- Age: 28
- Nationality: American
- Occupation: Submarine Captain (Blue No.1); Fleet Commander
- Appearances: OVA, PS1
BIOGRAPHY (Source: 青の6号 DVD Character Files)
Emigrated from Africa at the end of the 20th Century to escape strife. Received her citizenship and scholarship by joining the Navy. A devout Catholic, but due to a past incident, she shows no mercy in battle. The youngest and most elite captain in the Blue Fleet.
My thoughts & opinions
This character left a rather strong impression on me for some reason; enough to make me write a fanfic (!) about her. In the end however, she is pretty much your average one-dimensional revenge character, like Captain Ahab from the novel Moby Dick.
Its clear that Gilford harbours alot of hatred towards Zorndyke, understandably because his actions resulted in the deaths of Gilford’s husband and children. She’s quite similar to Kino in some aspects – both have strong personalities and desire revenge against Zorndyke. Gilford however did not live to see that outcome.
Her biography is quite interesting. She would be the perfect poster-girl for both affirmative action and successful ceiling-shattering career women. I’m not exactly sure how her religion played a part in strengthening her resolve to kill Zorndyke though. She mentioned in the OVA that she became a devout Catholic (?) after the loss of her family, but is she saying that Catholicism supports revenge? Sorry, clueless atheist here.
Gilford gets a little more coverage in the 青の6号: Antarctica PS1 game. Blue No.6 actually meets up with her sub before heading to Blue Dome i.e. this occurs sometime during EP2. Blue No. 1 then comes under attack from a large force of Chimeran ships and Musucas, but she easily dispatches them all before Blue No.6 can assist (lol).
I couldn’t make out exactly what the conversation between her and Iga was about, but she sounded rather proud and confident, much like in the anime. Kino also seems to admire Gilford quite abit, and aspires to be as capable as her in future.
Gilford’s appearance reminds me a little of a particular Star Trek character – the black dude with the visor (goggles?) who served with Captain Picard.