While watching Gundam Unicorn, I felt a some fantasy vibes concerning the Laplace Box, and The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry. From a universe that is decidedly hard sci-fi, the Laplace Box seems to possess a power that could only be described as magical, while the tapestry is oddly prophetic.
- À Mon Seul Désir
This tapestry is wider than the others, and has a somewhat different style. The lady stands in front of a tent, across the top of which is written “À Mon Seul Désir” (obscure: according to my desire alone / by my will alone / love desires only beauty of soul / to calm passion). Her maidservant stands to the right, holding open a chest. The lady is placing the necklace she wears in the other tapestries into the chest. To her left is a low bench with bags of coins on it. The unicorn and the lion stand in their normal spots framing the lady while holding onto the pennants.
This tapestry has elicited a number of interpretations. One interpretation sees the lady putting the necklace into the chest as a renunciation of the passions aroused by the other senses, and as an assertion of her free will. Another sees the tapestry as representing a sixth sense of understanding (derived from the sermons of Jean Gerson of the University of Paris c. 1420). Other various interpretations see the tapestry as representing love or virginity.
(The Lady and the Unicorn, Wikipedia)
Free will! Something Audrey seemed to have had in short supply in the past, but now she’s learning. Understanding is a cornerstone of the Newtype theory. How about love? Virginity?
The Lady and the Unicorn also references something interesting: earlier mecha shows like Gundam X and Eureka Seven have employed a package that the male protagonist comes across in the beginning: a young girl and a giant robot, both of them very special. X had the Gundam X, which could only be used with Tiffa’s Newtype power, while Eureka Seven had the Nirvash, which power Renton fully awakens with the help of Eureka. In this case, Banagher meets Audrey, someone very important to Neo Zeon (you’ll have to spoil yourself elsewhere for her identity), and this encounter pushes him to become the Unicorn Gundam’s pilot.
Banagher may not be in love with Audrey (at this point), but he feels a strong Newtype attraction to her. The desire to save Audrey is what makes Banagher worthy. This is what fuels him to take the Unicorn’s reins; not the allure of the Laplace Box, or even the Unicorn’s own destructive power. Only one who is pure can truly control the purest of mythological animals.