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Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (機動戦士ガンダムΖΖ(ダブルゼータ‬) Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu Zēta?, pronounced Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zeta) is a 1986 anime television series animated by Sunrise and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino. It is a direct sequel to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and the third Universal Century series to be made

Plot

As the continuation of Zeta Gundam, this series once again follows the story of the Anti Earth Union Group (AEUG) battleship Argama after Kamille defeats Paptimus Scirocco. 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. Aside from the openings, Amuro Ray does not make an appearance in the series either.

Mechanic

Earth Federation/AEUG & Karaba

Mobile Suits
Spaceships

Neo Zeon

Mobile Suits
Spaceships

Episodes

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


Main article: List of Universal Century episodes

Characters

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
Nee Gylen, NickyBin Shimada
ShintaChika Sakamoto
Pampa LidaFumihiko Tachiki
Nell MarsenHideyuki Umezu
Creyue Oye, TorresHiroyuki Shibamoto (Kenta Abe)
Yazan GableHouchu Ohtsuka
ChimatterJun'ichi Kanemaru
Emary OunceKayoko Fujii
Anma DamarKazuyo Aoki
Dido KaltohaKenichi Ogata
EyneKenichi Ono
August Guidan, Gottn GohKoujin Totain
Anna HannaMasako Irie
Haro, QumMayumi Shou
Deune, MaganyMinoru Inaba
Fa YuiryMiyuki Matsuoka
Kamille BidanNobuo Tobita
Desert RommelTesshô Genda
Milly ChilderYuko Mizutani

Soundtrack

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)

Production

Mobile Suit 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 (e.g. Space Runaway Ideon was followed by Combat Mecha Xabungle), 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 second 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 non-seriousness 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 humor, 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.

Release

The series originally aired every Saturday from March 1, 1986 to January 31, 1987 on Nagoya Broadcasting Network.

The series got an English dub by Omni Productions which aired on Animax Asia (Philippines on May 2, 2005 rest Southeast Asia on May 25, 2005). The dub also aired on Animax India.

As announced by Sunrise at AnimeExpo 2013, from August 5, 2013, DAISUKI provided free Internet Streaming of the series with English subtitles.[1] The series was removed from DAISUKI sometime before June 2014.

Following the announcement of the partnership between Sunrise and Right-Stuf!/Nozomi Entertainment at New York Comic Con 2014, there was much anticipation for a North American release of the series.[2]

On March 2, 2016, at 15:03 CST, Nozomi Entertainment announced first ever North American release of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ. Collection 1 will be released on Blu-ray on June 7, 2016, coinciding with the After War Gundam X Collection 1 DVD release. It will have Japanese audio with English subtitles.[3]On April 6, Nozomi Entertainment had announced that the second collections for both series would be available on July 5th.[4]

Gallery

See also

Prequels

Sequels

Side Stories

Adaptations

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.

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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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