So as my Journey Through Gundam continues I’m updating this list to reflect where I’m at with this franchise.
G Gundam, Build Fighters, Crossbone Gundam, Turn A
ZZ, Wing, F91, Unicorn
Zeta has a boatload of problems, not the least of which is its desire to kill off almost every important woman in the series just so Kamille could become a TROO NEWTYPE. The Lalah Curse is real and it sucks especially hard in Zeta. The reliance on that single plot point 4 or 5 times throughout the series is so bad.
Zeta has a lot of strong points too. Most of the characters are really good, it has amazing mechs, and cool fights.
**SPOILERS FOR ZETA**
The basis of Zeta was shock. Not pointless shock and awe like SEED, the deaths are meaningful and further enhance the story by destroying all plot armor. Killing off pretty much all of the protagonists except for Bright’s crew(since Quattro goes back to the alias of Char I’m counting that as the death of Quattro). Which was supposed to happen in the original, but Sunrise deemed it too dark and Tomino had to tone it down for younger audiences and to sell toys.
The female characters had a more prominent death because it was harder to see them die. Rosamia, Four, Sarah, Emma, and Reccoa all knew Kamille well and impacted him heavily, their deaths rocked him to his core and that’s what war does. The premise of the Lalah curse is to show the harshest example of mental strain a person can take, e.g. partly why Amuro went into hiding for 7 years. It also shows what Newtypes truly are, being connected strongly to other beings which is why whenever one dies they feel horrible.
Zeta’s dark atmosphere and story are what set it apart from the rest and why it’s so great, you don’t know what’s coming. In every other series it ends with the protag winning the last fight and having everything be right, a romantic idea that is good for story, in Zeta it shows reality. Gundam is a war story, and no other incarnation shows it better than Zeta. This is also partly why I hate that the AUs took the name Gundam because they would’ve been a lot better with an original name.
Oh and just so you don’t say I’m biased, G Gundam was the first Gundam I watched and I thought it was the greatest until I saw what Gundam was really about.
Yes, I understand that Zeta is dark and brooding. I know what they were going for. It was somewhere around when they brought Four back for two episodes just to kill her again where Zeta lost a part of me. They negated her sacrifice just to so that they can kill her again to make Kamille stronger. That’s cheap and stupid.
Zeta’s serious story is NOT unique. If you wanted to say the ending was unique, I’d be with you. However a dark and serious story is present in almost all Gundams, AU and UC. Maybe you mean how almost every moment of it was full of brooding melodrama because that still is fairly unique to Zeta. I like ZZ so much because it’s pretty much the opposite of that. It’s lighthearted and fun but really serious when it needs to be. Much more effective than just oppressively dumping melodrama on you all the time.
The idea that Gundam can only be one thing to be “real’ is trash. Gundam is different things to different people depending on what they do and don’t enjoy. G Gundam is a REAL Gundam show. Turn A is a REAL Gundam show. Wing is a REAL Gundam show. Trying to limit the franchise to be one thing is really really counterproductive and bad for everyone.
UC fanboys need to sit the fuck down and re-evaluate why they even want to continue watching Gundam stories. Is this what Tomino was talking about when he said G-Reco wasn’t for existing fans?