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Mu La Flaga (ムウ・ラ・フラガ Mū Ra Furaga?) is a fictional character from the anime series Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny.

Personality

Contrary to a man of his age, Mu has a carefree and boastful spirit. He is lighthearted and friendly, willing to accept Coordinator Kira Yamato into the crew of the Archangel. Mu is casually boastful of his abilities, with his motto being that he can make "the impossible possible". Mu also tends to be somewhat of a ladies' man, being very friendly to the females aboard the Archangel.

When Mu is brainwashed by LOGOS and becomes Neo Roanoke, his personality drastically changes. He becomes more of a leader to his subordinates aboard the Girty Lue. Although a ruthless and cunning leader, Neo commands a great deal of trust from his subordinates; he demonstrates some sympathy for the Extended pilots, who are viewed as equipment by most of the Earth Alliance Forces.

However, he is not above manipulating them over the course of the series, and does so at orders from Djibril or for the sake of their performance in battle. These incidents include but are not limited to: Wiping memories of Stella from Sting and Auel after her capture and promising to Shinn that he would not send Stella to battle before immediately having her pilot the Destroy. Despite this, he still closely cares for the trio, expressing shock and horror at Auel's death and sadness over Stella's demise.

Neo is considered the complete opposite of Mu, willing to deceive others in order to achieve his goals. However, it is interesting to note that Neo talks with the same light-hearted manner as Mu and makes similar silly comments. Once Neo defects to Orb, he tends to take more of a supportive role to Athrun and Kira as he tries to regain his memories.

Skills & Abilities

His high spatial awareness allows him to be extremely proficient with employing the remotely controlled gunbarrels of the TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero and the TS-MA4F Exus in combat; he was part of a very small group of pilots capable of handling the Moebius Zero, and the only one of those to survive the Battle of Endymion. He uses these abilities to effectively duel Dearka Elsman's GAT-X103 Buster Gundam even though his Moebius Zero is less powerful and less technologically advanced, and later against Shinn Asuka's ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam and Rey Za Burrel's ZGMF-1001/M Blaze ZAKU Phantom as Neo using the TS-MA4F Exus, Moebius Zero's newly-created successor. His mobile suit piloting skill is also excellent, and he was able to dispatch the normal grunt units with ease. However, it was only until he received the ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam, which could be equipped with remote weaponry, was he able to unleash his full potential while piloting a mobile suit.

Throughout his war record, he has been noted to have an extrasensory link towards Rau Le Creuset as Mu, and Rey Za Burrel as Neo. Although he did not sense it, Kira seems to also have a one-sided link to this, being able to trace Neo during their encounters at Dardanelles and Berlin.

History

Mu was born to an aristocratic family. However, his father, Al Da Flaga, believed he was "genetically impure" because of the DNA of his "inferior mother". Seeking a new successor, Al had himself cloned. Both of Mu's parents later died when their home burnt down.

Mu later joined the military and eventually became a veteran mobile armor ace, and a longtime rival of ZAFT officer Rau Le Creuset, with whom he demonstrates a strange extrasensory connection. He is famous in many parts of the Cosmic Era universe as the "Hawk of Endymion" for destroying five ZGMF-1017 GINN mobile suits with his TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero mobile armor at the Battle of Endymion Crater, a feat previously considered impossible. However, Mu knows that this title is nothing more than a formality just to cover up what had happened in the battle.

The Battle of Endymion Crater also leaves him as the only remaining OMNI pilot capable of handling the Moebius Zero, the wire-guided gunbarrels of which require a high degree of spatial awareness not commonly possessed by Naturals.

Gundam SEED

Onboard the Archangel

Lieutenant Mu La Flaga was assigned to escort the five specially-trained Earth Alliance Forces pilots to the colony of Heliopolis, where five G-type mobile suits were in development. However, during ZAFT's attack at the beginning of Gundam SEED, the pilots and the intended captain of the assault ship Archangel are killed and the ship Mu had been assigned to is destroyed. He engages Rau Le Creuset in battle in his Moebius Zero and, when the Zero is damaged, Mu joins the crew of the Archangel. Although he is the most senior surviving Earth Alliance Forces officer, he declines command of the ship and instead encourages Lieutenant Murrue Ramius to take the role of captain, allowing him to continue piloting the Moebius Zero in the Archangel's defense.

While on the Archangel, Mu advises Gundam SEED's young protagonist, Kira Yamato, on the finer points of both mobile suit combat and coping with the stress of a combatant's life. He also provides the benefit of his greater experience to Murrue, contributing a great deal of the strategies employed by the Archangel early in the series, and serving as a pragmatic midpoint between Murrue's idealism and combat commander Natarle Badgiruel's strict reliance on military regulations.

Stopping Operation Spitbreak

Upon the Archangel's arrival at JOSH-A, Mu is transferred off of the ship and ostensibly assigned a position as a flight instructor in California. However, at the last minute, he chooses to not board his transport and turns back. As a result, he is the first to discover both ZAFT's impending attack and the Cyclops system installed beneath the base; his return to the Archangel to warn its crew, along with Kira's arrival in the ZGMF-X10A Freedom, enables the ship to survive the battle and the detonation of the base.

Rise of the Three Ships Alliance

He remains on board the Archangel following its defection to Orb Union, discontinuing the use of his FX-550 Skygrasper in favor of the rebuilt GAT-X105 Strike Gundam. In the HD Remastered version of Gundam SEED, Flaga pilots the GAT-X105+AQM/E-YM1 Perfect Strike Gundam, a combination of the Strike Gundam and three of its Striker Packs, during his first battle in Orb. However, after this, he abandons it in favor of the separate packs. Shortly before the Battle of Orb, he began an openly romantic relationship with Murrue. Later, during the Battle of Mendel, him and Kira confront Rau Le Creuset at the abandoned Mendel colony and learn of Rau's origins as a clone of Mu's father Al Da Flaga, explaining their extrasensory awareness of one another and the root of Rau's plans to guide humanity into wiping itself out.

During the final battle at Jachin Due, Mu encounters Rau in his new ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam and is defeated by his foe's DRAGOONs. He is presumed dead when the Strike is destroyed protecting the Archangel's main bridge from the Dominion's "Lohengrin" positron cannon. However, in the Gundam SEED: Special Edition compilation of the series, the footage of the destroyed Strike was edited so that Mu's helmet no longer appeared amidst the wreckage, retconning his death from definite to assumed in order to allow for his return in sequel series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.

Unknown to the Archangel's crew however, Mu would only be severely injured from this blast, and he would be rescued by Lord Djibril. During the course of Mu's treatment, his memories were altered so that he would aid Djibiril's extremist cause.

Gundam SEED Destiny

As Neo Roanoke and First Battles With the Minerva

Neo Roanoke (ネオ・ロアノーク Neo Roanōku?) is introduced in Gundam SEED Destiny as a captain in the Earth Alliance Forces 81st Autonomous Mobile Group, commonly known as the Phantom Pain. In this capacity he takes orders from Lord Djibril and is in direct command of the three Extended pilots Sting Oakley, Stella Loussier, and Auel Neider. Neo and his stealth warship, the Girty Lue, would station themselves outside Armory One and attacked the nearby docks and checkpoints concurrently with the raid of the three pilots. Upon their exit, he attempts and fails to capture the drained ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam with his TS-MA4F Exus due to the intervention of Rey Za Burrel's ZAKU Phantom.

He then engaged in repeated battles with the ZAFT battleship Minerva, first ambushing near a set of ruins and attempting to bury it under an asteroid which it attempted to use as cover as well as dueling with Rey's custom ZAKU once again. During ZAFT's attempt to demolish Junius Seven after its crash course to Earth, Neo spots ZAFT's forces fighting the radical coordinator terrorists and sends photos of it to Djibiril before sending in the Extendeds to fight the coordinators.

He later recalls the pilots and prepares them for their descent back to Earth.

Final Battles with Phantom Pain

Neo would continue to spend his time hunting the Minerva during its attempt to seek refuge at Orb, though he would be placed more on a commanding role and would only disembark twice on his custom GAT-04 Windam. The first time was at the Indian Ocean, where he engaged with the Impulse once again, but his duel causes Stella to interfere, inadvertently leading the Impulse to an allied military base under construction, which is promptly destroyed.

He is later seen commanding the joint Orb-Alliance fleet at Dardanelles, where their battle against the Minerva is interrupted by the sudden arrival of both the Archangel and the Freedom, which causes the battle to halt after units on all sides were damaged. To his later dismay, ZAFT had also discovered the hidden Extended training facility at Lodonia. This causes Stella to charge at them on her own, leading to her capture. In the following battle at Crete, Auel is killed and the Orb-Alliance forces suffer a heavy defeat with the loss of the Orb flagship carrier, Takemikazuchi.

Following their defeat, Neo is approached by the Impulse's pilot, Shinn Asuka, who returns Stella under the promise she no longer take part in battle. Although Neo agrees, he immediately reneges on his word upon return and has Stella pilot the new GFAS-X1 Destroy Gundam, warning her that if she doesn't fight, the world's horrors would catch up and kill them. He and Sting would later continue act as Stella's support throughout her rampage at Eurasia.

Their final stop, however, would be at Berlin, where they would be confronted once again by both the Archangel and the Freedom. The Minerva soon arrives to help fight Stella, sending out the Impulse once again. Amidst the fight, Neo stops Shinn from attacking Destroy's cockpit, revealing that Stella was the unit's pilot. With the Impulse stopping its attacks, Neo turned his attention towards the Freedom.

Though he is able to destroy the Freedom's shield, his Windam is subsequently shot down, and Neo is barely able to eject himself out before his unit explodes. The unconscious Neo is then captured by Murrue Ramius and is kept aboard the Archangel.

Captivity and Release

While aboard the Archangel, Neo is given a DNA test, which to the shock of many, matches Mu's data. This causes Ramius to become more emotional especially after Neo rejects having any knowledge of her, leading to Kira to speculate that his memories were tampered with. To his confusion, many of the ship's crew members refer to him as "Mu" and associate him with the rank of Lt. Commander despite his assertions of being a full Captain. Neo later watches Gilbert Durandal's program exposing Logos to the world, including the use of Destroy through western Eurasia. During this, Neo laments Stella's final fate in her last hours.

He remains tied within the Archangel's medical bay when it is attacked by ZAFT, leading to the Freedom's destruction. Neo then recounts to Kira that the Impulse's pilot was someone that was straightforward and strong, but was still getting stronger over time. After Kira's recovery, Neo's new roommate would be the wounded Athrun Zala, who also referred to him as Mu. He later sends over a voice message in Athrun's behalf asking Kira to save Lacus after Athrun learns that the Eternal was now under attack.

As Heaven's Base was captured by ZAFT, and Orb was now the next target of Chairman Durandal, Ramius decides to release Neo to prevent him from getting caught between the crossfire of ZAFT and Orb. She also provides him with an FX-550 Skygrasper which he will be able to use for transportation.

Joining Orb and Recovered Memories

To Ramius's surprise, Neo decides to come back and provide aid to them in their battle against the Minerva, unknowingly quoting Mu, when he tells her that he "has a knack for making the impossible possible". Although he lands a direct hit on the Minerva, his plane's wing is clipped by the ship's Tristan Beam Cannons, and he makes a landing aboard the Archangel, causing him to briefly glimpse of his memories at the Battle of JOSH-A. Following the battle, Neo confides with Murrue of his doubts about his identity, confessing that he returned because something within him knows about her, and asking to remain on board the Archangel. Murrue consents to his request, and Neo is thereafter commissioned as a captain in Orb's military.

Neo is given the ORB-01 Akatsuki Gundam from Cagalli Yula Athha when the Archangel returns to space and docks at Copernicus City. He goes to Kira, Athrun, Lacus, and Meyrin's rescue, when they run into an attempted assassination on Lacus on a recon mission. However, as he arrives in the Akatsuki, Meer Campbell, is shot dead by her own bodyguard. Neo later regrets for not getting there in time, as he speaks with Murrue about that incident. During the attack on Station One, he uses the Akatsuki to protect the Archangel from the Minerva's Tannhäuser positron cannon in a mirror of the events of the Second Battle of Jachin Due; this time, the Akatsuki's reflective armor enables the Mobile Suit to survive the blast, and in the process, Neo regains his memories as Mu. Speaking to Murrue, he promises never to leave her again. Following the destruction of Station One, the recovered Mu joins Athrun Zala in destroying the Requiem before it can be fired upon Orb. When the battle finally comes to a close, he happily returns back to an emotional Murrue.

At the end of Gundam SEED Destiny: Special Edition, Mu and Murrue are seen together at Orb, watching the sunset.

Questions

Among the flashback images displayed during Mu's recovery is a single still image of Mu wrapped in bandages with Lord Djibril and a few surgeons next to him, suggesting that following his apparent death at Jachin Due, Mu's severely injured body was recovered and treated by Logos, who then used him for their own purposes. Whether his amnesia is natural or artificial is not confirmed, but Kira does comment that Neo seems to have different memories rather than no memory, indicating that Logos may have employed the memory-altering technology used on the Extended pilots to give Mu his new identity.

The novelization of SEED Destiny elaborates on Mu's fake memories, which, among other things, include joining the army in C.E. 60, a father who died of alcohol poisoning, and being critically wounded during the Second Battle of Jachin Due.

Quotes

Kira, you have the power to make a difference, don't you? Then why not put it to good use? We have precious little time. Including time to think it over.

Mu La Flaga in his attempt to convince Kira Yamato to pilot Strike Gundam.[citation needed]

Give me a break. The minute we solve the problem with the supplies, we get thrown another in the form of a pink-haired princess.

Mu La Flaga about Lacus Clyne., [citation needed]

The only reason our officers would ever resort to such dubious actions is because we're weak.

Mu La Flaga[citation needed]

Didn't I tell you I could make the impossible possible!

Mu La Flaga as he blocks Dominion's positron beam with Strike Gundam's shield.[1]


Now, I think I'll have that machine as well!

Neo Roanoke.,Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 2

We finally meet again. I found you, little kitten.

Neo Roanoke during he finally found Minerva, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 15

Mu/Neo: Yuna Roma Seiran. How do you explain this?
Yuna: Well you see...
Mu/Neo: Who is that person? Is she really your country's Representative? If so, why she waited until now to suddenly appear aboard that thing... and then order your forces to withdraw? Useless I receive an answer from you right now... things could get very nasty for you and your nation.
Yuna: W-well this is... Um, what I'm saying is... I had no idea who that is!

Mu La Flaga as Neo Roanoke to Yuna Roma Seiran about Cagalli Yula Athha, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 23

Sting: You're brought us to yet another remote place. First of all, what is this? Why did will bring this half-dead things with us anyway?
Mu/Neo: Never mind about that. There are too many things that you guys don't know. At this point... it's another piece of information you don't need to know about.

Sting Oakley to Neo Roanoke about Stella Loussier, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 31

Mu/Neo: Otherwise, scary things will come and kill us all.
Stella: Kill us? Me too?! You too, Neo?
Mu/Neo: That's right.
Stella: No. No way. I don't wanna die!
Mu/Neo: Then you'll have to fight. You can do it, can't you, Stella? You must get rid of all scary things.
Stella: Get rid of... the scary things?

Neo Roanoke to Stella Loussier.,Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 31

Mu/Neo: Stop it, kid!
Shinn: Damn! What now?!
Mu/Neo: The pilot operating that is... Stella!

Neo Roanoke to Shinn Asuka about who the pilot of Destroy Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 32

I'm okay. I'm never leaving you again. Let's finish this, and go home together, Murrue!

Mu La Flaga after recovering his memories, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny in Episode 49

Picture Gallery

Trivia

  • Notably, Mu is the only member of the Archangel team who did not appear in any of Gundam SEED's endings, while Murrue Ramius was shown standing in front of a soldier's grave in the first ending animation and crying in the second, foreshadowing Mu's ultimate fate.
  • Mu's character as Neo, shares similarities with Glemy Toto: both appeared to care for their subordinates, but would also manipulate them, and Neo tampered with Stella Loussier's memories just as Glemy did with Elpeo Ple.
  • Mu uses the term "bouzu" (坊主) on Kira a few times. Though it can mean "brat" when stated loosely, it can also mean "kid" as a term of endearment. He would reprise that (albeit in the former context) when he encounters Rey Za Burrel and Shinn Asuka.
  • Mu's personal color seems to be purple. As his pilot suit, Exus and Windam are all painted in purple-ish colors.
  • In the Game Boy Advance game SD Gundam G Generation Advance. Mu La Flaga's "death" is shown to be utterly different. Where he nearly dies at the hands of the Dominion in the anime, Mu instead dies in a final duel with Rau Le Creuset.
  • Neo's uniform and mask bares striking similarities with Char's uniform and mask. Both uniforms are unique colored and have small capes whereas the mask Mu/Neo wears has a symbol and a shell-like form, making it look more like Zechs' mask.
  • The Japanese voice actor for Mu La Flaga, Takehito Koyasu, is no stranger to the Gundam franchise. He is also the voice actor for Zechs Merquise in which both characters have equally admirable skills and similar affiliation with Earth but polar opposite personalities. It is interesting to note that Neo's mask is similar in design to Zechs'. Koyasu also voiced Gym Ghingham from Turn A Gundam and Frederick Algreus from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE.
  • Trevor Devall (English voice Of Mu La Flaga) is also the voice of Patrick Colasour and Howard Mason in Gundam 00.
  • In many video games, when Mu La Flaga reaches a certain level, he becomes a Newtype, capable of using restricted weapons such as Funnels or MEPE.
  • In Gundam Assault Survive, Mu is given the Special Technician type where he is able to pilot any mobile suit regardless of type specifications. This was implemented since he will be unable to pilot the Strike Gundam (a Coordinator/Extended exclusive unit) if classified as a Newtype.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Battle Destiny, Mu has the unique "Ace Pilot" ability that negates MS piloting restrictions so he can operate the Strike Gundam (as well as other complex MS) effectively while retaining his status as a Natural.
  • Mu's nomme de guerre, "The Hawk of Endymion" is possibly an in-joke referencing the anime Sailor Moon, in which Gundam SEED cast member and veteran seiyuu Mitsuishi Kotono (Capt. Murrue Ramius) voices the titular character. In that show, her character has a relationship with another heroic figure (also with two identities, one masked, one not) who saves the day for her repeatedly; Tuxedo Mask , also known by the nickname 'the Knight/Prince of Endymion'. Both owe their nicknames to character backstories involving the Moon, and both have storylines involving erased/sealed memories of parts of their lives, in addition to wearing masks at one point or another.
    • How he was able to get that title - by shooting down five GINNs with the Mobius ZERO - is a nod to Char Aznable and how he earned the title of "The Red Comet".
  • Mu show's many similarities to Star Trek character, Captain James T. Kirk. Both are known to be men of action, despite their ranks as the commanding officer. They both also act as wise figures, giving their subordinates someone to look up to. Mu's rivalry with Rau Le Crueset is also much like Kirk's rivalry with Khan Noonien Singh.
  • It is highly speculated that Prayer Reverie is a clone of Mu himself. The connection between him and Mu is even strengthened by the fact that both Prayer and Mu have exactly the same base stats in Super Robot Wars W. Additionally, Prayer is able to pilot Mu La Flaga's infamous TS-MA2mod.00 Moebius Zero and Mu is also able to pilot Prayer's YMF-X000A Dreadnought Gundam.
  • SEED and SEED Destiny director, Mitsuo Fukuda referenced Mu La Flaga in his 2014 mecha anime Cross Ange Rondo of Angel and Dragon by including a hotel called "夢有羅布楽雅" which is pronounced (using the Go-on reading of Kanji) as "Mu Ra Furaga".
  • Mu La Flaga's role in Gundam SEED is similar to that of Sayla Mass in the original Mobile Suit Gundam. Both hold important positions on their respective ships, serve as Mobile Suit pilots, and possess a familial connection to the enemy faction's masked ace.
  • He has a Polish surname.
  • In the Omake Quarters Drama CD Vol. 3, Mu invites both Athrun and Shinn out to go drinking. During their meal, he temporarily departs to answer a call from Murrue Ramius, but, by the time he returns, he finds the pair in a heated, drunken argument that causes both of them to leave early. Because of this, Mu is left to pay for the entire bill on his own.
    • Curiously, Shinn thinks that Mu's voice is familiar, but he is unable to identify or remember how.

References

  1. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Phase 49, The Final Light

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