Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Movie Complete Collection
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First off, I am not new to Gundam. I've watched all of Mobile Suit Gundam, Char's Counterattack, War in the Pocket, 08th MS Team, Stardust Memory, Gundam Wing, Endless Waltz, 00, X, Turn A, Igloo and Unicorn. Every other series (except Zeta, Double Zeta, F91 and Victory) I watched enough episodes to determine I wasn't interested.
I wanted to experience Zeta Gundam, and I chose to go with the movie compilation over the original TV series because I no longer have the time to dedicate to a 50-episode series. I'm not sure that this was the right decision. I'll get straight to the point: It was all kinds of confusing.
Trying to boil down 21-22 hours of TV series into a 5 hour movie trilogy just doesn't work that well, even when a lot of the original scenes are re-done. The problem is that, while you can easily read a summary or watch a recap, trying to watch massively cut scenes that are presented as a coherent story is stupendously taxing on the brain. Even if you know where you came from while watching a scene in the Zeta movies, you're not likely to be given even the briefest moment of reflection before you're suddenly in a totally different location and a new plot point is shoved into your face, accompanied by dramatic music saying, "Stop thinking, pay attention to THIS scene!"
Of course, trouble keeping up with the plot can be solved by hitting the pause button or pressing back for the previous scene. The director made sure that the main plot is all there. What can't be fixed, however, is the brutally truncated human story and character development.Read more ›
Considered a favorite among 80s mecha and gundam fans for it's complex politically driven plots, great characters and cool mobile suit/mecha designs which are still considered cool looking and iconic even 20 years later, Zeta Gundam was my first introduction to the gundam franchise and still one of the favorite series. Once again exposing characters to the horrors and brutality of war, unlike the original MSG, this series turns the original on its head by making the Earth Federation the villains with their brutal police force, the Titans, and the rebels, including former MSG villain Char Aznable, known as the AEUG, as the heroes. This 50 ep series climaxes in a final battle that costs all the characters far more than anyone expected.
In 2005-6, Tomino decided to give Zeta Gundam the original MSG film treatment by creating a new trilogy of films based on the sequel with a big difference. While the movies used the original story and some of the original TV footage, some of it was replaced with all new updated animated sequences and new scenes with dialogue rerecorded by the original voice cast (whenever possible). As a result you get a somewhat disjointed visual look when the films switch from older footage to newer, but all in all they are still good compilations.
The first film uses about 40% newly animated footage and by the third movie its closer to 70% new footage. I assume for production reasons they didn't reanimated the entire films from scratch, but still it would have been nice knowing that they could.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My fault I didn't check the languages, but why be region 1 if it doesn't have English. I had the old series before and wanted a recap except now I will have to read rather than... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by alex whitfield
This story has it all.
Love, hate, friendship, betrayal, and awesome Gundam battles. Must have for any Gundam fan. Read more
I big original gundam fan and i wanted to watch the new trilogy with the new animation. Liked how the changed and highlighted the best parts of the already amazing zeta series. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Lening Cortez
There is a lot of story and events from the original Zeta series to ram into a three movie trilogy. I can't say that was done well in this series. Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Erik Kim Sandved
I liked this better than the television version of Zeta and recommend it for anyone that hated the television show ending.Published on January 1, 2011 by K. Komar
i never had a chance to watch original tv series of z gundam and now i got one as a Movie trilogy and I loved it!! i enjoyed it. its worth it for gundam fansPublished on December 17, 2010 by DeathNeff
It is well documented and established that in the US, English-dubbed anime outsells non-dubbed by at least three or four times. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by sci-fi fan