Lovers is the second of 3 digitally remastered movies that encompasses the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam storyline (A New Translation II). The second movie covers the middle of the MS Zeta Gundam series, which is pivotal for Camille's relationship with Four Murasame.
The digital remastering was not done totally. There would be new scenes added in with wonderful new animation. Just as you're happy and marvelling at the animation they cut to the scenes lifted 100% from the series, which while they might have been remastered look very dated. The switch between the "new" and "old" scenes is very jarring and affected my enjoyment of these
That being said, some new scenes added in were very good and helped with character development. They also cut out a lot of fluff which made the movie much more enjoyable than the series, which tended to move along at a snail's pace.
Overall the second movie is almost worse than the series. Not many new scenes were added and the old animation was 100% copy/paste. This was the most interesting arc and they made it seem slow and boring, which was a waste.
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation II - Lovers
I wrote a review on the previous part and this one does a better job but still has the same issues that plagued the first part.
The 2 major issues with these movie retelling are as follows
1) The combination of new animation and art style with the original 80s - Like the previous part this one does this also and it's less annoying this time around only because firstly if you are watching part 2 you should be by now use to the scenes, art style and animation randomly switching up on you and this
one feels like it has 45% old art style and animation and 55% which in comparison to the old one it felt more like 35% New and 65% old. So more new this time are but at the end of the day it's still a con that all of it isn't new art style and animation because it today it looks really good and has aged well.
2) Second major issue is obviously what every movie retelling of an anime suffers from and this is story content (that i felt was important enough to be mentioned) missing from this part. The first part did it and so did this one, I'm only going to name one example since when it comes to these reviews they don't want us spoiling the story it's basically the part in the original anime that explains how the Zeta Gundam is created and who creates the blue prints for it originally, none of this was explained in this part which I felt it should have because if you haven't watched the anime you'll never know.
So basically in my opinion this part is definitely better than the first I felt even though it was missing certain scenes I felt where important it still cover a lot of content for what it was and I do commend that and if there are any pros about this movie it would definitely be that.
Lastly just like I said in for the first part I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who hasn't seen the original 80s 50 episode version. I my opinion that is still the definitive version for Zeta Gundam and once again I can only recommend this to people who has seen Zeta Gundam a long time ago and barely remember anything about the characters or plot these movie parts.
Lovers is the second movie of the Zeta Gundam movie trilogy, and continues in largely the same fashion as the first movie. If you haven't seen the first movie, or haven't seen the original Zeta series, I would NOT reccommend you watch this movie. The trilogy isn't a good replacement for the original series; rather, it feels more like fanservice for the fans of the original. I'd strongly recommend watching Zeta Gundam before the movie trilogy.
As for Lovers itself: I enjoyed it. It's a fun romp through Zeta, cutting out the chaff while adding new scenes and interactions. If you liked the first movie, you'll
probably like this one. However the pros and cons do differ slightly:
- On the positive side, Lovers' editing is much better than Heir to the Stars'. Heir to the stars had a lot of jumpy, erratic cuts and people seeming to teleport into scenes. Lovers is more streamlined, with better handling of the two animation styles.
- Lovers also includes new scenes and altered character interactions. This does wonders for Emma and Henken especially, and makes Henken very likeable. Quattro and Reccoa likewise get revised scenes. These new scenes are fun to watch and - in the case of Sarah, Shinta and Qum - provide interesting changes to shake up the old series.
On the negative side, however...
- Lovers feels LOOOONG. Although being the same length as Heir to the stars (about 1h30m), Lovers feels much longer since it covers more episodes. The sheer amount of plot crammed into this movie is very tiring. I had to watch Lovers in two sittings with occasional breaks, but by the end I didn't feel like my time had been wasted. Lovers is just a very dense movie, so maybe consider watching it in parts if you get overwhelmed.
I would consider Lovers about on par with heir to the stars. It's a satisfying addition to Zeta Gundam that gives the old characters we've grown to love new life.