This time around, we're counting down five of the biggest, deadliest, and most impressive melee weapons in Gundam. While I will be taking into account the power and effectiveness of each weapon, it's really all about the wow-factor. I've always felt that melee combat is the be-all end-all of Gundam battles, so these weapons in particular will have a significance to them in terms of what they brought to their respective shows.
As usual, these are just my thoughts, so if you think I've missed anything just comment on your favorite weapons in the comment section below!
5. GN Sword
The focal point of the Gundam Exia is its enormous GN Sword. It has special properties that allow it to cut through just about anything, and it folds back to reveal a beam rifle. Its wrist-placement and the Exia's melee style of combat is what made the first season of Gundam 00 so entertaining. All owed to this badass weapon.
4. Gerbera Straight
Everybody looks twice when they first see this gigantic katana sword. It almost seems impractical at first, considering how beam sabers are the standard in close-range weaponry. But this sword is made specially to be just as effective as a beam weapon, and it is absolutely capable of splitting mobile suits in half with a quick swing. The pilot of the Gundam Astray prefers the Gerbera straight over beam weaponry because it does not consume battery energy from the suit. Though, having said all that, it's really all about appearances. It's a GIANT Gundam-sized katana sword for god sakes. It earns its position here with pure style.
3. Beam Scythe
A beam weapon in the shape of a scythe may seem a bit overkill, but it's undeniably effective and quite intimidating. The size and shape of the scythe makes it ideal for splitting mobile suits in two clear halves, and its swinging power is greatly strengthened by the vernier thrusters behind the blades that boost the blades right into the target. The Deathscythe Hell even comes equipped with an upgraded beam scythe that has two blades, for maximum cutting potential. It has a preference for ending things quickly, which is fitting because it's basically a symbol of death in giant robot form. And seriously, what's not to like about that?
2. Epyon's Beam Sword
The Gundam Epyon's beam sword was a beam saber multiplied by at least 5. The Epyon itself was touted as being the ultimate close-range mobile suit, so it needed a beam saber that would compensate for the lack of any ranged weaponry. This beam sword compensates rather admirably; its flaming blade requires so much energy to maintain its power and size that it needs to be connected to an extra energy source via a long cable. While that may sound cumbersome, I take it as a symbol of just how devastating it really is.
1. God Gundam's Hands
This may seem a bit unconventional, but come on; the God Gundam's fists are about as "melee" as it gets. They're the harbingers of justice. The glowing hands of death. They're alpha and omega, and probably the most epic anythings in the history of Gundam. Just have a peek at Domon's signature move, the "God Finger".
Just watch that video again. "Baaakunetsu, God Fingaaaa!" Hell yeah.
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