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Please note that this is the Gundam Wiki's article on the TV series, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ; if you are looking for the article on the titular mobile suit of this series then you should head to MSZ-010 ΖΖ Gundam.
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (機動戦士ガンダムΖΖ(ダブルゼータ‬) Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu Zēta?, pronounced Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zeta) is a 1986 anime television series animated by Sunrise and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino. It is a direct sequel to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and the third Universal Century series to be made.


As the continuation of Zeta Gundam, this series once again follows the story of the Anti Earth Union Group (AEUG) battleship Argama after Kamille defeats Paptimus Scirocco. To fight off the Axis Zeon, now called the Neo Zeon, Captain Bright Noa recruits a group of teenage junk collectors led by the loudmouthed but powerful Newtype Judau Ashta to pilot the Argama's mobile suits. Now sporting a line up of the behemoth MSZ-010 Double Zeta Gundam and the returning MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam, RX-178 Gundam Mk-II and Gundam-like MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki, the group is nicknamed the Gundam Team. As such, this became the first of a number of Gundam series where a team of Gundam mobile suits fight alongside each other regularly. The climax takes place at Side 3 in the Battle of Axis.

Out of the major Zeta Gundam characters, only recurring captain Bright Noa and Axis leader Haman Karn make more than cameo appearances in ZZ; Char Aznable's planned appearance was canceled when Tomino was given the go-ahead to do the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack movie. Yoshiyuki Tomino's original plan for the show which involved Char's return was neither revealed, nor does Tomino himself remember it. Aside from the openings, Amuro Ray does not make an appearance in the series either.


Earth Federation/AEUG & Karaba

Mobile Suits

Neo Zeon

Mobile Suits


# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
1 Prelude of ZZ 1 March 1986
2 The Boy from Shangri-la 8 March 1986
3 The Knight of the Endra 15 March 1986
4 Hot-Blooded Mashymre 22 March 1986
5 Judau's Decision 29 March 1986
6 Menace of the Zssa 5 April 1986
7 Gaza Storm 12 April 1986
8 The Funeral Bell Tolls Twice 19 April 1986
9 Judau in Space 26 April 1986
10 Sayonara, Fa 3 May 1986
11 Activate! Double Zeta 10 May 1986
12 Leina Vanishes 17 May 1986
13 Little Sister! 24 May 1986
14 The Phantom Colony, Part 1 31 May 1986
15 The Phantom Colony, Part 2 7 June 1986
16 Melee Aboard the Argama 14 June 1986
17 Retrieve the Core Top! 21 June 1986
18 Haman's Black Shadow 28 June 1986
19 Ple and Axis 12 July 1986
20 Cecilia the Crybaby, Part 1 19 July 1986
21 Cecilia the Crybaby, Part 2 26 July 1986
22 Judau, Into Battle! 2 August 1986
23 The Burning Earth 9 August 1986
24 Sibling Love Blooming in the South Seas 16 August 1986
25 The Face of Rommel 23 August 1986
26 Masai's Heart 30 August 1986
27 Leina's Blood, Part 1 6 September 1986
28 Leina's Blood, Part 2 13 September 1986
29 Roux's Run 20 September 1986
30 Blue Unit, Part 1 27 September 1986
31 Blue Unit, Part 2 4 October 1986
32 Crossing the Salt Lake 11 October 1986
33 Dublin Afternoon 18 October 1986
34 Kamille's Voice 25 October 1986
35 Falling Sky 31 October 1986
36 Prisoner of Gravity: Ple Two 8 November 1986
37 Nahel Argama 15 November 1986
38 The Impregnable Jamru Fin 22 November 1986
39 The Second Coming of Sarasa 29 November 1986
40 Tigerbaum Dream 6 December 1986
41 Rasara's Life 13 December 1986
42 The Girl from Core 3, Part 1 20 December 1986
43 The Girl from Core 3, Part 2 27 December 1986
44 Emary's Glory 10 January 1987
45 The Battle of Axis 17 January 1987
46 Vibration 24 January 1987
47 Warrior, Once More... 31 January 1987

Main article: List of Universal Century episodes


Character Voice Actor
Judau AshtaKazuki Yao
Glemy TotoTsutomu Kashiwakura
Haman KarnYoshiko Sakakibara
Elpeo Ple, Ple TwoChieko Honda
Elle ViannoEriko Hara
Chara SoonHazuki Monma
Bright NoaHirotaka Suzuoki
Mashymre CelloKenyuu Horiuchi
Mondo AgakeKôzô Shioya
Iino AbbavMasami Kikuchi
Leina AshtaMaya Okamoto
Mineva Lao ZabiMiki Itou
Roux LoukaNaoko Matsui
Beecha OlegShingo Hiromori
Nee Gylen, NickyBin Shimada
ShintaChika Sakamoto
Pampa LidaFumihiko Tachiki
Nell MarsenHideyuki Umezu
Creyue Oye, TorresHiroyuki Shibamoto (Kenta Abe)
Yazan GableHouchu Ohtsuka
ChimatterJun'ichi Kanemaru
Emary OunceKayoko Fujii
Anma DamarKazuyo Aoki
Dido KaltohaKenichi Ogata
EyneKenichi Ono
August Guidan, Gottn GohKoujin Totain
Anna HannaMasako Irie
Haro, QumMayumi Shou
Deune, MaganyMinoru Inaba
Fa YuiryMiyuki Matsuoka
Kamille BidanNobuo Tobita
Desert RommelTesshô Genda
Milly ChilderYuko Mizutani
Rutina LevinSakuma Rei
Amasa PolaTonguu Kyouko
RenanSasaki Nozomu
MireamWatanabe Kumiko
Masai N'gavaShimazu Saeko
June KockMeguro Yuuichi
AnuIkemoto Sayuri
Anma DamarAoki Kazuyo






Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ was originally conceived of as a second season of Zeta Gundam, but it was ultimately decided that the show should feature an all-new cast, Tomino originally wanted Char as the main character, but he received the "okay" on Char's Counterattack. Nevertheless, its broadcast immediately followed that of Zeta Gundam and manages to tie up a major plotline from Zeta that was left unfinished.

As part of Tomino's tendencies to follow up a tragedy with a comedy (e.g. Space Runaway Ideon was followed by Combat Mecha Xabungle), this nominal sequel to Zeta Gundam struck a much lighter, often comical, tone, in contrast to its predecessor's brooding melodrama. For example, in the second episode, Captain Bright is reduced to defending the Argama from thrown oranges. Judau Ashta's first battle clearly lampoons the previous Gundam pilot's instant piloting ability by having Judau be incredibly poor at combat in his first battle, however his opponent is still quite afraid of him. The whimsical opening theme song Anime Ja Nai (It's Not Anime) reflected the non-seriousness of the first half of the series. The second half of the series does return to a more serious tone while sporting a more somber opening theme song. Because of its lighter tone and its slapstick humor, the series suffers a poor reputation among the serious-minded ranks of Gundam fandom, some of which even accuse Tomino of deliberately trying to sabotage the Gundam franchise. Despite this, it scored high ratings with the younger, more casual audiences, and the show's first opening theme Anime Ja Nai became extremely popular with anime fans and is sometimes mentioned as one of the most memorable anime songs of all time.


The series originally aired every Saturday from March 1, 1986 to January 31, 1987 on Nagoya Broadcasting Network.

The series got an English dub by Omni Productions which aired on Animax Asia (Philippines on May 2, 2005 rest Southeast Asia on May 25, 2005). The dub also aired on Animax India.

As announced by Sunrise at AnimeExpo 2013, from August 5, 2013, DAISUKI provided free Internet Streaming of the series with English subtitles.[1] The series was removed from DAISUKI sometime before June 2014. Gundam.Info later began uploading six subtitled episodes on their youtube weekly from mid July 2017[2]

Following the announcement of the partnership between Sunrise and Right-Stuf!/Nozomi Entertainment at New York Comic Con 2014, there was much anticipation for a North American release of the series.[3]

On March 2, 2016, at 15:03 CST, Nozomi Entertainment announced first ever North American release of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ. Collection 1 will be released on Blu-ray on June 7, 2016, coinciding with the After War Gundam X Collection 1 DVD release. It will have Japanese audio with English subtitles.[4] On April 6, Nozomi Entertainment had announced that the second collections for both series would be available on July 5.[5]


See also



Side Stories


Notes and Trivia

  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ won the second place in Animage's Anime Grand Prix Award in 1986. In the same year, one of its character, Elpeo Ple was selected as the favorite female anime character of the year.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ was the third & final Gundam TV series airing in Showa Era before Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) death on January 7, 1989


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Preceded by:
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
Chronological order
0088 U.C.0089 U.C.
Succeeded by:
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack

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