In the year 2087, the Giganos Empire wages a war against the Earth Alliance; and using giant machines called Metal Armors, it has an overwhelming advantage. Knowing this The Earth Alliance steals three prototype Metal Armors called the Dragonars, but in the midst of an attack the ship carrying them lands on a neutral space colony; the Giganos Empire responds in turn by orchestrating an attack to retrieve them. In the midst of the battle, three students, Kaine, Tapp and Light, inadvertently find the Dragonars and consequently become entrenched in a war that could take the lives of themselves and all humanity.
It is Universal Century 0088. Haman Khan has claimed Axis as Neo-Zeon and rages war on both the Federation and the remaining Anti-Earth Union Group (AEUG), in order to resurrect the Zabi Family Dynasty. Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old junk collector Judau Ashta encounters the ship Argama, and with the help of his friends he plans to steal their Gundams. However, because of Judau's skills and unique Newtype abilities, he is instead entrusted with the AEUG’s newest weapon: the Double Zeta Gundam. The clash of the Newtypes continues as together Judau and his friends form the first Gundam Team.
Dragonar is the first and one of the best AU Gundam's... unofficially that is! Dragonar was an attempt by Sunrise to make another franchise to surpass Gundam and well, it's obvious how that turned out but regardless it's still an excellent series on its own right. The tone is very comparable to ZZ but with more consistent storytelling and characters, with an all around more enjoyable main cast. There's also many parallels to the original Gundam. Basically if you're a classic 80's mecha fan and haven't gotten to Dragonar yet, definitely check it out.