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Jan. 11th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
META AT ME, BABY! Tell me ALL! Seriously. I cannot even begin to figure out the Gundam verse - it seems huge and unwieldy and full of both things that are awesome and things are best set aside, sort of like the truly gargantuan Transformers verse - so seriously, talk at me. Spoilers are fine, really.

Also, did I mention that Jen canonically has a weakness for Irishmen? As in men from Ireland? She'll think Lockon is adorable (and if he's wearing an Eyepatch of Hotness, both Jen AND Kendra will silently admire him).

Jan. 11th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)

(BAHAHAHA SOLD. When I EP Lockon to mixed_muses I will definitely be expecting a tag; I'll link you if I can catch you on IM in one of my rare appearances on AIM these days!)

Gundam is a metaseries, first of all. So most of the series take place in entirely separate continuities, separate worlds, most of them following different physical rules. I've only seen 00 and a little of Turn A Gundam, so I'll focus on 00 here.

Gundam 00 is the first Gundam series to take place in what is recognizably our reality. Set three hundred years in the future, when fossil fuels have run out.

The premise is complex and interesting (and awesome). First, the world has organized into three main power blocs, with a few countries left straggling at the edges. The major players are the AEU (today's European Union plus maybe Africa), the HRL (Russia, either the Asian half or all of it, plus China and India and maybe a few more; the name stands for Human Reform League), and the Union (North and South America plus Japan).

Each of these three has built an orbital elevator (tell me if you need an explanation of what this is) going up to an array of solar power collectors in orbit around the Earth's equator. Through the orbital elevators, they all get abundant solar power, enough to solve the vanishing-fossil-fuels problem.

The countries who aren't members of one of those three are shit out of luck, especially if their economies previously depended on oil exports. Cough cough Middle East cough.

So that's the political situation.

Oh, and because it's a mecha anime, giant humanoid robots piloted by single individuals are a normal part of any military. They're called "mobile suits".
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Girl, I've been reading sci fi since I was eight. I know from orbital elevators. :-D

A bit of this I already knew just from having friends that were into all things Gundam. So what about Lockon? Also, Jesus, did I mention that I actually HAVE an Irish RP character from Ireland? That being Theresa Maeve Rourke Cassidy, aka Siryn?
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
And now that we've got half the premise out of the way...
Well, I have a similar sci-fi history and I had to brush up the first time the space elevators in 00 were mentioned. You never know.

I'm doing a basic introduction to the organization Lockon belongs to in Notepad, but telling you his most awesome moment doesn't need that kind of backstory:

Space battle. His eye was damaged in a previous fight (hence patch). He's a sniper; he can't shoot as well with his off eye, so he straps on some extra guns and starts blasting the ever-loving hell out of his opponents. Verbatim line from canon: "Sorry, I can't snipe you right now, so I'll have to overwhelm you!"

Then he gets into a one-on-one battle with the guy in this icon. It's going pretty fiercely, heavy damage on both sides. Lockon's mobile suit is damaged to the point where those extra guns I mentioned are falling off it in pieces right and left.

He hides briefly behind some space debris, unplugs his custom scope from the cockpit of his mobile suit, exits the cockpit and free-jumps over to one of the aforementioned mega fuck-off particle beam cannons, which is floating nearby. Then he plugs the scope into said mega fuck-off cannon - which is so big he has to stand on it to aim; it easily masses ten times as much as he does - takes aim with his off eye, and blasts the other guy's mobile suit out of the sky.

I screamed with joy.

Then the mega fuck-off cannon explodes, taking Lockon with it. I cried. ;_;

Luckily his equally hot, equally awesome, equally Irish twin brother takes his place and his codename for the second season. Which is accomplished amazingly well; the twin reacts incredibly realistically to being told he has to step up and shoulder his dead brother's mantle.
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Re: And now that we've got half the premise out of the way...
Oh, wow. That sounds completely AWESOME. Also, you need to make an icon for us with a picture of the mega fuck-off cannon with the phrase "mega fuck-off cannon," because that's HYSTERICAL. Or, alternatively, that phrase needs to go on an icon of Ironhide.
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: And now that we've got half the premise out of the way...
Haha sweet!

I will totally do that when I get to icons of the mega fuck-off cannon in question.

Intro to Celestial Being and Gundams coming soon! :D
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Now that you know the politics, enter Aeolia Schenberg and the organization called Celestial Being.

Okay, story time. During the first episode, the AEU is rolling out a new line of mobile suits. These things are the absolute top of the line, the most modern, the most advanced, et cetera et cetera. The line is called the Enact, IIRC.

There's a demonstration in which they have their ace mobile suit pilot run a kind of combat simulation or obstacle course with a bunch of people watching, to sell how great the Enact is so people will buy and/or be intimidated by it.

During the demonstration, a mobile suit flies in whose design is completely novel and unprecedented; all the MS experts sitting in the audience have no idea who built it or who it might be affiliated with. This new suit lands, gives the Enact a funny look, and proceeds to completely wipe the floor with it; the battle is over in maybe fifteen seconds, and the Enact's cockpit is intact with the pilot safe inside, but it's pretty much the only part left undamaged. I remember the Enact loses at least one arm and probably one or two more limbs on top of that.

This new mobile suit is a Gundam, piloted by Lockon's teammate, codename Setsuna F. Seiei. The Gundams belong to Celestial Being; I'll get to their goals and motivations soon.

In this continuity, what differentiates Gundams from other mobile suits is their power source; they run on something called a solar reactor or GN drive, which can only properly be manufactured on Jupiter (something about the gravity giving rise to topological defects). It's hugely more efficient and effective than any other power source on the market, and only Celestial Being has this technology (in season one, anyways). So basically, they have four Gundams and with those four Gundams they can flatten the combined armed forces of any two or three major countries in the world without breaking a sweat.

Naturally, once they've done a few more demonstrations of their power, world leaders all over the planet are weeing themselves. Then they send out a public announcement, which runs basically like so:

We are the international organization known as Celestial Being. We have pledged to end all war. If we catch anyone in the world instigating or participating in an armed conflict, we will bust your fucking shit intervene and lay waste to any military equipment and personnel we see.

Cue said world leaders weeing themselves all over again.

And that's pretty much set the scene for twenty-five episodes of pure concentrated awesome.

Then you have the second season, which is thirteen more episodes so far and just as fantastic as the first. :D

edit: punctuation fix

edit 2: coding fix :(

Edited at 2009-01-11 05:01 am (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Okay, go on! Now I totally want to watch it!
Jan. 11th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
You should! :D It's solid brilliance.

Hmm, I'll have to think for a bit to come up with another great canon story. Clearly this requires tea.

...Well, there's always the Death Star moment from season two... I'll get tea and settle down to explain to you just how well Lockon Stratos mk. II lives up to his brother's name.
tadaa! - lienne - Jan. 11th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
(still writing that introduction)
Finished reading Jen-Sylar.

Have I mentioned you're awesome? My god, you're awesome. ♥
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: (still writing that introduction)
Well, I had an AWESOME RP partner there in Sylar's writer. I mean, I had to rise up to the occasion! *blushes*
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: (still writing that introduction)
Pho is fantastic, but so are you, darling! <33333
Jan. 12th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Re: (still writing that introduction)
Hey, dear, I have a question. Is the series available on DVD, or are there other methods by which one can view/dl episodes?
Re: (still writing that introduction) - lienne - Jan. 12th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: (still writing that introduction) - kali921 - Jan. 12th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: (still writing that introduction) - lienne - Jan. 13th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
(while I write a Highlights Of Series Awesome, have an icon from season 2!)
Jan. 11th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Re: (while I write a Highlights Of Series Awesome, have an icon from season 2!)
I like the all white tux look. Very Elijah Snow!


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