Thing to be excited for (aka Things I’M excited for)

So its nearly December, which means were full into the Holiday season. That also means all sort of stuff is being released or announced or whatever, and as always, this is the time of year where I’m flat broke. So here’s some of the stuff I’m looking forward to in the coming couple of months.

Gundam 00 A Wakening of the Trailblazer DVD/Blu-Ray Release:
This is the thing I’m anticipating the most. I’ve actually seen bits of the movie via cam-rips that were released onto the internet, but its only got me wanting to see the whole thing on Blu-Ray. From everything I’ve heard and the bits I’ve seen, its a pretty frakking sweet movie, and considering its got aliens (who are also pretty frakking sweet), I need this movie NOW!

AKB48 Subunit French Kiss Second Single “If”
Yay! Yukirin’s subunit French Kiss is getting another single! This means that they weren’t just a one shot and are likely to become another of AKB’s regular subunits. I loved their first single, and I really loved the mini-drama that came with it. It was quite entertaining. The good news is that the second single will be getting a mini-drama of its own as well. I can see this becoming FK’s trademark, or at least I hope it does. Its quite a unique idea.

These are the two things I’m most looking forward too, but there not the only things, here’s a quick rundown of other stuff being released that I’m defenitly looking forward too, just not as much as those two:
– AKB48’s 19th Single – Chance no Junban (Release Date – 2010/12/08)
– AKB48’s PSP Game AKB1/48 – Idol to Koishitara… (Release Date – 2010/12/23)

I was gonna buy the PSP game, but had to give it up for now because it was just so much money for me to spend around Christmas…that and with the 00 Movie coming out I had to shift priorities. Gundam defenitly comes before AKB48. Also, I’m not really all that excited for the new AKB single. I’ll wait for the songs to come out to pass judgment, but it defenitly won’t be a single I’ll be buying for awhile.

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And now some other stuff I thought I’d share; newly released scans showcasing some of the mecha from the Gundam 00 Movie, of particular interest is the ELS (aka the Aliens) GN-X IV. For those who are unaware, the aliens in the 00 Movie, the ELS (Extra-terrestrial Living-metal Shape-shifters) are able to assimilate technology and then assume that form at will. Its also interesting to note that they only have to assimilate something once to acquire its “data” so to speak, afterward any ELS probe can assume that form (though I think for the bigger stuff like ships and even some MS, multiple ELS units have to merge together. They are quite an interesting alien concept, and I really look forward to seeing more of them when I finally get my hands on the movie. But anyway, here are the scans in question:

Here’s the lowdown on the scans. The first depicts the ELS version of the GN-X IV. Notice how it can simply shift its arms into the various weapons, as apposed to carrying them. The dual-Bazooka looks particularily badass. You can also note that the Cone is noticably larger, reflecting the original ELS probe form (which generally appear as large spear//lance shapes). The first scan also depicts the Gadelazza and the girl in the movie who is one of the first to be assimilated (at least partially) by the ELS. It should be noted that the Gadelazza might be a contender for the biggest Mobile Armor in Gundam history. I think official spec put it at around 300 meters long, meaning that its bigger than most Gundam ships, and its defenitly bigger than most 00 ships.

In the second scan, we have the 00 Quan[T] after purging its armor for the Quantum Burst. Its likely that the armor purge is to allow a better flow of GN particles, as the Burst is essentially a massive expulsion of GN particles, so the more exit points across the body, the better. To the side is the Harutes face when it enters its advanced “Marute” mode, and below is the GN Blade II Kai used by Setsuna’s Union Flag. The MS on the bottom is called the Sakibure, and it appears at the end of the movie, nearly 50 years after the events of the battle with the ELS. Apparently, an ELS organism is built into the MS, presumably in the head. It also appears to be a worker MS. The Third scan gives us some details on the various equipment of the GN-X IV. We’ve got the standard beam rifles, the long rifle, buster swords, Shoulder binders, etc. Quite the versatile MS.

The last 2 scans are from the 00 manga’s (I believe 00I and the Movie manga are the ones in question). The first depicts the ELS version of the Arios Ascalon, and it looks more like something out of G Gundam than 00, due to its monstrous appearance. The second of course depicts an ELS 00 Raiser (as the 00 is assimilated in the movie). And though its not totally clear, it would appear that below this 00 Raiser is ANOTHER 00 Raiser, meaning that its possible that the ELS fielded multiple 00 Raisers in the final battle. Also note that all ELS MS have a single blue-dot eye (its not blue in the manga for obvious reasons, but every shot from the movie shows their GN-X IV’s with a blue eye.

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