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 has an upbeat and energetic character who delights in things that make her feel good, such as ice cream, bubble baths and Judau Ashta. She views the world as her playground to reasonable degree, but can be very serious when she needs to be. She enjoys piloting her Qubeley and wants nothing more than to play with Judau, who she is attracted to by a Newtype connection in a way that is both similar, but very different from how characters like Amuro Ray and Lalah Sune as well as Kamille Bidan and Four Murasame felt intrinsically connected to each other. She also feels a strong connection to Ple Two which she doesn't understand, her feelings towards Ple Two flow over a wide range, but eventually she decides that they are one and the same. While Ple curiously does not touch minds at all with the nearby Newtype Haman Karn, she is contacted by Kamille Bidan, whose Newtype abilities increase exponentially as he recovers from the reticent state he was left in by Paptimus Scirocco. Ple and Kamille never have much contact, but Ple trusts him and heeds his warnings.
Ple has very clear and strong feelings for Judau and tends to get protective when any other girls are involved. Her two main rivals are Roux Louka and Leina Ashta. Eventually Ple's feelings of resentment towards Leina die down a bit and she is able to handle things calmly, however when Leina becomes violent she quickly returns to a more angry attitude and fights her on the beach.
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 psychic barrier.
After an encounter with ZZ's Newtype pilot, Judau Ashta, she becomes obsessed with him, referring to him as "big brother" and insists he play with her. This could be because, since she is an only child, she could want an older brother figure.
Because of her attachment to Judau she leaves Neo Zeon to join the AEUG aboard the Argama. Aboard the Argama she is seen as troublesome by the ships crew, constantly wanting to be with Judau. She dies protecting Judau from Ple Two who is piloting the MRX-010 Psycho Gundam Mk-II.
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 early anime character with 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 an eighteen year-old "Ple Twelve" clone 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