An underappreciated anime saga: Giant Robo.

I remembered a hidden anime gem that I forgot to mention in my last post, and thought I’d talk about it today.  It may have a certain cult following among die-hard anime fans and people who watched anime back in the day, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most new viewers haven’t heard of it/haven’t bothered to watch it, and I only heard of it through recommendations from older anime fans.  It definitely deserves to be talked about and viewed more!

 

Despite the fact that it’s a pretty old anime (released from 1992 to 1998), Giant Robo: The Animation, based on manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, still packs a punch, and is certainly still a gripping, emotional rollercoaster of an OVA (original video animation).  The series is basically made up of seven short movies, a format which adds a more “epic” tone to the show, and allows for longer, more intense stories during most of the episodes.

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So, what’s it about?  Giant Robo’s main theme is basically “the environment”, but it goes into a lot of depth, presenting contrasting viewpoints concerning the development of alternative, renewable energy sources.

Hold on, have I started to lose you there?  Bored of soppy, environmental messages about how we should abandon fossil fuels and create a greener planet?  I would argue that they’re not soppy messages in this show, but well, OK, there’s stuff for you here as well.  The Giant Robot which lends to the show’s name is pretty cool, although, if you’re a mecha fan, I wouldn’t get too hyped, as he doesn’t appear quite as much as you’d think.  There’s more than enough action sequences throughout the show, with different types of fighting style, for all of you fans of fighting anime (from katana duels to fist fights) and there’s brilliant character developments, with a few surprise twists and turns here and there.  The atmosphere of the anime is pretty darn dramatic, as two factions fight, one trying to save the world, and the other trying to save it.  This leads to more deaths than the majority of “teen friendly” anime that I’ve seen, making it perhaps a little more gruesome and heart-wrenching than you might expect.  Just make sure you don’t show this to your toddler/easily upset child, this is not a kids’ show.

It’s worth remembering this series in a time when the future is very uncertain.  Unlike Giant Robo: The Animation, conversely, we now seem to be in a world where support of scientific research into renewables is decreasing rather than increasing.  Either way, Giant Robo emphasies the fact that relying on one source entirely can be dangerous and lead to unexpected consequences.  Renewables are obviously going to be necessary at some point in the future when fossil fuels are almost exhausted, but at the same time, back-up plans can be life-savers.

Anyhow, I highly recommend Giant Robo: The Animation to anyone who is looking for a new anime to watch, and has at least some passing interest in philosophical sci-fi anime with a partial focus on technology and mechas.  And if you’re missing shows like Game of Thrones with their twists and turns, corruption, conspiracies, and multiple character deaths, this may be a show for you.  🙂  Enjoy!

 

A first for me!

So I came across this BEAUTY on Facebook  today whilst killing time at work…

Underexposed Anime Masterpieces

Whilst looking over this list it came to my surprise that I’ve not seen a single one of these series before. This was a first for me! The title of the post is Underexposed Anime Masterpieces so here’s the question. Who’s is in charge of an anime’s exposure? Why are some series more exposed than other’s? And why are there so many fantastic series out there that were never recognised for their quality? Needless to say I’ve added all of these series to my list and I plan to watch them all this weekend.Of course I’ll tell you all about them once I’ve finished watching. Have look for yourself and tell me if you’ve seen any of these before.

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Thank you Akemi Mokoto and Goboiano

Dusk Maiden Of A Ummm..

This was supposed to be the second part of my previous Valentines double post but, the demands of a working life never allow anyone to do things as planned. Anyways here is a romance series that was never meant to be.

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Series Information

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia (Tasogare Otome × Amunejia)

Directed by: Shin Ōnuma

Written by: Maybe

Studio: Silver Link

Anime based on the Manga of the same name.

Genre: Supernatural and Romance is the key themes in this series. It does have a bit of Drama,Horror,Harem and Comedy on the side with a dash of Mystery. It’s a fantastic balance of Dreary and Lively

This one has a great mixture of gorgeous visuals and a gripping story-line.

Here’s the gist of the plot. Teiichi Niiya has just enrolled at Seikyou Private Academy… Yes I know I know this is how every High school anime starts off but please read on. He meets a girl named Yuuko Kanoe who reveals herself as a ghost with no memories. Teiichi then decides to investigate her death by looking through the school’s seven mysteries revolving around her. Throughout the story, Teiichi and Yuuko discover the truth about these ghost stories while helping those who are troubled. It is discovered that Yuuko has no memories as she forced her entire reason for existing into another dark form referred to as “Shadow Yuuko”. If she can accept this part of her, she can remember why she is still trapped as a ghost, i.e. her final wish.

So why should you watch this ?

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I have to admit I was a bit surprised by the lack of interest in this series when I first discovered it.Whilst browsing through a list of series that was recently release that year I found this little gem at the bottom of the list.It looked interesting enough so I started to watch it. Please note that this list was in order of popularity, after binge watching all 13 episodes a couple things came to mind. Firstly why is this series so short and secondly how have I not heard of this series before?

This question still eludes me to this day seriously Dusk Maiden has so much to offer. I’ll start with the animation and atmosphere. The name says it all ‘Dusk Maiden’, the animation is fantastic and does a really good job of capturing that alluring feeling of twilight. Yuuko Kanoe is in-fact a ghost and a very beautiful one at that. The animation style perfectly portrays her ghostly movements, her hair flows beautifully and the orange and red of the twilight against her pale skin is mesmerising. The whole series is bathed in this beautiful twilight feel and it gives it a whole other dimension.

Next is the characters; while I’m not going to dive into much details and spoil it for you, what I will say is they are all very likeable if not lovable, especially Yuuko she’s the best. While I have to admit there were some points where I felt kind of annoyed at the character’s decisions throughout the series, I did come to realise why they chose the path they did.

Finally the story-line, when watching the series there were many points throughout in which I felt a slight twist in my stomach either because of fear of what was going to happen or realisation of what did happen. The series isn’t all like this however, there are lots of light hearted moments and lots of comedy woven in. What I will say is there are some very unsettling dark parts within this series. The horror element does show itself quite vividly in this series. A word of warning watch until the very end of the credits otherwise you will miss key moments.

You can find this series at Crunchyroll.com

Please tell me what you thought about this series in the comments below.

I am always open to suggestions and constrictive criticism please leave a comment below.

What makes an anime a “hidden anime gem”?

The world of anime is chock full of fantastic series and films, with fantastic characters, gripping storylines, stunning animation, and plenty more.  However, despite the vast amount of anime that is available to watch (see Renster’s entry below on just how many anime series have been made recently), only a few shows seem to garner any kind of attention from the general public, and fewer still become part of the lives of people who, well, generally “don’t watch much anime.”

There seems to be this idea that only some anime shows are watched by true “anime fans,” or “otaku,” or whatever you wish to call them.  Other anime become “mainstream” simply because they are viewed by many people who generally wouldn’t sit down after a long day and think, “Ooh, let’s watch another anime today.”  But are all shows that generally aren’t watched by these people automatically “hidden gems?”

Hidden gems perhaps could be anime which, even in the community, are generally not mentioned, despite that the fact that they are technically as good as many of the more populat anime shows (within or outside of the community).  And those will mostly likely be the shows which are most discussed on this blog.

Having said that, it is worth remembering that there are anime that are “nearly” mainstream, and that are quite well-known in the anime community, which definitely deserve a mention simply because they are worth watching by those outside of the community.  In fact, such anime may even attract people to the community itself.

Hello all, I am Enirahtak8, and when I have time, I will post entries about anime that I believe are worth talking about, and deserve to be watched by more people.  Just for a taster, though, I’ll give a quick shout-out to some of my favourite “obscure” anime:

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“Nijuu Mensou no Musume”: A lovely mystery anime, at times comforting and at times surprisingly scary, this anime hints at themes seen in some other detective anime and manga.  However, with a strong heroine, a mysterious and beguiling hero, and some well-developed, charming side characters, this is one that should not be missed!

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“Mouretsu Pirates”: While this sci-fi pirate anime has a lot of typical shoujo moments, it remains intriguing as well as charming, with some decent animation and likable characters.

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“Bokurano” – I won’t dive too much into this one just now, as I suspect either Renster or I will discuss it in greater detail soon enough, but it is by far one of the most underrated anime I’ve watched.  I reckon this would be enjoyed by many people who enjoy unsettling, psychological, emotional stories.

Looking forward to seeing this blog develop (and become one of the best anime blogs on the internet, AHEM)!  😀  😀  Please give me constructive criticism in a comment if you so wish.  Until next time, ta ta for now!