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Sazabi
MSN-04.Sh.GIF
Char Aznable's distinctively-colored personal mobile suit throughout the theatrical film Char's Counterattack.
Appears in Char's Counterattack
Designed by Yutaka Izubuchi
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Class Mobile suit
Designation MSN-04 Sazabi
Faction Neo Zeon
Main pilot(s) Char Aznable
General characteristics
Armaments Mega particle cannon
Beam shotrifle
Beam saber
Shield
Funnels
Equipment Psycommu system

The MSN-04 Sazabi is a fictional mobile suit designed by Yutaka Izubuchi for the anime movie Char's Counterattack; it has also appeared in titles including, but not limited to, the Super Robot Wars[1] series of strategy games, the Gundam: Battle Assault[2] series of fighting games, the Playstation 2 titles Climax U.C.,[3] MS Saga[4] and A.C.E..[5] It is utilized by movie and timeline antagonist Char Aznable.

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In Char's Counterattack

Following the establishment of the second Neo Zeon movement, Char Aznable commissioned Anaheim Electronics to produce a custom-designed mobile suit specifically for his personal use. Painted in his trademark red color scheme and insignia, Char utilized the Sazabi as a front-line combat unit to personally lead Neo Zeon mobile suit forces against the Earth Federation Space Force and its Londo Bell subsidiary.[6]

Despite its large size by mobile suit standards, the Sazabi maintains a high level of maneuverability due to a proportionally-high number of maneuvering verniers and lightweight armor materials. It is also heavily armed, including a powerful mega particle cannon in its torso, a variable-output beam shot rifle (a pump-action activates a shotgun-like burst, otherwise functions as a normal beam rifle with semiautomatic fire), and a battery of melee weapons. Its large shield includes space to store a beam tomahawk, as well as three missiles. It is also armed with half a dozen of the same funnel remote weapons as the Jagd Doga.[6] However, the Sazabi's most notable tool is its Psychoframe, a device created by the Neo Zeon movement to both amplify and better harness a Newtype pilot's combat capability. In addition to functioning as a standard psycommu system for control of the funnels, it also boosts a Newtype pilot's ability to control the mobile suit it is mounted in: this translates to a greatly improved reaction time in combat situations, cutting down or eliminating entirely the delay associated with manual controls. Furthermore, the Psychoframe is also capable of more "unforeseen capabilities" that even its pilots do not fully comprehend.[7]

After protagonist Amuro Ray is equipped with his own custom-designed Nu Gundam, provided with a psychoframe of its own (at Char's behest, no less), Amuro and Char engage in combat above the asteroid Axis, where Char is eventually defeated in hand-to-hand combat (each combatant having disarmed the other of their mobile suits' weaponry). Fortuitously for Char, the Sazabi was also designed with an escape pod which is automatically fired if the mobile suit sustains critical damage.[7][8]

Elsewhere and Miscellany

As with other mobile suits from the movie, the Sazabi received a 1/144th-scale model kit in 1988,[9] and a Mobile Suit in Action (MSiA) figure in 2002.[10] Additionally, there has been a re-vamped, "extended" MSiA in 2006,[11] and a 1/100th-scale Master Grade model kit in 2000.[12] Prior to release, the Sazabi was given a makeover by veteran mechanical designer Hajime Katoki, resulting in a slightly blockier appearance more suitable for modeling.[13] Due to the substantial size and heft, it is one of the most expensive 1/100th-scale Master Grade kits yet manufactured, trumped only by the enormous Perfect Zeong kit, released in 2004.[14] Expensive, high-quality resin kits have been manufactured by B-Club.[15] The Sazabi has even loaned its likeness to Gundam-themed Zippo lighters.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Super Robot Wars: Robot Series Guide". GameFAQs. http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/file/super_robot_taisen_robot_series.txt. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  2. ^ "Gundam Battle Assault page". GameSpot.com. http://www.gamespot.com/ps/action/gundambattleassault/index.html. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  3. ^ "(Japanese) Climax UC Official Website". Bandai. http://www.bandaigames.channel.or.jp/list/ps2_gundam_climax/ss/ss.html. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  4. ^ "MS Saga: New Dawn - Mobile Suit Compendium". GameFAQs. http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/file/ms_saga_suits.txt. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  5. ^ "(Japanese) Another Century's Episode 2 Official Website - Robot List". Banpresto. http://www.ace-game.jp/robot/index.html. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  6. ^ a b Yadate, Hajime (2002-07-09). Gundam Technical Manual #4: Char's Counterattack. ISBN 1591820502.  
  7. ^ a b Entertainment Bible III, Bandai, 1989 ISBN4-89189-019-3
  8. ^ Simmons, Mark (2002-05-06). Gundam: The Official Guide. ISBN 1569317399.  
  9. ^ "1/144th Sazabi (1988)". HobbyLink Japan. http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN20869. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  10. ^ "MSiA Sazabi". HobbyLink Japan. http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN922971. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  11. ^ "Extended MSiA Sazabi". HobbyLink Japan. http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN941817. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  12. ^ "1/100th Master Grade Sazabi". HobbyLink Japan. http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN77072. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  13. ^ MSN-04 Sazabi 1/100 Scale Master Grade Kit Manual, Bandai, 2000
  14. ^ "1/100th Master Grade Perfect Zeong". HobbyLink Japan. http://www.hlj.com/product/BAN925651. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  15. ^ "Sazabi products". HobbyLink Japan. http://www.hlj.com/hljlist2/?Dis=-2&from=detail&Word=Sazabi. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  16. ^ "(Japanese) Char's Counterattack Authentic Zippo Lighters". Rakuten Ichiba. http://www.rakuten.co.jp/art-oode/662291/662292/1769686/. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  

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