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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
February 11, 2010, 10:48 am
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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam or Mobile Suit Ζ Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム, Kidō Senshi Zēta Gandamu?) (aired 1985–1986) is a television anime, part of the Gundam series and a sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam. The show was created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, with character designs by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, while the series’ mechanical designs is split amongst Kunio Okawara, Mamoru Nagano, and Kazumi Fujita. The series was originally aired by Nagoya Broadcasting Network (and its sister ANN stations), rerun on the anime satellite television network, Animax, across Japan and later its respective networks worldwide, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and other regions.

Between 2005 to 2006, the series was reproduced and compiled into a movie trilogy, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation. Though still directed by Tomino, it involved many changes in the original storyline.

Plot summary

U.C. 0087. seven years after the end of the One Year War, the story told in Mobile Suit Gundam, a group called AEUG secretly emerges from the Earth Federation and Zeon remnants including Char Aznable, disguised as Quattro Bajeena, led by the Earth Federation Forces Brigadier General Blex Forer, is determined to fight against the elite taskforce of the Earth Federation, the Titans, which is established to hunt down Zeon remnants but ruthlessly kill anyone demanding equal rights for the space citizens.

The story of Zeta Gundam begins in the view point of the civilian teenager named Kamille Bidan, whose parents are engineers working for the Earth Federation and Titans, traveling to the colony Green Noa to meet his parents and ran into trouble by hitting a Titans officer, Jerid Messa, who said his name Kamille is very feminine. AEUG task force led by Quattro launched an attack on the colony to capture the newly developed Gundam Mk-II testing in Green Noa and Kamille, with his skills and knowledge of the champion Junior Mobile Suit competition took the chance and piloted the Mk-II prepared for Jerid to fight against the attack and followed Quattro back to Argama, the mothership of AEUG. Kamille’s parents were later used as hostages by Titans to force the returning of the Gundam Mk-IIs, but Jerid, without knowing the capsules contained hostages, destroyed the capsules, leading Kamille to join the AEUG to fight against Titans.

The plot mainly follows the view point of Kamille in the war, having him meet various people of all sides, including brainwashed artificial Newtypes of Titans and the giant corporation leaders of Anaheim Electronics who is secretly funding AEUG. The plot continues with several battles between AEUG and Titans and the conflict eventually became a civil war after AEUG launched a full out attack on the Earth Federation’s assembly at Dakar, and Quattro revealed himself to be Char Aznable and presented evidences of Titans’ tyranny including using a nerve gas called G3 on a defenseless colony. Earth Federation court soon ruled Titans to be illegal and backed up AEUG to hunt down Titans leader Jamitov Hymem.

After losing the support from the Earth Federation, Titans turned to its original enemy, the Zeon remnants, Axis Zeon, and wants to form an alliance with Axis to regain control of the Earth sphere. Axis Zeon’s leader Haman Kann had a different proposal in mind, and also contacted AEUG, using the civil war of the Earth Federation at hand to politically ask for the control of Side 3, the former Zeon colonies.

Axis involvement and Jamitov’s assassination by the Jupiter fleet’s leader Paptimus Scirocco soon led to a battle to gain control of the Gryps colony, headquarter of the Titans, modified to be a colony laser, a type of super weapon also seen in Mobile Suit Gundam, where a full sized O’Neil Cylinder is turned into a laser. The war ended as Kamille, piloting the titular mobile suit Z Gundam, killed Paptimus in battle and AEUG’s sinking the Jupitris, flagship of Paptimus and most of the Titans fleet. Having also major damage on its forces, the AEUG and Earth Federation will face the full force of Axis Zeon, which is revealed to be hidden in the asteroid Axis, renamed as Neo Zeon in the story of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.

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