Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Tue, 17 Aug 1999 13:16:51 -0700

>I don't know how much of this is already common knowledge, but I thought I'd
>mail it through anyway -
>Apparantly, Bandai UK are also looking to bring Gundam into the UK. I spoke
>to the product manager who deals with Gundam today, and they are trying to
>get exposure for Gundam here, starting with importing Gundam Wing models in
>themselves. So I'm told anyhow, they've only started doing this recently, and
>the kits they are bringing in are the very basic (ungraded, I think) 1/144
>G-Wing models, although I'm not sure which.

If they are not the Endless Waltz "Fighting Action" HG kits then chances
are the obsolete kis from Wing are being dumped... watch for G Gundam kits
in 1:144 scale, as those are from the bottom of the barrel.

>They want to broadcast the anime itself, but none of the terrestrial channels
>seem interested in bringing it to a mass market, but they are trying to get
>it onto the digital channels. They would do it on Channel 4, but they would
>put it on at about 1am...(and for those of you who don't know, we only have 5
>terrestrial channels :-)

The American branch of Bandai also tried to put Gundam on TV, but no one
bited, so they released it on home video by themselves. Which is a good
thing. Imagine Gundam being bought by Disney, only to languish like
Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, or even Princess Mononoke (releasing the 2nd
highest grossing film in Japan around Halloween through its "indie" branch
Miramax in limited release? Man, Disney sure is going out of its way to kill
any possible threat from Japan)

>In fact, the bloke I was speaking to had the subbed version of 0083 on his
>desk, although he hadn't seen it yet :) At the moment, they are just
>conducting some small scale market research on how to market Gundam, so maybe
>if we bombard them with demands (or just threaten to drop a colony on them
>?), they'll give in :)

Wonderful, the guy in charge of what to put out hasn't even seen his product
yet. He's relying on marketing numbers alone?

>It's some kind of good news at least, although who knows how long it will
>take for it to reach a mass audience. The two anime video companies here
>haven't expressed a huge interest in releasing Gundam in this country, so
>they say, but I don't know if this is true or not.

The two companies probably weren't interested because Bandai requires any
potential buyer to purchase the entire Gundam saga even if they were only
interested in one or a few series.


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