Caridad Yamato (カリダ・ヤマト) is a character first introduced in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
Caridad was the younger sister of Via Hibiki, Kira Yamato's biological mother. Via entrusted Caridad to protect and keep her babies, Kira and Cagalli, safe when Blue Cosmos attacked the Mendel Colony Laboratory. After avoiding being killed by Blue Cosmos, she confided with Uzumi Nara Athha about Via's babies and the incident. Ultimately, they decided the best way to keep both children safe was to separate them: Caridad and her husband Haruma Yamato adopted Kira, while Uzumi adopted Cagalli. It was also decided to keep this a secret from the children, ending with Uzumi stating "this will be the last time we would have to meet each other".
She then lived with her husband and Kira in the lunar city Copernicus, and became very good friends with Lenore Zala, the mother of Athrun Zala - Kira's best friend. However, in C.E. 68, with the growing unrest and discontent between coordinators and naturals, she decided to move with her family to the neutral space satellite Heliopolis, to live a more peaceful life away from the rising turmoil.
In C.E. 71, Caridad and Haruma went to the Orb Union on Earth while Kira attended technical college at Heliopolis. On January 25, Heliopolis came under attack by ZAFT Forces and was subsequently destroyed, leaving her to wonder what became of Kira.
It wouldn't be until April of that year that she would see Kira again, aboard the Archangel in Orb. Ironically, it was also the second time she and her husband met with Lord Uzumi. During this meeting, Uzumi revealed that Kira and Cagalli had come in contact with each other during the course of the past 4 months, despite being separated and unaware of their pasts. Though Uzumi tried to explain it as a coincidence and an unavoidable happenstance, Haruma argued to not simply put the blame on "Fate". Eventually, since neither Kira nor Cagalli knew of their heritage still, they agreed to let things continue as is. Caridad asked that Lord Uzumi keep his promise from their last meeting - that "this would be the last time we would have to meet each other".
She later watched with her husband and Uzumi from an observation room as Kira was about to leave Orb with the Archangel. Just before the ship was about to leave, Kira was summoned to the ship's deck and Cagalli showed Kira to his parents, where she called to him from afar and shortly breaks down in tears. As it appeared Kira was finished talking with Cagalli and turned to go back inside the ship, Cagalli suddenly embraceed him, shocking not only her, but also Haruma and Lord Uzumi as well. Once Kira returned to the ship, Caridad watched as the Archangel left Orb.
After reuniting with her adopted son Kira after the first war, she stayed with both him and Lacus Clyne to look after the orphaned children along with Reverend Malchio at his orphanage in Orb. However, in C.E. 73, the drop of the Junius Seven colony to earth, known as the "Break the World" Incident, forced her and the others to relocate to a safer place after the incident destroyed their previous home. They took refuge at Murrue Ramius and Andrew Waltfeld's mansion, until they could find another place to stay.
However, shortly after the second declaration of war between the PLANT's and the Earth Alliance, a group of ZAFT Coordinator Special Forces, sent in secret by the PLANT's Supreme Council Chairman Gilbert Durandal, raided the mansion in an assassination attempt against Lacus Clyne. She and the others hid in an isolated bunker while Kira decided to take on the invading group UMF/SSO-3 ASHs with the repaired ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam secretly hidden at the mansion. Afterward, Kira received a letter from Cagalli about her wedding ceremony, where he decides to leave and return to the battlefield, along with Murrue and Andrew in the also secretly hidden Archangel. Kira promised Caridad that he'll return home one day before disembarking to Cagalli's wedding. Caridad remained to look over the orphaned children at Orb.
Notes & Trivia
- Caridad Yamato's Japanese voice actor, Kikuko Inoue, is famous for her work in various animated Gundam series, including Aina Sahalin in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Arleen Nazon and Death Deity in Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: The Gravity Front, as well as Carta Issue in Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS.
- Television Series
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-45, The Opening Door
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-28, Kira
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-01, False Peace
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-03, Collapsing Land
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-29, The Turning Point
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-08, The Songstress of The Enemy Forces
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-13, Stars Falling in Space
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-14, Within Endless Time
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PHASE-47, The Nightmare Reborn