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The RX-93 ν Gundam (aka Nu Gundam, Nu) is a mobile suit introduced in the animated film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack. It was designed and piloted by Amuro Ray.

Technology & Combat Characteristics[]

The RX-93 ν Gundam is one of the most advanced mobile suits during the Second Neo Zeon War in U.C. 0093, and is used by Amuro Ray who was also involved in designing the machine. It was manufactured at Anaheim Electronics' Von Braun plant and completed in a short period of time (about three months) under the supervision of chief engineer October Saran.[1][2] Its design is based on the average specification values of each successive generations of Gundam-type units from the original RX-78-2 Gundam to the MSZ-010 ΖΖ Gundam, and updated with state-of-the-art technologies introduced at the time.[3] Test data collected by various mobile suits, such as the YRA-90A μ Gundam and the RX-9 Narrative Gundam, were also used in its development.

The ν Gundam's design focuses on versatility and operational aspects, as well as emphasis on reliability and durability for protracted battles.[3] It adopts unitized parts that are designed according to EFF standards, except for the Psycho-Frame, for easier procurement of parts and materials and reducing special components as much as possible. It can be easily repaired due to maintenance feedback and combat data. In addition, it reflects Amuro Ray's experience as an MS pilot cultivated over the years.

The Psycho-Frame technology, which was secretly provided to Anaheim Electronics by Char Aznable of Neo Zeon, was used around the mobile suit's cockpit and joints, improving its flexibility and follow-up capabilities. The Psycho-Frame also enabled ν Gundam to utilize Psycommu weapons and channel the emotions and mental energies of a Newtype pilot. The ν Gundam is also the first Gundam-type machine to be equipped with Funnels, and a newly developed MS control program is installed to account for the mobile suit's center of mass during separation and movement of the Funnels.[3] Despite its short development time, the ν Gundam proved to be a formidable mobile suit and when combined with legendary ace pilot Amuro Ray's immense skill and experience, this powerful, state-of-the-art machine was able to almost single-handedly hold back the whole Neo Zeon force, and its Psycho-Frame was put to the test to determine the history of humanity living on earth.

Armaments[]

  • 60mm Vulcan Gun
A basic armament of many Federation mobile suits, a pair are mounted on the ν Gundam's head. The Vulcan Guns are mainly for intercepting incoming missiles/rockets, destroying mobile suit sensors, and engaging lightly-armored vehicles.
  • Beam Saber
The primary beam saber used by the ν Gundam, it is stored on the right side of the backpack and is also known as Custom Beam Saber. Output 0.85 MW. Features a curved beam blade, and can also emit a short blade from the bottom of the grip. Changes to the specifications of the amplifier and emitter allow it to emit beam blade of different shape. Compared to earlier models, it is more energy efficient due to the 'Auto Power On' feature, which enables the saber to instantaneously generate a beam blade only during moments of impact with enemy suits.
  • Spare Beam Saber
Equipped on the left forearm's shield mount base. It is a standard-issue beam saber and has a lower output than the primary beam saber.
  • Beam Rifle
A high-powered beam rifle with an output of 3.8 MW. At maximum output, the beam fired is comparable in power to that of a battleship-class main cannon from the same time period.[2] It can also function as a beam machine gun by changing the burst selector. An independent aiming device was initially meant to be mounted above the rifle’s barrel, but it was changed to a single-shot grenade launcher that was originally intended to fire high intensity flash round for defensive purpose rather than offensive projectile.[4]
  • New Hyper Bazooka
The ν Gundam is armed with a 280mm five round magazine hyper bazooka that has improved firing range and destructive power compared to the Hyper Bazooka used by other Earth Federation MS. The bazooka can be fired even when stored on the backpack, catching the opponent by surprise. It is capable of destroying an enemy unit in a single shot and is mostly used to take out slow, heavily armored targets.
  • Shield
A custom shield emblazoned with Amuro's emblem. It features a built-in 7.8 MW beam cannon and four missiles. Amuro uses it in many strategic ways, such as fooling enemies that he was shot down by leaving the shield and the New Hyper Bazooka, and attacking enemies once they lower their guards. Attached to the left arm's beam saber compartment.
  • Fin Funnel
The first Bit weapon used by a Gundam type mobile suit. The ν Gundam was equipped with 6 Fin Funnels on a turret on the left side of its backpack. Each Fin Funnel featured an open-type mega-particle acceleration strip and a small generator. The Fin Funnel itself, made up of three blocks, also served as an AMBAC unit. Because of these factors, the Fin Funnel's mobility, operational efficiency, and active duration far surpassed conventional Bits or Funnels that rely solely on thrust propulsion.[3]
Since mega particle compression system and I-field generator share the same basic principles, the Fin Funnels could deploy a beam barrier at will. Additionally, the positioning of the Funnels allowed for arbitrary changes in the effective coverage of the barrier. By placing a minimum of four funnels, it becomes possible to provide perfect defense in the shape of a regular tetrahedron around the mobile suit. However, in the event that an enemy all-range weapon interferes with this field, psycho-wave reverse flow would occur, resulting in physiological damage to both the terminal and the linked pilot.[3]
Because the ν Gundam was rushed into production, the Fin Funnels could not be reattached once launched, essentially making them disposable weapons.[5]
  • Beam Machine Gun
During the events in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, the ν Gundam grabs a standard type beam machine gun from a Geara Doga and uses it in the final battle against the MSN-04 Sazabi.

Special Equipment & Features[]

  • Birdlime Launchers
Fires an adhesive substance from the hands that can be used to repair small cracks in colony wall or to restrain soldiers on foot.
  • Dummy Launchers
Stored in the hands, these launchers can deploy mobile suit sized dummy balloons as decoys.
  • Psycho-Frame Cockpit
The cockpit is composed of microscopic Psycommu receptors that allow a Newtype pilot to control the suit as if it is their own body as well as to have better command over remote weaponry. A psycommu receiver is located at the back of the pilot's headrest. Cockpit also features airmats that are used in case of impact.

History[]

Following Amuro's failure to stop Char in attempting to drop Fifth Luna, Amuro decided to design a mobile suit that would be able to combat Char's MSN-04 Sazabi. Unknown to Amuro, Char learnt of this and allowed Anaheim Electronics to pass on the psycho-frame technology for the ν Gundam's use. However, testing of this machine was interrupted when fighting between Londo Bell and Neo Zeon forces force Amuro and his girlfriend Chan Agi to take the ν Gundam with them to save everyone.

Sadly, the lack of testing would easily been shown when, during one skirmish, Amuro's panicking caused his fin funnels to react, forcing Gyunei Guss to kill his captive, Kayra Su. As Londo Bell forces moved to stop Char from dropping Axis on Earth, Amuro and Char went head to head, battling one another and practically ravaging their suits. In the end, another flaw revealed itself - the psycho-frame resonated with high emotions and willpower, pushing Amuro's already amazing Newtype powers to new heights, and managed to push Axis away from Earth. The resonance creates a light that could be seen from Earth.

Variants[]

A version of the ν Gundam introduced in Mobile Suit Moon Gundam. This design, currently only seen as schematics, was drawn up by Amuro before the outbreak of the Second Neo Zeon War. It had an orthodox Gundam-type appearance, and its base frame was almost the same as RX-9 Narrative Gundam's. Its backpack was outfitted with two Beam Sabers as the Fin Funnels were not yet conceived, and its left forearm was identical to the right, with no spare Beam Saber.

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Notes & Trivia[]

  • The Nu Gundam's name is derived from the Greek letter Nu (ν), which is the 13th letter of the Greek Alphabet.
  • In the first trailer for Char's Counterattack, a ν Gundam with a different color scheme is shown. This version was later named "RX-93-1 ν Gundam [Test ver.]" in Master Archive Mobile Suit RX-93 ν Gundam book.
  • During the planning stages of the movie, the ν Gundam was originally named the "HS Gundam", or "Hi-S Gundam". According to Yoshiyuki Tomino, it was meant to mean "Higher than Char", thought he admitted he forgot how Char's name was spelled at the time, thus the "S".
  • The manuals of the old 1/144 model kits noted the beam rifle has a built-in grenade launcher above the rifle's barrel, this claim did not appear in later model kits such as the HGUC 1/144 kits or the MG 1/100 kits. The manual of the MG 1/100 kit, released in December 2000, even listed the protrusion above the rifle's muzzle as a sensor. The Master Archive Mobile Suit RX-93 ν Gundam book released in July 2019 combined both claims, stating that the sensor was an aiming device that was later replaced by a grenade launcher.
  • The Master Grade model kit of Nu Gundam has heavy die cast parts in the legs and waist to serves as counterweight. This is the only MG model kit that has die cast parts, and is one of the heaviest so far.
  • The Master Grade Ver. Ka version of the ν Gundam model kit sports a nearly Full-Psycho-Frame body and has the ability to expose it by expanding as well as purging parts of the Gundam's armor. This state is dubbed "Invoke Mode".[6]
  • The ν Gundam's fin funnels' barrier is very effective and worthy in term of offensive and defense in Gundam Musou series. It lasts much longer and can be performed again immediately over and over, unlike in the movie.
    • In the same vein, the ν Gundam in SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online has its fin funnel barrier be particularly strong, being the second "form" of the unit and being able to nullify most beam weaponry.
  • The ν Gundam usually appears and becomes Amuro Ray's final unit (unless Hi-ν Gundam is present) in a Super Robot Wars game with a Universal Century storyline in it. There have even been games where MSG-era or Zeta-era Amuro piloted the ν Gundam.
  • In Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2, Amuro manages to erase the Moonlight Butterfly of System-∀99 ∀ Gundam by generating a Psycho-Field from the Psycho-Frame within the cockpit.
  • In Gundam Vs Gundam Next PLUS, the opening scene for Char's Counterattack mobile suits shows the scene where the ν Gundam takes off from Von Braun with the booster bed. What is different is that the fin funnels are also shown to be equipped on the ν Gundam, while the movie version shows the ν Gundam take off from Von Braun with only its standard equipment.
  • The Nu Gundam and derived designs are the only Gundams with a triple face vent as opposed to the standard double face vent.

Appearances[]

OVAs and ONAs
Movies

References[]

  1. "Mobile Suit Gundam Char's Counterattack Second Volune" Novel, Animage Bunko (Reprint Edition), July 2009, page 53
  2. 2.0 2.1 "HGUC 1/144 RX-93 ν Gundam" instruction manual, Bandai, March 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "MG 1/100 RX-93 ν Gundam" instruction manual, Bandai, December 2000.
  4. 'Master Archive Mobile Suit RX-93 ν Gundam' book
  5. ガンダム 武器・防具伝, p.226-229
  6. Hajime Katoki and Shigeru Horiuchi Interview

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