch deck, and to defend the P2 fron oncoming fire, the Cherudim activates Trans-Am and deploys its GN Shield Bits to defend the ship.  The bits are hammered by oncoming fire, and eventually, Arios’ Trans-Am runs out, but the ship finally comes close enough to Memento Mori to attack.

Seravee engages its Trans-Am as well, and charges its GN Bazooka to full power, and fires. The massive ball of energy launches manages to blast a large hole in the MM’s outer hull, which allows Lockon to snipe the core, finally taking Memento Mori out once and for all. In the ensuing death throes, Lindt’s ship is taking out by pieces of debris.

Setsuna, however, is still engaged against Healing. However, Nena fires on her long enough to distract her so Setsuna can get close and slice her Gadessa’s arm off. Both units retreat afterwards.

At the Kataron desert base, everyone watches as the debris of Memento Mori falls to earth. Sergei watches this as well, until he is interuppted by a man who he knows as Hercules.

For me, this was probably one of the greates battles ever in a Gundam series. The highlight of the episode would have to be the Ptolemaios 2’s attack on Memento Mori. It was quite intense, and the way Seravee and Cherudim finally took it out was just awesome. It was also nice to see Cherudims Shield Bits in action at last, and they seem incredibly effective.  So all in all, this was an awesome episode, and one of Gundam’s most epic battles.

Advertisements

AKB48 Member Ranking

So yeah, I’ve decided to do a member ranking list, much like some of my other fellow AKB bloggers have done lately. For my ranking, I’m only going to be doing the 47 members who actually  make up Teams A, K and B.

This first ranking post will include the first 16 members, specifically number 46 to 31, so lets gets started;

47: Maeda Atsuko

atsuko

Since I can remember, I’ve never been a fan of Atsuko. There’s just something about her that puts me off. I think its her presence on stage. For me, she looks very fake on stage. She always seems like she’s trying to fake enthusiasm when performing. Also, I don’t care for all the attention she gets over other, more deserving girls. She has to be on everything. Every cover, every magazine, everywhere. And yet, there are other members who are far more talented than her, yet she gets all the attention. Honestly, I can’t wait till she graduates, as it will allow some new and better talent to take her place.

46: Kuramochi Asuka

asuka

One of Team K’s newest members. I hear she’s an excellent singer, but for me, she needs to tone down on that smile of hers. Sometimes she overdoes it. Other than that, I haven’t heard her or seen her perform, so that’s why she’s so low on this ranking.

45: Fujie Reina

reina

I believe Reina was one of the first Research Students added to Team A. I guess she’s alright in A5, but other than that I don’t have much of an opinion on her. She is quite popular with fans though, but I think it probably has more to do with her image than her actual talent.

44: Shinoda Mariko

mariko

One of Team A’s original members (sort of…). She has a very deep voice, and I think that’s one reason why she’s so low on my ranking. For me, deep voices just don’t do it, especially on female singers.

43: Sashihara Rino

rino

I don’t have much to say about Rino, as she’s quite new to Team B, and I have yet to see her in action. In the future, she might not be so low on my ranking.

42: Noguchi Reina

noguchi

I don’t know what to say about Noguchi. Really, I don’t. Thats why she’s so low here.

41: Oku Manami

oku

This is the one member who for the longest time would never seem to smile at all. She always looked pissed off. She’s somewhat better now, but she still hasn’t had much exposure, so thats why she’s this low for me.

40: Watanabe Mayu

mayu

May is team B’s frontgirl, and in my opinion should not be there. I’ll admit, she’s a great dancer, but she does not have the voice to go with those skills, and…she’s creepy. In every picture of her, she just has that blank stare, which just freaks me out. Also, the AKB48 management seem to think that Team B=Mayu, so they choose her for all the singles, over the other more talented B members. Sure, she’s cute, but she doesn’t have the talent, or emotions, to back that up.

39: Oota Aika

aika

One of the Team B members selected for the new sub-unit. Really, I haven’t seen much of her, so that’s why she’s so low here. Perhaps after the new units CD is released, I’ll have a better opinion of her.

38: Naruse Risa

risa

Another of Team K’s newest members. Again, I don’t really have any opinion on her, but if I remember correctly she did seem to fill in for Sayaka Akimoto on various occasions in the past, so she must be at least somewhat good.

37: Kobayashi Kana

kana

From what I’ve heard, she’s really not that great of a singer, and for me, that matters at least somewhat in the Idol business. Also, she just doesn’t appeal to me that much, so that’s why she’s at number 36.

36: Nakata Chisato

chisato

One of Team A’s newest members. She really hasn’t been on Team A long enough for me to form a good opinion of her, so that’s why’s she’s here.

35: Ohori Megumi

megumi

Ohori is one of the oldest in the entire group, and has lately been thrust into the spotlight because of her solo single release. However, I’ve never been a huge fan of her. Really just a matter of personal preference really…

34: Nakagawa Haruka

nakagawa

Another Team B member in the new B sub-unit. Again, I really just haven’t seen enough of her for me to like her that much. Hopefully, the new sub-unit will change that.

33: Hirajima Natsumi

hirajima

She used to be one of my favorite members, but that’s drastically changed over time. Really, the only reason she’s so low is because my opinions on a lot of other members have changed enough to push her down on my ranking.

32: Hayano Kaoru

kaoru

Probably one of Team K’s best members, but she doesn’t get many solo lines or hardly any of the spotlight, so thats why she’s down here at 31.

So there’s 47 to 32 down. Next up will be 31 to 14!

OO Raiser Part 2

So here’s everything that makes up the main kit of this set, the OO Gundam:

21

And here’s the final product:

6172

As you can see, the kit is quite poseble. All the joints allow for a great degree of mobility. The only thing wrong would be that for some reason there is no waist joint. This means you cannot move the body at the waist, and does somewhat the poses you can do. Also, the connector that connects the figure to the action base is one of the best I’ve seen. It clips on to the lower back part of the “groin” area, and its quite sturdy. Even with the heavy O-Raiser parts on it, the kit still stays upright with great ease.

And after all that, here is the true final product:

81

One thing to be wary of with this kit is that the O-Raiser parts are quite heavy on the shoulders, and it is somewhat hard to pose them in upper positions. However, they stay on quite well, along with the main body which connects to the back quite well. Overall, this is one fantastic kit, and I enjoyed building it a lot. If your looking for a great Gundam OO kit, I’d greatly recomment this one.

OO Raiser – Part 1

So first, lets take a look at the included Action base stand:

1-two

This is quite the unique stand, as this clear green version of the Celestial Being stand only comes with the OO Raiser set. Its quite an awesome stand, but that’s to be expected of an action base stand. They are high quality stands, and hold up quite well.

Next, lets take a look at the first of the two kits in this set, the O-Raiser:

12341

The O-Raiser consists of 3 main parts; the main body and its two side sponsons. The side sponsons connect rather easily to the main body I found, and here’s the full unit:

78

Now, of course, the main feature of the O-Raiser is the ability to connect to the OO Gundam itself. The sponsons attack to the shoulder GN Drives, while the O-Raiser body connects to the back of the OO. To do this, an incredibly simple “transformation” is required of the O-Raiser. All that is needed is to simply fold the rear half of the O-Raiser down, then to move the rear thruster unit down as well. This exposes the connector unit that attaches to the back of the OO Gundam. Very simple indeed:

56

Now, lets take a look at the OO’s weapons:

910

The weapons include 2 GN Sword II’s, the two halves of the GN Shield and 2 beam sabers. The swords can be switched between gun and sword mode, but the blades must be removed and repositioned to do this. Its a similar situation with the shields, as the white blade part must be removed and repositioned to increase the length of the blade. The swords can also be connected to each other at the hilts to form a double bladed sword. This requires the use of a small additional part. Also, the shields can be connected to the O-Raisers sponsons for storage:

1112

So thats all for today. Next up will be the OO Gundam itself, then after that will come the final product, the OO Raiser!

1/100 OO Raiser kit – Mine finally arrived!

So the Gundam OO kits I’ve been waiting forever for has finally arrived, the 1/100 OO Raiser!

Here’s a quick look at whats included:

The box:

ooraiser1

What’s inside:

ooraiser2

More of what’s inside:

ooraiser3

And finally the manual:

ooraiser4

I’m going to be trying something new here, whereas I’ll be posting throughout the building process, showing off the kits at various stages, so there’s defenitly more to come. Stay tuned!

New Gundam 00V MSV and some new Gunpla updates

Its like in the last 10 minutes, we Gundam fans have been hit with a flood of new Gundam model kit info and a new OOV variation (for those unaware, OOV shows different MS and variants that don’t show up in the TV series)

Lets start with the latest OOV:

Cherudim Gundam Saga

gundam11

(Translation from Gundamnews)

Unit Type: close combat equipped mobile suit
Head Height: 18.0m
Unit Weight: 62.7t (Saga Equipment Weight: 3.8t)
Armament: GN Assault Carbine x 1, GN Sub Machine Gun x 2, GN Beam PIstol II x 2, GN Beam Pistol x 2, GN Small Shield x 1, GN Missile Pod (front section) x 4, GN Missile Container (back section) x 1
Affiliation: Celestial Being

Summary: Special equipment for the Cherudim. SAGA is an abbreviation for Special Assault GUNDAM Arms. Assumed to be used for base attack missions. Therefore, all guns are changed to short barrels, and it’s equipped with as many as seven guns (on its person). Ian Vashti, who was in charge of design kept in mind the “Seven Sword” of the Exia and actually referred to the Cherudim as the “Seven Gun” because of the number of guns it has in the development code. For close range combat, it is equipped with a crystal sensor in its head. Abandoning GN Shield Bits because they are unsuitable for battles in small areas, it instead carries a convenient GN Small Shield. On it’s back it has a GN Drive and added armor to make up for the lack of GN Shield Bits. The top section contains a GN Missile container.

Next up is some upcoming models kits:

gundam21

pgrn91

The HG O-Raiser is something to look forward to if you bought the HG OO Gunda, as it will include the GN Shield and the part that allows you to connect the OO’s GN Sword II’s. I myself will be getting it as a display piece, as my 1/100 O-Raiser will be connected to my 1/100 OO Gundam in OO Raiser congif. The other big noticble is the HG GN Archer, which we finally get to see in MS mode. This is a defenite buy for me, as I find the MS mode quite appealing. Its somewhat of a cross between the Powered GM from 0083 and the DSSD Astray from GSD Stargazer.

We also have a first look at the 1/100 Arios, and its looking fantastic, as is the 1/100 Cherudim. Also shown is the latest GN-XIII kit (in federation blue colors) and the Trans-Am versions of the season 1 Gundams.  Also shown is the HD version of the MG Zeta 2.0, and the HGUC Rezin Schnyder Geara Doga, along with some new SD kits.  However, the biggest news here has to be the revelation of a PG Astray Red Frame! Its been quite some time since the last Perfect Grade Kit was released (I believe it was Strike Gundam, or perhaps the Skygrasper, I forget) and for them to choose the Red Frame is just epic. It will defenitly be something to look forward to.

New AKB48 Single – 10 nen Sakura

So at the recent AKB48 concert at JCB Hall on the 20th, it was announced that the next AKb48 single would be titles 10 nen Sakura, and would be released on the 4th of March next year.

I’ll say it right now, I’m not particularily excited about this single.

The title speaks volumes. Its most likely going to be another graduation time style song, much like Sakura no Hanabiratachi was. For me, that single was somewhat boring. I’m not a huge fan of slow songs, unless their done right, like Yuuhi wo Miteiruka was. Tha single still remains one of my absolute favorites, and I’m kinda hoping that if this next single is going to be a somewhat slow song as the title kind of suggests, that its like Yuuhi wo and not SnH. but then again, this might be another fast paced single, but I doubt it. The last slow song single was Yuuhi wo, so we are due for another slow song.

One thing I do find interesting is that the next single is not a song from A5. Most singles are from the A stages (with a couple from the Himawari stages) so its suprising one of A5’s awesome songs is not going to be the new single. Its kind of a shame too, as there are a number of great songs from A5 that would make awesome singles. AKB Sanjou would have made an awesome single track, and they could have maybe used Tsundere as a b-side. That would have been awesome (at least for me)

So I wonder where this song will fit into the stages. Or perhaps they’ve moved on from having singles be stage songs. Who knows? Guess we’ll have to wait till March to find out.