Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (aired 1985–1986) was a televised anime, one of Gundam series and a sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
The show was written and directed by Tomino Yoshiyuki, with character designs by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, while the series' mechanical designs were split amongst Kunio Okawara, Mamoru Nagano, and Kazumi Fujita.
At its first airing, the show was poorly received by many casual TV watchers, Tomino's wife being one of them. These viewers found it depressing and confusing, and as a result, the series never was nearly as popular as the original. Out of all the Gundam shows that he has worked on, Tomino has stated that Zeta along with Victory Gundam were the series that he really hated to work on. Amidst such concerns, Tomino later made the sequel Gundam ZZ into a much lighter affair, to the point that it alienated many of Zeta's fans.
Today Zeta Gundam is being considered by many fans as one of the better Gundam installments to date, if not the most representative, as it depicts Tomino's ideas in a harsh and realistic way. (Wikipedia)