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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 199.98
  • Running time: 1250
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Limited Edition Box Set

By Chris Beveridge     June 01, 2005
Release Date: December 14, 2004


Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Limited Edition Box Set
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
Collects the entire 50 episode series

Limited Edition - Extremely Limited Quantities Made

Universal Century 0087, Seven years have past since the defeat of the Zeon army during what has now become known as the 'One Year War'. An elite Federation military force known as the Titans are tasked with the prevention of further uprising by space colonies orbiting the Earth.

Tragically, the destruction of an entire space colony at the hands of the facist-like Titans threaten to undermine peace between the Earth and those living in space. A civilian, two decorated war heroes, and a powerful new Gundam mobile suit - The world is once again on the brink of war and the future of humanity is at stake...

The Review!
After the powerful original series that literally changed the direction of science fiction anime for nearly two decades, the first full length follow-up series finally arrives in region 1.

Packaging:
The way this series was released was definitely a winner in my eyes. In the way it was released to retailers, it's a great piece that actually makes you feel like you're getting your money's worth. It's a long box that has the big logo on the front with a shot of Quattro looking across it while the background is a starry explosion with the moon alongside it. At the far end is an open plastic window that showcases the actual chipboard box that contains the entire DVD release. The back side of the large box features a cast shot of the characters, a look at the poster that's included and a rundown of the contents as well as the summary. Even nicer, along the bottom it showcases pictures of all of the pencil sharpners that are included and once again reinforces that you're getting something with this set. Opening up the box, the first thing that comes out is a small white box with a sticker that has the Zeta logo on it. Inside this are the nine pencil sharpners, each individually boxed and wrapped just like the "trading figures" you can buy in Japan. Behind this box is the poster which is folded up but just look great when it's finally smoothed out. As you can tell from the back of the large box, it's the big full shot of the Zeta in space over a bright blue planet. And next to all of this is the chipboard box that holds all ten of the thinpak DVD cases.

The chipboard box, while not having the best layout possible, is one that I rather like. It's done with a good foil so that on the side with the Zeta suit, it shines really nicely and just comes to life with the colors. The other main side provides a shot of the moon that's pretty large and has an array of characters that are, surprisingly, mostly key in the second half as opposed to the entire series or in the first half. The spine provides a simple starry background with the series logo in the center while the AEUG and Titan symbols are above and below it. Included in the box along with the ten volumes in thinpak form is a 48 page "viewers guide" that goes through the large character cast, the different groups, the mobile suits and ships as well as other important terms and settings from the series. Reading it in retrospect it helps to flesh out a few things here and there but serves as a great reference piece.

Individual Reviews:
Due to the sheer volume of episodes and the potential for this release to be broken out into singles in the future, we opted to review each disc and provide commentary on it in smaller chunks which can be found via the cover/links below:

Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4Volume 5
Volume 6Volume 7Volume 8Volume 9Volume 10


In Summary:
Box set releases of an entire series are hard to take in for a few reasons, one of them is usually just time but that's more of a personal issue due to the sheer amount that I have to watch. Taking in this series over the course of six months helped to savor each volume more than I would have in completely marathoning it. Watching it in parallel with Gundam SEED allowed me to see storylines and other elements that were taken from Zeta and used again in order to relaunch the series to a new generation. Each of them I think complements each other in the right way, but as much as I enjoyed SEED, and I think I enjoyed it more than Zeta, Zeta will always hold an extra special appeal because this is the kind of anime science fiction that really got me into anime and held onto me for so long. It's important to watch these kinds of series within the context of their release for a few reasons but I still find that Zeta, despite its problems, holds up very well along with much of the Universal Century releases. I only wish that more of them were already on tap and soon to be released because even after quenching the thirst of wanting this series, I want more and I want it now. For those of similar mind to me that enjoy shows like this, it's very much recommended. Newer fans will definitely have more issues with it and won't give it the same kind of passes someone like I would since we're coming from different places and expectations on series, but I hope that those that did try it out found something to enjoy and can see why those of us who were weened on these kinds of series have such a strong fondness for it.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,'Thinpak' DVD case packaging ,Collector's Art Box Features an exclusive illustration by famed artist, Tsukasa Kotobuki (Saber Marionette J),Exclusive Zeta Gundam Poster,48 page Zeta Gundam 'Encyclopedia' Booklet,Includes NINE exclusive Zeta Gundam mobile suit Pencil Sharpener Figure collection by SEIKA

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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