WARNING: Unmarked spoilers ahead. Go on at your own risk.
Xenoblade's possible No Export for You
status in America, despite having an English-language localization, was Nintendo trying to see if Americans still gave a shit about jRPGs are aren't Final Fantasy.
jRPGs haven't been doing as well as they used to, some American commentators even declaring it a "dead genre", and Nintendo consoles haven't the strongest showing when it comes to them, either. And the Wii's on its way out and has built a reputation
as a "kiddie" console. It's not really the most ideal situation for releasing a big title. So Nintendo decides to make it a European release first, complete with an English-language version, and dangle it in front of American gamers, and see if they start chomping at the bit and complaining about how they're not getting it. And boy howdy, did they ever. Had it not had that reaction, Nintendo would've went "meh" and No Export for You
; but since there was such a massive reaction, Nintendo used the already-existing English localization and released it.
Maybe this wasn't the plan, but it sort of seems that way.
The name Metal Face is a joke that Shulk and his party inadvertently started
Initially Mumkhar's Mechon identity may have had another name (and it may very well have been Black Face
), but Xord and other Faces took to calling him the name the Homs kids and the cripple used because they whooped his ass in spite of his nigh invulnerability. This is one of the few rational explanations as to why a robot would call another robot Metal Face, since they all pretty much have metal faces...
Metal Face didn't talk in his first incarnation because he was scared of Dunban.
Mumkhar didn't necessarily like Dunban but he was obviously aware of his skills, having fought along side him for some time. He didn't want to risk giving away his identity as he wasn't sure he could beat Dunban and he was right, obviously. He has no trouble talking when confronted outside Colony 6, however.
For starters, they appear to deliberately be aware of their own cuteness
, as revealed in many sidequests, and use it to their advantage, which may explain their widespread trade empire. At least one Nopon is convinced that his cuteness justifies killing Hodes because he would look cuter riding on an Orluga than they would, and it's amazing how frequently they use their cuteness and helplessness to convince the party to kill loads of monsters. Finally, Riki's Heropon status is granted by the chief not by virtue of his skill, but because he owes the village a considerable sum of money. Far from the idyllic paradise their society seems to be at first glance, the Nopon probably have more deep-seated issues than anyone else on Bionis save Zanza himself.
- Further shown by them smuggling drugs to the High Entia in one of the most memorable sidequest chains in the game.
Just in case the super-sized Humongous Mecha
that comprise the game world didn't make it obvious enough, the game seems to have a strong emphasis on Heroic Willpower
, screwing destiny
and exploring the stars. Fiora pilots a "Mobile Artillery" (mech suit) , the Faces are all mecha pilots (in mech suits), and Zanza's 2nd Form even resembles his Shulk-like form wearing an improbably organic-looking mech suit. The settings are even similar (part 1 - heroes in ground battles, part 2 - heroes versus an insanely huge robot, part 3 - heroes fighting nearly omnipotent beings IN SPACE). There's a similar theme, too, in that the hero relies on a weapon (Lagann/Monado) for most of the series for his power, but at the climax of the story, wields the same power on his own.
- When Shulk declares "a world without gods" in his "End of the World" Special, he's actually taking the power of creation and destiny and giving it to every sentient being in the world - i.e. Shulk invented Spiral Power. Or at least re-invented it after Zanza revoked it.
- Also, the Monado(s) are not drill-shaped because galaxies don't exist within Zanza's pocket universe. Shulk invented that, too, when he returned the universe to its original form.
- Dunban totally plays Kamina to Shulk's Simon, and he's certainly something of a Radioactive Badass. Reyn is Kittan, Sharla is Yoko (complete with the iconic BFG), and Fiora and Melia are basically each half of Nia (Melia with the tragic destiny and royalty bit, Fiora with the Brainwashed and Crazy love interest bit).
Zanza left a piece of his personality inside Shulk
- At the end both Zanza and Alvis state that he just wanted friends. yet Zanza's action state otherwise. *cough*Generic Doomsday Villain*cough* He also shows no real sign of his humanity just his ego, something Shulk is the almost exact opposite of. Another thing is that he states that Shulk is a clone that gained its own personality. How would a clone develop its own personality, especially when the very mind of the original is inside of the clone? The anwser is Shulk did not develop his own personality but leeched it out of Zanza!
Xenoblade is a distant prequel to Xenosaga, just as Xenosaga was to Xenogears
Zanza's experiment to create a new universe involved the Zohar, and is what lead to the disappearance of Earth. The whole of Xenoblade is set in a self-contained reality overseen by Alvis and controlled through Zanza and Meyneth, much like the encephelon dives featured in Xenosaga.
- Except wasn't Xenogears suppose to be Xenosaga Episode V? Xenosaga was suppose to be a 6 parter with Xenogears being part 5, but poor sales lead Namco to tell Monolith Soft to cut the series off after 3.
- Stuff that happened in our world doesn't preclude the worlds of the games from being the same.
If that's the case, then Zanza isn't just an Expy
Zanza IS Deus. Consider this, after the end of the game, we see the remains of the Bionis' head in the distance. It's therefore not impossible that other parts of the Bionis, including at least pieces of its Monado, may have survived its destruction as well. What if the Zohar is simply a piece of Zanza's Monado, containing the remains of his spirit until it creates a new host for itself. This host becomes the bioweapon that destroyed the Eldridge in Xenogears' intro, and set off a plot to regain its former strength in much the same way Zanza did with the Bionis.
Meyneth is a benevolent goddess because she's not a biological creature.
We learn that the biggest reason Zanza wants to invoke the apocalypse is because if the creatures of Bionis ever migrate away from it, the Bionis will eventually wither and die. This is not the case for the Mechonis: since it's essentially a humongous mecha up to eleven
, it doesn't require the same kind of sustenance that a biological being like the Bionis would need. A few Machina even note that all they need to survive is a little water every now and then. Naturally, Meyneth wouldn't be concerned about Mechonis dying, so she doesn't mind the sentience of its people.
- Problem: They need water and some doses of ether every now and then, so it's not too much of a stretch to assume Meyneth and Mechonis also need the ether that composes the Xenoblade world.
- Meyneth outright states that the Machina leaving would kill her, but that she accepted this.
Meyneth used to be just as evil as Zanza until this point in the Vicious Cycle
Consider what Zanza said before the final battle, that he has caused the apocalypse many times before. Considering the backstory of the fight between Mechonis and Bionis, and the conversations between Zanza and Meyneth, it is to assume that this is the first time Meyneth fought against Zanza.
time: This means that either Meyneth participated on the massive genocide of all living creatures until this point in history, where she had a Heel Realization
and decided to put a stop to the senseless slaughter and let her creations live; or she begrudgingly "played along" with Zanza's slaughter to avoid a massive conflict, until she finally got fed up and decided to stop it. Whatever the motive, this caused the wrath of Zanza and his attack to Mechonis; if she wouldn't continue the cycle of destruction and creation, he'd have to do it himself.
(Different Troper): My guess is that Meyneth begrudgingly went along with Zanza so long as it was only
Bionis' life that was consumed in each cycle, and that the truce was broken when Zanza started killing her
people as well. It would explain the much-longer lifespans of the Machina as well as their technological advancement compared to Bionis' races.
The Machina going into space would not have meant abandoning the Mechonis.
The Mechonis is a giant robot. They would have just modified it so it could fly into space and taken it with them, as a mothership.
The Monados take the shape of whatever weapon their owner wants them to be.
Consider this: When Zanza takes his Monado back, it undergoes a massive change of shape. It could assumed it is a result of some sort of power overload. Then, when Meyneth (in Fiora's body) reveals her Monado, it takes the form of the dual blades Fiora has been using the entire time; but when Zanza takes that Monado, it becomes a single BFS
, similar to his own. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to asume that anyone that owns a Monado can make it change to any form they wish.
- Logical, since the Monado is a Sword of Creation, as stated by Zanza during the final battle.
The following is a guess of how Vanea turned Fiora into a Mechon:
- Step #1: Send servants to get to Fiora's body
- Step #2: Fully scan Fiora's body.
- Step #3: Knowing the hole of the Fiora's arm that had her hand missing is too small for her to do look, she decide to Fiora's cut on the back.
- Step #4: Vanea temporary becomes Fiora's barber to cut her hair.
- Step #5: Vanea cuts a huge slash into Fiora's back.
- Step #6: Vanea removers all of Fiora's Homs' organs with the exception of Fiora's brain.
- Step #7: Place Fiora's body in Face Nemesis.
- Step #8: Scan both Fiora and Face Nemesis to see how to rearrange Fiora's Homs' blood system to help power up Face Nemesis.
- Step #9: Remove Fiora's body from Face Nemesis
- Step #10: Rearrange Fiora's Homs' blood system.
- Step #11: Input the Mechon's systems.
- Step #12: Stitch up the big cut in the back of Fiora's body
- Step #13: Armor and weapon up Fiora's body.
- Step #14: Short fighting test with using a mind control machine.
- Step #15: Inputting Meyneth in Fiora's body.
- Step #16: Putting Meyneth/Fiora into Face Nemesis.
A Guess of how the High Elita Regeneration Chamber de-Mechon-ized Fiora
- Step #1: Put Fiora's body to in a deep sleep.
- Step #2: Took off the entire Sliver Mechon Armor she had on.
- Step #3: Turn Fiora's body on her backside.
- Step #4: Cut into her backs
- Step #5: Remove her rain.
- Step #6: Put Fiora's brain in a jar.
- Step #7: Start removing the Mechon's system.
- Step #8: Using a muscle sample, recreate Fiora's body's missing Homs organs. This takes about 3 months.
- Step #9: Put the recreaeted Homs organs into Fiora's body.
- Step #10: Straight out her Homs' blood system
- Step #11: Remove Fiora's brain from the jar.
- Step #12: Place Fiora's brain back in her body.
- Step #13: Using skin sample and some High Elita magic, the Chamber active Fiora's blood cells to restore her Homs skin. This takes about 3 months.
- Step #14: Waiting for the magic to do it's work, the Chamber looks over Fiora's brain and go though trying to find out what armor and weapons she had on as usual wear as a member of Colony 9 before the big attack by Metal Face. His work recreates the first outfit Fiora wears in the game as well as her pair of twin daggers.
- Step #15: Get notice that the skin has finish restoring itself.
- Step #16: Put the the creation outfit on Fiora on her and put her twin daggers on her.
- Step #17: Awaken Fiora up.
The following were Meyneth's plans if Metal Face didn't put his Face Mechon in.
Lady Meyneth was going to talk to them. Explaining why she took over Fiora's body — which was to sink Prison Island with out Zanza getting wise — and offer to join them. If they were still angry at the events of Prison Island — not surprising with the death of the High Entia Emperor and the reveal that Face Mechon are Homs — she would have fight the group defensive — using her god-like powers as shield and full HP restore until she get a change to add her own Monado to the Shulk in order to weak Zanza's soul via her own. If calmer heads show up, Meyneth will give them her Monado to Shulk — at the same state as Zanza's Monado.
The following is a guess at the reason why Xord was able to be eliminated by the Monado at the Ether Mine's Freight Elevator, despite being a Face Mechon.
When Xord fell into the Ether River, all of his still remaining Homs organics were completely eliminated with the exception of his brain. The brain is sometime called "an organic computer". And all you Tropers know that a computer is a type of Machine.
The "red lights" that Shulk notes as being the reason for Faced Mechon's invulnerability to the Monado are actually the blood of the "pilot" running through transparent tubes.
- Only the Faced Mechon have them.
- Shulk hints as it being the reason why the Monado can't damage Metal Face.
- Later on, when the party meets Xord, the same happens. He has them as well. Also during the first encounter, some malfunction causes them to turn blue, and Xord immediately chickens out, even when he was winning the battle by far.
- When Xord falls into the ether river and comes back out, he no longer has the "red lights". The Monado can then damage him just like a regular Mechon, as can other party members with Monado Enchant. A possible reason would be that the ether river seriously damaged Xord's internal machinery, including the piping system for the Homs' blood.
- We see how the "lights" aren't actually lights during the final battle with Metal Face: his upgraded claws contain the anti-Bionis chemical and you can see that the lines present in his arms are now green, the liquid's color, instead of red, again confirming that they are pipes, not lights.
- Later on, Linada reveals the process of turning a Homs into a Faced Mechon: their blood vessels are surgically altered so that their blood can go through the Mechon as well. We also see how Fiora is seriously weakened after being removed from Face Nemesis for an extended period of time, to the point of requiring Linada's assistance. The reason might be that she was suffering the effects of anemia, since some of her blood might have been left inside the Face's wreckage.
- The only exception to this is Yaldabaoth, since its pilot (Egil) is a Machina, not a converted Homs, and therefore it has no Homs blood to protect it from the Monado. However, Yaldabaoth is never seen in battle until the Monado has been upgraded to get around the blood restriction. Egil may have been holding back on using Yaldabaoth in combat until it was clear that the Homs-made Face Mechon were no longer invincible to the Monado, and by then he had the Apocrypha Generator to compensate for it.
I guess this sums up how Egil exploited the loophole in the Monado's power with the Faced Mechon: by running Homs' blood through the Mechon, the Monado senses Homs' biological fluids, and is unable to cause damage (until Zanza's upgrade). The fact that it's a Mechon body prevents damage from other weapons.