Wild Arms 2nd Ignition Complete Guide (Famitsu, 2000)
Summary of interview (pg 344-353) with Kaneko Akifumi (writer, total game design), Ookubo Tetsuya (monster design, battle graphics), Itou Yukihiko (character design, field)
Kaneko says the theme of the game is heroes; How "hero" is interpreted. An antithesis to the kind of heroes that appear in RPGs.
Ootsubo says they ran with their own interests a lot, with even more homages to things that they love, and Itou notes that the people in charge of the battles were having great fun working on the game.
Kaneko says that Force is something that builds up with fear, when you're in danger. Regular enemies just die to normal attacks so it's mainly for bosses. It's a system they came up with solely for Ashley- Letting him just transform right off the bat would be equivalent to Ultraman starting a fight with his specium ray. Ootsubo interprets force points as a "rage meter", and Itou compares it to runners getting better midway through a marathon.
The game doesn't have MP because Kaneko wanted to make a game where you can use all the magic you want.
Kaneko says that Ashley's parents are dead, and that he has no friends: That's why Marina and her aunt are so excited when Tony shows up as a friend to Ashley, and since Ashley himself knows he has no friends that's why he's so surprised. The bakery is Marina's aunt's house, her parents are dead too. Her parents are dead outlaws, akin to Bonny and Clyde, and probably died in a hail of bullets. That's why Marina isn't too fond of state power. Ashley and Marina's parents had something to do with each other and that's why the two of them grew up together in that house. They went for the opposite of Rody (WA1): Rody had a big secret in his past while Ashley's past isn't touched upon, Rody's loved by the girls but doesn't end up with anyone while Ashley starts in a relationship.
Ootsubo notes that Ashley does share the same "Gundam colours" of white, blue and red with Rody.
Kaneko says that the trucks that show up in Ashley's prologue have names, Ouka and Kaiten, derived from WW2 Japanese suicide craft; It's supposed to be ironic. Also, the three kidnappers, Gungal, Zoug and Geloog get their names from the Gungal line of Gundam knockoff model kits that showed up in the 80's.
With Marina, Kaneko aimed for a realistic character. She's the sort of person he personally can't stand. She tends to be argumentative, yet works purely based on emotion and not logic. Ootsubo calls her a "landmine", and Itou says that she's clingy. Kaneko says that that's why Ashley manages to come back to Fargaia, though: She's his marina, his port or bay, his collar. Riruka does her best, but in the end, Ashley comes home to Marina.
Riruka is the opposite of Marina, a character who's not normal or realistic. People in the game comment on how odd her costume is too. She's mostly a stereotypical character, with the only exception being that she's bad at magic. You can see this not just in the story but also in the stats; Her magic stats are really low compared to Tim's. Kaneko also makes it clear that there's no saving Riruka's sister; She closed off the entrance to the Millenium Puzzle herself so that nobody else would end up trapped in it. The interviewer asks about the time Riruka asks Terry is he's in love with her or something, and Kaneko says that she doesn't actually believe it, it was just a thing she said in response to him frequently pestering her.
Brad's real name is of course not Brad; He swapped names with Billy, the man in the wheelchair, who's the real hero of Slayheim. Brad didn't get permission to do this from Billy and feels guilty about it. The Liberation Front itself was too big and the majority of its members can't tell which of the two was which.
Tim was designed to look like a girl from the start. Pooka's design changed a lot over time, and other proposals they previously had where Chapapanga's and Kalivos'.
Kanon was meant to be a more Cyborg 009 kind of hero. In other RPGs the main character would have some sort of association, maybe be a descendant of the heroes of legend, but Ashley doesn't have that, and they needed another way to get the Sword Saint into the story, and that was Kanon.
Kaneko makes it clear that the Noble Reds are immortals, but not vampires; Mariabell only hates the sun because she thinks it's bad for her complexion. They do age, but very slowly, several hundred times slower than humans. They can also bite humans, which does not turn the humans into Noble Reds, but does slow down their aging.
Anastasia's character was written to be a "normal person", like Ashley. She has a birthmark under her left eye, and all the Valerias do too, including Kanon (under her eyepatch).
Neither Vinsfeld nor Altaecia knew about Irving's plot. Kaneko jokes that Altaecia spends all her time in the kitchen because she cooks all the meals for everyone in the chateau, and that it's always curry because Irving likes it. Also, she was originally going to be a much bigger character, playing a part in all the important scenes in the chateau and having more indications that she and Irving are "very close", but they had to cut all that because of space issues.
They originally wanted to do more with the other staff members of the chateau as well, especially make a clearer portrayal of how they all live there. Kaneko wanted drink cans and candy around Amy's spot, for example. He says it's regretful that they had to cut a lot of chateau-related events due to space.
Ptolomea is based on Rambo from First Blood, someone who came back from war only to be treated with disdain. He was a member of the Slayheim Liberation Front, but doesn't know Brad because he was a new recruit.
Judecca's original weapon was supposed to be a huge tuning fork which he'd used to shoot shockwaves, but they turned him into a gunman because Kaneko thinks guns are cooler. Kaneko also says the Judecca was a character that was easy to move, and he loved writing him.
Vinsfeld is the sort of person who likes having tons of medals, and looking at himself, and being seen, and Kaneko compares him to Giren Zabi (Gundam).
Odessa controls monsters by planting receivers in them, and they keep the monsters under their control asleep until they're needed.
Caina's key, Randolph, is named after Randolph Carter. Vinsfeld's sword, Mountains of Madness ("Mad Mountains" in the English release), is also from Lovecraft.
Kaneko notes that the enemies in WA2 are not monsters, but kaijuu. Ootsubo says that he designed them so that 20% are monsters while 80% are kaijuu, and that he especially tried to make it so that they look like they could be suits with humans inside. He also says that the kaijuu were inspired not just by Tsuburaya stuff but also P Pro shows and Kamen Rider.
The idea for Toka and Ge (English: "Liz" and "Ard") came from Gorri and La from Spectreman. Kaneko and Ootsubo also say that they originally wanted the boss introduction scenes to have data like their height and weight, and where they're from. The two of them spent two years working on the enemies, starting immediately after WA1 was finished, because they knew it'd take time.
The Spriggan bosses from the Ley Points (English: "Ray Point") were originally a Guardian of mirrors, and Bulgogidon (English: "Bulkogidon") got its name from Ootsubo was hungry and decided to order some Korean food, saw Pulgogi-don (Korean pulgogi in a donburi) on the menu, and thought it sounded like a kaijuu name (he also misread the "pu" as a "bu"). Kaneko says that the guardian Zephyr taking his heart out is "the Getter ray reactor" (Getter Robo). Ootsubo's favourite kaijuu is Saddath, which is a combination of all the kaijuu from Mirrorman, and Itou notes the Earth Federation (Gundam) logo on its stomach. Kaneko thinks Greater Beast, based on the seven-headed ten-horned beast from the Book of Revelation, is Ootsubo's best work. The Gobs were designed by someone not in this interview, but they note that they were based on Zeon mobile suits from Gundam (there was also going to be a blue one with a heat rod, but it was cut from the game). The artist who handled the Kaijuu Encyclopedia was an actual trading card artist that Sony found for them.
Regarding the encounter cancel system: Kaneko notes that people who don't like battles just run from them, but thinks that it's silly that they have to do that because it's not that they actually want to run from battles, but that they don't want to get into them in the first place. The encounter cancel system was made for such people. The coin continue system was something that came as natural to the developers, as most of the people on the staff love arcade shooters and fighters. Kaneko doesn't like how you can't use all the characters in your party at the same time, and would've liked all the characters taking on Ragu O Ragula together, but hardware limitations meant only three party members could be displayed at any one time.
The interview ends with Kaneko using half a page to talk about how he plans making Wild Arms 3 a baseball game.
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Astranagant model kit manual fluff translation
Height: 40.7 metres
Weapons: ZO Sword, Gun Familiar, Axion Cannon, Infinity Cylinder
A mysterious humanoid mobile weapon that cannot yet exist, though some claim to have glimpsed it. It appears out of nowhere, and is thought to be able to travel not just through space but also through parallel worlds. However, its methods of doing so and power source are unknown. It is assumed to be part of the "Chum Tzelem" series of mobile weapon Euzeth Gozzo was working on in the Ze Balmary Empire, but it is unknown if this unit belongs to the empire. Also, technology from Earth's (the surface world) and the underground world of Ra Gias is also used in it, as it has a T-Link System, a sword that uses Zol Orihalconium, and remote attack weapons called familiars. However, its association if any with the SRX and Masoukishin is unknown.
Weapons (Infinity Cylinder and Gun Familiar are only in the Premium Edition manual)
-Active Wing Unit
Seems to be an upgraded version of the same unit used by the Ze Balmary Empire's humanoid mobile weapon Garilnagant, but further details are unavailable.
Zol Orihalconium Sword. Zol Orihalconium is a liquid that turns into a solid via a crystalisation process which requires the insertion of a crystal nucleus, and the resulting metal crystal (solid) varies depending on the type of nucleus used.
The strongest of the Astranagant's weapons. Said to be able to erase its targets by reversing time through the high-speed oscillation of ten neutron stars summoned via phase regulation, but it is doubtful that this is even possible.
Remote assault weapons that resemble revolvers. There are two, and each seems to possess something like its own will.
Neo Granzon model kit manual fluff translation
One thing that puzzled the people who helped build the Granzon are the black boxes known as "Riddles". These were things that Shu installed into the Neo Granzon himself. Though they vary in size all can fit into the palm of a hand, and so they left him to do whatever he wanted because it didn't affect the weight or anything. All the Riddles formed a network controlled by the Kabbalah Program Shuu designed.
The system was thought to boost the output and power up some of the Granzon's weapons. Shuu named this the Mahakala System.When people who thought it was an inappropriate name for something controlling a black hole asked him why he named it so, he replied that Mahakala is another name of the Hindu god Shiva, meaning "Great Black". It is said that those who heard his words were more inclined to shudder than to laugh. Most did not find it in taste for him to be naming it after a destroyer god.
At the end of the Shura War, responding to mysterious words uttered by Shuu, the Granzon transformed into the Neo Granzon, and embodiment of fear created from Ra Gias alchemy and the power of the ancient dark god Volkruss. The Neo Granzon, now worthy of its being named after a destroyer god, took on the Masoukishin Cybuster and the task force that would later be known as the Kouryuu Sentai.
After the battle, Shuu left behind more puzzling words, and vanished from the surface world. According to Masaki, Shuu had had his will bent and his body controlled by Volkruss.
Rumours have it that Shuu has not died, and that the Granzon too is still in action. One rumour has it that he returned from the dead along with the Granzon in Ra Gias, and is know fighting his former master Volkruss. If so, where will the road lead Shuu Shirakawa, and the Neo Granzon?
Baryon generation halo (ring)
A device that creates baryons from fluctuating ether. The Neo Granzon requires black holes, and thus overwhelming large amounts of mass, and it extracts the necessary mass from the ether. By doing so the Neo Granzon's power output is compared to the Granzon entire digits higher.
The Bridles of Volkruss (giant shoulders)
Bridles usually refer to a horse's reins, but in this case refer to the chains of Volkruss. The core of the network system Kabbalah which has the power to warp the laws of physics itself is said to exist here. The details behind the system are unknown but it is said that by borrowing power from Volkruss results in the user being controlled by said power. Shuu later analyzed and recreated this system to not require Volkruss' power.
A weapon that creates and fires black holes even greater than the black hole cluster's by degenerating the mass created by the baryon creation halo in the black hole engine. Through the high dimensional degeneration of large amounts of mass it is able to cause a small supernova and thus overwhelming physical damage to a contained area. The gravitational collapse that comes after this also has a pull to it that breaks down all matter close to it.
Gravity control device (yellow things on arms)
Allows movement via the setting of a virtual "ground" and a vertical axis. It can also crush targets by generating gravity of up to 3200 Gs in a wide area (Gravitron Cannon). It is also used in mass reduction and inertial control. As the Neo Granzon can change G vectors in 3 microseconds, regular inertial control systems are incompatible with it.
Distortion shield (field) generation device (yellow things on shoulders)
Creates a homogenized force field in a sphere around the Neo Granzon that warps the kinetic energy of anything that tries to pass through it from the outside, dispersing it across the surface of the field. As electromagnetic waves too are cancelled out entirely instead of being dispersed, this has an effect on both kinetic and beam ammunition.
Granzon model kit manual fluff translation (only stuff that isn't shared with the Neo Granzon)
Black Hole Cluster: A weapon that creates micro black holes with quantum-sized schwarzschild radii in a special gravitational field and fires them. It is similar in nature to the RTX-008R's black hole cannon, but the reasons for this are unknown.
Gran Worm Sword: Melee weapon in the shape of a sword. The blade causes dimensional tremors, and banishes space itself to an imaginary dimension. It can also launch imaginary space. There are two versions of the blade.
Gravity control device: Neo's "It is also used in mass reduction and inertial control" is missing, instead having "also used in movement".
Possession Cybuster model kit manual fluff translation
The pilot of Masoukishin Cybuster. Summoned to Holy Kingdom of Langran in the underground world of Ra Gias from Japan during the Third Surfacer Summoning Project. He was later chosen by Cybuster's guardian spirit Cyphis to become a Masoukishin pilot. Has an extremely straightforward personality, gets lost easily, is good at sports, and has a strong sense of justice. Later became the closest thing the Antillas Corps has to a leader after it was founded.
Cybuster is a masoukishin created in the Holy Kingdom of Langran of Ra Gias, a parallel world that exists on a different plane inside Earth. Its contract spirit is a higher spirit of wind, the Wind Spirit Cyphis. It was designed by Wendy Rasm Ignart. It can transform into Cybird, a cruising form which is modelled after the Langran god-bird Dishnas, and can on its own open and pass through a gate between Ra Gias and the surface. Langran, upon receiving the prophecy of a demon-god that would destroy all of Ra Gias, started a project to create the Masouki, multipurpose humanoid weapons which gained great power through contracts with spirits, in order to resist this coming threat. Sixteen Masouki were created, and the four which succeeded in binding themselves to higher spirits became known as the Masoukishin. The Masoukishin have massive power that puts them on a level far higher than that of other Masouki, and also host the will of the spirits contracted with them, and people not chosen by the spirits cannot become their pilots. Cybuster did not have a pilot at first, and it was only until after it was taken by Saphine Volkruss that Cyphis accepted Masaki, who had chased after it, making him its pilot.
Possession Cybuster is what becomes of Cybuster when Masaki and Cyphis synchronise their wills and activate Possession. Astral Armour is added to various parts, and its base weapons such as the Discutter and High Familiars gain new, stronger forms. Masaki first activated Possession when it was still only possible in theory, albeit for a very short time, when he confronted Shuu Shirakawa who had killed his foster father and master, Zeoroot Zan Zenosakis. Later, during the fourth Shutedonias North-South War, he gained the ability to control Possession by his own will after conversing with Cyphis in the spirit realm. Cybuster in possession has overwhelming power, and brought order back to Ra Gias by defeating the Dark God Ruzamno Rasphitot and Mother Elsine Volkruss who had plotted Rasphitot's summoning. However, when the Prophet Yohtennai set into motion her Coffin of the End Project which would bring destruction to Ra Gias by stopping time itself, it was overwhelmed by and lost to Yohtennai's Rezenkaim. Masaki and Cybuster, as well as the other Masoukishin and their pilots were taken prisoner, but they were later saved by Shuu and joined up with the Antillas Corps. Alongside Sakito Asagi and other surfacer allies, they entered the chambers deep underneath Langran palace, and after a grueling battle defeated the Rezenkaim, thus stopping the Coffin of the End Project. However, the Giants returned immediately after this, and they were unable to defend against the sudden attack and lost companions while fleeing. The king of the giants, Kadum Hacham, was the original form of the three dark gods, and a being which came to Ra Gias aeons ago from another world and gave knowledge to the humans there, becoming their ruler. Even if defeated, the cursed will of the giants would become the three dark gods, and if the dark gods were defeated, they would fuse and bring back the giants, meaning that it was truly impossible to vanquish them by regular means. Though the people of Ra Gias were unable to find a way to solve this problem, Masaki managed to succeed in contacting Cyphis. In the final battle with Kadum Hacham, Cybuster, in possession, used the Akashic Nova, the result of gathering all the energy in the spirit realm and releasing it in a single attack. By using the power of the spirits, the exact opposite of the negative beings that are the giants, they succeeded in defeating them. The price, however, was that the power of all the spirits in Ra Gias too were cancelled out by that of Kadum Hacham's, and are now lowered to levels that not even Masoukishin pilots can sense, and all engines that relied on the power of the spirits, such as those of the Masoukishin and Masouki, stopped completely.
-Extending Shoulder Armour
When Cybird form and Akashic Nova are used while Cybuster is in possession, the shoulder armour extends and the Astral Synchroniser mechanism added inside the armour by Cyphis is exposed and activates. This mechanism is a collection of countless Astral Fragments that increase energy efficiency and also act as extremely strong armour. It is also thought that it helps to amplify and control the flow of energy from the astral realm into Cybuster, but the exact structure and logic is as of yet unknown.
Six wings attached to the back. At their bases are Aether Thrusters, propulsion devices that use aether (an energy that has no mass and remains perfectly still in relation to absolute location) as a magical medium. In possession they give Cybuster the ability to move at speeds that greatly overwhelm conventional weapons.
Energy that flowed in from the astral realm, hardened, and became armour. Cybuster's design had not accounted for the effects of possession, and so achieving it posed a great risk to both the machine and pilot. Cyphis thus added this armour to Cybuster when Masaki gained the ability to activate it at will, making the machine strong enough to withstand possession.
The mechanism which compresses and launches all of Cybuster's energy as the attack Cosmonova. The armour opens when it enters firing mode and begins gathering energy, and the energy missiles formed are launched and guided via a system which uses magic. As it is unstable and prone to breaking down, its usage was avoided in possession which already puts a high amount of strain on the machine, but it was upgraded by Cyphis before the final battle with the giants. As a result, the output and control ability of the device increased exponentially, and Akashic Nova, an attack in which the machine veils itself in the released energy and crashes into an enemy, became usable.
-Extending Leg Armour
The armour on the back of the legs can also be extended, and like in the shoulders, astral synchronisers exist here too. However, unlike the shoulder ones which are seen in Cybird form, the leg ones are only activated during Akashic Nova, when Cybuster's maximum power output is required. Also, the shape of the astral fragments here are less uniform.
-Discutter KyouA mutation to the Discutter, brought about by possession. Kyou means “strong”. The blade is much wider and sharper compared to the regular Discutter, and more blades are added to the hilt. Also, the words that appear on the surface of the blade are symbolic manifestations of Cyphis' power, and are not used anywhere in present-day Ra Gias.
Gundam UC #7 script stuff
-Full Frontal's mask glowing DOES mean he's controlling the Neo Zeong remotely.
-When he says he's no longer empty "his face looks, unlike before, like an actual human's- albeit that of one mired in regret". When he removes his mask Syam picks up that there's now something different about him. (i.e. When he addresses Full Frontal as the ghost of Char he meant it literally)
-Only the gatling guns attached to the shields are destroyed by the psycho shard (and not the shields themselves, in the case of the shields).
-The sequence where Banagher and Full Frontal see time is caused by the Sinanju and Unicorn's psychoframes resonating. This is described as vision pouring into their heads as their minds being taken to different space-times.
-When their psyches reach the end of time the Neo Zeong (and Unicorn, though it's not seen in the OVA) start to crumble. There's no actual explanation as to why this happens, even in the script, it just does (the light stops the Unicorn from crumbling and accelerates the Neo Zeong's)
-"I leave it to you" is described as "the voice of one who is becoming one with space", and the person speaking is not "Frontal" but "voice" which is what is listed for Char, Amuro and Lalah.
-Yes Syam dies, and his death is what activates the Magallanica's system which transforms it into a battleship.
-Minerva's speech is hijacking all the satellites via supernatural means (this is what Alberto means when he says the Unicorn is relaying the message)
-Martha is proud of Alberto and the hand on shoulder and expression are supposed to mean she thinks he's grown up and now resembles his father
-Zinneman sees Marida and his wife and daughter in the psychofield's light
-Also the psychoframe turning to crystals isn't in the script either, instead it describes the exterior armour of the Unicorn crumbling away under the colony laser, leaving only the glowing psychoframe exposed, turning the Unicorn into a "giant of light". Marida talks to Banagher and his will becomes one with the universe, and at the end the Unicorn's light becomes a giant unicorn of light (instead of the crystal burst thing). After the colony laser is stopped the Unicorn is shrouded in a cocoon of light (instead of the crystal thing). Also all the green lights in the show (like the psycho field used to stop the laser) are described as rainbow-coloured in the script.
-When Angelo finds Frontal's body he realises that he has left for someplace else and his last expression is supposed to convey both a feeling of loss as well as of release. Also stated that you're not supposed to be able to see Frontal's face at the end when Angelo finds him.
-No mention of Ables' (the base commanders') secretary so the glances she and Martha exchange at the end are still mysteries.
-The script has them drag Banagher out of rainbow mode BEFORE he confronts the Revil's MS. It ends before they show up.
GUNDAM UC SF NIGHT TEA PARTY
A live talk thing with Fukui and Ogura Shinya (the guy who helped him write the setting stuff) from 6th June 2014, was broadcast live on Bandai Channel.
- Fukui is completely clueless about the hard science stuff needed for science fiction and Sunrise sent him a guy to consult about Lagrange points and such (e.g. Few people, Fukui included, know how far away the moon is from Earth. That is to say, a lot further than they think)
-Fukui has less creative control than you might think, because Sunrise has to approve of stuff
-UC becoming an anime was 100% confirmed from before he even started writing it
-The cut of Gryps 2 first appearing as a small dot in front of the sun is an homage to the Gand Rowa from Ideon
-The cut of the crystal unicorn flying away was supposed to be an homage to Turn A's moonlight butterfly
-Fukui has no idea how the moonlight butterfly works, says Tomino probably doesn't either
-Fukui was thinking of Ideon when writing about the psychoframe- A robot which gathers the will of people and gains infinite power
-Also he thinks CCA's psychoframe's T stands for Tomino
-After the events of UC: Banshee sealed away on Earth, Unicorn on Magellanica.-People are scared of psychoframe technology and they stop researching it.
Source: Kidou Senshi Gundam Official Setting Materials: Anaheim Journal UC 0083-0099 (機動戦士ガンダム 公式設定資料集 アナハイム・ジャーナル U.C.0083-0099)
Melanie Hue Carbine is a Jew who became a refugee due to conflicts in the middle east, and went to New Hong Kong to learn the ropes of business. His ultimate objective is to get all the people on Earth to move into space colonies, and take back the holy land of Israel for the Jews.
Great Mechanics summer 2014 issue, Gundam UC episode 7 special
Neo Zeong-related stuff from Genma Nobuhiko
-They'd already decided on changing the final boss of the OVA as of episode 3 (when the novel had just ended)
-Having a Zeong variant was Katoki's idea, who wanted something incomplete.
-Someone jokingly said "so, what, like a Neo Zeong?" and they all went "that'd be PERFECT"
-It was originally going to be small enough that you could see the Sinanju's legs under the skirt, but they changed it because they wanted to have it literally carry the Unicorn through time
-When ordering the design they wanted something godly, as well as something spider-like that would trap the Unicorn in a web.
-That's why they decided to increase the number of arms, and have it carry a ring on its back.
-The form with the aureola was originally meant to be its default state.
-The part with the Unicorn and Sinanju's fistfight was done by Takaya Hirotoshi.
-The Psychofield is a "world" in which something a person pictures can be made to come true, and Frontal's desire to take away his opponent's ability to fight resulted in their weapons being destroyed
-The Neo Zeong uses its psychoshard to create a pseudo psychofield, and thus make the Axis Shock replicable by artificial means.
-The Ideon sword sound effect used when they return from the void was Fukui Harutoshi's idea. (He had also previously said in a 2010 talkshow that the psychoframe is Ideonite)
-Upon return from the void, the Neo Zeong's armour was weakened to the point that a mere touch would cause it to crumble. This is because when Full Frontal finally understood Banagher's will, the psychofield responded to this by taking away the Neo Zeong's ability to fight by making it disintegrate.
Interview with director Furuhashi Kazuhiro
-They wanted to reduce the number of fights in episode 7 because Audrey and Banagher's wish is to stop the conflict
-While 40,000 people died at Dakar in the novels, in the OVA most of the damage done was to buildings because it was a holiday. People living at Torrington were affiliated with the army (soldiers and their family) so there was no declaration of war after that either. Frontal had no intention of starting a war, the attacks were mostly to let the Zeon remnants let off some steam.
-When Frontal says that he doesn't want to fight, he really means it, and the Neo Zeong is proof of that.
-The Neo Zeong's capabilities are in order to not fight. Frontal wanted to convince Banagher up to the very end, and so to him the fight against the Unicorn and Banshee was more of a performance to break their will.
-The reason Banagher didn't shoot Rony was because he's not a soldier or warrior. Even if Lony was a killer and criminal, if he'd shot her then he would've lost what makes him human.
-Frontal was tired, but didn't realise it, and needed someone to tell him that. That was Lalah, as a mother figure. This made him realise that he was no longer a child, but in the position of a parent, and by becoming a father figure he could tell Banagher to go ahead and try to overcome despair. The theme of parent and child was a recurring one in the novels, but Frontal was an exception, so they decided to change that in the OVA.
-Fukui wanted the time travel sequence to be just a vision, but Furuhashi felt that since the psychoframe can move entire stars it wouldn't be strange at all if they literally travelled through time. In the end they just settled on them flashing through the memories of the universe itself.
-The spirits of spacenoids are forming a sort of other dimension around the Earth, and that's why Dagza and Gilbore who died could come back to help out.
-Furuhashi thought they'd foreshadowed all this enough, but because apparently many people thought it was pretty sudden, he thinks this requires some reflecting on, but has no regrets.
-At the beginning Frontal would only have talked to Banagher via comms, but we wanted them to meet in person. This led to the Neo Zeong's ability to take over computer systems.
-Conroy not being able to shoot his comrades despite being a soldier was due to him being influenced by Banagher.
-The Unicorn on its own would not have been able to stop the colony laser. At first they thought they'd have it use the Neo Zeong's shattered psychoframe, to keep it from seeming too powerful, and to make it clear that this would be a one-time miracle.
-Bright does not have the authority to arrest Martha, only have her come along with him of her own will. If he'd stopped the colony laser by force he would've been executed for treason.
-They had to cut several parts of the ending due to its length. There was originally going to be a scene of Frontal's mansion, with the roses wilted.
Interview with Fukui Harutoshi
-OVA was going to be four episodes but he immediately went to yell at people and they made it six but said there definitely wouldn't be a seventh.
-Wanting to give Full Frontal more focus was Furuhashi's idea. In the novels, defeating Frontal was something like exorcising a ghost, but in the OVA it's more like helping it to pass on to the afterlife. Having "those two" (ambiguous on WHICH two but CCA is mentioned so probably Amuro and Char) show up to bring him with them was Fukui's idea.
-Interviewer: "But they were just MIA in CCA!" Fukui: "Hey I didn't say they're dead (laugh)"
-Becoming a true newtype is a goal all mankind should reach someday, and so Banagher becoming one should actually be celebrated. Instead everyone asked him to come back, which is kind of contradictory, but that's what it means to be human.
-UC was made for adults, for the generation that watched the original Gundam and has grown up and become fathers to a new generation.
-If you have a child it's natural for you to want to make the world a better place, but at the same time nobody would want to let their children run free in a world that's completely different to what they've lived in all their life.
-It comes natural to children to want to explore new and unknown frontiers, but not to adults. To him, this is what it means to be an oldtype.
-The original Gundam was popular because of its depictions of human feelings and how Amuro came back at the end, but CCA showed the negative side of humanity.
-He wanted this to be a sort of antithesis to Char's "this warmth will one day destroy even Earth", but the negative connotations still leave a stronger impression.
-In UC Banagher comes back because of human feelings, but at the same time knows that the world as it is can still be made a better one. Newtypes are representative of this, but there's no need to actually become a "god". This is contradictory, but that's what makes it human.
-Fukui thinks that after the events of Unicorn, Riddhe probably left the army to follow his father into politics (judging from other stuff it's not up to him but for Sunrise to decide)
-Fukui thought actually having them really travel through time would not be Gundam-like and would make the psychoframe too ridiculous and insisted that they leave it as a mental/spiritual thing.
-Some people think Mineva wearing the Zeon outfit during the speech is unnecessary, and silly because it could be seen as a provocation towards Earth. Fukui mentions that she didn't have time to change, and that to her that outfit is her formal wear. It's also to drive home the message that she's the real Mineva, and not a message towards Earth but towards Zeon, as their queen figure, saying that she won't allow them to use Laplace as an excuse to start trouble.
-Fukui and Furuhashi agreed on wanting to make UC not like contemporary anime (i.e. moe anime).
-Fukui thinks that fiction should give you something to bring back and use as sustenance for real life. If a film can't do that then it's just wasted two hours of your time with a load of lies.
PG UNICORN EXPLANATION SHIT
(Important stuff only)
-The Unicorn's panels slide when it transforms, but there are some panels that are currently unused in its transformation, which suggest that it has another, third, form.
-Half a year has passed since Minerva's broadcast, and the federation hasn't managed to find Magellanica, Minerva, and the Unicorn.
Talk show with Fukui Harutoshi (Gundam UC's writer) and Ogata Naohiro (UC and G-Reco's producer)
"Is robot anime dead?"
tl;dr they don't answer that question but 2008/2009-2011 was the third time robot anime went into a recession and it's clearly not in a recession right now. Fukui jokingly says UC saved robot anime.
Evangelion is to blame for expensive DVDs (up till Eva people didn't think of trying to sell the shows themselves but tried to cash in on merchandising)
Raideen is mentioned as the grandfather of "god" robots like Ideon and Evangelion, things that don't necessarily listen to their pilots. Fukui says that a certain recent Gundam became a god too and implies that it was terrible.
Fukui forgot (Tsurugi) Tetsuya's name.
Ogata can't tell the difference between Great Mazinger and Getter 1.
Build Burning kits are selling better than G-Self kits.
Aida was going to be flat but Koyama insisted on making her breasts bigger
Tomino is going around yelling "die!" at animators in the middle of the night when he doesn't think they're doing a good enough job
Fukui says that Youkai Watch is this generation's Gundam. Gundam wasn't an otaku thing (like it is now) to the Gundam generation, it was an all-permeating thing that literally everyone knew about.
Favourite robot anime
Fukui: Ideon movie 2
Ogata: Moved when Tomino saw Marnie and said "Those two at Ghibli make stuff about the past. I make stuff about the future."
Fukui: Tomino kicked him after he read the Turn A novelisation (that Fukui wrote). It was apparently a real, proper kick.
At the end Fukui asked if there were to be a UC part 2, if people would prefer a completely new cast or the same one.
Fukui: "So, is robot anime dead?"
Ogata: "If it were than Sunrise would be done for. Good thing we have Lovelive now!"
Ogata: "By the way, are you watching G-Reco?"
Fukui: "No, Tomino said the Gundam generation shouldn't watch it."
Ogata: "He's just tsundere!"
Fukui: "So I CAN watch it? Guess I'll go rent it!"
Fukui on Eva"I watched Eva because a friend called me up and recommended it to me, saying that since I enjoyed Ideon I would definitely enjoy Eva. The first episode I watched was the blackout one with Gendou with his feet in a bucket and that left me confused. But the next episode I saw was the bloody one (Bardiel) and it impressed me. The one after it (Zeruel) was great too. The stuff after it was confusing and I thought it would take us somewhere special, and it certainly did."