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Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ is a 1986 Japanese science fiction anime television series created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino and produced by Nagoya Broadcasting Network, Sotsu Agency, and Sunrise with music production by Starchild Records. Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ is the sequel to the 1986 Japanese science fiction series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Spanning 47 episodes, the series premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network on March 1, 1986 and concluded on January 31, 1987.

Four pieces of theme music are used over the course of the series—two opening themes and two closing themes. For the first twenty-five episodes, the opening theme is "It's Not an Anime" (Anime Ja Nai) and the closing theme is "The Era is Crying" (Jidai ga Naiteiru), both by Masato Arai. For the remaining twenty-two episodes, the opening theme is "Silent Voice" and the closing theme is "Ten Million Years Galaxy" (Issenman-Nen Ginga), both by Jun Hiroe.

Bandai have said that they have no plans for an english dub, but they are keeping it in mind.

Episode list

# Title Director Writer Original airdate
01 Prelude ZZ
"Pureryūdo ZZ" (プレリュードZZ)
March 1, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The episode is mainly a recap of Zeta Gundam and part of Gundam, while also explaining mobile suit types to the audience. Voices are done by crew of the Argama, and it ends, leading to a preview of the true first episode of Gundam ZZ.
02 The Young Man from Shangri-La
"Shangurira no Shōnen" (シャングリラの少年)
March 8, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The AEUG is devastated both physically and mentally after the final battle against the Titans and Axis. With the loss of most of their forces, they decide to hide themselves in Side-1's Shangri-La colony and begin their recovery efforts. A boy named Judau Ashta, after collecting and doing their jobs as junk dealers, find a pod containing Yazan, still alive. After talking with him regarding the Argama, they decide to work together to steal the Zeta Gundam, though Judau and his friends want to just sell the mobile suit. At the port, Fa places Kamille in an ambulance and is about to leave when Judau and Yazan take her hostage. Shinta and Qum hide under the ambulance, and Judau searches the back and finds the vegetative Kamille. Kamille looks at him and holds out his hand, so Judau touches him and shares a strange Newtype experience with the comatose pilot. As they head for the Argama's dock, Yazan tells Judau they should have no trouble with the Argama's diminished crew. And despite being hardly armed with little more than vegetables and one Titan, Yazan proves to be right, as Judau is successfully able to steal the Zeta Gundam, but has trouble starting it up. But after Yazan kills Saegusa during the assault and reveals his true colors as a Titan, he activates the Zeta Gundam. Armed in only a Petite, Yazan attacks anyway, trying to get Gundam himself. Unfortunately, Judau's control of the machine is poor, and they are forced into the colony. Abandoning the Petite as it is useless, Yazan boards a Middle mobile suit. Judau eventually pulls out a beam saber, but drops it, allowing Yazan to pick it up and gain the advantage, at least until Judau destroys the suit with forearm grenades and defeats Yazan. Afterwards, Bright is able to subdue the Zeta Gundam with a Petite and some wires, but Beecha and the rest of Judau's friends activate bombs. During this distraction, both Judau and Yazan manage to escape. In space, the Neo Zeon ship Endra sends a briefcase over to Shangri-La.
03 The Knight of the Endra
"Endora no Kishi" (エンドラの騎士)
March 15, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
04 Mashymre's Passion
"Nekketsu no Mashumā" (熱血のマシュマー)
March 22, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
05 Judau's Determination
"Judō no Ketsui" (ジュドーの決意)
March 29, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
06 The Menace of the Zssa
"Zusa no Kyōi" (ズサの脅威)
April 5, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
07 The Gaza Storm
"Gaza no Arashi" (ガザの嵐)
April 12, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
08 The Funeral Bell Tolls Twice
"Chinkon no Kane wa Nido Naru" (鎮魂の鐘は二度鳴る)
April 19, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
09 Judau in Space
"Uchū no Judō" (宇宙のジュドー)
April 26, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
10 Goodbye, Fa
"Sayonara Fa" (さよならファ)
May 3, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 Activate, Double Zeta
"Shidō! Daburu Zēta" (始動!ダブル·ゼータ)
May 10, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 Leina Disappears
"Riina ga Kieta" (リィナが消えた)
May 17, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 Sister!
"Imōto yo!" (妹よ!)
May 24, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
14 Colony of Illusion (Part I)
"Maboroshi no Koronii (Zen)" (幻のコロニー (前))
May 31, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
15 Colony of Illusion (Part II)
"Maboroshi no Koronii (Kou)" (幻のコロニー (後))
June 7, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
16 The Argama's Close Quarters Battle
"Aagama no Hakuheisen" (アーガマの白兵戦)
June 14, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
17 Recover! The Core Top
"Dakkai! Koa Toppu" (奪回!コア·トップ)
June 21, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
18 Haman's Dark Shadow
"Hamān no Kuroi Kage" (ハマーンの黒い影)
June 28, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
19 Puru and Axis
"Puru to Akushizu to" (プルとアクシズと)
July 12, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
20 Tearful Cecillia (Part I)
"Nakimushi Seshiria (Zen)" (泣き虫セシリア (前))
July 19, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
21 Tearful Cecillia (Part II)
"Nakimushi Seshiria (Kou)" (泣き虫セシリア (後))
July 26, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
22 Judau, Sorties!!
"Judō, Shutsugeki!!" (ジュドー、出撃!!)
August 2, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The episode starts with another voice over - Judau tells us that the Argama is now in orbit of the Earth, and could be attacked at any time. We also see something being delivered to the ship, Quattro Bajina's Ms - the Hyaku shiki (Type 100). Bright and Mika are talking, and Mika tells us that AEUG's high command have ordered that the Argama destroys the Sandra before it reaches Earth with its main cannon. Beecha and Mondo suggest a plan to Judau, which is to attach bombs all around the ZZ, so the enemy won't attack in fear of an explosion that may catch them as well, and he can get Leina back. However, when he goes to install the bombs, they laugh and tell each other they can't stand him being the hero all the time. Onboard the Sandra, Haman tells them to stop broadcasting Minovsky particles, that they should let the Argama come to its death. Various people are seen and Haman gives a speech to her men, then a dark-skinned man gets into an MS called the Dreissen, and goes to attack the Ahgama. The ZZ launches, and gets to the Sandra. Haman lets him aboard, and wants to personally take him to Leina. On the way she says that they're the same type of person, both Newtypes, but Judau isn't interested, and Haman tells him that Leina isn't there. She tries to convince Judau that they're not enemies, and partially succeeds while moving into to kiss him, until some guards come and interrupt. Meanwhile, outside the yellow Endra reveals itself and goes on a suicide run, but the Argama dodges. The captain of the ship, who's also the pilot of the Dreissen, tells them to reunite with the Sandra and its fleet, while he leads in the Dreissen. Judau finds his way back to the ZZ, and blasts his way out of the ship, but is ambushed by the Dreissen. With help from the gundam Mk2 and the Zeta gundam, he is able to defeat it, but the pilot ejects before the Mobile Suit explodes.
23 Earth Ablaze
"Moeru Chikyū" (燃える地球)
August 9, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Judau wants to attack the Sandra fleet to get back Leina, and heads out in the Zeta Gundam for a speed advantage. He is ambushed by Elpeo Puru, who has been brainwashed, and Glemmy. Roux launches in the ZZ, Beecha in the Hyaku Shiki, and Elle in the Mk2. Many Zssa Mobile Suit attack, but Loux tells Beecha and Elle to assist Judau, who's fighting the Qubeley, and let her take care of the Zssa. Zeta is having real trouble fighting the Qubeley, and so Judau tries to reason with Puru - she almost accepts, but then pulls a gun and shoots Judau. Zeta escapes, but Glemmy accidentally hits Qubeley with his shots, causing her to tumble towards the earth. It starts to go into re-entry, but Judau rescues it in the Zeta, going underneath it. He tells her to destroy Qubeley's shoulders, to increase stability. Everyone descends into the atmosphere using Ballutes, and the episode ends when Judau sees Earth in all its vastness.
24 Siblings' Love on the South Seas
"Nankai ni Saku Kyōdaiai" (南海に咲く兄妹愛)
August 16, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The weather takes a turn for the worst, as the Argama lands near the coast of Africa. Soon, it's a raging storm. A lone sailing boat says that it will take the Argama to a safe place, for the price of $5000. For some reason, Judau escapes onto the boat during the money transfer, and becomes friends with the sailor, Teran. Unfortunately, he's unscrupulous about getting money to support him and his sister, and so leads the attack of an underwater squadron against the Ahgama. Judau tries to stop him, but fails. While this was going on, Puru found her way onto the core Fighter, and arrives just in time to rescue Judau. He successfully defeats all the Marine Suits, and convinces Teran that he should stop doing things like this. The boy agrees, and plows his Kapool into the Zeon's underwater base, jumping out at the last minute.
25 Rommel's Face
"Ronmeru no Kao" (ロンメルの顔)
August 23, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The MS pilots of the Ahgama leave the relative safety of its position to find a way across the desert. In a small village, the Desert Rommel platoon has been waiting, biding their time for 8 long years since the One Year War. A dozen or so fighters, all equipped with very customized desert Zakus, led by their Captain, who pilots a Customized Dowadge. They set up an ambush, and attack the Zeta Gundam, but then the ZZ, Hyaku Shiki and Mark II find Judau and give him a hand, systematically destroying the troop. The captain can't believe that his 8 years spent training was destroyed by a boy, and goes in for a final attack. The captain and his mobile suit is destroyed, and Judau can't understand why he did it, knowing he would die.
26 Masai's Heart
"Masai no Kokoro" (マサイの心)
August 30, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
While the Judau goes to find water in the Core Fighter, Puru causes more trouble by using up all the water to cool herself off. This doesn't bode well, and she starts getting bullied by Roux and Elle, who are really wound up because of her actions. Judau finds a woman in the desert who give him a bit of water, and says she'll lead him to the Oasis. However, they end up back where the MS are, and just in time, as Loux and Elle were going to bury Puru! She tells them to follow their shadows to get to the village where the water is. They do, but the villagers push them away. Judau and Puru go back to pick up the Core fighter, and see the woman go into a cave. It turns out, that she has a mobile suit, originally belonging to her dead husband. It's a Gelgoog S-type (which means her husband was an ace pilot), and although it's 8 years out of date, it gives the Hyaku Shiki, Mk-2 and Zeta a good fight until Judau shows up and combines to make the ZZ Gundam. Again, the pilot makes a final suicidal attack, but this time, Judau rescues her in time. The episode ends with her sitting in the corner of a burnt out building, with the village elder telling someone that her heart died with the mobile suit, and she'll never be the same again.
27 Leina's Blood (Part I)
"Riina no chi (Zen)" (リィナの血 (前))
September 6, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The scene opens with the celebrations of Haman Kahn and several other officers, as well as Mineva Zabi in a procession down the street. It seems that the remains of the corrupt Earth Federation, Titans and Neo Zeon are all gathered to welcome Mineva Zabi. Elle sees this and recognizes Leina in the sea of faces, and reports to Judau. In the middle of the following night, he steals away in the Core Fighter, trying to rescue her by himself. Roux and Elle realize this, and follow him in the Zeta and Hyaku Shiki. They make a distraction outside the palace where the party is being held, and he manages to sneak in and find Leina. Unfortunately, Haman Kahn also is there, and senses his presence. She finds them, and shoots, hitting Leina in the stomach. Judau goes insane, and everyone around can feel his rage of his Newtype powers. Haman is terrified by his sheer power, and runs away, giving them a chance to escape in the Core fighter. She is later found crying because of this. As they evacuate, a giant airship appears, spewing out dozens of GM-III suits, which start destroying the enemy ms in the area. Unfortunately, with Leina condition worsening, the Core Fighter is shot down in the middle of the ocean, far out from the city.
28 Leina's Blood (Part II)
"Riina no chi (Kou)" (リィナの血 (後))
September 13, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
This episode continues where the last one left off. Inside the city, the battle is still raging, but the Core Fighter has been washed up onto the shore of an island. Puru and Mondo find it, and while Mondo goes to get the medicine, Puru leads away Leina. She ends up trying to kill Leina, saying that she already has a brother and a family, but she herself had nobody. Judau appears on the scene, and stops them fighting, saying that they're all siblings together. Puru seems to accept this, and offers to take care of Leina while Judau goes off to help his friends, who are valiantly defending them from Glemmy forces.

Judau gets the ZZ transformed, and also helps to defend the island against the reinforcements, Team August, several Dreissen suits, who don't seem to mind who they hit, friend or foe alike. Puru, realizes that Leina has a fever, and so goes to wet a handkerchief to cool her down. During the fight, Glemmy's escort, a woman in a Dowadge gets shot down, with the suit landing straight onto where Lene laid half asleep. It bursts into flames. Team August is overwhelmed by the AEUG, and they retreat, as does Haman's flagship, which is under pressure by the returning Ahgama. Judau rushes to the burnt out hut where Lene was, but there is nothing remaining apart from a burnt out shoe. Both he and Puru weep, but Roux tells him that they should go, because reinforcements from the enemy will be there any minute, throwing the shoe into the inferno, and telling him not to let her death be in vain. Puru tries to console him, "In future, I could be your Leina", but he slaps her away, and she starts crying harder.

29 Runaway Roux
"Rū no Tōbō" (ルーの逃亡)
September 20, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Judau is still upset about the death of his sister, and stays inside his shuttle. Roux gets him out violently, despite Puru trying to stop her. In the end, Puru realizes she can't replace Leina, but will try to be like a sister to him. He seems consoled, for the moment. In the MS deck, Beecha and Mondo argue with Roux, but then she runs off in the Core Fighter. On board the Axis command ship, Haman tells Glemmy that she can handle the titans, and he should take care of the Kalaba Air Force before they can rendezvous with the AEUG. It seems that Team August, now lead by Glemmy, is not happy being under his command. The Argama receives a transmission about the impending attack on its base, and goes to help. Elle launches in the type-100, Beecha in the Gundam MkII, Yelai in the Core Lander, and Judau launches in the Core Base. Roux is also caught up in the fight which follows. Beecha uses Loux's Core Fighter as a shield, and is distracted by her, and gives the chance for Beecha to destroy the Bawwoo. Glemmy escapes, only barely, but Roux blasts off and leaves him in the middle of the desert. Judau and the rest manage to fight off the other teams, but can't pursue, as they need to put out all the fires in the city nearby. Judau blames himself for Roux leaving, but Bright tells him not to take it so hard on himself. The episode ends as Glemmy walks through the desert, and watches the Core Fighter fly off into the distance.
30 Blue Team (Part I)
"Ao no Butai (Zen)" (青の部隊 (前))
September 27, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The episode opens with Roux touching down in her Core Fighter, and going in search of oil in a nearby city. With the help of a local man, she manages to get past the guards. He tells her he's an actor, and saw potential in her, and leads her to an underground city, similar to those on earth in the 1990s. On the Argama, Puru is causing trouble as usual, but hints to Judau that Roux is in the city. They decide to refuel there before the final push northward. On the road, Glemmy is found by a group of MS, known as the Blue Team, of the North Africa Independence Forces, who want to get rid of the Franica (people who live in the underground city). They tell Glemmy that if he can get to the control room in the city, they'll help him. He goes there, but runs into Roux. He beats up the man she's with, and runs off with her into the city. He talks to her for a while, but is distracted by the fight between the Blue Team and the AEUG outside. Roux walks off in disgust, and exits the city in a truck packed with containers of fuel. The fight eventually goes to the AEUG, and the Blue Team's leader's Gelgoog is shot down. Puru says she can feel Roux in the city (where she's just left), and tells Judau. They all go to the city to find her. Later on in the evening, Glemmy and the rest of the team find the Gelgoog and the team leader, and he tells Glemmy he is the true leader of Zeon, and he should fight for the honor of the Blue Team.
31 Blue Team (Part II)
"Ao no Butai (Kou)" (青の部隊 (後))
October 4, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
32 Beyond the Salt Lake
"Shio no Mizuumi o Koete" (塩の湖を越えて)
October 11, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
33 An Afternoon in Dublin
"Daburin no Gogo" (ダブリンの午後)
October 18, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
34 Kamille's Voice
"Kamiiyu no Koe" (カミーユの声)
October 25, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
35 The Sky is Falling
"Ochitekita Sora" (落ちてきた空)
October 31, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
36 Puru Two's Descent
"Jūryokuka no Puru Tsū" (重力下のプルツー)
November 8, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
37 Nahel Argama
"Nēru Aagama" (ネェル·アーガマ)
November 15, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The Ahgama travels to La Vien Rose after a colony is dropped on Dublin Ireland. There, Captain Bright is accused of training new types as pilots. He is banned from commanding the Ahgama anymore. After that, The Argama is given to the forces of Karaba. It is replaced by a new ship; the "Nahel Ahgama". While loading all of its equipment, the Nehru Ahgama is attacked by Neo Zeon pilots Dale, Danny, and Deune. Judau and the others attack, defend, and defeat the enemy pilots. During the battle Judau senses Leina is still alive using newly developed new type capabilities.
38 The Iron Wall of the Jamru Fin
"Teppeki, Jamuru Fin" (鉄壁,ジャムル·フィン)
November 22, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
39 The Second Coming of Sarasa
"Sarasa Sairin" (サラサ再臨)
November 29, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
40 Tigerbaum's Dream
"Taigābaumu no Yume" (タイガーバウムの夢)
December 6, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
41 Rasara's Life
"Rasara no Inochi" (ラサラの命)
December 13, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
42 Core 3 Maiden (Part I)
"Koa 3 no Shōjo (Zen)" (コア3の少女 (前))
December 20, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
43 Core 3 Maiden (Part II)
"Koa 3 no Shōjo (Kou)" (コア3の少女 (後))
December 27, 1986 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
44 Emary, Wilting Flower
"Emarii Sange" (エマリー散華)
January 10, 1987 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
45 The Battle of Axis
"Akushizu no Sentō" (アクシズの戦闘)
January 17, 1987 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
46 Vibration
"Baiburēshon" (バイブレーション)
January 24, 1987 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
47 Warrior, Once More...
"Senshi, Futatabi......" (戦士, 再び......)
January 31, 1987 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}

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