Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

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Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn vol 1.jpg
Cover of volume one of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn light novel series
機動戦士ガンダムUC(ユニコーン)
(Kidō Senshi Gandamu Yunikōn)
Genre Drama, Mecha, Action, Military, Cyberpunk
Serial novel
Written by Harutoshi Fukui
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Male
Magazine Gundam Ace
Original run December 26, 2006June 26, 2009
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
Manga
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Bande Dessinée
Written by Fukui Harutoshi
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Gundam Ace
Original run February 1, 2010 – ongoing
Volumes 10
Original video animation
Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Written by Yasuyuki Muto
Music by Hiroyuki Sawano
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by Bandai Visual/Sunrise
Released February 20, 2010May 17, 2014
Episodes 7 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (機動戦士ガンダムUC(ユニコーン) Kidō Senshi Gandamu Yunikōn?) is a novel by popular Japanese author Harutoshi Fukui (Shūsen no Lorelei, Bōkoku no Aegis). The novel takes place in Gundam's Universal Century timeline. Character and mechanical designs are provided by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Hajime Katoki, respectively. An anime adaptation of the novels premiered on Sony's PlayStation Network Japan on February 20, 2010, and the first episode had a simultaneous worldwide DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on March 12, 2010.

Plot[edit]

The series begins in U.C. 0001, at the very beginning of human space colonization, when a space colony called Laplace is destroyed during a ceremony hosted by the Federation's Prime Minister ushering in the Universal Century dating system. The main story takes place in UC 0096, sixteen years after the end of the One Year War, three years after the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, and 27 years before Mobile Suit Gundam F91.

The story revolves around Banagher Links, a seemingly normal boy living and going to school in the space colonies. His life changes one day when he meets a girl named Audrey Burne, as the encounter brings him into contact with a new Gundam and its connections to an item called "Laplace's Box."

Media[edit]

Novel[edit]

No. Title Release date ISBN
01 "Day of the Unicorn (Part 1)"
Yunikōn no Hi (Jō) ("ユニコーンの日(上)")
September 26, 2007 ISBN 978-4-04-713969-5
02 "Day of the Unicorn (Part 2)"
Yunikōn no Hi (Ge) ("ユニコーンの日(下) ")
September 26, 2007 ISBN 978-4-04-713970-1
03 "The Red Comet"
Akai Suisei ("赤い彗星")
December 26, 2007 ISBN 978-4-04-715003-4
04 "Palau Capture Battle"
Parao Kōryaku Sen ("パラオ攻略戦")
April 26, 2008 ISBN 978-4-04-715060-7
05 "The Ghost of Laplace"[1]
Rapurasu no Bōrei ("ラプラスの亡霊")
July 26, 2008 ISBN 978-4-04-715084-3
06 "In the Depths of a Gravity Well"
Jūryoku no Ido no Soko de ("重力の井戸の底で")
October 25, 2008 ISBN 978-4-04-715112-3
07 "Black Unicorn"
Kuroi Yunikōn ("黒いユニコーン")
December 26, 2008 ISBN 978-4-04-715143-7
08 "The Sky and the Stars"
Sora to Hoshi to ("宇宙と惑星と")
April 25, 2009 ISBN 978-4-04-715229-8
09 "Over the Rainbow (Part 1)"
Niji no Kanata ni (Jō) ("虹の彼方に(上)")
August 26, 2009 ISBN 978-4-04-715286-1
10 "Over the Rainbow (Part 2)"
Niji no Kanata ni (Ge) ("虹の彼方に(下)")
August 26, 2009 ISBN 978-4-04-715287-8

Fukui also wrote a prequel novel, which was bundled with the PS3 adaptation's Special Edition released on March 8, 2012. Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: The Postwar War contains an all-new story set two years before the events of the first episode. It deals with Full Frontal's origins and how the Neo Zeon stole the Sinanju.

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation titled Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Bande Dessinée (機動戦士ガンダムUC(ユニコーン)バンデシネ Kidō Senshi Gandamu Yunikōn Bandeshine?) started serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Gundam Ace in early 2010. The manga is written by Fukui Harutoshi and illustrated by Kouzou Oomori. Its first tankōbon volume was released on July 26, 2010.[2]

Anime[edit]

In the June 2009 issue[3] of the Japanese monthly manga magazine Gundam Ace, it was announced that an anime adaptation of Gundam Unicorn was green-lit for late 2009 and later moved to spring 2010. It is directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and features screenplays written by Yasuyuki Muto. Hajime Katoki, who was the mechanical designer for the novel, works on the anime alongside veteran designers Junya Ishigaki and Mika Akitaka, and newcomer Nobuhiko Genba. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's character designs were dapted for the series Kumiko Takahashi, and the music is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano.[4] It was planned to be six 50-minute episodes[5] with a worldwide release.[6] The series premiered on PlayStation Network Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable systems on February 20, 2010. The Blu-ray Disc edition was released simultaneously worldwide on March 12, 2010, featuring both Japanese and English audio and subtitles in five languages (Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Chinese).[7] The series was originally slated to last six episodes. However, on May 13, 2012, Bandai announced that the storyline will wrap up with a seventh episode.[8] Bandai Entertainment released the first four episodes of Unicorn on DVD before shutting down in 2012. Sunrise will release the OVA series on DVD in North America in four volumes with distribution from Right Stuf Inc. beginning in August 2013.[9]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Release date
1 "Day of the Unicorn"
"Yunikōn no Hi" (ユニコーンの日) 
February 20, 2010

A Neo-Zeon remnant group called the "Sleeves" travels to Side 4's Industrial 7 colony, so that its captain, Zinnerman, can receive a "key" to something known as "Laplace's Box" from Vist Foundation leader Cardeas Vist. The item is said to be capable of either restoring the future or destroying the world. Audrey Burns seeks to meet Vist first and convince him not to turn over Laplace's Box, believing the Sleeves will use it to start another war. Along the way, she is rescued by 16-year-old student Banagher Links, who agrees to take her to Vist. Meanwhile, a battle breaks out between the Federation's Londo Bell taskforce and the Sleeves. As the collateral damage rises, the colony is evacuated. Amidst the chaos, Banagher discovers the fatally-wounded Cardeas Vist in the cockpit of the Unicorn Gundam. Before his death, Vist entrusts the Gundam to Banagher, who realizes that Vist is his father. Banagher then launches in the Unicorn and confronts the Sleeves' elite pilot, Marida Cruz, who is piloting the Kshatriya.


Episode 1's theme song is "Ryūsei no Namida" by CHiAKi KURiYAMA 
2 "The Second Coming of Char"[Note 1]
"Akai Suisei" (赤い彗星) 
November 12, 2010

The transformed Unicorn Gundam overpowers the Kshatriya and Marida is ordered to retreat. The Unicorn is picked up by the Londo Bell ship Nahel Argama. Banagher is questioned by Daguza Mackle about how he came to possess the Unicorn Gundam but is interrupted by the Sleeves' surprise attack. Full Frontal, the leader of Neo Zeon, demands that the Nahel Argama hand over any items related to Laplace's Box, including the Unicorn. Daguza tries to ensure safe passage by holding Audrey - revealed to be Zeon Princess Mineva Lao Zabi - hostage, but Frontal refuses to accept they have the real Mineva. With no other choice, Banagher sorties in the Unicorn against the Sinanju; he fights well, but is captured when blindsided by the Kshatriya. Banagher is taken to meet Frontal at the Sleeves asteroid base of Palau.

After discussing the nature of Zeon with Marida, who is placed in charge of watching over Banagher, a crew member from the Nahel Argama disguised as a bum bumps into Banagher and passes him a map and a transmitter, telling him to get to the 14th space gate or risk being killed in the coming battle. Banagher laments over how the colony will become a battlefield soon.


Episode 2's theme song is "Everlasting" by Kylee 
3 "The Ghost of Laplace"
"Rapurasu no Bōrei" (ラプラスの亡霊) 
March 5, 2011

The Earth Federation and ECOAS execute their assault on Palau, with the intention of rescuing Banagher and the Unicorn. Saboteurs destroy Palau's connecting bridges, while the Nahel Argama unleashes its Hyper-Mega Particle Cannon, pushing the asteroids towards each other to damage much of the Sleeves' forces. Any Sleeves unit getting out is ambushed by ECOAS units hiding in the rocks. Riddhe springs Audrey from detention so they can go to Earth and talk to his father, Ronan, but not before trying to convince a surprised Micott about their intentions. Banagher finds the Unicorn Gundam and tries to escape, defeating Marida in the process. She is eventually captured and Alberto Vist is allowed to escort her to an Anaheim Electronics facility on Earth.

Banagher and Daguza proceed to the remains of Laplace with the intention of activating Laplace's Box, but hear the original broadcast of the Earth Federation establishment ceremony. The Sleeves are not far behind and the EFSF/ECOAS units fight them. The Sinanju appears and Daguza sacrifices his life to buy Banagher some time to activate the Unicorn's Destroy Mode. The fight sheds parts of the Laplace colony and sends them into the atmosphere. Banagher continues to pursue Full Frontal during the reentry, but a beam magnum shot meant for the Sinanju hits Gilboa Sant instead. As Banagher and the Nahel Argama enter the atmosphere, Audrey arrives at the Marcenas estate.

Note: This episode was co-produced by Studio Ghibli.[citation needed]


Episode 3's theme song is "merry-go-round" by CHEMISTRY 
4 "At the Bottom of the Gravity Well"
"Jūryoku no Ido no Soko de" (重力の井戸の底で) 
November 12, 2011

The Zeon Remnant forces attack the Federation Capitol Building at Dakar in a feint operation to allow the Garencieres to descend to Earth safely. Banagher is revealed to have been rescued from death by the Garencieres crew mid-descent. Marida is transported to a Federation facility in North America, where Martha Vist Carbine manipulates her using the wreck of an old Mass-Production Qubeley, which she had piloted in the past. Audrey is held at the Marcenas estate. Riddhe escapes after his father, Ronan, tells him the truth about Laplace's Box. Audrey briefly escapes captivity long enough to have a insightful conversation with an old man in a local diner, which strengthens her resolve. Bright Noa is ordered to take Riddhe on board the Ra Cailum under his command, as well as capture the Garencieres.

After being called in from around the world, the Zeon Remnant forces band together and assault Torrington Base en masse. The Shamblo's pilot, Loni Garvey, falls victim to the malfunctioning on-board psycommu system, becoming a channel for her dead father's bloodlust and begins indiscriminately massacring the population of a local city, despite being ordered to avoid causing collateral damage. Banagher, appalled by the resulting destruction, confronts Zinnerman about his hypocritical rationalizing of the situation and flies out in the Unicorn Gundam to put a stop to Loni's rampage. After failing to reason with her, he activates the NT-D in a last-ditch effort to stop her without resorting to lethal force. Incensed by Banagher's refusal to kill Loni, Riddhe decides to kill her himself, much to Banagher's dismay, and orders him at gunpoint to hand over the Unicorn Gundam according to Captain Bright's orders. As he threatens Banagher, the two witness a mysterious black-colored Unicorn Gundam being dropped into the battlefield.


Episodes 4's theme song is "B-Bird" by earthmind 
5 "Black Unicorn"
"Kuroi Yunikōn" (黒いユニコーン) 
May 19, 2012

After neutralizing the Delta Plus, the newly-arrived Banshee captures the Unicorn and returns it to the Ra Cailum, where Riddhe encounters and attempts to question Alberto Vist of Anaheim Electronics' motives, only to be ignored. Meanwhile, on the Garuda, Martha requests Mineva's assistance to coerce Banagher's cooperation in disclosing the location of Laplace's Box. On the Ra Cailum, Bright speaks with Banagher and comes to terms with the latter's actions, before learning of the Federation's covert deployment of the new Dogosse Gier-class battleship General Revil. He sends orders to the Nahel Argama, instructing them to rendezvous with the Garencieres. The Tri-Stars, Riddhe, Marida and Banagher are assigned to provide cover while the Unicorn Gundam is transferred back to the Garuda. However, combat between the Garuda and Garencieres' forces breaks out, and in the ensuing chaos, Banagher restrains the Banshee long enough for Zimmerman to board the Garuda. Riddhe enters the Garuda's rear docking bay and confronts Anaheim staff to rescue Mineva, but before he can do so, Zimmerman begins firing on them. Mineva takes advantage of the distraction to reach Zimmerman, who gives her a parachute. An exploding Anksha damages the docking bay and incapacitates Zimmerman. Riddhe pleads with Mineva to no avail; she leaps off the Garuda and is caught by Banagher, who activates the Unicorn's NT-D system. After he brings Mineva to the Garencieres, Banagher forces the Banshee into the Garuda hangar. Marida identifies the Delta Plus as a Gundam and decimates it with the Banshee's Armed Armor VN claw. Having regained consciousness, Zimmerman reaches out to Marida and implores that she return to the Garencieres. Realizing her identity, Marida falls out of the Banshee's cockpit unconscious.

The Garencieres undergoes the next phase of its mission and attempts to link with the Nahel Argama as per the original mission. However, an engine malfunction causes the ship to fall out of its designated trajectory. Despite this, the Nahel Argama fires its tow cable, which is caught by the Unicorn; the forces exerted on the machine threaten to pull it apart. The spirits of Daguza Mackle and Gilboa Sant appear, resulting in the Unicorn's psycoframe producing a green luminescence, helping the Garencieres achieve orbit. Both ships find themselves under heavy fire from the General Revil. Flast believes that this was orchestrated by the Federation, but Mineva notes that the Federation attack patterns imply their intent on destroying the Garencieres and the Nahel Argama. Banagher attempts to engage the forces, but the Unicorn has exhausted its fuel supply. Angelo Sauper and his YAMS-132 Rozen Zulu appears and lays waste to the Federation mobile suits. He buys enough time for Full Frontal to head straight for the Revil and open fire with his rocket bazooka.


Episode 5's theme song is "Broken Mirror" by Boom Boom Satellites 
6 "Two Worlds, Two Tomorrows"[Note 2]
"Sora to Hoshi to" (宇宙(そら)と地球(ほし)と) 
March 2, 2013

Full Frontal and Angelo Sauper comes in to rescue the Nahel Argama and the Garencieres as the EFSF flagship General Revil bears down on them. The Londo Bell Tri-Stars chase down the Garencieres, which suddenly blows up as a decoy to buy time for the Sleeves to take over the Nahel Argama. In explaining the takeover, Full Frontal says it was an opportunity to finally open Laplace's Box, reveals his memories of the events of Char's Counterattack and his reasons for continuing to oppose the Earth Federation; implying very strongly that he is in fact Char Aznable. He leaves Angelo in charge of the vessel as it heads back to Industrial 7 - where the last clue leads to - along with the Rewloola.

Angelo has the Nahel Argama crewman send out an SOS beacon, prompting the Federation's Luna II base to send a Salamis cruiser in pursuit. Captain Otto defies Angelo's orders to destroy the warship. An ECOAS team led by Conroy Haagensen assaults the Nahel Argama and gradually fights the Neo-Zeon troops back to the MS hangar deck. Banagher activates the Unicorn to aid in the attack, but Full Frontal faces him and threatens him with death if he doesn't join the Neo-Zeon's cause, since Mineva already knows where the Box is. With Mineva's help, Marida reactivates the Kshatriya to prevent Angelo from destroying the Nahel Argama but declares not joining Full Frontal’s plan to use the Box to launch another war with the Federation. As Marida seeks Zinnerman's permission to fight the Sleeves, he decides to finally let her go and live her own life. Angelo and Full Frontal fly back to the Rewloola in Angelo's Rozen Zulu.

Back on Earth, Martha Vist threatens Bright Noa and Londo Bell with being left out of the pursuit operation if they do not co-operate with her. She also barges into a meeting of Ronan Marcenas and several EFSF politicians to announce her intentions to prevent the Box's opening.

Upon entering the region near Industrial 7, Banagher flies out in the Full-Armor Unicorn Gundam to get closer to opening the Box. A surprise awaits him though - the Unicorn Banshee Norn, piloted by Riddhe Marcenas, who was earlier briefed by Alberto Vist about the origins of the Vist Foundation.


Episode 6's theme song is "RE:I AM" by Aimer 
SP "Mobile Suit Gundam UC: One of Seventy-Two"
"Kidou Senshi Gundam UC: ONE OF SEVENTY TWO" (機動戦士ガンダムUC: ONE OF SEVENTY TWO) 
August 3, 2013 (DOME-G, Gundam Front Tokyo)
The Sleeves test the AMX-107R ReBawoo mobile suit in a shoal zone on December 3, UC 0095. Having learned about the test, the Earth Federation and Anaheim Electronics sends one ship each to investigate the Sleeves' test as Martha Vist Carbine watches the operation unfold. The Federation deploys the Unicorn Gundam Unit 3 Phenex in a bid to destroy the ReBawoo and the Unicorn Banshee. The ReBawoo splits up and escapes as the two Unicorn Gundams fight each other in Destroy Mode. When the two units' psychoframes resonate, Martha orders the operation terminated, but the Phenex suddenly breaks away and makes for the Federation ship. Two Federation officials aboard the ship are aghast to see the Phenex just outside the bridge before the screen fades to black. 
7 "Over The Rainbow"
"Niji no Kanata ni" (虹の彼方に) 
May 17, 2014

Episode 7's theme song is "StarRingChild" by Aimer 
  1. ^ The literal translation of episode two's Japanese title is "The Red Comet", an honorary title that was bestowed upon the character Char Aznable, whom Full Frontal was designed to emulate. However the title "The Second Coming of Char" was chosen by Sunrise for the English release.
  2. ^ The literal translation of episode six's Japanese title is "The Sky and the Stars". However the title "Two Worlds, Two Tomorrows" was chosen by Sunrise for the English release .

Video games[edit]

The RX-0 Unicorn Gundam is one of the playable secret mobile suits in Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next. For the PlayStation Portable port Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus, the Unicorn is joined by the NZ-666 Kshatriya. The Unicorn is part of Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3,[12] along with the Sinanju and Kshatriya (DLC only). The Unicorn, Kshatriya, Sinanju, and the Delta Plus are the initial UC units included in the arcade game Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.,[13] and were later supplanted by the Banshee and Rozen Zulu. In the Wii and PlayStation Portable Game "SD Gundam G Generation World," the Unicorn Gundam, Kshatriya, Sinanju, Delta Plus, Loto, Rezel, the Jegan units and Geara Zulu (including Angelo Sauper's custom) are playable units. In SD Overworld, units from episode 4 and 5 are now included with some units from the PS3 game, such as Gundam Delta Kai, Delta Gundam and the Sinanju Stein. This suit is also in SD Gundam Online.

An action game based on the first three episodes of the anime adaptation was developed by From Software and was published by Namco Bandai during March 8, 2012 in Japan.[14][15]

Toys/Models[edit]

The first models to come from the series were the 1/100 Master Grade "Ver. Ka" (Ka stands for series mecha designer Hajime Katoki) kits of the Sinanju and the Unicorn in 2009, which were followed up with the Full Armor Unicorn in December 2011, the online exclusive Unicorn Banshee "Final Battle" version in March 2012, and the Sinanju Stein in February 2013. All four kits appear as depicted in the novels. A 1/100 Sinanju rocket bazooka is packaged with the eighth issue in the novel series while a 1/100 Armed Armor DE is a free item for the eighth Bande Dessinee volume. The company also produced all of the OVA series' mobile suits (plus the UC MS Variations and Bande Dessinee manga series) in its HGUC line of 1/144 model kits (including the Base Jabber transports); some are special glitterized or clear-plastic kits marketed as online exclusives or as "Theater Limited" items (sold at select moviehouses on the day of an episode screening). A number of the kits are also available as Master Grade and B-Club models, with the MG 1/100 Unicorn Gundam also sold in a "HD" version featuring its hangar cage. Several UC kits in the two lines have Titanium Finish (metallic) versions. The Phenex was first sold at Gundam Front Tokyo in 1/144 scale as part of the promotions for One of Seventy-Two; the initial casting was criticized, but a Master Grade version of the unit was released in February 2014 as a gold cast model. A 1/144 Destroy Mode Unicorn was also released in limited numbers as part of the ANA Gundam Sky Project in April 2011.[16] The Gundam Fix Figuration line also has versions of the standard and Full-Armor Unicorn, and ReZEL, and metal composite Unicorns. Certain issues of Gundam UC Ace magazine also offer free weapon kits.

The series' appearance in the Robot Spirits line of action figures began with the release of the normal mode Unicorn in November 2009, followed by its Destroy Mode version, the Geara Zulu, the Stark Jegan, the Sinanju (as appeared in Episode 2 and 3; a second version released in January 2014, features a rocket bazooka, brighter red color scheme, and a burnt head.), Angelo Sauper's Geara Zulu, and the Destroy Mode and Norn versions of the Banshee. Bandai's Tamashii Shouten online-exclusive shop carries the Elite Guard Geara Zulu, which was released in February 2011, a Destroy Mode Unicorn with glittering psycoframe [17] that can be mated with a special lighting stage.[18] A Destroy Mode Unicorn with green glittering psycoframe as depicted in Episode 5 was released in 2013 with its own lighting stage. Katoki also joined forces with Bandai to create Robot Spirits versions of the Byarlant Custom, Yonem Kirks' Zaku I Sniper, and the Guncannon Detector as online exclusives under the "Ka Signature" collection.[19] The Detector is also available in the red livery of the AEUG's Karaba terrestrial forces, plus the ARX-014 Silver Bullet.

Some units in the series are also available in the Assault Kingdom line of small poseable action figures.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gundam-unicorn.net/en/world/index.html
  2. ^ "機動戦士ガンダムUC バンデシネ (1)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ Published in April, 2009
  4. ^ "Gundam Unicorn Anime Officially Announced (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Gundam U.C. to Be 6 50-Minute OVAs". Anime News Network. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  6. ^ "Report: Gundam Unicorn Planned for Simultaneous World Release". Anime News Network. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Gundam Unicorn to Have English Dub, 5-Language Subs (Updated)". October 22, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Report: Gundam Unicorn Seventh episode". Anime News Network. 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  9. ^ "Right Stuf to Release Gundam UC Series on DVD". Anime News Network. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  10. ^ http://gundam-musou3.jp/
  11. ^ http://gundam-vs.jp/extreme/
  12. ^ Famitsu (November 10, 2011). "『機動戦士ガンダムUC』がプレイステーション3でゲーム化!". Famitsu. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ Anoop Gantayat (November 9, 2011). "More Details on From's Gundam UC PS3 Conversion". Andriasang.com. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.gundammodelkits.com/ana-x-gundam-sky-project-hguc-1144-ana-unicorn-gundam-destroy-mode.html
  15. ^ http://tamashii.jp/item/10080/
  16. ^ http://tamashii.jp/item/10081/
  17. ^ Hobby Japan, January 2012

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