"I think it's time for me to see some action!"
—Lola , Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Combat Pod "Lola", often shortened to just Lola, also known as Battle Pod RoRo (ロロ RoRo ) in Japan, is a multi-purpose AI developed and built by Copen and one of the deuteragonists of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2. A chippy, energetic personality, she works as Copen's constant partner in the field, supplying him with his EX Weapons. She also briefly gains the power of The Muse.
Lola is an Autonomous Combat Pod (ACP) designed to regulate the control of Copen’s personal array of combat drones, also known as bits.
Because of this, she thinks of herself as kind of Copen’s official guardian, for better or for worse. During her AI development period, she would often serve as a conversational partner for Copen’s little sister. Through this, she picked up the habit of referring to Copen as “Boss.”
At a certain point in the story, she gains the abilities of The Muse, just like Joule.
Usually, Lola's form is that of a floating white and red sphere with blank yellow eyes.
Once she fuses with the Mirror Shards and gains the power of The Muse, her appearance shifts to that of a young girl with short, mint green hair, and purple eyes. She wears a red and white swimsuit-like clothing with bits of gold, and white leggings with black and red shoes, as well as black gloves with red fingers. She also has two white and red disc-like objects known as "Speaker Pods" that broadcast songs at her hips, which also sprout red wing-like holograms, which vaguely resemble phoenix wings.
In Luminous Avenger iX, Lola's costume is now white with gold and black highlights, and is slightly more revealing than her previous one. She also has a white headset similar to Copen's with four golden petals acting similarly to a crown, and her Phoenix wings now replaced hovering robotic extensions baring a resemblance to a flower.
Compared to her no-nonsense, serious partner, Lola is a far more eager and colourful character, often quite loud and energetic unlike a stereotypical robot. This is due to the fact that Lola was quite close with Mytyl before the events of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, and as a result, adopted some of Mytyl's own quirks and personality traits. She doesn't like waiting on the sidelines, and enjoys taking part in the action, frequently cheering Copen on during his missions. She has quite the short temper, instantly lashing out at Asroc for calling her a "pet".
Lola is also quite close to Copen, her time spent with Mytyl making her act almost like a guardian angel to her creator. Certain hints suggest that she may also have romantic feelings for him, as she appears noticeably flustered and flattered whenever Copen is protective of her. Her feelings for him are only more emphasized in Clockwork Daydream, where she supposedly dreams about going on what is essentially a date with him and letting him rest his head on her lap.
Plot Role Edit
Development on Lola began sometime during or prior to Azure Striker Gunvolt. Her AI was developed through extensive conversation with Mytyl, resulting in her seeing herself as Copen's guardian of sorts.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2Edit
Screams of the City Edit
After Copen fights his way through some robots to try and board the Seraph, Lola fully activates, Bits and Flashfield at the ready.
She also questions who exactly Zonda is after "he" shows up alive.
Fire, Heartblazer! Edit
When the malfunctioning Seraph begins to crash towards the city, Lola redlines her A.S. Drive and Bits to fire the Heartblazer cannon, destroying its engines and allowing Gunvolt to safely land the ship.
Operation Podpocket Edit
After GV and Tenjian fight, Lola sneaks up to Tenjian and snatches one of his mirror shards.
With Mytyl in tow, she and Copen return home.
Ignite the Anthem Edit
Lola absorbs the mirror shard to try and analyze it, but she can't get any results other than "it contains Septimal power."
When she goes to talk with Mytyl, she starts to feel a burning sensation before she suddenly materializes her fairy mode, much to everyone's surprise.
Later use and practice allows her to sing the Anthem to assist Copen, albeit with reduced effects due to his lack of Septima.
Into the Garden Edit
Lola's plot relevance doesn't particularly resurface until the end of Garden 3, where Zonda steals all of Lola's shards.
Lola has a backup to keep her AI and EX Weapons running, but her Anthem and Fairy Mode are disabled for the fights with Zonda and GV (because she no longer has the mirror shards that allowed her to do so).
Hijacked by Anthem Edit
During GV and Copen's fighting, a mysterious force takes control over Lola's conscious, forcibly materializing her fairy form.
She sings her Anthem alongside Mytyl and Joule, empowering GV and Copen until one of them finally falls.
Following the Avenger Edit
After Mytyl's recovery and subsequent amnesia discovery, Copen disowns himself as a Kamizono prepares to depart from his home. Lola follows along, ever the loyal sidekick.
As a combat-support unit, Lola controls the P-Bits that surround Copen. She can send them flying around for Copen's Shred Storm, activate any special weapons Copen has acquired from adepts, heal wounds, or activate the Flashfield.
Lola is also able to redline her A.S. Drive in tandem with the bits to fire a beam cannon called "Heartblazer". This laser is powerful enough to destroy the engines of the airship Seraph, but is not usable in actual gameplay.
After a certain point in the game, Lola is given the power of Anthem. Whenever Copen is defeated, there is a chance that she can resurrect him at full health. After the events of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, she presumably lost this ability.
Copen will automatically and permanently activate any OD subs he has equipped in exchange for the ability to rack up Kudos, and the stage music is overridden by the song Igniter.
Lola appears along with Copen. She functions pretty much as she did in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2. She appears in muse form when the player is at low health.
She has several different pixel stickers, which include her pod forms that can be collected by enemy drops.
Designer Comments Edit
RoRo was something with an ambiguous image at first: she was idol-style or nurse-style…. I foresaw that the designing work would be very hard. And thus I began to think of how to make her flashy enough so that she wouldn’t lose to Morpho and Cyan in terms in looks and whether there was anything that symbolizes rebirth like Morpho did: the answer I reached was the phoenix. Once the motif was established, I exchanged a lot of ideas with Araki-san: she steadily and firmly began to take shape, which was a hard work yet very exciting at the same time.
I thought that, since she’d transform, she wouldn’t remain a robot but I did stray a lot with idea such as “an idol-like songstress!” or “she’s a servant of Acura, she must be a Sister!”. In the end I returned to the SF suit draft which I’d discarded at the beginning. I did think “again!?” at the maiden motif but she has a chihaya* image that helps her successfully differentiate from Morpho, no? I did think of a design in which the Battle Pot ball transformed but it was very hard (to do) so I quickly switched over to a mascot-type (character). The thing that Hatakeyama-san drew in a corner of Acura’s (design) looked good but was too cute so I had him tune into a inorganic but nevertheless charming design. The decoration on her head is inspired by a Alice band, typical of girls.
T/N: A chihaya is an outfit worn by women in religious acts.
- Wire frame effects are used whether the P-Bits activating the EX Weapons, this pays homage to Mega Man X, the second entry which introduces wire frame effects in the series.
- In the Japan exclusive drama CD Clockwork Daydream, "RoRo" uses her English name, "Lola" as a alias, making it the first time a character's English name has been used within a Japanese product.
Japanese Version Edit
"Isn't it about time for me to get some action?"
—RoRo, Japanese Official Site