Master Asia (マスター・アジア Masutā Ajia?) was the primary alias of Gundam Fighter Shuuji Kurosu (シュウジ・クロス?), a character that appears in the TV anime Mobile Fighter G Gundam. Master Asia was Domon Kasshu's teacher, and the former King of Hearts of the Shuffle Alliance. In the latter half of the series, Master Asia was more commonly referred to by his other alias, Undefeated of the East (東方不敗 Tohofuhai?).
Personality & Character
He has a very stoic and strict personality, but he is also a person of character, and although he doesn't express it in words, he is extremely compassionate. Although his words are harsh, he is also kind to his beloved apprentice Domon, who he fights many times even after they become enemies. His personality has earned him the awe and respect of the people.
7th Gundam Fight
Master Asia, or rather Shuuji Kurosu fought in the 7th Gundam Fight as the Gundam Fighter for Neo Japan and used the Yamato Gundam as seen in the manga of the same name. Shuuji fought the individual members of the-then-to-be Shuffle Alliance in the Gyuana Highlands. After his battles with them, Master Asia and the Shuffle Alliance become friends and came to the rescue of Neo Germany's Gundam Fighter, Wolf Heinrich, who was unfairly attacked by both Delos Argos and Hell Snake's Gundams at once. After they were defeated, Shuuji faced off with Heinrich and ultimately failed to defeat him due to the mirage like abilities of Wolf's Gundam. Afterwards, Wolf and Shuuji went to the Guiana Highlands to train and compete. Here, Shuuji refined Tohoufuhai and developed the Sekiha Tenkyoken. Wolf and Shuuji had an exchange as friendly rivals and promised to face each other in the Gundam Fight finals.
A man by the name of Dr. Chaos, lead a terrorist force of the same name, created a force of Death Army machines and gigantic Mobile Armor which he attempted to use to disrupt the Gundam Fight. The Shuffle Alliance, with the newfound power of their Shuffle Crests fought against him and Dr. Chaos was defeated by Shuuji. Unfortunately, as that happened right in the middle of the finals, Shuuji and company were de facto disqualified due to their failure to reach the designated country by the appointed time, and Wolf became the champion of the Gundam Fight. Because of that, Shuuji was dismissed as the Gundam Fighter of Neo Japan, chose to leave, instead became the Gundam Fighter of Neo Hong Kong, and assumed the name of Master Asia.
Meeting Domon Kasshu and the 12th Gundam Fight
In the Gundam Fights that followed, Master Asia perfected his style and in F.C. 48, he adopted the eight year-old boy, Domon Kasshu, as his student. Domon had run away from home and snuck on board a ship that carried Master Asia, who admired him and sought to learn his skills. Master Asia decided to shelter Domon and agreed to teach him Tohoufuhai.
The champion of the 9th through 11th Gundam Fight was Neo England's Gentle Chapman. Dismayed by the shift from martial arts to ranged weapons as a result of Gentle Chapman's victories, Master Asia used the Kowloon Gundam and Tohoufuhai and succeeded in proving the power of martial arts with his victory in the 12th Gundam Fight. In his years as a Gundam Fighter, Master Asia watched the Earth continue to decay and battles between the Gundam Fighters inflict unprecedented damage upon the planet. He resolved that mankind's influence must be removed in order to purify the Earth. Because of that, and possibly because of the mental power of the Devil Gundam, Master Asia came to the conclusion that humanity must be destroyed so that the Earth might return to its natural environment.
13th Gundam Fight
Master Asia first appeared assisting Domon and Rain Mikamura in Shinjuku from a pair of Death Army mobile suits. Master Asia briefly appeared veiled in a cloak and face wrap which hid his identity, but after he revealed his skills, Domon quickly identified him as Master Asia. He then exchanged with Domon their traditional litany:
|“||The School of the Undefeated of the East!
The Winds of the King!
Master Asia explained that he had been coordinating the defense of Shinjuku, but that it had been going badly. In a counterattack, Domon launched Master Asia in his Kowloon Gundam's Chokyu Haoh Den'iedan attack. That blasted him through most of the Death Army, and caused them to retreat. Domon, Rain, and Master Asia returned and planned further defense. Master Asia, however, was working in secret with the Death Army. Rain discovered that and Master Asia captured her. He carefully hinted to Domon about Rain's disappearance, but Domon did not realize what happened. Eventually, after he followed Master Asia, Domon discovered that he was the one responsible. Master Asia attempted to recruit Domon into the Death Army, but his persuasions failed. Master Asia sent Chibodee Crocket, George de Sand, Sai Saici, and Argo Gulskii to fight Domon, as they had all been converted to his service by DG cells. Master Asia attacked in his Master Gundam and he and Domon battled. Master Asia's victory seemed assured, however, his efforts were thwarted by the old Shuffle Alliance who appeared and attacked him. While initially, the old Shuffle Alliance was unsuccessful in defeating Master Asia, they opted to sacrifice themselves in a kamikaze attack in order to stop him and purify the DG cells from Chibodee and company. In doing so, the old Shuffle Alliance passed on their Shuffle Crests to the four and they became the new Shuffle Alliance. Master Asia, showed some sadness at the loss of his former comrades, and fearing his loss, he summoned the Devil Gundam to attack. The battle was fierce, and Domon nearly defeated the Devil Gundam, but the image of his smiling brother's face appeared in his mind and prevented him from finishing it. Master Asia then retreated along with the Devil Gundam and Kyoji Kasshu.
Master Asia appeared again in his old training grounds, the Guiana Highlands as the Shuffle Alliance and Domon trained there. They clashed with the Devil Gundam several times, and upon realizing that Master Asia was the true master of the Devil Gundam, Domon denounced Master Asia, and proclaimed that he was no longer his master. Once again, Master Asia and the Devil Gundam battled Domon, and, once again, Domon would have been defeated were it not for the intervention of an outsider, in that case, Schwarz Bruder. After Domon was rescued, Master Asia and the Devil Gundam traveled to the designated country for the Gundam Fight's finals, Neo Hong Kong.
At Neo Hong Kong, Master Asia appeared dramatically as one of the final Gundam Fighters in the Tournament's lineup. Chairman Wong Yunfat, whom Master Asia worked with, declared that it was up to Domon and Master Asia to performing the opening to the Gundam Fight. In a tense moment, the two shared the litany once again, and opened the Gundam Fight with the final lines: "Look, the East is Burning Red!"
Despite his altered viewpoint, Master Asia continued to respect Domon, and while he and Wong schemed in order to defeat him, he was determined to do so in an honorable way. While Master Asia would not hesitate to throw tough odds against Domon, he did so only to test Domon's resolve and ability to win. When Domon was set up to fight Schwarz, Master Asia feared that he was not ready and he summoned Domon to a devastated area of Neo Hong Kong in order to further train him. By that time, Wong and Master Asia had an increasing falling out as Master Asia more and more regarded Wong's tactics as unfair and dishonorable. Wong had thus decided that Master Asia had fulfilled his role in his plans and thus sent the Gundam Heads to kill both of them as they fought. Master Asia saved Domon, however, the two fell into an underground cavern and Master Asia's leg was injured. The two managed to escape from their predicament and Master Asia finally explained to Domon the reason for his actions. He told Domon that the Gundam Fight was what was destroying the Earth. The blatant disregard for the land on which it took place, the outright exemption of damage to cities, buildings and the environment from being in any way criminal, as long as it was due to the Gundam Fight. He cited the vast city ruins around them as an example of that. Master Asia then taught Domon his ultimate technique, the Sekiha Tenkyoken.
Master Asia and Domon engaged in a final battle on Lantau Island. There Master Asia said that he wanted Domon to be the new Core Life Unit of the Devil Gundam, and explained that he had used the finals in order to make him strong enough for that role. Domon could not accept that. Instead, when Schwarz pulled Kyoji out of the Devil Gundam, Domon killed him, and thus stopped the Devil Gundam. Master Asia said that was unforgivable and he attacked and ultimately paralyzed the God Gundam with a new technique, the Juuni Ouhouhai. While Domon was paralyzed, Master Asia gave his full conclusion that humanity was destroying the Earth, that the Devil Gundam would remove man's detrimental influence, and then regenerate the planet. He then explained how the Ultimate Gundam had evolved into the Devil Gundam. Domon sensed Master Asia's sadness and reminded him that humanity was a part of nature and that to destroy it was to destroy nature's balance. The two clashed, with their Sekiha Tenkyoken's. Domon's overwhelmed Master Asia enough to knock him back, then Domon finished the battle, and defeated Master Asia by combining the Sekiha Tenkyoken with his own God Finger (Erupting Burning Finger) for the Sekiha Tenkyo God Finger attack.
After Master Asia was defeated, Domon held him in his arms. Master Asia revealed that he had a terminal illness (which also prevented him from being able to replace Kyoji as the Devil Gundam's new Core Life Unit), opened his shirt to reveal that he never once had any DG cells in his body, and that everything that he did was through his own will. Master Asia said that he learned what a terrible mistake that he was going to make, and that mankind was indeed a necessary part of nature. Master Asia declared Domon the only true King of Hearts and then he asked him to recite the litany once again: "Look, the East is Burning Red!" They finished reciting it, and, as the sun rose, Master Asia remarked on its beauty, then he died.
Master Asia made one last appearance after his death during the battle with Grand Master Gundam. He appeared and encouraged Domon to fight on, alongside all of those whom Domon loved that fell, Kyoji, Schwarz, and his mother, Mikino Kasshu.
Notes & Trivia
- Master Asia appeared in a number of appearances in other Gundam works outside of G Gundam media. Master Asia had appeared consistently in the SD Gundam G Generation games, where he was once shown to be able to fight all five of the Gundams from Gundam Wing at once. Master Asia again encountered Heero Yuy in Dynasty Warriors Gundam where the youth's talent impressed him enough to take him under his wing, and he wanted to teach Heero his fighting style (though Heero remained skeptical). Master Asia also had his own story in Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, where he appeared as a protagonist, taught pilots of the other Gundams the lessons of "The School of Master Asia" with his pupil Domon by his side, and fought Gundam and MS pilots like Shinn Asuka, Seabook Arno, Elpeo Ple, Ple Two, and finally, Athrun Zala and Kira Yamato, on a final two-on-two match, which was followed by a match between Domon and Master Asia, if the player controlling Master Asia defeated both Kira and Athrun before Domon did. In Musha Generation, he appeared as the leader of an evil clan. Master Asia's character had also inspired interpretations of the Gundams that he piloted. In SD Gundam, a living Master Gundam first appeared in a Kowloon form as a seemingly loyal lord to a Devil Gundam-like deity. However, he subsequently revealed his true Master form and his plans to pervert the deity for his own schemes. In SD Gundam Force, he was reflected in two characters- Ashuramaru, who reflected Master Asia's deeper motives, and Bakuhamaru, who resembled Master Gundam and also used the "Undefeated of the East" title.
- Master Asia frequently appeared in the Super Robot Wars and SD Gundam G Generation series along with the rest of G Gundam's cast. One noteworthy twist on that formula was Super Robot Wars R, which was set after the events of the 13th Gundam Fight. The game's primary antagonist Duminuss revived Master Asia with DG cells and used him as the new Core Life Unit of a reproduced Devil Gundam. Eventually, the team saved Master Asia, and if the player re-created the climax of Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo, the super-powerful Shin Getter Robo healed Master Asia of his infection, and restored him to perfect health. Shortly afterwards, Rain constructed a copy of the Master Gundam, which allowed Master Asia to join the protagonists as a powerful ally. In SRW F, A, R and Impact powerful combination attacks by Domon (in God Gundam) and Master Asia (in Master Gundam) could be performed, including the Sekiha Kyuukyoku Tenkyoken which even rivaled the five-unit combination attack "Shuffle Alliance Fist" in attack power.
- Another infamous twist happened in Shin Super Robot Wars, where Master Asia revealed that he was actually an alien from the Dagu system that arrived on Earth in order to determine whether or not the life forms of the solar system were a threat, and that he treated the first human that he came in contact with, Char Aznable, as a representative of humanity. Therefore, Master Asia was led to believe that humans were unstable, destructive beings, which was why he manipulated Dr. Raizo Kasshu into creating the Devil Gundam in an attempt to destroy mankind.
- Many side stories implied that the various "Finger" techniques most commonly associated with Domon were a part of the Tohoufuhai Style, and were possibly invented by Master Asia in the first place. In the aforementioned 7th Gundam Fight, Yamato Gundam possessed the Shakunetsu Sunshine Finger. In its sole playable appearance in G Generation F, the Shuffle Heart's Attack List included the Heartful Finger. Similarly, G Generation Neo gave the Kowloon Gundam a Kowloon Finger Attack.
- Master Asia's title was homage to Dongfang Bubai, the transsexual leader of the Sun-Moon Sect in Jin Yong's wuxia fiction, The Smiling, Proud Wanderer.
- According to his official profile, Master Asia was adept at both poetry and cooking Sichuanese Food.
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