March 9 is known as the ‘Zaku Day’ among Gundam fans, a pun on 3 (Za) and 9 (Ku) in Japanese. The website Anime!Anime! held a quick survey from 14:00 to 16:00 on Zaku Day asking about the respondent’s favorite Zaku type! There were more than 60 types of Zaku mobile suits as the nominees, and the respondents were only allowed to choose one.
In a short period of just two hours, Anime!Anime! received votes from a total of 298 people. The majority were men, who accounted for about 90% of all votes. Each of the age groups resulted in 20% (10’s), 30% (20’s), 20% (30’s) and 20% (40’s), and the average age was relatively high.
First Place Goes to Zaku II Mass Production Type
The winner of the survey was Zaku II Mass Production Type. This Zaku left a huge impact on many Gundam fans, for it was the first mobile suit that appeared in the Gundam series. Second place went to Zaku Char Aznable Custom. This Zaku was the first mobile suit which Char Aznable, the flying ace of the Principality of Zeon, was riding in Mobile Suit Gundam. Third place went to Zaku F2 Type which appeared in Mobile Suit Gundam 0083. Fourth place went to Zaku Johnny Ridden Custom, and fifth place went to Zaku Shin Matsunaga Custom. It seems that the flying ace characters’ Zaku strongly capture the hearts of the fans.
You can see the final results at the end of this article!
Anime!Anime! also asked the open-ended question, ‘What do you like about Zaku?’, and have received a lot of answers!
‘While many robots in anime today do not have any weapon-like aspects, I love how Zaku has the design and traits of a fierce weapon.’
‘Every Zaku has the aspects of weaponry, including the monoeye. While the mobile suits of the Federation have robot-like features and is like an icon, Zaku rather has weapon-like aspects.’
‘I like how Zaku is mass produced. At the beginning of Episode 1 in the first Gundam series, there was a scene where many Zaku were marching in formation, and this was something new compared to previous robot anime. I was really surprised.’
‘I like how Zaku is a mass produced type of mobile suit which can become as strong as Gundam, depending on its pilot and how it is customized.’
‘It has a strong military aspect, and I love how it matches well with the camouflage pattern.’
‘Out of all Gundam series, I especially love Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket. Bernie, one of my favorite characters, was riding a Zaku, so I’m particularly attached to this robot.’
‘I remember that when I saw the very first broadcast of Mobile Suit Gundam, the appearance of Zaku was quite astonishing to my very young mind. Many enormous robots with one eye were marching in formation, and it was breathtaking. I love the Zaku from Cucuruz Doan’s Island and the commander’s Zaku from the movie Mobile Suit Gundam III, who pushes the subordinate Zaku to the front line of battle. They both have the touches of humanity.’
‘Zaku was the mobile suit which Mashymre was riding, and it is the best Zaku in my memories.’
There were many fans who gave comments related to their favorite character, such as Mashymre from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and Bernie from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket. Thank you very much to all those fans who have joined this survey!
Which Zaku is Your Favorite Type?
1. Zaku II Mass Production Type
2. Zaku Char Aznable Custom
3. Zaku F2 Type
4. Zaku Johnny Ridden Custom
=5. Zaku I (Early Type)
=5. Zaku II Kai
=5. Zaku Shin Matsunaga Custom
=5. Psycho Zaku
9. Zaku I Sniper Type
=10. Z Zaku
=10. High Mobility Type Zaku II
=11. Zaku III Kai
=11. Zaku Tank
=12. Zaku II Garma Zabi Custom (Mass Production Commander-Use Zaku II)
=12. Zaku III
=12. Zaku Desert Type
=13. Action Zaku
=13. Psycommu Test High Mobility Type Zaku
=13. Zaku Warrior
=13. Ground Type Zaku II
=14. Zaku II Black Tristars
=14. Hobby High-Zack
=15. Zaku Amazing
=15. Zaku Half Cannon
=15. Zaku Phantom
=15. Super Custom Zaku F2000
=15. Zaku I Ramba Ral Custom
=15. Zaku High Mobility Ground Type
=16. Zaku Flipper
=17. Zaku Forced Reconnaissance Type
=17. Psycommu Test Type Zaku
=17. Zaku Cannon
=17. Zaku Mariner
=17. Zaku II Dozle Zabi Custom
=17. Perfect Grade Zaku
=17. High Zack Custom
=17. High Mobility Type Zaku II R-2
=17. Slash Zaku Phantom
=17. Meer Zaku
=17. High Mobility Type Zaku II Shin Matsunaga Custom
=17. Zaku II C Type (Nuclear Bazooka-Equipped)
Survey Duration: 14:00-16:00 on Thursday 9 March