While a furious storm rages, three young men materialize in Tokyo in 2007: friendly, blond Ryo; aloof, serious Koji; and irrepressible, offbeat Gawl. They've been sent from the future to prevent genetic biologist Takuma Na... more »kasa from making the discoveries that will lead to the creation of metamorphic humanoid "Generators." Posing as students at the prestigious Oju Academy, the trio take a room in the home of abrasive fellow student Masami. Ryo and Koji try to maintain low profiles, but Gawl invariably sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb. Masami decides to play Nancy Drew and discover the secrets of the attractive but reclusive new students. She mistakenly identifies Gawl as a local stalker but continues to pick on him, even after she's proven wrong. Someone from the future has already staked out the Academy and is protecting Nakasa with Generators, human-seeming creatures who transform into bizarre monsters. Gawl, who is also a Generator, must destroy these monsters--and hide the fights and their aftereffects from Masami's prying eyes. Director Seiji Mizushima makes the trio's mission seem crucial without revealing too much about it, and the result is an entertaining, fast-paced, and suspenseful series that should enjoy an enthusiastic audience in America. Contains these episodes: 1. "The Visitors," 2. "Flowers and Girls," 3. "Curiosity." Unrated; suitable for ages 10 and up; occasional risqué humor and some violence, restricted to monster versus monster. --Charles Solomon« less
S. D. Shaver | Mooville, MO United States | 05/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For the record, I watched this series in Japanese with subtitles and avoided reading the promo ADV Films wrote about it; that said, I liked it a lot. Your mileage may vary.I wouldn't chalk this up as "anime of all time", but it is surprisingly good. I liken it to Sailor Moon meets Evangelion...at least in this first disk. It jumps between the silly -- Gawl and his interaction with Masami -- and the serious -- the three guys trying to, y'know, save the world.The guys are drawn cute, and Gawl is an unlikely but likeable hero. The battle scenes and transformation sequences are nifty. The tug-of-war between Gawl and Masumi reminds me of Akane and Ranma. While there is very little new ground covered by this anime story-wise, the first disk was solid action with a compelling (albeit slightly confusing) storyline."
Generator Gawl is quite appealing!!!
spaceace777 | South Florida | 07/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I attually found out about Generator Gawl ,cause of a trailer from an Adv Anime dvd that I bought. When I first heard of the highly addictive, hard edge rock theme song, I want out ,and saw the fast pace action sequence of the trailer. It won me over instantly. I needed to get it fast! When I finally got the first volume, I've notice it was different from what I anticipated to see. I thought it was mostly action, generator versus generator.But,it's mostly comedy,drama,romance,suspense, ,and almost at the end of each episode comes the action sequence.This series has it all!!! This anime is a must get!"
Surprisingly good anime!
C. Duncan | Southeastern USA | 05/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Knowing almost nothing about it, I purchased Generator Gawl Vol. 1 with few expectations. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. Simply wonderful!GG isn't a deep, brain-busting anime like SE Lain or Evangelion (which I enjoy immensely, by the way), but it is a sterling example of what fun anime is all about. Character design is exceptional, the story is sufficiently interesting and well-paced, the humor is clever and not over-done, and the action sequences are first-rate. You just can't help but cheer each time Gawl "generates" into his alter ego to dish out a beating to the bad guys. I've heard a lot of complaints about GG's lack of originality, but honestly, I don't think it's a problem. If you're one of those folks who insist Nadesico is a re-make of Robotech, you might have hang-ups with Gawl. Otherwise, you'll enjoy it. I do wish there were four episodes per DVD instead of three, but it's so enjoyable I can overlook it (but don't get used to it ADV!).Surprisingly, GG hasn't garnered the hype or fan following in the U.S. it deserves - at least not yet. It easily earns my recommendation. It's simply good anime!"
C. Duncan | 07/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Genorator Gawl is a story of 3 teenagers who jump back in time to Sept. 2007 and try and save the world from "dark generators"(those are the bad guys), only problem is they were supposed to jump a year earlier. The 3 characters are: Gawl (he's the main character and has the power of generating), Koji(he's kinda the leader of the of the operation), and Ryo(he's kinda the smart guy and his name's pronounced Ro). Also there's a girl called Masami and another called Natsumi(they're friends of Gawl, Koji, and Ro). I think that generator gawl is an awsome anime saga and that it is hilarious! There's this 1 part in the 2nd episode were Gawl is trying to catch a butterfly in his hands and he keeps missing it and gets really frustrated, it's hilarious! Also there's this strange scientist called "Tekuma Nekasa" who I think cracks the gene code for generating. All anime lovers I urge you to watch it. It has fantastic graphics and battle scenes in all 3 of the 1st 3 episodes (not volumes I've only seen vol. 1). On a scale of 1 to 10, i'd give a 1,000,000!!!!!!!!!!! ADV Films really picked a good saga to translate and sell. Props to the opening theme!"
Good introduction to an anime and a great dub!
nogana_naishi | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 12/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After years and years of crappy dubbed releases, ADVision FINALLY gets it right and makes a great dub! I was expecting horrific Nadesico/Evangelion voice "talents" (The term used very lightly.) Instead, ADV delivers one amazing dub. The voices, acting, and overall quality of the dub just doesn't get any better than this.As for the actual anime. Well, the premise isn't exactly original. It's been done in DNA^2, for one, among other shows. Three guys go back in time to stop a disaster from occuring. Despite the lack of originality, Generator Gawl is still very amusing. While nothing extraordinary, the animation is quite good. Gawl also sports some interesting music, with catchy opening and ending theme songs. The opening theme, "I Want Out", showing off some of the more serious aspects of the show, and the ending theme "Koi to iemashou ka?" showing the comedic moments in a very Kodomo no Omocha ending-ish drawing style.Another plus of Gawl is how ADV put 3 episodes on a single tape, instead of the usual 2. The first tape is also quite cheap compared to most of ADV's releases. Hopefully the prices and number of episode will remain the same in future volumes.Generator Gawl is one to own. I can't wait for the next volumes to come out, and to find out what happens to Gawl and friends."