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Old November 22nd, 2012, 12:56 AM   #21

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I'll add another parallel that I remember observing. The leader of the Zeon in the original series (forget his name, was it Guhren Zabi?) believed that Spacenoids (the space colonists) were superior and more "highly evolved" than Earthnoids (humans who still lived on Earth). This has obvious parallels with the Nazi belief in the superiority of the "Aryan race".

This also ties in with the frequent use of colony drops (in multiple series, not just the original) as weapons of mass destruction. The ultimate objective of the colony drops was to render the Earth uninhabitable, so as to force human beings to migrate to space and "complete" their evolution to superior Spacenoids, as per the Zabi ideology.

Its been a very long time since I've seen this show, so forgive me if I got some of the details wrong.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 01:45 AM   #22

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I'll add another parallel that I remember observing. The leader of the Zeon in the original series (forget his name, was it Guhren Zabi?) believed that Spacenoids (the space colonists) were superior and more "highly evolved" than Earthnoids (humans who still lived on Earth). This has obvious parallels with the Nazi belief in the superiority of the "Aryan race".

This also ties in with the frequent use of colony drops (in multiple series, not just the original) as weapons of mass destruction. The ultimate objective of the colony drops was to render the Earth uninhabitable, so as to force human beings to migrate to space and "complete" their evolution to superior Spacenoids, as per the Zabi ideology.

Its been a very long time since I've seen this show, so forgive me if I got some of the details wrong.
Yes, that's right. Gihren Zabi did believe in the superiority of the spacenoids, although Char would later hijack his beliefs and claim that he wanted humans to leave the Earth alone to heal from the damage they had done.

There was some speculation in the series that the emergence of "NewTypes" (evolved humans with a level of precognition and minor psychic abilities) was linked to their migration to space. However, the whole NewType concept was forced on to Gundam's creator Tomino Yoshiyuki because the backers, toymaker Bandai, wanted the main characters to have super powers, in common with other giant robot anime of the time (Bandai are also the reason why the Gundam was depicted in bright, primary colours with a big red "shoot-me" cockpit, to appeal to younger viewers who would buy the toys).
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It's been a long time since I posted in this thread but I've found another little factlet.

In the original series one of the characters is called "Kai Shiden" (given name Kai, surname Shiden). Although the characters' names are all read in Western order, in Japanese order this name would be "Shiden Kai", which is also the name of the Kawanishi N1K IJN fighter:

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List of Mobile Suit Gundam characters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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It's been a long time since I posted in this thread but I've found another little factlet.

In the original series one of the characters is called "Kai Shiden" (given name Kai, surname Shiden). Although the characters' names are all read in Western order, in Japanese order this name would be "Shiden Kai", which is also the name of the Kawanishi N1K IJN fighter:

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Kai ... am I wrong or it means also "ocean"?

Which is the meaning in this context?
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Kai ... am I wrong or it means also "ocean"?

Which is the meaning in this context?
"kai" can mean a lot of things, but in this context, it means "modified".
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