From Masami Ohbari (Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, Battle Arena Toshinden, Bubblegum Crisis, and Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer)! With the help of a super computer and a young Earth Defense worker, Tomoru must unravel the myst... more »ery of the alien armor found on the Moon! In the two-fisted tradition of Ultra Man!« less
hiroakiz | Ithaca, New York United States | 08/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Detonator Orgun is the story of a young man (Tomoru) who is facinated by the past and more than a little disenchanted with the bland, safe, and economically driven future world in which he lives. Keep in mind that this was made in the early 90's and the generation X sentiment was on full blast. He escapes this dreary life through the use of a dream manipulator. Basically a futuristic video game that controls dreams, thus simulating any kind of experience the user wishes. During one of these sessions he finds himself interrupted by several menacing shapes, before he can be destroyed though, another being, like the others, rescues him and calls out his name. He has several more dreams like this, each becoming more intense. At the same time, deep in a military complex, a nano-assembler/super computer goes about constructing a machine out of code transmitted down to earth from space. The robot taking shape looks dead like the one that rescued Tomoru in his dreams. While this is going on radar detects a strange meteor, one that changes directions, launching the equivalent of Robotech/Macross mechs the earth people quickly find out they're dealing with a hugely powerful robot. Eventually circumstances place Tomoru in contact with the robot of his dreams, by fusing with it, he faces off against the invader and learns his purpose in the whole ordeal. That's about the first third of the story, the rest goes on to flesh out the characters and generally explain one of the coolest sci-fi plots. This show had super fluid fight scenes, backed by some of the most exciting music composed, and the sound f/x are great. I'm not sure if there are really any shows like this anymore, Soul Taker might be close, but I have yet to see that. In some ways it reminded me of the anime Guyver, though much much much better. Mecha fans take note though, this show has awesome epic action."
Kamikaze of space
hiroakiz | 05/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Produced and realesed in three parts in 1991 Detonator Orgun is surely one of the best anime i've ever seen. Although not a landmark in the genre of giant robot anime, Detonator Orgun is a true classic thanks to the very good story and excelent artwork. The relation between the hero and his mecha is a very interesting component in the plot. Tomoru Shindo is a youngman who lives in a clean and bright high-tech Earth in a distant future. But his mind and behavior are more in the past( the XX century to be exact) than in the present. This is shown in the jacket of the Luftwaffe, the powerful german air force during WW2 that Tomoru proudly wears. Instead of worring about school or the security of a job Tomoru passes hours in his city's museum. But then he begins to receive misterious visons and signals coming from the moon, sended by the alien being Orgun. With the help of doctor Canzack and the supercomputer I-Zack. Tomoru begins to know the truth. Orgun was a dissident of the Evoluders, a super race of cibernetic beings that are programed to conquer and destroy all the planets in their way. And next on their list was Earth. Orgun then escaped to Earth to merge with Tomoru using the new body that was being constructed with the informations in the signals he was sending during his escape, and defend the planet against the evil that was coming. Later on it's discovered that the Evoluders are in fact humans coming from the future. Forced to use special armors due to the harsh condictions of the space they where submited to a extreme process of evolution, their bodies being almost completly absorved by the armor. And now they are coming from the future to destroy their own planet. The leader of the Evoluders, Lady Mirriko compreheends the situation but one of her followers prefers to continue with the disastrous plans of destruction. Meanwhile the Earth's military are rushing against time to unlock the data in Orgun that will allow then to construct powerful battle armors that might give then a fighting chance in the coming comfrontation. And Tomoru is haunted by his demons and doubts because each time he merges with Orgun more destruction is unleashed. As the hour aproaches Tomoru tries to find not only a answer for his inibition to pilot Orgun but also a reason to fight. With an intersting questioning about the reason to protect the past to prevent mistakes done before and the replacement of the human spirit by the mechanization of the society Detonator Orgun is as mentioned before a true and outstanding classic"
Classic anime OVA at it's best! A piece of history!
Joel Jankiewicz | Dauphin, Manitoba Canada | 01/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Detonator Orgun originally came out in Japan in 1991, but didn't hit American or Canadian shores until 1993 on VHS and such. With this OVA series out on DVD, and in this re-release DVD, fans of the 1990s OVA blow out can enjoy this classic series in fine detail and enjoy EVERY minute of it!(...).Detonator Orgun is also an anime trying to tell the benefits of what it is to be a human being, and the power of the human soul, not wanting to give up, and keep going on. Some may call it cliched, but I personally love every minute of it. The pacing is well done, with time for great plot development, and great action sequences. The original japanese voice actors play their characters VERY WELL, and I can't find any faults. The dubbing is ok, being 1990s quality. You'll either like the dub or not, or get used to it over time. The music is addicting, especially since the ending themes are performed by Susumu Harisawa, also famous for performing songs for the Berserk anime series.The video quality on the DVD is VERY good, considering this OVA is now over 10 years old. I didn't notice any breaks ups or of the like, so there is nothing to complain about. The animation is fanstatic for it's time, but then again, most OVAs have more money to spend than a whole anime series.Of course, Detonator Orgun has had it's own bit of contriversy. For those who remember the Tekkaman-Blade series(Teknoman for the english version), both Orgun and Tekkaman-Blade himself look very, VERY similar. From the large should armor, the head spikes, covered eyes, and armored body. Both use a doubled bladed lance, although Orgun doesn't actually use it till the last episode. I doubt either show was trying to rip off the other, but it's also hard to tell if one is trying to be a dedication to the other. In the long run, I don't really compare unless I want to make a note of it for fun and good humor.But in the long run, this is an excellent must have OVA, and should NOT be missed! Any fan of anime who enjoys mecha combat, great story telling, great characters, and great music, WILL enjoy Detonator Orgun."
A Full Time Detonation
André Lourenço (email@example.com. | Brazil | 07/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Impressive from the first to the last moment, that's what we can say from "Detonator Orgun 1". Begining in the surroundings of Earth appears a kind of superadvanced robotical creature: Orgun - who is being pursued by other "robots". Why Orgun is heading towards Earth is a mystery for them and for us. This mystery increases when we are introduced to Tomoru Shindo a teenager very bored with his predictable life. More cannot be told because the way the story unfolds itself is part of its greatest charm. The vivid colors, and the speed of the animation and of the fights all work extremely well with the mysteryous plot, obligind us to see the part 2."
Just Short of Greatness
Matthew Lafrance | VT USA | 06/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Detonator Orgun is a 3 part OAV series that has a bit of magic to it. An 80's style sci-fi story that shows up late to the party in 1991, it feels both nostalgic and polished. It features an evocative portrayal of a utopian future, fueled by technology, that also looks longingly to the past. While the story is a little too familiar, a little too adolescent, and the main character is too much of a martyr-hero, it's far from void of merit. While it anticipates series like Neon Genesis Evangelion only a few year later, Detonator Orgun stands on it's own as a well executed classic anime sci-fi. Whether it's the skillful treatment by AIC, or the beautiful character designs by Kiya Asamiya (under his pen name), or just the quality of the story, it feels right...yet it falls short of greatness. I think the thing holding it back the most is that it's the same conflict/resolution as Macross: Do You Remember Love (the movie adaption of Macross). No matter how nostalgic it feels, how delicately it's presented, how polished the designs are, or how much it feels right, it loses everything it has going for it by sharing too much with a classic that surpassed it on every level so many years previous to it. Detonator Orgun is a would-be classic, overshadowed by it's betters."