AGE-FX Gundam AGE-FX
|Developed from||AGE-3 Gundam AGE-3 Normal|
|First Seen||164 A.G.|
|Manufacturer||Earth Federal Forces|
|Operator||Earth Federal Forces|
|Known Pilots||Kio Asuno|
|Overall Height||18.5 meters60.696 ft |
|Standard Weight||63.0 metric tons|
|Pilot Accommodations||Pilot Only, cockpit in Core Fighter attached to Mobile Suit|
The AGE-FX Gundam AGE-FX is one of the four titular mobile suits and the successor of the AGE-3 Gundam AGE-3 Normal, appearing in the Three Generation Arc of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE. The unit is piloted by Kio Asuno.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
The AGE-FX Gundam AGE-FX was developed from the data gathered from the AGE-3 Gundam AGE-3 Normal after its heated battle with Gundam Legilis at Second Moon and is the most powerful unit among the Federation's Mobile suits. It reflects all the data on the history of the Gundam's evolution, boasting the most powerful fighting strength in the history of all Advanced Generation mobile suits. Similar to the Gundam AGE-3, the backpack can be separated and operated as a Core Fighter. The Core Fighter itself will carry four of the C-Funnels (2 Large and 2 Small) with it when separated . However, the notable difference of the Core Fighter used in Gundam AGE-FX compared to Gundam AGE-3 is that the Core Fighter itself only works as a detachable backpack and main propulsion system of the suit, while the Gundam AGE-3 version serves as its head and core control system in addition to being the main propulsion system. The wear system used in previous Gundams was completely removed from the design of the Gundam AGE-FX. It has been made as light as possible for increased maneuverability. .
The most significant feature in AGE-FX is that it is the first Mobile Suit built by the Earth Federation to have been equipped with remote-controlled weaponry, the C-Funnels - physical blade bits that can be detached from the suit and be remote-controlled by its pilot. The "FX" designation stands for Follow X-Rounder, and is due to the fact that the AGE-FX was built specifically to be able to keep up with the abilities of an X-Rounder pilot. Also, the remote weapons onboard the Gundam require the use of one to be controlled properly. Its FX Burst mode raises the AGE-FX's mobility to the maximum . Attacks in FX Burst mode have decreased accuracy, but enable the Gundam to defeat large groups of enemies alone, when used to its full potential.
- Beam Sabers
- One beam saber is stored in each of the AGE-FX's arm shields. But unlike the ones used by the Gundam AGE-3 Normal, AGE-FX's beam sabers can only be deployed directly from the forearm shields for rapid draw-and-strike purposes.
- Gundam AGE-FX's revolutionary remote bit weaponry. The suit's Psycho-Follow System allows an X-Rounder pilot to release and remotely control the C-Funnels, blade-shaped remote weapons, to attack multiple enemies at once. This is similar to how Vagan suits, such as Farsia, Ghirarga and Gundam Legilis, utilize their beam bits to attack multiple enemies. The C-Funnels' movements are actually controlled by the X-Rounder pilot using the blade antenna built at the back of its head. It is presumed that the data collected by the AGE Device during the two battles against Ghirarga and later Gundam Legilis (which both utilize remote weaponry) which actually uses the technology previously found in Gundam AGE-3 Orbital, was used by the EFF in developing this weapon system. A total of 6 Large and 8 Small funnels are equipped all around the suit, with 2 of each being mounted on the redeveloped Core Fighter that is attached to the back. The Large C-Funnels can also be re-deployed to the forearms to be used as solid blades for melee combat in situations where its traditional beam sabers are unable to cut through enemy armor. The C-Funnels can be arranged to function as a remote-controlled defense system to defend against enemy fire or provide cover for allies against them as well, which was technically far superior than shields used by Gundams in previous generations.
- Stungle Rifle
- The main Armament of Gundam AGE-FX. Its capabilities are far superior to the SigMaxiss Rifle in terms of attack power and firing range, while having its size drastically reduced. The rifle has two main modes: Normal Mode, which is used as a regular high-powered rifle firing pink beam blasts similar to the SigMaxxis Rifle, and Charge Mode, where the side barrel parts are expanded to release a more powerful blue-colored blast that can shoot right through obstacles many times larger than itself.This is somewhat similar to the dual-mode function used in Gundam AGE-1 Normal's DODS Rifle. However, like the Gundam AGE-1 Normal's DODS Rifle, the Stungle Rifle has a limited amount of shots, enough to keep a running battle going for some time, but eventually repeated use without resupply will rendering the weapon useless.
- The Charge Mode is activated by opening its side barrels and the AGE-FX fires the Charged Blast by holding its foregrip with the left hand, similar to the DODS Rifle used by Gundam AGE-1 Normal. Kio used this mode to destroy the connectors of La Gramis that has docked with Second Moon in order to separate the ship from the colony in an attempt to save Second Moon from collapsing and destroy all the Vagan people living there as a result.
- Daidal Bazooka
- This mode of the Stungle Rifle adds a large bazooka attachment, allowing AGE-FX to automatically fire the same blue-colored shot as the Stungle Rifle Charge Mode without the requirement to charge first as well as using the foregrip when firing, and can be used for longer periods of time without the need for resupplying the weapon itself. Kio used this in the final Battle against Vagan Gear Sid, although the weapon was only used once before being blown up by the latter.
- The AGE System is the Special OS for the Gundam, engineered by the lineage of the Asuno family. It researches the evolution of living beings by digitizing the mysteries surrounding it and collects battle data to customize itself, grows alongside the pilot and is customized and used exclusively by the pilot itself. The only way for this system to be used and the Gundam to mobilize is by using the AGE Device.
- Psycho-Follow System
- The Psycho-Follow System is a new system, which presumably allows the AGE-FX to keep up with its X-Rounder pilot and enables him to control the C-Funnels when they are deployed.
- FX Burst Mode
- A new mode, which was just recently installed into the Gundam AGE-FX. In this mode, the accuracy of its attacks is decreased, but its mobility is higher than before, allowing AGE-FX to single-handedly wipe out large groups of Vagan forces. In order to enter this mode, the X-Rounder pilot must activate the protocol to change into FX Burst Mode. Upon activating FX Burst Mode, blue-colored beam blades are emitted from all 28 C-Funnel docks spread around the frame. These beams allow the Gundam AGE-FX's close-range attack, defense as well as its speed and mobility to be drastically increased by 10 times its designated specifications. This mode requires no extra equipment, unlike previous machines in the AGE line, which needed new sets of equipment to assume alternate forms. The only weakness to this mode is the pilot himself, with Kio's no-kill policy making him lack the conviction to activate the system. However, Kio still managed to overcome this conviction in the final episode by using it in full blast to destroy the Vagan Gear Sid without killing its pilot at the same time.
- The Core Block System used in this suit is different from the one used in Gundam AGE-3. Instead of using the Core Fighter for docking, this version of the Core Fighter is simply attached to the back to operate the suit and serves as its main propulsion. The Core Fighter carries two of the C-Funnels attached to the AGE-FX.
For the history of the AGE-FX, please see Kio Asuno's page.
- AGE-FX Gundam AGE-FX (Final Battle Specification)
- Appears in the fourth novelization. In addition to the armament of the original AGE-FX, it is further armed with a Legilis Shield, DODS Lancer, and Diedal Bazooka.
Notes and Trivia
- Following the theme of AGE Gundams being based around Universal Century protagonist units, the AGE-FX is a clear homage to the RX-93 ν Gundam. It's Burst mode however, mirrors the V-MAX system of another Sunrise's anime Blue Comet SPT Layzner.
- The Gundam AGE-FX is the first mobile suit built by the Earth Federation to have remote-controlled weaponry as part of the suit's arsenal. Prior to this, remote weapons were used exclusively by high-end Vagan mobile suits.
- The C-Funnel's overall shape and the fact that there are two different sizes evoke the GN Fin Fangs of the CB-0000G/C Reborns Gundam. In the way they function, however, the C-Funnels have been shown to have features that play tribute to the RX-93-v2 Hi-v Gundam but in a different way. This can be seen in its defensive way of using the funnels as a shield rather than creating a beam shield. The offensive style is much like the GN Sword Bits of the GNT-0000 00 Qan(T) because it can use its remote weapons as a physical blade.
- The dual-mode system used in AGE-FX's main armament, Stungle Rifle, first appeared in the design of the original DODS Rifle used by AGE-1 Gundam AGE-1 Normal piloted by Flit Asuno, although the execution itself is much simpler by simply expanding the side barrels rather than twisting it in the case of the DODS Rifle. However, the Charge Mode is used in the exact same way as the DODS Rifle as shown in Episode 49 of the anime where the holding of the foregrip is still required.
- The way the AGE-FX uses it C-Funnels' defensive barrier is similar to the GSX-401FW Stargazer Gundam's ability to trap enemy beams around itself, while the concept itself (using funnels to create a shield that completely encompasses the area around the mobile suit) is another homage to the RX-93 ν Gundam.
- The AGE-FX is the first Gundam the AGE System made that does not use the Wear system.
- The Core Fighter used in AGE-FX resembles in design and main function to the Core Fighter used in the GNX-805T/CF GN-XIV Core Fighter Loaded Type, only with the placement of the Core Fighter at the back instead of the front skirt armor due to the different positions where the cockpits are.
- There is a notable difference in the order in which the FX Burst and the Daidal Bazooka was introduced in the anime and the Gundam AGE PSP Game: In the anime, the FX-Burst Mode was first shown in Episode 47 of the anime and the Daidal Bazooka introduced in the final episode as an additional attachment that is attached to the Stungle Rifle which was shot towards AGE-FX from the Bisidian Ship. In the Gundam AGE PSP Game however, the Daidal Bazooka has already been equipped and used by AGE-FX in the final chapter of the AGE Storyline, which covers Episodes 46-49 of the series. And the Daidal Bazooka in the game fires pink-colored blasts in three levels of intensity, which is different from the anime where the Bazooka only fires blue-colored high-intensity cannon blasts. The FX Burst Mode in this game is introduced slightly later in gameplay which basically serves to drastically increase AGE-FX's defense to near invulnerability while activated.
- ↑ "Monthly CoroCoro Comic Comic", Shogakukan, July 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2
- ↑ Episode 40 "Kio's Decision: Together with the Gundam"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Episode 46 "Space Fortress, La Gramis"