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No, you’re not wrong; they’re both very lucky ladies!
'Is the first to tell you she was born lucky!”
And their tag power name is “Windfall”.
Though Nell is probably a smidge luckier.
okay so some time back I was asked me to explain what’s going on with this chart
I tried my best at the time but I don’t think I did a very good job so let me do it again
These are the COs for Blue Moon, Green Earth and Yellow Comet introduced in AW1
In AW:DS they get a tag with each other
These are the COs introduced in AW2
In AW:DS, they don’t have a tag with the previous two COs but they do get a 105% bonus, since they spend the previous game/story fighting together
These are the COs introduced in AW:DS
In AW:DS, the COs introduced in AW2 get a tag with these guys instead
So in AW1, Olaf and Grit are Blue Moon COs who work together, and so are Eagle and Drake. Kanbei and Sonja are father and daughter. They all get tags together in AW:DS.
In AW2, new COs are introduced to each group: Colin is a new Blue Moon CO sent to their HQ; Sensei is Kanbei’s teacher who came out of retirement; Jess comes back from training abroad. The new COs get a 105% compatibility bonus with the two previous COs since they all spent time fighting together through the Macro Land war (that’s my take anyway).
The AW2 COs get reintroduced in AW:DS with a new CO, who they share a tag. Sasha is Colin’s older sister, Grimm is another of Sensei’s students, and Javier is Jess’
loverfriend(*), another Green Earth CO and Allied Nations comrade who fights to free Omega Land from the Black Hole threat also Javier wants to bang Jess like a drum (probably).
*that’s the most in-canon, in-text relationship I can give for Jess and Javier. Jess calls Javier a “stalwart friend” in the yield/lose dialogue in Omens and Signs. Aside from the fact that they’re both Green Earth COs who fight for justice and freedom
and that Javier is into Jess but then again who isn’t? I know I am. I’ll get back to this in part 3 of my award-winning series, “I think about Advance Wars too much”.
Because of their time of introduction and relationships, the AW2/Macro Land COs have a bonus with the other 3 COs of their country.
That’s pretty much what I wanted to point out, haha.
Orange Star and Black Hole don’t share the same pattern because they have more COs and didn’t add them one per game.
And then there’s Javier.
Despite being a new Green Earth CO in AW:DS, he shares the same pattern of having one tag with CO and then having a 105% compatibility toward the other COs of one country. Y’know, just that one country is Yellow Comet.
I found that really cute, if a little bewildering. Kanbei and Javier never meet in Campaign Mode but they’re very much alike since they’re both old-timey swordsmen who are enamored with their own feudal ways. One of their French victory convos even say they are “Bushido and Chivalry combined”.
Sensei and Grimm are bit more confusing since they don’t really talk during campaign. I mean, thinking of gaming reasons aside (Javier’s defensive style would be good with Grimm’s attacks? Maybe???)—I guess their personalities would match well. Maybe Sensei likes Javier because he’s like Kanbei, and then he and Grimm bond over being both Omega Land COs. And there’s dialogue against Clone Kanbei where, depending which version you play, Jess will compare Javier to either Kanbei (Japanese, French, German, Spanish) or Grimm (English, Italian).
Or maybe Javier just loves the Yellow Comet.
Bittmann and Kikuchiyo’s tag name is “Soul of a Samurai”. Like, every other tag is some reference to them being swordsmen or men of honor. But the Japanese (and Italian) refers to them having a samurai’s soul.
Then again, samurai could just mean they’re both want to emulate past military nobility. But samurai gives out a very Japanese image and Javier’s clearly supposed to be thr European image of a knight.
So…Soul of a Samurai = Javier sharing Kanbei’s ‘soul’ as a samurai???
that fucking weeaboo
"jess why are all your friends so weird"
but all his tag bonuses are with the best people so it works out
I still haven’t figured if Kanbei and/or Kikuchiyo is a references to a real historical figure. Or if the names themselves MEAN something. Though the names were probably chosen because they sound like old-timey Samurai names.
I don’t have any clue if Asuka or Kouzou are references to somebody or have any meaning to their names (their names isn’t written in Kanji or anything, right?) or why the name change to Sonja and Grimm ( typically Western, vaguely Germanic, names). There was a Mr. Yamamoto in Super Famicom Wars, so he and Sensei are mostly likely a reference to Isoroku Yamamoto.
SPEAKING OF OLD-TIMEY SAMURAI
In the movie Seven Samurai, there are two characters named Kambei and Kikuchiyo.
“Kambei Shimada (島田勘兵衛 Shimada Kanbei?), the leader of the group and the first “recruited” by the villagers, he is a wise but war-weary soldier.”
"Kikuchiyo (菊千代), a would-be jokester samurai (right down to the false noble birth certificate) who eventually proves his worth. He is mercurial and temperamental. He identifies with the villagers and their plight.”