Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part One - DVD Collection
|Genre||Anime & Manga|
|Format||Box set, NTSC|
|Contributor||-, Yoshiyuki Tomino|
|Runtime||10 hours and 25 minutes|
In Zeta Gundam, we see the future world of the Universal Century through a dark mirror. Having defeated the Zeon menace, the Earth Federation has itself become cruel and oppressive. A new generation of Gundam mobile suits is created not to fight for peace, but to punish the enemies of the state, and yesterday's villains must become today's heroes in order to balance the scales of justice. When a young civilian named Kamille Bidan is caught up in the rebellion, he little suspects the price he will pay in the fight for freedom. From Yoshiyuki Tomino, the director of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series!
Contains episodes 1-25, English & Japanese with English subtitles; Bonus Features: Clean Opening 1 and Clean Closing 1.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : unknown
- Director : Yoshiyuki Tomino
- Media Format : Box set, NTSC
- Run time : 10 hours and 25 minutes
- Release date : March 1, 2016
- Dubbed: : English
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Right Stuf
- ASIN : B01A1T3U1U
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: #198,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #5,009 in Anime (Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2016
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Zeta, a direct sequel to the classic original, put a twist on the formula established in the original. Whereas in the original Gundam, the war was between the Earth Federation and the Zeon separatist led by the corrupt Zabi family, and the Earth Federation were the suppose "good guys". However we only thought that way because a majority of the main characters from the original Gundam fought for the Federation - Zeta turns the table. The Federation ended up creating a military group called the Titans, who ended up being just as ruthless and corrupt as the Zabi. Now the remaining heroes and villains from the first series have now turn against the Titans.
Zeta's message has always been relevant, but never has it ever felt more prominent in our daily lives then ever. An authoritarian group, which is meant to serve and protect the people, end up suppressing and murdering the people it vow to serve. Zeta shows the fluidity of a governments ethics, and really does end up questioning what side is the "good side" in this war.
In spite of the complex morals that the show is trying to convey, the show still has to appear to be like a typical children's show, filled with typical formulas seen in other shows aim for young boys. There's always battles in every battle, which can become repetitive to a point. There's also some side characters who provide nothing but comic relief. Another thing is that some of the writing for the female leads can be inconsistent; Zeta at times can provide some of the most interesting female characters in all of Gundam, yet at other times it feels like it struggles to get a female voice "right" (this will become a more of an issue in the second set).
The show nonetheless succeeds. Scenes like the many fights in space (and Earth) and the several amazing character moments, that have a healthy dose of Soap Opera melodrama, make the show an entertaining viewing. Personal favorites from this set are the fights in Hong Kong and the protagonist's doom romance with an enemy combatant named Four. The characters feel lively and are all memorable, providing one of the best cast of characters from the original Universal Century set of shows. Even the lead, Kamille, starts off incredibly unlikable before evolving into a more mature and interesting protagonist.
The Blu Ray transfer looks wonderful, with the colors truly popping and making it seem more contemporary. The details that shouldn't be there normally are now clearly visible. The mechas also move fluidly; however, since this is still a show from the 80s, you will recognize some outdated and inconsistent animation in several episodes.
Zeta succeeds more times than it fails, and when the show hits, it hits really hard. Harder than any punch from the Mark-II or Zeta Gundam. This show deserves all the love and attention it gets from fans of the franchise, and it deserves to be loved to the more casually anime fandom as well.
Overall, the series is pretty good. A few 'meh' things are present but overall pretty stable.
The good news is what gundam fans typically want is here, IN SPADES. Lots of new designs for mobile suits, gandams, mobile armors and everything else. It's frankly a huge amount of new stuff for the gundam universe. Solid mech design, check.
The characters are not exactly easy to sympathize with, but that said, they are realistically flawed and interesting to see work, if awkwardly portrayed sometimes. The intercharacter relationships are also, fascinating to see played out but again, a little awkward when put to the motions. ((On side note, just about he whole crew of the white base makes a cameo at some point.))
Even if the series does take itself too seriously sometimes, you, the viewer can just sit back relax and remember 'OMG, did the kid with the girl's name just suckerpunch a dude with and '80's haircut?!'
Oh, a did I mention this was the gundam series that began exploring the human-advanced human relationships that would be the conerstone of Seed and S. Destiny?
The bad: Three words 'nineteen eighties fashion' Sometimes the hair and clothes made me want to slam my head into a computer a laugh, but hey, I probably shouldn't knock the '80s, I didn't have to survive it.
Like I might have mentioned earlier, sometimes it's hard to really get behind the characters motivation, that sometimes drags things down.
The final word: With more plot twists over it's 50 episodes than an M. Night movie, more deep human themes than the original and lots, and I mean lot's more giant fighting robots, Zeta gundam does the good work of any mecha series.
Over all, it feels like a first tentative step after the original gundam into somthing bigger. Something more profound, something... perhaps.... more human than teenagers piloting big metal men.
Regardless of how you slice it, the Zeta complete collection one is the first half a a good, no great, series. And you can tell Shinn Asuka where he got his angsty disposition from.
And, oh yeah, one final note. Those who haven't seen the original gundam should at least take a crash course in the events of the one year war. Zeta is a direct sequel to mobile suit Gundam, so be prepared to hear 'Newtype' and other such terms thrown at you with no explanation.
I would recommend watching the Mobile Suit Gundam movie trilogy, or the 43-episode TV version of that same story before watching Zeta Gundam. This isn't something I'd say is a strict requirement but there will be characters and plot lines that feel out of left field if you don't have that backstory for context.
The last thing I'd have to say about it in general would be to note that perhaps the most wonderful part of this show is that all of the characters are various shades of gray. There's no clear-cut, flawless, perfectly moral protagonist, nor is there a complete ne'er-do-well, pure evil, hateful antagonist. There's an element of realism to the message underneath the giant robot lens presenting it.
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This is the first set of a two-set collection if you want the entire series. The image quality is gorgeous, with the 80s animation being given an HD facelift that gives it new life on today's televisions. An English dub is available for people who don't like subtitles, though purists will likely go straight to the original Japanese voice acting with subtitles.
Where the disc collection falls short is not in the content but in the extras. There are barely any to speak of here, and the opening and closing music are not from the original television broadcast. Licensing issues still make it impossible for the original Japanese songs, music, and lyrics to appear in this collection, so tracks from the series' background music are used instead.
Zeta is essential viewing for fans of the Gundam series, and this collection does right by the series in terms of image and sound quality. However, if you like your extras or love the original opening and closing credits music, you're not getting any of that despite the premium price on these collections.