Sunday, July 13, 2008

Gundam 00 Season 2 Preview

The story and character summaries are out for the next season of Gundam 00. Pictures of the new Gundams are also available. All information is thanks to Gunota.


"2312 A.D.

4 years since the final battle between Celestial Being and the UN Forces. Humanity, having established the Earth Sphere Federation, forms an independent security preservation force, Arrows, separate from the formal Federation army to further unify nations and the will of mankind. But the reality was the inhumane oppression of anti-government powers, doctrines & ideologies in the name of unity.

Saji Crossroad, who followed the path to becoming a space engineer to keep a promise to Louise Halevy and fulfill a dream, is also compelled to become involved in Federation government reform.

Meanwhile, Setsuna F. Seiei, surviving the final battle 4 years ago, saw the future of the world that had been changed by Celestial Being. With the defeat of guardian Alejandro Corner, he dreamed of a peaceful world without conflict. But before his own eyes was the reality of the continuing strain on peace, the oppression caused by Arrows. He decides once more to fight with Gundam, the power with the potential to change the world.

Where will Setsuna's and Saji's paths take them as the world is set into motion once more?"

Tagline (in contrast to the first season tagline "Rebirth begins through destruction"): "(We will) destroy the rebirth"

(Merged portraits do not represent the actual height comparison of each character)

Setsuna F. Seiei
"21-years-old. A fated child soldier from the Middle East's Republic of Krugis. Saved by the 0 Gundam during that time and became a Gundam Meister with Celestial Being. 4 years after the battle with allied forces, what does he think of as he looks at the world newly unified by the Earth Sphere Federation...?"

Lockon Stratos
"29-years-old. A member of Celestial Being and pilot of the marksman-type Keldim Gundam. Heads into battle with Haro."

Allelujah Haptism
"24-years-old. From the HRL's Superhuman Institute and pilot of the retired Gundam Kyrios. Went missing after the fierce battle with allied forces 4 years ago. He seems to have had a past with super soldier Soma Peries from the same Superhuman Institute..."

Tieria Erde
"Age unknown. Injured in the decisive final battle with allied forces 4 years ago, he was rescued by Celestial Being and did his best in their reconstruction. While he once followed Veda's judgment absolutely, he now looks for the meaning in combat through his own decisions."

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* Not actual height comparison of the Gundams.

GN-0000 00 Gundam
Pilot: Setsuna F. Seiei
"Gundam Exia's successor unit. Its greatest feature is its 2 GN Drives equipped on the shoulders. This allows it to boast particle emission volumes surpassing all other units."

Keldim Gundam
Pilot: Lockon Stratos
"Gundam Dynames' successor unit. It also supports sniper combat to reflect the characteristics of its pilot."

Arios Gundam
Pilot: Allelujah Haptism
"Gundam Kyrios' successor unit. Similar to the Kyrios, it has the ability to transform. It can be said that it's suited for high-speed movement."

Selavii Gundam
Pilot: Tieria Erde
"Gundam Virtue's successor unit. A heavy armament model similar to the Virtue. Equipped with GN cannons on both shoulders that boast greater firepower than the Virtue. "

Translation from Gunota Headlines. All images from Gundam Double O official site.

My thoughts: Well, there's not much I can say about the story right now, but I CAN say that I'm really disappointed with the new Gundam designs. They don't look radically different, it just seems like somebody redesigned them to look worse than they already were. The 00 Gundam is pretty interesting, but none of these designs are interesting enough for me to say anything besides "meh". I know most of you must be wondering, "What?! Lockon is alive?!" Well, the answer to your question is probably no. They confirmed that he is dead for good, and that he isn't coming back. Lockon Stratos is just a codename, so chances are it is Neil's twin brother, who we caught a glimpse of for like 5 seconds during season 1. Kind of a dick move if you ask me...


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