Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Overman King Gainer Anime Legends Complete |
Actor: Overman King Gainer
Director: Kimtoshi Yamane
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Anime & Manga, Animation
In the distant future, mankind is forced to live in domed cities called Domepolis after an environmental cataclysm. These cities are maintained and supplied by private corporations, but at what cost to the inhabitants livi... more »
Logan's Run... but with GIANT ROBOTS! (and no Jenny Agutter)
NwappMX7 | VA, US | 02/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Quiz time: what's the coolest thing you can think of? A giant robot, of course. Now, what's cooler than a giant robot? A giant robot with dreds! Now, what can possibly be cooler than a giant robot with dreds? A giant robot with dreds and a FREAKIN' CHAINSAW GUN!
And this is what you will get when you watch "Overman King Gainer," Yoshiyuki Tomino's latest giant robot TV show. Oh, and an insanely catchy theme song. And ending song. God, those songs. When watching any television show on DVD, I usually skip over the opening and endings to save time, but not King Gainer. This is the only time in my life so far that I have watched every single opening and ending sequence for every episode of a TV show. And these tunes will get stuck in your head for days! Along with dancing robots and weasels.
Anyway, the story - it's kind of like Logan's Run, where everyone in THE FUTURE lives in domed cities (but without the whole "you have to die at age 30" thing). Well, a group of people in one domed city in Siberia attempts an Exodus ("Movement of Jah People!") to escape and does so with the help of Gain Bijou, an "Exodus Specialist" and Gainer Sanga, a videogame nerd. Guess which one takes control of the titular giant robot. The Siberian Railway, who has a controlling interest in Domepoli attempts to stop the Exodus... episode after episode.
This is my main problem with "Overman King Gainer." I got the idea while watching this that Tomino wanted to go back to/make an affectionate tribute to the super-robot shows of the 70s (some of which he himself made until he single-handedly invented the real-robot genre). However, he uses all of the bad tropes and cliches along with the good ones. The standard setup for an episode is: Robot-of-the-Week challenges Gainer with a new super-power and is eventually defeated - rinse and repeat. My other main problem is that the show sort of abruptly ends, without a satisfying resolution to the whole Exodus to Yapan (only one guess as to where this is) storyline.
So why do I give this four stars? Simple. The characters. Yoshiyuki Tomino has always been good about creating good, memorable characters (although I don't know about this time around, since he only created and directed this show and didn't actually write it, handing off writer duties to Ichiro Okouchi). The characters in "King Gainer" are well rounded and three-dimensional. There are very few completely evil characters. Even the villains are somewhat sympathetic, and some characters that you start out hating become much more likable later on. And the comedy that comes from these creations is absolute gold! On another positive note Gainer, the main protagonist is relatively not-that-whiny as far as Tomino teenagers go. On the scale of Tomino Teenage Whinyness Gainer rates about 4 (With 0 being nonexistent and 10 being Camille Bidan from Z Gundam). Another great thing (from the male perspective) is that Tomino also populates this show with a lot of very cute female characters, but unlike Jenny Agutter in Logan's Run *SPOILER ALERT* none of them take their clothes off (and for absolutely no reason at all). Damn! Oh well. At least we get Adette Kistler and Her Stripperific Outfit. Fanservice Ho!
Onto the DVDs themselves (This is a set of 6)! There are some good extra features on here, including a TV special on the making of the show, some TV commercials and textless openings and endings (so you can get those songs stuck in your head all over again). Packaging: this is a great way to own a television show in that all six discs fit in one normal sized case. This really, really saves on shelf space. My only concern is that some of the discs have a habit of coming loose sometimes.
Still, this is recommended to anyone who likes giant robots.
Pluses: Great characters, great theme songs, a giant robot with DREDS AND A CHAINSAW GUN.
Minuses: Meanders sometimes, super-robot of the week syndrome, the ending."