10.30.2014

Mecha Analysis: G no Reconguista Episode 6


Previously on Mecha Analysis
Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 4
Gundam G no Reconguista Episode 5

Today on Mecha Analysis, we look at episode 6 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 6
A moment of silence for Mayor Menino and Instructor Dellesen,
. . .
Once again, a great episode! Like the more recent episodes, there is a good balance between exposition, character development, technological progression, and comic relief. I continue to get this feeling that Tomino is setting us up for something grand (with a hint of Kill-Em-All Tomino).

Grunts

Now that the grunts have been established, we only get to see them almost as scenery props. They are rarely focused on and we even get our first glimpse at stock footage this episode!

Episode 6: Catish jumping off an F-Rug before deploying wings
Oh, what's this? Also used in the opening, it is the same scene from episode 4!
I'm sure we'll see more of the same Catish deploying scene. Once you see stock footage, you cannot un-see it!

In The Sidelines: Montero and Arcane

These two mobile suits got very little screen time. Though the Montero saw some action, Klim seems to only get into a bind every time we see him. This time, he almost got melted by atmospheric re-entry. I hope we can see him kick more butt like his introduction in episode 3.


As for the Arcane, I'm still waiting for Aida to jump into action.

G-Self

As the suit that will always be in the spotlight (until Bellri gets an upgrade in one way or another), either it or its antagonist will have something new to show off. Last week, we saw the antagonist get an upgrade with a new suit - the Elf Bullock. This week, the G-Self gets the Reflector Pack.


As pictured above, the G-Self is in its normal colors with the Reflector Pack folded up, but when deployed, the G-Self changes colors, as seen in the image below.


One of the key features of the Reflector Pack is absorbing energy. Though it might be able to absorb solar energy (among other energy), the focus of the Reflector Pack is absorbing energy from beam weapons.


The shield aesthetics remind me of the Hardened Shield of the Immortal in Starcraft II (I am sure the hexagonal patterned energy shield shows up in many places).


Another new feature of the G-Self shown in this episode is some sort of gas shield as Bellri saves Klim Nick from unprotected atmospheric re-entry. I am not sure if its affiliated with the Reflector Pack since the reflectors were all knocked off at this point.


Why is it shaped like a bird (a phoenix? or maybe Articuno...)? We may never know.

Elf-Bull

Our fearless leader, Dellesen continues to pilot these strange transforming mobile suits. This time in an Elf Bull. One new feature compared to the Elf-Bullock in episode 5 is the hip mounted beam weapons.


The Elf-Bull seems to have a different head shape to the Bullock. Though I still like it, I liked the one in episode 5 more. Other than those two features and the color scheme, I see nothing too different.

Thanks to a discussion on r/Gunpla started by redditor thejonnyMAGNUM, I came to realize the relation between Elf-Bull and Elf-Bullock (which I should have known in the beginning of episode 5 if I paid attention to the conversation): Elf-Bull seems to be the prototype mobile suit whereas the Elf-Bullock seen in episode 5 is the mass produced version. I had previously thought the Elf-Bull was the short form of the name Elf-Bullock. Thanks for clearing that up!

As a final thought, I think the Reflector Pack is love at first sight. I may have to pick it up if it becomes available as a regular production kit. On that note, Mecha Analysis is done for the week! I hope you're excited for next week, and, like Bellri says, "I bet you wanna watch what happens!"