Anew Returner (アニュー・リターナー Anyū Ritānā?) is a fictional character in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. A lady of many talents, she was scouted by Wang Liu Mei to join Celestial Being in the second season. She's secretly a member of the Innovades who called themselves Innovators, and acted as the group's spy in Celestial Being.
- 1 Personality & Character
- 2 Skills & Abilities
- 3 History
- 3.1 Innovator Inception
- 3.2 Anti A-Laws Campaign
- 3.2.1 00 Raiser Trans-Am Trial
- 3.2.2 The A-Laws Strike
- 3.2.3 Destroy Memento Mori
- 3.2.4 Crashed & Hunted on Earth
- 3.2.5 Break Pillar Incident
- 3.2.6 Taking Back Veda
- 3.3 Taking 00 Gundam
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Notes & Trivia
Personality & Character
Anew is an Innovade and has the same DNA base sequence as her Innovator partner, Revive Revival. As she was created to be a spy, Anew was made to be of the female gender, unlike her fellow Innovators, who are of neutral sex. Despite being a spy, Anew herself is not aware of her true identity when her Innovator personality isn't awakened. In this state, she's a kind and soft-spoken person. She's caring to everyone, gentle, curious about matters that interest her, and strongly committed to Celestial Being. She also fell in love with Lockon Stratos. When awakened as an Innovator by Revive, her personality change. While she retains all the memories and experiences she has with Celestial Being (relationships, access codes, ship controls, etc.), she acts with less conscience and will do anything (subterfuge, murder, manipulate, etc.) for the sake of the Innovators. However, she she still has a soft spot for Lockon.
Skills & Abilities
According to Ian's own account, Anew specializes in: regenerative medicine, astrophysics, MS engineering, piloting, cooking, and is also a beauty. Presumably, her knowledge and experiences are based on implanted memories and programming from the quantum processing system, Veda, and leader of the Innovators, Ribbons Almark. Additionally, she experienced gaps in her memory and has no sense of time and space when Revive contacted her via quantum brainwaves to learn the location of the Celestial Being's CBS-74 Ptolemaios 2. Anew tends to excuse her daze and confusion as a result of stress from the nature of working for Celestial Being.
Like other Innovades, Anew possesses B level quantum brainwaves, nanomachines, telepathy, etc. She is also the only intelligence gathering-type Innovade among the Innovators, with the rest being combat-type Innovades. With her skills, Anew managed to steal data of the Trans-Am System and Twin Drive System from the Celestial Being, and delivered them to the Innovators when she rejoined the group. Despite not being made for combat, Anew has sufficient mobile suit piloting skills and utilized the custom machine, the GNZ-007 Gaddess. When necessary, Ribbons can take over her mind through quantum brainwaves and forced her to do things against her will, such as having her fight against her lover, Lockon.
Created and programmed through Veda and Ribbons in between A.D. 2307-2312, Anew was born in an incubation chamber and rapidly aged into an adult. Ribbons later entrusted Anew to Wang Liu Mei, who then assisted her in being accepted into the Celestial Being (CB), allowing her to fulfil her role as a spy for the Innovators. Anew initially worked at the CB's Lagrange 3 resource satellite to research and develop new technology.
Anti A-Laws Campaign
00 Raiser Trans-Am Trial
While CBS-74 Ptolemaios 2 (Ptolemy II) and crew battles against the A-Laws, Anew worked with Linda Vashti and other CB engineers in developing mobile suit support units. She and CB engineers helped complete GN Archer and 0 Raiser to support their cause to eliminate A-Laws and the Federation's wicked ways. Anew was introduced to the crew of the Ptolemy II when the ship arrived at the asteroid base for repairs and resupplying. She is present when the 00 Raiser tests its Trans-Am System: it proved to be more than they expected, for the mobile suit produced a particle output that exceeded the theoretical 290% limit.
The A-Laws Strike
Anew and Lockon Stratos were at a MS hanger room, talking about the new upgrades to Cherudim and Seravee. Lyle thought this would be the last time to see Anew and hoped to talk with her a little more, but to Lyle's surprise, Anew said she was being transferred to the Ptolemy II after insistence from Ian. Lyle was happy to hear she'll be joining their group. He then suggested they head off to the bridge, but Anew spaced off (she was being contacted by Revive Revival through quantum brainwaves) and Lyle thought she was only being nervous.
As they were heading to the bridge, A-Laws began launching GN Missiles to L3 base and Anew headed to the Ptolemy II's bridge. The majority of the base's staff was evacuated as Ptolemy II covered for them. Anew became the Ptolemy II's helmsman, and Lasse was grateful as he can now focus purely on defending the ship with its weapons system. For the duration of the battle, Anew took commands from Sumeragi and made necessary maneuvers to keep the ship in one piece.
Destroy Memento Mori
The Ptolemy II and crew had a meeting, sensors have detected an unusual heat signature on Earth. When the crew gathered to see the anomaly, Sumeragi confirmed it was a caused by a satellite weapon (Memento Mori). Sumeragi made the decision to destroy the Federation's satellite weapon as soon as work on Ptolemy II is complete.
Crashed & Hunted on Earth
Just as the Ptolemy II crew enjoyed their victory over destroying Memento Mori, Innovators came for a surprise attack at their weakest moment. Bring/Garazzo, Revive/Gadessa, and Divine/Empruss attacked Ptolemy II and damaged various parts of the ship. With all the Gundams still recharging their GN particles from the earlier battle, there was no chance to retaliate. Ptolemy II used the inertia of the Innovators' assault to speed its descent to Earth while releasing a smoke screen to partially blind the Innovators.
The ship and crew survived crash landing back on Earth and began emergency repairs. With the exception of functional engines, their weapons, navigation, and communications have been badly damaged. On top of that, Setsuna/00 Raiser got separated from the group during the Innovators' attack. Ptolemy II is now relying on the camouflage system to keep them temporarily safe from A-Laws detection as the crew try to restore ship to working order. Unknown to the crew, A-Laws and Innovators are secretly tracking their position through Anew.
As the crew performed maintenance and repairs on Ptolemy II, Lockon/Gene 1 makes a phone call to Katharon. Gene 1 updated Katharon on the destruction of Memento Mori and mentions the possibility of needing their assistance in a worst-case-scenario. As Lockon finished his business, Anew walks up behind him and wonders who he was talking to. Lockon brushed it off as "minor business". Anew then tells Lockon she's worried. Anew wondered, "How were A-Laws able to tell so precisely where the Ptolemaios would be?" Lockon responded, "I see. So you're suspicious of me, Ms. Returner?" Anew replies, "Of course not. The question is just on my mind." The conversation became lighter as Anew tells Lockon to call her Anew (as to Ms. Returner) and Lockon tells her to call him Lyle.
Coup d'etat Save
Break Pillar Incident
While Setsuna was recovering in Ptolemy II, Anew was treating Setsuna's wounds. Sumeragi dispatched the Meisters to intervene the standoff between the ESF Forces, the ESF-Coup faction, and Katharon over the orbital elevator in africa.
Battle at AEU Elevator
Destroy Memento Mori No.2
Four months after the "Break Pillar" incident, the Ptolemy II launched a successive attack on a second Memento Mori. After the attack, it was revealed that during the four months period, the Ptolemy II was attacked more than 20 times and this puzzled the crew, who were unaware of Anew's link to the Innovators. During the same period, Anew and Lyle's mutual attraction blossomed into a secret romantic relationship. For unknown reasons, both Lyle and Anew kept their relationship a secret and continued to pretend they're in a platonic/professional relationship until recently.
Taking Back Veda
With the ESF Forces placed under the A-Laws' command, the A-Laws is now the single largest military force in the solar system. Setsuna, Tieria, and the bridge crew talked about a means to turn the tide of the battle and thought about recapturing Veda, but they don't know where Veda is located. In order to find Veda, they would need to ask an Innovator(s) about the whereabouts of Veda. Sumeragi decided to take the idea into action, to capture an Innovator(s) as an overall plan to take Veda back into Celestial Being control.
While the bridge crew talks about a means to capture an Innovator(s), Anew went to see Lyle in his room. Anew asked Lyle about his older twin brother, Neil. Lyle replied, "I don't really remember him. When I got to junior high school, I went to a boarding house." "Why go to a boarding house", Anew wondered. Lyle replied, "I couldn't stand being compared to my genius brother. Rather than confront that, I chose to run away" Anew pointed out, "But you both became a Gundam Meister, just like your brother." Lyle smirked at the irony, but he replied, "Our motives were different. Speaking of which, I never asked you. What about your family, Anew?" Anew tried to answer, but her head started to hurt just thinking about it (presumably because she never had family and her memories/experiences were implanted). Lockon got up and hugged her and told her, "You don't have to talk about it if you don't want to. You're here now, Anew. That's enough for me." Lyle and Anew started kissing when Revive connected Anew through quantum brainwave. Lockon noticed Anew zoned out and started to shake her while calling out her name, After Anew was conscious again, Lyle was relieved and said, "Don't get weirded out while I'm in the middle of kissing you!" Anew apologized and hugged him. Shortly after, the crew was put on alert and everyone had to prepare to battle.
As Anew headed towards the bridge, Lyle wanted to talk to her, but dropped the matter to sortie. As Lockon/Cherudim prepares to launch, he calls for Anew over the com and tells her, "I love you!" To Anew's embarrassment, the whole bridge crew now knows of their relationship. Lasse comments to Lockon, "You really are a sniper!" Sumeragi wanted to know when did they started. Mileina was excited, loudly saying, "Amazing, the flowers of love are blooming!" Feldt congratulated Anew as Lockon observed everyone's reaction over the com. Blushing and unable to properly respond, she tells Lyle, "That's enough, just go!" Lockon/Cherudim happily launched to engage the A-Laws.
Taking 00 Gundam
The Gundam Meisters returned from the battle with a captured Innovator, Revive. Soon after Revive was taken in, he communicated through quantum brainwaves with Anew, awakening her true Innovator personality. While being contacted by Revive, Anew drifted off course. Lasse noticed they're off course and asked Anew to adjust. Anew then shot Lasse and took Mileina hostage to help Revive escape and take 00 Gundam and 0 Raiser. Just as Mileina was forced to bring 00 Gundam to the launch deck, Anew is stopped in her tracks by Soma Peries, a C-level quantum brainwave user who was able to detect the Innovators' quantum brainwave. But before she could shoot to avenge "the Colonel", Lockon and Setsuna arrived to stop her. Anew still possesses all her romantic experiences with Lockon and asked for him to join her and the chance to see the world "changed". Lockon faked his willingness to join her and subtly told Setsuna to shoot him in the shoulder. Using this as a distraction, Lockon pulled Mileina to safety as Anew escaped from Ptolemy. She then regrouped with her fellows Innovator, and launched in the GNZ-007 Gaddess to attack Ptolemy II.
As Anew/Gaddess fought against Lockon/Cherudim, the latter asked why must they fight; Anew furiously responds that it is because he's a mere human and she is an Innovator. Lockon/Cherudim later activates Trans-Am and manages to outclass Anew/Gaddess. Lockon/Cherudim then held her Gaddess at gunpoint and tore off its cockpit hatch. He says that he intends to make Anew his woman, even if she is an Innovator.
Anew was touched by Lockon's forgiveness and willingness to keep loving her. She decided to join him, but at the last moment, Ribbons took over her body and mind. Through quantum brainwave, Ribbons made Anew attack Lockon/Cherudim. Lockon/Cherudim continued to plead Anew to stop, but she couldn't control herself. In her final act, the Ribbons-controlled-Anew charged towards Lockon/Cherudim with her GN Heat Saber. As she made her charge, Setsuna/00 Raiser in Trans-Am arrived in time to intervene and shot the Gaddess fatally in the torso. As Anew was dying in her final moments, the quantum effect of 00 Raiser's Trans-Am gave the couple a final chance to convey each other's feelings. Lockon/Cherudim then broke off from Gaddess as the machine exploded, killing Anew.
After the battle, Lockon distraughtly blamed Setsuna for killing Anew and battered him until his face was bruised and bloody. Lockon couldn't let go of Anew and remembered her as the woman he loved and not an Innovator.
Following CB's defeat of the Innovators and recovery of Veda, Lyle returned to Earth and made a grave for her next to the Dylandy family grave. Before her grave, he told her that he had left Katharon and will dedicate his life as a Gundam Meister. During the ELS Conflict of AD 2314, Lyle never got over Anew and he kept a picture of her when they were together.
Main article: Innovades
- Revive Revival
- Anew and Revive are Innovades sharing the same base sequence.
- Ribbons Almark
- Anew is a member of the Innovators led by Ribbons, and served as the group's spy in Celestial Being. At the end of her life, she turns against Ribbons, but eventually gets controlled by Ribbons which ultimately leads to her death.
Main article: Celestial Being
- Lockon Stratos (Lyle Dylandy)
- Anew's lover. They had a mutual attraction for each other when they met and continued to see each other on board Ptolemy II as friends. After the "Break Pillar" incident, they had a secret romantic relationship until Lockon embarrassingly exposed their relationship to the bridge crew over the com. Even after her return to Innovators, she still loved Lockon and wanted him to be with her. While her betrayal hurt Lockon, he was willing to forgive her if she returned to Celestial Being. Anew ultimately wanted to be with Lockon, but unfortunate circumstances led to her attempting to kill Lockon. When Setsuna/00 Raiser shot her Gaddess, the power of Trans-Am Raiser gave them one last brief moment in a telepathic link to convey each others feelings before she died.
Notes & Trivia
- In accordance with the tradition of Super Robot Wars series, Anew could be saved in Super Robot Wars Z2 Saisei-hen if the player is able to complete the requirements necessary to save her. She will get a role as one of Ptolemaios II's sub-pilots, if the player manages to save her.