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Alternative Titles

English: Zoids
Synonyms: Zoids Classic, Zoids: Chaotic Century, Zoids: Guardian Forces
Japanese: ゾイド


Type: TV
Episodes: 67
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 4, 1999 to Dec 23, 2000
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG - Children
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Zoids are beast-like fighting machines used in both everyday use such as transportation, and special use such as war. Some types of Zoids, know as Organoids, are miniature Zoids that are living organisms. These Organoids have the capability to fuse with a non-living Zoid and make it much more powerful.

Van (Ban) Freiheit discovers a Zoid Organoid in an abandoned laboratory while running from two strangers piloting Zoids. Also in the laboratory, in an animated suspension tube is a strange girl. He breaks the tube open and takes her and the Organoid with him. Spotting a ruined Shield Liger Zoid outside nearby, the Organoid fuses with it and repairs the damages. Making his escape, Van names the Organoid Zeke, and decides to keep him as a friend. The girl, who says her name is Fiona, wants to find something called Zoids Eve, and so Van, Zeke, and Fiona begin their adventure.

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Aired  Sep 4, 1999 to Dec 23, 2000
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Related Anime

Adaptation: ZOIDS: Chaotic Century
Spin-off: Zoids Genesis, Zoids Shin Seiki/Zero, Zoids Fuzors

Characters & Voice Actors

Flyheight, Van
Flyheight, Van
Kishio, Daisuke
Kishio, Daisuke
Linette, Elisi
Linette, Elisi
Ohmoto, Makiko
Ohmoto, Makiko
Prozen, Gunther
Prozen, Gunther
Schubaltz, Thomas Richard
Schubaltz, Thomas Richard


Kato, Takao
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Habara, Nobuyoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Inoue, Osamu
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Jul 16, 2007
Zoids is a mecha anime about people who control beast-like units. Unlike Gundams, they aren't really used in space (at least in this particular anime) but are used for purposes such as transportation and of course, battles. This anime was the starting point of the Zoids franchise, and after watching the anime a few times (both in English dubs and Japanese subs), one can point out that it was a great way to start of the Zoids phenomena.

The story, although your simple "country raised kid rises up to the challenge of saving the world from evil," is very good and has read more
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Jan 23, 2008
Zoids consists of two series. Chaotic Century and The Guardian Force, essentially it's all one series.

The series takes place on the Planet Zi, where living machines called Zoids live. There are wild ones, and ones controlled by humans. There are two major powers on the planet Zi, the Republic and Guylos Empire. Though the war they fought is over, the peace is tenuous and could give way to war at any moment. The story follows Van who lives in a village. He goes out one day and gets chased by bandits into some ancient ruins. The he finds read more
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Oct 2, 2009
The original, and one of the best Zoids anime. With plenty of plot, this is one of the most well-developed plots of any Zoids series, with perhaps Genesis being second. The voice acting is sometimes a bit sub-par, but the rest of the series is very enjoyable. It's fairly cartoon-ey in nature, but that adds to the quality of the series.

Mecha sizes can vary massively, the scale of Zoids is very inconsistent, but this is one of the few limitations of the series. Overall the animation is very good, especially considering this series is the first Zoids series to be produced.
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Dec 9, 2012
Do note that my thoughts in this review focus more on the first half to Chaotic Century that I had rewatched recently and do not include anything coming from the second half of the series, Guardian Force. With that said, onto the review:

Nostalgia can be quite the strange little thing at times. Sometimes, it can make you think of times that you believe were better than they are now. Other times, you may have rose-coloured glasses on how you believed certain things were when you were younger. The latter was the case for me when I seen Zoids: Chaotic Century ten years ago on Toonami. read more
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Both shows, produced around the same time, feature unwilling teens piloting giant robots in a world embroiled in war.  
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The main character format:
Cocky, naive, coming-of-age young male lead - Haru / Van
Amnesia, suspended in long sleep, young female lead - Elie / Fiona
Streetwise criminal type who sticks around for unknown reason - Musica / Irvine (and sort of Moonbay)
Rare/unique mascot creature that is marvelled at, important to adventure - Plue / Zeke 
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Well first series of zoids os basically same as tengen, boy finds mech, boy beats mech, boy finds girl, girl becomes special 

Opening Theme

"Wild Flowers" by RAMAR

Ending Theme

#02: "Chase" by Develop=Frame
#03: "Into Yourself" by Transtic Nerve
#04: "Your Song" by Earth
#01: "Song for..." by Dear

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