Kidou Senshi Gundam ZZ

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

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Synonyms: Kidou Senshi Gundam Double Zeta, Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zeta
Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダムZZ
English: Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
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Type: TV
Episodes: 47
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 1, 1986 to Jan 31, 1987
Premiered: Spring 1986
Broadcast: Saturdays at 17:30 (JST)
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary, SpaceSpace
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.651 (scored by 1867618,676 users)
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Ranked: #56992
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Popularity: #3200
Members: 38,340
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Preliminary Spoiler
Nov 17, 2015
A controversial one...

The black sheep of Gundams UC timeline starts off horrible with its comedic approach, but almost reaches Zetas quality of dramatic storytelling in its last third. Especially the second half makes it a must watch for any Gundam Fan, as important political UC relevant events take place. If you want to have a complete understanding of the UC timeline ZZ is quite important to watch (Haman Karn is one of the most intimidating villains in the franchise). The cast of likable characters makes it also very enjoyable.

Story 7/10
Characters 8/10
Art Animation 7/10
Music 7.9/10

Final Verdict 7.5/10
Oct 12, 2008
This is a direct sequel to Zeta, but not only as that, I think of them as one big series itself despite the opposite nature of the first half ZZ that no reviewer should over look when reviewing this anime. Apparently some of the audience, executives of Sunrise and Bandai, and Tomino’s wife thought that Zeta was way too dark and gritty which is something many fans thought was what made that series distinguishing. Plus Tomino even felt bad about the nature of Zeta and thinks anime should make people happy. Then again, he was going through a depression. While with the first half of ...
Sep 1, 2008
Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zeta.

It gets a lot of bad press. "Worst Gundam Ever" is a common phrase when ZZ comes up in conversation. However. I'm going to go and stand out on a lonely, creaking limb and say I liked it. Say I liked it better than Zeta. Now let me tell you why...

The Characters:
The main difference between Zeta and ZZ is that a majority of the main characters are teenagers. Judau Ashta - the protaganist and pilot of Gundam Double Zeta - isn't interested in piloting or fighting at all in the beginning. When the badly damaged Argama lands at ...
Oct 27, 2017
*spoilers for both Zeta Gundam and especially ZZ*


When people think of the phrase “worst Gundam anime”, there are usually a few choices that tend to stick out in fans’ minds, including the likes of Gundam SEED Destiny and as of now, Twilight Axis. Among such lists, you might sometimes see Gundam ZZ being thrown around, and it’s very understandable as to both why one would give it such a label and as to why one would defend it as something that becomes good over time. Regardless, most fans who see it tend to agree that the first 20 or so episodes of ZZ are terrible, ...
Jan 15, 2015
Here is the short part:

To me there will be 3 types of people who will watch ZZ.

1.Those who enjoyed the angst of Zeta
2. Those who didn't (Me)
3.Those who have never watched a UC Gundam series before

To the 1's I say: This may not be the series for you as it is very lighthearted and sometimes campy from the beginning and doesn't really lose touch of these roots as it grows from it.

Sep 26, 2008
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, the third installment to the Gundam franchise, gets a considerably poor reputation among the Gundam community. I've even read that some fans accuse Tomino Yoshiyuki, the director of the Gundam metaseries's first group of series including ZZ, of intentionally trying to ruin the franchise. That's pretty harsh, but I don't think it's truthfully quite as bad as it's believed to be.

The plot takes place directly after Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, and stars a group of teenagers who are junk collectors, the main character being another Newtype by the name of Judau Ashta. Now here's where things get a little different story-wise. ...
Jun 15, 2009
Mixed Feelings
One of the things that gives Gundam ZZ a bad rap is the way it is so jarringly different in mood from its direct prequel, Zeta Gundam. Zeta Gundam is a great, brooding anime and a testament to how anime could tell a serious space drama. Bracing myself for what I knew would likely be a more upbeat anime, I gave ZZ a chance to impress me with an open mind.

The collection of characters in ZZ, particularly the new group of protagonists, aren't terribly deep and aren't incredibly original, but they do have a kind of chemistry together that can carry the show during the ...
Nov 10, 2017
Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataLordStage and this time we will be taking a look at one of the most notorious Gundam shows from the franchise Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.
Spoilers ahead of this show takes place directly after Zeta.

It is the year Universal Century 0088 the Titans have been defeated and Kamile Bidan mind was lost in the process turning him into a living vegetable because of this the Neo Zeon raise in power and gain control. The Arguma crew land on Shangri where they meet Judau Ashta a teenager who is taking care of his sister by dismantling mobile suit and selling ...
Apr 1, 2009
The "Worst Gundam Ever" tag didn't scare me from watching this series as part of my completionist mentality. After all I had managed to eventually finish Zeta Gundam - so how bad could this be? I guess the tag wasn't exaggerated. Now, while the other reviewers may have liked this, I have to beg to agree to disagree. Read on for a "keeping it real" review.

Story wise, ZZ follows the generic gundam story line. Young hero, happens to "fall" into piloting the "latest and greatest" suit. Gets conscripted into fighting for adults whether willingly or unwillingly. Grows up, finds his own reasons to fight/not fight ...
May 11, 2017
The Gundam franchise continued to gain massive popularity due to the release of zeta Gundam. Its depiction of its heroes as flawed individuals who tried to reconcile their selfish desire with their sense of duty was a potent combination. In order to capitalize on his new found success, Tomino made ZZ Gundam which takes place right after the finale of Zeta Gundam. However, this entry into the franchise has to be the weakest one yet.

Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam follows a group of misfits on a junkyard colony called Shangri-la. The Argama, the battleship which housed Kamille Bidan and Bright Noa from Zeta Gundam, dock the ...
Sep 27, 2015
Mixed Feelings
"It's finally time", I thought to myself as I leaned back and cracked my soft computer fingers. I dipped my feet into UC Gundam and tried some AU, and in the spirit of what started as familiarizing myself with some of Super Robot Wars's most prominently featured series I decided to partake in the inevitability that is watching the notorious Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ. To know anything about ZZ Gundam at all is to know the reasons why it's so hated. Are they true? If you came here for my response, then the answer is yes and you can probably imagine most of the review ...
Dec 8, 2008
The so called "Worse Gundam Series Ever" was actually not that bad. Though the comical first half was shit I'll grant it that. It's probably why it gets so harshly bashed. But once you survive that, it gets back into Gundam form like you'd find in the original series and Zeta Gundam. However you still can't forgive its bad opening episodes of the Shangri-La arc. Especially if you're coming off of watching Zeta Gundam. You still get a great cast of characters, but they just take more time to evolve, much like the story did.

But its in no way superior To Zeta Gundam.
Feb 14, 2013
Mixed Feelings
3rd TV Series of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise
3rd UC series.
Review from my POV (w/my personal biases)

+ A Continuation of my favorite "Century"
+ A SOMEWHAT redeeming 2nd half of the show.
+ The assembly of Gundam Team
+ People often skip this show, but watching this enhances your experience when watching Unicorn. cause about 1/3 of the stuff the OVA references are from ZZ (like Watching Marvel's Avengers w/o watching the movies leading up to it)
Aug 8, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, the third Gundam series is made as a direct sequel to Zeta Gundam. It follows closely after the end of Zeta Gundam. Many say that this is the worst UC Gundam (not the worst Gundam) ever made. Well I that's what I think as well, though that doesn't mean that this show is bad.

Story: 7
What made people hate this episode is certainly the humorous story and the many filler episodes. That's what I think as well. Even so, I think that the core of the story quite good. The core story actually have some good conflicts, politics, corrupt government, conspiracy etc. ...
Nov 5, 2018
It is deeply horrible. The plot is a mess, the characters are a mess. Don't even bother trying to watch this like I did. Just read the wikia pages for Haman Karn and Judau Ashta, and that should pretty much give you the knowledge to not get confused with the U.C. Timeline Lore. I don't give it a lower rating just because it's competent at a technical level. But everything else is pitiful, dreadful. Pathetic.
Really, don't even try. The first 7 episodes have to be the worst episodes I've seen in my entire life. Funny how there are many OVA's and stuff that tell amazing ...
Mar 13, 2015
Preliminary (13/47 eps)
I basically enjoy watching the gundam series, so no matter how bad it is, I still can enjoy it. The plot and art suits me very well, as well the mobile suits. But the porblem is when I was encountering Mondo and Beecha, its driving me nuts. I just had to stop right here and then to comment that those pricks ruins all the moment in this series.
Aug 27, 2011
Mixed Feelings
To sum this up in a phase we all know.. "WTF" Sunrise. Yeah I get it Zeta was kinda of dark but it's better than the first one and Gundam is a story about War and violence it's suppose to be a little dark...

To Compare Zeta with ZZ:
Zeta is a frowny face
ZZ is a cheesy smile

If you like being slapped in the face in the end this is the Anime for you!

If you watch Zeta then went directly into ZZ be prepared. The first like 20 some episodes we completely like a happy fun time show, it kind of reminded me of galaxy ...
Aug 16, 2016
Coming right after Zeta, ZZ has a very fresh atmosphere in comparison with less serious plot points and more whimsical characters. There are actually many points where I began enjoying this anime more than Zeta, despite how whacky it can get. But overall, the anime just falls flat on so many points.

Story: Basically, the story is about a group of teenagers that are -partly- forced to join the ranks of the military. It has a mostly comedic feel to it, with the plot getting slightly darker as it reaches towards the end. First off, the story is chock-filled with filler and events that barely affect ...
Dec 28, 2015
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, the third Mobile Suit Gundam show in the franchise, has a reputation of being polarizing. Mainly, it was a departure from the dark melodrama that its predecessor (and my favorite show in the franchise), Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, had introduced. The show takes a kid-friendly approach in its first half, which I found to be unbearable. However, the dark drama that Zeta packed is still here and it's thrilling. There's a lot to talk about ZZ, so let's get started.

Story- The story immediately takes place after Zeta Gundam. The Titans have been defeated and the Axis Zeon threat arises. The ...
Aug 20, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Gundam ZZ is one of the more infamous titles within the Gundam franchise, and for good reason. Following the dark and intense storyline delivered from Zeta Gundam that delivered some shocking developments with remnants of the Zeon Empire taking root and Kamille's comatose state, ZZ attempts to go for more light-hearted and kid-friendly storytelling in its focus on Judau Ashta, a young junk collector recruited by Bright Noa to be a Gundam pilot for the Argama due to Kamille's comatose state. The light-hearted mood for ZZ is felt in much of its first half as slapstick comedy and lack of intense violence are a regular ...