Personality & Character
Lalah has an Indian appearance, with sallow skin and a bindi, a Hindu custom. She usually wears a yellow one-piece dress and does not seem to be a soldier. She is a girl with a mysterious atmosphere, and expresses herself in a fragile and journalistic way. However, in the Zeon army, where military discipline is strict, she was shunned by the general staff because of her origin, age, and supercilious attitude, and her admiration was limited to a few girls who were close to her.
Skills & Abilities
Lalah's Newtype abilities were so high that even Dr. Flanagan, the leading researcher in the field, was astonished. Because of this, even with the performance of the mobile armor "Elmeth", which was only equipped with the initial psycommu system, she was able to destroy the ships and mobile suits of the Earth Federation Forces, which had gathered after the Battle of Solomon, one after another, with her all-range attacks from a very long distance.
One Year War
She was discovered by Char Aznable working in an Indian brothel at the end of the One Year War in U.C. 0079, and at the Flanagan Institute, she developed the "qualities" of a Newtype. Lalah and Amuro Ray first met at a lodge by a lake where Amuro stopped to take shelter from the rain in Side 6. They spoke briefly and Amuro was attracted to her with his Newtype powers. They met again some time later when Amuro's car got stuck in the mud. Another vehicle pulled over and offered to help him, aboard it was Lalah and Char Aznable, Amuro's archrival (the two had not yet seen each other face to face). Amuro immediately recognized both of them, but Char and Lalah had yet to figure out Amuro's identity.
Lalah accompanied Char to the Zanzibar cruiser in Side 6 and they soon departed. They were unable to make it to Solomon in time, and headed to an abandoned colony in the Texas zone of Side 5. Following this, Lalah saw her first action in combat as she tested the Elmeth in an attack on Solomon, which was now under Federation control. Following additional adjustments to the Elmeth's system, Lalah performed an additional sortie in the Elmeth and showed such ability that veteran pilots moved behind the Elmeth during battle.
During a later battle with the Elmeth, which wreaked havoc on the Federation forces with its psycommu armaments, Amuro in the Gundam engaged the Elmeth but found out the pilot was Lalah. Both then realized they were soulmates and shared a "Newtype bonding", a sort of telepathic bond. Unfortunately Char arrived and chastised Lalah for "consorting with the enemy" and raised his beam naginata to strike down Amuro's wingman Sayla Mass, piloting the FF-X7-Bst Core Booster (G-Fighter in the original anime). Lalah told Char to stop, for she sensed the pilot was Char's sister. Char would cancel his attack but this gave Amuro the opportunity to sever the weapon arm of Char's Gelgoog, rendering it incapacitated. Amuro went for the killing blow but Lalah's Elmeth knocked away Char's Gelgoog and she is killed in battle when the Gundam's beam saber pierces her cockpit. Her death a profound effect on both men, as their rivalry escalates from a professional to a very personal one which culminated in the movie Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack.
Illustrations & Artwork
- AnimeVillage.com subtitles for Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space.