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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam 

Kidô senshi Z Gundam (original title)
After the One Year War and subsequent wars with the last renmants of the Duchy of Zeon, the Earth Federation formed a special military force to prevent space colonies from revolting against... See full summary »
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(50 episodes, 1985-1986)
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After the One Year War and subsequent wars with the last renmants of the Duchy of Zeon, the Earth Federation formed a special military force to prevent space colonies from revolting against the Federation. Thus, the Titans were born. Eight years have passed since the end of the One Year War and now the tables have turned. The once good Earth Federation is now more corrupt than ever and will turn the other way even when its special force, the Titans, commit atrocities like gassing millions of civilians to their deaths. Because of this abuse of authority the Anti-Earth United Government (AEUG) is formed from the breaking off of many Federation politicians and military who oppose the Titans, and they will ally with former members of the Duchy of Zeon, who dislike the oppresion and tyranny towards the space colonies. This where the story begins. Many heroes from the One Year War, like Amuro Ray, Char Aznable, Bright Noah, Hayato Kobayashi, and Quattro Bageena (Char Aznable), as well as ... Written by fml_lopez

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The melodies of the TV series' two opening themes and sole ending theme were written by American pop singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka. "Zeta - Toki wo Koete" was based upon the song "Better Days are Coming" from Sedaka's 1972 album 'Solitaire,' while "Hoshizora no Believe" was adapted from the song "Bad and Beautiful" from the 1976 album 'Steppin' Out.' Additionally, "Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete" was derived from an unreleased song entitled "For Us to Decide". Due to this fact the US DVD release had to replace the op/ed music with BGM songs since Bandai did not own the right to distribute the music outside Japan. See more »

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Paptimus Scirocco: I won't die alone, I'm taking your soul with me.
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Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete
(From an Aqueous Star with Love)
by Hiroko Moriguchi
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Classic Gundam, a must-see
10 April 2005 | by (BORING) – See all my reviews

If you are a fan of any facet of the Gundam universe, this series is for you. If you like animation, then this series is for you. If you like good stories, this series is for you. Zeta Gundam is the dark, powerful, emotional, and completely enjoyable follow up to the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam TV series. Like it's predecessor, the show orbits around conflict between space colonies and the earth that bore them, the politics of war, and the struggles of a young man growing up in hazardous times. Unlike it's predecessor, it is a much darker, more violent and serious show.

Zeta is not the most innovative shows around, but it is certainly one of the most powerful. Some of the scenes are heartbreaking, others are uplifting, but the 'good guys' certainly have a dark cloud hanging over them the whole time. The animation is very 80s, not a bad thing, but it is pretty dated. Still, for it's time, many of the mobile suit battles come across as exciting and dynamic (more so than most of the new series), and the characters are all distinct, so there's no mixing them up because they all look so similar as in many other animes. The plot is top-notch, and will keep you interested--but not at the edge of your set--through the entire series. The last six episodes are some of the best in Gundam as a whole.

Recommended to pretty much everyone, but especially Gundam fans; Zeta Gundam may be the series finest installment.


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