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!

 

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!