My wife is a huge fan of the original Gundam series, and she really wanted to watch this new OVA series (2 episodes are out, with the 3rd one out next month) and so we watched it together, even though I know next to nothing about the series (I keep meaning to watch that original series though). This series tells the story of what happens before that original series, telling the origin story of some of the characters, the mobile suits, etc. I quite enjoyed the 2 episodes that we watched, and not only am I looking forward to the next one, but it’s also making me yet again want to watch the original series from the 70s.
I’m not a big Gundam guy at all – the only Gundam I’m familiar with is the original series – but I got a bit interested for this new series when I saw mention that it was director by Tomino (creator of the original series), and from the trailer it did have an old-school feel to it. I watched the first episode, and it didn’t really grab me. There is something to the animation style that makes it feel out-of-time – doesn’t have the slickness of modern anime – but I just wasn’t really interested in what was happening, or the characters. Oh well.
I was tweeting on how I hope that robotic research will now see a push into emergency and rescue-ready “mobile suits,” instead of the glorified house servants we tend to see (which I realize have their use, in aiding the ederly). Then my friend Kat replied with the image above. Yes, exactly, imagine what one of those could have achieved during this past week’s disasters.
The results for this year’s edition of the Good Design Award were recently announced, and you can have a look at all the winning products through the nifty Good Design Finder. Have a look at the top 15 here, which includes this summer’s giant Gundam statue in Odaiba (now sadly gone), and the Panasonic Massage Chair pictured above. The reason I highlight the chair is because I’ve had the great joy of using it on a few occasions, and it’s simply amazing — Panasonic was kind enough to send one to the KDa office, since Astrid Klein was part of the chair’s ad campaign.
You can see an exhibition of the top winning products at the Tokyo Midtown Design Hub in Roppongi until November 8.