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Gaia Gear (ガイア・ギア Gaia Gia?) is a story written by Yoshiyuki Tomino featuring mechanical designs by Ito Mamoru. It first ran as a serial in the Japanese Newtype Magazine from April 1987 to December 1991. Afterwards the story was compiled into five novels which were released from September 1988 until April 1992.
Gaia Gear is a story set in the future of the Universal Century timeline, specifically in U.C. 0203. Once more, the governments of Earth and its space colonies are at odds and resolve their differences with Man-Machines. The resistance group Metatron fights against the Man Hunting Attachment police force of the corrupt Earth Federation. To have better chances Metatron creates a memory clone of the legendary Char Aznable called Afranche Char, who commands the troops of Metatron and pilots the Gaia Gear Alpha.
- Afranche Char
- Azaria Parrish
- Ul Urian
- Bijan Dargol
- Miranda Howe
- Krishna Pendant
- Emile Tuscaloosa
- Kellan Mead
- Jack Bloom
- Joe Sleng
- Margaret Lane
- Madras Kalia
- Messer Met
- Rodriguez Carros
- Anne Masan
- Glenn Cole Dill
Earth Federation Forces
- Michelle Aiken
- Madras Kalia
MHA (Man Hunting Agency)
- Michael Kinsey
- Jacob Beruharen
Two hundred years have passed since people floated the islands called space colonies into outer space. During this time, several wars have occurred. It was a battle in order to protect the Earth. Amongst the twinkling of the stars, man hated one another, got hurt, and collapsed, yet did not forget love. Much blood was shed, and grief brought forth. The souls of the dead wander the silence of the universe become light and melt into the Milky Way. The immeasurable universe swallows the feelings of everyone, continuing with no change. When the Earth loses its radiance, changing the people’s prayer to sighs of grief, one soul crosses time. Perhaps that person was the harbinger who awoke for that.
Timeline of events:
- U.C. 0155
Zi Zeon Organization (aka Z Organization) established to oppose anti-Spacenoid Federation policies. [Gaia Gear]
- U.C. 0184
The Char Continuation Project secretly transfers memory clone Afranche Char to Earth.
- U.C. 0186
Man Hunter Agency (MHA) established to search out and deport illegal aliens.
- U.C. 0197.06.08
Federation approves expansion of MHA jurisdiction as part of a crackdown on illegal aliens.
- U.C. 0203.02.21
MHA establishes a garrison at Hellas colony in Side 2 (L4).
- U.C. 0203.03.24
EFF rolls out α000-0001 Gaia Gear Alpha.
- U.C. 0203.03.31
The Z Organization launches space battleship Thirty-One Square.
- U.C. 0203.04.11
Man-Hunter Agency detains Afranche Char in the South Pacific Environment Protection Block. The Z Organization captures the α000-0001 Gaia Gear Alpha and uses it to break Afranche Char out of MHA custody.
- U.C. 0203.04.14
Afranche Char arrives in Hong Kong aboard the Spacious.
- U.C. 0203.04.15
- Afranche Char launches from Hong Kong aboard the Spacious and rendezvous with the Mother Thirty-One Square, where he is hailed as leader by the Z Organization.
- Z Organization is renamed Metatron, its flagship's name changed to Mother Metatron.
- U.C. 0203.04.20
MHA begins sending its forces, including the flagship Maha Geyjis, down to the Earth. Mother Metatron pursues. Air Force team led by Afranche Char descends to the Earth.
- U.C. 0203.04.28
MHA announces the Earth Reverse Immigration Plan.
Afranche Char, a young boy of 19 years old, lives peacefully amidst nature on a small island in the Pacific Ocean together with his foster parent Gaba Su and his lover, Everly Key. Recently, something odd was happening to Afranche’s body. A peculiar sound is heard resonating in his mind. One stormy night, Gaba Su passes away, and with his dying breath he tells Afranche, “Go to outer space.” However, Everly absolutely forbid Afranche from trying to venture out into outer space. Amidst their arguing, Afranche discovers a huge object stretched out on the beach. The upper half of the body appeared to be like the machines of a hundred years ago. What was felt in the object? Before long, Afranche was determined to go to outer space.
Everly restrains Afranche who still tries to persuade her. The two have begun a newly married couple life in Afranche’s house without Gaba Su. The next stormy day after Gaba’s passing, Afranche secretly leaves the island and Everly. Riding a canoe, Afranche crosses the stormy sea alone with fear and loneliness within him. The storm passes and he arrives in the island port, taking in a meal at a bar. There, Afranche becomes involved with a middle aged man and who started talking about the meaning of the name “Afranche Char.” While he is waiting for the ship, he meets and quarrels with a bigoted stranger who tells Afranche that the white man is humanity's elite, destined to rule over the lesser races.
Chapter.03 – Lorekeeper
Chapter.04 – Sea Jack
Chapter.05 – Arson
Chapter.06 – Sieg Zeon’s Legacy
Chapter.07 – Farewell
Chapter.08 – Against the Sea and Land
Chapter.09 – Inertial Flight
Chapter.10 – Krishna Pendant
Chapter.11 – Monologue of Darkness
Chapter.12 – Ul Urian
After Afranche boards the ship, it is hijacked by pirates. Everly, who has followed Afranche aboard, is taken hostage. Afranche displays an uncanny prowess in the martial arts and defeats the hijackers.
Upon their arrival in Hong Kong, Afranche and Everly are met by a waiting limousine. They are taken to meet the mysterious Baam Segen and his secretary Miranda Howe, who give Afranche the antique man machine Zorin Soul. Suddenly, strangers burst in and kill Baam Segen, and our heroes flee in the Zorin Soul. Afranche operates the machine with unnatural skill, returning Everly to her home island and then returning to Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, Afranche battles the forces of Maha, the Federation government's dreaded "Man-Hunting Agency." Formally known as the 13th Special Investigative Section of the Earth Federation Government Police Agency, this group is responsible for discovering illegal Earth residents and deporting them to the space colonies.
Afranche is able to fight off the Maha forces and, with the help of Miranda Howe, he hijacks a space shuttle and loads the Zorin Soul on board. Miranda tells the shuttle pilot to set course for the Side 4 shoal zone. Here they rendezvous with the waiting transport ship Spasias, whose crew greet Afranche as "Your Excellency Char Aznable." Among the crew is a beautiful young woman named Krishna Pandent.
The Spasias heads for the Side 2 colony Hellas, hiding Afranche and Miranda in order to smuggle them into the colony. The ship makes its way through the colony to the factory block at the other end, along the way rescuing a young hang-glider named Ul Urian. The Spasias reaches the factory block and drops Ul Urian off, but the timing of his chance encounter with the Spasias strikes the crew as very suspicious.
Chapter.01 – Grenze Feel
Chapter.02 – A Starless Man
Chapter.03 – A Lone Runaway
Chapter.04 – Release
Chapter.05 – Ul’s Trick
Chapter.06 – Toilet’s Bottom
Chapter.07 – Far Chase
Chapter.08 – Say Char
Chapter.09 – Masturbation
Chapter.10 – Thirty-one Squared
Chapter.11 – Your Excellency
Chapter.12 – Metatron
Afranche, Miranda, and Krishna board an electric car and drive through the colony. They enter the Grenze district, which is a colossal slum, and a sudden attack by Maha's Minox craft forces them to flee into the tunnels in search of shelter. Afranche is separated from his comrades and captured by the police.
After clashing with his cellmates, Afranche befriends one of them, a giant named Todd Goering. Afranche is then released, but the Maha agent Ul Urian has planted a transmitter in his stomach in order to track him. Ul Urian submits a report to his commander Bijan Dargol, and then goes to meet Krishna for a "date" with the intention of taking her prisoner.
Afranche wanders the streets and encounters a gang of delinquents led by a man named Messer Mett, who turns out to be another friend of Todd Goering. Afranche then runs into Miranda Howe and another Spasias crewmember named Joe Suren, who feed him a big dose of laxatives so he can get rid of the transmitter.
Meanwhile, Ul Urian meets Krishna at a French restaurant and begins quizzing her about the "Z Organization" for which she works and the whereabouts of its secret base "314." Krishna attempts to escape but is abducted by Ul Urian. Afranche and friends begin pursuit, and Ul Urian summons his Minox, bringing Krishna aboard with him.
The Z Organization dispatches the Gaia Gear, operated by a pilot named Keran Mead, to engage the Minox. But since Krishna is aboard the Minox, the Gaia Gear is helpless to fight it. Fortunately, the Gaia Gear is protected by its barrier, and the Minox ends up losing control and crashing thanks to the shockwaves caused by its own attacks. Two Gussa man machines appear, and Keran's Gaia Gear knocks one to the ground, allowing Afranche to board it and defeat the second enemy machine.
Afranche, Keran, and their comrades escape the colony and board the Z Organization's warship "Thirty-One Square." Overruling the ship's captain, Afranche orders the crew to rescue the captive Krishna. While he's at it, he renames the Z Organization "Metatron" and rechristens the Thirty-One Square as "Mother Metatron."
The Mother Metatron heads for Hellas, demanding that the colony government turn over its political prisoners. The Maha commander Bijan Dargol, meanwhile, readies his own military response.
Chapter.01 – Impression
Chapter.02 – Fall in Trap
Chapter.03 – Rescue
Chapter.04 – Metatron Space
Chapter.05 – Afranche’s Peripheral
Chapter.06 – Before Gaia
Chapter.07 – Within the Earth’s Light
Chapter.08 – Coming In
Chapter.09 – Contract
Chapter.10 – Meal Time
Chapter.11 – Rey Seias
Chapter.12 – Breakout & Catch
The Mother Metatron approaches Hellas, with Afranche leading the charge in his Gaia Gear. Afranche, impatient with the stalling of the colony government, orders the Mother Metatron to fire on the colony's agricultural blocks. Using this as a pretext, Bijan Dargol launches a preemptive attack on the Metatron forces.
Ul Urian launches from the Maha flagship Maha Gayjisu to lead the attack, piloting the new man machine Bromb Texter and carrying Krishna as a hostage. But just before he enters battle, Ul Urian sets Krishna adrift in space, with the intention of picking her up later. Afranche easily defeats Ul Urian and then, sensing Krishna's whereabouts, goes to rescue her.
Having recovered Krishna and collected the colony's other political prisoners, the Mother Metatron heads for the secret base "Thirty-One Cubed." Among the released prisoners are the delinquent Messer Mett and his lackeys Rey Seias, Reyzam Stack, and Saez Konsoon, who decide to remain with Metatron and become combat pilots. However, they get along poorly with the rest of the crew and begin considering desertion.
Metatron learns that the Maha fleet is preparing to descend to Earth, an act of "reverse immigration" by which Maha will establish its own nation on Earth. The Mother Metatron likewise sets course for Earth in order to intercept the enemy fleet.
The Metatron forces deploy the shuttles Air Force 1 and Air Force 2, escorted by Afranche's Gaia Gear. Ul Urian's Bromb Texter attempts to intercept the Gaia Gear, but Messer Mett and his comrades unexpectedly join the battle and attack the Bromb Texter. Reyzam's man machine Dochadi is shot down in the ensuing combat.
The fighting continues as both sides enter the atmosphere. Afranche rams into Ul Urian's Bromb Texter, forcing the enemy pilot to retreat. The Maha Gayjisu deploys its Gussa forces, the Metatron shuttles launch their own man machines, and the Metatron forces are ultimately forced to withdraw. Messer and his two surviving henchmen desert during the battle.
Air Force 1 and Air Force 2 land in Hamar, Norway, where the Metatron members join forces with the local resistance. Messer and his comrades go to ground in Ireland, where they learn from a news broadcast that the main Maha fleet has arrived in Nouveau Paris. They decide to surrender to Maha, offering their man machines as gifts.
As they approach Nouveau Paris, Messer and his friends encounter a Federation Forces truck convoy. They begin negotiating their surrender, only to discover that their old comrade Todd Goering is among the prisoners being transported in the convoy. Instead of surrendering, they decide to rescue Todd and escape, but a Gussa team from Nouveau Paris is now in hot pursuit. Picking up Messer's distress signal, Air Force 1 and Afranche's Gaia Gear launch to meet them, and an aerial battle begins over Denmark.
Chapter.01 – Accommodate
Chapter.02 – Earth Invasion
Chapter.03 – Foreigh Love
Chapter.04 – Liege’s Joe
Chapter.05 – At the Tavern
Chapter.06 – Cross Game
Chapter.07 – The Color of a Night’s Defeat
Chapter.08 – Hush-a-Bye
Chapter.09 – Patient
Chapter.10 – First Step
Chapter.11 – Shadow in Back
Chapter.12 – Gids Geese
Afranche leads the Metatron forces to victory, repulsing Ul Urian's man machine team and successfully recovering Messer and friends. However, during the battle Krishna falls out of Air Force 1, and the Metatron forces have no time to search for her before they withdraw.
Back at Hamar, Todd tells Afranche and the others what he learned about Maha's plans while toiling as a forced laborer. It appears that Maha intends to establish a "Gaia Empire" on Earth, governed by a chosen elite. For sentimental reasons, the Maha commander Bijan Dargol has chosen Bavaria as the heart of his new empire.
Krishna, meanwhile, has once again been picked up by Ul Urian, who has now been demoted to command of the support vehicle Bushing Nugg. Having used hypnotic interrogation to find out everything she knows about Metatron, Ul Urian is now keeping her around for his own amusement. Accepting her situation, Krishna decides to throw in her lot with Maha.
The two sides soon clash again at Liege, Belgium. After a gun battle in the city, the Metatron and Maha pilots run for their machines. Rey Seias, Saez Konsoon, and Keran Mead enter battle in Dochadis, but Saez and Keran are shot down by Ul Urian's Bromb Texter, and Rey's damaged machine crashes in the forest. Air Force 1 attacks the Bushing Nugg, but is shot down by Krishna's anti-air fire, and the crew are forced to escape.
Air Force 2 and Afranche's Gaia Gear finally arrive, driving the Maha forces away. Rey and the Air Force 1 crew are rescued, but the Metatron forces have taken heavy losses and they are shocked by Krishna's betrayal.
The Mother Metatron begins bombarding Nouveau Paris with missiles, and Miranda Howe arrives with reinforcements in the form of Air Force 3. The Mother Metatron's bombardment inflicts considerable damage on the Maha forces, and the Maha Gayjisu withdraws from the city. The Metatron forces gather in Besancon, France, to establish a frontline base.
Even as Afranche and his comrades battle Maha's ground forces in Besancon, they learn that a Maha fleet from Hong Kong is now approaching the Adriatic Sea. The Metatron forces engage the Hong Kong Maha fleet, but are overwhelmed by the performance of the new enemy machine Gids Geese.
Chapter.01 – Stubborn Attack
Chapter.02 – Prisoner
Chapter.03 – Provocation and Weariness
chapter.04 – Before Contact
Chapter.05 – After the Sleep
Chapter.06 – Near the Act
Chapter.07 – Complex Cry
Chapter.08 – Wagner’s Temptation
Chapter.09 – Everly’s Ring
Chapter.10 – Fighting In Echo
Chapter.11 – All in Cockpit
Chapter.12 – From the Paper Castle
Afranche returns to Besancon to find that Todd Goering has devised a new plan for their man machine forces. The Gaia Gear will now be entrusted to Messer, while Afranche stands by at Besancon.
Messer sorties in the Gaia Gear to intercept an approaching Bromb Texter, and returns with Ul Urian as his prisoner. From the Bromb Texter's flight data, they determine that the Maha forces are gathering at Munich, and Metatron begins preparations for an attack.
As the attack preparations are underway, the Metatron member Joe Suren takes off in the Zorin Soul in order to look for Krishna. He is detected by Maha, and the attack on Munich is aborted.
The Hong Kong Maha launch another attack, but this time they are outnumbered by Afranche's Gaia Gear, Messer's captured Bromb Texter, and a third wave of reinforcements dropped from the Mother Metatron. Meanwhile, Krishna is wandering in the woods near the battlefield, and is rescued by a mysterious young woman.
Joe Suren finally locates Krishna, and in the process he retrieves a flopy disk from a crashed man machine. According to this floppy disk, Benoit Rojak, the leader of the new Metatron reinforcements, has been given secret orders to assassinate Afranche after Maha has been eliminated. As for the mysterious young woman who rescued Krishna, she turns out to be Afranche's former lover, Everly Key.
Afranche and his comrades relocate to Monfalcone, Italy, to prepare for the final confrontation with Maha. Benoit Rojak and her Gaiyas team are already on the scene. Afranche proposes that they make it look as if Metatron is attacking Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle, splitting the Maha forces so they can ambush Bijan Dargol himself.
Joe, Krishna, and Everly rush to Monfalcone to warn Afranche of Benoit's treachery, but they are detected en route by Ul Urian, who has returned to Maha and received a new Gids Geese man machine. Joe drops off Krishna and Everly, then attempts to draw Ul Urian's attention away from them, but his Zorin Soul is swiftly shot down. Ul Urian finds the women and takes Everly captive, leaving Krishna behind.
Just before the Metatron forces begin their attack, Todd discovers Krishna in the nearby woods, and she tells Afranche of Benoit's treachery and Everly's predicament. Afranche continues the operation regardless, and joins battle with the enemy flagship Maha Gayjisu. Ul Urian enters the battle in his Gids Geese, carrying Everly as a hostage, and uses his knowledge of the Bromb Texter's characteristics and weaknesses to shoot down Messer's captured machine.
The battle continues. Bijan Dargol attempts to defend Neuschwanstein Castle from Afranche's forces. Benoit Rojak ambushes and destroys the Maha Gayjisu, and the ensuing explosion consumes many nearby man machines, including Benoit's own. Metatron begins mopping up the remaining Maha forces, and Rey Seias is hit by Ul Urian, forcing her to make an emergency landing at the castle. Afranche confronts Ul Urian and, sensing that Everly isn't aboard the enemy machine, shoots him down.
Rey and Afranche enter the castle, where they find Everly. Afranche and Everly embrace as Rey succumbs to her injuries, then board the Gaia Gear and fly away to an island in the Atlantic Ocean to live happily ever after.
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