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機動戦士ガンダムUC(ユニコーン) [Mobile Suit Gundam UC] 1 [Blu-ray]
ｅｐｉｓｏｄｅ １ 脚本：むとうやすゆき／コンテ・演出：古橋一浩・佐藤照雄／総作画監督：高橋久美子・玄馬宣彦
スベロア・ジンネマン：手塚秀彰／フラスト・スコール：小山力也／ガエル・チャン：青山 穣／ミコット・バーチ：戸松 遥／タクヤ・イレイ：下野 紘／リカルド・マーセナス：有本欽隆
Original Animation "Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn)", the long-awaited new chapter in the Universal Century story arc unveils what has become of the world, three years after "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack"!!
*This Japanese product includes a 16 page booklet (Japanese).
*Audio: Japanese, English
*Subtitles: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese)
*This Blu-ray disc is region-free.
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Banagher Links: STEVE CANNON / Audrey Burne: STEPHANIE SHEH / Takuya Irei: ROBBY SHARPE / Micott Bartsch: RACHAEL LILLIS / Marida Cruz: TARA PLATT / Suberoa Zinnerman: MICHAEL ALSTON BALEY / Cardeas Vist: STEVE MANN / Syam Vist: TROY BAKER / Flaste Schole: SEAN SCHEMMEL
Néanmoins, pour ceux qui veulent voir la suite, cette série d'OAV est en train d'être diffusée au format série TV au Japon et les épisodes sont disponibles sur Crunchy Roll en VOSTFR ou sur Daisuki en VOSTA.
MOI QUI AIME BIEN LES CRITIQUES JE SUIS BIEN OBLIGE D'AVOUER QU'IL N'Y A RIEN A CRITIQUER.OUBLIER GUNDAM WING ET SEED CAR LE NOUVEAU MAITRE DE LA MAISON EST UNICORN.
This video is only one disk containing the first two hour long episodes. The packaging is fantastic, featuring a reversible cover with both Blu-Ray covers on either side. Sadly there are no inserts, but that has become common with Bandai as of late. The content of the disk is the real meat of this set anyway.
Both episodes look fantastic in standard definition. As I haven't watched it in Hi-def, I can't compare but I can say that the show look absolutely amazing from beginning to end. The story is very well told and roots itself firmly in the cannon of 80's Gundam. Fans of the classic Gundam shows will find plenty to love in the story, along with the great mobile suit battles and the very 80's looking characters. This series feel like a natural continuation of classic Gundam, rather than a random story that was shoved in to sell more model kits. There's very little I can say that's bad about the show itself. Everything is tight and both the English and Japanese versions are very tightly cast and well acted.
The closest thing I have to a complaint are the extras. The character and mech highlights are excellent, but the vast majority of the extras are promos for episode 1 and even a recap of episode 1, the first thing contained on the disk. There's nothing on the disk related to episode 2, which was a bummer, but overall, this is a great purchase and I'm glad to see this show finally both at an affordable price and on a format that more people have access to.
Gundam Unicorn marks a glorious return to the original 'Universal Century' calendar storyling that started the whole Gundam saga in the first place.
Created in celebration of Gundam's 30th Anniversary, this new show is based on a series of recently published novels that reunites several famous Gundam creative staff almost like a celebrity rock supergroup.
Story takes place in UC 0096, about 3 years after the events of Gundam: Char's Counterattack, and is a nice change from the 'earthnoids' vs 'spacenoids' conflict that seems to dominate most of UC Gundam storylines. Instead it is more of a mystery story beginning as far back as the inauguration of the UC calendar, starting with a tragedy that kicks off UC 0001 and now 92 years later, leads up to the search of an object known as 'LaPlace's box' which can threaten to undo the Earth Federation govt as we know it. Mixed up in all this is a new teenage hero named Banhager Links who like his predecessors, is thrown into the middle of a conflict he doesn't understand and finds himself to be the unwilling pilot of the title mecha.
Animation is gorgeous and while done with modern CG techniques, keeps a lot of the handdrawn feel of Gundam series from the 80s and 90s, but done in stunning HD. The intricate story is written by novelist Harutoshi Fukui who is a best selling novelist in Japan of the status of Michael Crichton. Character designs and mecha designs are provided by Gundam greats Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Hajime Katoki.
Without giving too much away, this is a fantastic new chapter to the Gundam Saga and due to its novel-like intricate plot, very little is actually revealed in this first ep (out of a projected 10) but grabs you with engaging action, visuals and the return of some very familiar characters. Newer younger Gundam fans used to the flash and glitz of series like Gundam Seed or Wing may find this series hard to get into, but fans of the U.C. series will be blown away.
The production value is excellent and hits on all points. The animation and music are feature quality, and masterfully executed. The animation in particular really jumps out. It captures the character designs and style that Yaz made famous all those years ago, and combines it with a fluidity of movement that is mesmerizing. The real charm of excellent animation is the way it can take ordinary movements and make them fascinating. Hair movement takes on an almost balletic quality in this feature, and got almost as much attention from me as the incredible mobile suit combat animation. The music perfectly sets the mood and tempo of the story, and has been in my head ever since I first watched it.
The production quality only forms half of my favorable opinion however. One of the great joys in Unicorn lies in the universe itself. I have been a Gundam fan for years, and have been yearning for more Universal Century material for some time now. The manga, "Gundam the Origin" (still running in Japan) has done an astounding job of updating the original Mobile Suit Gundam story, which is every bit as fleshed out and detailed as any of the great science fiction or fantasy worlds of our time. Unicorn taps into that deep and detailed history. While it follows some of the traditional Gundam clichés, it manages to make them seem fresh and exciting through strong dramatic execution, and reinforces the idea that there is an almost cyclical elment to the events in Gundam. Unicorn should be fun for anyone, but it is a must for those interested in the U.C. timeline and its characters. This is the beating heart of Gundam!
I will close with one last note on the price and package. This is an international region-free release. It may seem quite expensive, but considering we are getting this at the same time as it is released in Japan, it is understandable that we will be paying something close to Japanese prices. I am perfectly fine with that. The disk is no-frills. It has the feature on it, numerous audio and language options, and that is all. Considering the quality of the feature, for me, this is more than enough.
This 50 minute first of six episodes just wasn't enough (we don't even get to see Full Frontal, the second coming of Char)...but every story has to have a beginning somewhere. I have tried to look for synopsis of the Gundam UC novels, but could not find any....so I don't know if past characters from previous series will make an appearance. However, I hope the writers do what the writers did for "Star Trek" and please the faithful UC Gundam fans...especially having characters from original Gundam (who hasn't died off like Sayla), Zeta Gundam (probably just Kamille and Fa, Double Zeta (I don't want him back per se, unless the comedy aspects are gone...or maybe Jude grew up), 0080 (Christina/Alfred), 0083 (like Kou), show up and intertwined in the story line somehow. But this is probably wishful thinking. However, one Zeta and Double Zeta character has already appeared in this first volume....do you know who? This character knows Char and Haman Karn. Another character that has appeared is related to a major character in Double Zeta.
As for Zeta timeline, will the writers use the TV series or the Movie ending as its base...is Kamille a vegetable (not too much of a vegetable since he was running on the beach in ZZ) or not. He is one character I would love to see reappear with a semi-major role.
The picture quality is great on Blu-ray. I hope the sales and popularity is good enough that Bandai will continue to have its worldwide release for the remainder of the series. Very much looking forward to see where the story goes...but hating the fact that it takes like 6 months for an episode...which means 3 years before we see the ending. I hope Bandai will release, at least, the Zeta Trilogy Movies on Blu-ray (I doubt they will spend the money to re-release the TV series on Blu-ray).
Problem is at nearly $60 for a single 50 minute epidsode, most people won't pay that amount, so Bandai missed the boat big time by being greedy.
But the sad news is the Bandai Entertainment which was the distributor for these blu-rays announced that the are no longer producing dvds and blu-rays this year, so I would recommend picking up these blu-rays as quickly as possible, as they surely will become collector's items in the future.
If there were extra included with the disk, this would have been a five star rating.
One drawback to this episode is that it leaves very many questions for the viewer unanswered and hopefully the later volumes flesh out the rest of the story.
The Japanese and English casts are very well chosen, this is one of the few series where I actually don't mind which language that I'm watching it in.
While U.C. Gundam fans will have a far greater appreciation of this series than more recent or non-Gundam fans, I believe that this show still delivers a good stand alone story that can still be enjoyed without seeing other Gundam shows.
For those who want a get even more out of this episode I recommend watching the original Gundam, Zeta Gundam and Gundam Char's Counterattack.
This is a must see for any Gundam or Sci-fi fan.
Considering this is not Yoshiyuki Tomino's original work, it is extremely well done in terms of story line. It is a shame that most of the UC timeline Gundam was created with low budget. I only wish the Zeta Gundam trilogy was made with 100% new animation like this.
The animation is superb and the battle sequence is the best in all of the Gundam series (Similar to the new animation found in the Zeta Gundam Trilogy), they really have the mobile suits down! The script is faithfully written with many references to the prior UC century story line and this may very well be the final chapter of the original Gundam with couple of carry over characters. Sorry, F91!
You need to watch this OVA, even if you're not a Gundam fan. You will love it just for the fact that it is so well made. The dubbing quality is also one of the best I have seen.
Get it, you will love it!