Oh yeah, forgot to update this when I was watching ZZ. Finished ZZ about a week ago and enjoyed it a lot honestly, moreso than the original and Zeta. I know people dislike it for how it takes the serious tone of Zeta and throws it out the window so we can have wacky teenage hijinks but I really liked that aspect of it. Hell, when the teens are left to pretty much man the ship in the final episodes it really made the whole situations a lot more tense as they don't have Bright to really give them commands and have to do everything themselves. This entire part felt like the crew of Argama were barely holding on and were greatly outmatched and outclassed. In the beginning when all they had was Fa to really fight anything it was a tense time and I liked that about it, everyone else was either incapacitated or dead, she was all they had left.
Character wise, I liked them. Judau was a nice middle ground between Amuro and Kamille I found and giving him a sister to fight for was a nice touch, a shame Leina didn't get a chance to really pilot a Gundam and was instead placed under the care of someone else who seemed to want to refine her a la My Fair Lady or something which was both funny and disturbing. I actually liked seeing the other members of the crew pilot Gundams too. Seeing the Mark 2 and Zeta get a lot of screentime while fighting was nice as well, so it wasn't just the ZZ all the time. I did hate Beecha and Mondo for a while since they truly felt like scum with their actions in the beginning and even betraying the Argama
but that turned around fast, was very glad Mondo was able to take his revenge after Rasara died, felt like something a side character wouldn't get a chance to pull off.
. Iino was someone I wished did more though, he was my favourite of the side characters and was glad he had his several fights but wished he had more. Puru was a fun character just for how insane it felt like she was and I liked how completely oblivious she was as it added an interesting part to her character and how others had to deal with it. Bright remains my favourite character though, guys is incredibly based and I laughed at how Chara and Emary tried to get with him a bunch and he had to reject them. Speaking of Emary she had a sad death
It wasn't entirely perfect though, I still found myself somewhat bored in a few episodes, with MoonMoon and the arc in the desert being really boring.. Plus I felt that the ending was a bit lackluster. Haman's death
felt shit honestly, and a huge step down with how Zeta ended too. I also grew really fond of Chara
and it was a shame to see them go, I did like seeing Leina back
though even if that never really happens in this series and feels a bit "off".
I did watch Char's Counterattack right afterward but I didn't really care for it that much. Had some cool moments but was surprisingly not as good as I initially thought it was going to be. I did like how all the Gundams came together at the end though.
After finishing these I do wonder if Gundam is even for me, I find myself drawing a complete blank on Gundam names beyond the ones you see the most and find the designs to be fine. I sometimes just drift off during fights and completely lose track of what is going on until I'm jolted back into the scene by a big explosion of the bad guy or something. I find the interactions done on the ship or with others to be much more interesting than the big space fighting and for the life of me I really couldn't tell what most of the bad guys even want anymore. This could be entirely on me but this is the first anime where I just cannot recall a majority of what even happened in it beyond certain parts. I don't know if I'll watch anymore Gundam after this for a while but if I do I might follow the sequel Unicorn, or keeps it chronological and go with IGLOO but I'll see.