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Lunamaria Hawke (ルナマリア・ホーク Runamaria Hōku?) is a supporting character in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. One of the three elite pilots, and the only female pilot, aboard the LHM-BB01 Minerva; she piloted a red ZGMF-1000 ZAKU Warrior at the start of the Second Alliance-PLANT War but later piloted the ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam.[1]

Personality & Character

She is a sociable person who is both cheerful and charming. However, she can be quite stubborn and can be prone to jealousy during certain situations as shown after rescuing Shinn and Stella from being stranded in an island in the Special Edition. To her friends and loved ones, Lunamaria is very supportive and kind. She is also especially caring to her little sister, Meyrin. To her superior officers, she is respectful and is willing to follow orders, even if she doesn't agree with the orders emotionally. After her sister's apparent death, a larger aspect of Lunamaria's personality is shown, as she is seen as a forgiving person towards Shinn, who was ordered to kill Meyrin.

In the Omake Quarters CD, it is revealed that both Lunamaria and Meyrin had admired Lacus Clyne. Although this was partially strained by the fake Lacus competing with them for Athrun's affection early into SEED Destiny, she became incredibly nervous and eager at the opportunity of being able to meet the real one after the war.

Skills & Abilities

Lunamaria fly her helicopter as seen on Episode 24

A skilled mobile suit pilot. Although her customized ZAKU Warrior is geared for long range combat, she is not lacking in close range combat skills as seen when she switched to the Impulse Gundam. Strangely, Lunamaria's skill with a gun outside a mobile suit is drastically different, as she is unable to make an accurate shot. This is due to her habit of twitching her wrist while pulling the trigger. However, after learning of this habit, her skills have improved. Other than that, she can fly a helicopter and is also quite good at intelligence gathering.

History

First Alliance-PLANT War

Lunamaria attended the ZAFT military academy with Meyrin, Rey Za Burrel, and Shinn, a refugee from the Orb Union. Outside the academy, on the day Siegel Clyne and some of his followers were executed due to Lacus's betrayal, Luna and her classmates listened to Patrick Zala's speech about the oppression perpetuated by the Naturals against them, out of envy for their developed abilities even though it was Naturals who created Coordinators in the first place.[2]

Second Alliance-PLANT War

Armory One Raid

While hanging out with Vino Dupre during the LHM-BB01 Minerva's prelaunch ceremony, Phantom Pain forces steal ZAFT's three newest mobile suits the ZGMF-X24S Chaos, ZGMF-X88S Gaia, and ZGMF-X31S Abyss. Lunamaria and Rey then backup Shinn, who was fighting all three mobile suits by himself. Although she does her best, the internal damage to her ZAKU Warrior had caught up with her and forces her to land it safely in the LHM-BB01 Minerva.

When an unknown ZAKU Warrior boards the LHM-BB01 Minerva, Lunamaria restrains the two passengers from the ZAKU Warrior, who identify themselves as Representative Cagalli Yula Athha and her bodyguard Alex Dino, who request personnel assistance. Lunamaria and the others quickly suspect Alex to be Athrun Zala, a famed pilot from the previous Alliance-PLANT War.

Break the World Incident

During the LHM-BB01 Minerva's pursuit of the Mirage Colloid battleship of the stolen units, dubbed as "Bogey One, the Minerva faces the Extended Pilots, led by Neo Roanoke.

Lunamaria versus Stella

During their first battle, Lunamaria is dispatched with Shinn, Shawn and Dale, but the latter two are killed immediately after an ambush by the stolen units. During this, Lunamaria is forced to face off against the Gaia under Stella Loussier.

The stolen units later retreat after the Minerva was able to damage Bogey One. Upon return, Lunamaria learns from Meyrin that Alex had saved the ship thanks to his decision making, confirming her suspicions of him being Athrun. When she attempts to thank Athrun, he vehemently reiterates himself as "Alex".

When terrorists, who are following the ideals of the late Chairman Patrick Zala, attempt to drop the Junius Seven Colony onto Earth, the Minerva participates in the colony's demolition with the Joule Team. She once again faces Stella atop the ruins of Junius Seven; with both being able to damage the other's unit. She is eventually called back when the Minerva decides to continue demolition in its atmospheric descent to Earth. Once they land, Lunamaria has a small target practice session with Rey and Meyrin, which is observed by Athrun. Once again, Lunamaria calls "Alex" as Athrun, and notes of how many in the military academy still admired him for his skills and treated him as a hero even with his father. She is eventually able to convince Athrun to at least show his skills with a pistol.

After returning Athrun and Cagalli to Orb, the Minerva stays there for repairs. While there Lunamaria shows concern for Shinn, due to his mixed feelings about his homeland, especially when the Minerva is forced to leave when Orb Union joins the Earth Alliance.

Spying on the Archangel

On route to the Black Sea, Athrun Zala who has reenlisted into ZAFT, as a member of FAITH, joins up with the Minerva in his ZGMF-X23S Saviour. While escorting him around the ship, Lunamaria informs Athrun of Cagalli's failed political marriage with Yuna Roma Seiran and her kidnapping by the ZGMF-X10A Freedom.

In their first battle after Athrun's return, Lunamaria and Rey are charged with the defense of the submarine, Nyiragongo, at the Indian Ocean. The pair are forced to engage the Abyss underwater, where they are unable to match the enemy's mobility, and Nyiragongo is eventually sunk at the battle's conclusion. In the following battle at Gulnahan against the impregnable Löhengrin Gate, Lunamaria and the main ZAFT forces are tasked with causing a distraction at the front of the gate while Shinn sneaks through a small valley in order to dismantle the defenders from the rear.

Following their success, they are joined by FAITH member Heine Westenfluss at Diokia. In response to the Minerva's constant interference in Alliance affairs, the Alliance immediately forms a joint fleet with the newly arrived Orb forces and attack the Minerva at Dardanelles. To everyone's surprise, both the Freedom and Archangel interrupt the battle, as Cagalli attempts to reach out to the Orb forces and asks them to retreat. When her attempt fails, the Freedom begins attacking units on all sides to force the battle to a halt. During the chaos, Heine is killed, leaving both Shinn and Athrun particularly bitter due to the Freedom's arrival.

After the appearance of the Freedom and the Archangel, Lunamaria is given a secret mission by Captain Talia Gladys, which was to spy on Athrun and gather information on the Archangel crew. After following Athrun in a helicopter where he is accompanied by Cagalli, Kira Yamato, and Miriallia Haw. Over the discussion, Lunamaria learns that Meer Campbell, who is acting as Lacus Clyne, is actually a fake and that the real Lacus was nearly assassinated by ZAFT special forces.

After giving Captain Gladys the recorded information, Lunamaria asks if this mission was given to her because there were doubts about Athrun's loyalty, but Talia responds that the mission was given to gather information on the Archangel's intentions. After this, Talia then orders Lunamaria to not tell anyone and to forget everything about this mission, which Lunamaria follows. Despite this however, Lunamaria developed doubts about both Athrun and ZAFT's intentions.

Relationship with Shinn

After the Battle of Crete, Lunamaria's ZAKU Warrior was damaged beyond repair and she is severely wounded. She later watches from the sidelines during Shinn's respective battles at Berlin against the GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam and his victory against the Freedom during Operation: Angel Down. Upon arriving at Gibraltar, she has fully recovered and becomes the new pilot for the ZGMF-X56S Impulse, due to Shinn receiving the ZGMF-X42S Destiny, for his accomplishment in Operation: Angel Down.

When ZAFT officials tell Lunamaria of Athrun and Meyrin's sudden betrayal, in a ZGMF-2000 GOUF Ignited which the two used to escape in, Lunamaria is both in shock and in denial believing they couldn't do something like that. Shinn then later informs her that he was the one who destroyed the GOUF and apologizes to her. Lunamaria then starts to cry with Shinn tearfully holding her.

Before the battle at Heaven's Base, Lunamaria chooses to forgive Shinn, knowing that he was just following orders while blaming LOGOS for the cause of their deaths. She gets a hug from him and then they kiss and Shinn promises to protect her, thus starting a romantic relationship between them.

Although most of the defecting Alliance fleet alongside ZAFT's descent troops are wiped out by a surprise attack from five Destroys and the base's Nibelung, Lunamaria is tasked with leading the charge of the remaining allied forces while Shinn and Rey engage the Destroys. She and Rey later successfully down one of the massive units.

Later Accomplishments

After the Battle at Heaven's Base, Lunamaria, Shinn, and Rey are awarded the Order of the Nebula a medal given to ZAFT's most outstanding soldiers. Although most of LOGOS's leaders were captured in the battle, it is revealed that Lord Djibril had escaped to the Orb Union and was now sheltered by the Seirans. Because the Seirans deny Djibril's presence in the country, ZAFT launches a full-scale assault on Orb codenamed Operation: Fury.

The entire battle soon fails thanks to sudden arrival of the Archangel, ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam and ZGMF-X19A ∞ Justice Gundam to Orb's defense. During the battle, a suspicious shuttle had attempted to escape from the country. Although Lunamaria was dispatched to give chase, she was unable to catch up or shoot down the shuttle. Due to the loss of ZAFT's flagship and the shuttle's successful escape, Captain Gladys takes control of the battle and orders the full withdrawal of the remaining allied forces in the vicinity.

Lunamaria later watches Cagalli's broadcast denouncing Chairman Durandal's methods, but it is interrupted by Meer Cambell's program, calling out Orb for sheltering an anarchist like Djibril. To everyone's surprise, a second Lacus appears at Cagalli's side and continues to share Orb's doubts of the chairman, but also refusing to support Lord Djibril and effectively departing from any further conflict between the two.

When Lord Djibril unleashes the Requiem on the PLANTs, Lunamaria blames herself for failing to shoot him down and is determined not fail this time. When Rey gives her the task of destroying the Requiem's main control system, Shinn was concerned for her safety, but she convinces him to believe in her. With Shinn protecting her with the Destiny, she successfully enters Requiem's control base and destroys it. Afterwards her comrades cheer her on and she and Shinn embrace.

Battle of Messiah

When Chairman Gilbert Durandal announced the Destiny Plan, which would judge people by their genetic destiny and not their individuality, which according to him will lead to peace, Lunamaria doubts the plan and tries to discuss the matter with Shinn, but due to Rey's interference, she is unable to do so as such. When the battle begins, Lunamaria attempts to attack the Eternal, but stops in midway when her sister Meyrin contacts her from the Eternal and asks her why she is fighting. Before the sisters can discuss things furthermore, Lunamaria is forced to retreat by the Black Tri-Stars' DOM Troopers attack.

Lunamaria then battles Athrun, blaming him for dragging Meyrin with him and putting her in danger. He badly damages Lunamaria's mobile suit, the Impulse, with his ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice Gundam. Shinn then arrives, going into SEED Mode and attacking Athrun. After realizing and regretting about the terrible and horrible mistakes being made by both Shinn and herself, especially as she witnesses the fast and furious fight and argument between Shinn and Athrun, Lunamaria then interposed herself between the two of them, begging them to stop fighting so desperately. However, unfortunately for Lunamaria, still in his SEED Mode, Shinn is far too berserk, bewildered and blind with rage and fear, so he charges madly at Lunamaria for obstructing him. Nevertheless, fortunately for her, Athrun enters into his own SEED Mode, blocking Shinn's attack, and saving Lunamaria. Athrun then cripples Shinn's Destiny Gundam beyond repair, and Shinn crashes upon the surface of the moon.

Lunamaria rushes to Shinn's side, lands her damaged Impulse nearby in the lunar surface, and ends up holding and comforting a tearful Shinn in her arms, realizing that he's been manipulated by Rey and Chairman Gilbert Durandal, as well as the fact that he could have hurt and even killed her unwittingly. The two watch the Requiem superweapon explode and then the ZAFT fortress Messiah, crash into the Moon.

Aftermath

Both stranded pilots were rescued by Athrun Zala in the Infinite Justice. At the end of "Final Plus", Lunamaria is present with Shinn alongside Athrun and Meyrin, Kira and Lacus as he pays tribute to his deceased family in Orb. After Shinn makes peace with Kira, Lunamaria and Shinn then smile at each other and then leave together, following after the same direction Athrun and Meyrin left in, joining back up with the two.

In Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition, Lunamaria is seen with Shinn and Meyrin, who were traveling to an important meeting between Lacus Clyne and the PLANT Supreme Council.

Gundam Seed Character Theater

Lunamaria acts as one of the supporting characters for the last two episodes, which involves Chairman Durandal giving her, Shinn and Rey absurd tasks. She is notably rather genre savvy and will occasionally break the fourth wall. While resting on the Minerva, Chairman Durandal gives them the mission of destroying Kira and Athrun's friendship.

To do so, Rey uses his time slip stick to bring them to Kira and Athrun's childhood days. In order to destroy their friendship, the trio are tasked with eliminating Birdy, the symbol of Kira and Athrun's friendship. When they catch Kira alone with Birdy, it soon turns out that Birdy had been built to gigantic proportions similar to mobile suit. Lunamaria is quickly sent crashing through the ground, but Shinn is able to destroy Birdy on his own. The trio soon leave as Athrun arrives at the heartbreaking revelation that Birdy had been broken.

Unbeknownst to them Athrun and Kira quickly make up and their get-along energy spikes. When they return, they find a charred Meyrin, who tells them that Kira and Athrun were now closer than ever, followed by Chairman Durandal sending an angry text of their failure. As soon as Rey mopes of their failure, Chairman Durandal sends another text detailing their next mission.

The trio are now sent to ruin Kira's relationship with Lacus. Once they reach the couple's private mansion, Lunamaria begins spying but suffers a massive nosebleed when she sees the pair trying to kiss. Her spirit later accompanies Shinn when he attempts and fails to ruin Lacus's concert.

Quotes

Who do you think you are?! You thieves!

Lunamaria Hawke to Stella Loussier., Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 4

Where's Shinn?

Lunamaria Hawke worry about Shinn Asuka.,Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 7

Rey: Don't fall into the ocean, Lunamaria! I won't be able to help you out if you do!
Lunamaria: How mean.

Rey Za Burrel to Lunamaria Hawke, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 12

But really, what happened out there? You suddenly became a super ace.

Lunamaria Hawke to Shinn Asuka, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 13

Oh, I'm Lunamaria. Lunamaria Hawke. I'm a ZAKU Warrior pilot.

Lunamaria Hawke introduce herself to Athrun Zala, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 15

Lunamaria: What's this machine? It's the latest, isn't it? I hear its structure is transformable.
Athrun: Yeah.
Lunamaria: Wow! It's nothing like ZAKUs! It's like the Impulse... or maybe more like Chaos?
Athrun: Do you want to sit in it?
Lunamaria: Can I?!
Athrun: Yeah. Go ahead. But don't move it.
Lunamaria: I wouldn't do that. I see. The panel for the mode selector is different. New types of plug ins are use, right?
Athrun: Yeah.

Lunamaria Hawke & Athrun Zala, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny about Savior in Episode 15

Meyrin: What? That Shinn hasn't said a word to Commander Zala since them?
Lunamaria: Well,no. He like, "give me a break". Shinn can be so immature sometime.
Meyrin: You're right. I had to say it, but even I see him that way.
Lunamaria: Well,I'm sure things will work out over time. Shinn will have to compromise.
Meyrin: You're right. Commander Zala's a lot more grown up, he's so cool.
Lunamaria: Huh? But he's only one year older than me,isn't it?

Meyrin Hawke to Lunamaria Hawke about Athrun Zala & Shinn Asuka, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 17

Lunamaria: Now. How should I spend my day?
Shinn: What do you mean?
Lunamaria: I'd like to go into town, but it wouldn't be any fun going alone. I sorta feel sorry for Rey, so maybe I'll go back to the ship.
Athrun: Why don't go out with Shinn? It's your day off. You should take it easy. I'll return to the ship,so don't worry about that.
Athrun: But...
Lunamaria: I see. You're already had your turn at taking it easy, Commander...with Miss Lacus. That's right. In my opinion...I think you should've have gone with Miss Lacus as a bodyguard.
Athrun: Lunamaria.
Lunamaria: You're a FAITH member, Commander. No one gonna argue with whatever you choose to do.
Athrun: Wait a minute, Lunamaria! Go ahead without us.
Shinn: Ah, right.
Lunamaria: Would you hit a woman?
Athrun: I'm partly to blame for what you saw this morning, so I don't wanna make excuses. But you are misunderstood. And I'm not particularly pleased with yor attitude based on that misunderstanding.
Lunamaria: Misunderstanding? I can't imagine there's anything to misunderstand. Very well. I'll be careful in the future... Whenever Miss Lacus around.
Athrun: No. What I'll saying...
Lunamaria: Don't worry. I think I fully understand the situation between you two.

Lunamaria Hawke, Shinn Asuka & Athrun Zala, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 21

Lunamaria: Shinn! That was great! That battle... I was truly amazed!
Shinn: Really?

Lunamaria Hawke impressed Shinn Asuka, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 35

Relationships

Shinn Asuka

Shinn is one of Lunamaria's closer friends, and the two worked together alongside Rey Za Burrel during their time in the Minerva. The trio already knew each other before that. On occasion, she also attempts to sympathize with Shinn's pain, though she does know that he can follow his personal emotions too much.

Their relationship became strained momentarily when Shinn, piloting the Destiny, shot down Meyrin and Athrun's GOUF Ignited. The two later reconciled and cried together over the loss after Shinn apologized to Lunamaria. After Lunamaria became the Impulse's new pilot, Shinn would often advice her on how to use the suit effectively. Before the Battle of Requiem, it is implied that Lunamaria and Shinn have already started a romantic relationship, and Shinn swears to protect Lunamaria from whatever harm comes her way during the war. She was with Shinn as they witness ZAFT's defeat and the destruction of Requiem and Messiah.

During the Omake Quarters Drama CD, Meyrin implies that Lunamaria is living together with Shinn at Orb, though Lunamaria notes at how frustrated she is at times because Shinn doesn't explicitly say he loves her and how platonic their relationship can be.

Meyrin Hawke

Meyrin is her younger sister and the two have a close relationship, with each sister showing extreme concern for the other when danger comes their way. An example of this was when Lunamaria told off some officers attempting to search Meyrin's room in order to find Athrun. Meyrin's communication with her also halted her attack on the Eternal momentarily.

Athrun Zala

Like many of the recruits that joined after the First Alliance-PLANT War, Lunamaria held great respect for Athrun and is aware of his various exploits during the war. While on the Minerva, Athrun acts as a mentor towards her and the other pilots, and she is briefly infatuated with him until she learns of his relationship with Cagalli. She was in disbelief when informed that Athrun had turn traitor and took Meyrin with him. Upon their meeting during the Battle of Messiah, she blames Athrun for endangering Meyrin in his attempt to escape, but still considers him as a friend. The two are able to reconcile after the end of the war.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Luna's name is Latin for "moon". This contrasts with Stella's name, which is Latin for "star".
    • Her name may have derived from lunar maria (singular lunar mare) which are basaltic plains on the moon.
  • Lunamaria's bad aiming became a running gag in the Super Robot Wars series. Her status always has more melee points despite her using the Gunner ZAKU and the Accuracy command either costs her more SP than usual or learned very late. In SD Gundam G Generation Wars, Luna initially has 25 points in melee but only 13 in shooting. The gap however isn't as severe in certain SRWs.
  • Her ZAKU Warriors are similar looking to Char Aznable's MS-06S Zaku II Commander Type. In Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 and Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, the Gunner Zaku Warrior is not usable in-game, so Lunamaria is given Char's Zaku instead though this is remedied in Shin Gundam Musou where she is given her Gunner Zaku.
  • Lunamaria's relationship with Shinn after Stella died mirrors that of Fa Yuiry's relationship with Kamille Bidan in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
  • At near the end of Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition part 4, Lunamaria is seen wearing a regular ZAFT red uniform, instead of her custom one.
  • Lunamaria's voice actress, Maaya Sakamoto, also voices Mayu Asuka in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.
  • On August 8, 2011, Maaya Sakamoto married Kenichi Suzumura, the voice actor of Shinn Asuka.
  • During Gundam SEED DESTINY Suit CD Vol. 4 Suit Mini-Drama, Lunamaria is taken by Meyrin to meet the real Lacus Clyne in a private meeting, something that Lunamaria becomes excited and nervous about. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Kira and Lacus in animal pajamas, and have Lunamaria and Meyrin also wear a pair. Meyrin later teases Lunamaria for previously having a crush on Athrun before changing targets to Shinn, to the point where she and Shinn are planning to settle in Orb permanently. As Lunamaria is finally able to calm herself down, the three girls soon begin discussing their respective love lives, with Lunamaria particularly commenting that Shinn can't openly say he loves her.
  • In Gundam SEED DESTINY Suit CD Vol. 6's Suit Mini-Drama "Academy Advancement Exam", Lunamaria is depicted as a good student though she tends to takes shortcuts on subjects that she has trouble with, especially theoretical and mechanical ones. To this end, she borrows Rey's notes, but since they were very detailed, Lunamaria didn't feel like copying every single page. Instead, she opts to glance through most of them and print out only the ones she thinks will appear in the exam. Lunamaria later lends the copies she made to Shinn. This small act of kindness ends up getting all three of them in big trouble with the Academy Faculty on suspicion of cheating, leading to extension classes and a retake of the test. Her results for the retake were never mentioned, but Lunamaria is totally astounded at Shinn's test score, which was even higher than Rey's.
  • She is featured as a playable character in the Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. series in her Gunner ZAKU and as one of the Impulse's pilots, though her Impulse is much weaker than Shinn's but has a lower cost.
    • Due to her ZAKU, Lunamaria garners the attention of many Universal Century characters, most especially from the Zeon forces. Johnny Ridden will also mistake her unit for Char Aznable's, even questioning if the Red Comet was actually a girl. Conversely, she mistakes Cucuruz Doan's Zaku to be one of ZAFT's ZAKU Warriors.
    • As she affiliates herself with the color red, Lunamaria wishes to show Char that the color suits her better than him.
    • Like several of the new pilots in SEED Destiny, she acknowledges Yzak Jule as one of the ace pilots from Jachin Due. She also notes that Rau Le Creuset abilities "remind her of someone".
    • If ZAKU Lunamaria meets Impulse Lunamaria, the former will ask how she ends up piloting the Impulse, but the latter simply replies that it was from a promotion.
    • Lunamaria expresses surprise when meeting Lacus in the Infinite Justice, and she wonders if Lacus was always that skilled as a pilot. Humorously, should Lunamaria lose to Lacus, Lunamaria immediately calls her foe an imposter as the real Lacus would never be that strong.

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