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Mecha Monday: Gundam AGE Promo, Armored Core V Setting, and Gundam Memories

Ahh, Monday. Universally recognized as the worst day of the week, hated by many. But you know what would make Monday (or any day, for that matter) more awesome? Giant fighting robots. Enter our new weekly feature, Mecha Monday, where we inject a daily dose of mechanical carnage into that depressing first work day of the week. This feature will just provide a few little tidbits every week, including news on new shows and games in development, as well as model kit news and releases, and a featured finished model kit. The first edition of Mecha Monday starts after the jump!

First off, although information on the series was apparently leaked last week, Sunrise has officially come out and announced the next installment in the popular Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, Gundam AGE. Best of all, they’ve even released a nice little promotional video.

From what we know Gundam AGE will be set in a new universe, just as Gundam 00 and Gundam Wing were. More interestingly, however, the story will reportedly span over 100 years and follow the bloodline of the first protagonist. We have the plot synopsis, courtesy of Wikipedia:

“Mobile Suit Gundam AGE is set several hundred years after humanity first begin to colonize space. All of humankind is united in an Earth Federation, and it seems as though the Earth has entered into an unprecedented era of peace.

In A.G. 101 (the 101st year of the Advanced Generation calendar) a mysterious entity known only as “UE”, or “unknown enemy”, attacks and destroys the space colony Angel. This brutal attack becomes infamous as the “Angel Sunset” event, and marks the beginning of humanity’s war for survival.

Gundam AGE is described as a multi-generational story dealing with nearly a century of war. It revolves around three protagonists: Flit Asuno (age 14); Flit’s son, Asemu Asuno (age 15); and Flit’s grandson, Kio Asuno (age 13). The series begins in A.G. 108 when the UE attack the space colony Ovan, where Flit Asuno lives with his mother. Flit’s mother is killed by the UE, and in her belongings (in an object called a “AGE Device”) he discovers the blueprints for a powerful weapon from the past–the ancient messiah named “Gundam.” From these blueprints, Flit spends the next several years studying engineering at an Earth Federation base on the Nora space colony and designing the AGE-1 Gundam. Seven years later, in A.G. 115, Flit completes the AGE-1 Gundam, jut as the UE attack Nora. In the 14 years of war with the UE, the Earth Federation has been unable to win a single victory against the strange marauders. Will the Flit and the AGE-1 be enough?”

This is certainly a new take for the franchise in both visuals and story. The animation, done by the same team that animated Gundam 00, seems to represent a blend of old and new Gundam art styles which makes it appear more like a children’s show. I’m alright with this personally, as I think it’ll be refreshing to change it up. Speaking of refreshing changes, it’s going to be nice to see a story that isn’t simply a rehash of older plots. Many fans, myself included to a lesser extent, complained about the plotlines of Gundam SEED and Gundam 00, citing them as rehashes of the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Gundam Wing plotlines, respectively. Personally, I think there was enough of a difference that it didn’t matter, but I notice the similarities. We’ll have more information as Sunrise releases details.

We have two updates from 4Gamer today, screenshots and details out of E3 from Armored Core V and Gundam Memories.

First off, Armored Core V. I’ve always wanted to try the Armored Core series and hear fantastic things, but I’ve never gotten the chance. The news has to do with the setting primarily, stating that much like in the original game humanity has experienced a massive disaster from environmental forces, and wars are breaking out everywhere as resources dwindle. Information also states that players will be able to use new models of mechs that are designed to specifically trade resources around, adding an economy factor.

The crew over at 4Gamer also have an absolute ton of screenshots from Gundam Memories, the latest title from the Gundam franchise, most featuring the plethora of mobile suits available to players. It’s definitely cool to check out.

Speaking of Gundam AGE, with a new Gundam series obviously comes new model kits! Over at Samshio Hobby they’ve got photos of the first AGE-1 model kits, and they actually look pretty good. Especially that 1/48 mega sized version, but I’ll be waiting until a Master Grade comes out.

More Gundam model news, we have some first shots of the Master Grade 1/100 edition of the MSN-001A1 Delta Plus courtesy of I’ve never seen whichever installment features this suit, but I certainly like the design. Interested parties can pick it up when it launches August 31st of this year.

Finally, for our very first Model of the Week, we have a gorgeous rendition of the Master Grade Blue Frame Astray 2nd Revise by Vandalier. Be sure to head over to his page to show some love.

That’s all for Mecha Monday this week, try not to lose your minds at work!

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