MS-05 Zaku I (Thunderbolt anime)


Model number: MS-05
Code name: Zaku I
Unit type: mass production general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator: Principality of Zeon
First deployment: UC 0077
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: unknown
Weight: unknown
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown
Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; space backpack; sub-arm, mounted on backpack
Fixed armaments: none
Optional fixed armaments: 2 x Zaku bazooka; Zaku machine gun; 2 x cracker grenade; heat hawk

In UC 0077, the Principality of Zeon changed the course of military weapons development by rolling out the first mass production mobile suit, the MS-05B Zaku I. Although advanced for its time, the Zaku I was soon surpassed by the improved MS-06A Zaku II in UC 0078. However, many existing Zaku I units were upgraded or assigned new roles in rear line duty in the One Year War. One such upgrade was the Zaku I used by the Living Dead Battalion at the Thunderbolt Sector in the ruins of Side 4. These units had sealed joints as protection from space debris and a larger backpack that featured a propellant tank and a sub-arm capable of holding weapons. The sole of the foot had a claw that could be used to grip onto debris. The suit also featured an orange color scheme instead of the original colors. In December UC 0079, pilot Daryl Lorenz used a modified Zaku I to man the Big Gun sniping turret and had a close call when he was spotted and attacked by Io Fleming’s FA-78 Full Armor Gundam.

Pilot: Daryl Lorenz
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (anime)
Note: Based on the MS-05 Zaku I from the Gundam Thunderbolt manga


Rear view

Gundam Thunderbolt Info

Kou Matsuo

Kou Matsuo
Yasuo Ohtagaki (manga)

Mechanical Designer(s):
Hajime Katoki
Seiichi Nakatani
Morifumi Naka
Yasuo Ohtagaki (manga)

Character Designer(s):
Hirotoshi Takaya
Yasuo Ohtagaki (manga)

Musical Composer:
Naruyoshi Kikuchi

8 episodes; 2 compilation movies

Internet Release:
Japan 12.25.2015 – 04.22.2016 (S1); 03.24.2017 – 07.14.2017 (S2)

Video Release (Movies):
Japan 07.29.2016 – 11.18.2017
U.S. 07.11.2017 – 02.05.2019


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