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Main character Vanguards by Norsehound Main character Vanguards by Norsehound
The Vanguard types make only a glorified camo appearance in Vandread really... the only episode they really get any fame is Episode 5 when the team goes down to a desert planet and some of the female main characters (who otherwise use space fighters) are forced to pilot Vanguards... and modify their machines accordingly with their colors. Otherwise, only the first episode standard Vanguards, used by trainees, comprise the total appearance of the Tsukumo-type. By the time the cast returns to Tarak, it seems the men have designed a new vanguard to use.

Anyway, these are the four vanguards (other than Hibiki's custom) the main characters use. All machines are presented without their armaments (Dita's wrist-mounted machine gun, Barnette's axe, Jura's sword, and Meia's buckle shield).

Meia's Vanguard must be a command type, since Japanese convention for mecha always says anything with a prominent fin is a command type (like the Zaku of the Gundam series). Meia's is the only command-type we're shown, so either it's an uncommon variant or just a shout-out to the convention.

Jura's machine has two of these 'utility elbows' that mount everything from stabbing knives to chainsaws to utility shovels (!). In the English dub, Bart gives a throwaway mention to a 'Ten-in-one knife-shield', which I guessed is what that elbow thing is... it seems to be something close to a swiss-army utility unit.
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's nice to see the Vanguards that four of the Dread pilots used though after that desert mission, they were just left aside to collect dust or to be used as target practice.

I'm a fan of this series by the way too bad I can't upload an Vandread fanfiction called GunVandread a AU Vandread story with Gundam tech thrown in.
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Realm-Of-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
true Vandread fans are very rare here, Glad I have found another!
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twtmaster Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, i'm really missing out. Can't believe I haven't seen this mecha-harem anime O____O Colours are great :thumbsup: and that's some very smooth shading you do, very nice =P
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goat89 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
OMG Vanguard... LOVED IT! They were supposed to do a sequel... but... ><
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
They did the second stage...
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goat89 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Ah no, I mean like a 3rd season regarding Hibiki's future daughter.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
You talking about the concept with daughters of Meia and Hibiki-with-Dita?

I read somewhere that this was an earlier concept of what eventually became the Second Stage. Of course, I have no official connection with Vandread, but it seems to make sense given that it's already been nearly ten years since Vandread happened.

Then again, I just figured out a novel series was written describing the events after 2nd stage: [link]
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goat89 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
You are quite right.

There was a news article on an old and already defunct anime website (animeguru/girl? can't remember! I just sorta finished primary school then? ><;) stating that there were plans for a 3rd season (2nd season to some as the 1st 2 seasons could be joined as one considering the possible timeline after the Vandread series), but were slashed off suddenly due to creative differences between the top and the bottom guys.

I have been trying to find that article these past few years, here and there, no such luck. :(
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
I can't see why Vandread would have failed... it's fun, funny, and seemed to have a lot of steam behind it. As a creator, I can understand how 'creative differences' would destroy a project though. A shame if that was the cause of it's death.

Ah well. There's a handful of artwork out there for what could become the '3rd stage', including an MP vandread and Hibiki's daughters. Though... I wonder what the plot would have looked like? Things were effectively wrapped up to satisfaction in stage 2.
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goat89 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
LMAO... slice of life sci-fi comedy for Vandread 3? :D
I have to note though, the cause is still officially unknown. Funny though... they were pretty tight lipped about it in Japan.
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