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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam - Part 1 [Blu-ray]
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The Earth Federation stands victorious, but are they still on the right side?
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.
Contains Episodes 1-25 in both English dub and Japanese with English subtitles.
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Such a waste. The One Year War storyline worked as a trilogy of movies because each was over two hours in length. With these reworked Zeta Gundam movies, each is instead around 90 minutes, not nearly enough to do such a legendary anime series justice. As a result things move at such a pace that those who've never seen the original series will likely have no idea what's going on (and the first battle in space is the best example of this).
With this first installment, things become slightly calmer and easier to follow with the descent into Jaburo and the ensuing battle in the skies above, but that's pretty much the only redeeming part.
Those familiar with the series might get something out of seeing the revamped animation and the way some scenes play out differently, but fans who've yet to see it would do well to steer clear.
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This release covers 3 Blu-ray Discs (also available on DVD) and goes from Episode 1 to 25. Finally having this series in Bluray is a huge plus even though we still don't have the original opening due to copyright issues. It does feature a very nice English dub, however.
Overall, a great release for an awesome show!
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.
The only reason a star is missing from this review is that the original opening theme has been replaced. The music they use is fantastic and you'd never know it wasn't originally there, but the whole point of these remasters is to preserve the original experience for the following generations. I understand it was probably just a licensing issue, but I feel like I'm paying top dollar for them to resolve these issues before release.
All-in-all this is a must-own for Gundam fans and it's not a bad starting point to get into the series.
Big thanks to RightStuf, Sunrise, and Bandai Namco for keeping Gundam alive, and making it easy to finally own the whole expansive series!