MS-05 Zaku I (Thunderbolt anime)

General and Technical Data

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

Technical and Historical Notes

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.

Miscellaneous Information

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



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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