Sat, 12 Jun 1999 14:07:45 -0700
At 06:41 6/12/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>Zeta Gundam (Gundam Mark II -> Zeta Gundam, and Mark II to Super
>Gundam) I believe here is where the upgrade craze came in...
Correct, although it's not quite right to characterize Z and its follow-on
ZZ as mid-season replacements. Rather, the eponymous MS simply didn't
appear for a dozen or so episodes.
>ZZ Gundam (haven't seen it, but the upgrade path here seemed to be
>Zeta Gundam -> ZZ Gundam?)
Again, this was just delaying the introduction of the title mecha.
You put the series in UC timeline order. I think you'll get a better
picture if you put them into release date chronological order:
Gundam = RX-78-2 appears in first episode
Z Gundam = MSZ-006 appears in Ep 21
Gundam ZZ = MSZ-010 appears in Ep 11
Gundam CCA = RX-93 appears in opening scene
Gundam 0080 = RX-78NT-1 appears in Ep 3
Gundam F91 = F91 appears after CV invasion
Gundam 0083 = RX-78GP01 appears in Ep 1, RX-78GP01Fb in Ep 5, RX-78GP03 in
V Gundam = LM312V04 appears in Ep 1, thence LM312V04+SD-VB-3A V-Dash
Gundam, LM312V06 V Gundam Hexa, LM314V21 V2 Gundam, LM314V23 V2 Assault Gundam
G Gundam = GF13-01NJ Shining Gundam appears in Ep 1, thence GF13-017NJII
Gundam W = The five Gundams are all replaced miday through the series, then
again in the OAV
Gundam 08th MS Team = RX-79[G] appears in Ep 2, Ez8 in Ep 9
Gundam X = GX-9900 appears in Ep 1, thence GX-9900-DV X Divider, GX-9900-DX
Double X; GX-9600 and GX-9800 appear in Ep 2, thence GX-9600-D and GX-9800-B
If you look at it this way, it's clear that the "mid-season replacement"
syndrome started circa 1991 with Gundam 0083.
On the other hand, if you consider F91 to be the first three epsiodes of a
series that continues in Crossbone Gundam, with the F91 appearing in Ep 1
and being replaced by them XM-X, then it started there.
In any case, it's only been the trend in the second half of Gundam's
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