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Gundam ZZ

I’ve been wanting to watch ZZ for quite a while now, and while it took me a while to do so, the main catalyst for it was the recent playing of Super Robot Wars V. Watching the characters interact and talk about events in the story got me motivated to finally sit down and watch the series.

This series is the direct sequel to Gundam Zeta, and talk about a tonal shift. We go from a series that has dark war tones, to a series where we watch a bunch of scrap yard kids steals military weaponry like it’s nothing. Don’t forget the food fights.

The first episode was also something that I didn’t expect, a basic history of the Universal Century up to that point. After that episode, it gets back to the narrative and starts after the final battle in Zeta.

The first 3rd of the series is spent on the colony as the Argama is hiding from Neo Zeon and a bunch of kids keeps trying to steal the Zeta for parts. While this is kinda funny at first, it gets quite tiresome after a few episodes. Neo Zeon has also pitted them against Mashymre Cello, an officer who is obsessed with Haman and cherishes the flower that she gave him.

For me, the series picks up after they leave the colony, and they bring in the ZZ and one of my favorite characters, Ple. The whole dynamic of Judau of being this brat who won’t take orders, but will do anything for his family, really comes out in the middle of the series where he starts to realize that his family will be affected by all of this.

While Neo Zeon’s head is Haman Karn, a character who I became obsessed with after watching Zeta, there is a bit of a power struggle as another officer, Glemy Toto tries to figure a way to usurp her power. The role these two have to play in the story is very fascinating as the two dance around each other, with Haman always being the better.

By the end of this series, you have a fascinating group of characters, which are all pretty much kids, that will create the world they want by fighting against the tyrannical Neo Zeon. Of course, this is only temporary, since everyone forgot about Char.

This 3rd Gundam series gets a lot of flack. I know a lot of it is from its sudden tonal shift from the super seriousness of Kamille to the goofiness of the Moon Moon tribes. I believe this series stands out as being a fantastic series otherwise. I for one enjoyed the Moon Moon portion of the series, especially since it comes back later in the series, and not just a random couple of episodes. Which is what I look for in series. I enjoy when things, seemingly random, come back to assist or even hurt the main protagonists of the series.

If you’ve been missing out on this series just because people have been saying it’s bad, I say give it a try anyway. While it can be a little silly in the beginning, it does pick up and it does have a compelling story, with an interesting set of characters.

You can purchase ZZ officially over here either by Rightstuf or other retailers.

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Anime Thoughts:My Roomate is a Cat

Hey all,  

I’m late to the game on this series, or at least writing about it, but I just finished watching My Roommate is a Cat

Anime thoughts
Mikazuki Subaru and Haru

(Dōkyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue) for a second time and I was really struck by the show’s message. Now It is a cute, adorable slice of life that I recommend if you are looking for a fun 12 episode series-or if you are a cat owner. Continue reading Anime Thoughts:My Roomate is a Cat

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Aura Battler Dunbine

I have just finished another one of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s epic series. This one, unlike most of his, is a fantasy bound Isekai series called Aura Battler Dunbine. It is a 49 episode series, that gives what you’d expect from a Tomino series.

It features the protagonist, Sho Zama, who is transported into the magical world of Byston Well. It is said that Byston Well is located between the land and the sea. He was summoned to be a Aura Battler pilot for the overlord Drake Luft, but ends up working for resistance forces under the leadership of Nie Givun.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. The characters were all very interesting, and there were a lot of them. By the end of the series, there were so many factions/sub factions at work, it could be hard to figure out who was who by the end of the series. The characters moved the story the most. While Sho is the main protagonist of this series, other characters like Marvel and Nie stood out just as much. Who could forget Cham, a faerie companion to the crew of the Zelana.

The soundtrack of this series was moving and emotional. The opening theme, “Dunbine Tobu” by MIO, certainly set the tone of this series with its upbeat and emotional song. It got me excited to watch the next episode.

If you’ve watched other fantasy mech series such as Escaflowne and Knights and Magic, or you enjoy fantasy epics, I recommend this series.

 

Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series, and you can watch it streaming on Hi-Dive and/or VRV.

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Review: Dai-Guard

A while ago I found this little gem at the Discotek Media booth at one of the many conventions I travel to. This was Dai-Guard: Terrestrial Defense Corp., a mecha series which I had heard of, but never watched. It looked entertaining, so I decided to pick it up.

I finally got around to watching this a few weeks ago, and I really swept through this series. Now to the fun details.

Dai-Guard is a sci-fi mecha series created by XEBEC and directed by Seiji Mizushima, who directed both Gundam 00 and the original Full Metal Alchemist anime series. This is a quaint story about a security company in the year 2030 and their giant robot…also paperwork.

Dai-Guard
Look how huge it is!

Dai-guard is robot that was created by the 21st Century Defense Security after an attack by a large monster known as a Heterodyne. Unfortunately, they disappeared after the first attack, and it became nothing more than a attraction for years to come. Continue reading Review: Dai-Guard

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5 ways the The Addams Family was ahead of its time.

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The Addams Family
The primary members of The Addams Family brush each others’ hair.

As you may know, those of us here at Doomtastic are BIG fans of The Addams Family. Maybe not quite as obsessed as Graham is with Gundam, but close.  We love the Addams Family, all the way back to Charles Addams’ original cartoons in the New Yorker. Addams Family    The Addams Family RainWhile there are many things to both admire and disdain about The Addams Family, including its unabashed campiness, it is hard to deny that The Addams Family was ahead of its time in many ways. Given both the upcoming festive season and the Fact that Netflix is set to release a new animated The Addams Family  movie it seems only just to celebrate some of the features that made The Addams Family so iconic. And it goes beyond the fact that they are “Mysterious and Spooky… altogether ooky.” Continue reading 5 ways the The Addams Family was ahead of its time.

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