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WD-M01 Turn A Gundam
December 30, 2009, 10:58 am
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WD-M01 Turn A Gundam

The WD-M01 Turn A Gundam aka SYSTEM ∀-99 (WD-M01) ∀ Gundam is a fictional mecha from the CC (正暦 Seireki) calendar system in the anime Turn A Gundam.
The System-∀99 (WD-M01) ∀ Gundam (also known as “Turn A”) was first discovered in CC 2345 when the Moonrace’s Diana Counter army arrived on Earth and attacked the city of Nocis; which at the time was holding a Coming of Age ceremony for Loran Cehack and Sochie Heim, who danced and offered prayers in front of the “White Doll” statue. When the Moonrace forces attack, the “White Doll” statue crumbled, revealing the Turn A. Loran and Sochie take shelter inside the cockpit, which activates and automatically fires at the unaware Moonrace forces. After several battles with the Moonrace, the Turn A became the symbol of the struggle to resist the Moonrace’s attempts at colonizing Earth.

The Turn A’s main propulsion was provided by an I-field Beam Drive System, which left the suit completely hollow and allowed it to be filled with extra armaments and rocket thrusters. Standard armament consisted of two beam sabers and a beam rifle. The Turn A was also equipped with an I-Field barrier which could protect it from various sorts of attack, including nuclear weapons. It is also capable of utilizing some sort of teleportation system, allow it to vanish from one place and reappear later.

Its nanomachines onboard are capable of an attack named “Moonlight Butterfly” (named after the effects of the attack when active). It is said that the attack has 3 requirements, the nano-machines, the energy to use them and finally the program to activate it.

Moonlight Butterfly

Moonlight Butterfly

Turn A was originally designed for interstellar warfare. Unlike mobile weapons from previous timelines, Turn A Gundam is powered by a DHGCP powerplant (Discontinuous Hyperoscillation Gauge Collapsing Pile) which is essentially an artifical blackhole. The powerplant leaves the chest cavity of Turn A open, allowing several different equipments to be placed inside, as evidenced by Turn A holding Nuclear Warheads within the cavity. To futher enhance its combat power, Turn A Gundam also has a large support unit called the DOC Base (Device Operation Control) which hold various equipments for Turn A Gundam, allow it to quickly be refit according to situation. One of the DOC Bases was discovered in the series, and although it’s wrecked by Moonlight Butterfly and the hyper hammer, heavily coated with preserving nano-machine, it remains usable.

It is also capable of total regeneration of both itself and its pilot, (however, this is not instantaneous and can take some time) the ability to warp beam shots directly into enemy cockpits through unknown means, and teleportation. However, these are not shown in the series, and are not firmly placed in the canon.



Turn A Gundam(1999)
December 30, 2009, 10:51 am
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Turn-A Gundam is a Gundam series created by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino. The show premiered in 1999, the 20th anniversary of the original Mobile Suit Gundam, as part of the “Big Bang Event.” The show is loosely set in a universe in which the Universal Century, Future Century, After War, and After Colony timelines have already occurred, so that mecha and technology from these past Gundam series are unearthed and referenced throughout the series.

Turn-A is set in the far future of Correct Century 2345 (exactly how far this is from each show varies in different incarnations), in which many wars, followed by a mysterious event (Revealed to be WD-M01 Turn A Gundam‘s Moonlight Butterfly attack turning all technology from Earth to Jupiter, with the exception of the moon, to sand) have blasted Earth’s technology back by hundreds of years. As the series begins, Earth has achieved roughly early 20th century-era technology, and is invaded by the Moonrace, a colony of humans that have been living on the moon.

The show features a fairly large cast by Gundam standards, of which comparatively few are active combatants. Among the characters are:

  • Loran Cehack, a member of the Moonrace who emigrated to and settled on Earth with his friends Keith Laije and Fran Doll, as advance scouts for the Moonrace colonization effort. It is during this time that he befriends and becomes the driver for the Heim Family, a well-to-do family that owns a mine in Inglessa. He is sympathetic to both sides of the war, but primarily wants to stop the Moonrace from its conquest. He has impressive mechanical skills, one of the reasons the Heims hired him, and his feminine looks caused Guin Lineford to coin the nickname “Laura” for him, which comes in handy as an alias when he uses it to infiltrate an Earthrace ball and negotiate with Queen Diana Soriel. At the end of the series, he marries Diana Soriel and lives out his years with her. He pilots the WD-M01 Turn A Gundam.
  • Kihel Heim, a well-to-do girl who takes on Loran as a servant. She is a near mirror-image of Diana Soriel, queen of the Moonrace. She uses her aesthetic similarities to the queen to pose as her during key points in the series, and eventually permanently at the end, when Diana deserts her position to marry Loran Cehalk. She eventually marries Harry Ord, Captain of the Guard and her love.
  • Diana Soreil, the queen of the Moonrace, who is leading the invasion somewhat against her will. She’s supported slow emigration to Earth, but has been pushed towards conquest by the Moon’s military. Diana and Kihel happen to look exactly alike.
  • Sochie Heim, Kihel’s younger sister and eventually a mecha pilot.
  • Guin Lineford, a charasmatic noble that is driven by personal ambition rather than his peoples’ welfare, causing him to make a Faustian Pact with Gym Gingnham in order to secure Moonrace technology for his own gain.

Turn-A is more political than most Gundam series. It focuses on the external and internal politics of both the invaded Earth peoples and the invading Moonrace.