Mobile Suit Gundam 00V
Mobile Suit Gundam 00V (機動戦士ガンダムOOV, Kidousenshi Gandamu 00V)
|Publisher||Hobby Japan Co. Ltd|
|Magazine||Hobby Japan Magazine|
|Story & Script||Tomohiro Chiba|
|Character Design||Taraku Uon|
|Mechanical Designer||Hitoshi Fukuchi|
|Japanese||October 2007 - October 2009|
Mobile Suit Gundam 00V (機動戦士ガンダム00V Kidou Senshi Gandamu 00V?) (V for Variations) is a compilation side story of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 serialized by Hobby Japan. It's presented to the reader as a mobile suit development book published 20 years after the main story/anime and features photo guides of customized mobile suit models. The first part of 00V ran in Hobby Japan from December 2007 to December 2009. The series is continued with Mobile Suit Gundam 00V: Battlefield Record.
Robert Spacey - He studies the developmental history of MS. He was initially studying political history, but after experiencing the revolution brought by Celestial Being when he was 30 years old and coincidentally seeing the Avalanche Exia in action, he switched his study to MS development history. An original character for sidestory, Mobile Suit Gundam 00V. Apart from that, he was also able to see the Dynames Torpedo and Shell Flag in action.
Deborah Galiena - A female test pilot of the UN. She is also an old acquaintance of Robert Spacey. She was engaged by the Gundam Exia in an American military base on Okinawa when she was inspecting the Shell Flag's features. She proved herself to be a great pilot as she was able to survive the battle uninjured.
Amy Zimbalist - An ace pilot of the Earth Sphere Federation Army with an unconventional style of piloting solar furnace equipped mobile suits. He is worshiped as a hero known as the "Cowboy of Steel", but also hated as the "Devil in the World Unity".
The 00V features different variations of the Mobile Suit from the series, and provides the stories about them in every chapter ("volumes"). The earlier stories of the 00V were told from Robert Spacey's perspective based on his encounters with different mobile suits during the height of Celestial Being's armed operations. The perspective of the stories later shifts to different characters, providing their side of the story behind the development and the operation of some of the mobile suits given in 00V.
- Volume 01
- Feature Mobile Suit: GN-001/hs-A01 Gundam Avalanche Exia
Robert Spacey talks about the Avanche Exia, a unit that Celestial Being used during their early interventions. Robert recalls witnessing the Avalanche Exia in action during a UN inspection of Union army in South America. Robert, who was a political historiographer at the time, was there to accompany UN Inspector Deborah Galiena. Avalanche Exia's appearance inspired Robert to pursue study about the history of Mobile Suit Development.
- Volume 02
- Featured Mobile Suit: GN-002/DG014 Gundam Dynames Torpedo
Robert talks about the disadvantages of mobile suit humanoid design in an underwater combat; an obstacle that Dynames Torpedo intends to sidestep based on its equipments. Robert recounts seeing the Dynames Torpedo by chance during his plan to visit Deborah Galiena in a nearby island resort from the HRL Tenchu (Heaven's Pillar).
- Volume 03
- Featured Mobile Suit: SVMS-01SG Union Flag Ground Package Shell Type
Robert briefly talks about the development of SVMS-01 Union Flag. Among its variants, Robert introduced the Shell Flag, which he had the opportunity to look up close back in 2307 AD. During that time, he was meeting with Deborah in checking out the military equipments at the Okinawa Base. While test piloting the Shell Flag, Deborah accidentally encountered the Gundam Exia. Showing her skills, Deborah used the Shell Flag's tough armour to her advantage in escaping the battle uninjured.
- Volume 04
- Featured Mobile Suit: MSJ-06II-AC Tieren Antiaircraft Cannon Type
Robert talks about the MSJ-06II Tieren and how it reflects HRL's pursuit for efficiency and effectiveness. He recalls the military exercise in 2306 AD carried out by Tierens Anti-Aircraft Cannon Type during the preparation for the HRL Tenchu's 10th year anniversary. Panic broke out in the venue with the appearance of the AEU-05 AEU Hellions, but the Tierens were quick to intercept. It was also the first time Robert met Deborah, whose calm reaction to the situation left a great impression on him.
- Volume 05
- Featured Mobile Suit: GNW-001/hs-T01 Gundam Throne Eins Turbulenz
Robert talks about the Throne Eins' Turbulenz pack. He also hints to another Throne variant.
- Volume 06
- Featured Mobile Suit: GN-003/af-G02 Gundam Kyrios Gust
The story talks about the "Meteor Nacht" incident. Robert recalls Deborah's account of seeing the Kyrios Gust in action.
- Volume 07
- Featured Mobile Suit: GNX-509T Throne Varanus
- Volume 08
- Featured Mobile Suit: SVMS-01AP Union Flag Orbit Package Colony Guard Type
Story tells about Robert and Deborah's escape from Alejandro using a Colony Type Flag. Both of them decided to seek protection through media by getting in touch with Kinue Crossroad.
- Volume 09
- Featured Mobile Suit: GNX-604T Advanced GN-X
Robert remembers his first meeting with the Steel Cowboy, Amy Zimbalist, a pilot who would eventually become famous for piloting the Advance GN-X.
- Volume 10
- Featured Mobile Suit: GN-004/te-A02 Gundam Nadleeh Akwos
The story tells about the concept mobile suit, Nadleeh Akwos, and Robert and Deborah's meeting with Fereshte in Lagrange 1 during their hiding.
- Volume 11
- Featured Mobile Suit: GN-0000/7S 00 Gundam Seven Sword
The story is told in the perspective of the ace pilot Amy Zimbalist. He talks about his simulation battle against 00 Gundam Seven Sword Type in accordance to Wang Liu Mei's invitation. The simulation battle took place months before Celestial Being returned.
- Volume 12
- Featured Mobile Suit: MSJ-06II-ED Tieren Zhizhu
More details are explored about Amy Zimbalist. Robert recalls a mock battle between the Tieren Zhizhu and the Advanced GN-X. The Tieren Zhizu successfully defended the Orbital Elevator during the exercise, but Amy Zimbalist later commented that if it was a real battle, the Orbital Elevator would have been destroyed easily
- Volume 13
- Featured Mobile Suit: GN-006/SA Cherudim Gundam SAGA
The story tells about Amy piloting his Advanced GN-X and accidentally encountering the Cherudim SAGA at a base. Amy remembers the "ridiculous" amount of armaments the Cherudim had in its arsenal.
- Volume 14
- Featured Mobile Suit: GNX-704T/FS Ahead Forcing Scout Type
Amy sorties in Ahead Scout Type to seek any secret Celestial Being base around the space area. While on duty, Amy comments on the "advantages" of having a two-seated Mobile Suit. He eventually detects a hidden base and starts firing, but his particles are almost depleted.
- Volume 15
- Featured Mobile Suit: AEU-09/LS AEU Enact Landstriker Package
- Volume 16
- Featured Mobile Suit: GN-007/AL Arios Gundam Ascalon
- Volume 17
- Featured Mobile Suit: GNW-20000/J Jagd Arche Gundam
Deborah recalls her encounter with the Jagd Arche during one of its rampage of destroying both Katharon and ESF forces.
- Volume 18
- Featured Mobile Suit: GNZ-001 GRM Gundam
The mechanic section talks about the GRM Gundam. The story tells about Billy Katagiri's encounter with Robert after the defeat of the Innovators. He also points out the inspection that takes place inside the Innovator ship, Celestial Being, by the ESF, as well as them eventually finding the GNZ-001 GRM Gundam.
- Volume 19
- Featured Mobile Suit: GNX-612T/AA Superbia GN-X
The Superbia GN-X's details are featured. One of the stories talks about the inner thoughts of the Superbia GN-X's pilot, Hiling Care. The other one talks about Deborah Galiena test piloting the Advanced GN-X together with Amy Zimbalist.
- Volume 20
- Featured Mobile Suit: GN-008GNHW/3G Seravee Gundam GNHW/3G
- Volume 21
- Featured Mobile Suit: GNX-Y802T Neo-Hed
The story about the Neo-Hed was explored. Amy and Deborah flight tested the mobile suit and gave their opinions about the mobile suit to the engineer in charge.
- Volume 22
- Featured Mobile Suit: GN-000FA Full-Armor 0 Gundam
The story is about Sherilyn testing the actual combat prowess of the Full Armor 0 Gundam at a Celestial Being's base after the battle with the Innovators.
- Volume 23
- Featured Mobile Suit: CB-0000G/C/T Reborns Gundam Origin
The story tells about Ribbons' inner monologue during his flight and combat testing of Reborns Gundam Origin.
- Official 00V Site (Japanese)
- 00V on Wikipedia
- Mobile Suits featured in 00V on MAHQ
- mike_s_6 translations of the Japanese 00V chapter summaries