Previously on Mecha Analysis
Gundam G no Reconguista Episode 11
Gundam Build Fighters Try Episode 10
Today on Mecha Analysis, we look at episode 11 of Jaden Smith: The Animation.
Something to keep in mind when looking at the Gunpla: Returning from Gundam Build Fighters, the ones responsible for mechanical design of Jaden Smith: The Animation are as follows,
- Kunio Okawara: THE Gundam designer, designing the original RX-78-2, and Zaku II along with many designs through the years. He's had his hand in Zeta, ZZ, 0080, F90, F91, 0083, Victory, G Gundam, 08th, Wing, X, Turn A, SEED, 00, Unicorn, and many other non-Gundam anime. Holy crap this list is long.
- Not much is said about Junichi Akutsu, Junya Ishigaki, and Kenji Teraoka.
- Kanetake Ebikawa, though has been working as a mechanical designer since the late 90s with anime like Blue Submarine No.6 and Full Metal Panic!, did not start designing for the Gundam franchise until 2007 with Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Other notable works include Gunpla Builders Beginning G, Gundam AGE, and Euerka Seven: AO.
Jaden really wanted to become Japanese, taking on the Yajima family name as his own and all. Too bad, from what he said, we won't see him fighting.
Team White Wolf
The namesake for this team comes from a pilot by the name Shin Matsunaga, also known as the White Wolf of Solomon. He is probably best known for his white Zaku II High Mobility Type. This team of High Mobility Zakus is lead by a man who calls himself Matsunaga, though the appearances are in no way similar.
The first two mobile suits we see from this team fight in simulation mode. The Zaku Alvaldi is a armored with shields and extra fuel tanks, and the Zaku Kraken is equipped with Psychomu weapons - funnels and INCOM specfically.
The third mobile suit, Zaku Managarumu, does not see action in this episode. The suit is white, like a Matsunaga should, but it has a lot of gold trimming and ornate design (not to mention the fancy axe). I am lead to believe that this Zaku imitates the MSV line of fancy custom mobile suits that have been releasing on P-Bandai's site.
I'm not sure what to think about this team, since they are immediately crushed in battle as they were introduced. Even in defeat, I really like the Zaku-Kraken. Can I have one, Bandai? PLEASE?
Gundam The End
Is this Gundam another fully original suit? It looks like a strange cross between Master Gundam, Devil Gundam, Deathscythe Gundam, and Virsago. Is he the embodiment of 90s antagonists? This cloaked Gundam is piloted by Adou Saga, a member of the Gunpla Academy, and is the one responsible for traumatizing Yuuma at a young age. His Gunpla, Gundam The End, is shrouded by a red cloak, similar to Master Gundam, and black armor plates, which look similar to Deathscythe's wings.
Weapons revealed in this episode include a revolver, and massive hands hanging from its cloak. Not too often do we see revolvers in Gundam, so to see this mobile suit use a revolver is unique.
These massive hands have two known abilities. The first is the fangs that come out of the finger tips (like Gunbuster's Buster Missiles). These "specially made" fangs have a homing ability and explode on command. The second feature of the massive hands is the Dead End Finger. The colors remind me of Master Gundam's Darkness Finger and the fact that it goes against Build Burning Gundam (and his massive fist), it sort of fits.
What lies under The End's cloak? I guess we'll have to keep on watching.
Amazing Red Warrior
Meijin Kawaguchi is back with an Amazing mobile suit. This time, we go back to the roots of Gundam and Build Fighters with the Perfect Gundam III, also known as the Red Warrior.
|Fix Figuration taken from Gundam Wiki|
In the Gunpla world, it is revealed he has a large arsenal of weapons (labeled HGBC Kurenai Weapon). Among those weapons are gunblades. Yes, we have gunblades. Because this suit shows up at the very end, nothing is revealed about this mobile suit. The only feature we can confirm is hyper botanical powers.
I'm not going to talk about Team Try Fighters this time. They were clearly not the focus of this episode and they do not show anything new. So I'll see you guys tomorrow for another installment of Mecha Analysis (and hopefully another Gunpla review, if I can finish the photoshoot in time)!