Thats one thing that really bugged me about Gundam Legilis in AGE, its supposed to have been made using data stolen from the AGE-3 Orbital, yet beyond perhaps under the hood changes, the suit seems more like a direct upgrade to Zeheart's previous 2 suits but with a gundam paintjob. It also apparently got some form of X-rounder upgrade for zeheart. The only thing about the Legilis that feels borrowed from the AGE-3 is being "a gundam".Kei Katsuragi wrote:What if we like, had a Gundam series where, like, the Gundam was just another war machine? You know, like U.C, A.W (kinda) and even C.E? Putting so much importance on Gundams as a concept (Wing, 00 and AGE. G not really, because that wasn't a war story) never really jived with me. I mean, I know why they do it. Purely from a story telling stand point it's easy to explain why the main character is piloting a giant robot that the show is named after, and why the audience should care. U.C and C.E did the approach I prefer, where they were prototypes (albeit overpowered) for a future mass production line. After War did it in a different way, that still worked for me (being a super weapon built in desperation) but they still feel into that trap of other A.U's were they were always sought after just on the premise of being Gundams.
So a cliche I could do without is putting so much importance of Gundams as a concept in their own universe. It makes it more believable when you have 18 Gundams.
The AGE-3 Orbital wasnt even that impressive of a suit to borrow data from anyway, as it was outclassed by existing vagan suits.
Also C.E. did do the "gundam is super" approach, or else Freedom, Justice, Providence, and all the Destiny ZAFT prototypes wouldnt have been called and looked like gundams. It just wasn't as pronounced.