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Shin Kudo (工藤 シン Kudō Shin?) is the main protagonist of the Macross Zero OVA. He is a Japanese-American fighter pilot flying for the United Nations Military, who is later assigned to Skull Squadron under Roy Focker. His wingman is Edgar LaSalle.

Personality & CharacterEdit

Shin is generally a very taciturn person and does not trust many people easily. He usually takes what appears to be the best course of action in combat even if it jeopardizes the lives of his wingmen, since he staunchly believes that all fighter pilots must maintain focus while in the air as a lapse is oftentimes fatal.

Shin's hardened demeanor gradually softens after meeting the Nome sisters.

Skills & AbilitiesEdit

Shin's proficiency in handling a classic fighter jet is top-class, but struggled at first during his transition to a Variable Fighter since he was more used to conventional aerial dogfights. Roy Focker tried to make him unlearn this habit during basic training.

His impulsive actions while at the helm of the VF-0 consistently overworked the engine, which in turn got him in a lot of trouble with Raizou Nakajima. It was soon revealed that the veteran Chief Mechanic was actually happy that Shin was one of the few people apart from Roy who can push the machine to the limit.

HistoryEdit

As a child in 1999, he witnessed the fall of the Macross and the following Unification Wars. His family is killed before his eyes, a memory that would haunt him and turn him into a quiet and mistrusting person. He joins the U.N. Spacy as an F-14 fighter pilot. During a mission, his home carrier the Kitty Hawk class (Illustria) is ambushed and he is shot down by the Anti-U.N's transformable SV-51 and lands in Mayan Island. He later flies the VF-0D Phoenix variable fighter under the tutelage of Roy Focker . Aside from his rear-seat radar intercept officer, Edgar La Salle , he has few friends and is slow to trust. His interactions with the cheerful Mao Nome and his growing attraction to her more reserved sister, Sara Nome, help him open up.

During the final episode, the extraterrestrial object known as "Bird Human" by the Mayan people awakens, assimilating Sara into the cockpit located at its head. He manages to break through the Bird Human's attacks and makes Sara realize that it is Shin instead of an evil spirit (called a "Kadun" by the Mayans). The U.N. Forces, however, see the Bird Human as a liability and launch nuclear weapons at it. Sara sacrifices herself to save Shin and the rest of the Mayan Island which would have been destroyed by the nuclear fallout. The "Bird Human" is critically damaged from the blasts and shoots off into space incredibly fast in what appears to be a space fold. Shin's VF-0A Phoenix suffers engine damage from the blasts and plunges towards the ocean. He is seemingly saved from certain death by Sara. Finally, an amazed Mao Nome watches Shin and his damaged fighter ascending into space in the same way that the "Bird Human" did.

2059Edit

Shin's experiences were later portrayed in a movie called "The Bird Human". Alto Saotome, a former kabuki actor, agreed to double for the main actor portraying Shin during an underwater scene. (F: "Legend of Zero")

RelationshipsEdit

Sara Nome
His love interest. He first looks at her with suspicion and sees her ancient religion and practices as hokum. He slowly starts believing after seeing her power and immersing himself in the island's beauty.
Mao Nome
His friend. She finds him fascinating as someone who came from modern civilization. She has unrequited feelings for his affections. She eventually realizes her own power and uses it to try to save Shin.
Edgar LaSalle
Radar Intercept Officer and Shin's only friend in the beginning. Shin treats Edgar pretty much the same as everyone else, but after getting separated with Edgar when their F-14 was taken down, Shin visibly grieved his loss. Edgar survived of course, and reprised his role when Shin started piloting the VF-0.
Roy Focker
Superior, trainer, and later a friend. Roy saw Shin's potential and encouraged him to learn the inner workings of the VF-0.

GalleryEdit

Notes & TriviaEdit

Macross Zero characters
U.N. Spacy Shin Kudō | Roy Focker | Edgar LaSalle | Raizou Nakajima | Aries Turner | Katie
Mayan Island Sara Nome | Mao Nome | Nutouk
Anti-U.N. Forces D.D.Ivanov | Nora Polyansky | Dr. Hasford
TV Series Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again | Macross 7 | Macross Frontier | Macross Δ
Events Unification Wars | Space War I | Sharon Apple Incident | Protodeviln War | Vajra War
Movies The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? | Macross Plus Movie Edition | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: The Movie | Macross Frontier Movie: The False Songstress | Macross Frontier Movie: The Wings of Goodbye | Macross FB7 Galaxy Flow Soul: Listen to My Song! | Macross Δ Movie: Passionate Walküre
OVA The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 | Macross Plus | Macross 7: Encore | Macross 7 the Movie: The Galaxy's Calling Me! | Macross Dynamite 7 | Macross Zero
Books Misa Hayase: White Reminiscences | Macross Ace | Macross Dynamite 7: Mylene Beat | Shōji Kawamori Macross Design Works | Macross Chronicle | Macross 7: Trash | Macross Plus: TAC Name | Macross The Ride | Macross 7th Chord | Super Dimension Fortress Macross The First | Macross F ~Secret Visions~ | Macross Δ Manga | Macross Δ Gaiden: Macross E | Macross Δ: Kuroki Tsubasa no Shiro Kishi | Macross Δ: Ginga wo Michibiku Utahime | Variable Master File | Macross Δ: Girl of Al Shahal
Video Games Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Famicom) | Super Spacefortress Macross | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross 2036 | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Eternal Love Song | Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II (Arcade) | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Remember Me | Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Love Stories | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader Complete Pack | Macross Plus (Arcade) | Macross Digital Mission VF-X | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (Game) | Macross VF-X2 | Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy- | Macross Plus Game Edition | Macross M3 | The Super Dimension Macross: Aiuchi Typing Valkyrie | The Super Dimension Fortress Macross | Macross Ace Frontier | Macross Triangle Frontier | Macross Ultimate Frontier | CR Fever Super Dimension Fortress Macross | My Boyfriend is a Pilot 2012 | Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy | Macross Card Fighter | Pachislot Macross Frontier | Macross Δ Scramble | Uta Macross Sma-Pho De-Culture
ONA / Short Film All That VF - Macross 25th Anniversary Air Show | Macross 7 Plus | Macross Fufonfia | Delta Mini-Theater
Concerts Macross One Night Stand | Mylene Night | Macross 25th Anniversary Live: Minmay meets Fire Bomber | Macross Crossover Live A.D. 2009x45x49 | Macross Crossover Live 30 | Fire Bomber 2014 Basara Explosion | ANIME SYMPHONY JAPAN PREMIUM CONCERT MACROSS 35th × Macross F 10th Anniversary | Macross Crossover Live 2019
Others Macross 30th Anniversary Project | Macross: The Museum | Macross The Musicalture | Macross: The Museum ver.2.Δ | Macross Blue Moon Show Case in Tokyo SkyTree | Macross: The Art 1982-2018 | Macross Bakuon Film Festival | All Macross Big Voting | Macross Crossover Live 2019