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Zoids: New Century
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The Blitz Team
Japanese Name ゾイド新世紀/ゼロ
Name Translation Zoido Shinseiki Surasshu Zero
Genre Adventure, Mecha, Science Fiction, Shounen
Director Makoto Mizobuchi
Studio Shogakukan, Inc.
Network Mainichi Broadcasting, Cartoon Network, GMA7
First Aired 2001-01-06
Last Aired 2001-06-30
Episodes 26

Zoids: New Century, also known as Zoids: ZERO, or Zoids: New Century / Zero (ゾイド新世紀/ゼロ Zoido Shinseiki Surasshu Zero), is an anime series produced by Shogakukan, Inc and directed by Makoto Mizobuchi.

First broadcast in 2001, it is the second television series in the Zoids franchise. The series was the first Zoids anime to be dubbed in English and released in the US. In other English-speaking countries, such as the UK and Australia, Zoids: Chaotic Century aired first, with New Century following later (in line with the original production order). The series has 26 episodes that run for an average of 25 minutes.

A Blu-ray version of New Century was released in August 2014. The series was sold as either a stand alone box set of the series, or combine with a limited edition clear HMM Liger Zero.

Series background

Zoids: New Century is set in an era where Zoid battles are formal competitive games run by the Zoid Battle Commission, subject to a set of rules governed by judges during battle.

Battles are primarily fought in rural environments, typically in open countryside regions far from urban centers, taking place in designated areas.

Plot

The plot of New Century follows the actions of Bit Cloud, as a member of the Blitz Team, and his Liger Zero. The series is highly episodic, with most episodes featuring a sanctioned battle between the Blitz Team and one of their numerous rivals.

The most noteworthy adversary of the Blitz Team is the Backdraft Group and its members, whom organize illegal Zoid battles. Unsanctioned battles have no rules and the stakes are typically high, as the Backdraft typically take an opposing teams' Zoids should they win. As the Blitz Team seeks to win the Royal Cup, the series culminates with the Backdraft's attempt to usurp the Battle Commission for control of Zoid battles.

Characters

Main characters

For detailed information, see each character's respective pages on the table provided below


New Century Characters
Battle Teams
Blitz Team
Bit Cloud | Leena Toros | Brad Hunter | Jamie Hemeros | Steve Toros | Leon Toros
Tigers Team
Kirkland | Omari | Lineback
Champ Team
Harry Champ | Benjamin | Sebastian | Mary Champ
Flugel Team
Leon Toros | Naomi Fluegel
Lightning Team
Jack Cisco | Chris Tasker | Kelly Tasker
Other
Zoid Battle Commission | Oscar Hemeros
Backdraft Organization
Zoid Battle Pilots
Vega Obscura | Fuma | Ehga | Koga | Negola | Pierce | Major Polta | Sanders | Stigma Stoller
Backdraft Agents
Sarah | Dr. Laon | Altile | Count | Dark Judge

Other characters

The following is a list of characters who as of yet do not have a page
  • Count: The supreme leader of the Backdraft. Little is known about him, aside from his role as the head of the Backdraft. English voice actor: Colin Murdock

Deleted scenes

In the Western release of New Century, several scenes were removed from the show entirely. These scenes contain what were considered inappropriate material for the Western audience, and include:

  • Episode 15: which featured Dr. Layon in a bar drinking alcohol.
  • Episode 18: a scene where Judge is lifting weights, and then shown in the shower (This is the episode where one of Harry Champ's robots falls in love with a judge. In the English version, the judge was female, but the Japanese version has it as a male. Interestingly, Zoids Legacy left this judge as a "judgeman" like all the others.).
  • Episode 22: Harry's (male) robots are shown rubbing each other with lotion at the beach while wearing female bathing suits.

Trivia

  • The Magna Pacific DVD release of Zoids: New Century has a small "Easter egg"- by clicking on the small, white, left-hand trigger button at the menu screen, it is possible to view more Zoid and Pilot profiles than are normally available under the "Zoids Profiles" button.
    • Highlighting the episodic nature of the series, and the orientation toward the fight scenes, the Magna Pacific DVD prominently features a "Battle" button, allowing the viewer to skip directly to the main fight scene.
  • A Graphic Novel of New Century exists (the English version is published by Viz Media). The events of the anime and the novel differ substantially.

Zoids

Zoids that are introduced for the first time in New Century:

Episode listing

Main article: List of Zoids New Century episodes

Theme songs

Opening
  • "No Future" by Nanase Aikawa

"No Future" is the opening theme to Zoids: New Century. It is performed by Aikawa Nanase, and was released on maxi-single January 2001 (with Dearest: my friend as the b-side). The original release of the single comes with an additional paper front piece showing the characters from Zoids: Zero, though the case itself has a picture of Aikawa Nanase. The full instrumental version (which was used as the US ending theme, as the dub did not use the original intro) is available only on the /Zero soundtrack, which was a limited release in 2001 and came packaged in a dual-CD sized case despite being a single disc. This may have been to make room for the Liger Zero gashapon-style keychain that was included as a bonus.

Ending
  • "Sasuraibito" by DASEIN
  • "No Future (Instrumental)" by Nanase Aikawa (U.S. Ending)

Naming

New Century appears under many different names. The Japanese title is given as ゾイド新世紀/ゼロ or ゾイド新世紀スラッシュゼロ, literally "Zoids New Century/Zero" or "Zoids New Century Slash Zero" respectively. The English name likewise has different forms. On the Magna Pacific DVDs and the Viz Media Visual Novel, it is called "Zoids New Century". In Zoids Legacy, it is called "Zoids ZERO". On the Cartoon Network TV broadcasts and USA DVDs is it called "Zoids", with no additional titles.

This wiki predominantly uses "Zoids: New Century", as it features in the majority of English-language releases, while remaining unambiguous.

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