Elpeo Ple (エルピー・プル Erupī Puru?) is a fictional character who appears in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and the Char's Deleted Affair: Portrait Of Young Comet manga. She is a Newtype, who first appears fighting for Neo Zeon under Glemy Toto, for which she pilots the AMX-004 Qubeley Mk-II.
Personality & Character
Ple was trained as a pilot in Axis under the supervision of Glemy Toto and others. She was given strengthening measures during her training, and at the age of ten (eleven, to be exact), she occasionally shows signs of emotional instability. Her personality is innocent, whimsical, and selfish. She sometimes shows a temperamental side. She also has a strong possessive nature, perhaps due to her birth and circumstances. However, she is devoted to the people who love her. She is also an unparalleled lover of cleanliness and bathing.
Skills & Capabilities
Ple shows powerful Newtype abilities that allow her to feel the presence of other Newtypes with amazing accuracy and quickness. She is able to strongly attune to Judau, Kamille and Ple Two. Her Newtype abilities are also further evidenced by the simple fact of her ability to pilot a machine that uses funnels. Her ability is potent enough to control the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam with its bio-sensor and use the AMX-004 Qubeley Mk-II's psycommu system to create a psycho-field.
Even before she meets Judau Ashta, who has infiltrated Axis (Episode 18), she is very excited about him and follows him around. Sometimes, just to attract Judau's attention, she manipulates the Qubeley Mk-II and leaps at his Zeta Gundam, showing her ardent love for him. During the descent mission to Earth, she is given a consciousness adjustment by Glemy Toto and stands in front of Judau, but her suggestion is broken during the battle and she is rescued by the Zeta Gundam that she controls, and the descent is successful (Episode 23).
After that, she is detained in Argama and treated as a prisoner of war, but she actively works with Judau. When Judau and the rest of the Gundam Team and the Argama split up for the attack on Dakar, she accompanies Judau and the others, and is seen saving the members from danger. When Judau is reunited with his sister, Leina Ashta, during the attack on Dakar, she explodes with jealousy, and even has a brief moment of murderous intent when he gets into a struggle with her (Episode 28).
During an engagement with the cruiser "Sandra" in Dublin, she sensed the psychic waves of the Psycho Gundam Mk-II aboard the cruiser, and sailed alone with an unmaintained Gundam Mk-II. However, she is supported by the "voice" of Kamille Bidan, who was recuperating in Dublin, and escapes the crisis. However, the Gundam Mk-II is destroyed and Ple herself is seriously injured (episode 34). Later, when the Psycho Gundam Mk-II controlled by Ple Two raids Argama, Ple forces another sortie with the Qubeley Mk-II, which is still being dismantled, and although she is confused by the appearance of Ple Two, her alter ego, she desperately tries to resist, but in the end she dies protecting Judau (episode 36).
Her Newtype spirit remains influential however, convincing Ple Two during the Battle of Axis to stop fighting Judau, which in turn leads to the death of Glemy Toto.
Notes & Trivia
- Her name is sometimes translated as Elpeo Puru. This translation was best known for being used in the English dub of the first three Dynasty Warriors Gundam titles.
- Her name is a pun on the title of a Japanese manga magazine titled Lemon People, which was often referred to as "L People".
- Ple is one of the known early anime characters that is based on the lolicon concept. In fact, her voice actress Chieko Honda commented that Ple is supposed to be cute for an older audience (「おじさんから見てかわいいという感じで」).
- In Gundam Evolve 10 (which plays in U.C 0089) Judau rescues a Qubeley which has escaped Neo Zeon. At the end of the episode, there is shown a pilot, whose face isn't seen but the pilot suit resembles the one of Ple Two.
- In Gundam Unicorn (which occurs in U.C 0096) there appears to be an eighteen year-old "Ple Twelve" clone known as Marida Cruz. Cruz' appearance could be taken as an indication of what Ple may have looked like had she survived the Neo Zeon War and grown up.
- Elpeo Ple won Animage's Anime Grand Prix Award in 1986 in the category of favorite female anime character of the year.