Titties and giant robots. Who woulda thunk that it’d be this good?

April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm 1 comment


This post is dedicated (WITH THE BRIGHTEST OF MAGICKS) to sdshamsel, who made me take a second look at the show, bouncing, jiggly tits and all. The naked Kouji pic is for you, too. (lol I troll u)

Domon Kasshu got nothin’ on the whole glowing hand of death schtick.

The first impression one gets from Godannar is that it’s the typical Japanese anime, as defined by most dictionaries: a show with robots, sex, and ULTRAVIOLENCE. Which the show has in spades, truckloads, and Olympic-sized swimming pools.

It’s also one of the most deceptive mecha shows out there as well. Under the cloak of tits, gore and giant steel golems kicking the faces of butt-ugly monsters is a very, very well-woven tale of human relationships, love, and for at least one character, a hilariously epic throwback to the days when giant robots actually did such things without resorting to cheap tricks like shallow symbolism, grim storylines where almost everyone dies, and when Anno wasn’t being an elitist, stuck-up, depressed prick of a man because his idea got mooted by his boss.

…How do I start? I haven’t done a proper review in YEARS. I guess I’ll start with what made me smile.

Characters are integral to Godannar, as the story is pretty much based on all of them, service crew and bridge bunnies included. Godannar’s characters may be based off done-to-death archetypes and stock characters, but to be honest, when watching them, I didn’t feel bored seeing basically the same thing I see in GaoGaiGar or G Gundam (reviews coming up shortly!). They are interesting, multi-faceted, and for most of them, feel almost human. Except for one, but I’ll cover that shortly.

Even with the fairly massive cast of horrifically likable characters, two of them stood out: Shizuru and Lou.

I have no idea how in the world did I actually realize this, but as much fun as seeing the relationship of Anna and Go blossom (as well as thier personal growth), seeing The Shiz (as I affectionately call her) grow up, die, come back to life via SHEER DETERMINATION (and hot lesbian kissing :3c), and slowly become more femine was truly a joy to watch. Shit, Anna and Go are the main characters, but their star keeps being stolen by The Shiz just living her life, guilt and all. It’s a little bit unfair to the both of them, really, but…

THIS IS REAL ULTIMATE MOE.

Shizuru is both BADASS and MOE. Fuck you.

Lou, on the other hand, is all about “How far can we stretch a child’s resilience?” She saw her father DIE, then faces massive difficulties when her adoptive parents choose not to teach her how to pilot a giant robot, and then she gets attached to a mysterious stranger who eventually disappears from her life. Half the time, I wanna hug her, the other half I’m totally riveted as to see how she reacts. She’s strong, yet extremely vulnerable at the same time. A weird combination,but it works.

Most of the cast have extremely strong personalities that define them, yet they also are vulnerable when the story expects them to be. Even if how they handled it was rather sloppy at times (Shadow and Luna, OH BOY TRUE BLUE LESBIANS) or not even touched upon (like Knight and Ellis, WHAT.).

And the only exception to the rule? TETSUYA KOUUUUUUUUUUUUUJIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII, who apparently is not dead at all. Hotblooded to a fault, teases Shizuru to no end, screams like a man even in moments of weakness, the whole point of his character was to pretty much turn a character into a walking, living Crowning Moment Of Awesome. Which he does very, very well. Screaming and all. It’s all very weird, but also very interesting.

In terms of voice actors/actresses, well, there’s quite a few surprises. Yukari Tamura voices Ellis (no wonder Knight is so afraid of her. She’s the motherfuckin’ Nanoha Onee-Sama), Nakahara Mai (Nagisa, Rena, ELLIS, TEANA, AND RAYMOO HACKRAY) is Aoi Anna, Kaori Shimizu does the voice of Lou (SHIT SIGNUM IS LOLI. LOLI SIGNUM. MIND DOES NOT COMPUTE. Also Lamia Loveless and ASCHEN BRODEL), Hisakawa Aya (Skuld, LINDY HARLOWN, Sailor Mercury, Kero-chan, etc…) is Milla Ackerman, Noto Mamiko (TOO MANY GREAT ROLES TO EVEN LIST) is Momochie (bridge bunny with moe voice, you know, TEH NOTO is really versatile)… … …

And if you can’t recognize the screaming voice behind TETSUYA KOUUUUUUUUUUUUUJIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII, you obviously have not enough courage. No really.

Godannar is also an interesting take on the super robot genre. Instead of showing us how the dudes in the robots fight the evil monsters and win, it takes an almost microscopic look at the human side of the whole thing (kinda like SRW, but with a microscope). It’s like as if the greater war between the evil monsters and humanity is only a backdrop for the seemingly mundane events inside Dannar Base (and others). How do I put it, it’s rather interesting to see how interconnected the whole show really is.

Thier love is the best weapon against pretty much anything. No really.

Unsurprisingly, the theme of the show is “Love is the last weapon!”, and when you do get the whole thing, the whole show makes sense, idiosyncrasies and all.

Best of all, it ends on an extremely satisfying note. It’s not quite a Deus Ex Machina, but it wraps up the whole series with a big BANG.

Now that I’ve gotten the good parts out of the pictures, it’s time to frown.

While I am a man and all, the fact that it has huge, jiggling titflesh originally turned me off the show when it aired in 2005. ON TEEVEE. And to be honest, anyone looking for a fun show to watch would obviously pass Godannar, since not many people expect CAMELTOE TO YOUR FACE when watching a mecha show.

There’s also skipping what seems to be a few story threads, like Knight and Ellis’ life and how Mokaku and Shukyu met. And of course, they did botch Shadow and Luna’s little corner of character progression. Yeah, emo lesbians didn’t appeal to me all that much, but it’s rather subjective. If Shadow was a man, then I’d probably be a bit more impressed, but when the shocking revelation was that Shadow was a woman and the Genesister pilots were basically EMO LESBIANS, the only thing I got was unmet expectations. Let’s just say I wasn’t impressed at that episode and leave it at that.

But hey, AIC ASTA can do no wrong. First Godannar, then Bamboo Blade and then ASTRO FIGHTER SUNRED. I think AIC ASTA can make great shows, and everyone missed the boat when Godannar came out.

…So that’s about it. I hope I didn’t mess up my first semi-serious review in a very long while.

Also, because someone said I needed more pics :3c

Entry filed under: Anime, BURNING MANLY SPIRIT, EPIC, Godannar. Tags: .

How did I watched animu I am not good with animu Impz got married. Fuck I am late to the party.

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