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Hey guys,

SailorBee here, and we're starting up a new feature each month where we introduce and discuss an awesome title from Crunchyroll's HUGE catalog library! This month, we're going with one of my personal favorites from many years ago: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam ~ !!!








For any Gundam fan, the UC (Universal Century) is where it’s at.

For those of you who may be new, or just newer fans of the iconic franchise known as Gundam, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam is a pillar among the fandom.

I don’t even like saying “for the 1980’s the animation was great” since I personally think almost ALL of the anime in the 80’s looked better than the stuff today. BUT -- For the 80’s Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam had some of the VERY BEST ANIMATION.



The presentation of the entire series is grandiose and full of overly dynamic characters who do not lack flaws, are ambitious and quirky. Completely likeable, shippable and above all relatable. It’s the classic, “massive collection of self-interests and conspiracies” clashing on the intergalactic battlefield. Heard this one before? Not like this you haven’t!!!


Synopsis:

The year is Universal Century 0087.

Humanity has once again settled into an eerie sense of “peace”, the One-Year War is over. In order to maintain this status quo, the Earth Federation has given a special military division, the Titans, the authority to monitor the colonies.




This division uses any means necessary to force compliance, whether it is propaganda, forceful censorship, or genocide. In order to combat the Titans’ tyranny, the Anti-Earth Union Group (AEUG) has assembled a group a dissidents and amassed the funds and weapons to wage another war. The AEUG’s ranks are significantly bolstered when a Newtype (awakened psychic) named Kamille Bidan joins the fray in a Gundam.


Review:


For those of you who wonder just why the Gundam franchise has lasted so long, look no further than Zeta Gundam.

Despite its age (it originally aired from 1985 to 1986), the show is still revered by much of the Japanese anime community, and the fame is not without substance. This series is, without a doubt, one of the core Gundam series’ greatest incarnations as well as the milestone that solidified the franchise for the ages.

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam uses a similar plot structure as the original Mobile Suit Gundam, but the story is crafted with the hands of experience and maturity. Gone are the loose strings and redundant plot devices. The show has a tight script acted out by a dynamic cast. The characters are both calculating and political, but they are also hindered by their emotions. They know what they want and how to get it, but they never are truly satisfied. As circumstances change, people die, moral stigmas emerge and characters lose sight of their initial goals and unwittingly become pawns of other, more ambitious individuals. The continuous, almost episodic, string of fights set the stage for the all this drama to play out.

In the end, the only “flaws” the show has is the heavy reliance on the back story of its predecessor, Mobile Suit Gundam.

Every self-respecting fan of the mecha genre should watch this anime. Hell, you don’t even have to be a mecha fanboy/girl to enjoy this show. It is a classic that sparked a phenomenon that is still burning strong. For those still skeptical because of the show’s age, I must remind you that all great stories are timeless and Zeta Gundam is no exception.


We will be having special features focusing on Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam as well as all the other Gundam series on our site this month, so start up the discussions and feel free to share with everyone your thoughts on this amazing series ~ !!! !



In honor of of very special Gundam-centered month, EVERY FRIDAY WILL FEATURE A SPECIAL DEAL OF THE DAY with Gundam related merchandise ~ !!!

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yes! Zeta was my most favorite of all the Universal Century series. to this day i feel like no Gundam series has reached the level of character and story development of Zeta.
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I don't know, if I were to watch any gundam I feel like I would have to watch every single gundam anime to get the right experience, if I'm wrong and have just been keeping myself from a good thing tell me why I should start watching gundam.
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Nice! I definitely want to see more spotlights on the title in Crunchyroll's catalog library. Just because there's new stuff out there doesn't mean you should forget slightly older titles or the classics. And in my mind, Zeta Gundam is a classic. Hell I found the original Mobile Suit Gundam's storyline to be extremely groundbreaking and ahead of its time even for today. For a Mecha Anime, I find it odd how realistic and believable the original Gundam's storyline is and how the characters act like real human beings. It was so free (at least for the first few episodes I've watched) of a lot of mecha anime cliches we see over the years to this very day.

In any case Zeta Gundam's quite nice.



I started it a while back, but didn't finish because I was distracted by other things, but I may just start it back up again. Now if only CR would pickup ZZ Gundam to complete the original trilogy. I find ZZ to be highly underrated, although I can see why no one ever brought it over to the states. Maybe people took it's intro song too seriously and thought it really wasn't an anime...
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the thing with me is that if i never seen it as a child, than there no way i can handle the graphics.

and im a pretty big gundams fan, but i think the graphics and style of this one is just barable for me to watch enough to get use to the graphics. 1 more week for i can watch it though.
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Zeta is definitely a classic. Everything about it just screams gundam, and I think I might enjoy this series more than the original mobile suit gundam.
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Zeta Gundam is like a fine wine, it only gets better with age. Very few Gundam shows can match up to the level of quality Zeta set, and they all have Zeta's success to thank. One of the best things about Zeta is you don't have to watch the original Gundam to understand and enjoy what is happening. If you are a mecha fan you owe it to yourself to see such a great mecha show.
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I've been blasting through the entire Gundam franchise in order this past year. I'm on Victory Gundam now, but I'm missing the awesome mid-80's art style of Zeta.
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i like zeta gundam but zz gundam wasnt that great i think if they hadent made chars counter attack may be i would have liked zz gundam more because it would have been interesting to have char and armuro back in zz
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Totavo wrote:

I don't know, if I were to watch any gundam I feel like I would have to watch every single gundam anime to get the right experience, if I'm wrong and have just been keeping myself from a good thing tell me why I should start watching gundam.


That's completely wrong. Most Gundam series aren't actually connected to one another, most of them just exist on their own with one show with maybe a sequel and a few spinoffs. You should watch Gundam because the majority of series are well done war dramas with political conflict and moral ambiguity. If you like those sort of things, odds are you'll like Gundam. If not, go watch G-Gundam, it's more of a crazy super robot show like Gurren Lagann. If you're looking for a traditional Gundam series that you can just jump into I'd recommend the original(simply titled Mobile Suit Gundam), Gundam Seed, or Gundam 00. All three are available legally online, though Seed is only available on Youtube and not Crunchyroll.
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I love Zeta just got the last half of the series back in October at a small con. I was lucky since that was the only Gundam series they had not to mention the only collectors box so I snatched it up.
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I was interested in watching this until I saw that it followed that "all Gundam must be 50 episodes" rule. No thanks. I've seen about 5 Gundam series and my favorites are 13 episodes or less (War in the Pocket is only 6 and it's my favorite). Those massive ones just drag on forever and they start throwing in dumb crap and stumbling all over themselves for about 15-26 episodes before recovering.
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I didn't like Zeta as much as I thought I would, something about Kamille being an idiot and not enough Amuro for a lead. Char, I mean Quatro was great.

That and about 2000 other things, if anything I say Zeta is a show that is good in spite of it's faults.

You want to make me happy about Zeta by the way Crunchy, add the sequel.
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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam brings back memories...Still love it. For some reason I am favoring 00 as my favorite right now, however, I love the gundam franchise. Now all I need is for the Big O to be added to the library. (I do have all volumes on dvd)
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Totavo wrote:

I don't know, if I were to watch any gundam I feel like I would have to watch every single gundam anime to get the right experience, if I'm wrong and have just been keeping myself from a good thing tell me why I should start watching gundam.


The thing about the Gundam franchise is that there are multiple series, and each series are divided into different universes and timelines. For example, the original Gundam creator's primary series take place within the universe known as Universal Century (UC) and follows the Mobile Suit Gundam (MSG), MS Zeta Gundam, MS ZZ Gundam, MSG Char's Counterattack, MSG Unicorn, MSG Victory etc. ultimately following up almost a hundred years of war and history, showing recurring characters and plenty of new ones. The history and events that take place in that century won't have anything to do with the other Gundam series like say Gundam Seed (Cosmic era universe) or Gundam Wing (After Colony universe). To watch Zeta, at most all you'd need to do is watch the original MSG (and maybe MSG: War in the Pocket, 08th MS Team, and Stardust Memory if you want to really get a feel for other events during the first war and leading to the 2nd), but luckily Zeta was made to be easy to jump in to whether a person has seen the 1st one or not. For people who don't know about Gundam, the first thing they need to understand is that it's EXTREMELY (can't stress this enough) popular/famous in Japan. It's not just another anime, it's a household name and nationally recognized icon there, to the point where it has even been used as a recruitment symbol by the Japanese military in the past.


As far as Zeta goes itself, it is widely recognized as a masterpiece and was designed by Tomino to be as such. The Universal Centuray series are generally thought to have the best shows. First off, it's not a Super Mecha Robot show like Gurren Lagann (another fav of mine) with themes of "with hope and determination, you can overcome anything." UC Gundam is much more dark, realistic and scientific with a lot of research and theories put into it during it's creation. Characters are portrayed a lot more understandable and "human" than you would find from animes today. The plots are littered with politics carried by a serious war tone with logical combat situations. But that doesn't make it anywhere close to boring because of the aged-but-still-well-animated action, deep deep story, and understandable characters who you'd almost swear were real. Trying to write this unbiased, but I believe that it's worth a watch from any mecha/anime/Japan-loving fan(s).
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