List of Eureka Seven mecha
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The mecha in the anime series Eureka Seven are called LFOs, which stands for Light Finding Operation. LFOs are bio-mechanical hybrids: armor and control systems are built upon an organic humanoid "skeleton" excavated from the Scub Coral. The LFOs in the series are primarily used by the military as an all-purpose assault unit, capable of engaging targets in both ground and aerial combat. Military LFOs are dubbed KLFs, which stands for Kraft Light Fighter.
LFOs use trapar-based propulsion, using ref boards to ride trapar waves in the same manner as the sport of lifting. On the ground, most LFOs are able to switch between their humanoid forms and wheeled vehicle forms to make trips easier; this also has the added benefit of allowing quick travel where the trapar waves are too weak to ride. This wheeled form also allows them to take off in a manner somewhat similar to an airplane. Those with vehicle forms are usually launched in that form and convert to their humanoid forms once airborne. In cases where no vehicle form is available, a special catapult is usually required.
The sequel series Eureka Seven: AO introduces a new type of mecha, the IFOs, which stands for Intelligent Flying Objects, that despite being only mechanic in nature, work in a similar manner than the LFOs and KLFs, although with reduced capability.
- 1 Types of LFO
- 1.1 Nirvash type ZERO
- 1.2 Nirvash type the END
- 1.3 KLF Mon-Soono
- 1.4 Terminus Series
- 1.5 Spearhead
- 1.6 VC10
- 1.7 Flestnia
- 1.8 Wyvern
- 1.9 Scud Bike
- 1.10 Lightning Seed
- 1.11 TheOtherOne
- 1.12 Kanon
- 2 Types of IFO
- 3 Compac Drives
- 4 References to pop culture
Types of LFO
Nirvash type ZERO
- Overall height: 14.7m (LFO mode), 2.8m (vehicle mode)
- Weight: 21.4t
- Maximum output: 4000/ 120~ 150 9PS/bpm
- Maximum speed: 300 km/h (vehicle mode)
- Seating capacity: 2 persons
The Nirvash (ニルヴァーシュ Niruvāshu?) type ZERO, along with its pilots Eureka and Renton, is something of a visual symbol for the first Eureka Seven series, and the LFO itself is complicit in many of the series' mysteries. The Nirvash type ZERO was the first archetype discovered, and the LFO created from this archetype was the base model that many other LFOs were designed around. Both versions of the Nirvash's outer shell were created by the scientists at Tresor, and both ref boards were created by Axel Thurston.
Though LFOs are commonly equipped with a secondary seat, the Nirvash is the only archetype whose natural shape suggests that it should accommodate two people. It is also one of the few LFOs capable of operating without a Compac Drive, thanks to the unique nature of its pilot. However, the Seven Swell phenomenon it is capable of will only work when a Compac Drive and the Amita Drive are attached. According to Axel Thurston, the Amita Drive was developed to bring forth the true potential of the type ZERO and amplifies the effect of the Compac Drive. The installation of the Amita Drive unlocks the Satori Program which allows the unleashing of the Seven Swell phenomenon. It also has the ability to seemingly upgrade itself to suit its pilots, first in a minor fashion and in a much greater way later on. At times, the Nirvash has responded to its pilots' commands without the use of its mechanical interface and even moves on its own to protect them; this is apparently not exclusive to Renton and Eureka, since Sumner Sturgeon was able to get the Nirvash to activate through verbal commands when he was forced to pilot it against his former teammates. During the events of Eureka Seven: AO, the Nirvash obtained a new pilot in Naru Arata, a childhood friend of Renton and Eureka's son Ao.
The Nirvash's main weapons are a pair of boomerang knives (basic equipment for it and the Terminus series of LFOs). In addition to these, the Nirvash also features small chaff and flare launchers on its back to confuse missiles and dissuade followers. Apart from this, however, the Nirvash is relatively underpowered when compared to other LFOs, relying more on its high maneuverability and the skill of its pilots.
Though not technically a weapon, the Nirvash has the ability to trigger the Seven Swell, an event which generates a massive pillar of multi-colored trapar. Though its properties vary, it has the immediate effect of increasing the trapar count in the surrounding area, usually to the point that even a trapar-deprived area will become instantly flight-worthy. The trapar can also be used to disable other LFOs by causing the organic frame to reject the mechanical components, though this doesn't occur until later in the series.
Nirvash type ZERO spec2
After Eureka and Renton activate the true form of the Seven Swell phenomenon, the Nirvash's archetype grows and expands beyond its original frame, forcing a redesign to accommodates its new shape. The upgraded form of the Nirvash type ZERO is built according to the apparent will of the type ZERO and the physical growth of the archetype. This results in the slimmer, more jet-like spec2.
The spec2 features a much sleeker design and improved capabilities when compared to the original, though it features no new armaments. The spec2's cockpit is redesigned to position the pilots closer together. Back seats are also built into the spec2. The Compac Drive is attached to a lever, allowing Eureka and Renton to trigger the Seven Swell phenomenon simply by lifting it into an upright position. According to Dr. Morita, the spec2 controls identically to the original with the exception of the mode shift interface. Renton and Eureka seem to be able to pilot the spec2 with even more proficiency than the original model, and also are able to control the Seven Swell with much more proficiency (compared to the more random nature it previously displayed).
The spec2's main feature is its ability to transform into a high-speed jet (though it also retains its car form). In jet form, it can move fast enough to outrun the END's homing lasers. The spec2 can still move its limbs while in jet mode (demonstrated when it pulled a blade out to cut a cord while in jet mode in episode 48). The board of the spec2, unlike the previous board, is split into two halves that are manually combined by the Nirvash when needed. When not in use, the halves of the board are attached near the Nirvash's arms. The board makes up the nose of the spec2 when in jet form.
In the movie "Pocketful of rainbows", The Nirvash evolves into spec 2 on its own, instead of being upgraded like in the series. And it now has the Nirvash type THE END's homing lasers built in the shoulders, as well as using them in jet form.
Another Nirvash spec2 appears in Eureka Seven: AO. It is piloted by Eureka (then six months pregnant with her and Renton's first child) during her first trip to the past. Soon after, Eureka returns to her own time while the spec2 stays behind to confront Truth. The spec2 ends up contained by Truth and entrusted to Naru.
Nirvash type ZERO spec3
The spec3 is the second evolution of the Nirvash, seen in the final episode. At Renton's insistence that the Nirvash helps him rescue Eureka, the organic archetype evolves into a fully formed humanoid LFO, patterned with mostly white limbs and the underlying green glow of a Compac Drive. Instead of Renton piloting it like a normal LFO, the cockpit now resembles that of the END except Renton floats and moves his limbs to control the Nirvash, similar to that of the Mobile Trace System in G Gundam. Its left eye is the same color as Renton's, the right one being closed. It has no ref board, instead creating trapar from its own body to propel itself. It can also concentrate and fire trapar in a single, massive beam from its chest. After Renton uses the Nirvash to rescue Eureka, its right eye opens to reveal a Coralian-colored eye, much like Eureka's. However, in the last scene showing the Nirvash, the right eye has changed from the color of Eureka's pink eyes to the blue of Renton's eyes.
The spec3 also contains visual references to the Gunbuster, such as its initial appearance, as well as the chest beam's similarity to the Buster Beam.
Nirvash type ZERO specV
This form of Nirvash is seen in the movie "Pocketful Of Rainbows"(American title as "Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers"). When Nirvash and the END combine together to take Renton and Eureka to Neverland, they form into this. This version bears some resemblance to the spec3, by being completely white, save for black and red streaks across its body, humanoid, and slightly taller than the average LFO. The biggest difference is that this version has a lance, which is able to separate into floating devices with a built in beam cannon. In this form, the Nirvash moves independently, due to Renton being injured by a gunshot wound. In this form, Renton and Eureka are seen sitting on a bench-like circular platform. However, Renton can also float and pilot the Nirvash as he does with the spec3. This version doesn't have a refboard, it instead creates trapar from its own body like the spec3. At the end of the movie, the Nirvash reverts to its larva form as a giant, "expires," and disappears with a gust of wind, with Renton crying out that he will never forget it.
Nirvash type ZERO specV3
Nirvash's ultimate form incorporating features from both spec3 and specV, piloted by an adult Renton in Eureka Seven: AO.
Nirvash type the END
The other Nirvash shown in the series is type the END (ジ・エンド Ji Endo?), which is piloted by Anemone. Nothing is known about its creation, but, like the Nirvash type ZERO, it doesn't seem to need a Compac Drive due to the nature of its pilot. To pilot it, Anemone is interfaced directly with the machine through an amorphous, organic frame. Overall, it is much larger than the type ZERO and colored black instead of white (until shortly before its destruction). Like the type ZERO, the END is capable of moving on its own, though it doesn't do so until episode 48. It also has actual eyes, like the type ZERO. the END perishes in its final appearance in episode 48.
the END, unlike the type ZERO, is equipped with many weapons. Each of its arms are equipped with a retractable set of claws, both of which can be fired to attack opponents at a distance. Each set of claws remains attached to the END with a large cable and can be controlled through rockets attached to them. Alternatively, it can utilize a pair of scythe-like knives, seen in episode 48. the END also comes equipped with three sets of homing lasers, one on each shoulder and another on its pelvis. Its final weapon is a massive directed energy weapon known as "Bascude Crisis". It is fired from two plates on the END's chest and later gains the "Vahalla Swell" technique in a tag team with the Ageha squad, a move that eliminates all anti-body coralians within its radius. It also features a unique ref board that can be split into two skis for better maneuvering.
The Nirvash type the END makes a very brief appearance in its white form in episode 20 of Eureka Seven: AO. It is seen partially buried from the waist down along with several KLF Mon-Soonos shortly before the LFO Code name Cannon bursts out from below, seemingly destroying the buried LFOs.
The KLF Mon-Soono (モンスーノ Monsūno?) is standard combat LFO used by the United Federation Force. Designed to be piloted by amateurs, the Mon-Soono series uses a Compac feedback system which helps the pilots mimic the actions of seasoned ref boarders. The quality of the pilots seems to make a great difference in the effectiveness of the craft; in the hands of an ace like Captain Saville of Sawyer Team, the Mon-Soono can be deadly effective, but the untrained pilots in most squadrons easily fall prey to the skilled members of Gekkostate
Mon-Soono cockpits typically features three display screens and pilots who wear helmets with several digital eyes. These eyes appear to be able to split to observe the various screens or converge into one eye to focus on one screen. All versions of the Mon-Soono have a secondary vehicle form.
The Mon-Soono have different weaponry depending on the type. The type20 has a weapons turret attached to the rear of its torso, behind the head, which can mount either a laser cannon and homing missile pod, or two of either one. It can also carry a scaled-up assault rifle in its hands, and there is a tank gun mounted on each shoulder-wing. A lighter-armored type10 also exists, but there appear to be no outwardly visible differences between the two (in episode 20, Holland's screen shows two MS10 units and two MS20's approaching him, but when he actually encounters them all four KLFs are drawn as identical machines). Noticeably, the units marked as MS10's are typically equipped with two missile pods, while MS20's usually have a laser cannon.
Two Mon-Soonos are seen partially buried alongside the Nirvash type the END in episode 20 of Eureka Seven: AO. They are seemingly destroyed after the LFO Code name Cannon bursts out from the ground beneath them.
The Terminus (ターミナス Tāminasu?) line was created for use by the special forces. Because of its power output, the Terminus models are especially hard to handle and aren't used much by the start of the series. By the time the series begins, the only remaining models are in the hands of rear-echelon units, collectors, and Gekkostate. It should be noted that all the "types" in this series are also drum kits used by sound editors, thereby keeping with the music theme in the overall series.
- Overall height: 13.7m (LFO mode), 2.6m (vehicle mode)
- Weight: 21.3t
- Maximum output: 3400/110~140 (PS/bpm)
- Maximum velocity: 280 km (vehicle mode)
- Seating capacity: 2 persons
The typeR606 is mainly piloted by Matthieu, accompanied by Stoner, for most of the series. The typeR606 is yellow-orange in color and features a two person cockpit, which takes up most of its upper torso and covers the area where a standard Terminus' head is mounted. Its high maneuverability and short activation time makes it the easiest craft to pilot. It is equipped with a pair of boomerang knives, an arm-mounted chain gun, but no fixed directed energy weaponry. In episode 20, Holland pilots the 606 with a large beam weapon mounted on its right arm, in place of a boomerang knife. The 606 is seen equipped with this weapon again in episodes 40-42.
- Overall height: 13.2 (LFO mode), 2.7m (vehicle mode)
- Weight: 23.1t
- Maximum output: 4100/110~130(PS/bpm)
- Maximum velocity: 260 km (vehicle mode)
- Seating capacity: 1 person
The typeR808 is piloted by Hilda. It is baby blue in color, and its head has sensors only on the left side, giving it a peculiar asymmetrical appearance. It is equipped with a pair of flying-disc knives and a dual high-power long-range laser cannon, giving it the most firepower of the Gekko LFOs. It has a very high power consumption, so its range of activity is limited. This LFO is specialized for a rear position in battle.
- Overall height: 13.2m (LFO mode), 2.7m (vehicle mode)
- Weight: 23.3t
- Maximum output: 3800/110~160 (PS/bpm)
- Maximum velocity: 300 km (vehicle mode)
- Seating capacity: 1 person
The typeR909 is piloted by Holland until it is destroyed by theEND. It is magenta in color, and its head has a pair of pentagonal sensors, arranged one above the other. It is equipped with a pair of boomerang knives and a high-power laser cannon. It was designed as a successor to the 808 and addressed most of its shortcomings. However, the changes to the fuselage caused its center of gravity to be shifted downward, making precise control difficult. Like the Mon-Soono series, it has an optional Compac feedback system.
The typeB303 "Devilfish" (デビルフィッシュ Debirufisshu?) is piloted by Holland. The typeB303 "Devilfish" is one of the most powerful and dangerous LFOs, due to its unique design. Unlike other LFOs, it is not equipped with a limiter, which allows it to function to the very zenith of its capabilities. However, to keep up, the pilot must take special drugs which enhances their nervous system to keep them from blacking out. Constant intake of these drugs can have dire consequences and is considered near-suicidal.
The Devilfish is silver in color and has the novel ability to function in both space and planetary atmospheres. It was apparently in top-secret storage for some time, before Holland retrieves it to replace his destroyed typeR909. The Devilfish is armed with two laser cannons and a set of smaller homing lasers, both built into the shoulders. The ref board of the Devilfish also features powerful verniers for quick thrusts in certain directions. It is capable of flying at considerable speed for an unknown distance without a ref board thanks to rockets mounted on its back. It also has a Compac Feedback System that brings the LFO at its maximum power.
The typeR505 is used by Sumner Sturgeon in TR1: New Wave. Additionally, it was used by Holland when he was still in the Special Operations Forces, and used by the pilots of the second SOF squadron (including Logica) in the manga, when it was reformed by Dewey. Sumner's unit is black and white in color, since it was originally intended to be a spare-parts machine for his squadron; the standard type is olive drab, and the SOF's standard 505 is navy blue. All stock 505s have a single visor-shaped main sensor on their "face," and a smaller secondary sensor above it; the SOF types, including Sumner's, also have a pair of fin-shaped antennae on their head. The 505 is notable in that it was one of the first mass-produced LFO's ever to be equipped with a fully functional ref-board.
The 505 is equipped with a pair of boomerang knives and has a variety of optional back weapons, including various laser guns, machine guns, railguns, rocket launchers, and a quad missile launcher pod intended for aerial combat. Sumner's is upgraded over the years, including the addition of a ref-board, and later custom modifications which appear to add two five-tube missile launchers to the sides, increased speed and agility, and a modified head module with four eye-like sensors.
The Spearhead (スピアヘッド Supiaheddo?) is a special combat LFO that doesn't lift using a board, instead using ref board-like plates attached to its back near the waist. The only model that appears in the series is the SH-101, two of which are seen piloted by Charles and Ray. The SH-101 is equipped with several lasers on independently mobile mounting points and a pair of large retractable knives in its forearms. It also has a battering ram on its head to smash holes through windows or other weak points on an enemy craft.
The VC10 is a special anti-Coralian KLF unit deployed by Dewey Novak's Ageha Squad during his campaign against the Coralians. They do not use ref boards, instead relying on their oversized feet, which perform the same function. The VC10 units operate in a squad and can also link up and transmit their units' energy to power up the Nirvash type the END, which uses the energy to emit a field, the Vahalla Swell, which is the Nirvash type the END's equivalent to the Nirvash type Zero's Seven Swell. It instantly petrifies Coralians. The use of the VC10 is specialized for Coralian combat, so it is not featured prominently within the series. They are only six VC10 models, and they all fight alongside the Nirvash type the END.
First appearing in TR2: New Vision, the Flestnia (フレストニア Furestonia?) is an LFO made by Azure, one of the top lifting brands. Its creators claim that it is an original design, but it is actually an illegally made copy of the Terminus typeR505. Sumner Sturgeon acquires a Flestnia as first prize for winning the Bester Cup lifting tournament, which is taken by Ruri after he gets his 505 back.
The Flestnia looks nearly identical to the Terminus models that it is based on, with the most glaring difference being its oddly shaped head and vaguely insectoid "face". Ruri's model is bright red and armed with a single long-range laser cannon, a pair of boomerang knives, and homing missiles. Some versions, including those used by Azure, are equipped with a Compac Feedback System.
The rarely seen Wyvern (ワイバーン Waibān?) is an elite military KLF, first seen in TR2: New Vision, that was designed as a testbed for advanced CFS technology. It looks extremely similar to an ordinary Mon-Soono unit, with several key differences, namely its blue-gray paint job and disk-shaped head module. Wyverns are armed with four multi-purpose laser cannons mounted on a spoiler-like turret behind their heads, which can fire either normal beams or homing lasers (similar to those used by the END). They also carry assault rifles, like their Mon-Soono counterparts. Former Sawyer Team pilots Shaun and Pez piloted Wyverns in their last battle against Sumner Sturgeon.
The Scud Bike (スカッドバイク Sukaddo Baiku?) is a small, agile LFO that was developed for use by the State Military, but was eventually made available to civilians. It can transform into a fast, two-wheeled vehicle, as its name suggests, and its speed was highly praised by riders before lifting became popular. It is shaped rather oddly, with an elongated body that is attached directly to the head and no neck in between. Its face sports a single eye, similar to that of the Mon-Soono.
Military models are painted navy blue, and are armed with an autocannon and homing missiles, while custom models can vary wildly. One variation is red, with a large, high-powered laser cannon replacing the autocannon, while the ones seen in episode 5 are green and have huge speakers on their back instead of weapons; since the ones sporting weapons are flown by pirates, it stands to reason that such weapons couldn't be legally obtained by civilians.
The Lightning Seed (ライトニングシーズ Raitoningu Shīzu?) is Roddy Flame's personal LFO in the game Eureka Seven: New Vision. It is a powerful experimental model and was the first LFO to be equipped with a Compac Feedback System. Reflectors in the legs allow it to fly for a short time without a ref-board. The Lightning Seed was eventually sidelined for use as a testbed for CFS production.
Its armament consisted of a double-barreled laser cannon and homing lasers and its already-impressive maneuverability was further augmented by the CFS. It was destroyed in combat with Sumner Sturgeon during the battle for Thundercloud Tower.
TheOtherOne (ジ・アザーワン Ji Azāwan?) serves as Lt. Steven Bisson's personal LFO in the game Eureka Seven: New Vision. It is a special, experimental KLF model that features heavy weapons, including a large laser cannon and multiple missile launchers and a CFS system. It has unmatched firepower and uses a unique disc-shaped ref-board at the cost of decreased maneuverability. It has the ability to purge its outer weapons and armor to become highly mobile.
Steven piloted TheOtherOne against Sumner Sturgeon in their final battle near Thundercloud Tower. Sumner was able to narrowly defeat him in pitched combat, and both the unit and its pilot were destroyed by Gillian after crashing.
Featured in Eureka Seven AO, The Kanon is an LFO of unknown origin that comes into possession of Generation Bleu. Unable to make it work, the company has it stored on its lower chambers until the explosion that destroys the base somehow has Truth fusing himself with it and it starts moving according to his will. As the fusion between a Secret and an LFO. It has unparalled combat capabilities and is capable of killing people who are infected by Scub Corals just by being close to them. The Kanon is erased from existence by the Quartz Gun, with Truth separated from it and becoming the Nirvash's archetype instead.
Types of IFO
Team Pied Piper
The very first IFO developed by Renton, based and named after his and Eureka's own LFO. After Eureka returns to the past with it, and her subsequent disappearance, the Nirvash is confiscated by the Allied Forces and all subsequent IFO models were developed upon reverse engineering it, just like the original Nirvash served as basis to the creation of all other models of LFO. However, no other pilot except Eureka managed to operate it, until it falls at the hands of her son, Ao, who manages to activate it once more and becomes its pilot. It possesses a special device named the "Third Engine", that increases the Nirvash's capabilities in a fashion similar to Eureka and Renton's Amnita Drive. It also possesses a wide range of weapons thus making of it a perfect unit for air combat. It flies making use of a ref board like most types of LFO, a feature not implemented in any other IFO model.
Unlike the original Nirvash, the RA272 possesses a devastating array of immense weaponry, including two head mounted gatling cannons, two large anti-vehicle machine cannons, thigh mounted beam cannons, a pair of boomerang cutters like the original Nirvash, Two hidden shoulder mounted missile launchers, and two electric discharging gauntlets for melee combat. The only Achilles' heel to this Nirvash was that it did not possess an Archetype, which makes it simply a machine, until Truth merges with it forming the Nirvash Neo.
Later in the series, the Nirvash manages to fuse together a huge quantity of Quartz extracted from Scub Corals into a powerful weapon named "The Quartz Gun", which not only has a massive destructive power, but also has the ability of erasing objects from the timeline, rendering like they never existed at all and having history changed accordingly along the lives and memories of all people involved; except for Renton, Eureka, and Ao himself.
After Ao shot the Quartz gun a second time and changed history once again, Truth merged with the RA272 Nirvash, becoming the archetype for it. Nirvash Neo sports a new color scheme of Type Zero and an extra booster pack, as well as upgrading the weapons to make this Nirvash even more deadly than the original. Ao used this Nirvash for the remainder of the series to battle Renton and save Eureka from her fate. After Ao helped return Renton and Eureka to their time, Nirvash Neo sustained massive damage from firing the Quarz gun again, and became the damaged form of Nirvash seen several time in previous episodes. Ao returned to the year 2027 A.D., and Truth left with Nirvash, leaving Ao to discover the new world he created.
Fleur Blanc's personal IFO, built for electronic warfare. It is highly mobile, but it is not heavily armed. It is also equipped with a Third Engine, but Fleur only managed to make it work twice so far.
Elena Peoples' personal IFO, designed for long-range combat. It is heavily armed, but it is not very mobile, thus usually performing covering fire to help the pilots of Nirvash and Alleluia. It is also equipped with a Third Engine, but Elena only managed to make it work once so far.
Maeve McCaffrey's personal IFO, which is specialized for airborne combat.
Maggie Kwan's personal IFO, specialized in heavy artillery.
Chloe McCaffrey's personal IFO, specialized for electronic reconnaissance.
Piloted by Liu Ing.
Piloted by Lerato Food.
Piloted by Rajkumar Nair.
The Alled Forces' standard military IFO developed by the U.S. Army.
While there is little information as to the exact nature of the Compac Drive, it appears that it acts as an interface with whatever it is hooked up to, from simple machines, such as motorcycles, to more advanced heavy machinery, such as LFOs. Norb described these devices as "amplifiers" of the planet's thoughts (the trapar waves), and that their name is derived from kon (meaning soul), which is attracted to the planet, and paku (meaning body), which is attracted to people. Certain individuals, like Eureka and Anemone, are able to interface with LFOs without the need for a Compac drive. This is because of their connection with the Scub Coral; they are able to communicate directly with the Nirvash's archetypes as a result.
The Amnita Drive is a special component created by Adroc Thurston to "complete" the Nirvash. It unlocks the Nirvash's hidden Satori program, which allows for the unleashing of the Seven Swell Effect. The Amnita Drive normally cannot be removed from the Compac Drive, and has been removed twice, when Adroc forcibly removed the Compac Drive during the Summer of Love which resulted in his disappearance and when Eureka removed it in episode 19 of the series resulting in her travelling momentarily to the eighth dimension and being covered in the scub coral. Somehow the Amnita Drive found its way to Adroc's father, Axel, who passed it on to Renton in the first episode.
Compac Feedback System
The Compac Feedback System (commonly abbreviated to CFS) is an ability-enhancing device installed in some military KLFs. Activating the CFS causes the LFO's Compac Drive to shine bright red. When activated, it enhances the pilot's ability to shocking heights, but not without drawbacks. Overuse of this system can induce insanity and a sense of invincibility in the pilot.
In TR2: The New Vision, CFSs play a large part in the storyline. It is revealed the CFSs have the moves of the army's star pilots programmed into it, allowing a standard pilot to perform extraordinary feats.
References to pop culture
- LFO and KLF are the names of two British bands that appeared during the end of the 1980s.
- LFO is also a synthesizer abbreviation for Low-frequency oscillation.
- The Terminus LFOs are named after famous Roland synthesizers and drum machines: TB-303 (specifically the Devilfish modification), TR-808 and TR-909. Other LFOs named after Roland products are the Terminus TR-505 and TR-606, and the Spearhead SH-101.
- The Mon-Soono type10 and type20 KLFs are named after Korg products–the MS-10 and MS-20 monophonic synthesizers. Also, the VC10 KLF is named after Korg's VC-10 vocoder.
- The characters of Charles and Ray Beams - a married couple of mech pilots - are a direct reference to Max Jenius and his wife Milia in the classic mecha anime series Macross. The respective color schemes of their Spearhead LFOs correspond accordingly to those of the VF-1 Valkyrie fighters used by Max and Milia: Charles' white stripes on blue paint job corresponds to Max's Valkyrie, and Ray's white stripes on red corresponds to Milia's.
- Nirvash type ZERO's nickname given to it by the Vodarac people, "the White Devil," is the same as that of Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam.