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Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

ZZ Gundam Title

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (機動戦士ガンダムΖΖ, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu Zēta)

Production

Producer
Director
Story & Script
Character Design
Mechanical Designer
Art Director
Music

Release

Japanese March 1, 1986 - March 31, 1987
Number of Episodes 47

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (or Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zeta) was a forty-seven-episode anime series (aired 1986–1987), and a direct follow-up sequel to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Gundam ZZ was also the third series in the Gundam franchise, yet another work in the Universal Century timeline.

Overview

Gundam ZZ was originally conceived of as a second season of Zeta Gundam, but it was ultimately decided that the show should feature an all-new cast, Tomino originally wanted Char as the main character, but he received the "okay" on Char's Counterattack. Nevertheless, its broadcast immediately followed that of Zeta Gundam and manages to tie up a major plotline from Zeta that was left unfinished.

As part of Tomino's tendencies to follow up a tragedy with a comedy, this nominal sequel to Zeta Gundam struck a much lighter, often comical, tone, in contrast to its predecessor's brooding melodrama. For example, in the first episode, Captain Bright is reduced to defending the Argama from thrown oranges. Judau Ashta's first battle clearly lampoons the previous Gundam pilot's instant piloting ability by having Judau be incredibly poor at combat in his first battle, however his opponent is still quite afraid of him. The whimsical opening theme song Anime Ja Nai (It's Not Anime) reflected the campiness of the first half of the series. The second half of the series does return to a more serious tone while sporting a more somber opening theme song. Because of its lighter tone and its slapstick humour, the series suffers a poor reputation among the serious-minded ranks of Gundam fandom, some of which even accuse Tomino of deliberately trying to sabotage the Gundam franchise. Despite this, it scored high ratings with the younger, more casual audiences, and the show's first opening theme Anime Ja Nai became extremely popular with anime fans and is sometimes mentioned as one of the most memorable anime songs of all time.

Story

As the continuation of Zeta Gundam, this series once again follows the story of the Anti Earth Union Group (AEUG) battleship Argama after Zeta's final episode. To fight off the Axis Zeon, now called the Neo Zeon, Captain Bright Noa recruits a group of teenage junk collectors led by the loudmouthed but powerful Newtype Judau Ashta to pilot the Argama's mobile suits. Now sporting a line up of the behemoth MSZ-010 Double Zeta Gundam and the returning MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam, RX-178 Gundam Mk-II and Gundam-like MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki, the group is nicknamed the Gundam Team. As such, this became the first of a number of Gundam series where a team of Gundam mobile suits fight alongside each other regularly. The climax takes place at Side 3 in the Battle of Axis.

Out of the major Zeta Gundam characters, only recurring captain Bright Noa and Axis leader Haman Karn make more than cameo appearances in ZZ; Char Aznable's planned appearance was canceled when Tomino was given the go-ahead to do the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack movie. Yoshiyuki Tomino's original plan for the show which involved Char's return was neither revealed [though Glemy's sudden change in motivation seems to give a hint that he fills in for him at the end], nor does Tomino himself remember it and aside from the openings, Amuro Ray does not make an appearance in the series either.

Notes and Trivia

  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ won the second place in Animage's Anime Grand Prix Award in 1986. In the same year, one of its character, Elpeo Ple was selected as the favorite female anime character of the year.

Openings, Endings And Insert Songs

Openings:

  • Anime Ja Nai (It's Not Anime) by Masato Arai (eps 1-25)
  • Silent Voice by Jun Hiroe (eps 26-47)

Insert:

  • Hoshizora no Believe (Believe; Believe in the Starry Sky) by Mami Ayukawa (episode 20)

Endings:

  • Jidai ga Naiteiru (The Era is Crying) by Masato Arai (eps 1-25)
  • Issenman-Nen Ginga (Ten Million Years Galaxy) by Jun Hiroe (eps 26-47)

Episodes

# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
1 Prelude of ZZ 1 March 1986
2 The Boy from Shangri-la 8 March 1986
3 The Knight of the Endra 15 March 1986
4 Hot-Blooded Mashymre 22 March 1986
5 Judau's Decision 29 March 1986
6 Menace of the Zssa 5 April 1986
7 Gaza Storm 12 April 1986
8 The Funeral Bell Tolls Twice 19 April 1986
9 Judau in Space 26 April 1986
10 Sayonara, Fa 3 May 1986
11 Activate! Double Zeta 10 May 1986
12 Leina Vanishes 17 May 1986
13 Little Sister! 24 May 1986
14 The Phantom Colony, Part 1 31 May 1986
15 The Phantom Colony, Part 2 7 June 1986
16 Melee Aboard the Argama 14 June 1986
17 Retrieve the Core Top! 21 June 1986
18 Haman's Black Shadow 28 June 1986
19 Ple and Axis 12 July 1986
20 Cecilia the Crybaby, Part 1 19 July 1986
21 Cecilia the Crybaby, Part 2 26 July 1986
22 Judau, Into Battle! 2 August 1986
23 The Burning Earth 9 August 1986
24 Sibling Love Blooming in the South Seas 16 August 1986
25 The Face of Rommel 23 August 1986
26 Masai's Heart 30 August 1986
27 Leina's Blood, Part 1 6 September 1986
28 Leina's Blood, Part 2 13 September 1986
29 Roux's Run 20 September 1986
30 Blue Unit, Part 1 27 September 1986
31 Blue Unit, Part 2 4 October 1986
32 Crossing the Salt Lake 11 October 1986
33 Dublin Afternoon 18 October 1986
34 Kamille's Voice 25 October 1986
35 Falling Sky 31 October 1986
36 Prisoner of Gravity: Ple Two 8 November 1986
37 Nahel Argama 15 November 1986
38 The Impregnable Jamru Fin 22 November 1986
39 The Second Coming of Sarasa 29 November 1986
40 Tigerbaum Dream 6 December 1986
41 Rasara's Life 13 December 1986
42 The Girl from Core 3, Part 1 20 December 1986
43 The Girl from Core 3, Part 2 27 December 1986
44 Emary's Glory 10 January 1987
45 The Battle of Axis 17 January 1987
46 Vibration 24 January 1987
47 Warrior, Once More... 31 January 1987


Main article: List of Universal Century episodes

Characters and Voice Actors

Character Voice Actor
Judau AshtaKazuki Yao
Glemy TotoTsutomu Kashiwakura
Haman KarnYoshiko Sakakibara
Elpeo Ple, Ple TwoChieko Honda
Elle ViannoEriko Hara
Chara SoonHazuki Monma
Bright NoaHirotaka Suzuoki
Mashymre CelloKenyuu Horiuchi
Mondo AgakeKôzô Shioya
Iino AbbavMasami Kikuchi
Leina AshtaMaya Okamoto
Mineva Lao ZabiMiki Itou
Roux LoukaNaoko Matsui
Beecha OlegShingo Hiromori
Nie Gihren, NikiBin Shimada
ShintaChika Sakamoto
Panpa RidaFumihiko Tachiki
NelmarsenHideyuki Umezu
Creyue Oye, TorresHiroyuki Shibamoto (Kenta Abe)
Yazan GableHouchu Ohtsuka
ChimatterJun'ichi Kanemaru
Emary OunceKayoko Fujii
Anma DamarKazuyo Aoki
Dido KaltohaKenichi Ogata
EinKenichi Ono
August Guidan, Gottn GohKoujin Totain
Anna HannaMasako Irie
Haro, QumMayumi Shou
Dune, MaganyMinoru Inaba
Fa YuiryMiyuki Matsuoka
Kamille BidanNobuo Tobita
Desert RommelTesshô Genda
Milly ChilderYuko Mizutani

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See also

Chronology

Preceded by:
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Chronological order
0088 U.C.0089 U.C.
Succeeded by:
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

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