...Aside from a few characters, everybody else is acting stupid simply to create artificial drama.
And I totally agree with all your spoilered points.
Given how ZZ is a breath of fresh air compared to Zeta and is actually fun to watch, I would recommend watching it soon if you can, especially since it is a direct continuation.
Well, I sat down with the last bit of Zeta today and just got finished. That sure turned into a lovely mess before not concluding that great. Space esperism got turned up way high and dialogue got way weird.
However, I suppose the wildest thing of them all in Zeta was the mecha designs, which got continuously more "interesting", for the lack of a better word, as it went along.
Very...odd designs, some of them. Although some of the not so outlandish ones were pretty cool, like the Asshimar
, The O
were all pretty dope I guess, as for the AEUG I liked the Rick Dias and the Gundam MK. II more than the Zeta Gundam on which I am a bit conflicted. Also interesting seeing what I guess is the introduction of satellites/funnel weapons. All in all pretty dope for something in 1985 I guess, although I find something like Cruise Chaser Blassty in the following year to look even better design wise. I guess this is a time where lots of cool mecha designs happened in general.
So, summing up my feelings about Zeta Gundam - it was okay. I loved what a ride it was in the beginning. I know I was confused by it but it wasn't boring as it just kept riding on this momentum it built up by the early episodes which lasted to about the Hong Kong-arc. Then it grew stupid and repetitive. Katz turned out to be the annoying version of Kamille that never stopped doing dumb things. I thought I would dislike Sarah more than I did (Reccoa probably took her place in that list) - she had a pleasant design and seemed pretty human when she wasn't trying to kill civilians or escaping capture.
Seriously though, the Argama must be the worst guarded warship I've seen...
All that said, I am
looking forward to double Zeta. I ordered that and the F91 movie, which I've never seen before either, so that's exciting too. I've only seen a trailer for it that I think was on the vol 1. 0083 laserdisc I have lying around.
Speaking of Gundam, I just got an email the other day from RightStuf detailing their DVD to bluray upgrade program. Shame it's for the US and Canada only it seems (although that makes perfect sense, of course). Perhaps I will have to double dip with the trilogy movies on BD at a (much) later date.
ATTENTION FINALBATON, I am transferring Vampire Princess Miyu to my NAS as I'm writing this. Probably will watch at least the first episode later tonight.
I sure hope I like it after all the hyping