Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Dai-Guard - Hostile Takeover |
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
This 1999 mecha show has a tongue-in-cheek appeal that will remind viewers of Generator Gawl and the Patlabor series. During the early 21st century, Earth fought the monsters known as Heterodynes. But peace has reigned for... more »
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Fresh, Funny and Fantastic
madnessmark | Maple Grove, MN | 10/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally, something new and original comes out of Xebec. The easiest way to describe this series would be combining Patlabor with Getter Robo. In other words, combine high-brow humor and intelligence with mecha-on-monster action.The series is about your average group of workers. One is a slacker, one is a womanizer and one is a woman who holds them all together. They work for this company that claims to be the Earth defense forces. 12 years ago, they helped push back alien invaders. They had a massive weapon to use against them, but they never really got a chance to use it. What better time then now to have an alien show up and have three office workers pilot it?The plot is mostly a humorous one, but that doesn't mean there isn't any character development. There is a lot of delelopment between the three pilots in these five episodes alone to keep you watching. And, yes, for all you mecha fans, there is plenty of action and combat in each episode to keep you hooked as well. Especially since Dai-Guard gets a new arm each episode to use against an alien. Plus, for all you nitpickers, this series is actually pretty realistic in terms of economy, paper work and destruction.The animation is some of the best to come out of Xebec yet. All the colors are bright and vibrant. Even the night missions look stunning. There is also some interesting camera tricks as well. The extras on the disc are pretty light, but nice to have. You get textless opening and closings as well as a load of production sketches.Overall, Dai-Guard should appeal to atleast a good handful of anime fans. If your into stuff like Patlabor and Getter Robo, check this one out. Even Evangelion fans might get a kick out of this one."
A clever and funny change of pace in giant robots
Steven Myers | SF Bay Area | 09/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking for huge explosions, sinister villains, or a deep and convoluted plot, you'll need to look somewhere else. Dai-Guard is not one of the many self-absorbed robot shows focused on whimpering pilots (like Evangelion and the many shows which tried to copy it). In Dai-Guard, the only thing which might whimper is the poor robot, made on the cheap by a private contractor.Dai-Guard is built on a series of silly twists to the giant robot genre. The terribly inept military disposed of Dai-Guard, their anti-alien robot, when the aliens suddenly vanished. It ended up in the hands of a private security firm, who uses it as a PR tool. Dai-Guard is piloted by three office workers from the PR department. When the aliens return, the big question is, who is causing more damage, the aliens or Dai-Guard when it tries to fight them?Dai-Guard is not a slapstick parody, however. Once the improbable stage is set, Dai-Guard has a pleasant mix of drama and light comedy, with plenty of character development. Dai-Guard succeeds here: the heroes are likable, the supporting cast is large and well-developed, and the stories maintain your interest even though it seems like it's silly. Once it hooks you, and it will if you give it a chance, it doesn't matter how silly the underlying premise is. You'll be enjoying it too much to care."
Funny, entertaining, and quite realistic
Steven Myers | 10/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this anime for several reasons. First of all, it has a giant robot, which instantly makes me like it on some level. But this title goes where every other giant robot anime does not...into the realm of reality. Sure, they're fighting big alien monsters, but that's not what I mean by reality. The robot in the show, the Dai-Guard, was built by government contract by the lowest bidder...sound familiar? Because of which, it is constantly being subjected to equipment failures, broken down parts, committee decisions, and everything that we in the real world deal with on a regular basis. It's refreshing to watch a show in which the main line of defense against alien invaders isn't some indestructable super-weapon piloted by 15 year old kids. It's a mostly-working and under-funded machine piloted by 3 secretaries/tour guides who are doing it because no one else is around to do it at the start of the series. I love watching the team battle a monster only to have the Dai-Guard's arm fly off, or it's leg crumple beneath them in the middle of a battle.As far as the anime itself goes, it looks great, has catchy music, and the voice acting is quite good. I highly recommend this series."