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Loran Cehack’s Initial Design Will Surprise You

Mamerto Adan is an engineer by profession, but a writer by night. He loves toys and knives. He also has a martial arts background.

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Our eyes nearly popped when the initial design of Tieria Erde came out. He is already pretty, but his early character concept is much prettier. With slimmer build, girlish body proportion (minus the b**bs) and more feminine outfit, it made the present Tieria looks macho. We all agree that Tieria is the reigning trap in the Gundam universe. But before that purple haired man-chick made us question our own gender orientation, someone else was already disturbing our manhood.

Meet Loran Cehack, the original Gundam trap

He is so pretty that internet articles have to be written to debunk the notion that he was originally planned to be a girl. But despite the girlish façade, he is a straight male. A very pretty mail in party gown to be exact. And did I mention that Loran has three girlfriends? When compared to Tieria, we could say that the more aggressive and stoic Tieria is manlier than the innocent Cehack.

And it crossed our minds.

If Tieria looked so good in his initial character design, we wonder if Loran is as pretty?

But searching the net for clues is sure to disappoint.

Overview on Loran

Yes, that's him.

Yes, that's him.

Beyond the trap image, no one could question his piloting ability. In fact, among the many Gundam pilots in the franchise, he was once ranked as number four. Higher than Kira Yamato which only got number 10. And frankly, me and my friends agree, as the guy never needed plot armor to reduce enemy suits to wrecks. And he never annoyed the fans with too much boyish emotions like Kira.

Loran also holds the distinction of being the most unique among the Gundam pilots, for obvious reason.

In many ways, he is the anti-thesis of many Gundam pilots. We were often presented with this manly, and sometimes emotional teenage characters in the U.C. era, while the 90s pilot seemed to push the envelope of machismo. I mean Domon, Heero and Garrod weren’t soft.

And then came Loran.

The guy is loyal, but less stoic and lacks the machismo of his predecessors. He is complete opposite of the fierce martialist Domon, and the murderous emo Heero. And now that being an emo is mentioned, Loran Cehack isn’t one. Naïve and innocent are the best words to describe him.

But perhaps, Loran is best known for being the original trap in the franchise.

Sure, fans already saw a lot of effeminate pilots before Loran, but non matched Loran in terms of being girlish. Before Tieria Erde, and that fateful party episode in Gundam 00, Loran was already raising brows everywhere when he cross-dressed.

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There are rumors that Loran was originally intended as a girl, but his original character design tells the opposite.

The initial Design

Yes, this is also him.

Yes, this is also him.

To see what Loran looked like before he reached his present image, I searched the bowels of the net for clues. I also did a bit of checking, so I won’t be fooled by fake posts. And indeed. what I discovered is rather surprising.

As it turns out, Loran’s initial design was the complete opposite of the present Loran. No, we will not see a sexier trap, like Tieria. Rather, Loran back then had much more in common with the traditional Gundam pilots. Several design concepts were submitted. The first one looks like a 90s version of Bright Noa’s kid. We are looking at a rather aggressive looking teenager in hip-hop attire and short brown hair, as opposed to the longer platinum locks of the present Loran. Somehow, we felt that the original Loran is meant to act like another Heero Yuy, or simply a more updated version of Amuro. Noticeably, this original version of Loran is dressed in modern clothing. But things changed as the settings of the series was revised.

More of him.

More of him.

To see what Loran looked like before he reached his present image, I searched the bowels of the net for clues. I also did a bit of checking, so I won’t be fooled by fake posts. And indeed. what I discovered is rather surprising.

As it turns out, Loran’s initial design was the complete opposite of the present Loran. No, we will not see a sexier trap, like Tieria. Rather, Loran back then had much more in common with the traditional Gundam pilots. Several design concepts were submitted. The first one looks like a 90s version of Bright Noa’s kid. We are looking at a rather aggressive looking teenager in hip-hop attire and short brown hair, as opposed to the longer platinum locks of the present Loran. Somehow, we felt that the original Loran is meant to act like another Heero Yuy, or simply a more updated version of Amuro. Noticeably, this original version of Loran is dressed in modern clothing. But things changed as the settings of the series was revised.

In later versions, Loran’s hair became longer, and his attire less modern. In some versions, Loran was wearing a classic 80s anime clothing, which brought him closer to the U.C. era pilots. Slowly, Loran then took on a more bishounen look, while he no longer looked so fashionable. His design slowly adopted the signature farmer attire.

Eventually, Loran’s design became girlish, until he reached his present look. And now, we have an overly feminine bishounen with light colored bob.

Was it Tomino’s fault?

Short answer, no.

Short answer, no.

How Loran went from street style bad boy to girlish crossdresser seems hard to digest. My friend joked that something dreadful occurred, that the staffs had a sudden change of heart. But there are rumors that such a turn could only be blamed to the biggest troll in the Gundam world.

None other than Yoshiyuki Tomino, the creator of himself.

We could consider Tomino a legend not only in the Gundam franchise, but in the anime world as well. He made quite a contribution to the mecha genre, but make sure you won’t get on his way. Remember, that a particularly angry Tomino once directed Victory Gundam, and the result is a collection of depressions, gores, violence, and perhaps some of the craziest moments in the Gundam universe. Thankfully, a cooler headed Tomino directed Turn A Gundam years later. But there are words that he originally wanted Loran to be a girl, but Sunrise and Bandai never learned from Victory Gundam and once more, they interrupted. Hence, as a backlash, Tomino turned Loran into a trap.

Turns out it’s just a rumor and chances are, it wasn’t true.

Overall

Loran inside the cockpit.

Loran inside the cockpit.

Nevertheless, we could say that Akira Yasuda, the character designer of Turn A did the right thing. Rather than give us a more masculine character, we were introduced to something new. The real magic of the 90s Gundam series is how different they were. They were a breath of fresh air from the traditional U.C. timeline, and Turn A offered more uniqueness. Loran’s trap image might not work for everyone, but it works well with the series’ settings into the far future.

Plus, my friends noted that Loran is far likeable than his successors, like Kira Yamato and Shinn Asuka. He may be a crossdresser, but those two are even bigger p****es.

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