Gundam Build Divers is back with a sequel series, Gundam Build Divers Re:RISE, that is just as referential as its predecessor. It would take a keen eye and bottomless Gundam knowledge in order to catch the more obscure references it makes to every corner of the Gundam multiverse. Fortunately, we have Gundam expert Tom Aznable to help.

Welcome back to Deep Dive, Tom Aznable’s reader-favorite column all about catching the more esoteric aspects of the Gundam multiverse that make it into the show. Nothing passes Tom’s eagle eye for spotting this stuff (we suspect Newtype abilities), but this column focuses specifically on rare sightings and deep cuts. Read on to see what you may have missed:

Episode 12: The Shuddering World

Dagon’s Jaw, Gundlander (gashapon/card line)

The Valkylander is based on the Monstro Slayer (MS, get it?) designs of the SD Gundam Gundlander setting. Perhaps a Monstro Slayer’s most distinctive feature is “Dagon’s Jaw,” a specialized mouth-like organ on the MS’ chest that draws in energy from its surroundings. I’d previously observed that while the Valkylander appeared to have one as well it was covered up, unlike a typical Gundlander. It looks like the Valkylander’s Dagon’s Jaw actually is functional, used to power up its Avalanche Rex Buster.

 

Heat-proof Film, Mobile Suit Gundam (anime)

When it comes time for the Core Gundam to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere, it reaches into a compartment on its waste and wraps itself in a heat-proof film. This mirrors the TV version of the RX-78-2 Gundam’s atmospheric re-entry in the fifth episode of Mobile Suit Gundam (the movie version saw the Gundam using its shield and cooling systems). 

 

Patrick Colasour (Gundam 00) dressed as Corin Nander (Turn A Gundam)

During the mass logout of GBN users, one of the first to show up in the lobby is our dear old cosplayer friend Patrick, this time dressed as the erratic Corin Nander from Turn A Gundam. Corin Nander is a Char-esque mobile suit ace thawed out from Turn A’s Dark History period, right down to his red color schemes and blond hair. He also happens to be the first person in the series to recognize the Turn A as a “Gundam.” 

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