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Gundam ZZ

 

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

 

Zeta Gundam was a bonafide hit when it began broadcasting in 1985. A follow-up was to be expected, and it came in the form of Gundam ZZ, which aired from 1986-87. Following the end of the Gryps War, Haman Karn and the Axis Zeon become the Neo Zeon and make their power play for control of the Earth Sphere. With Kamille Bidan comatose and Char Aznable missing, the AEUG has been severely weakened. Enter loudmouthed 14-year-old Judau Ashta and his friends from Side 1's Shangri-La colony. Although this series is a direct sequel to Zeta Gundam, its tone is very different. Where Zeta Gundam was a serious drama, Gundam ZZ in its first half focuses on goofball comedy designed to appeal to a younger audience. Director Yoshiyuki Tomino's original plan for the series called for the return of Char, but the storyline was rewritten halfway through when he received the approval to make the Char's Counterattack film, which premiered in 1988. Because of the comic antics and rewrites, many fans consider ZZ to be a lesser show than its predecessor. It should be noted though that Tomino's rewrite significantly changes the tone of the show and brings it closer to the style of Zeta. The series hasn't been released on physical media in North America, but it's currently available for free streaming via Daisuki.

 

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