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Three Angels and One Zero – New Gundams to Appear on G00 Season 2

Whats gonna be the names of the gundams this time? Gundam Pope?

What are gonna be the names of the new gundams this time? Gundam Pope?

You probably already know new Gundams would have to appear in the upcoming season, even without seeing the trailers. It’s a no brainer actually, if you watched the last episode of season one, you should know that most of the Gundam models got uber owned to the point of no repair.

What you probably don’t know is the etymology (word origins) of the Gundam codenames. Exia, Dynames, Kyrios and Virtue – the average audience were probably scratching their heads trying to figure out (1) what these names mean and (2) why  they can’t be simple like their Gundam Seed predecessors (i.e. Strike, Blitz, Justice, etc.). It turns out that that each Gundam corresponded to a second sphere angel rank – Exia, Dynames, Kyrios corresponding to Exousia, Dunamis, Kuriotes which are Greek for Powers, Virtues, and Dominions respetively. And as you must have gussed, Virtue is just Virtue (Sunrise probably ran out of names since each sphere in the angelic heirarchy only has three ranks). Even the Trinity Team’s Gundams are named after an angel rank by the name of Thrones, the lowest rank on the first sphere heirarchy.

So yes…it only makes sense to have angelic nomenclature if you belong to an organization whose name is a metonomy for God (i.e. Almight, Him, Omnipotent, Providence, etc), in this case, Celestial Being. If you still don’t get the allusion/reference…

trumpets playing Allelujah...Allelujah...Allelujah!

<trumpets playing> Allelujah...Allelujah...Allelujah!

Going back to topic, the new gundams will continue with the name trend, save for one (or two). I’m pretty sure the two named Seravee Gundam and Cherudim Gundam are derived from Seraphim and Cherubim, two angelic ranks of the first sphere. I am not so sure about Arios Gundam. To me it sounds like a variation of Kyrios…I don’t know. Setsuna’s replacement will be the 00 Gundam. Again, not so sure why they did not name this from an angelic rank (probably a shortage of ranks again? :).

If you wanna know what the new gundams look like, check out Newtype.

On a closing note, I can’t wait for the second series to come. One of my favorite character will be starting a career as a pilot next season. I wanna know how she changed from this…

...a spontaneous yet adorable girl...

...a spontaneous yet adorable girl...

to this…

a potential killer pilot courtesy of a new hand prosthetic.

a potential killer pilot courtesy of a new hand prosthetic.

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3 Comments

  53RG10 wrote @

I caught on to that early on. But what I didn’t catch was the Nadleeh thing, after reading that article, I just laughed at both Virtue and Tieria. ^_^

  amayalee wrote @

Never really got into Gundam! 😛 It’s just not my type of thing, I’m very picky about my mecha! I might pick it up sooner or later though…(If I can figure out where to start)

  53RG10 wrote @

@amayalee: I’m also no too big on Gundam. Mainly because there were so many to watch and it would take a long time to catch up…>_>

Good thing Gundam 00 was easy to jump into without any knowledge of previous Gundams! ^_^ If you don’t know where to start, start there!


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