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Masaki Andoh (マサキ・アンドー) is a fictional character in the Super Robot Wars series. He was one of the first Banpresto original character, and his mecha, the Cybuster, was one of the first Banpresto original mecha. Both made their debut appearance in Super Robot Wars II.

SRW Chronology[]

Masaki also appears in the following anime:

Theme Music[]

  • Hot Winds! Hurricane! Cybuster (熱風! 疾風! サイバスター, Neppuu! Shippuu! Cybuster; retitled Cybuster, God of Wind in the North American localization of Original Generation 2) - Default theme in all appearances.
  • Endless Battle (終わりなき戦い, Owarinaki Tatakai) - Used when piloting the Jaohm in Alpha Gaiden.
  • Winds of La Gias (ラ・ギアスの風, La Gias no Kaze) - Used in Original Generations, Original Generation Gaiden and The Inspectors anime when Masaki first appear in that games and anime.
  • Possession - Used since Masou Kishin 2 when Masaki uses the Cybuster in Possession mode.

Personality And Traits[]

17 year-old Masaki Andoh is the last of the main summons to the netherworld of La Gias, by the emperor of Langran. A typical hot-blooded character, he's great in all sports, but not so great in terms of thinking straight. He's also somewhat awkward around the company of women (this is ironic, since he has acquired an unofficial harem in his stay in Langran). Because of his extreme emotional ups and downs, he was chosen as the pilot for the Masō Kishin, Cybuster, which requires high amounts of prana. When he first arrived in Langran, he was given the Wind Masōki, Jaohm, to pilot, and later he is chosen by Cyfis to be the pilot of the Cybuster. He was the last of the four Masō Kishin pilots to be chosen, albeit by Cybuster, arguably the best of the Masō Kishin.

Both his parents died when he was young, leading to a loneliness complex he developed as a child. However, this was dispelled by the people he met in La Gias. Forever indebted to his mentor, Zeoroot Zenozakis, who was like a father to him, he treats his only daughter, Presia, like a sister he never had. He has feelings for Wendy Rasm Iknart, the designer of the Langran Masōki Project, but things are more complicated when Lune Zoldark has thrown her hat into the ring. Becky, another Masōki pilot, always reminds him that polygamy is common in La Gias, which turns off Masaki and gets him all embarrassed.

Since the guardian spirit of the Masō Kishin only accepts a person with a good heart, Masaki was granted freedom in Langran. He can openly disobey the ruler of Langran without receiving penalties. In fact, it's his duty to oppose any ruler of Langran who threatens the peace of La Gias. The name bestowed onto him, Randoll Zan Zenozakis, is actually an ancestor of Zeoroot, hence in Langran theory, making him Zeoroot’s son. Randoll was also the hero who sealed off Shiva Volkruss several years ago.

Masaki has no sense of direction. Without any guide, he can get lost even if he is inside a battleship, and is hesitant to admit it this weakness. Moreover, it explains why he never chases his enemies who flee from battle, even though the Cybuster is capable of moving at extremely high speeds. He carries two familiar cats: Kuro, a black female, and Shiro, a white male, who constantly make fun of Masaki whenever he’s lost, although they are usually helpless to direct him otherwise. They each pilot a "High Familiar", a funnel-type weapon which launches from the Cybuster.

Masaki's hate of Shu Shirakawa stems from the fact that Shu killed Zeoroot, before fleeing to the surface world of Earth, an event that occurs before 2nd Super Robot Wars in the Classic Timeline and before Super Robot Wars Original Generation in the Original Generation Timeline and most likely also happened in the Alpha Timeline.

History[]

Lord of Elemental part 1[]

In The Lord Of Elemental and his remake for the OG Saga, Masaki Andoh's story is split into two parts: the first part tells how Masaki is summoned to La Gias, and meets with Tyutti Noorbuck, another Masō Kishin pilot, who tells him the reason he was summoned to La Gias, but they are interrupted by an attack from terrorists. Masaki finishes amid the battle, piloting the Jaohm. Upon seeing his talents, Feillord Gran Bilseia, the son of the current emperor of Langran, asks Masaki if he wants to stay in La Gias, giving him three days to decide. In the meantime, Masaki stays in the house of Zeoroot, eventually becoming his mentor, teacher and later, his stepfather, making him the stepbrother of Zeoroot's daughter Precia. After the three days and seeing the chaos that the worshippers of Volkruss cause, Masaki decides to stay in La Gias. He goes out finding about the things that are happening in Langran, making new friends along the way, including the other Masō Kishin pilots Hwang Yang Long and Ricardo Silvera, tomboyish mechanic Princess of La Gias, Xenia Gran Bilseia, but most importantly the Masō Kishin chief engineer Wendy Rasm Iknart.

When Saphine Grace, one of Shu Shirakawa's followers, tries to kidnap Princess Mónica Grania Bilseia, Xenia's twin, Masaki and the other pilots arrive to stop her, but Saphine steals the Cybuster instead. Masaki is chosen as one of the members of the search team, and is helped by Senia, to make sure he doesn't get lost. During the search, Masaki and Xenia face Saphine, and Masaki is chosen by the Cybuster to be its pilot, forcing Saphine to retreat, when Yang Long appears. After inheriting the Cybuster, Masaki is granted upon the title "Randoll zan Zenosakis", named after the hero that banished Shiva Volkruss in the past as well as Zeoroot's ancestor. Upon obtaining his familiars, Kuro and Shiro, Masaki decides go to and revisit Earth, the surface world. Meanwhile, Shu begins testing his new machine, the Granzon. When he recognizes the Cybuster, he suggests to Masaki that he return to La Gias.

Masaki later was given a prophecy by Monica that he would encounter something that would completely shock him. Shortly afterwards, Shu suddenly arrives at the Langran capital and declares his allegiance to Volkruss. Masaki angrily tried to repel him, but Zeoroot stepped forward to take up Shu's challenge, but was brutally killed in front of both Masaki and Precia. The step-siblings relationship were quite strained afterwards, and Masaki blamed everything on Shu. While trying to confront him, Wendy insisted on coming with him. Upon encountering Shu, Masaki and Cybuster were overwhelmed with the might of Granzon, until all of the sudden, Cybuster's protection spirit, Cyfis, possessed Masaki and tapped in Cybuster's hidden might, turning the tables and forcing Shu to retreat. Masaki lost consciousness afterwards and in order to save him, Wendy transferred some of her prana to him through a kiss.

However, that wasn't the shock that was prophesized. On the following patrolling days, Masaki is told by both Tytti and Ricardo to abandon the patrol and return to Langran. Masaki complied, but when he returned to the capital, he witnessed the whole kingdom already in ruins, nuked by Shutedonia from afar. Spotting Shu around, Masaki once again blamed Shu for this catasthrope, but Shu was being cryptic and instead returned to the surface to aid Bian Zoldark and the Divine Crusaders. Reuniting with Wendy, Yang Long and Tytti to recollect what happened, it was later revealed that Shutedonia was about to declare war to the ruins of Langran and that Ricardo died trying to protect Tytti from an assassin working in league with Shutedonias. Masaki, however, opted to follow Shu to the surface world, now considering Shu to be a threat to all that is good. With the blessing of his friends who'll stay to defend La Gias' remnants, Masaki returns to the surface.

Masaki also makes a guest appearance in Hero Senki: Project Olympus, to help the Zeus Taskforce.

Classic Timeline[]

In the Classic Timeline, he helps the Londo Bell in the Divine Crusaders War. Masaki eventually kills Shu, after the Granzon transforms into Neo Granzon. Masaki returns to La Gias and finds that the Langran kingdom was at war with Shutedonias. Feillord, now the new ruler of Langran, summons more warriors from the surface world to aid him in the war. Along his way to enlist help from the surface warriors, Masaki reunites with Tytti and found a young girl from the surface, stranded in La Gias, named Mio Sasuga. Masaki decided to take her with him, but she was later revealed to be the next herald of Masō Kishin Zamzeed.

While Masaki helps Feillord at first, Feillord later becomes fascinated by the power of the Cho-Masōki (Super Elemental Machine), Dulaxyl. Masaki defeats Feillord and the Dulaxyl, when he tries to unite La Gias by force. During the war, Masaki also discover that Shu has been resurrected by the workshippers of Shiva Volkruss. Masaki return to the surface world once again, to aid Londo Bell in their battle against the Zuvorg aliens.

Alpha Timeline[]

In the Alpha Timeline, Masaki helps the Londo Bell in the Balmar war. In Alpha Gaiden, Masaki appears again on the surface, piloting the Masōki, Jaohm, because the Cybuster had been damaged and was being repaired. Lune and Yang Long appear soon afterwards, and joins Masaki to help the Preventers, formerly the Londo Bell, against the Titans. Later, Senia, Wendy and the other Masō Kishin pilots appear on the surface, giving the fully-repaired Cybuster to Masaki. In the assault to retrieve the SDF-1 Macross, the Preventers engaged Shu in his Neo Granzon and even managed to cripple it, resulting in a rip of time and space that threw the Preventers centuries into the future, one where the Preventers failed to activate the Aegis Plan, bringing about an apocalyptic world. In this future, the Preventers, now known as the Irregulars, join forces with many warriors in the future to fight against the Ancestors.

When the Preventers return to their original timeline, Shu was there for one more challenge, intending, as in Super Robot Wars 3, to destroy the Earth and provide the souls required for Volkruss' resurrection. In a hard-fought battle, the Preventers overcame the Neo Granzon a second time. Shu died without regrets, realizing that it was simply his time to be destroyed as part of the universal cycle of life. After this, Masaki and the others Masō Kishin pilots return to La Gias.

Original Generation Timeline[]

Lord of Elementals Part 1[]

The events of the Lord of Elementals as it happened above applies the same to Masaki in the Original Generation Timeline

Divine Wars (Original Generation 1)[]

After arriving to the surface in pursuit of Shu, Masaki searched for him, but his lack of sense of direction took him longer to reach Antarctic, where he helped the ATX Team defeat an Aerogater unit. In the Antarctic base, Masaki appears too late in front of Shu, who fought against the SRX Team with his Granzon. Shu flees and Masaki follows him. Later, Masaki joins the Hagane and its crew, and helps out in the war against the Divine Crusaders. He later disappears after the death of Bian Zoldark during the final battle with the Divine Crusaders, still on the search for Shu.

When the Hiryu Custom appears at the White Star and are attacked by Aerogater forces, Shu arrives to help the battleship and Masaki appears after him. Shu suggests Masaki should stay with the Hiryu Custom before he disappears again. Shortly after Masaki rejoined the SRX and ATX teams, Bian Zoldark's daughter, Lune, appeared, apparently out from hiding, in order to defeat Masaki. However, her intentions were not of evil intent, and willingly joined with the crew of the Hiryu Custom. Masaki also participated in Operation SRW and with the war against the Aerogaters over, Masaki went to the Tesla Leicht Institute in order to find some clues on Shu's whereabouts.

Inspector Wars (Original Generation 2)[]

Unfortunately, Masaki got lost and took longer to reach the institute. By the time he's about to arrive, the institute has been taken over by the Inspectors. Masaki arrived helping both Kusuha Mizuha and Ratsel Feinschmeker fighting the pursuers from the Inspectors and ended up battling one of its leaders, Aguija and her Silverwind. Masaki eventually got cornered and only managed to turn the table with the sudden help of Ibis Douglas. Both Masaki and Aguija would later form a brief rivalry, due to their encounter and the speeds of their respective mecha. Afterwards, Masaki went to join the Hiryu Custom along with Kusuha and Ibis, also reuniting with Lune. They later rejoin the ATX Team and become involved with the war against the Neo Divine Crusaders, Shadow-Mirror, Inspectors and Einsts. Shu would occasionally show up to intervene, offering some advice, but Masaki still couldn't trust him, though he would have no choice but to accept his temporary help. After the war is over, Masaki returned to La Gias.

Unified Wisdom (OVA and Original Generation Gaiden)[]

Unfortunately, Masaki got lost again in his way to La Gias, but at that point, he received a cryptic message from Shu to head back to Tesla Leicht Institute. He helped Lune, Ibis and Tsugumi against the new berserked machines known as Mironga, which ran on the ODE System. Eventually, he reunited with the ATX Team and learned about the ODE Incident, where Mironga's successor units, the Bartolls, went berserk and captured many innocents, and all the new Aggressors members excepting its leader Kai Kitamura, were captured.

Masaki joined both the Hagane and Hiryuu Custom to assault the Hellgate Facility to save their friends. However, their rescue attempt ended in a downer note when they failed to save Lamia Loveless, an ex-Shadow Mirror operative that turned over new leaf to them during the Inspector Wars, and the true culprit, Duminuss, just revealed itself along with the Shura race appearing to threaten the Earth. With morale down, Masaki continued to stay with the Kurogane to quell the imminent Shura threat and hoping to one day avenge their fallen ally. Fortunately for the rest and himself, a miracle occurred when another ex-Shadow Mirror member, Axel Almer, turned out to have survived their encounter in the Inspector Wars and won their trust by miraculously saving Lamia and restoring her, allowing them to finally raise their morale and assault the Shura in their home base the Swordian Fortress, with Duminuss following trail and then defeating its creator Dark Brain.

However, once all that was done, Masaki's suspicion on Shu bore fruit. After the defeat of Dark Brain, Shu announced that he would strike the team down as sacrifices for Shiva Volkruss and evolved his Granzon into Neo Granzon to do the deed. Masaki persevered and eventually struck down Shu with Cybuster's most powerful attack, the Cosmo Nova. As Shu perished, Masaki lamented on his 'idiocy', shedding a tear for his fallen rival.

By the time all was over, Masaki once again resumed his attempt to return home to La Gias, even moreso that his rival was dead. But...

Another Century's Episode: R[]

Masaki is one of the "warriors" summoned by Autumn-4 to the planet Aria, and with Ryusei Date and Kyosuke Nanbu are part of the "OG Team". However, Masaki appears in Aria on his own, so he is not summoned through an Aria Gate. Masaki appears when Kyosuke and Ryusei (in the OG route) or Kinkaid Nau and Tobia Annorax (in the Crossbone Gundam route) are trying to save Ark Alpha from some enemies. When Ryusei asked Masaki how he ended up there, Masaki answered that he got lost again. At the end of ACE:R, Masaki, Ryusei and Kyosuke returned to the "OGverse", but Masaki (finally) returned to La Gias instead to the surface world along Kyosuke and Ryusei.

Sealing War (2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generation)[]

Finally arriving to La Gias, Masaki learned that Langran has fallen into the Civil War, and in the same time, he also learned that Feillord initiated a summoning sequence to help his efforts out, and both the Hagane and Hiryuu Custom were summoned into La Gias as a result. Masaki, however, only encountered Hagane, which aligned themselves with Feillord's side. Shortly after arrival, Masaki also took in a seemingly innocent girl being summoned by accident, Mio Sasuga. She would end up succeeding the fallen Ricardo as the new herald of Elemental Lord of Earth, Zamzeed. He also reunites with both Tyutti and Presia, with them seemingly recovered from the tragedy that transpired in Part 1 in the past.

While participating in the civil war and quelling members of the Volkruss Cult that was plotting behind the scenes, Masaki has a surprise encounter with Shu again, brought back from the dead without his memory intact. What Masaki didn't know was that Shu was working behind the scenes to regain his memory and freedom from the shackles of Shiva Volkruss. Eventually, the civil war culminated into a stage where Feillord decided to conquer La Gias by brute force using the newly designed Elemental Machine Duraxyll (based on the Huckebein series). Masaki then decided to stop Feillord as it was the duty of a herald of the Elemental Lord to strike down even members of the Langran Royal Family should they lose their way and become a threat to the world. After a hard battle, Feillord is defeated, Masaki learned that he just planned to unite the Langran nation by making him the source of conflict for them to defeat, and he didn't have long to live anyway with his inherent sickness. Seeing his good friend fall in a tragic manner, Masaki was saddened.

Afterwards, Masaki reunited with the Hiryuu Custom crews which also had Lune, who opted to stay at La Gias this time. He saw the Hagane and Hiryuu Custom, now christened the Kouryuu Sentai (Steel Dragon Squad), return to the surface. Even after all that's done, he still stayed in contact and learned what actually happened in the surface, in particular the battle against Gaia Sabers, Guests, Ruina and the Garden of Baral.

Later on, he got another cryptic message from Shu, now with his memories returning. He took in Yang Long, Tyutti and Mio to accompany him to space, where they ended up interrupting a clash between Gaia Sabers and Guests, only for Shu to interrupt the clash and brought proofs that the accused Kouryuu Sentai are actually innocent, under the manipulation of Gaia Sabers. Masaki then declares that he and the Lord of Elementals will fight in defense of Earth and join forces with the Kouryuu Sentai. He later also picks up Lune, Zash and Precia and save them from the attack of Ruina.

Once the threats of Ruina, Guests, Baral Garden, Gaia Sabers and eventually Euzzeth Gozzo, were quelled, Masaki returned to La Gias once more.

Lord of Elemental part 2[]

The second part of Lord of Elemental tells of the events after the return of Masaki to La Gias. Masaki, now bringing along Lune, who opted to stay at La Gias after the events of EX or 2nd Original Generations, return to Langran, to protect it from the surrounding kingdoms' invasion forces. In the final battle against Volkruss, Masaki and Shu join forces to defeat him. Alternatively, however, Masaki can also storm through Shutedonia and defeat the ambitious Lasett Nobaste to stop his invasion for Langran. If this path was taken, however, Masaki also had to deal with Wendy's evil twin sister Tudy, who resided in Wendy's body and occasionally possessed her.

Revelation of Evil God[]

Some time after the final of Lord of Elemental, the war with the other kingdoms still continues, but now Masaki has to deal with the mysterious Elan Zenosaxis, another descendant of the hero Randoll, who is the pilot of the Masō Kitei Zelvoid, an ancient mecha Cybuster was based on. Also, Elshine Theresa, the sister of Saphine (a follower of Shu) is involved in a plan to resurrect Volkruss and the second of the three gods of La Gias, Rafiistoto. To succeed in this plan, is necessary the sacrifice of a maiden of the Zenozakis family, and the only one in this age is Presia, Masaki's step-sister. Masaki is not alone in this task, however. Along whit Lyune and the other Masō Kishin and Masōki pilots, Masaki has to guide a new generation of Masōki pilots in the battle to protect Langran against invader forces and the threat of Volkruss and his minions, in the newly formed Antiras Squad. Also, during a training battle with the ghost of Feillord, Masaki was able to make contact with Cyfis, the guardian spirit of Cybuster, unlocking some of the true abilities of the Elemental Lord of the Wind.

Pride of Justice & Coffin of the End[]

Masaki continues to assist his friends throughout the adventures in La Gias, in particular Tyutti, the now more 'friendly' Eran, and his old rival Fang Zan Bisias. However, everything came crashing when the Giant Gods prophesized to bring calamity to La Gias arrived and brought ruin to La Gias. Masaki and the Cybuster was missing in action, but he's eventually rescued when a new surface-dweller, Sakito Asagi, managed to team up with some of the survivors (including Tyutti and Shu), and Masaki led the charge against the leader of the giants, the Kadoam Hakam. He didn't kill it, however, as the giant fell into a nearby Cross Gate. However, the battle pushed the Elemental Lords to its limits that all of their spirits went to slumber afterwards, leaving La Gias without the Elemental Spirits, but brought peace afterwards. This was the end of the Lord of Elementals saga, but Masaki knew that the whole battle isn't over yet.

The Moon Dwellers[]

The Cross Gate left behind eventually proved to be a threat even after the peace brought by defeating Yotennai, and it was decided that someone should go investigate. But since the Cybuster was depowered, Masaki collaborated with Sakito to bring a copy of his Raveraid's engine, the Imitational Ritual Engine, to at least bring Cybuster back into operational stage, although it would make Cybuster less powerful than the blessing of Cyfis, it would have to do. The drawback was that since the Engine draws power from dead souls and negative energies, constant usage would be hazardous for Masaki, but since the Cross Gate has plenty of those, he could still move for combat purposes. To make sure the Cross Gate didn't cause too much trouble, Yang Long, Tyutti and Mio stayed behind to observe the Cross Gate, whereas Masaki is accompanied by Lune, Shu and an old enemy during the Sealing War now turned a servant of Shu, Amara Barton/Balshem.

The Cross Gate took them back to the OGverse, in the middle a battle between the Kouryuu Sentai and the Gadisword, new Guests and the Fury. Once again, Masaki assisted his old allies, and right on his prediction, in his climax, they encountered another one of those Kadoam Hakam again, but now revealing itself as XN-L, threatening to destroy the multiverse. With the help of the Kouryuu Sentai, Masaki defeated the monstrosity for good. However, the decision was made that the Cross Gate XN-L came from became too dangerous, and it was destroyed with consent with the help of Touya Shiun and his Granteed Dracodeus. While this brought temporary peace to the Earth-verse, Masaki and his team were stranded there, with his Cybuster further depowered since it could no longer draw power from the aforementioned Cross Gate, and had to take residence in Kurogane as they search for other Cross Gates to monitor.

VTX Trilogy[]

Masaki's appearance is a bonus to the overall storyline, since he was not heavily involved with the main story. During the time Al-Warth began summoning heroes from another world, Masaki was one of the people summoned (it was unclear whether he was at La Gias or getting lost as usual), and from there, he assisted the protagonist of Super Robot Wars X (Iori Iolite or Amari Aquamarine) in their trials and tribulations against the Keepers of Order and eventually Ende the Devourer.

Later, he, along with the aforementioned protagonist, got stranded in an parallel universe with parallel versions of heroes they fought together with, and got involved with a battle spearheaded by the VTX Company against a new threat calling itself Atrium, where apparently Ende returned and became part of.

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Trivia[]

  • Kuro and Shiro, Masaki's familiars, are voiced by Rei Sakuma and Ai Orikasa, respectively. Rei also voices Radha Bairaban and Ai voices Mai Kobayashi, two other Banpresto original characters in the Super Robot Wars franchise.
    • Kuro and Shiro are based on the talking cats from the popular Magical girl anime and manga series Pretty Guadian Sailor Moon, Luna and Artemis. Kuro and Luna are black female cats, and Shiro and Artemis are white male cats.
  • In Super Robot Wars Z, the character Asakim Dowen is heavily based after Masaki. His mecha Shurouga resembles a dark version of Cybuster, and both of them share the same voice actor (Hikaru Midorikawa). Also, Asakim's name is an anagram of Masaki's. The main difference, however, is that while Masaki is heroic, Asakim is psychopathic.
  • Masaki's name is similar to that of JAM Project singer Masaaki Endoh, who with his band has sung many songs for Super Robot Wars games and anime. However, Endoh was not involved in anime or game music at the time of The 2nd Super Robot Wars' release, so it is unlikely he was the character's namesake.
  • Masaki appears in Super Robot Wars X along with Shiro and Kuro can be unlocked early only if orders Super Robot Wars X (Day-1 Steelbook Bonus)
  • The Crossing Pilot event in Super Robot Wars DD allows Masaki to temporarily borrow and pilot the Billbine from Shou Zama. It shows that Masaki can also harness the Aura Power and make the Billbine wield Cybuster's Discutter, which makes it look like a massive sword when wielded by a smaller Aura Battler unit.
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