Gundam Arcade Game Show Returns with K-ON's Toyosaki

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Aki Toyosaki guest-star in special that pits TV personalities against tournament players

Bantaikan TV Kidō Senshi Gundam Dai-07 Itakura Shōtai (Feelings of Bonds: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 07th Itakura Team), a weekly televised competition based around a Mobile Suit Gundam arcade game, will return on February 26 with special guest star Aki Toyosaki (K-ON!'s Yui, Un-Go's Inga). The new show will be titled Bantaikan TV Kidō Senshi Gundam Dai-07 Itakura Shōtai Re:boot and it will air at 2:15 a.m. on TV Tokyo in Japan.

The original show first aired between October and December. Like in the original show, Toshiyuki Itakura (The Prince of Tennis: Two Samurais, The First Game) of the comedy duo Impulse has formed a team of fellow television personalities who will compete with other teams from all around Japan on the Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senjō no Kizuna (Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield) game.

The Senjō no Kizuna game puts players in the cockpit of the robots from the first Gundam anime. The special features of this game include P.O.D. — the Panoramic Optical Display with a hemisphere-shaped screen. It also has network play so a player in one arcade can play against players in other arcades hundreds or even thousands of kilometers away.

The 07th Itakura Team will consist of "Admiral" Itakura himself, Rear Admiral Hideki Morimoto of the comedy trio Nibunnogo!, Toyosaki as Lieutenant Commander, Captain Ayako Uemura (a voice actress and a former AKB48 idol group member), and Vice Admiral Kabapan. Kabapan is not only a writer for the Game Watch website, but also a nationally ranked player in the Senjō no Kizuna game. The team will also consist of ace pilots Akatuna, Yuu, Akatsuki, and KEN・G.

Opposing the 07th Itakura Team will be Commanding Officer Atsushi Tamura (from the "London Boots, Mark1 Mark2" comedy duo), Naoki Koidemizu (from the "Shampoo Hat" comedy duo), Tomohide Ōkawa (also of Nibunnogo!), and Tomonori Abe (from the "Poison Girl Band" comedy duo).

Source: Game Watch

Images © Sotsu, Sunrise

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