08 July 2010

How Gundam gets it's name?

I came across a Gundam article on a local newspaper, mypaper yesterday. Believe me it is a rare sight to actually to read any articles on local print. It was about 1/1 Gundam in Japan currently.


When I was excitedly reading the articles until something strike me...


Gun + Freedom = Gundam???

Something doesn't sound right...

Immediately I called up some of my hardcore Gundam fans over the phone regarding the that statements. No one ever heard that definition. I was told that Gundam stands for the following

GUNDAM
  • Generation Unsubdued Nuclear Drive Assault Module (anime)
  • General Purpose Utility Non-Discontinuity Augmentation Maneuvering Weapon System (Gundam SEED Anime)
  • Gigantic Unilateral Numerous Dominating Ammunition (Anime)
  • Gunnery United Nuclear Duetrion Advanced Maneuver System (Gundam Seed Destiny Anime)
  • General Unilateral Neuro-Link Dispersive Autonomic Maneuver System
  • Generation Unrestricted Nuclear Drive Assault Module
sources: http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/GUNDAM

and also I was told it get it's name from the Gundanium alloy too...

I did a search on the internet and I found that the same definition was found on Wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam  under concept paragraph. I quoted.

" During its conceptual phase, the series was titled Freedom Fighter Gunboy, or simply Gunboy for the gun the robot was armed with, and the primary target demographic were shōnen (boys). In the early production stages, there were numerous references to the word "freedom": the White Base was originally "Freedom's Fortress", the Core Fighter was the "Freedom Wing", and the Gunperry was the "Freedom Cruiser". The Yatate team combined the English word "gun" with the last syllable of the word "freedom" to form the name Gundom. Tomino then changed it to the current title, suggesting that Gundam signified a powerful unit wielding a gun powerful enough to hold back enemies, like a hydroelectric dam holding back floods. "


Is the wiki correct? What do you think Gundam fans? Do you think the definition of Gun + Freedom = Gundam??

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