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.