James Boren (jboren@earthlink.net)
Sun, 13 Jun 1999 19:33:48 -0700


>--- James Boren <jboren@earthlink.net> wrote:
>
>>> While Kampfer is mission specific, RX79G-Ez8
>>> "Ground Combat Gundam Ez-8" is definity a
>>> pilot-specific one- off. It's modified from RX79G &
>
>>> the lone unit is assigned to Shiro Amada in the
>08th
>>> MS Team OVA. Besides certain areas in which Ez8 is
>>> better than RX79G, the modification was basically a
>
>>> test by Fed's brass to see if Shiro was a Zeon spy
>>> as theysuspected.
>>
>> How is that a test? Is this from the movie "Miller's
>> Report"? Was there ever a synopsis of this?
>
>The story goes like this: the 08th MS Team was trying
>to intercept the Apsaras in the desert, and Shiro,
>trying to save one of his teammate, tangled w/ Apsaras
>& eventually both damaged mechas landed near a snowed
>mountain. There, Shiro reunited w/ Aina, Apsara's
>test-pilot who had a run-in w/ Shiro back in space but
>they became friends ever since. This time, their
>friendship developed into love before they were
>rescued by their respective forces. Shiro was tried &
>interrogated as a alleged spy at Fed's military court
>because he didn't kill the enemy (Aina). Shiro pleaded
>his case, and eventually his suspension was lifted &
>the new Ez-8, an official one-off 'kit-bash' of RX-79G
>was assigned to him to lead his teammates oncemore.
>
>To test Shiro's ability to kill enemies up-close &
>personal, the Fed's installed an anti-personnel 12.7mm
>machine gun tarret on Ez-8's chest (this replaced the
>original anti-MS Gatling gun standard on RX79G). Also,
>a pair of head-mounted 35mm vulcans were installed on
>Ez-8. This serves as a symbol as a commander MS (all
>RX79G have no head vulcans) as well as a survival kit
>& further test of Shiro's determination in shooting
>down enemies. (in the OVA, Shiro's attitude towards
>enemies took a huge turn after he met & in love w/
>Aina. Even so, Shiro, as well as his boss Kojima,
>represent the dying breed of Fed soldiers who still
>value human lives & the honour of being a soldier)
>
>
Thanks, I wondered why the tiny 12.7mm gun was put on. It seemed so
ungundam-like, (way too tiny, though it makes more sense in terms of
anti-personel). Suppose that is also the reason for his flashback when he
kills the Zaku I pilot. Killing her didn't really seem in his character.

-James

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