Ladies And Gentleman, Give A Warm Welcome To The Players (Gundam 00 Cast Update)

Since there’s spoilers right at the bottom I’m keeping all the details inside.  Read on if you dare or just wait the 3 weeks.  The choice is yours.  Also here to offset the usual Gundam the Gundaming by myself, special guest commentator Deathkillz. 

Clockwise From Top Left:

Andrei Smirnov: Son of Sergei Smirnov, the Wild Bear of Russia. Rank is 2nd Lieutenant. (VA: Tetsu Shiratori – Lloyd Asplund from Code Geass)

Kaioshin:  Looks like he could be a pretty cool guy….even if his character design is a little generic.  Like the Arrows outfit so far though.  Can’t imagine Llloyd’s voice coming out of this guy, but I’m betting that Tetsu Shiratori can do more then one voice.  We’ll have to wait and see.

Deathie: Son of Sergei huh, I hope he can live up to his father’s expectations but like Kaio said…he looks generic (no cool scar to be seen).

Louise Halevy: She devoted herself to the uniform of Arrows. Having lost her arm, she cut her hair short. What became of her former charming self cannot be told. (VA: Chiwa Saito – Francesca Lucchini in Strike Witches)

Kaioshin:  Man I already miss the old chirpy Louise.  Her expression looks so depressing and far-removed from the Louise in the first season.  Especially the eyes.

Deathie: Potential angst fest here? I can’t see Louise throwing away her hate for the Gundams so easily after what “they” did in season 1.

Masked Man: A mysterious man who consciously wears a solemn mask and battle surcoat. What is his true character? (VA:  ????)

Kaioshin:  The best disguise since Quatrro Bagina’s glasses in Zeta Gundam.

Deathie: It’s…it’s the iron man!

Wang Liu Min: Wang changed from a beautiful girl into a beautiful woman. Her once inappropriate smile and eyes seem to show cleverness now. (VA: Kei Shindou – Kuro Kagami in Kodomo No Jikan)

Kaioshin: Hopefully we’ll find out what her deal is and why she said she wanted to see the world burn in the first season.

Deathie: Beautiful woman indeed. She looks more mature now but I bet her “calm and controlling” aura remains as sharp as ever.  

Ribbons Almack: After five years having gone by, there is no change felt in his form. What does the meaning of the word Innovator have? (VA: Tohru Furuya – Amuro Ray In Mobile Suit Gundam Series)

Kaioshin: Wow…..it looks like Sunrise buddied up with Square Enix on this particular piece of artwork.  This is your last boss for Kingdom Hearts III right here folks.  Seriously though I hope they don’t play him up as to metrosexual.  Why is it that the next evolution of humanity is always an androgenous dude that poses like a biblical figure in these things though?

Deathie: First thing I thought looking at his design…he is cross dressing, definitely cross dressing. Then his blurb, he seems to be an immortal vampire.

Neena Trinity: Couldn’t find a translation on her bit.  Sorry. :( (VA: Rie Kugimiya – Does she really need any introduction?)

Kaioshin: Wow if they wanted to make her look more evil then the first season then they did a good job.  I’m digging the black outfit, harsh facial expression and the “Pose of Absolute Confidence” (TM)  Can’t wait to see what she’s piloting in this one.  No shipping by the way….

Deathie: Never liked Neena, never will. And it doesn’t look like the shock she had in season 1 has changed her at all (perhaps made her more erm…”crazy?”).

Saji Crossroad: Is now working as an engineer on the Proud Colony. (VA: Miyu Irino – Syaoran in Tsubasa Chronicles)

Kaioshin:  Well it seems Saji’s finally grown up, graduated from Engineering college and is exploring the frontier of space colonization.  He’s no longer the Milquetoast we saw in the first season, but Louise is still better then him because now she’s a test pilot.  Poor Saji…..hopefully they can get back together again.

Deathie: I am betting he will end up working for Celestial and somehow manage to tie the knot with Louise and be back in time for tea.

Shirin Bakhtiar: She parted ways with Marina and jumped out into the world from Azadistan. She wears a more active attire which differs from when she was in the royal palace. (VA: Michiko Neya – Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist)

Kaioshin: So she’s no longer just Advisor-Chan anymore.  I’m not really surprised to learn she’s joined some sort of resistance going from her hardass exterior and roots in wartorn Azedistan.  I’m wondering if she’ll have to rescue Marina at some point, and judging from the PV’s Marina may in fact land in some trouble somewhere along the line.

Deathie: Ad-advisor chan is that you? I have no opinions of her fortunately.  

Marina Ismail: Again no translation sorry, but you probably no who she is already if you saw the first season.  (VA: Ayumi Tsunematsu – Lots of bit roles)

Kaioshin:  Looks like Marina is going to be playing the damsel in distress again.  As far as I know she’s still the leader of Azedistan.  Whether she’s gotten better or worse at it remains to be seen.

Deathie: It’s sad, isn’t it Marina?

Claus Grad: One of the leaders of the anti-govermnent force “Kataron”. He has a strong will to oppose the distorted control by Arrows. (VA: Tokuyoshi Kawashima – Yuuichirou Hikari in Rockman.Exe)

Kaioshin:  I’m guessing Kataron is the new  Karaba.  This guy looks like he could be a pretty cool character and sounds like a good leader as well.  Though I’m sure Celestial Being will have to bail him out at least once in the early episodes.

Deathie: Cool! Here we have a potential badass character. For some reason, I’m getting a “Lockon type” vibe from him, which isn’t a bad thing.

Regena Regetta: The last character we saw at the end of the First Season. Wears the same clothing as Ribbons and has the same features as Tieria. (VA: Romi Paku – Loran Cehack in Turn A Gundam)

Kaioshin:  Wow…thanks for the update on this character Newtype.  Oh well, I’m just psyched at the prospect of my two favourite female VA’s appearing together in my favourite franchise.  It doesn’t get much better then this from a fanboy perspective.  From a casual viewers perspective though apparently Regena is a dude.  Didn’t see that one coming, though I’m kind of not surprised at the same time.

Deathie: Another cross dressing fairy has appeared, wait? Tieria?! Of course not, I’m guessing that she is Tieria’s twin sister or something.

Sergei Smirnov: Not having participated in Arrows, he became a member of the Earth Allied Forces after the unification of the three superpowers. (VA: Unshou Ishizuku – Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop)

Kaioshin:  Gotta love Sergei, always the moralist.  I’m not surprised he decided to reject the invitation to join Arrows, but apparently his son did join.  That could provide some interesting conflict of ideals within the family, and Sergei always struck me as a family man too.  Which will he pick, his son or his ideals if it comes down to a decision?  This is going to be interesting if played the way I hope it is.

Deathie: Sorry, I still can’t get rid on the “pedo bear” image from my head. But I love Sergei, he is a cool character. Here’s hoping that he doesn’t get the shaft in this season.

Soma Peries: Having grown over the passing months and years, she shows more characteristics of a person, more so a woman with a soft expression. (VA: Arisa Ogasawara – Cheza in Wolf’s Rain)

Kaioshin: So she’s no longer a bloodthirsty immature girl obsessed with winning.  It looks like Sergei has managed to counter whatever the conditioning the super soldier program did to her.  I hope this doesn’t mean that we won’t see her hop back into the cockpit once things go haywire again.

Deathie: Wohoo! Finally. It’s great to hear that she has become more human like over the past years. But I am kind of worried of what Sergei may have done to her for this transformation…*attempts to remove those mental images* 

I also seem to have found a summary for the first episode.  Read on at you own discretion and only if you are interested:

Episode.26:”The Angels Second Advent”

The Earth Sphere Federation’s independent security preservation force “Arrows,” was inhumanely supressing the opposition “Kataron,” while carrying out their duty of extermination. Meanwhile, Kataron member Claus, raced to the “Proud” colony, which was still undergoing construction, to rescue his comrades. At the colony, Saji was working as an engineer. Since his coworker was a member of Kataron, Arrows arrested him under false charges and made him do forced labor in a gravity block. Upon word of the Kataron’s rescue operation, Brigadier General Goodman and Colonel Zhejiang head to the colony on a space cruiser to execute their extermination operation. Onboard the ship is Louise, preparing for her first battle. Arrows mobile suit pilot, Captain Janine, spearheads a squad to infiltrate the colony to destroy the space ship and the mobile suits of the Kataron rescue squad. Furthermore, automaton unmanned killing machines are dropped into the colony. About that time, Setsuna had been monitoring Arrows for a long time and successfully managed to infiltrate the colony where he met Saji again by chance…

(All credit for translation of the character descriptions and the episode summary goes to Deacon Blues of http://www.gundamnews.net/)

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10 Responses to “Ladies And Gentleman, Give A Warm Welcome To The Players (Gundam 00 Cast Update)”


  1. 1 Myssa Rei September 11, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Arrows = Titans? Oh dear, and I thought that Gundam 00 was supposed to be the Wing analogue. :P

    Plus Louise is part of the Arrows? That can’t really end too well… Hmm, notice how her profile picture actually shows her with two hands? Bionic most probably.

  2. 2 Solly Rushadale September 11, 2008 at 9:14 am

    NO, NEENA!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY DESTROYED YOUR HAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND YOUR OUTFIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE HOLY F ARE THEY ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *Sob*

    *Sniff*

    Oh Neena…………..

  3. 3 Solly Rushadale September 11, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Okay, I’ve calmed down a little, now. But still…..

    *Sigh*

    Well, at least the same can be said for Wang. Which is actually good, because I hate her, she is evil, and I REALLY hope she dies. But until she does, she deserves to look ugly.

    Wow. you can totally see the change in Soma. She totally seems a lot more grown up now. Oh! I wonder – do you think that maybe Sergi’s son will be jealous of Soma?

    Ribbons? Three words. GAYEST. OUTFIT. EVER. It also helps back up my theory that the designers were TOTALLY on something when they designed the outfits.

    Oooo!!! I just realized something possibly important!! The reason Wang and Neena’s designs have changed so much… well, here’s an idea. They were both introduced as cutesy, right? But then everyone *finally* realized that there was much more going on beneath the surface. So now the people in charge have dropped any pretense, and are finally matching their appearances’ to their true personalities….

  4. 4 Gideon September 11, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Where are Patrick, Katy and Ali!

    I NEED these three in Gundam 00. It is that simple! I’ll be hating this show if they don’t appear in it….for at least an episode or two.

    They’ll never do away with Ali. So I’m actually not that worried they have given him the axe. Lets face it: most bad ass anime character ever! I am especially wondering on which side Ali will be fighting. His political stances are pro-war, pro-chaos and anti-innocent-bystanders. That doesn’t make him a prime candidate for the new peacekeeping forces. They’ll do plenty of fighting of course, but in the long run they’ll want to unite the world and thus eliminate the need for wars. So Ali will probably end up with the anti-federation forces in the long run (who might be on the same side as CB). Plenty of tension there! Of course I just want Ali to be as brilliant as last season. I am not asking for much. Kniving a girl or two. You know: Ali-stuff.

    I am less hopeful with regard to Patrick and Katy. They are the only normal couple/people in the whole show. I love them both, but I think they’ll be quickly killed/ignored in favour for other characters (which I will hate for it). I hope both of them get some character development of course, without it spelling out their impending deaths. Why I cheer for Patrick? He is normal. He doesn’t pilot MS for the greater good of mankind. He does it to impress the ladies, for which he has a healthy taste. Katy is indeed a fine woman. He might be a little inexperienced, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have skill and guts. He laid the groundwork for Lock-on’s death. And Lady Luck smiles upon him. Fortune still favours the braves.

    And Katy. A fine woman. A normal woman. Not a huge breasted bridge bunny. Quiet and competent, she continuously kicked that CB woman’s tactical ass.

    You know, I just noticed what these three have in common. They seem to be the only three in Gundam 00 I can picture doing normal things. I can see all three in a normal bar just enjoying their drinks, not thinking about world politics. They are a professional military officer (Katy), a free-minded hotshot pilot (Patrick) and a war-crazed madman (duh). Somehow I can’t picture any other character doing that. You know every CB pilot will just be burdened by angst and everyone else just will be discussing why they fight and where the world is heading to. Shut up and enjoy your beer for once!

    Oh and Neena is hot.

  5. 5 Aabo0 September 11, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Ribbons and Regena look like they’re wearing pregnancy outfits…

    Maybe “innovators” are genetically engineered designer babies who, after reaching puberty, can get pregnant from both sexes and give birth to children with the SEED factor.

    Hmm… I see a few holes in my theory but it looks like it’ll do for now till we know what are they. ;)

  6. 6 Aabo0 September 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    By the way, has anyone noticed that the characters are separated by different colored blocks? I see three colors, so that means three factions… Wang Lui and Nena are obviously with CB since their color is blue.

  7. 7 Kaioshin Sama September 11, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    @Solly Rushdale: Well if the second season is anything like the first then Wang should be changing outfits every other episode. As for Ribbons outfit, he reeks of final boss in a Squaresoft or SNK game. What can I say……

    @Gideon: Ali will probably join Arrows. As for Katy and Patrick, I think they’re keeping them semi-secret. Even though we saw them at the end of the 4 year flashback there surivival versus death was supposed to have been semi-ambiguous (A little less so then Nunally in CG). They could end up on any side as far as I can see.

    @Aabo0: Well according to Ribbon’s character description the innovators don’t age like normal human beings. He should be looking older now but he isn’t. That might also make him a valid candidate for the original pilot of the 0 Gundam. In fact he could conceivably be a hundred years old or more for all we know.

    And yes Wang and Neena are a part of Celestial Being, but they look really disturbed and evil versus the regulars. If I were Setsuna I’d keep an eye on them.

  8. 8 Aabo0 September 12, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Doesn’t the dude in the iron mask remind anyone of Graham Aker?

  9. 9 mangaka-chan September 13, 2008 at 4:08 am

    I’m curious as to why you think Katy and Patrick can end up on either side. To me they seem squarely on the side of the Earth Federation/Arrows.

    Any I don’t know who the director is trying to fool by putting Graham in a mask. Even if it turns out the person’s not Graham it wouldn’t surprise me. Quite frankly I can’t think of a way for them to truly surprise us about the Masked Man’s identity and still make it plausible i.e. not make it cracky (and secret twins don’t count, because it’s already been used with the Lockon plot line). :\

  10. 10 Solly Rushadale October 1, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Bad news, Kaioshinn. Trailer number five shows Summeragi with her trusty beer bottle.

    Hmm, I think I saw Katy in an Arrows uniform, but I’m not sure it’s her…


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