30 May 2011
Custom fan-made MG model cover art from pixiv
When 1st April comes a bunch of April Fool's jokes come here and there, and many would get forgotten easily. Among those that fly around during this year's April Fool's, one did catch my attention, and possibly some Gundam fans too. This was the Rello Zulu (レロ・ズール).
The joke has its origin has a "leak" from the official Gundam Unicorn twitter page, which posted several mecha design linearts seemingly for upcoming episode 4 of Gundam UC OVA. Most of them look rather normal, except for the top right one as seen in the picture above.
Here's the said lineart zoomed in, and you can see that it is supposedly Angelo Sauper's custom MS, known as the Rello Zulu.
A clean lineart derived from the "leaked" pictures. Image from here
For those who are not familiar with the origin of such bizzare joke design, this Rello Zulu is literally a hybrid of Angelo Sauper's Geara Zulu...
Image from MAHQ
... And the funny looking Zakrello, which only appeared in the TV series version of the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
Image from MAHQ
And somebody actually made a model for it too. XD
Image from gf-site, requires registration/log-in to access.
Despite it being a one-off April Fool's joke, it did give a good laugh to the fans. It might look silly and bizzare, but I would welcome it with a smile on my face should it make a cameo appearance in future episodes of Gundam UC OVA. And thanks to Yui (aka yui_style) for showing me this. I can't believe you actually thought this was genuine though XD And I feel sorry for you that somebody beat you to making a custom model for itbefore you can even get started XDD