Mark Simmons (scorpio@best.com)
Thu, 11 May 2000 21:30:54 -0700


First, spoiler space for those who don't wish to know the big Turn A
gimmick....

Okay, now onward.

  As we've noted, Tomino seems to be content to assert that all the
Gundam shows take place in the same universe, without sweating the
details. The nitpicky minutiae are left as an exercise for the viewer,
i.e. us. So let me point out a couple more clues as to how the show's
props fit together...

FROM THE UC GUNDAM WORLD

The Cannon Irfute is clearly from the UC Gundam world, circa the F91 era
(roughly UC 0120). It's a mere 15 meters tall, like F91's scaled-down
suits, and it has a linear seat almost identical to that of F91's other
mobile suits. Its shield bears the Federation logo. And the spaceship
Willgem, where the Irfute was stashed, is similar in appearance to the
small craft seen in F91 and V Gundam.

  The Borjarnon is obviously a Zaku II. Even its cockpit is identical.

  The Kapool and Gallop, while largely identical to their namesakes in ZZ
and original Gundam, are substantially smaller. No idea why. The Kapool
also appears to lack a linear seat and panoramic cockpit.

FROM THE GUNDAM X WORLD

I just realized why the cockpits of the Gozzo and Eagel (the mobile suits
used by Koren Nander and his wingmen) look so familar. They're recycled
from Gundam X. The seats, controls, and floor pedals are identical to
those of the standard Federation cockpits from Gundam X. And the Gozzo's
model number, NRS-P701, is reminiscent of the New Federation's NRX and
NRMA prefixes.

FROM THE G GUNDAM WORLD

The use of nanotechnology in the Turn A, Turn X, and Wadom hints at a G
Gundam connection. Ditto the Wadom's JMA model number, akin to the JMS
and JMA prefixes used by the Neo Japanese military. Not to mention the
Turn X's shining finger...

  The Sumo, a contemporary of the Turn A, must also derive from the G
Gundam era. Likewise the Mahirow, one of the last mobile suits introduced
in the show, which has a mobile trace system like that used in the Gundam
Fight.

FROM THE GUNDAM WING WORLD

I can't actually think of anything in Turn A which seems obviously
connected to the Wing world, one key flashback aside. Then again, the
Wing saga ends with the destruction of all mobile suits, so it stands to
reason they wouldn't leave a lot of relics behind...

-- Mark

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