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GNX-704T/AC Ahead Sakigake (aka Ahead Close Combat Type, Ahead Close Combat Type (Sakigake), Sakigake, Mr. Bushido's Ahead) is a customized GNX-704T Ahead piloted by Mr. Bushido in season 2 of Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

The A-Laws' Ahead is a highly versatile mobile suit and thus used as the testbed for custom machines as well as to search for various developmental directions.[1][2][3][4] Although this versatility also resulted in the Ahead having high performance, some of the custom machines derived from it had adopted an opposite approach, focusing on specialization.[4][5][6] This is to better counter the Gundams, whose potential lies in their specializations, causing them to remain a viable threat in certain situations.[4] An example of a custom Ahead with specialized specifications is the Ahead Sakigake.[5][6][7][8] As implied by its official name, the "Ahead Close Combat Type", this mobile suit is specialized for close combat, and it is commonly known by its development codename of "Sakigake".[1][2][5][9]

The Sakigake was developed with A-Laws' pilot Mr. Bushido in mind and modified accordingly.[1][2][3][5] Its combat style and armored, samurai-look were the results of taking his preferences and opinions into account during development.[1][3][5][7] Additionally, the mobile suit's operating system and armament placement were designed to accommodate the left-handed Mr.Bushido.[2][4][5][6] The data of one of Mr. Bushido's previous mobile suit, the SVMS-01X Union Flag Custom II, was also utilized in the Sakigake's development.[10][11] Since the Sakigake was designed for close combat, its main armament is a large, high-output GN Beam Saber, while its ranged armaments are limited to the low firepower GN Vulcans and GN Short Beam Cannons that are mainly for restricting enemy movements.[1][2][5][6] Other armaments include a backup saber, the GN Short Beam Saber, and a unique GN Shield for defense.[1][2][3][9]

To avoid interfering with the arms when the sabers are used, the pair of main thrusters on the Sakigake's back are mounted vertically instead of horizontally like the normal Ahead's.[2][5][9] Another thruster-related change is that the rear waist thruster's vents are split into left and right sections, allowing for finer maneuverability.[5] The Sakigake also has enhanced chest, shoulder and head armor, and its GN Drive Tau has a higher output setting than the normal Ahead's, hence the color of the emitted GN Particles have become closer to orange.[4][5] The horns on Sakigake's head is said to contain mechanisms for controlling GN Particles, and the cable on the back of its head is for supplying power to added equipment.[1][2][3][5] The Sakigake's data was later used in the development of Mr. Bushido's next mobile suit, the GNX-U02X Masurao, and the Ahead's successor, the GNX-Y802T Neo-Hed.[10][11][12][13]

Armaments

  • GN Beam Saber
The primary close combat weapon of the Sakigake, it is a custom, large-sized GN Beam Saber designed to be wielded using both hands.[2][4][9][14] It has high destructive power, but also consumes more GN Particles.[2][3][6] As the amount of particles supplied by the Sakigake is insufficient, a GN Condenser for charging the GN Beam Saber rapidly is installed on the mobile suit's GN Shield.[2][3][6][9] The beam blade emitted by this weapon resembles the blade of a samurai's sword. The GN Beam Saber is able to slice apart the GN-0000 00 Gundam's GN Shield, and with Mr Bushido's skills, it can also be used to block beam shots.[15][16] When not in use, it can be stored on the underside of the GN Shield or on either hips.[2][5][7][6]
  • GN Short Beam Saber
A small, spare GN Beam Saber stored in a rack under the Sakigake's left chest, it emits a short beam blade and is easy to wield.[2][3][5][15] This Kodachi-like weapon also has a short operating time, but its power rivals that of a normal beam saber.[2][9] Similar to the GN Beam Saber, Mr. Bushido can use the GN Short Beam Saber to parry beam shots.[16]
  • GN Short Beam Cannon
A pair of small beam cannons built into the front of the main thrusters on the Sakigake's back.[2][5][6][9] The GN Short Beam Cannons are smaller than the GN Beam Rifle and have inferior attack power, but they have higher rapid-fire capability.[2][5] They are used for restricting enemy's movements when the Sakigake is closing in for melee combat.[2][5][6][16]
  • GN Shield
Like the GN Shield used by the normal Ahead, the Sakigake's GN Shield is made of E-Carbon and a GN Field effect is applied to its surface, allowing it to achieve high defensive capability.[2] Additionally, it has a Defense Rod mounted centrally on its surface and a dedicated GN Condenser for charging the GN Beam Saber rapidly is located at the top.[2][3][5][9] The Sakigake's GN Shield is mounted on the right forearm as its pilot, Mr. Bushido, is left-handed.[2][5][6][14]
  • 30mm GN Vulcan
As with the normal Ahead, the Sakigake has a pair of 30mm caliber beam guns built into its head.[2][3][6][9] These GN Vulcans have low firepower, but can be rapid-fired intermittently and have high utility value.[2] They are used for restricting enemy's movements, creating a barrage, intercepting missiles, etc.[2]

Special Equipment & Features

  • Energy Cable
A cable extending from the back of the Sakigake's head, it can connect to and provides power to added equipment.[2][3][8][9] Although capable of powering the mobile suit's GN Beam Saber, this energy cable is not used with the weapon as it can be unhandy.[2][5] The energy cable is retractable and stored inside the head prior to launch.[7][9] This power supply system is later inherited by Mr. Bushido's next mobile suit, the GNX-U02X Masurao.[5][17]

History

Please see Mr. Bushido's page for the combat history of Ahead Sakigake.

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Notes

  • The word "Sakigake" has multiple meanings in Japanese including forerunner, pioneer, charging ahead of others, etc.
  • The Sakigake is the first known non-Flag or Flag-like mobile suit that Graham has ever piloted.
  • The inclusion of "/AC" to the Ahead Sakigake's model number compared to the base Ahead's model number mirrors that of the close combat use GNX-607T/AC GN-XII Sword and its base GN-XII's model number.
  • The Ahead Sakigake's GN Shield is similar to the one used by the MSN-04 Sazabi, both have a similar shape and are used to store their primary beam sabers. This is interesting as Mr. Bushido is considered a Char Clone and the Sazabi is used by Char Aznable.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Gundam 00 Official Website Profile
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 HG00 1/144 GNX-704T/AC Mr. Bushido's Ahead model kit manual
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 'Dengeki Data Collection - Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season' Book
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Mechanics 2nd book; Sakigake info translated by calubin_175 in Gundam 00 Forums
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 The Official Gundam Perfect File Vol. 21– GNX-704T/AC Ahead Close Combat Type / GNX-704T/SP Ahead Quantum Brainwave Type Mechanic File
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 'Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Data Archives' Book
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 'Veda ~Mobile Suit Gundam 00~ "Ultimate" Art Works II' Book
  8. 8.0 8.1 'Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Archives Second Season' Book
  9. 10.0 10.1 MS development chart from 'Gundam Weapons - Mobile Suit Gundam 00V Special Edition' book
  10. 11.0 11.1 MS development chart from 'Dengeki Data Collection - Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Sidestory' Book
  11. Gundam 00V Official Website Mechanic Page
  12. Mobile Suit Gundam 00V Vol.021 GNX-Y802T Neo-Hed
  13. 14.0 14.1 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Episode 29, A Reason to Fight
  14. 15.0 15.1 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Episode 32, Reunion and Separation
  15. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition 2: End of World
  16. HG00 1/144 GNX-U02X Masurao model kit manual

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