Gundam fans who subscribe to Crunchyroll just got some good news. The streaming service announced that they are adding three entries from Japanese production company Sunrise’s science fiction mech franchise.
“The theme song may say it’s not anime, but brand new additions of the Gundam anime franchise are (now) available on Crunchyroll! Users can now watch all 47 episodes of the 1986 series Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, the 1988 film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack and the 2010 movie. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 -Awakening of the Trailblazer-,” Crunchyroll said on their website.
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ
Gundam Fandom summarizes the plot as, “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 lineup 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.”
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack
TV Tropes describes the synopsis as follows, “The year is Universal Century 0093: five years have passed since the end of the First Neo-Zeon War. The Earth Federation has recovered and created a new anti-colonial special taskforce to deal with rebel forces: Londo Bell. Elsewhere in space, Char Aznable reappears out of a self-imposed exile with a declaration that he now commands his own Neo-Zeon movement. Unlike movements of the past, Char intends to force the emigration of Earth’s inhabitants to space by bringing about an ice age through dropping asteroids onto the planet. Enter Amuro Ray, now a seasoned veteran of the Londo Bell, who will ensure his arch-rival will not succeed.”
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer
According to a MyAnimeList article, “In the year 2314 AD, the world is at peace. Thanks to the sacrifices of Celestial Being and its mobile suit pilots, the people of Earth experience a time of prosperity and unity, enjoying tranquil lives once thought impossible. Celestial Being, an organization once painted as villains by the Earth Sphere Federation, now exists in public perception as a group of heroes, celebrated in film and culture. When an extraterrestrial threat arrives on Earth, threatening the newly acquired calm stasis, Celestial Being springs back into action. Led by ace pilot Setsuna F. Seiei, the Gundam Meisters of the group battle the hostile alien forces, teaming up with old rivals to protect the human race from certain doom.”
Char was set to appear in ZZ (also known as Double Zeta), but his planned role was removed after he became the main antagonist in ‘Char’s Counterattack.”