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Alseides (Commander Type)
Alseides in Flight Mode
Equipment Type: Guymelef
Accommodation: pilot only
Dimensions: height 7.8 costa
Mass: 7.4 peizo
Energists: 2 purple
Design Features: stealth cloak; flight mode
- Armament -
2 x Claws, folding/expanding tri-finger (mounted one per arm)
2 x Crima Claws formed from liquid metal spouts (mounted one per arm projecting from five spouts)
2 x Flamethrower (projected from Crima Claw spouts, mounted one per arm)
The Zaibach empire mass-produced this new generation of Guymelefs using technology developed by Dornkirk, Folken, and the magicians. In addition to the unique stealth cloaks that has earned them the name "invisible giants," the latest version of the Alseides Guymelefs also have liquid metal Crima Claws that can shape themselves into almost any weapon.
Note: In Greek mythology, Alseides (transliterated as Alseids in English) were nymphs who lived in the groves (alsos). The initial rough sketch for the then unnamed enemy mecha was drawn by Escaflowne co-creator Shoji Kawamori and then was vastly revamped by mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane. In Katsu-Aki's shounen manga version, Kawamori's rough design is used as the basis for the early enemy mecha instead of the anime's final design. They are also called "invisible devils"/"mienai majin" by the people of Gaea in his manga instead of "invisible giants"/"mienai kyojin." This mass-produced enemy mecha design was called Galdiola up until just before broadcast, when it was renamed Alseides. The anime's final design for the Alseides later appears (with some modifications) in Katsu-Aki's manga under the new name "Beterugiasu."
Debut: The Vision of Escaflowne, Episode 1
Pilot(s): Dilandau Albatou
Other appearances: Vision of Escaflowne: A Girl in Gaea
Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane
Information Courtesy of the Egan Loo: www.escaflowne.anime.net//
Images From Sunrise Art Book Series V: The Vision of Escaflowne (Movic 1996)
C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist.