Plamo-Kyoshiro (プラモ狂四郎 Puramokyōshirō?) is a 1982 manga written by Hisashi Yasui and illustrated by Koichi Yamato. It was published from August 20th, 1982 until December 17th, 1986 in Comic BomBom magazine. This was the first Gundam series that showed the idea of battling with customized Gunpla. This idea has proven popular, and has been used several times later in other productions of the franchise, such as Gundam Build Fighters, Gundam Build Fighters Try and most recently, Gundam Build Divers.
This work is considered the very first work of the Gundam franchise set in an alternate universe, and is the first derivative of the original TV series. The manga's original designs gave rise to Mobile Suit Variations and BB Senshi.
Shiro Kyoda, a young man from Tamiya City and a student of the Bandai Elementary School, is a great enthusiast of plastic models and Plamo Simulation battles. His dream is to become the representative of Japan in the World Simulation Tournament and to be able to fight in the finals in the Battle of Hobby-Topia.
The Story is divided in four Chapters:
- The CraftMan Model Shop
- The Plamo Simulation Tournament
- The Model Secret Book
In Plamo-Kyoshiro, the system of Gunpla Battles is known as Plamo Simulation. (The term Plamo comes from PLAstic MOdel ) The battles take place through a device called the Plamo Simulation Machine. The players put their plamos into the domes of the Machine (See the image below), sit on the seats, they enter the information of their models in the simulation console and put on a specialized helmet. They dive into the virtual battlefield on the unison exclamation of the ‘Plamo Simulation Go!’ command.
The battle is directly imaged in the players’ minds while spectators view it on screens. The damage suffered by the models in battle is replicated on the real life kits by a system of lasers and mechanical arms. if the model is destroyed in the simulation, it will be destroyed on real life. However, this configuration can be changed for training purposes. Modifications done on the kits can affect the battle, like using a different material to build the parts or adding gimmicks like springs and tasers. If the player uses high quality materials the model will have a much better performance and resistance in the simulation. In the manga some encounters are fought with a time limit.
There is also a system called a Judging Machine for stopping misbehaving parties during the simulation, and there is also a system that stops the opponent's machine by placing hands on the simulation screen.
The machine sets the combat battleground randomly. These range from outer space to deserts, (the old west), forests, jungles, and streets of ruined cities, suburbs, metropolitan areas and futuristic environments and even Jurassic times and other unlikely venues. Also, the players can make dioramas and connect the dioramas to the Plamo Simulation Machine and use them as a battleground for the battles.
The presence of the players on batlle is also simulated. These are seen inside the booths of their mobile suits and also outside their models interacting with the surrounding environment. Another aspect that catches the attention is the reaction of the pilots on the models. The emotions expressed by the pilots are reflected in the eyes and faces of the models. If the pilot reacts with awe or surprise these same expressions can be seen on the models.
Players appear in the simulation wearing costumes depending on the circumstances. The players who mostly use Gundams (Shiro Kyoda) appear in the simulation wearing pilot suits (normal suit) from the Earth Federation. Those who use Zakus, Goufs or Doms appear wearing normal suits of the Principality of Zeon. Some of them appear wearing costumes out and in the simulation depending on their personal style or motif.
When players fight using a plastic model of a different anime series, these appear disguised as the protagonist of the series. For example, when Shiro he uses the Scoopdog of Votoms, he appears disguised as Chirico Cuvie. When he uses Dunbine, he appears disguised in Sho Zama's combat suit, and vice-versa.
For the World Simulation Tournament, the Biochip Plamo Controller (BCPC) is used. The BCPC is housed in a huge facility called the ‘Plamo Simulation Center’. It seems to be an extension of the standard simulation, but with an additional biochip which contains the player’s biodata. To win the battle, the biochip which will be hidden in the plamo must be destroyed. In this system, psychic power is used to channel the player’s spiritual energy to control the plamo.
- This list is enunciative, but not limitative- there are more characters.
- The voice actor belongs to the SD Gundam G GENERATION series.
Shiro Kyoda is the protagonist of the series. He lives in Tamiya City and is a student of the Bandai elementary school. He is the classic shonen protagonist with an exuberant and passionate behavior, as well as being characterized as a real otaku, willing to do anything to grab the last gunpla on the market and customize it according to its personal tastes. He began to take an interest in Plamo Simulation thanks to the owner of the Craft-Man Model Shop, which he is a loyal customer, and in a short time, would be noticed among the most talented and skillful "modellers" in the country, who will not hesitate to challenge him and his gunpla at every opportunity. Shiro usually uses more or less customized Gundams as his favorite means. Among his most famous "creations" are the Perfect Gundam, the Musha Gundam and the Red Warrior.
- Futoshi Kurata
He is the owner of the modeling shop frequented by Shiro, The Craft-Man Model Shop,. Also, he is the father of Midori and supporter of Shiro.he wears an apron with the flag of the United Kingdom painted on it. Shiro refers to him as "Master". On the second floor of his shop, he has a "Plamo Simulation Machine" that allows Shiro to train for the various tournaments and clash with his rivals.
- Midori Kurata (倉田みどり, Kurata Midori)
She is the daughter of Futoshi and although she is able to build models and occasionally take to "battle simulation", her role is more like a support role, almost like a "mascot". she wears an apron with the flag of the United States painted on it. Her name is a tribute to the Midori, an old manufacturer of plamo.
- Ken Maruyama (丸山健, Maruyama Ken)
He is a classmate of Shiro, and is always portrayed in camouflage clothes. Ken lives in a Western-style house and belongs to a very wealthy family. He is also a very passionate modeller, which leads him to often find himself in conflict with his friend Shiro, a rivalry that will be rekindled when, having moved to the United States because of his father's work, he will meet Saki, who would plagiarize him. He will again prove to be Shiro's friend, however, at the end of the World Simulation tournament, where he will not hesitate to betray Saki, tired of his cruel behavior.
His name is a tribute to Marusan, the first toy company to produce plamo in Japan. Ken uses plamo from various series (especially Dougram) and in various scales for his fights. While it generally makes extensive use of Zeon media, including various Zaku, the Gelgoog and the Acguy, worthy of mention is also the use of a GM Cannon, a Federation mobile suit.
- Koichi Kida (木田晃一, Kida Koichi)
He is a classmate of Shiro and Ken Maruyama's right-hand, nicknamed Kibou (キー坊., Kībō) Initially, he too will be in a position of rivalry with the protagonist, but then find himself his friend after joining forces against modelers from other schools and shops. He is not a skilled fighter like Shiro and Ken, but his support often proves to be fundamental. He stops building gunpla and taking part in the Simulation Battles after being banned by his mother, in view of the school exams. Like Ken, Kouichi also makes use of various media from various series, but is generally associated with mobile armors and support vehicles.
- Tomita (富田, Tomita)
University graduate. He is a sportsman (boxer) who has skill of model making. He also works as a instructor at the Athletic Club. he has a great influence on Shiro as a modeler. He recommended Shiro to "put your soul in his own plastic model". Also in the sequel's "New Plamo Kyoshiro", he appeared as an advisor to the new protagonist.
- Hirofumi Fujii (Aka Rom)
and Iwaki Tetsuo (Gozu Iron)
- Hitto-Kun (飛人くん, Hitto Kun)
Hitto Ebara (江原飛人, Ebara Hitto) affectionately known as Hitto Kun, is the cousin of Shiro Kyoda. He is the protagonist of the comic series Hobby Boy Hitto-Kun, which was published by TV Magazine, a sister magazine of Comic Bom Bom and produced by Kodansha. Shiro Kyoda also appeared in this comic regularly. Hitto is immersed in the world of the Plamo Simulation thanks to Shiro. Hitto appears in an additional section after the end of Plamo-Kyoshiro in its last volume.
He is very young and does not have the ability to assemble plastic models, which is why he uses toys in his plamo battles. His favorite robot is the diecast RX-78 Gundam model released by Clover. He defeated Shiro's Prototype Gundam with his diecast Gundam. He also appears as fat teenager in the sequel series Shin Plamo-Kyoshiro. (reference here)
- Akira Yamane (山根アキラ, Yamane Akira)
Akira is the first recurrent antagonist to give Kyoshiro a hard time. He is the leader of the modeling club Plamo Teikoku Emperor, locateded on the Taiyo Model Shop. He is extremely competitive and he hates to lose, and his models are characterized by dark but realistic colors, along the lines of Okawara's "Real Type". Despite being a caustic rival of Shiro, he does not hesitate to join forces against the common threat of Saki. He has a predilection for Zeon models, and among his favorite vehicles are the Gouf, Hi-Zack and Zssa in custom colors.
- Muraoka (村岡, Muraoka)
Store Manager of the Taiyo Model Shop. Muraoka was a classmate of Kurata in college days and was a member of the College's Plamo Club. He also owns his own plastic simulation machine. He dislikes to lose and his personality is disgusting, Even Kurata may even complain to his attitude. he likes to provoke Shiro Calling him Gundam boy.
- The Nanbangzan Mountain (南郷快山, Nangō Kai Yama)
The giant of the Satsuma model Asociation who came to Tokyo to challenge Kyoshiro. He wears student clothes and speaks using the dialect of kagoshima.Ha has a Dog called Tamasaburo (タマサブロー) who also participates in the simulation with him. In the first fight against Shiro he fought with the help of his Dog.
- Kuraii Ichiro (蔵井明市郎, Kurai Akira Ichirō)
A model maker specialized in in World War II models, particularly German tanks. He likes dress up as a Nazi general.
- The Kageyama Siblings (景山姉弟, Kageyama kyōdai)
- The Tenma Brothers (天満兄弟, Tenma Kyōdai)
The three-man team of the Tenma Brothers is composed of (from top to bottom in the photo) Taro Tenma, Kotaro Tenma, and Goda Tenma. They are descendants of a ninja family lineage. At first, they are rivals of Shiro but in the course of the series, they become allies getting to fight next to the against the faction of Saki Takeda in the wars of Sekigahara.
- The Ushiwaka Brothers (牛若兄弟, Ushi waka Kyōdai)
The three brothers who are representatives of Kyoto who defeated the Temma Brothers. From left to right on the photo: Benkei, Yoshimaru (is a boy despite the long hair) and Jing. The Ushikawa Brothers fought against Shiro in the World Simulation Tournament, but were defeated by the KyoShiro team.
The fat and big Benkei uses a MS-09R Rick Dom with a Big Basket Full of Weapons, because he likes to collect the weapons of the enemies he has destroyed, a reference to Musashibo Benkei. Yoshimaru has a uses a MS - 14B Gelgoog capable of separating into two halves, revaling a secret weapon, and Jing, uses a Heavy Metal G.Roon. Jing is an expert in electrical engineering, supplying electric current to the opponent to electrocute them, having had a generator as a weapon.
- The Black Mountain team (ブラックマウンテン, Burakkumaunten)
- The Zeon Shonen Tai Group
- Cybot Kioshiro (サイボット狂四郎, Saibotto Kyōshirō)
- Kiyoshiro Anoyo (阿野世清四郎, Ano yo Seishirō)
Kiyoshiro Anoyo (center on the photo) also Known as Anime Kiyoshiro (アニメの清四郎, Anime no Seishirō) is the member of the Anime Shop Zero model club. He broke up with the Kageyama Siblings. He appeared in the World Simulation Games along with his partners Heavy tsuruta (fat woman) and Tiger Sayama using a MS-09 Dom each. They faced and fought against Kyoshiro, Rom, and Gozu Iron. In this battle Shiro used the PF-78-3 Perfect Gundam 3 Red Warrior. for the very first time in history while Rom and Gozu Iron used the Gun Carrier. The Kyoshiro team destroyed Kiyoshiro and his partners.
- Miao (ミャオ, Myao)
Tea Times is a young musical group consisting of Miao (higher profile in the photo) Ur and Han. (Lower profile in the photo) Miao is the Leader of the group. Miao says he likes the hobby of plastic models and simulation, but it's a lie. Actually, he does not know how to build models. he uses the models built by his manager.
- Stream Base of Third Generation (三代目ストリームベース, Sandaime Sutorīmubēsu)
These three girls are the descendants of the Stream Based trio (see special guests below) their names are Misa Kawaguchi, Mari Oda and Catherine Takahashi and they appear in the Craft Man store. They do not really exist. These appeared in a dream that Shiro had when he wondered how the hobby of the plamo would be in 50 years (1982-2033). they fought against chiro in the simulation using models classic Bilbain, MS-06R High Mobility Type Zaku and Catherine: Scope Dog respectively.
- Mito Hiroemon (三戸広右衛門, Hiroemon Hitto)
Mito Hiroemon is the president of Aoi Model Company, the largest wholesale Model Store in Japan and the organizer of the World Simulation Tournament. He is known as the Old Man of Plamo. He moves around the country in a Van that he modified to turn it into a mobile store to sell plamo while teaching the wonderfulness of the plastic model to children in various places he visits. His likeness is based on the japanese drama character Mito Kōmon.
- Shigeto Iwao (茂合岩男, Shigeru gō Iwao)
Iwao is a monk-like model maker member of the Moai Clan who lives in Ise Suda Village, a traditional Japanese rural area dedicated to rice cultivation at Hakone. His mission is to protect the The Model Secret Scrolls (Onokinomaki), scrolls that contain ancient and powerfull model making technics. their models are built in wood, as dictated by Hakone's tradition. Iwao visited the Craftsman store and challenged Shiro to a duel. Iwao used his wooden Gundam, beating Shiro's Gundam Mark-II.
Later on, Shiro visits Iwao's house with Kazuzo Ozawa to get the rematch. This time, Shiro used his Musha Gundam against Iwao's Dragon model. Shiro cut the Dragon in half with the Musha Gundam's spear, but a bunch of Wooden Unbeatable Balls came out from the stomach of the Dragon model. The unbeatable balls of Iwao bounced at great speed destroying Shiro's Musha Gundam, but to the surprise of Iwao, inside the Musha Gundam there was an Unbeatable Iron Ball. The wooden Unbeatable Ball manned by Iwao grazed Shiro's metal ball at great speed, causing friction, making a spark that caused his Unbeatable Ball to catch on fire and burn, giving Shiro the victory.
In the end, Shiro receives one of the Kinomaki scrolls as a reward for his victory, but Kazuzo Ozawa steals the parchment, giving shiro a false empty parchment. Actually, whoever stole the parchment was Saky Takeda disguised as Kazuzo. Shiro and Iwao make friends and chase Saki to retrieve the scroll.
- Golden Horn and Silver Horn (金角 と 銀角, Kin Kaku to Gin Kaku)
Golden Horn and Silver Horn are two monks who train in the Kofu War Temple, the place were one of the Onokinomaki Scrolls is located. Saki Takeda steals this other scroll. The master monk of the temple sends this two monks (the best of the temple) to retrieve the scrolls. They become allies of Shiro in his feud with Saki. They use two models of the MSN-0100 Hyaku Shiki; The Golden Shiki and Silver Shiki
Trivia: Apparently, these two characters are based on two characters from the Chinese classic Journey to the West . In this story, the siblings are two demon king brothers, known as the Great King Kinkaku (金角大王, Kinkaku-daiō) and the Great King Ginkaku (銀角大王, Ginkaku-daiō), who live in the Lotus Cave (蓮華洞, Rengedō) on Mount Heichō (平頂山, Heichōzan).
- The Saki's Five (サッキーファイブ, Sakkīfaibu)
The Saki's Five is a team of model makers led by Saki Takeda: te main antagonist of the story. The five belong to the SF Plastic Study Group in the United States. The members are Yamanobe, Miyama, Okada, Nishiwaki and Kikuchi. Sakki invokes these five players when he has to fight against large groups or more than one opponent. Sometimes Sakki requests the support of one or all five depending on the situation
- Saki Takeda (サッキー竹田 Sakkī Takeda)
He is the main antagonist of the series and Shiro's Main Rival. He is a senior at the university where Kurata and Muraoka studied, and is a member of the plamo university club that Kurata and Muraoka belonged to. He is a brilliant model maker with dual American and Japanese nationalities and He won the american modeler award. Saki does not hesitate to destroy those close to him for his interests. He loves to humiliate his opponents and destroy their plamo, and his personality is arrogant and selfish. He has studied very advanced modeling techniques in the United States. He is a genius in electronics and he likes to use special effects. He uses innovative materials and special effects, on his models, experimenting as much as possible.
His name is a tribute to Saki Hijiri, a central figure in the edition of the mythical Japanese science fiction magazine Uchousen. The models created by Saki are extremely eccentric; the best example of this is the terrible Bloody Mary (nicknamed "Devil Gundam"), a grotesque alien hybrid hidden under the disguise of a mobile suit, able to spit latex from the hidden pharyngeal jaws in its mouth.
- The Main Computer (メーンコンピューター, Mēnkonpyūtā)
The main computer of the large hobby factory "Hobby-Topia" suddenly becomes rampant, challenging Shiro while the employees were taken hostage. The main computer is the last rival that Shiro has to face in the thirteenth round (and the very last) of the Tournament. To defeat this opponent, Shiro had to fight him hand-to-hand without using any mobile suit in the simulation. All the blows and damages that shiro sustained in the simulation battle fighting with the main computer were reproduced in real life in his body.
Fortunately, Shiro managed to defeat the main computer using the Plamo Spirit destroying it nd winning the battle of Hobby-Topia and therefore, the entire tournament.
SPECIAL GUESTS - REAL LIFE CHARACTERS
- Stream Based (ストリームベース, Sutorīmubēsu)
Behind this pseudonym are hidden (from left to right in the image) Katsumi "Meijin" Kawaguchi (川口克己, Kawaguchi Katsumi,) Masahiro Oda (小田雅弘, Oda Masahiro) and Masaya Takahashi (高橋昌也, Takahashi Masaya) three sacred monsters of the 80s who have inextricably linked their name to Gundam. these three men (young men at the time) helped to popularize the hobby of plastic models in Japan at the beginning of the decade of the 80s.
"Stream Base" was the name of their modeling group at the time of the university. In the Manga, They act as instructors and guides Shiro. They apeared for the first time in volume 4, when the protagonist will have to face the Zeon Shonen-Tai Group.
- Kazuzo Ozawa (小澤勝三, Ozawa Katsuzo)
Known as "the bearded guy of plamo", he was famous for his tutorials on the SF Plamo Magazine, designed by Koichi Tokita, in which he is portrayed in a caricatured version; appears in the same guise as a mascot in volume 4 of the manga, providing random explanations to readers on how to build models.
He is formally introduced in volume 8 as Shiro's companion to Hakone against Iwao Moai to turn out to be an enemy, but it will be revealed that in reality is Saki in disguise, driven by the desire to seize the secret techniques of the Moai clan for himself. The "real" Ozawa will eventually appear in Volume 10 as an observer of the final battle between the Shiro and Saki factions in the Sekigahara Wars. Since the 2000s, he almost retired as a model magazine writer and since then he worked as a CG illustrator with box art in the early master grade series, but he died on June 11th, 2007 due to stomach cancer.
- Hitoshi Hayami (速水仁司, Hayami Hitoshi)
The legendary model and sculptor of the Kaiyodo Hobby Company, author of kits and figures dedicated to super robots and dinosaurs. A clay-using specialist, Hayami appears in volume 9, providing assistance to Shiro to help him create a new material with which to guarantee sufficient resistance against the atacks of the Black Mountain team.
- Yoshimitsu Otsu (大津好満, Otsu Yoshimitsu)
Shiro meets this other legend of the sci-fi modeling scene during the "withdrawal" in Kasajima with the athletic Tokita, employee of "Master" Kurata, after the bad defeat suffered against Kaizen Nango. Invited by the same Tokita, the friendly and calm Yoshimitsu will help Shiro to understand his opponent's secrets and improve his modeling technique. He appears in volume 5.
- Kazunari Araki (荒木一成, Araki Kazunari)
Famous for his plamos and dinosaur sculptures, he is (or was?) one of Kaiyodo Hobby Company's leading artists. He appears in volume 9 in a small cameo as a resident of the same "model village" of Hayami, victim of the Black Mountain.
The best dinosaur sculptor in Japan. He directs the dinosaur models displayed at the Japanese Natural History Museum and also makes models for dinosaur books. His wide activities take place by holding individual exhibitions and seminars at museums.
Plamo (Mobile Suits)
(this list is enunciative, but not limitative- there are more models-)
Plastic Models of other Franchises
Trivia:The Gunpla Battles only Focuses on 'Gundam Models'. The Plamo Battles focuses in all types of plastic models no matter the origin. That's why the comic has shameless appearances of models from other series / franchises. To enrich the reader, here is a list of models of other non-gundam series/franchises that appear throughout the comic. Most of the models that appear in this list are actively used in battles, while others are only shown in one or two pages otutisde of their boxes or just only on the box.
The models are the following:
- The Walker Machines Gallop Type, Dugger Type and Crab Type also appear. The Robot Walker Gallia also apears.
- The ATH-14-ST Standing Tortoise and the X-ATH-02 Strike Dog also appear.
- The Soltic H8RF Kolchima Special also appears.The CrabGunner and the DesertGunner also appear. the H404S Mackerel also apear.
- The FAM-RV-S1T Torunfam, The FAM-RV-5 Neofam and The ARV Round Vernian Type Recon also appear.
- The Fighting Platform Fou and the Aura Battler Bozon also appear
- The SPT's Daljuan, Gashlan, El-Darr and Dankova make appearance. The main Robot SPT Layzner does not appear.
- The Heavy Metal Auge an the Heavy Metal G.Roon also appear
- Omoroids G-Rot and Z-Bar also appear.
- The Junior A mini-sub is shown in one page.
Other Plamo/RC Vehicles
Plamo-Kyoshiro was written by Hisashi Yasui and illustrated by Koichi Yamato. In October 15, 1981, Kodansha had released the first issue of its magazine Comic Bom Bom. Mobile Suit Gundam was extremely popular at that time. Although the Gundam boom was centered at the higher age group, the fire slowly spread to the lower age group in the form of gunpla and thus it was decided to mainly publish gunpla content. At that precise moment, the publisher was planning to launch a manga adaptation of the Mobile Suit Gundam movies, but the publisher was unable to get Sunrise's authorization on time. As an alternative plan, the publisher contacted Hisashi Yasui to create a new series. That's how Plamo-Kyoshiro was born .
In 1979 was released Mobile Suit Gundam , the first series of the Gundam franchise. In 1980 The toy company Bandai began to penetrate for the first time on the sale of plastic models , a hobby quite widespread in the world, but hardly known in Japan at that time. To publicize this new product, Bandai sponsored events and specialized magazines (SF Plamo Magazine, Hobby Japan Magazine) in the hobby of Plastic models along with other advertising techniques. The Plamo-Kyoshiro manga was created as a tool to publicize the plastic models that Bandai was launching at the time.
The story of the Manga and the idea of Plamo Battles were concepts specially designed to arouse the interest of the readers for the hobby of Plastic models. In the manga, the characters appear buying plastic models of Gundam Series and from other famous anime series, TV series and feature films, as well as models of airplanes tanks and other models of vehicles to use them in the simulation. In addition, the characters appear customizing and creating their own original models of Vehicles and Robots. Apart from this, the characters can be seen using branded products from companies dedicated to the Plastic model industry and numerous references to famous companies, products and people related to this hobby.
The producers of the comic also gave the opportunity to real people to appear caricatured in the manga. editors of modeling magazines, illustrators of hobby magazines, prominent employees of model making companies and young practitioners of this pastime also appeared caricatured in the comic.
Here we have another example to enrich the reader:
The Pictures Above belong to the book プラモテクニック教室 狂四郎VS小田雅弘 講談社ポケット百科 (Lit.: Plastic Tekniks Classroom Kyoshiro VS vs Oda Masahiro Kodansha Pocket Encyclopedia. In the first picture we can see Shiro hanging on the left arm of a caricatured masahiro oda. in the second pag,e we can see Shiro And Masahiro, Shiro carriying models and a real photo of masahiro with part of his background info..
Throughout the manga they appear teaching Shiro how to build the models, what materials to use and what techniques to apply in the construction of them. These explanations are accompanied by very detailed illustrations so that readers could learn implicitly how to assemble the models.
The manga, besides showing implicit tutorials, there were also magazines like SF Plamo Magazine and (images above) that also had tutorials. In the images above you can see Kazuzo Ozawa caricatured explaining how to build models and images of Shiro Kyoda.
Impact of This Work
The original edition had 15 volumes and was in publication from August 20, 1982 until December 17, 1986 in Comic Bom Bom magazine by Kodansha. In 1989 a Single Volume was published entitled Plamo-Kyoshiro-Musha Gundam Version; This volume deals with the episode in which the Musha Gundam appeared. In 1990 a second edition of 11 volumes was launched. In 1999 a 6-volume Deluxe edition was published. Between 2002 and 2004 an Economic Version of 13 volumes was published and in the year 2008 a paperback edition of 10 volumes was published. All the Plamo-Kyoshiro publications, from the original 1982 until the last of 2008 have all been published by Kodansha The manga has also received several sequels and derivatives:
The success of Plamo Kyoshiro marked a trend at the time of its publication and several publishers wanted to have a manga on battles of plastic models. Coro Coro Comic (the rival and competitor of Comic Bom Bom) launched a few similar-themed manga such as Plamo Tensai Esper Taro, 3D Koshien Plamo Daisaku, Majin Eiyuuden Wataru and Majin Kaihatsu Daisakusen. Hobby Boy Hitto-kun was another manga that was published in Terebi Magazine2 (a sister magazine of Comic Bom Bom ). It was not a new manga, but a derivative of Plam Kyoshiro. The protagonist of this series is Hitto Ebara and is about his simulation battles with Kyoshiro.
Musha Gundam (武者 頑駄無 Musha Gandamu?) are Gundam units modelled after samurai, ninja, or other forms of feudal Japanese warriors. Musha Gundam first appeared in Plamo Kyoshiro. the Musha Gundam is an original Gundam created by Kyoshiro for a showdown with Shigeru (antagonist).
The Musha Gundam has led to a successful Gundam Sub-franchise and is the most extensive of the Gundam SD series
Oficial Publication History
- 1. ORIGINAL ISSUE - KODANSHA COMICS , 1982-1986 - 15 Volumes
The volume numbers can be confirmed on the cover
2. SPECIAL ISSUE - PLAMO KYOSHIRO -VERSION OF THE MUSHA GUNDAM
|-||this version is an extract of all the appearances that musha gundam made in the original issue.||August 17, 1989||4-06-100563-4|
3.SPECIAL ISSUE: PLAMO KYOUSHIRO OMNIBUS VERSION
4. REPRINT OF 1990 - COLLECTORS EDITION - Aizōban - (11 Volumes)
5. REPRINT OF 1999 - DELUXE VERSION (6 Volumes)
- 6. REPRINT OF 2002 - CHEAP EDITION - (13 Volumes)
- 7. REPRINT OF 2008 KODANSHA MANGA BUNKO - PAPERBACK - (10 Volumes)
The volume numbers can be confirmed on the cover
Direct Sequel: Shin Plamo Kyoshiro
Shin Plamo Kyoshiro ( 新プラモ狂四郎, Lit. New Plamo Kyoshiro ) was a Japanese comic written by Hisashi Yasui and illustrated by Koichi Yamato. It was published from 1987 to 1988 in Kodansha Publishing's Comic Bom Bom magazine. It is a direct sequel to Plamo Kyoshiro.
The protagonist of this story is Shiro Arata (aka Shin KyoShiro) a young man that moved to Tokyo from Hokkaido with his parents. He is transferred to the Dainippon Zoukei Gakuen, which is Japan's number one modeling education center. The main plot is the confrontation between the "Plastic model club" to which the main character "Shin Kyoshiro" belongs and the thugs sent by the "Dainippon Zoukei Gakuen Student Organization""Shin Kyoshiro" has to fight against the thugs sent out one after another by the student council president, who is a mysterious and powerful student of the school.
Plamo Simulation: ARMORED BATTLE
In this work the simulation Sistem is called "Armored Battle" were real humans fight each other in a battle field called "Battle Ring". The terrain of the field is reproduced by holography, and the player also forms a "battle suit" on the field and wears it automatically. The form and performance of the battle suit are determined by the player's plastic model. It is as if the user uses the plastic model as a combat suit. Therefore, if the user utilizes a humanoid kit such as Gunpla on the field, the player will wear the kit as a suit as it is. That is, if a Gunpla is used, the player will be transformed into a Gunpla. However, if the size ratio of the limbs is not adjusted to the wearer, problems such as the limbs not reaching the end in the suit will occur.
The release of this cartoon coincided with the beginning of the video game era in Japan, so it did not have the expected success. Kids were more involved in the Famicom/nintendo console craze than plastic models.
Only three volumes were released. After that, a reprint of two volumes was made. Lastly, a single volume with the three unified volumes was published.
|Shin Plamo Kyoshiro in the Gundam Comic Chronicle|
Derived Publications / Spin Off
Hobby Boy Hitto Kun
Hobby Boy Hitto Kun ( ホビーボーイ飛人くん ) is a derivative of Plamo Kyoshiro that was in publication from 1983 to 1984 in the "TV Magazine" ( テレビマガジン, Terebi Magajin ) for younger ages. At the beginning of the series, it was called "Plamo-Kyoshiro", but it was changed to "Hobby Boy Hito-kun" from the seventh episode. Kyoushiro and Futoshi Kurata also appear as regulars.
The book was not published in full. part of its content was recorded in Mook and in the "Plamo-Kyoshiro" books.
The volumes "Kyoshiro VS Asuka", "Dream Simulation" and "Simulation Wars", were included in the pocket edition reprint of "Plamo-Kyoshiro".
The Volumes "Great battle full of Dougrams!", "Zabungle Wars", "Challenge! Diorama Game", "Kyoushiro VS Hito Again !?" Kun Showdown! Toy Daiou !!" were included in the paperback edition of "Plamo-Kyoshiro" published in 2008.
|Hobby Boy Hitto Kun in the Gundam Comic Chronicle|
Plamo Tecniques: Kyoshiro vs Masahiro Oda
Plastic Model Technique Classroom: Kyoushiro vs Masahiro Oda (Japanese: プラモテクニック教室 狂四郎vs小田雅弘) It is an instructional manga illustrated by Koichi Yamato with the collaboration of model builder Masahiro Oda. The manual was in publication from 1983 to 1986 in conjunction with Plamo Kyoshiro's manga.
Masahiro Oda appears caricatured in the manga, showing KyoShiro his modeling techniques and materials for assembling the models. Other characters from the Original Manga also appear in the manual.
Unfortunately, the manual was not published in full, the reasons are unknown. In the Reprint of Plamo Kyoshiro, from 2008, the final part of the last volume collected as much of this manga as possible.
|Plamo Technics Classrom in the Gundam Comic Chronicle|
Plamo Kyoshiro MG Perfect Gundam
Is a small comic included in the assembly manual of the model MG Perfect Gundam that came on the market in 2003. In this emanga I can see Shiro and several of his friends turned into young adults.
Gundam Kyoshiro (ガンダム狂四郎編)
Plamo-Kyoshiro Guidebook Volume 1 / Shonen Modeler Alliance Branch (プラモ狂四郎ガイドブック 上巻 / 少年モデラー同盟支部)
|Version of 1990 (11 Volumes) FULL|
DOWNLOAD LINK (Mediafire)
Plamo Kyoshiro has never been adapted into an animated series, but some anime productions of the gundam franchise show references and tributes to this manga.
- technically the whole concept of Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G, Gundam Build Fighters Gundam Build Fighters Try and Gundam Build Divers has been copied from Plamo kyoshiro. (Plastic model battles, Plamo School clubs, customization, befirnding the plamo stor owner... plamo advisers...)
- A Giant Musha Gundam Appeared in the very first episode of Gundam Build fighters Try sTV series.
- The perfect gundam Appeared in the very last episode of Gundam Build Fighters Being Piloted by Sei Iori's father: Takeshi Iori
- In the Middle of the Gundam Build Fighters Try series, Meijin Kawaguchi III uses a customized version of the Gundam Red Warrior, called Amazing Red Warrior.
In this section and in the other sections below is intend to make an extract of products that have paid homage or reference to the series.
- NO GRADE
|PF-78-1 Perfect Gundam|
|MSN-02 Perfect Zeong|
|PF-78-1 Perfect Gundam|
|FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam||Ref 1 - Ref 2 Ref 3|
- MASTER GRADE
|MG series #||Model||Yen Price||released||Notes|
|#067||PF-78-1 Perfect Gundam||4000 Yen||December 2003||reference here|
|#071||MSN-02 Perfect Zeong||10000 Yen||June 2004||and additional markings.|
|#110||Shin Musha Gundam||5000 Yen||June 2008|
|# N/A||Shin Musha Gundam
(Sengoku no Jin)
|8000 Yen||March 2009|
|#133||Musha Gundam Mk II||6000 Yen||May 2010|
- SD Gundam BB SENSHI
|BB #||Model||Series||Yen Price||Release Date||Notes|
|17||Musha Gundam||SD Sengokuden Musha Shichinin Shuu Hen||¥300||1988 December||First Samurai-themed SD Gundam kit. Features a spring-loaded mechanism in the head that ejects the helmet when the face is pressed.|
|20||PF-78-1 Perfect Gundam||Mobile Suit Variations||¥300||1989 January|
|23||Musha Zeta Gundam||SD Sengokuden Musha Shichinin Shuu Hen||¥300||1989 March||Features gold chrome-plated parts. Includes horse. Comes with six missiles.|
|24||Musha Gundam Mk-II||SD Sengokuden Musha Shichinin Shuu Hen||¥300||1989 April|
|236||PF-78-1 Perfect Gundam||Mobile Suit Variations / SD Gundam G Generation||¥1,000||2002 July||Remake of BB-020. Includes G-Carrier that can combine into either Gundam Ver. or Perfect Ver.|
|B CLUB: ORIGINAL GOODS|
|Perfect Gundam||Musha Gundam||F.A. Gundam||Red Warrior|
|Reference Here||Reference Here||Reference Here||Reference Here|
Toys and Figures
- SD GUNDAM CLOTH MUSHA GUNDAM MKII
This series combines classic Gundam characters in SD form with ‘cloth’ armor representing their iconic Mobiles Suits. This was the seventh release in the series. it was launched in 1989.
|Images Courtesy of user Siningy from Collection DX|
- PLAMO KYOSHIRO TAMASHII
Plamo-Kyoshiro Tamashii (プ ラ モ 狂 四郎 魂) is a small line of figures launched by Bandai in 2004. The Line is composed of 5 figures: The Perfect Gundam, Perfect Gundam III, Musha Gundam, Perfect Zeong, and a figure of Shiro Kyoda sitting in his simulation chair. The figure of Shiro includes two heads to place: one with his cap on and another with his helmet. (Reference here)
- KYOSHIRO MANIAX MINIFIGURES VOLUMES 1&2
The Kyoshiro Maniax label is the result of the joint collaboration of mecha designer Hajime Katoki and the staff behind the "Plamo Kyoshiro" manga to produce Gundam FIX Figuration-style action figures and trading figures of Mobile Suits from the manga. This first trading figure lineup features miniature Mobile Suit figures with two color variants each of Full Armor Gundam, Career Suit, and Bloody Mary, plus three variants of Dokuro Type Zaku (each sporting a different numbered forehead) and one secret, for a total of 10 possible types to trade and collect. The figures' heights range from 9-11cm. Sold by the randomly packed box of 12.
- Gundam Fix Figuration
Gundam Fix Figuration (abbreviated as G.F.F.) is a series of collectible figures manufactured by Bandai based on the book of illustrations Gundam Fix, Authored by Hajime Katoki. These figures are very detailed and include a variety of accessories. Only two Plamo-Kyoshiro Manga Robots received their version in Gundam Fix: The Perfect Gundam and the Perfect Gundam III Red Warrior.
|G.F.F #||Model||Transformable into||released||Notes|
|#0002||PF-78-1 "Perfect Gundam"||March, 2001||It has the federation marks, not the Shiro Kyoda marks.|
|#0037||PF-78-1 "Perfect Gundam"||November 2007||A more detailed version of # 0002 in a slightly different color scheme|
and additional markings. Now it includes an "internal framework system"
|#0040||Red Warrior||Noviembre de 2008|
Video Games and Table Games
Videogames This is a list of video games where Shiro Kyoda and his Perfect Gundam have made appearances.
|Uploading||SD Gundam G Generation F||PlayStation|
|Uploading||SD Gundam G Generation F-IF|
|Uploading||SD Gundam G Generation NEO||PlayStation 2|
|Uploading||SD Gundam G Generation SEED|
|Uploading||Another Century's Episode 3 THE FINAL|
|Uploading||Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost||PlayStation 3|
|Uploading||Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost ON||PlayStation 4|
- Gundam War: Collectible Card Game
- Plamo-Kyoshiro - on Anime News Network
- Plamo Kyoshiro - on My Anime List
- Plamo Kyoshiro - on Kodansha Comics Web
- Plamo-Kyoshiro (プラモ狂四郎) - on The Japanese Wikipedia
- Perfect Plamo-Kyoshiro - Non Official Fanpage made by Craftboys (In Japanese) Last Update: 2005/03/20
- Gundam Comic Chronicle - Plamo Kyoshiro - All Publications - On Geocities
- Plamo-Kyoshiro on Mecha Anime Headquarters
- Plamo Kyoshiro in Geocities
- The Bonkurasu Brigade: history of Plamo Kyoshiro and secuels
- Plamo Kyoshiro Article on Gundamverse.it (italian)
- Plamo Kyoshiro on the Diario do Barao page. (Portugues)
- Plamo Kyoshiro the history' 'at Kyamatospirit.com (Japanese)
- Plamo Kyoshiro on Japlog Page: A) General Content, B) List of Characters (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and C) Lists of mecha (1, 2 y 3)
- Plamo-Kyoshiro - Number of chapters, list of characters and list of robots and episodes on Mslexicon.sakura.ne.jp
- Plamo Kyoshiro - Technical sheet, summary, and characters on Mangapedia.com (the ISBNs of the 1999 and 2008 versions are also shown.)
- Article on of Kyoshiro on Myfigurecollection.net
- Hobby Boy Hitto Kun - Details on Gundam Comic Cronicle on Geocities (japanese)