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PostSubject: Rise of The Seed   Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:04 pm

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED (機動戦士ガンダムSEED [シード], Kidō Senshi Gandamu SEED [Shīdo]?), often shortened to Gundam SEED, is an anime television series animated by Sunrise and directed by Mitsuo Fukuda. It is a part of the Gundam franchise that started in 1979, but takes place in an alternate universe called the Cosmic Era. The series spans fifty episodes,[1] which broadcasted in Japan from October 5, 2002 to September 27, 2003 at 6:00 p.m. on the JNN TV stations TBS and MBS. The series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 2002. It was adapted into a manga published by Kodansha on February 17, 2003. Gundam SEED's story continues in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.

Plot
The series is the first set in the Cosmic Era. This series begins with the Bloody Valentine War between Earth and the colonies that is similar to the One Year War of the original Gundam series with certain traditional elements from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and After War Gundam X such as the presence of five multicolored Gundam mobile suits and the threat of an apocalypse. On one side is the Earth Alliance, and on the opposite is the space colonies that form ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty). Mankind is divided over human genetic engineering, with normal humans known as "Naturals" and the genetically altered humans known as "Coordinators". Like the original series, while ZAFT has a head start on mobile suit design, the Earth Alliance quickly catches up with its five prototype Gundams. With ZAFT having stolen four of the prototypes, young Coordinator Kira Yamato pilots the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam and is forced to fight his old friend Athrun Zala. Little do they know that there exist sinister forces working to bring about events that go far beyond their worst nightmares.

Kira Yamato
Kira is a first-generation Coordinator.[1] At the beginning of Gundam SEED, Kira lives on the neutral space colony Heliopolis to avoid the Bloody Valentine War.[1] An expert in computer science,[1] he assists with research and development at the Heliopolis technical college[10] he attended. In both Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny, his friendship with Athrun Zala forms one of the main themes of the story.[img][/img]

Athrun Zala
Athrun Zala (アスラン・ザラ, Asuran Zara?) is a fictional character from the anime series Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny, set in the Cosmic Era (CE) timeline of the Gundam metaseries. He is the deuteragonist of both series but the protagonist in the special edition of the latter series.

Athrun Zala, along with five other notable mecha and pilots from the various Gundam series, were recognized in the second set of "Anime Heroes and Heroines" stamps, released in Japan in 2005. [1]. In the Anime Grand Prix popularity polls for favorite male characters, Athrun came in 2nd in 2002 [5], 4th in 2003 [6], 1st in 2004 [7], 2nd in 2005 [8], and 3rd in 2006 [9]. His voice actor Akira Ishida won as the most popular voice actor in 2004.

Athrun Zala is a Coordinator, and a member of the Rau Le Creuset ZAFT special forces team at the beginning of Gundam SEED. He is the son of Patrick Zala, a member of the PLANT Supreme Council.

In Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny, his friendship with Kira Yamato forms one of the main themes of the story.[img][/img]


Cagalli Yula Athha
Cagalli Yula Athha is the adopted daughter of Uzumi Nara Athha, Representative and "Lion" of the Orb Union, and has the title of princess. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, Cagalli is tough and headstrong, and her impulsive nature often leads her to take bold risks.[3] She is also Kira Yamato's twin sister, although neither is aware of this until late in the Bloody Valentine War. In Gundam SEED Destiny, she takes over her late father's position and becomes the Head Representative of ORB.[4]

While Kira is a Coordinator (a person who is genetically-altered), Cagalli is a Natural.[3][4] In the Cosmic Era time line, she seems to be the only Natural who can go into SEED Mode.[img][/img]

Mu La Flaga
Mu was born to an aristocratic family. However, his father, Al Da Flaga, believed he was "genetically impure" because of the DNA of his "inferior mother". Seeking a new successor, Al had himself cloned. Both of Mu's parents later died when their home burned down.[img][/img]

Murrue Ramius
Murrue is thrust into the role of the captain of the Earth Alliance assault ship Archangel, after the ship's original commanding officers are killed during a ZAFT assault on the Heliopolis space colony[img][/img]

Andrew Waltfeld
Andrew "Andy" Waltfeld (アンドリュー・ワルトフェルド, Andoryū Warutoferudo?) is a fictional character in the Cosmic Era (CE) timeline of the Gundam anime metaseries.

Nicknamed "Desert Tiger" (砂漠の虎 Sabaku no Tora), (a clear homage to Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox")[citation needed] Andrew Waltfeld is commander of the ZAFT forces in the PLANT-pledged African Community, headquartered at Banadiya, and is assisted by his executive officer Martin DaCosta. Andrew earned his nickname for his skill at desert combat, as demonstrated on May 30, CE 70 in the Battle of Suez, when he defeated a huge Eurasian Federation tank corps at El Alamein in Northern Africa, using TMF/A-802 BuCUEs and his cunning tactics.[3][4]

Andrew seems to have an obsession with coffee and experiments with different blends and flavors often making odd combinations for himself.

He lives with his lover Aisha, who assists him in his military operations and eventually serves as the co-pilot of his TMF/A-803 LaGOWE. Not much is known about Aisha, and her last name is never mentioned, but Andrew clearly cares for Aisha very much; in both series he keeps a picture of her close by. His flagship is the land battleship Lesseps, which is escorted by the land cruisers Petrie and Henry Carter.

Unlike other ZAFT and Earth Alliance officers, he is surprisingly human and well aware of the repercussions of war. In his initial appearances in Gundam SEED, he has his troops warn the people of Tassil, the city acting as a homebase for resistance group Desert Dawn, of an impending attack so that they can evacuate before their city is destroyed. His actions are easily misinterpreted and he is a scapegoat; the people believe that he was cruel to let them live while struggling to survive on very few supplies while Andrew had the intention that if they lived, at least they would have a chance of surviving rather than suffering death and loss of loved ones. He is suspicious of ZAFT High Commander Rau Le Creuset and hints at those feelings to Dearka Elsman and Yzak Joule, who were members of the infamous Le Creuset Team, when he first meets them.[img][/img]

Miriallia Haw
In the first episode of Gundam SEED, Miriallia is shown living peacefully on the neutral Orb space colony of Heliopolis. With her boyfriend Tolle Koenig and friends Kira Yamato, Sai Argyle and Kuzzey Buskirk, she is enrolled on a robotics engineering course at the local college. This ends when the colony is raided by ZAFT in search of prototype Earth Alliance mobile suits which had been secretly produced in the colony.

The fighting ultimately destroys the colony; Miriallia and her friends end up as refugees on the Earth Alliance battleship Archangel. When Kira is unofficially drafted to pilot the remaining GAT-X105 Strike, Miriallia suggests they should also help out. Miriallia is assigned to monitor and communicate with Archangel's mobile suit and mobile armour complement, mainly relaying messages between Kira and Lieutenant Mu La Flaga to the ship's captain Murrue Ramius and executive officer Natarle Badgiruel.

His friends decision to continue in these positions despite being later offered a discharge convinces Kira to continue as pilot of the Strike. Miriallia and Sai help Kira when he returns the captured Lacus Clyne to ZAFT and along with Tolle are understanding when they learn ZAFT's GAT-X303 Aegis pilot Athrun Zala is a childhood friend of Kira's.

After being diverted from their original atmospheric re-entry point, the Archangel visits the Orb Union for repairs. Captain Murrue Ramius arranges a meeting between her young charges and their parents. Upon leaving Orb to continue on to the main Alliance headquarters, the Archangel comes under attack again. In the ensuing skirmishes, ZAFT pilot Nicol Amalfi is killed by Kira, Tolle is killed by Athrun, Kira and Tolle are reported missing in action, and ZAFT pilot Dearka Elsman is taken prisoner and his GAT-X103 Buster recaptured.

Miriallia is upset at the loss of her boyfriend and snaps when Dearka unknowingly insults Tolle, leading to her attempting to stab Dearka with a knife. Sai intervenes before she can fatally injure him, but Flay Allster tries to shoot him in the chaos out of racial hatred. Miriallia comes to her senses, saving Dearka's life. The manga expands this by showing Miriallia remembering discussing Kira being a Coordinator, with Tolle. Tolle remarked that it was hard to believe that Kira was a stereotypical Coordinator (dangerous and aggressive) and he and Miriallia both agreed to defend Kira no matter what. Knowing that Dearka is no different, she stops Flay while vehemently denying Flay's claims that they are the same. This is the start of a better relationship between Miriallia and Dearka, especially when Dearka confirms he did not kill Tolle.

Later, the Alliance leaders attempt to wipe out a majority of ZAFT's forces by sacrificing their less desirable forces, including the Archangel and its crew who are held with contempt for their association with Kira. He returns just in time to save them, using in the stolen ZGMF-X10A Freedom.

Miriallia and the rest of the crew defect to Orb, where Captain Murrue Ramius allows anyone unhappy with the defection to seek sanctuary. When Kuzzey leaves the ship, Miriallia is promoted to his former position as communications operator. She continues in this position until the war's end.

Dearka is released but told by Miriallia that the Buster will stay in their possession. Motivated by her determination and at odds with how xenophobic ZAFT has become under Patrick Zala, Dearka defects from ZAFT and joins the Archangel crew to use Buster in defense of Miriallia and her fellow Naturals, Orb and its ideals. He is soon joined by Athrun, with his new ZGMF-X09A Justice.

After learning who is really responsible for Tolle's death, Mirallia runs off crying. When Dearka tries to talk to her, she angrily states the obvious: killing Athrun won't bring Tolle back. Athrun overhears this and is impacted by Miriallia's words, expressing similar views later.

As the war enters its final stages, Miriallia warms to Dearka. Although she still mourns Tolle, she accepts her new ally and tells him to be careful going into battle.

In the After-Phase OVA, Miriallia is seen alone, silently mourning an old photo of herself and Tolle that was taken from before the series.[img][/img]

Lacus Clyne
Lacus Clyne is the daughter of PLANT Supreme Council Chairman Siegel Clyne.[1] She is a Coordinator whose career as an idol singer has brought her enormous popularity in the PLANTs.[1] She is engaged to Athrun Zala mainly out of political expediency, although they do get along well. As the Bloody Valentine War goes on, Lacus meets and falls in love with the protagonist of the series Kira Yamato.[img][/img]
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