Anime DVD Review: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Collection 1

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Collection 1 contains the first 22 episodes of the series. The only audio option is the original Japanese with English subtitles.

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Collection 1
English Publisher: Sunrise Inc./Right Stuf
Format: DVD
Release Date: June 7, 2016

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ takes place directly after the end of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. However, this series focuses on a primarily new cast. Bright Noa is among a very small group of characters to carry through to this series from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.

The new characters are led by Judau Ashta, who is one of several teenage junk collectors whose goal is to grab the Zeta Gundam in order to make a lot of money. But Judau, along with his friends, are recruited by Bright in order to take on Haman Karn and the Neo Zeon (formerly known as Axis Zeon). Judau is a loudmouthed kid, and he’s also a Newtype who can handle the Zeta Gundam; this is a major part of the reason why he and his friends are recruited by Bright. Judau’s friends include Iino, Elle, Beecha, and Mondo. Judau’s younger sister, Leina, also comes along. Roux Louka, an A.E.U.G. recruit who joins the Argama, also becomes an important character. Haman’s forces include Mashymre Cello (a goofy commander who has the hots for Haman), Chara Soon (a female mobile suit pilot who comes across as a nymphomaniac), and Glemy Toto (who becomes obsessed with Roux Louka).

After Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam had such a serious tone to it, the tone of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ starts out being much more light-hearted, which is a very distracting tonal shift between the two series. The first episode of this series is a “Prelude,” and it’s basically a recap episode to reiterate the story and various concepts from the previous two Mobile Suit Gundam series. If this wasn’t bad enough, though, there was also a section near the end that showed some of the scenes from the next episode, and this provided “spoilers” to the audience. Not only that, the “Prelude” also had some very cheesy quiz sections and the like, which utilized some very cringe-worthy mid-1980’s computer graphics.

Unfortunately, the tone of the first half of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ is so light-hearted and the villains are so goofy and over-the-top that it’s hard to take them seriously. Also, it was hard to care for a lot of the new characters at first because of how they were depicted. To be honest, if I hadn’t already had the other DVD set for this series in my possession, I’m not sure that I would have bothered continuing this series. But since my husband bought me both DVD sets for Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, I was going to see this through until the end.

When it comes to the bonus features on this release, the fifth disc includes a clean opening, a clean ending, and 48 seconds of TV spots. The clean opening and closing are what you would expect. The TV spots were all to promote the premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ. Nothing terribly spectacular, but at least the release has something in the way of bonus features.

Honestly, I can only recommend this release to readers who are fans of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and want to have every series in their home anime video collection. I really can’t recommend it to casual fans of Mobile Suit Gundam.

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