Nice gif. =)
One of the best ones,
Mikimoto's character designs were well crafted. Animation was top notch for it's day, and still holds it's own.
It fought with an Axe because it had lost it's gun after it fell in the colony if I remember correctly. (in fact was that after he gets his Zaku Running again? It has been ten or so years since I saw it)
This was the real hey day of the UC storylines.
For such a short series it really does not revolve around mecha combat. There is much more story devoted to the kid, the enemy pilot and the pretty Gundam WOMAN! pilot ;) That is right a capible Gundam test pilot who is cute to boot.
If anyone was to give Gundam a try, just for a short series, and was not a real huge Mecha fan, they might
just like it. It has mecha in it, and when the fights happen they are great, but they are few and far, and the story id much more engrossing)