|“||Young man! The pilot to the future! I, Graham Aker, will gladly take on this task! This... is not death! It's for humankind to live on!||„|
|~ Graham to Setsuna before his sacrifice to save the humanity|
Graham overall is a career soldier, always looking for the next challenge. He's fearless, confident, prideful, stubborn, honorable, a romantic, and later a devout believer in Bushido (ancient Japanese samurai philosophy and martial arts). Being one of the best MS pilots on Earth, he became bored with life as there was little to challenge his talents. After the appearance of Celestial Being and squaring off with the Gundams, he self-admitted that their appearance gave him a reason to live again and it became his obsession to defeat Celestial Being with the pride of a Flag Fighter. As such, he stubbornly piloted all Flag mobile suits without considering the GN-X series. It was only after the Flag became obsolete that he relented to piloting a GN-X, GNX-704T/AC Ahead Sakigake.
After the events of AD 2307 (Season 1), Graham never completely recovered mentally and physically from his encounters with CB, especially with Gundam Meister Setsuna F. Seiei. He treated his previous battles as a defeat and can only find a personal sense of closure by defeating CB. Graham studied the ways of Bushido to further develop himself as a warrior (influenced by Homer Katagiri). He then wore an old samurai mask to cover the scarred tissue over his face as a constant reminder of his defeat so that he may draw strength from it in battle.
By AD 2312, (Season 2), he was a licensed ESF soldier under the alias, Mr. Bushido. He was granted complete autonomy over any mission he chose. Because his only interest was in Setsuna/00, he often stayed at a distance until he eventually challenged Setsuna to settle his personal score to restore his honor. Graham wanted to die in glorious battle, but Setsuna denied him the satisfaction, instead telling Graham to let go of the past and fight for the future. That battle resulted in Graham putting aside his past transgressions and returning to his old self.
By AD 2314, Graham discarded his mask and Mr. Bushido identity. He had let go of his grudges against the Gundams and realized his misguided obsession was wrong. He returned to the ESF Army as a more confident leader, now more willing to work with a team. Graham was given command of the new Sol Brave Squadron. Graham now understands the importance of mutual understanding and the need to live for the future.
Graham has the apparently unique quirk of customizing all of his mobile suits to be "left-handed" (mounting a shield, if so equipped, on the right arm and carrying the main weapon with the left), because he is left-handed himself. Graham is a notably good pilot who has made several accomplishments throughout the series. Graham learned how pilot the YMS-01A Union Flag at a young age and was the first person to master the mid-air transformation in a mobile suit without reading the manual. This coined the phrase Graham Special, referring to this maneuver. Although Graham is a good shot in a mobile suit, his forte is high speed melee mobile suit combat. He is known for being able to fight formidably against GN mobile suits. Graham's incredible piloting ability is evident by managing to survive and endure his engagements with the Gundams. Graham is also one of the few pilots who does not like to use a GN Field for defensive purposes. By A.D. 2314, Graham had sharpened his skills even further to where he could perform the Graham Special while flying at high speeds and in zero-G environments.
Graham Aker was born somewhere in the United States on September 10, 2280. Based on the 00 CD Drama, it is known that Graham grew up as an orphan who had a fascination for the skies. Eventually Graham enlisted in the Union Army and was one of the test pilots for the Iris Corporation's YMS-01A Union Flag. His superior officer, Sleg Sletcher, piloted the Belfactory's YMS-02 Union Blast in a competition to determine which MS would replace the Realdo. Piloting the inferior Union Blast, Sleg kamikazed into Graham's Flag, but only took the wing off of the Flag. Sleg's suicide resulted in Graham's promotion and created a rumor amongst Union forces that Graham may have intentionally killed his commander for a promotion; such rumors were unproven. Before Sleg's death, Graham was also chosen as the groom for his daughter in the hopes that Graham would make enough money as an officer to help her through college. Graham declined the offer, believing his lower class status deemed him unworthy. After being in the Union military for an undetermined amount of time, Graham eventually became part of MSWΛD (Mobile Suit Warehouse and Development) mobile suit team with the rank of First Lieutenant.
The Advanced European Union recently completed a brand new MS series, the AEU-09 AEU Enact. Various politicians and military dignitaries came to see the new high performance Enact, including Union's Billy Katigiri. Graham himself was curious to see the abilities of the Enact and managed to enter the demonstration to join Billy. Billy commented on how the Enact was the AEU's first mobile suit to run on solar power. Graham overheard Billy and joined him at the demonstration. Billy asked if it was ok for Graham to be there, but Graham said that he obviously shouldn't be there. Billy commented on how the AEU had the nerve to introduce the Enact at the same time as the Human Reform League's 10th anniversary of their orbital elevator. Graham asked for Billy's opinion on the Enact, and he said that it was nothing more than a rip off of their Union Flag with a different exterior. Despite being in combat, the pilot of the Enact, Patrick Colasour, overhead the comment and wanted to know who said it. Graham laughed and said that the Enact had a good sound pickup. Suddenly, a white mobile suit descended upon the base.
Billy looked up to the descending MS and at first thought it was another AEU mobile suit. Graham also observed the suit and noticed a strange green light coming from the unit. Spectators attempted to reach contact with AEU command and Patrick, but all communications were jammed. Graham continued to watch as Patrick hallenged the unknown MS to melee combat. To everyone's surprise, the unknown-MS quickly cut off the Enacts left arm and quickly pacified the unit to the ground. Graham wanted a closer look and took an observer's binoculars to lookout for any markings. He then saw the word, GUNDAM, etched to the forehead of the MS. Graham wondered if that was the name of the unit. As the Gundam left, it's unusual propulsion system emitted green glittery light. Graham observed the green light again as Billy wondered how the mobile suit could move without a visible propulsion system. As Patrick got out of his cockpit, he complained about the situation. Upon closer observation, Graham said that the Enact deserved high marks for pilot safety, but having seen the Gundam in a fight against the Enact made Graham wonder what the purpose of that was. After the assault, Graham and Billy went to their SUV for detailed analysis.
While inside the SUV, Graham and Billy continued to talk about the Gundam. While traveling, there was a news report of the same white mobile suit, along with another unknown MS engaging in battle at the Orbital Elevator. The AEU had stored more units in the elevator than was allowed by a treaty, and Billy wondered if that was the Gundam's purpose and why. Graham said that the attack was some kind of warning and that the only way they would get answers is from the pilot of the Gundam. As they rode in the SUV, news came over about the mysterious attack. As twilight settled to darkness, both Graham and Billy monitored the news as an old man sent a pre-recorded message to the world. In it, he stated that his organization was known as Celestial Being and fought with advanced mobile weapons known as Gundams. Their sole objective was to eradicate war and conflict from the Earth. The old man stated that Celestial Being would rid the world of war for the world's sake, not their own, and that any person, organization, nation, religion, and/or ideology would be subject to armed intervention if they were found to be promoting conflict.
As the man reinforced the goals of CB, Graham was laughing at the announcement, specifically at the contradictory ideology of CB's goal to eliminate war with force. After the announcement, Graham drove near AEU's incomplete orbital elevator in Africa. Billy was working on some computer data when he asked Graham if he had to get back to MSWAD, but Graham replied,
|“||"I want to find out what that Gundam can do. That machine is something else. It's combat performance is one thing, but when it showed up, radar, communications and electronic devices were all disrupted and it was caused by that light.||”|
Graham asked if Billy had found anything, but all Billy knew was that it used a special type of particle. Just then, an unknown car drives up to them and they step out to continue their conversation. Billy said that there might be more to the Gundams, and Graham acknowledged that he had taken a liking to them. A Union officer greets them both to notify them that a carrier, loaded with his SVMS-01 Union Flag, is ready for immediate transport to meet a high ranking Union officer.
As Graham and Billy flew back to Union territory, military reports came in about the CB's impending attack on Ceylon. Billy reflected on how Ceylon was still in chaos even affter the HRL's intervention. Graham replied, "Yeah, with the goal of ending the conflict, but the truth is different. The Reform League's goal was to add Ceylon as a stepping stone to the east, assuring their supply of solar energy. The Tamil people just happened to be the strongest in the region at the time. But why did the reform League get involved int he conflict? They were afraid of the region falling out of anarchy." With a momentary thought, Graham then had the pilot alter course for Ceylon and had his Flag prepped for launch. Billy was shocked as Graham was preparing to face a Gundam, but Graham launched anyways to fight the white mobile suit.
Graham flew at high speed towards Exia. Graham then switched to MS mode in mid-air (the Graham Special) and drew out his sonic blade for melee combat. As both units locked swords, Graham said that it was a pleasure to meet the Gundam. Setsuna asked who he was, and Graham replied,
|“||"I"m Graham Aker. And you're the one who's given me a reason to live again! My, My, encountering you out here...As a Virgo, I'm inclined to believe fate is being sentimental to me. Or maybe I found you because you're not spewing out those specks of light? Probably choice number two!"||”|
Exia managed to push out Graham and disarmed his sonic blade. Graham flew backwards and was surprised at Exia's strength, but knew that the GN Sword was too bulky to chop down his Flag. Exia attempted to chop down Graham, but Graham flanked his position from behind and grabbed Exia. Graham admired his courage and attempted to capture Exia, but Setsuna told him to get off and shoved off Graham away again. Graham then deployed his rifle and attempted to shoot down Exia, but Exia dodged all the attacks and chopped down his rifle with a beam saber, much to Graham's surprise. Graham was begrudgingly forced to retreat back to his carrier as Exia retreated to join the other Meisters.
Back on the carrier, heading back to their original course, Graham and Billy talked about what happened, and Billy criticized Graham for being so troublesome. Graham replied that he would apoligize for getting the linear rifle destroyed. Billy told him not to worry since they would get some data from the scrapes on the Flag. Graham said that the Gundam pilot was young and that Setsuna's inexperience showed in how he piloted the Gundam. Just then, an officer announced that they had lost the Gundam's signal, but Graham believed that it didn't matter anyway. Graham and Billy continued to meet the commander of the Union Mobile Suit Warehouse & Development Headquarters (MSWAD).
Graham and Billy had a meeting with the commander of MSWAD. The commander told them that although the Enact was defeated in battle, the situation was spiraling out of control. After further discussion, the MSWAD commander handed Graham and Billy transfer papers to the new Anti-Gundam Investigative Squadron Billy reads and asks, "Professor Ralph Eifman...the chief of engineering is in charge?" The commander said that the higher ups of the Union thought that the squadron was neccessary Graham saluted the commander and accepted his position. As the two walked through the hallways, Billy commented on the surprise transfer. Graham answered, "I'm no god after all. Though I feel I've become a witness to destiny."
As Billy worked on Graham's Flag in the MS hanger, commented on how the Gundam had six times greater thrust than the Union Flag. Graham commented on the fearsome power and mobility of the Gundam. Billy believed that the suits mysterious particles played a critical role in its operation.." Just then, Prof. Ralph Eifman interrupted their conversation and added that the particles also affected the Gundam's weaponry and suggested capturing one for study. Graham then asked Prof. Eifman to tune his Flag to better match a Gundam. Eifman was concerned about pilot strain, but Graham was unconcerned and requested it to be finished in a week. Graham received a call about the Gundams were on the move. Reports came in about an attack at South Africa (performed by Lockon /Dynames) and Taribia. Graham was eager to intercept the Gundam (Allelujah/Kyrios), but Eifman stopped him. Graham asked why he couldn't go, and Eifman replied that he supported the Gundams in destroying the drug fields.
A week later, Graham recieved his upgraded Flag unit, the SVMS-01E Union Flag Graham Aker Custom. Eifman told Graham of the prototype rifle from the Iris Corporation and the reinforced frame. Graham congratulated Prof. Eifman as Billy added on that a anti-g system was included to easily handle 12 g. Just then, Warrant Officer Howard Mason and Master Sergeant Daryl Dodge introduced themselves as part of their squadron as Graham welcomed them.
News around the world talked about Taribia succeeding from the Union charter. The Union couldn't let Tarbia leave the Union character as their orbital elevator is stationed at Taribia. Union forces were dispatched to retake Taribia by force (if necessary) to reclaim their elevator. The world's government and forces all knew Celestial Being would appear. Determined to test his Flag in combat with a Gundam, Graham joined the attack fleet headed for Taribia. As they flew to Taribia, Howard talked to Graham over the comm about facing a Gundam and commented on how the battle would be interesting as Graham agreed. He then questioned how far could he push his new Flag.
Celestial Being appeared as predicted, but instead of attacking the Union forces, they instead attacked Taribia, determining them as the source of conflict. As a result, the Taribian Prime Minister had to call a state of emergency and reallied with the Union, turning all forces on the Gundams. Graham/Custom Flag gave chase to Exia during their retreat. As he charged in, he commented on how it was fortuitous that he got a chance to test out his new Flag. In fighter mode, Graham fired his Flag's linear rifle from Exia's back, but evaded all shots. Graham then turned around and switched to MS mode for an up-close shot. One of Graham's shot managed to hit Exia, but Exia only bounced off the shot with his shield and then dived underwater to escape. Graham halted pursuit and cursed the Gundams' versatility
PMC and AEU allied themselves together in attempt to combine their MS forces to defeat and capture the Gundams. As Graham received his coffee, he and Billy talked about the economic situation in Moralia and how the AEU wanted to capture a Gundam for themselves. Graham decided not to join the battle and let the AEU handle the Gundams
As the battle began, Graham overheard Billy and the Professor talk about Leesa Kujō, the tactical commander of a particular incident involving the AEU. Just then, visual confirmations arrived about the Gundams. The Union officers were surprised as Exia and Dynames were carrying brand new equipment not present in their original profiles. Graham observed that CB was serious with their new equipment As everyone watched on the battle, PMC and AEU forces already lost about half their forces in merely two hours. As more data came in about CB winning, Graham commented on the overwhelming power of the Gundams. Graham and Billy knew it was a lost cause for the PMC/AEU counteroffensive, they headed to the lounge to talk and drink more coffee. Eifman came to them to say that the Moralians surrendered as Graham commented on how the offensive forces were totally outclassed. Eifman commented on how Celestial Being was pushing towards the world hating them. Graham asked if CB was headed for their own destruction, and Eifman believed that they were.
Some time later, world wide terrorist attack were performed by the radical group called La Eden. They demanded CB to stop their interventions or more bombings will occur. Graham wasn't able to be idle about the matter and decided to randomly fly around for something to do. Graham, along with Howard and Daryl, flew around their Flags trying to find the terrorist group, but they never accomplished anything, CB ultimately found La Eden through the world's governments leaking info to them.
A few days later, news/rumors spread amongst Union forces of HRL's failed attempt to capture a Gundam. Howard Mason said that the operation cost the HRL 26 Tieren units, giving Daryl second thoughts about fighting the Gundams. However, Graham retorted that a mobile suit is not all about the performance.
During a mission to protect Azadistan during its civil unrest after the disappearance of religious leader Rasa Massoud Rachmadi, Graham and his Flag Fighters noticed that the Azadistan forces near the solar antennae were fighting amongst each other. Suddenly, they were taken all taken out at long range by Lockon Stratos/GN-002 Gundam Dynames. Just then, a cluster of missiles were launched from elsewhere, destroying the antennae. Graham perfomed his mid-air transformation and went to engage Dynames, evading its snipes. Graham drew Lockon Stratos/Dynames into close combat, forcing him to use his beam saber. Suddenly, Graham receives a message from headquarters about a sudden coup d'état by extremist conservatives, and then retreated to intercept. Howard and Daryl then join up to report that they didn't know who fired those missiles, as the particles emitted by Dynames prevented them from finding out.
While checking the scene the next day with Billy, Graham noticed a young boy hiding behind the rocks. The boy claimed to be just curious, but Graham was suspicious and asked him about his opinions about Azadistan's political situation and let slip about a Moralian Enact that fired the missiles. Billy asked him why he revealed that; Graham said he doesn't even know, implying he knew the boy is Celestial Being.
After Exia rescued Rachmadi from Ali-Al Saachez, and Celestial Being announces they will return him to the Azadistan palace, with Exia completely unarmed. The Gundam marched heedlessly into the palace grounds, delivering Rachmadi to Princess Marina Ismail and then retreated as the Flag Fighters observed from a distance The other Flag Fighters were adamant to go after Exia but Graham said if they did that, then the world would see them as villains.
The three superpowers soon had formed a secret coalition to do a joint training exercise in the Taklamakan Desert, which was really a plan to lure the Gundams and capture them. Graham is then promoted to the rank of Captain, with new transfers being added to the OverFlag Squadron, now officially called the "OverFlags", and publicly known as the the United States Of America 8th Independent Tactical Aviation Corps. One of the transfers, Joshua Edwards, didn't think highly of Graham's skills due to Grahams past history involving a commander's death and his promotion during that time.
During the battle in the desert, Graham lead his squadron against Dynames. Joshua instead rushed into the fray, performing the Graham Special on his own but got destroyed by the Gundam. Eventually, the Flag Fighters wore Dynames down and captured it, only for many of their squadron to be shot at long range by Johann Trinity/GNW-001 Gundam Throne Eins. With these sudden losses, Graham had to order a retreat. Eventually, two more Gundams appeared and rescued Exia, Kyrios, and Virtue, forcing the three superpowers into a retreat
After the sudden appearance of 3 additional Gundams, the world forces were severely weakened and the anti-Gundam squadron had yet to effectively combat the additional threat. The Throne Gundams attacked MSWΛD and Graham's squadron arrived to assist/defend the base. Billy informed Graham of Prof Eifman's demise and it infuriated Graham to go on the offensive. Graham's squadron attempted to take out Gundam Throne Zwei, but it resulted in the death of Howard Mason. Seeing how their forces couldn't take out a single unit, Graham had to pull back his squad. In frustration with their multiple losses, Graham asked, "How many times must you drag my face through the mud!?"
After the attack on MSWΛD, Graham and Daryl visit Howard's grave. In the silence, Daryl remarked, "We were able to fly in the sky along with you Captain." While kneeling, Graham smirked and said,
|“||"I see..he had the same strange love for the Flag that I have. In that case, let's make an oath to Howard Mason. I, Graham Aker will defeat the Gundams with a Flag."||”|
While stationed at MSWΛD, he went to check the MS hanger and found Billy tuning his OverFlag. He thought it wasn't wise for Billy to work with such injuries, but Billy was adamant about his reasons for staying. Graham let him off and stayed around to talk with him. Billy thinks that the attack on MSWAD was no regular intervention, but a ploy to assassinate Prof Eifman over his investigation on Celestial Being. It was then an alarm went off to signal a Gundam attack.
Gundam Throne Eins is attacking Iris Corporation's arms factory nearby and Graham scrambled to intercept Eins. Johann/Eins fired the beam rifle at Graham, but missed as the latter performed the Graham Special and clashed swords with Eins. During this time, Graham yelled, "No matter how much our units' abilities differ, today, I surpass even Asura!" Graham/OverFlag then pushed Eins away and drew both sonic swords and clashed again with Eins. The force of two swords on one forced Eins to relinquish his beam saber. Graham quickly grabbed Eins' beam saber and used it to cut off Eins' right arm. Graham couldn't get his revenge as Eins retreated. As he frustrated over the limit of his vengeance for his fallen comrades, he coughed blood as the inertia and g-forces he used to engage Eins resulted internal injuries.
Graham kept the GN Beam Saber and gave it to Billy in hopes it would give clues to GN Tech. While checking on Billy's progress over the beam saber, he told Graham that he discontinued the investigation and turned his focus on GN Drive and GN mobile suit development. Graham learned about the procurement of GN Tech from a Celestial Being traitor and that the Union has 10 GN Drive Tau at their disposal. After the formation of UN Forces and the deployment of GN-X's, he didn't want any part of the GN-X squadron. Graham wishes to honor Howard Mason's death with the pride of a Flag fighter pilot.
The Union, AEU, and HRL had been brought down to their knees as they no longer had the power to defend against Celestial Being. The world powers reluctantly considered the idea of surrendering to CB. With the stroke of fortune, a CB traitor, Laguna Harvey, contacted the 3 world powers to collect 30 GN Drives in Antarctica, along with new MSs, the GNX-603T GN-X. With these new MSs in their hands, the world governments united their military might as the UN Forces. They later publically declared their united objective of taking down Celestial Being. They called this plan Operation Fallen Angels.
During the initial offensives between the UN Forces and CB, Graham remained at MSWAD for a GN Drive Tau to be retrofitted into his Custom Flag. Despite Daryl's objections for Graham to use an obsolete MS, Graham was committed to keeping his promise. Eventually Billy completed the necessary adjustments and reformatted it into the SVMS-01X Union Flag Custom II. Graham then went into space with UN Forces to battle against CB, but appearance was late as the majority of Celestial Being was destroyed.
Graham arrived at the battle in his GN Flag and immediately charged towards Setsuna/Exia with a beam saber (much to Setsuna's surprise). Graham declared that he would take his revenge on Howard and Daryl. Both pilots were surprised to see each in their respective mobile suits. Graham told Setsuna that they were destined to fight each other. Graham was able to cut Exia's left arm off and went for a second strike. As Setsuna and Graham crossed swords, Graham continued talking to Setsuna. Graham told Setsuna,
|“||"You single-handedly stole my heart away. this feeling is, without a doubt, love! But if it transcends love, it becomes obsession! I went overboard, as if it were a religion, just like what causes the eruption of that civil war!"||”|
. Setsuna asked why Graham was fighting if that was the case and chopped through GN Flag's lower torso, cleaving off the right leg. Graham said that he was a soldier while decapitating Exia, but Setsuna said he was distorted and decapitated the GN Flag. Graham said that the concept of Gundams was distorted. Graham kicked Setsuna and he returned fire. Graham evaded this and said that only defeating him mattered, not the world. Setsuna asked if Graham felt the world was insignificant, and Graham said that he was the world's voice. and charged at Setsuna with his beam saber. Setsuna told Graham that he was wrapped up in his own ego and would cut through his distortion. Both of them charged at each other. In the final charge, both opponents severely damaged each other's suits, stabbing through each other's MS chest causing a massive red/green GN Particles explosion. The explosion did not kill Graham, but it did leave him with significant scars on his face and chest.
Homer Katagiri, future commander of A-Laws, predicted that CB would eventually return. Graham went to Katagiri seeking vengance against the Gundams independently. Through Katagiri's teaching of the code of Bushido, Graham dedicated his life to becoming a modern samurai warrior. After his training was completed, he started to wear a mask as a reminder of the suffering that the Gundams caused him as well as to hide his own scars. With his mask and new outfit, officers began to call Graham Mister Bushido, a name that he hated but accepted.
Four years since his major battle with Celestial Being, Graham continued to maintain his Mr. Bushido identity with the Federation and was given a license as a ranked Captain to do as he pleases. After hearing of the Gundam's return, he felt excited for the chance to face them again.
Upon learning about the whereabouts of CB and A-Laws on the hunt for them, Graham decided to drop-in to observe their search & destroy mission. While on board the leading A-Laws MS sea carrier, Major Lindt requested Mr. Bushido to be part of their forces while they hunted for Ptolemy 2. While they began an undersea assault operation, Graham remained a silent observer.
While Major Lindt was handling his underwater operation against Celestial Being, Graham sortied on standby. Major Lindt's operation failed and Setsuna/GN-0000 00 Gundam was about to destroy the carrier's command deck when Graham/GNX-704T/AC Ahead Sakigake intervened by ramming into 00 Gundam. Graham recognized the pilot's combat style and was happy he was fighting against Setsuna. Graham felt fortunate for a chance to redeem his honor through fighting 00/Setsuna. Graham's rematch was cut short with the sudden appearance of Katharon interference. Colonel Mannequin thought the situation was disadvantageous and he was ordered for a tactical retreat with their carrier.
A-Laws received a reliable tip on the location of Katharon. Mr. Bushido, along with a squadron of GN-XIII's, went to destroy Katharon. While reaching their destination, Mr. Bushido expressed no interest in partaking in exterminating Katharon and flew off against his commanding officer's dismay. Even though Celestial Being appeared, Mr. Bushido never intercepted them. It was speculated that he either returned to the MS sea carrier or didn't care to intervene because Setsuna/00 was absent in the battlefield (delivering Marina Ismail to Azadistan).
Celestial Being was discovered to be traveling outside the borders of the Rub'al Khali desert along the coastline. Mr. Bushido/Sakigake along with his GN-XIII squadron went to intercept the Gundams. To Mr. Bushido's delight, he was given orders to handle 00 Gundam. As the Gundams engaged them in battle, Mr. Bushido/Sakigake charged in with his beam saber to face Setsuna/00. Mr. Bushido/Sakigake fared well against Setsuna/00, even feeling insulted that Setsuna/00 wasn't going all out on him. After cutting down 00 Gundam's GN Shield, Setsuna/00 executed Trans-Am. Mr. Bushido was glad to see Setsuna/00 giving his best against him. Setsuna/00 used high speed combat to flank his position and chop off Sakigake's left MS arm. Mr. Bushido/Sakigake attempted to evade, but was about to be finished by Setsuna/00 when the Gundam broke down. Mr. Bushido/Sakigake didn't want to finish off a helpless opponent and left him off. His squad leader was displeased with his actions, but he simply ignored him.
While A-Laws was busy preparing an underwater assault against Celestial Being, Mr. Bushido headed off to MSWΛD. Graham came to congratulate Billy in his recent promotion to chief of MS development and was interested in testing out a prototype twin drive MS. Billy asked for his preferences for the prototype and Graham asked for the greatest speed and sword. Billy was wondering why Graham wasn't part of his unit as they are about to take on Celestial Being, Graham said he wasn't interested in ship-to-ship battles.
Eventually, the prototype, which was christened the GNX-U02X Masurao, was completed. Billy stated that it bore a resemblance to the Flag and was tuned for high speed combat. Additionally, he had installed a new system based on handwritten notes from Eifman's home.
When a number of renegade regular soldiers take control of the African elevator, Graham guessed that Celestial Being would be there. His instincts proved this when Setsuna/00 Raiser turned up, believing that Ptolemy 2 would be there also. Graham/Masurao charged at his foe, though Setsuna didn't have time for it. Graham then revealed his secret surprise: Trans-Am. He charges again, only for Setsuna/00 Raiser to put up a GN Field before activating Trans-Am, pleasing Graham. They engaged in a high speed duel, constantly clashing with each other. As they were engaged in a sword lock, a particle beam forces them break it off. Graham looked to his right and saw Ptolemy 2 and the other Gundams providing support. With his particles nearly spent, Graham swore that they would duel again.
Four months after the tragic Break Pillar incident, Graham's Marurao was upgraded with a new Blue System. He watched from afar as the Gundams capture Revive Revival. He was completely unimpressed with Setsuna's lack of passion for battle.
Innovator leader Ribbons Almark later assigned Graham and Warrant Officer Louise Halevy to travel to colony Eclipse at L5. Lieutenant Andrei Smirnov requested to join them in his Ahead; Graham doubted he'd be able to keep up.
Once Graham arrived at Eclipse in his new GNX-Y901TW Susanowo, which posessed an even greater resemblance to the Flag, he held his sword to 00 Raiser, which was on standby with Saji Crossroad waiting for Setsuna. As Setsuna observed the Susanowo, Graham called out to hm and told him that it had been a long time. Setsuna could see Mr. Bushido's unmasked face and realized it was the same man he faced in Azadistan and in space 4–5 years ago. Graham continued, "Boy, if you do not desire the loss of your Gundam, then do as I wish." Setsuna asked, "What do you want?" Graham answered, "An earnest duel!" Setsuna was surprised by his request. Graham continued, "I, Graham Aker, hereby challenge you to a duel!" Setsuna asked if he wanted to settle their score that badly. Graham answered,
|“||"Of course! You polluted my skies and stole away my brethren and my honored teacher! The ones who crushed my pride as a Flag Fighter were none other than you and Gundam! Even so, it has already passed loved and transcended hatred...It has become destiny!"||”|
Setsuna wondered about destiny as Graham retorted, "Are you ridiculing my whims? However, do not forget that the Gundam were the ones who first performed the armed interventions!" Setsuna reflected that Celestial Being had distorted Graham and accepted the challenge. Graham told Setsuna to go all out as he quickly boarded 00 Raiser and prepared for combat.
Setsuna/00 Raiser and Graham/Susanowo charged at each other and locked in the middle with their swords. Their fight was evenly matched and the two pulled away, Setsuna noticed Louise Halevy/GNMA-0001V Regnant had appeared and engaged Nena Trinity/GNW-003 Gundam Throne Drei nearby. Setsuna wanted Louise to stop as he sensed her hatred and desire for bloody retribution, but was distracted by the duel. Graham/Susanowo charged in and reminded Setsuna to go all out. As Setsuna/00 Raiser and Graham/Susanowo locked swords again, Setsuna saw Louise/Regnant destroy Nena/Drei. The two were still evenly matched in melee combat and both began a beam fire shoot out on the surface of Eclipse. Graham/Susanowo fired the Tri-Punisher, but Setsuna/00 Raiser blocked and flew upwards. Both combatants resumed two-sworded melee combat. As they fought, Graham commented over the com, "I lived on...I lived on for this! Even if I was reduced to being the Innovators' puppet...! My code of honor is...!" Graham/Susanowo charged again and clashed blades in the middle with Setsuna/00 Raiser. Setsuna retorted, "Going this far..!" Both of them broke away and realized they were still at a stalemate and both engaged their respective Trans-Am Systems for high particle charged melee combat.
From a distance, the two appeared as two burning lights of teal and golden-orange wisps clashing at each other in a spiral manner. Setsuna/00 Raiser and Graham/Susanowo repeatedly charged each other, clashed with their swords, broke off and repeated their attack upwards four times. In between their combat, the concentration of GN particles created the quantum effect and sent both pilot's minds to the quantum ethereal plane. Even though still physically in combat, the two were able to communicate on a telepathic level.
Graham wondered, "Have I already reached Nirvana?" Setsuna answered, "No. This is where the quanta gather." Graham asked, "What nonsense is that!?" Setsuna indirectly replied, "I feel like I understand. Why Aeolia Schenberg created the Gundams. No, why he created the GN Drives." Graham reacted in with surprise. Setsuna continued,
|“||"The armed interventions were a preparation for this. Aeolia's goal was to guide mankind through innovation. Yes...I...will transform!"||”|
Graham asked, "Transform? That's the zenith which you have realized?" Graham then reflected and said, "Boy, you once said that I was distorted. But even you can do nothing but fight. That is why I wish to do battle with you!" Both Setsuna and Graham returned to reality and continued their duel, locked blades in Trans-Am melee combat.
Graham continued to say, "And reach the zenith which comes with that victory!" Setsuna asked, "You only desire victory!?" Graham retorted, "What else is there!?" Setsuna answered, "It's obvious!" Setsuna/00 Raiser then put his swords together to form GN Sword Staff to strike. Setsuna continued to say, "Then link to the future...tomorrow!" Setsuna/00 Raiser then struck his weapon upwards and Graham/Susanowo deflected the attack and disarmed Setsuna/00 Raiser. Graham/Susanowo dashed a meter up-close to Setsuna/00 Raiser, poised for the final victorious blow. As Graham was about to make his winning move, he apologised to Setsuna for killing him. Graham/Susanowo made a vertical downward chop against 00 Raiser and Setsuna/00 Raiser countered by clapping onto Susanowo's GN Katana Staff and broke his blade. Setsuna then cried out, "This is my battle!" Setsuna/00 Raiser pulled out both his beam sabers and stabbed through both the shoulders of Susanowo, knocking the unit out of Trans-Am and revealing its Flag head. Susanowo overloaded and Graham could no longer engage in MS combat. Graham opened the hatch and disembarked from Susanowo as Setsuna/00 Raiser pointed his left beam saber blade at Graham. Graham cried out, "Fight me boy! Kill me and let me see you claim victory with those hands!" Setsuna/00 Raiser deactivated both Trans-Am and his beam saber. Graham shockingly asked, "Why!? Why don't you land the finishing blow!?" Setsuna answered,
|“||"I'll live. I'll live and seize tomorrow! That is...my battle. I'll fight to live."||”|
Setsuna/00 Raiser departed and left Graham stranded near Eclipse, contemplating committing seppuku or living on. Graham chose to live and presumably was rescued by an A-Laws MS carrier.
When it was revealed to the world of the A-Laws' misuse of power, the reformed ESF dissolved A-Laws and resolves to make many reforms. Graham, having given up his mask and alias as Mr. Bushido, meets up with Billy at an undisclosed lab.
On the Union's Orbital Elevator, Billy had called Graham to talk about the production of the new Brave units, a potential alternative to the GN-X series. Graham then asked about the falling debris (which had been destroyed by Descartes Shaman and the Gadelaza). Billy thought it was strange that the fragments didn't burn up in Earth's atmosphere, and Graham had heard that Brigadier General Kati Mannequin ordered a investigation performed. Graham then asked for Billy to contact him with any further information and he complied. Graham told himself that Billy was a friend to rely on.
The Earth Sphere Federation government eventually discovered the debris was actually a metallic lifeform known as a Extraterrestrial Living-metal Shape-shifter or ELS. The ELS were attracted to the people on Earth who had high quantum brainwave latency and sent a large force from a black hole in Jupiter's Big Red Spot to arrive at Earth in 95 days. The ESF responded by sending a force that included Innovator Descartes Shaman and Vice Admiral Kim. The plan was to use Descartes quantum brainwaves to force the ELS to alter their trajectory away from Earth. However, the plan backfired and the ESF battlefleet was lost. Celestial Being soon joined the fray, and Gundam Meister Setsuna F. Seiei resolved to understand the aliens instead of fighting them. However, this attempt left him brain damaged and comatose, and also led to the sacrifice of Tieria Erde and his CB-002 Raphael Gundam along with the GN-008RE Seravee Gundam II. GN-010 Gundam Zabanya (piloted by Lockon Stratos) and GN-011 Gundam Harute (co-piloted by Allelujah Haptism and Marie Parfacy) retreated with the 00 Raiser's cockpit block towards their mothership, the CBS-74 Ptolemaios 2 Kai using the Trans-Am System. However, the ELS caught up to the retreating duo as Hallelujah and Soma diverted most of the ELS away from Zabanya. Just when Zabanya's Trans-Am ran out, the Solbraves shot down a large ELS attempting to assimilate the suit. Graham Aker led his team to defend Celestial Being, using bait tactics to destroy large clusters of ELS. However, the remaining ELS gather in a circle and CB's tactical forecaster, Sumeragi Lee Noriega, radioed the Solbraves to inform them to meet up at a certain point to pick up the GNT-0000 00 Qan[T].
While Setsuna lay in a comatose state within Ptolemy's ICU, Graham boarded the ship to check on him. He encountered Feldt Grace who had been watching over Setsuna. He told her that people keep searching for mutual understanding, but that people would still be looking to find the future, regardless of the ELS and wondered if that was Setsuna's goal. Feldt asked who he was, and Graham replied,
|“||Just a man who, in his folly, repeatedly tried to surpass the Gundams. But I was indeed wrong to have thought like that. For the one who I needed to surpass was this boy. But I didn't make it in time to help our troops and I couldn't even save him.||”|
Graham then received a call telling him that more ELS had arrived in the solar system, including a ELS planetoid that rivaled the Moon. Graham later left the Ptolemy and returned to the Artorious.
While the Artorious traveled to the Absolute Defense Line in Trans-Am. Graham gave a speech to the pilots of the Solbraves, telling them that they would be putting their lives on the line and ordered them not to die. The Solbraves acknowledged and launched. The Solbraves joined the battle to defend Earth quickly and saw that the ELS were combining to form GN-XIVs. Graham and his men blasted through some of the ELS, but lost Yagan Crow in the process. After mourning his loss, Graham witnessed two cruisers being assimilated and converted into ELS. As the battle began to look bleak for the ESF, Zabanya and Harute joined the battle, but the ELS still overwhelmed their combined forces. When Setsuna awoke from his coma and launched in the 00 Qan[T], Graham was excited for his return. During the battle, Setsuna, wanting to understand the ELS instead of fight them, was attacked by a group of ELS GN-XIV. Graham and the remaining Solbraves fought them off, as Graham told Setsuna over the com,
|“||Why does your heart falter? You should be saying that you're fighting for the sake of living. To continue that existence filled with contradictions. That's what it means to live!||”|
Graham and his remaining men activate Trans-Am and clear a path for Setsuna, with Graham telling the Meister to live on and take hold of the future. Setsuna continued on as the Solbraves continued to fight. Eventually, Graham's Brave was grabbed by a ELS GN-XIV with the assimilation process beginning to reach his own body as well. With nothing left to lose, Graham decided that the future of humanity was something he would fight for to the bitter end, and charged at the ELS planetoid, aiming for a slowly regenerating hole that had been sliced open by the 00 Qan[T]. As Graham set his Brave's Trans-Am to its emergency overload, he yelled out his last words:
|“||This is not death! It is a sacrifice for humanity to live on!||”|
Graham slipped through just as the plates on the planetoid sealed, before his Brave self-destructed and blew open a hole from the inside. His sacrifice gave Setsuna the chance to enter the ELS superstructure and use the Quantum System to commence the dialogues with the ELS, ceasing their attacks and bringing mutual understanding.