Izumo class (Kusanagi)

General and Technical Data

Class: Izumo
Ships of the line:
Unit type: 
Manufacturer: Morgenroete, Inc
Operator(s): Orb Union; Three Ships Alliance
First deployment: unknown
Dimensions: overall length 290 meters
Wingspan: unknown
Weight: unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x “Gottfried” Mk 71 225cm high-energy beam gun; many x “Igelstellung” 75mm automatic multi-barrel CIWS; 2 x “Lohengrin” positron blaster gun; many x surface-to-ship missile launcher; many x surface-to-air missile launcher
Mobile weapons: C.E. 71: many x MBF-M1 M1 AstrayZGMF-X09A Justice GundamMBF-02 Strike Rouge
Launch catapults: 1

Technical and Historical Notes

The Orb Union’s weapons research led to the creation of a new type of battleship: the Izumo class. This new battleship design also served as the basis for the Earth Alliance’s Archangel class. While the Kusanagi was operated by the Athha family, the Izumo belonged to another of Orb’s ruling families, the Sahakus. The Kusanagi‘s unique design allowed it to be split apart into five smaller modules. Because it was the inspiration for the Archangel class, much of its weaponry and internal design was the same. In June C.E. 71, the Kusanagi‘s modules were launched into space following the Alliance’s invasion of Orb and the self-destruction of the Kaguya mass driver. Once combined in space, the Kusanagi joined with the Archangel and the Eternal to form the Three Ships Alliance, a faction independent of ZAFT and the Alliance that was dedicated to ending the Bloody Valentine War. The Kusanagi‘s main mobile suit complement consisted of the mass produced MBF-M1 M1 Astray, but it also carried Cagalli Yula Athha’s MBF-02 Strike Rouge. The Kusanagi remained in space and returned to active service when the Three Ships Alliance intervened again during the Second Bloody Valentine War two years later.

Miscellaneous Information

Captain(s): Cagalli Yula Athha, Ledonir Kisaka
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane



Gundam SEED Info

Mitsuo Fukuda

Chiaki Morosawa
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Hiroshi Ohnogi
Shigeru Morita
Akinori Endo
Yuuichi Nomura
Akemi Omode

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Kimitoshi Yamane
Junichi Akutsu

Character Designer:
Hisashi Hirai

Musical Composer:
Toshihiko Sahashi

50 episodes (original); 48 episodes (HD); 1 short; 3 compilation movies

Airdates (Original):
Japan 10.05.2002 – 09.27.2003
U.S. 04.17.2004 – 04.15.2005

Airdates (HD Remaster):
Japan 01.xx.2012 – 11.xx.2012

Video Release (SE):
Japan 08.27.2004 – 10.22.2004
U.S. 07.11.2005 – 11.22.2005


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