Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation III - Love Is the Pulse of the Stars is the 3rd and final part in the trilogy movie adaptation of the Zeta Series and in my opinion is the best out of the three.
Now like I said in my two previous reviews source material and keeping it authentic to the original version of the anime that I remember was key and it urked me back when I watched the first two parts of this movie trilogy because I felt certain important moments where left missing in both parts 1 and 2. When it came to this part
though I felt everything that was important was present. There were certain scene I did not remember it was indeed been a while so I'm not sure it they were added or I just don't remember them. Example the conclusion fight between Yazan and Kamille I don't remember it playing out this way but if it didn't play out this way I do feel this version is actually better than how ever it played out in the anime adaptation. There were also moves that the Zeta Gundam was using that I also do not remember it using like "Beam Confuse" as it is called in this movie, I felt little additions like that made the experience fresh and new to me. Also the pacing I felt was great.
Now as for the one thing that obviously still plagues these movies is the combination of new and old scenes and if you've stuck around to watch all three of them like i said in my review in the second one you should have gotten used to it by now. I felt it was 50-50 when it came to new and old scenes. Also the new scenes was outstanding for the time it came out. The triple treat fight between Scirocco, Haman and Char that scene was by far the best scene visually that impressed me, so I'll commend them for it.
Overall like said before and once again I only recommend this to someone who is familiar to the Zeta Series new comers I recommend the anime as I still feel as an overall package is still the definitive version but this one out of the three is indeed the best of them.
Love is the Pulse of the stars is the last of 3 digitally remastered movies that encompasses the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam storyline (A New Translation). The final movie covers the last third of the MS Zeta Gundam series.
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 movies.
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 final movie is leaps and bounds more enjoyable than the series as the pacing, animation (spotty) and character development are much better. The final scene and closing songs are also very well done and look modern. Of the three movies I enjoyed this the most as it seemed like more effort was put into the digital remastering for this one, compared to the other 2.
(This only applies if you have watched the original series before watching the "New Translation" films)
If one has seen the original than this is a definite welcome addition to it, it adds better animation and sound whilst also making the ending far better. The ending of the original is, well, let's say abrupt to put it charitably. This gives it a much better sense of closure, and for that (despite a few important cut scenes), it is the best of the three "New Translation" films.
The obvious failings are the clashing animation styles due to the odd choice to only overhaul the animation for half the
film and leave the rest as it was previously.
The story is intense, fast paced, but lacks the emotional impact of the TV series.
Haman is morore decisive and threatening, until the conclusion.
The new ending is more unambiguous, which depending on your tastes will impact your enjoyment positively or negatively.