Zone of the Enders: 2167 Idolo

Last updated

Genre Drama, Mecha, Military, Romance
Original video animation
Directed byTetsuya Watanabe
Music by Masumi Itō
Studio Sunrise
  • March 1, 2001 (2001-03-01)
Runtime55 minutes
Wikipe-tan face.svg   Anime and mangaportal

Zone of the Enders: 2167 Idolo is an hour-long Original Video Animation, set as a prequel to the original Zone of the Enders game. It serves to explain the war between Earth and Mars, and the origin of the Orbital Frame technology. The events also lead into the TV series Z.O.E. Dolores, I .


In the English dub of the movie, BAHRAM is called Bafram. It is also called this in the art gallery in the special features. However this is most likely a translation error.


The Deimos Affair

The story starts off by introducing the main character; Radium Lavans, a reckless Phantoma LEV pilot in the BAHRAM military forces. His comrade is the skilled Viola. The plot quickly introduces them having a hate for Earth as people who live on Mars are ridiculed and outcast by Earth people. These Terran feelings of superiority presumably spring from Martian colonists' weaker physical abilities and size - a side effect of the planet's lower gravity - combined with traditional colonial prejudices. It is evident there is an ongoing under the table conflict, and BAHRAM is involved with liberating the tight Federation grasp of Earth.

Radium and Viola are soon chosen to be test pilots for a new vehicle being developed by BAHRAM called the Orbital Frame. The prototype, dubbed Idolo, is revealed that it is far superior to any existing vehicle in possession of Earth and Mars. The speed, agility, and power far exceeds the strongest LEV units. However, all of this is thanks to the discovery of the powerful material called Metatron. Metatron was used to create most of Idolo, which gave the orbital frame enhanced abilities. Radium was the one who piloted Idolo most often, though he was at first overwhelmed by Idolo's immense power output. After much practice, Radium is able to efficiently pilot Idolo. However, it seemed that Idolo had developed a "will" of its own, and chose Radium to be its runner (this becomes apparent when Viola tries to pilot Idolo; Idolo refuses all of Viola's commands). It becomes known that piloting Idolo is having an adverse effect on Radium's mind, changing him into a mindless killer while he's running Idolo. During a demonstration for Mars' military leaders, Radium exhibits the full power of Idolo, revealing the Homing Laser, an attack that fires hundreds of thin lasers that home in on their targets, and the extremely destructive Burst Shot in addition to showing exceptional prowess when using the normal shot and Idolo's arm blade. Radium finds a group of Earth spies and captures one and kills the other. A group of Earth spies infiltrates the test facility and they kidnap Dr. Links and Dolores. Radium follows their shuttle to Deimos Station with Idolo with the intent of rescuing Dolores and Dr. Links. After slicing all of the Space Force LEVs in two, Radium finds Dr. Links and Dolores, but their kidnapper offers Dr. Links a deal to work with them and continue her research, but she refuses. While trying to leave, the Space Force spy tries to shoot Dr. Links, but Dolores pushes her away and is shot instead.

Sensing Radium's devastation of the death of Dolores, Idolo goes into a combat auto-pilot mode, which begins to dispatch the arriving Space LEV forces. During the combat, Idolo is hit from behind, resulting in its wings being ripped off. BAHRAM LEVs arrive and join forces with the Space Forces LEVs, with the objective of destroying Idolo, so that the Orbital Frame technology will not be captured. While all this is happening, Radium is in a church, marrying Dolores, as he puts the ring on her finger applause is heard from the empty church and he begins to walk out happy with Dolores in his arms, as this is what he wished for. Viola arrives and Radium is glad she made it in time. Viola tells Radium that all this is not really happening, he is hallucinating, and Dolores is really dead. In his dream state, Dolores turns to Viola and raises her hand, which causes her to retreat in fear, to the unaware and shock of Radium. In the real world, Idolo is preparing to use a burst shot on the surrounding LEVs. Before it can launch it, all of the LEVs fire on Idolo, engulfing it, which rips off each limb part. Radium is apparently killed, and Idolo is incapacitated with many LEVs surrounding the downed Frame.

The movies ends with an epilogue set in 2172. Viola is seen piloting her Orbital Frame, Neith, and flying towards Antilia Colony, the setting of the first Zone of the Enders game.


All of the Z.O.E. franchise - and indeed all of Kojima's works - were influenced to one degree or another by works of anime and manga from the 70s and 80s - especially those in the mecha genre - with the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise being paramount. The Idolo OVA in particular illustrates this, as it examines the concepts of colonialism and independence in outer space best illustrated by Gundam. Some would go as far to say that it is allegoric of the classic series, but this is an overstatement, as many key plot elements differ greatly. It also must be said that Idolo was produced by Sunrise in partnership with Konami, and that Mobile Suit Gundam is considered Sunrise's flagship franchise. All of which were born from early science fiction anthologies and books from before Anime was ever popularized on TV.


Dolores Hayes
Occupation: OF R&D Assistant
Description: Assistant to Dr. Rachel Links and girlfriend to Radium.

Occupation: Bahram Soldier (Colonel)

Dr. Rachel Links
Occupation: OF R&D Scientist
Description: One of the early Lead developers to Orbital Frame technology, and one who oddly does not have much impact beyond the anime. She was also known as having a hand in developing the AI's housed in the OF's.

Rachel's husband, James, and their children Leon and Noel appear in Z.O.E. Dolores, I .

Occupation: OF R&D Assistant

Radium Levans
Occupation: BAHRAM Soldier (Lieutenant)
Description: A LEV pilot who was noted for his skill in combat, was transferred to test the new Martian weapon; an Orbital Frame. Suffered from Metatron poisoning.

Occupation: BAHRAM Soldier

Occupation: BAHRAM Soldier
Description: Radium is her only and closest friend, which she hides a love for. Her only devotion is the military as she lost everything to the UNSF. In the first game Radium is called Radam, her lost lover


Class: Prototype Orbital Frame
Purpose: General
Piloted By: Radium Lavans
Weapons: Primary - Arm Cannon, Sword, Homing Laser, Burst Attack
Sub Weapons: Halberd

Class: LEV
Purpose: General
Piloted By: BAHRAM, UNSF
Weapons: Vulcan Machine Gun, Smoke Grenade
Alternative Weapons: Laser Rifle



Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies states that Idolo "links political and personal issues, focusing on adult problems" and it is "well-paced with a nice balance of plot, character development, and adventure, making its one of the best science fiction anime of its day". [1]

Related Research Articles

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam Wing</i>

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, also known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, is a 1995 Japanese mecha anime series directed by Masashi Ikeda and written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa. It is the sixth installment in the Gundam franchise, taking place in the "After Colony" timeline. As with the original series, the plot of Gundam Wing centers on a war in the future between Earth and its orbital colonies in the Earth-Moon system.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam: Chars Counterattack</i>

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack is a 1988 Japanese animated science fiction film set in the Universal Century timeline of the Gundam franchise.

<i>Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz</i>

Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, is the sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, both of which are set in the "After Colony" timeline, an alternate universe to that of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. Aside from being a continuation to the Gundam Wing TV series, it also reveals details regarding the pasts of the five Gundam pilots and the true objective behind "Operation Meteor."

<i>Zone of the Enders</i> (video game)

Zone of the Enders, officially abbreviated as Z.O.E., is a third-person shooter hack-and-slash video game that was developed and published by Konami for the Sony PlayStation 2. It was released on March 1, 2001, in Japan, and later that month for North America and Europe. The game is based around mecha combat in outer space. Over the course of the game, the player obtains new weapons and has to protect towns from enemies.

<i>Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam</i>

Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam is a six-volume manga series written by Yoshiyuki Tomino and illustrated by Yuichi Hasegawa, first serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace magazine from December 1994 to March 1997. A sequel to the animated theatrical film Mobile Suit Gundam F91, Crossbone has been officially distributed in Japan and Italy only.

<i>Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner</i>

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, known in Japan as Anubis: Zone of the Enders, is a third-person shooter hack and slash video game that was developed and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2 in 2003. The sequel to Zone of the Enders is based around mecha combat with the player once again controlling the "Orbital Frame" Jehuty. Unlike its predecessor, the game is now centered on action elements with the player not needing to protect civilians in need and instead Jehuty contains more weaponry than in the previous game.

Z.O.E. Dolores, I is a Japanese anime television series set in the Zone of the Enders universe. The television series was produced by Sunrise, aired from 7 April – 29 September 2001, spanning a total of 26 episodes.

<i>Gaia Gear</i>

Gaia Gear is a Japanese science fiction serial novel written by Yoshiyuki Tomino with mechanical design by Ito Mamoru and based on Tomino's Gundam series. It was first released in Newtype magazine from April 1987 to December 1991, and compiled in five novels released from September 1988 until April 1992.

<i>Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars</i>

Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars, known in Japan as Zone of the Enders: 2173 Testament, is a video game that was developed by Winkysoft and published by Konami in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance. The game is story-orientated, and is based around turn-based strategic mecha combat.

This is a list of occurrences of space elevators in fiction. Some depictions were made before the space elevator concept became fully established.

Metal Armor Dragonar is a 48-episode mecha anime series, created by Sunrise and aired from 1987 to 1988. Devised shortly after the release of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Dragonar was intended to be both a "starter" series to get new fans into mecha anime, and a potential successor to the Gundam franchise. In fact, its concept is to be the renewal of the first Gundam; and the mecha are designed by Kunio Okawara, the mechanical designer for most of the Gundam series. Though the series enjoyed good ratings and earned a loyal fan following, it failed to surpass Gundam and ended up as a single series, probably due to its light, ZZ Gundam-like take on the real robot mecha genre. Game developer Banpresto had Dragonar appear in two of its popular franchises, Super Robot Wars and Another Century's Episode; fans responded positively, and Sunrise acknowledged them in 2005 by releasing a memorial DVD collection of the series, a remastered version of the previous two-part laserdisc boxset releases years before.

Zone of the Enders is a video game franchise created by Hideo Kojima and Konami that focused around combat in space with mecha called Orbital Frames. The original Zone of the Enders was released for the PlayStation 2 in March 2001. A sequel, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner was released for the same system in 2003. In 2012, the two games were re-released in high-definition for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 as Zone of the Enders HD Collection. Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars was released for Game Boy Advance in 2001. Zone of the Enders: 2167 Idolo, an original video animation was released in March 2001. A twenty-six episode anime television series Z.O.E. Dolores, I ran from April to September 2001.

The concepts of space stations and habitats are common in modern culture. While space stations have become reality, there are as yet no true space habitats. Writers, filmmakers, and other artists have produced vivid renditions of the idea of a space station or habitat, and these iterations can be categorized by some of the basic scientific concepts from which they are derived.

<i>Super Robot Wars W</i>

Super Robot Wars W is part of the Super Robot Wars franchise and was published for the Nintendo DS by Banpresto. It is the first Super Robot Wars game released for the Nintendo DS. Like some DS games, special features can be unlocked by starting a new game with any of the Game Boy Advance era games inserted into SLOT 2.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer</i>

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer is a 2010 Japanese anime science fiction film part of the Gundam metaseries and directed by Seiji Mizushima. The film is set two years after the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, as the film sees Celestial Being against a group of hostile aliens known as ELS. The film is notable for being the first entry in Gundam to feature aliens as its antagonists. The film premiered on September 18, 2010, and was released on Blu-ray & DVD in Japan on December 25, 2010.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam AGE</i>

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE is a 2011 Japanese science fiction anime television series and the twelfth installment in Sunrise's long-running Gundam franchise. The series was first announced in the July issue of Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic, and has gaming company Level-5's President Akihiro Hino in charge of the story.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam AGE</i> (video game) 2012 video game

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE is a mecha action role-playing game developed by Level-5 and published by Namco Bandai Games. Considered as an adaptation of the anime of the same name, the game is divided into two versions: Universe Accel and Cosmic Drive, with each version having differences in the additional content. Both games were released on August 30, 2012.

<i>Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans</i> Japanese anime television series

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, also known as Gundam IBO and G-Tekketsu (Gの鉄血), is a 2015 Japanese mecha anime series and the fourteenth mainline entry in Sunrise's long-running Gundam franchise, succeeding Gundam Reconguista in G. The series is directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and written by Mari Okada, a team which previously collaborated on Toradora! and Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. It aired in Japan on MBS and other JNN stations from October 4, 2015 to March 27, 2016, making this the first Gundam series to return to a Sunday late afternoon time slot since Mobile Suit Gundam Seed. A second season would premiere the following year on October 2, 2016.


  1. McCarthy, Helen. 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. — Harper Design, 2009. — P. 204. — 528 p. — ISBN   978-0061474507