10.23.2014

Mecha Analysis: G no Reconguista Episode 5


Previously on Mecha Analysis
Gundam G no Reconguista Episode 4
Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 3

Today on Mecha Analysis, we look at episode 5 of G no Reconguista.
Something to keep in mind when looking at the mechanical designs of G no Reconguista: The ones responsible for mechanical design are as follows,

  • Akira Yasuda, known for designing mechs in Turn A Gundam, Code Geass and Overman King Gainer.
  • Kimitoshi Yamane, notable for mechanical designs in G Gundam, Gundam SEED, SEED Destiny, SEED Stargazer, IGLOO, and Eureka Seven: AO
  • Not much can be found about Ippei Gyobu. I think he's new.

Episode 5
I really do not like episode titles (at least ones announced in the beginning of each episode). They serve no purpose but to spoil the episode. Seriously "The Enemy is the Capital Army" couldn't spoil the episode any more!
In terms of plot structure, it seems too similar to episode 4 - attack the pirates, attempt to take the G-Self back, etc. - I'm sure the show won't turn into a Team-Rocket's-blasting-off-again kind of show, but the repetition has me concerned.

The Grunts

Catish and Grimories are, at this point, well established in the series. After showing them off in various ways through the episodes, they seem to have taken their seat as the staple grunt suits for their respective sides. For this episode, we see them shoot each other, blow up without much consequence. No new weapons, no new uses.

Hecate

We get a glimpse of this mobile suit as it and its team go into sub-orbital flight. This magenta suit is only seen equipped with a heavy ranged weapon fitted with some sort of bayonet. The colors remind me of Angelo Sauper's Geara Zulu.
The mobile suit design looks pretty interesting. I may want one in the future.

Montero

A couple of new things from Klim Nick's mobile suit. His Javelin has thrusters, and he can store a spare javelin in Montero's wings.


Besides that, we see Klim get owned yet again. What kind of genius is he?

Arcane

Flight capabilities were added on between episode 4 and 5, but the Arcane is kept aboard the vessel on grounds of untested technology. So we get to see Aida play duck hunt for the span of the action.



G-Self

In the previous episode we find the G-Self has an escape pod. Before the pirates can re-attach the pod, they are attacked by the Capital Army. Somehow, Bellri finds himself in the heat of battle with this escape pod. The pod is equipped with machine guns and some sort of water jug system that can be used for propulsion, drinking water, and...a water bomb?


Once the pod is reunited with the G-Self, Bellri shows us the G-Self's beam sabers are dynamic - they can be used as some sort of beam net, and can extend to a longer range. I wonder if that will be explained, or we will have to live with these unexplained special beam sabers.


We also get some hints to the origination of the G-Self through some early dialogue.

Elf Bullock

Enter the masked man!
Mobile suit of the week is introduced with cheerleaders and high ranked officials. It seems to be the latest from the Capital Army. Whether or not it violates taboo or not is the question on the Capital Guard's mind. Elf Bullock, also known as Elf Bull, is the first transforming mobile suit seen in this show. The Capital Army brings it in as a second attempt to take down the pirates and retrieve the G-Self.


In its Mobile Armor form, the Elf Bull can be equipped with extra propulsion for long distance travel.

Though the Elf Bull did not have any equipped weapons in this episode, it showed off quite a few built in weapons - the ever so popular finger lasers,


...and a collar mounted...beam spray?


Either way, this suit is a plethora of lasers.
I am a fan of the head sculpt, but unlike Gunpla Works, transforming suits are not my thing. I probably will not consider this suit in any way.

That concludes another week of Mecha Analysis! I hope you're enjoying the new Gundam series as much as I am. Until next time, this is Gundariumsmith signing out.