On July 29, the producers of the Gundam series, Osamu Taniguchi (Gundam:The Origin), Naohiro Ogata(Gundam: Thunderbolt), and Masakazu Ogawa(Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) were guests in a Japanese talk show along with two Japanese comedians, Osamu Wakai and Numacchi, who performed their comedy skits on stage.
The event was held to commemorate the release of the “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt DECEMBER SKY” Blu-ray & DVD.
Numacchi had already seen the animation in 4K resolution and he was particularly excited. He said that “since everything was hand-drawn, I could see every bit of the details very clearly”.
Wakai on the other hand was very curious to know about the new scene that shows Daryl’s arm cut off. He wanted to know the reasons behind it. Ogata decided to share director’s Matsuo secret: he did it to clearly express Daryl’s strong resolution towards Io.
Taniguchi also commented on the brutal aspects of the anime. He said that when he first saw Thunderbolt, he thought its rating could be R15+, “I thought it was kind of a risky attempt but it didn’t fall into R15+, so I guess I could try just about anything!”.
Ogata agreed with Taniguchi on the rating, “Yes, I was quite surprised that it didn’t get any age restrictions. I was actually a bit disappointed since I was kind of curious to see the first Gundam with age restrictions”. He lightheartedly pondered on his Gundam past, “I felt like I was doing something really big. I have worked with the producer Matsuo when I was still a newbie. He used be more kind though”.
Wakai had his own Gundam memories to share with the audience. About ten years ago, the series’s creator Yoshiyuki Tomino said to him, “I came across you on TV. You should take off that uniform right now and do something else!”.
Ogata concluded their segment saying that he hopes there will be more events in the future. “I hope I’ll see all of you again next year. Until then, please enjoy Gundam and everything these two producers create and wait for the exciting things that come to Thunderbolt.”
“Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN IV Unmei no Zenya (Eve of Destiny)”
Event screening Blu-ray preliminary sale, preliminary pay streaming, begins on November 19th 2016.
“Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt DECEMBER SKY”
Blu-ray・DVD, to be released on July 29th 2016