The Day of the Unicorn

Will just be sharing a summary and my thoughts  on the newly released OVA of Gundam UC, I’ll apologize firsthand if there’s gonna be discrepancies on the information.

WARNING: The following post will have spoilers not only from Gundam Unicorn but also from other shows from the UC Timeline..

Thread forward at your own risk.

Start of summary

The show starts off in U.C. 0001 where a ceremony is being held by the Federation to commemorate mankind’s migration to space, Prime Minister Ricardo Marcenas is doing a speech inside the space station Laplace when suddenly it was bombed.

Prime Minister of the Federation, Ricardo Marcenas

Syam Vist who took part in the bombing of Laplace was caught in the explosion and discovered something amidst the wreckage. A box that would be later called as “Laplace’s Box”.

Syam in his teens, during the Laplace incident

Syam in his teens, during the Laplace incident

The scene jumps back to U.C. 0096 where the current head of the Vist Foundation is shown. Cardeas is the grandson of Syam and is one keeping Laplace’s Box. They are planning to give the box to the Neo Zeon remnants “The Sleeves”.

Current head of the Vist Foundation, Cardeas Vist

Syam Vist at age 111

En route to Industrial 7, the Garancieres encountered the Londo Bell but simply outruns it, the Jegans that have managed to catch up was easily disposed of by Marida Cruz and her Kshatriya

Kshatriya mopping the floor with the Stark Jegan

Kshatriya mopping the floor with the Stark Jegan

The ship of  The Sleeves (which is disguised as a cargo ship) has docked at the port of Industrial 7, Their objective is to get Laplace’s box  from the Vist Foundation.

Unknown to them, a young girl named Audrey Burne has sneaked off the ship to meet with the Vist Foundation’s head himself. During her trek to the Colony Builder, she took a misstep (not literally) and fell off.

Audrey Burne drifting off

Banagher sensing this (with his Newtype abilities) immediatly rushes off to a Tolro-800, he rescued Audrey successfully but crashed the mobile suit.

After getting back on their feet, Audrey said she has something urgent to attend to. When asked by Banagher what she was trying to accomplish she hastily said that she’s trying to stop a war from going on and needs to get to the Vist Foundation.

The duo arrived at the Vist Foundation in the residential part of the Colony Builder, they were greeted by Cardeas. Audrey told Cardeas to reconsider his plan of giving Laplace’s Box to The Sleeves, after hearing this Cardeas instantly told Banagher to leave and told him that Banagher was sacrifcing his future by getting involved.

Banagher wasn’t planning on leaving Audrey alone (even more so after the confrontation earlier with Marida and her lackeys), but Audrey herself told him to just go and forget all about her. Banagher was then escorted out of the mansion and back to Anaheim Electronic’s Industrial College.

While talks between The Sleeves and Vist Foundation are going on about the handing over of Laplace’s Box, Alberto Vist alerted the Federation of the happenings. Gael received a call, that the Londo Bell has arrived and is already fighting inside the Colony. The discussion turned grimly with both sides blaming each other but The Sleeves left without incident.

Suberoa Zinnerman (heavily bearded one)

Audrey took advantage of the confusion and escapes from the mansion, ironically Banagher is going back to the mansion to save Audrey. He told Takuya to take care of Micott and to seek help from the Federation (since Takuya did say that the mobile suits they saw are of the Federation’s).

Audrey, Micott and Takuya saved by the ReZEL

During the explosions and carnage Banagher found himself inside the factory that houses the Gundam Unicorn. Banagher also found Cardeas inside and they had a discussion which ended in Cardeas entrusting the Gundam to Banagher and telling him that he (Cardeas) is also Banagher’s father. Cardeas pushed himself off the cockpit and was engulfed by the flames.

The very last time Banagher saw his father

Angry at the unreasonable loss of countless lives (civilians, his classmates and even his father) Banagher launches in the Unicorn and pushes Marida’s Kshatriya out of the colony, Marida counterattacks by launching the funnels of the Kshatriya. This activates the Unicorn’s NT-D system and the true form of the Gundam Unicorn is shown.

Unicorn Gundam Destroy Mode

End of Summary

Personal Thoughts

Banagher Links – Is similar in a way with Amuro and Kamille, is also in his teens, parent(s) had a significant contribution in the development of the gundam piloted, is given the responsibility by being in the right place at the wrong time.

But the similarities stop at that, unlike the two he doesn’t whine or mope around. He also gladly accepts the responsibility the moment it was given to him. I’m kind of surprised that he’s really that into helping Audrey xD

Audrey Burne aka Mineva Rao Zabi – No Audrey is not your average girl, the truth is she is the last surviving member of the Zabi family and heir to the Principality of Zeon.  She is the daughter of Dozle Zabi and Zenna Zabi.

I’ve actually forgotten that she was sent to the Zeon’s Axis base (when she was still an infant during the battle of A Baoa Qu), imagine my surprise when the A.E.U.G. had a run-in with Axis and Mineva was there.

a 7 year old Mineva during the Gryps Conflict

What really amazed me of her character was her conviction of preventing the handing over of Laplace’s Box to the Sleeves. She knows quite well that Full Frontal would just start another unnecessary conflict (like what Char did 3 years back during the 2nd Neo Zeon war).

Marida Cruz – Her character won me over the instant I saw her massacre those Jegans. The fact that she’s not just some random character tossed into the story (was originally known as “Puru Twelve”, she is actually a clone of Elpeo Puru).

She has a very tragic life (being a clone), used as a soldier at a very young age, forced into prostitution (abortion and abused by her customers) and once again pulled back into fighting. Those things instantly made her my fave character from the UC timeline.

P.S. She’s the reason why Bandai decided to release that Puru variation of the Qubley.

Elpeo Puru and Puru Two

Overall

I was really thrilled when this the OVA was announced, the timeline was set in the Universal Century. Heck, the last time a UC gundam show was released was way back in 1996 (Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team). And I’ve also heard lots of good things about the novel, which is also written by a bestselling author.

While I enjoyed Gundam 00 it was ultimately because of how crappy Gundam Seed/Seed Destiny that made me break my personal rule (of not watching any anime release before the 90’s) and endured the really ancient visuals of Gundam 0079.

I’m really glad that the character design is done by Yoshizaku Yasuhiko (0079, Zeta, ZZ), really brings back the feel of the Universal Century timeline. Likewise, the mechanical design team is pretty talented as well.

Sure the Gundam franchise has always been about the plastic models and toys but I’m really glad that they went with a much realistic color scheme.

The D-50C Loto really looks like a tank and not a toy *cough* Guntank *cough*, the ReZEL while colored in blue has a very subtle and dark theme.

A sense of deja vu hit me when I saw those Jegans going up against the Kshatriya but when I saw that Zaku II inside the museum it turned into full blown nostalgia.

What really is a plus for me is that they are tightly incorporating this into the timeline, brings us back to U.C. 0001 and adds one of the characters that fans are familiar of (in the form if Mineva Zabi).

When Dozle Zabi was sending Zenna Zabi and (an infant) Mineva off to the Axis, I instantly wondered what’s gonna happen to this kid after the war. As I’ve said earlier I was surprised seeing her during the Gryps Conflict but I never would’ve imagined that she’ll be a major part of the novel.

The UC timeline has never shied away from showing the viewers how brutal conflicts and wars are, the dawn of mankind’s migration to space was greeted by a terrorist bombing (which Syam Vist participated in) of the Laplace space station where thousands are killed including the Prime Minister Marcenas.

During the meeting of the Vist Foundation and The Sleeves (about Laplace’s Box), it was Alberto Vist (Cardeas’ own family) that told the Federation of the happenings. This in turn sparked the battle inside the colony which caused countless deaths of the innocent.

Another thing about the timeline is that they don’t sugarcoat the deaths of the characters, doesn’t feel cheap and is in abundance. I was in for a surprise the first time I was watching Zeta, couldn’t believe the many of the main characters would be killed off.

The presentation is superb in every way, music really fits in all the scenes it’s played at and brings the viewer to another level of enjoyment. This show is visually stunning, the animations are fluid and everything is in great detail.

I highly recommend the OVAs of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn to any mecha or sci-fi fan, it doesn’t matter if you’re a gundam fan or not. I’m pretty sure you’ll appreciate how well the show is.

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7 Responses to “The Day of the Unicorn”


  1. 1 evangelisque February 27, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Have to admit that the overwhelming hype surrounding this series turned me off at first, but now I’m very glad I gave it a try. The animation is top-notch, the pacing was generally good because it’s not too fast that it loses a viewer who’s new to the UC timeline [like me], and yet not too slow that it becomes plodding instead.

    And the music! BGMs contribute a lot to my enjoyment of a series and Unicorn really aced in that aspect. I’m looking forward to its OST.

    Really looking forward to the second instalment, and after watching this, I finally understand why people are so excited about it. XD I don’t mind the half-year wait so much; quality can’t be rushed, no?

    • 2 evangelisque February 27, 2010 at 10:15 PM

      Whoops…Autumn release, it might not necessarily be half-year. -_-; Apologies for the mistake. XD

    • 3 Arein February 27, 2010 at 10:23 PM

      Overall it’s a 3 year wait before we get to see the conclusion, as my friend have pointed out xD

      But yeah, considering how well made the 1st show is I’m not minding the wait at all.

      I can now proudly say.. Beat that Alternate Century timelines!!one This is what UC is all about. *pounds chest*

  2. 4 gundamfan02 March 9, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    so I understand that the second OVA will be released in autumn ?correct me if I’m wrong !

  3. 6 gundamfan02 March 10, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    OMG thanks


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