Cagalli Yula Athha (カガリ・ユラ・アスハ Kagari Yura Asuha?) is a character that appears in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Cagalli the adopted daughter of Uzumi Nara Athha, Chief Representative and "Lion" of Orb Union. She is also Kira Yamato's twin sister, although neither sibling was aware of this until the First Alliance-PLANT War. Cagalli's birth name is Cagalli Hibiki. She is also well known for piloting the MBF-02 Strike Rouge during the First and Second Alliance-PLANT Wars, though she would later pilot the ORB-01 Akatsuki, only once to fight against ZAFT in their invasion of Orb and later giving it to Mu La Flaga.
- 1 Personality & Character
- 2 Skills & Abilities
- 3 Gundam SEED
- 4 Gundam SEED Destiny
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External Links
Personality & Character
Although raised as a princess in Orb and taught to be proper, sophisticated, and elegant; Cagalli is far from it, for she has been shown to be quite stubborn, rebellious, masculine, and often free spirited. Cagalli is also shown to dislike being called a princess and when someone calls her one she instantly tells them not to call her that again. Despite rebelling against both her father and her responsibilities as a princess, she is quite loyal to her country and more than willing to give up her life to save it. In Destiny, Cagalli becomes the leader of her country in place of her father. However she is shown to be reluctant in speaking against the pro-Alliance leaders of Orb and had trouble difficulty in handling situations when it involves her country's future. Eventually she discovers that she is a capable leader and both her people and herself regained their trust in her.
Skills & Abilities
As the ruling Princess of Orb, Cagalli is shown to have competent diplomacy skills when dealing with foreign policy. While fighting with the Desert Dawn in Egypt, it is presumed that she is skilled in basic combat training and the usage of firearms. In MS combat, Cagalli is seen as a decent mid-range combatant, but needed an AI program to assist her during her first sortie with the Strike Rouge. This is ironically in contrast to her lover Athrun Zala, who has a penchant for hand-to-hand MS combat. Although she is a Natural, Cagalli is capable of going into SEED mode in battle like Kira and Athrun, as evidenced when she avenges the deaths of M1 Astray pilots Asagi Caldwell and Juri Wu Nien, by destroying the Strike Daggers that took them out. So far in the Cosmic Era, Cagalli is the only Natural to have gone into SEED mode.
Cagalli is first seen, though not named, in episode 1 of Gundam SEED. After learning that her nation is aiding the Earth Alliance in secret, she travels to the Orb Union's Heliopolis space colony to see the evidence for herself. She meet Kira Yamato as the ZAFT forces attacks the colony and Team Le Creuset raid the base, She runs in search of the mobile suits that was said to have been developed for the Earth Alliance by Morgenroete, Inc. at Heliopolis with Kira trailing after her in worry. When her fears are justified and she discovers that there really were new mobile suits built by Morgenroete she is upset by this, enough for her legs to cave in as she asks out loud how her father could betray them, Kira merely stands to the side, baffled at her outburst. Later as they run for cover, she is pushed by Kira into an evacuation shelter prior to the destruction of the colony.
With the Desert Dawn
Cagalli reappears in episode 15, as a member of the Desert Dawn resistance group in ZAFT-occupied Northern Africa. Though the group is led by Sahib Ashman, Cagalli is nicknamed the "Goddess of Victory" because of the strong role she plays within the group. She is accompanied by Ledonir Kisaka.
Cagalli reunites with Kira Yamato, now a pilot for the Archangel, a warship of the Earth Alliance Forces. At the Desert Dawn's frontline base, Mu La Flaga asks for the formal name of the "Goddess of Victory", and Sahib Ashman unwillingly replies with "Cagalli Yula."
After ZAFT BuCUEs under the command of Andrew Waltfeld destroy the town of Tassil, Cagalli and several other members of the Desert Dawn chase them. Outmatched, several resistance fighters, including Cagalli's friend Ahmed El-Fasi, are killed. Ledonir Kisaka manages to protect Cagalli until Kira arrives. She and Kira quarrel over her actions, ending with Kira slapping her across the face. Cagalli is later bequeathed a green stone by Ahmed, who had unrequited romantic feelings towards her.
In episode 19, Cagalli and Kira are sent to gather supplies, but are accidentally caught up in a Blue Cosmos attempt to assassinate one of their adversaries,General Andrew Waltfeld, nicknamed "the Desert Tiger". Andrew knocks Kira and Cagalli prone to protect them, and Kira keeps one of the terrorists from shooting Andrew throwing a gun at the terrorist and then kicking him.
Waltfeld brings Kira and Cagalli to his headquarters. Though they want to leave, he wants to thank them. Waltfeld's girlfriend Aisha takes Cagalli away to be cleaned up. Andrew has a conversation with Kira until Aisha brings in Cagalli in an elegant dress, much to the Cagalli's dismay. A humorous exchange between Kira and Cagalli is had after the formers states something about her being a girl. Both adults find their verbal battle a little humorous.
Andrew then reveals he knows Kira is with the Earth Alliance Forces. He points a gun at Kira and Cagalli and asks how the war will end, if it will be after all enemies are dead. He also says he does not know why Kira, a Coordinator, is fighting his own kind, but as long as he pilots the GAT-X105 Strike, they are enemies. Andrew then lets them go, since Kira has previously saved his life. In this encounter with Andrew, Cagalli learns Kira is a Coordinator.
In a battle between the ZAFT forces, lead by Andrew, and the Archangel with the aid of the Desert Dawn, seeing that they are outmatched in terms of numbers, Cagalli commandeers the spare FX-550 Skygrasper. She is shot down but lands safely and the ZAFT forces retreat.
After the battle, the Archangel leaves Africa, heading for Orb. Cagalli and Ledonir accompany them. While traveling on the Indian Ocean, she comforts Kira, who is upset about the deaths of people he failed to protect, and Andrew, the first person he killed who he knew personally. Flay Allster, whom Kira seems to have a convoluted and complicated relationship with, is clearly jealous of Cagalli's closeness to Kira.
First encounter with Athrun Zala
Over the Indian Ocean, Cagalli chooses to pilot a Skygrasper once again, aiding the Archangel in battle against ZAFT forces. She finds a ZAFT transport ship and engages it in battle but is shot down, but not before shooting down the transport that just happened to be carrying Athrun Zala and his mobile suit.
Both end up being marooned on the same island, with Cagalli finding Athrun first. After being shooting at him resulting to an armed conflict between the two and having to deal with the awkward position of confirming that she was, in fact, a girl, she is taken by Athrun as a prisoner. She has her wrists and ankles bound and had to watch from the sand below as Athrun throws her only weapon away, her gun. While trying to get to Athrun's mobile suit in her tied up stage, Cagalli accidentally ends up almost drowning in a small but deep puddle made by the rain where Athrun rescues her. An exchange of humorous banters is had between them that results in Athrun setting her free because she seemed like she couldn't be any serious threat to him. While waiting for retrieval, the two talk. Their viewpoints about the war clash, but they listen to each other with Athrun being the one to give up first knowing that it would get them nowhere. He falls asleep on her, giving Cagalli an opening to steal his gun that she eventually throws away, resulting to it misfiring with the bullet grazing Athrun's side. This eventually leads to a mutual truce between them and they exchange names. They later rescued by their respective forces. Neither tells anyone about what happened on the island.
In episode 25, the Archangel with Cagalli on board, reaches Orb, though for political reasons the country claims the ship was driven off. When the Archangel enters Orb territory, she reveals that she is Cagalli Yula Athha, the daughter of the Orb Union's Chief Representative Uzumi Nara Athha. She is clearly upset with Orb's secret weapons development on Heliopolis and blames her father. She tries to help Kira by reuniting him with his family, but he refuses to see them. Cagalli's concern over Kira culminates in her embracing him just before he leaves Orb with the Archangel, telling him not to die and to come back to see her again. These actions clearly distress her father and his parents.
Second encounter with Athrun
In episode 31, Cagalli and Orb forces find Athrun lying unconscious on a beach after an intense battle that supposed to have killed Kira and his friend, Tolle Koenig.
Athrun regains consciousness on the Orb transport ship, where Cagalli points a gun at him and demands to know what happened to Kira. Athrun is upset about killing his friend, but justifies it by saying that Kira had killed several ZAFT comrades, including his friend Nicol Amalfi. Cagalli repeats her father's teachings, saying that killing for vengeance will never bring peace but simply more conflict. Both are reduced to tears.
Before releasing him back to ZAFT, Cagalli gives Athrun a red stone pendant sacred to Haumea (the goddess of fertility and childbirth worshipped in Orb), and says she does not want anybody else to die.
In episode 37, the Archangel returns to Orb after defecting from the Earth Alliance with Kira, now piloting the ZGMF-X10A Freedom, on board. Cagalli reacts very emotionally when she finds out Kira has survived and he recounts his side of the battle with Athrun.
Rise of the Three Ships Alliance
In episode 38, Muruta Azrael, leader of Blue Cosmos, directs an attack on Orb, trying to force the nation to concede to the Earth Alliance. Athrun joins the fight in the ZGMF-X09A Justice. He was originally ordered to retake or destroy the Freedom, but instead he helps Kira and the others stave off the Earth Alliance. After doing so, a tearful Cagalli runs up to Kira and Athrun as they meet face-to-face and hugs them both.
This reunion is ruined when the Earth Alliance attacks again. Cagalli's father, gives her a photograph of her and Kira when they were babies—in the arms of their birth mother, Via Hibiki—and tells her that although she is leaving her father, she will not be alone, for she will be with her brother.
Cagalli then takes off on board the Kusanagi and watches in horror as her father and other Orb leaders sacrifice their lives detonating the Kaguya mass driver to prevent the Earth Alliance from capturing it.
In the final episodes of Gundam SEED, Cagalli pilots the MBF-02 Strike Rouge as a member of the Three Ships Alliance, which is trying to stop the genocidal intentions of the leaders of both sides, Patrick Zala and Muruta Azrael.
Cagalli meets Athrun again and both notice Athrun's fiancee, Lacus Clyne getting closer to his best friend Kira Yamato. At the same time, Athrun and Cagalli begin developing feelings for one another. This is first shown when Athrun gives Cagalli a hug and apologizes to her, in episode 43. Before the Second Battle of Jachin Due, Cagalli declares that she will not let Athrun or Kira (in her words "That guy who's probably my little brother") die and the two (Athrun and Cagalli) share a kiss.
During this final battle, Cagalli boards the ZAFT superweapon GENESIS with Athrun, arriving in the control center to find Athrun's father dying. Rather than follow his father's wish to use the weapon to destroy life on Earth, Athrun decided to detonate his nuclear-powered Gundam inside GENESIS, destroying it before it fired on Earth. Cagalli follows Athrun and persuades him to vacate the Justice before it self-destructs, board the Strike Rouge and escape with her. Together, they find Kira floating in space not far from a heavily-damaged Freedom. With tears, they rescue Kira and recover the Freedom.
After the ceasefire between the Alliance and ZAFT, she returns back to Orb. She and Athrun later pay a visit to Reverend Malchio's orphanage where Kira and Lacus have settled down and are helping him care for the orphans.
Gundam SEED Destiny
Theft at Armory One and Junius Seven Colony Drop
Cagalli reappears in episode 1 of Gundam SEED Destiny. She has taken her father's former position as Chief Representative of the Orb Union. Accompanied by Athrun Zala, she visits the new Armory One PLANT and meets PLANT Chairman Gilbert Durandal to discuss important matters. At the same time, three unknown individuals infiltrate and steal three new ZAFT mobile suits which triggers the Second Alliance-PLANT War. Cagalli is injured and she and Athrun end up on board the new ZAFT battleship LHM-BB01 Minerva.
While they remain on board while the Minerva pursues and battles the thieves Cagalli meets Shinn Asuka, a refugee from Orb who is serving with ZAFT. Shinn openly expresses his anger at Cagalli and blames her father and his policies for the death of his family in the First Alliance-PLANT War. This is one of many difficult situations Cagalli is placed in as she has to struggle with her father Uzumi's legacy, her own coming of age, and her own goals and desires.
In episode 5, Athrun aids the Minerva and her mobile suit pilots in trying to stop terrorists from dropping the Junius Seven Colony on to the Earth. The Minerva and those on board land on Earth and proceed to Orb.
When they arrived at Orb, Yuna Roma Seiran (her fiancee at that time) quickly came to her and gave her a hug just showing Cagalli and the public his concern to her. (But actually it is just for show and possibly to make Athrun jealous)
Cagalli and Athrun have little time together as she is busy with official duties. Athrun gives her a ring and they kiss, but he leaves for the PLANTs shortly afterwards to meet with Chairman Gilbert Durandal.
Orb joins the Earth Alliance
Even though Cagalli knew perfectly well what kind of nation the Atlantic Federation was, she was still manipulated by her fiancee Yuna Roma Seiran and his father, Unato Ema Seiran, to endorse an alliance between the Earth Alliance and Orb, and to go through with an arranged marriage to Yuna to finalize the agreement. Unable to contact Athrun, Cagalli sends his ring to her brother Kira Yamato along with a note explaining she will be marrying Yuna.
In episode 14, Kira kidnapped Cagalli from her wedding with his ZGMF-X10A Freedom and takes her to the Archangel. At first Cagalli is angry with Kira, but he reminds her about all things her father said. Upon realizing that she made a big mistake, Cagalli breaks down and cries in her brother's arms. She later assumes a bridge position, taking the communications role previously held by Miriallia Haw.
Battle of Dardanelles
The Archangel leaves Orb, which is now Earth Alliance territory, and hides underwater outside the Kingdom of Scandinavia until the Battle of Dardanelles, where Cagalli in her MBF-02 Strike Rouge desperately tries to reason with the Orb forces and stop them from attacking the Minerva. However, Yuna refused to acknowledge Cagalli out of fear that the Earth Alliance would attack Orb if they bowed out of this fight, claiming that she was either an imposter or she was being brainwashed, and ordered the Orb forces to open fire on her. Kira jumped in front of her with the Freedom and destroyed the incoming missiles.
Cagalli continued to plead with the Orb units to stop fighting, but her words fell on mostly deaf ears. As Cagalli watches the fighting progress, she recalls a speech made by her father shortly before the Battle of Orb. Basically, her father repeated Orb's motto, "We will not attack another nation, we will not allow another nation to attack us, and we will not intervene in the conflicts of other nations." He elaborates on this and concludes his speech by saying that Orb will uphold these principles to the bitter end, and Cagalli weeps bitterly because she initially did not have the strength to follow her father's example when Yuna and the other Orb ministers were pushing to join the Earth Alliance.
Meeting with Athrun
After the battle, freelance photographer Miriallia Haw arranges a secret meeting between Cagalli and Kira with Athrun, who by this time has rejoined ZAFT. Lunamaria Hawke spies on them during this meeting under orders from Captain Talia Gladys.
Athrun and the others disagree strongly on many points. He tells Cagalli that if she wants Orb to stop fighting against ZAFT, she needs to return to Orb and get them to end their ties to the Earth Alliance. (Cagalli eventually chooses to do this.) In return, Athrun is told that Coordinators have attempted to assassinate the real Lacus Clyne, meaning that Kira and the others do not trust Chairman Durandal. However, Athrun retorts that Kira and the others are jumping to conclusions and they do not have enough evidence to make him doubt Durandal.
Battle of Crete
With some encouragement from Lacus, Cagalli tries to stop the Orb fleet from attacking the Minerva again during the Battle of Crete. Although this also fails, a few Orb soldiers under the orders of the late Captain Todaka defect and join the crew of the Archangel after the destruction of the Orb fleet. Cagalli later participates in the Battle of Berlin against the GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam, helping protect civilians on the ground while Kira engages the massive mobile suit.
When the Archangel is pursued by the Minerva, Cagalli does not fight directly, but uses her mobile suit to retrieve the injured Kira Yamato after his mobile suit, the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam, is destroyed by Shinn Asuka, using the ZGMF-X56S/α Force Impulse Gundam. While the Archangel was damaged, it was still able to escape back into Orb for repairs.
Ledonir Kisaka, Cagalli's former bodyguard, later brings Athrun Zala and Meyrin Hawke who had been injured attempting to escape from ZAFT, to the Archangel, where Cagalli helps watch over Athrun. Athrun finally regain consciousness around the beginning of the Battle of Heaven's Base, and Cagalli quickly broke down in tears, with the Athrun simply affirming their previous commitments that led to the current scenario. When Athrun falls asleep again, ZAFT has already won the battle, leading Kira to believe that Orb will be the next target of invasion.
Shortly after, Lacus and the Eternal were found by ZAFT forces and came under attack. Kira then borrow Cagalli's Strike Rouge and departed to provide assistance to Lacus.
ZAFT's Invasion of Orb - Operation Fury
True to Kira's expectations, ZAFT forces seeking the leader of Logos, Lord Djibril, come to Orb after it was revealed he was being sheltered by the Seirans. Cagalli receives the ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam that was constructed for her on the orders of the late Uzumi Nara Athha. Cagalli soon arrives with a small Murasame detachment under Ledonir to provide support for the defense of Orb. Remembering Yuna's previous trick, Cagalli first has him acknowledge her as the genuine person, before finally taking back control of the military; ordering Orb's officers to arrest and interrogate Yuna in the hopes of finding Djibril. Cagalli's sudden return uplifts Orb's defenders, and they are able to launch a furious counter-attack.
Upon seeing the change in development, the Minerva soon arrives and dispatches Shinn's ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam to assist. Recognizing the unit from the broadcast of Heaven's Base, Cagalli engages Shinn but is quickly outmatched by him and loses one of the Akatsuki's arms. Before she can be finished by the Destiny's beam boomerangs, Kira and Lacus arrive from space aboard the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam and ZGMF-X19A ∞ Justice Gundam respectively, and Kira orders Cagalli to return to Orb's HQ to take control of the battle while he engages Shinn.
After taking back the military command, Cagalli learns of a rogue shuttle emerging. Believing this to be Djibril, Cagalli sends a team of Murasames to shoot the shuttle down, but they fail to reach it in time. Upon seeing the shuttle escape, and the loss of the flagship, St. Helens, Minerva captain, Talia Gladys, takes command and orders the remainder of ZAFT's forces to withdraw.
Subsequently, Cagalli presents a global television broadcast, opposing Chairman Durandal's decision to invade Orb. Cagalli is interrupted when Meer Campbell starts her own broadcast to attack Orb's decision to house Djibril and refusal to hand him over as the cause of the battle. Shortly thereafter, the real Lacus reveals Gilbert's duplicity on global television whilst refusing to defend Lord Djibril any further; essentially reverting Orb back to its neutral stance in the previous war.
Afterwards, Cagalli remains in Orb to tend to her responsibilities as Orb's leader, while the Archangel returns into space. Before they leave, Cagalli addresses the troops. Athrun is surprised to see she is no longer wearing the ring he had given her, and she leaves without speaking to him. Cagalli also lends Neo Roanoke the Akatsuki so he could fight in her stead. Cagalli doesn't go into space because she must be responsible as a Representative in Orb. She spends the remainder of the series coordinating Orb and watching the Battle of Messiah, which ends the Second Alliance-PLANT War.
In Gundam SEED Destiny "Final Plus", footage were added to the scene in episode 45 (episode 44 HD Remastered) where Cagalli had removed the ring Athrun gave her. Before departure for war in space, Cagalli hugged Kira and Lacus. Athrun is the only person with an intimate hug. After the war, Athrun went back to Orb (episode 50 HD Remastered), suggesting that he might have returned to Cagalli's side.
- Before she finds out he’s her brother, she develops feeling towards Kira. This is similar to both Luke and Leia from Star Wars.
- According to an interview with Mitsuo Fukuda, her name is derived after the Japanese word kagaribi (a watch fire or a bonfire).
- Before knowing her true identity, both Kira and Athrun had been rough to her (Kira slapped her in the desert while Athrun tried to kill her on their first meeting.).
- Despite the fact that she and Kira Yamato are twin siblings, she insists that Kira is her "little" brother. This is most likely due to his meek nature in the first series. It should be noted that Kira was taken from his mother's womb early in his development and placed into an artificial womb while Cagalli was born as a Natural in her mother's womb, so the two could literally have been born at the same exact time. Although technically, since Kira was removed earlier on from their mother's womb, it can also be said that he was born first.
- There are several references to "dawn" in groups/objects around her.
- Her love interest, Athrun Zala's first name means dawn or daybreak.
- The last mobile suit she pilots, the Akatsuki, means "dawn" in Japanese.
- The resistance group she joins is known as the "Desert Dawn'.
- The disastrous counterattack after the ZAFT attack on Tassil took place at dawn.
- The company that built the original 5 Gundams, Morgenroete, is based in Orb. "Morgenroete" is German for dawn.
- Also, she has links to the color red as well.
- The "Rouge" in the name of her first mobile suit means red in French.
- Her love interest, Athrun Zala, mostly pilots MSes which were either red or pink.
- Her image song is "Desert Rose"; roses are mostly known for being red.
- The Director says that Akatsuki still belongs to Cagalli, and that she only lent it Neo to help end the war.
- Cagalli appears in the Extreme Vs. series as the pilot for her Strike Rouge Ootori Pack.
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