Kira Yamato is the main protagonist in the universe of Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny. He is a teenage boy from a neutral nation that is thrown forcibly into the war in order to protect his friends. Because of the war, he meets an enemy who happens to be his childhood friend Athrun Zala who he now has to fight.
Kira Yamato is a young 1st generation Coordinator born from Natural parents Ulen Hibiki and Via Hibiki. Kira was created by his father with the dream of creating the ultimate human being, the Ultimate Coordinator. As such, Kira Yamato was placed and born from an artificial womb making him the only Coordinator to do so. That fact is what makes Kira Yamato the Ultimate Coordinator. He is also the fraternal twin brother of Cagalli Yula Athha.
Hailing from ORB, Kira Yamato was just a teenage coordinator boy who was peace loving and did not want to have anything to do with war. Even though he is still a teenage boy, skills in robotics, programming, and technology can easily been seen in the first episode of Gundam SEED when he helps his college professor, which can be deduced as a robotics and engineering professor, and also when he took over as the pilot of the GAT-X105 Strike during its debut battle.
When ZAFT infiltrated Heliopolis, Kira Yamato got involved in the battle because he ran after and escorted Cagalli Yula Athha to a safe zone. In the chaos of the battle, Kira is reunited with his childhood friend Athrun Zala before he is forcefully pushed inside the cockpit of the GAT-X105 Strike. He would later join the Earth Forces and find himself fighting Athrun Zala.
Although it can be seen that Kira Yamato has training and knowledge when it comes to robotics, engineering, and technology, it isn’t stated however that he has military training when it comes to piloting mobile suits. Regardless of the fact that we can’t prove if he has mobile suit training in the past, Kira Yamato still shows extraordinary skills when piloting a mobile suit, enough to make ZAFT red coat pilots to take him seriously or to even retreat.
In the first half of Gundam SEED, Kira Yamato’s skill in piloting a mobile suit is nothing short of amazing, however, since he has no desire to kill, he would often hesitate when pulling the trigger or he would not be fighting with the intent to kill. When he was forced to kill an enemy though, he would undergo mental trauma. He would shake and sweat out of the fear and disbelief of what he had done. Only when Mu La Flaga, his superior officer, told him to “get a grip” because they were soldiers and that this was a war, was he able to calm down and make sense of why he had to kill someone.
In the universe of Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny, Kira Yamato is the greatest achievement of mankind when it comes to furthering the development of the human species. Kira Yamato is the one and only Ultimate Coordinator. Among the ZAFT mobile suit pilots, there are those who are exceptional. They are called red coat pilots. When they fight naturals, a single team of red coat pilots can be a formidable force. However, Kira Yamato, being the Ultimate Coordinator, has enough skill to take on four red coat pilots of ZAFT, namely the Le Creuset team.
Being a civilian of ORB his entire life before getting involved in the war, Kira Yamato can be seen as someone who loves peace as much as the next person. However, being such a kind hearted individual placed tolls on him when he became a soldier for the Earth Forces. During the first half of Gundam SEED, Kira already knew that he was a Coordinator. However, since he joined the Earth Forces, he had no choice but to fight his fellow Coordinators, including his childhood friend Athrun Zala.
Although this causes a lot of confusion for Athrun Zala, Kira Yamato keeps fighting with the Earth Forces, explaining to Athrun that the only reason he is fighting with the Earth Forces is because there are people aboard the Archangel that he feels obligated to protect.
In the second half of Gundam SEED and all throughout Gundam SEED Destiny, Kira Yamato still upholds his ideal that killing someone is wrong. Although he can see a lot of his enemies are killed by his comrades, his personality rubs off on them and later on they also take on his way of fighting with the intent to immobilize and not to kill. One person who is just as good as Kira Yamato at this is Athrun Zala. Both He and Kira disable their enemies by targeting areas of a mobile suit other than the cockpit.
The are only two instances where Kira Yamato decided to actually kill his opponent after having the ideology of not killing. The first instance is when fought against Rau Le Creuset in the final episode of Gundam SEED. In their battle, Kira willfully thrusts his beam saber into the cockpit of Rau Le Creuset’s mobile suit.
The second instance where Kira decides to kill someone is in Gundam SEED Destiny when he was fighting the Destroy mobile suit. The Destroy mobile suit’s pilot was going on a rampage, bringing destruction to everything around it. Although Shinn Asuka, a ZAD tried to stop the pilot of the Destroy, he was unable to do so. Kira Yamato was then forced to take action and kill the pilot of the Destroy mobile suit in order to stop further killing and damage to the city.
In Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny, Kira Yamato can be seen as an emotional character. There are numerous scenes where he can be seen crying. Most of the time, he can be seen crying after he has taken an enemy’s life and if it’s not that, then he can be seen crying because an ally has died in battle. Being such an emotional character, Kira sometimes allows his emotions to influence his judgement.
In Gundam SEED Destiny, Kira and the Archangel intervene in a battle between ORB, which was currently a part of the Earth Alliance, and ZAFT. Although Athrun Zala keeps telling Kira that they should leave the battlefield as they are not part of ZAFT or the Earth Alliance, that what they are doing is only adding confusion to the battlefield, Kira refuses cause he does not want to abandon Cagalli in her time of need. He intervened in the battle cause he felt that it was not right that ORB should be part of the Earth Alliance and that Cagalli should lead ORB again.
Kira’s personality also allows him to see beyond the war. It allows him to believe in things that most people cannot see.
In Gundam SEED, the Naturals of Earth and the Coordinators of the PLANTS have seen so much perish in battle that the only way they can see a way of ending the war is to wipe out the enemy entirely. In Gundam SEED Destiny, the story is a little different, although the main antagonist from the Earth Forces, Lord Djibril, thinks that elimination of every enemy is the only way to stop the war and attain peace, the leader of the PLANTS, Chairman Gilbert Durandal, has a different way to peace. He wanted everyone on Earth and in the PLANTS to have a predestined life based on their genetics. He called his plan the Destiny plan.
Kira Yamato was greatly against this. In his confrontation with Gilbert Durandal in the final episode of Gundam SEED Destiny, Kira implied that he would rather risk another war rather than taking away the freedom of everyone because he believes that people can learn from their mistakes and change for the better.
Gilbert Durandal was truly an individual who wanted nothing more than peace. However, his methods were too extreme for Kira Yamato. After all, Kira lived in ORB as a free peace-loving citizen.
Flay Allster is a side character in Gundam SEED. She is the daugther of the Vice Foreign Minister of the Atlantic Federation, George Allster. She is one of the friends of the main protagonist of Gundam SEED, Kira Yamato as well as one of his romantic interests. Althought her father is the Vice Foreign Minister of the Atlantic Federation, she resides in the neutral nation of ORB. During the attack in Heliopolis, she gets onboard a life pod from Heliopolis before Kira Yamato brought it onboard the Archangel in order for the refugees survive.
In the first half of Gundam SEED, Kira Yamato was infatuated with Flay Allster. There was no apparent reason given in the show however as to why Kira was infatuated with her. We can speculate that it was because Flay was portrayed as a very attractive female. Although Flay was in the same ship as Kira Yamato, Kira never made a move on her because she was dating his friend Sai Argyle.
Flay Allster never had any romantic feelings for Kira Yamato but she knew that Kira was infatuated with her. She then uses this later on to her advantage. In one instance, she asks Kira to protect the ship that her father was on. Kira however fails to protect it. Flay’s father dies and she goes into a mental breakdown and accuses Kira of not fighting ZAFT seriously because he was also a Coordinator himself.
In another episode of Gundam SEED, Kira fails to protect a child that gave him a flower as her thanks for his helping them. Kira then falls into a state of depression. Flay takes advantage of this and has sex with him to completely wrap him around her finger. At this point, Flay still does not have any feelings towards Kira, in fact she still even has hate for Kira as he failed to protect her father even though he told her “Everything will be alright”.
In the arc of Gundam SEED Where the Archangel is in Earth’s Desert, Flay tells an intensely infatuated Kira Yamato to protect the ship and to protect her. Fueled with a passion to protect Flay Allster as well as anger for losing that little girl, Kira goes on to completely destroy the buCUEs sent by ZAFT, killing the pilots in the process. Flay Allster served as a beacon of purpose for Kira Yamato during his time of depression. However, his infatuation with her takes control of his mind. He losses focus of his goals and even losses focus when he is in battle.
In the second half of Gundam SEED, Flay Allster is ordered to disembark from the Archangel as her status as the daughter of the late Vice Foreign Minister of the Atlantic Federation, George Allster, the Earth-Alliance believed that she would be more useful elsewhere other than the battlefield. However, she later becomes the CIC for the Earth Forces battleship, Dominion.
Around this time, Kira Yamato is already had Lacus at his side but they weren’t dating. It was never stated in the show that Kira Yamato and Lacus Clyne started dating. Both Kira and Lacus were very fond of each other but in the final arc of Gundam SEED, we can see that Flay Allster is still a very important person to him. One reason why he feels like he needs to protect her is because he feels guilty about failing to protect her father, George Allster.
In one episode in Gundam SEED where Flay was released in a life pod from a ZAFT battleship, Kira Yamato and Athrun Zala were currently engaged in a battle with the boosted men of the Earth Forces. In their battle against the boosted men, both Kira Yamato and Athrun Zala were fighting well enough to hold their own ground. When Flay sends out a broadcast to contact the Archangel, Kira hears this and he losses focus in the battle and is instead focused on getting to where Flay Allster is to save her. The boosted men take advantage of this and manage to damage the Freedom significantly before Athrun Zala comes to Kira’s aid.
Athrun Zala stop Kira Yamato from chasing after Flay and grabs his Mobile Suit to bring him to safety. Kira explains to Athrun that he hurt her once so he has to keep protecting her. Kira later passes out from exhaustion with Flay still on his mind.
In the final episode of Gundam SEED, before the Dominion is destroyed, Flay and the rest of the crew of the Dominion escape using a shuttle. While Kira is fighting Rau, Kira notices the shuttle is boarded by Flay. He immediately flees from his battle with Rau to rescue Flay. However, Rau sees that Kira is emotionally attached to Flay and decides to kill her to make his opponent emotionally unstable.
When Flay dies, Kira Yamato is filled with so much sadness and grief that he bursts into tears. He cannot even continue to pilot his mobile suit because he is sad. A spirit form of Flay Allster then appears before him and tells him not to cry anymore and that she will be the one to protect her now.
After that scene, Kira regains his focus and is able to fight again. It can almost be seen as Kira letting go of his past and moving forward, learning not blame himself for everything that happens and that there’s always a tomorrow.
Lacus Cylne is one of the lead female characters in Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny. She is the daughter of the PLANT Supreme Council Chairman Siegel Clyne. She is first introduced when she is rescued by Kira Yamato when she was drifting in space in a life pod. She is also the fiancé of Kira Yamato’s childhood friend, Athrun Zala.
As the show progresses, Kira and Lacus find that they share a lot together. This leads to strong friendship between Kira and Lacus. However there are times when physical sign of affection are shown as when Kira hugged Lacus when she told him her father died, or when Lacus kissed Kira’s cheek, or when Kira kissed Lacus’s cheek.
Although it was never stated or shown in the show that Kira was infatuated with Lacus Clyne, both Kira and Lacus were very fond of each other. It should be mentioned that Lacus did not leave her fiancé, Athrun Zala, because she fell for Kira Yamato. Instead, she left Athrun Zala because she did not like the man he had become. Someone who was only doing what he was told to do.
In one episode of Gundam SEED, Lacus Clyne catches Kira Yamato crying alone in the dark. He quickly stops crying and wipes his tears away. However, her interventions when Kira is sad helped Kira Yamato have a level state of mind. In another episode of Gundam SEED, Kira Yamato awakens from unconsciousness and is greeted by Lacus Clyne and his friends, moments later, we can see Kira trying very hard to hold in his tears because he has swore to himself that he will never cry again. Much to his surprise, Lacus tells him it’s okay to cry. This makes Kira burst out in tears and L:acus hold his head to comfort him.
In the second half of Gundam SEED, Lacus supports Kira by giving him one of ZAFT’s latest mobile suits, the ZGMF-X10A Freedom. She then proceeds into hiding as her actions are seen as treason by the PLANTs. However, she believes in Kira Yamato so much that she has no doubt about what she has done. Also in the second half of Gundam SEED, Lacus Clyne’s faction under her command, rescues Athrun Zala from ZAFT forces that are detaining him.
During the final episode of Gundam SEED Destiny, after the destruction of the mobile fortress of ZAFT, the messiah, Lacus opens a channel to the Gondwana to communicate with the remaining ZAFT officials about why it is meaningless to continue the fighting at this point. Her words are heard by both sides and it causes a ceasefire between the PLANTS and the Earth-Alliance.
However, in the first half of Gundam SEED Destiny, Lacus Clyne is a very passive character. Both she and Kira Yamato decide to live on Earth and start an orphanage. Because she was a pop-idol and motivational speaker for ZAFT in the first arc of Gundam SEED, she gained a lot of followers.
When she was declared a fugitive, she continued to use her popularity to spread her beliefs and ideals by broadcasting her voice in the PLANTS. Her belief that Coordinators are not a new species and that peace can be achieved with the Naturals and that the war should be stopped. Lacus also mentions the declining birthrates of the Coordinators and adds it to the point that the killing should stop and humanity should focus on peace and building again.
When she decided to give Kira Yamato the ZGMF-X10A Freedom, she already had a faction of her own made of her followers who are loyal to her. In Gundam SEED Destiny, we can see that this faction of Lacus Clyne is something that is more than just a small group of followers as they were able to produce the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom and the ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice.
In Gundam SEED Destiny, both Kira Yamato and Lacus Clyne are so alike that there Kira doesn’t even really rely on her for comfort anymore. Both of them are the same in terms of what they think is right and of how strong they are emotionally and mentally. In Gundam SEED Destiny, Lacus Clyne help both Kira Yamato and Athrun Zala by providing them with their new Mobile Suits as both of their old ones were now destroyed.
At the end of Gundam SEED Destiny, we can see Kira Yamato in the PLANTs wearing a ZAFT commander white uniform and Lacus Clyne who can be seen as the new PLANT, running towards each other and then embracing one another. There is also another scene that suggests that Lacus Clyne and Kira Yamato ended up together. In the special ending of Gundam SEED Destiny, where Kira Yamato meets Shinn Asuka, they come and leave in pairs, and to no surprise, Kira Yamato is with Lacus Clyne in the end.
Beliefs and Allegiance
Kira Yamato for both Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny has always been kind hearted. He also believes that killing each other is not the way to peace as such he has always hated the idea of war. He especially hated the way how humans were capable of using nuclear weapons against each other.
Throughout Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny, Kira Yamato has always been the character that preaches what is good, even if sometimes that good is based on his feelings rather than logic.
In the beginning of Gundam SEED, Kira Yamato was a normal teenage boy civilian of the neutral nation of ORB. He had no allegiance to the Earth Forces or to ZAFT. He wanted no part in the war. However, he got involved in the war to protect his friends who enlisted in the Earth Forces because they felt like the Archangel needed them and they could do something to help.
Although Kira was officially a member of the Earth Forces in the first half of Gundam SEED, he always told his childhood friend, Athrun Zala, that although he was with the Earth Forces, he wasn’t one of them in the sense that he was fighting to defeat ZAFT, he always told Athrun that he was only onboard the Archangel because he wants to protect his friends.
In the second half of Gundam SEED, Kira stops fighting for the reason of just protecting his friends. Coming back to Earth with a new mobile suit and a ZAFT space suit, he claims that he is not a part of ZAFT nor is he a part of the Earth Forces. He now has a new sense of Justice. He believes that both that Earth Alliance and PLANTS can achieve peace without killing each other, they just need to understand each other.
In Gundam SEED Destiny, Kira does not associate himself with any party in the second Earth-Alliance – PLANT war. Instead, he goes into war fighting with his own beliefs. Along the way, he influences people with his beliefs. The most notable example of a character being influenced by Kira is Athrun Zala, who, in Gundam SEED Desting, started off as a body guard for Cagalli Yula Athha but then later decided to join ZAFT, only to leave it again later on in the show. Had Kira not talked to Athrun, he might have continued fighting for ZAFT.
- GAT-X105 Strike
2. ZGMF-X10A Freedom.
3. ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom
Skills and Abilities
Since Kira Yamato is the Ultimate Coordinator, it’s no wonder that his skills are exceptional even compared to seasoned coordinators. In the first episode, he manages to fight with the GAT-X105 Strike against an enemy GINN while completely rewriting a new OS for the Strike which is a very clear example of how fast he can take in information and how skilled he is at multitasking.
Another example of Kira Yamato’s ability to adapt is when he fights ZAFT buCUEs on Earth’s desert. During the first moments of their fight, Kira is at a serious disadvantage as his mobile suit is a space type, it is not designed for combat on Earth. During the first moments of their battle, it was clear that with their superior mobility, the buCUEs had the advantage, however, Kira Yamato noticed the difference in performance with mobile suit immediately. While still fighting, he adjusted the systems of the GAT-X105 Strike to take into account the effects of Earth such as gravity. He also adapted the motion program of the GAT-X105 Strike to cope with the desert. This allowed Kira to defeat the buCUEs with ease as his mobile suit is now moving efficiently.
However, when Andrew Waltfeld, a season ZAFT commander, engaged in battle with him, he found himself in a pinch and was actually in a lot of trouble. Kira still managed to defeat Andrew Waltfeld when he used his SEED factor.
Here is a video of Kira Yamato fighting commander Andrew Waltfeld, also known as the Desert Tigger.
When Kira Yamato is in SEED mode, his skills, senses and reaction time are greatly increased making him extremely difficult to defeat. There are only two arguable times that Kira Yamato has lost while he is in SEED mode.
The first instance is in Gundam SEED when he fights Athrun Zala piloting the GAT-X303 Aegis and Kira was piloting the GAT-X105 Strike, in a battle at the Marshall islands just outside of ORB. The second instance is when Kira is defeated by Shinn Asuka is Gundam SEED Destiny.
Kira Yamato’s first fight
In Kira’s first fight, he was forced into it. He was also piloting the GAT-X105 Strike with an incomplete OS that he had to completely rewrite on the fly and also only had two combat knives called “Armor Schneider” as weapons. Although he was only up against a ZGMF-1017 GINN, considering his inexperience and his incomplete machine, his first fight is the first hint viewers get that Kira is no ordinary person.
Since the fight was inside the home colony of Kira and the GINN was still firing at him, considerable damage was inflicted in the surrounding area, much to Kira’s anger. To stop him, Kira used both daggers of the GAT-X105 Strike and stabbed the GINN just above the cockpit. The attack caused an explosion and that was Kira Yamato’s first kill.
Here’s a video of Kira Yamato’s first fight.
Kira Yamato vs Le Creuset Team
In his fight with the Le Creuset Team, we can see Kira’s amazing ability to adapt to different terrain as well as his improving skill in piloting the GAT-X105 Strike in battle. Even though most of his fights with the Le Creuset team have never been in their favor because they were always short on pilots, as it was just Kira Yamato and Mu La Flaga who was defending the Archangel, most of the time, Kira managed to push them back single handedly. His skills kept improving so much that Athrun Zala could not help but notice it during their battle.
Kira ability to improves very fast that he even managed to wound one of the ZAFT red coat pilots during one of their battles, namely Yzak Jule who was piloting the GAT-X102 Duel. Yzak Jule did not die but he did receive considerable damage as shown by the scar on his face.
In one episode of Gundam SEED, as the Archangel was trying to escape from the Le Creuset team, they were nearing the neutral nation of ORB. While the Archangel was moving forward towards the ORB, a battle between Kira Yamato and the Le Creuset team was happening in the Marshall islands just outside of ORB.
In this battle, Kira Yamato accidentally destroys the GAT-X207 Blitz with his anti-ship beam sword slicing halfway through the cockpit of the Blitz. The loss of their comrade makes the Le Creuset team fall back but before they do, Athrun Zala says to Kira Yamato that the next time they meet, one of them will time.
Kira Yamato vs Athrun Zala, battle at the Marshall islands
After seeing his friend and comrade die in front of his eyes, Athrun Zala fights Kira Yamato with the intent to kill him. Kira having no choice decides to do the same, however in the heat of the battle, Athrun Zala manages to kill Tolle Koenig, a close friend of Kira Yamato who was providing support for him that day while piloting the FX-550 Skygrasper.
Filled with rage, both Kira and Athrun activate their SEED factor and dash towards each other with an intent to kill. In the battle, the Strike was equipped with a beam saber and a shield and the Aegis was using the beam blades on each of its limbs. In the middle of the battle, the Aegis, in its mobile armor form, manages to grapple the Strike with it’s limbs and attempted to fire its main cannon but ran out of power. Athrun Zala then decided to self destruct the Aegis and escape from the blast zone. Both Athrun Zala and Kira Yamato survive the explosion.
Here is a video of Kira and Athrun’s fight.
Kira Yamato vs Rau Le Creuset
Rau Le Creuset, piloting the ZGMF-X13A Providence, was the most difficult opponent that Kira Yamato faced in Gundam SEED. He faced Rau in the final episode of Gundam SEED. In the battle, Rau’s Mobile Suit, the Providence, was technologically superior to Kira’s. It has just as fast but it had more weapons, a bigger beam saber, a rocket launcher, and also equipped with ZAFT’s new technology, the DRAGOON system.
In the fight, Rau constantly told Kira about his philosophies and how Kira Yamato was humanity’s dream but also humanity’s mistake and how he should not be allowed to exist. However, Kira Yamato would immediately reject all his claims and philosophies. All of Rau’s words only angered Kira which gave him more motivation in the battle.
Although Rau fires his DRAGOON pods constantly, Kira’s speed and reflexes allow him to block or dodge most of Rau’s attacks. In the end, Kira makes a brave frontal dash towards Rau. Rau retaliates by using his pods to try and stop Kira’s advance, he even manages to destroy the head of the Freedom as well as one arm. However, Kira pushed on and thrust his beam saber into the Providence’s cockpit, killing Rau.
Here’s a video of Kira and Rau’s fight.
Kira Yamato vs Shinn Asuka
Compared to Kira Yamato, Shinn Asuka is a mobile suit pilot who isn’t afraid to get things done. He will kill in the battlefield and he doesn’t feel bad about killing his enemies. However, compared to Kira, his arrogance towards his superiors are greater. Shinn’s personality when he is combat can be easily read by his opponent since he is a very emotional pilot, he often shows his anger at his enemies.
When Kira and Shinn fought during operation angel-down, Kira was not focused on his fight with Shinn as he was also defending the Archangel from other ZAFT troops. Even though only Shinn was the one who was shown to have activated his SEED factor, Kira Yamato might already have been in SEED mode judging by the shade in his eyes during the fight. It should be noted that before this fight, Shinn had already studied the movements of the ZGMF-X10A Freedom and also made a battle simulation against it.
During the fight, Kira made a number of attempts to escape from Shinn to help the Archangel but Shinn always blocked his path and although Kira was able to destroy the head of and arms of the Impulse, Shinn just called for silhouettes to replace the destroyed parts.
Regardless though, since Kira was so distracted by the Archangel, Shinn won the battle by stabbing the Freedom in the cockpit causing a massive explosion. both of them survived the battle.
In later episodes of Gundam SEED, Kira returns to the battlefield with the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom. Shinn Asuka notices this and charges straight at him, however since Kira is now no longer distracted, he was able to stop Shinn’s attack at at the same time take away his weapon without killing Shinn.
Here’s a video of Kira and Shinn’s fight.
Kira Yamato vs Rey Za Burrel
In the last episode of Gundam SEED, Kira faced of against Rey Za Burrel. In the battle Kira was piloting the ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom while Rey was piloting the ZGMF-X666S Legend. During his battle with Rey, Kira’s mind was put into a state of confusion as he kept hearing words that have been said to him before, as well as movements from an opponent that he had fought before.
It is then revealed that Rey Za Burrel is a clone of Al Da Flaga but he believes that he himself is also Rau Le Creuset. When Kira hears this, he tells Rey that he is wrong. That each person only has one life to live and that life is their own. Hearing the words of Kira Yamato, Rey losses focus and is defeated by Kira Yamato.
Here’s a video of Kira ana Rey’s fight.
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