Godannar, Vol. 1: Engage and Destroy
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In the Bedroom & On the Battlefield It Takes Two to Tangle! Five years ago, as the Mimetic Beasts laid waste to Japan, Dannar Pilot Go saved young Anna Aois life. Now, as they prepare to march down the aisle, a new Beast appears and Go is summoned into battle once more. But hes not going alone, not if his blushing bride to be can help it! Its a honeymoon from hell as two stubborn mecha pilots bump heads, egos and other bits; but if Anna and Go can mate their robots interlocking parts, theyll form the ultimate marriage of man, woman and machine! The battle of the sexes and the battle for the future of mankind are fought simultaneously in the wildest giant robot series ever, GODANNAR!
The sci-fi broadcast series Godannar (2003) is set in the not-too-distant future, five years after the alien Mimetic Beasts attacked Earth. Although they were supposedly defeated, at least one appears in every episode. Seventeen-year-old Anna wants to be a mecha pilot, so she can join her new husband Goh in fighting the Beasts. She gets her chance when the Neo-Okusaer robot rises out of a graveyard: with Anna at the helm, it successfully fuses with Goh's mecha to form Godannar, an über-robot that can beat the sashimi out of any Mimetic Beast. In between monster attacks, misunderstandings arise between the pneumatic females in the cast and the largely ineffectual males. Director Yasuchika Nagaoka moves everything at a frantic pace, trying to disguise the characters' utter lack of personalities. Godannar plays like an unsuccessful attempt to blend Evangelion, Bubbblegum Crisis, and Daphne in the Brilliant Blue: even the mecha jiggle in some shots. It's strictly for fans of big-eyes-big-breasts-big-guns anime. (Rated TV MA, suitable for ages 16 and older: Nudity, violence, tobacco use) --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
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Whether or not this is for you will depend on your personal tastes. This is a show in a new genre of its own. Hopefully more shows like this will be made in the future.
Story: So far there seems to be a decent story behind all of the action, but mostly this is a show about fighting and action. In fact, all 5 episodes on this first DVD contain nothing but fighting!! Everyone runs around shouting and fighting continuously for the whole length of every episode. At most 3 minutes per episode is left over to spend on the story and character development. There's no time to talk when monsters keep destroying your city 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!! Giant robots to the rescue!!
Art: I think Godannar has an excellent art style. If you saw the trailer (or the DVD box) you might think this is one of those big-boobie-girly type animes. But so far this show has mainly been about fighting. The big-boobie shiny girls are there just to look nice but they don't seem to detract from the action.
Animation: By far the best animation quality of any anime I've ever seen. Imagine the most action-packed high-quality cool anime intro you've ever seen, then imagine an anime just like that except with the high-quality animation lasting throughout each episode, and you get Godannar!!
Directing: Godannar is actually done in a fairly serious manner, with extremely fast-paced excellent directing. There is a continuous stream of comedy being injected into the show at all times (due to all the big-boobie girls and craziness) but it's totally kept in control by the overall serious (though unrealistic and stylized) nature of the constant fighting and shouting that goes on.
Music: The music style is that of the old Japanese cheesy hero shows of the 70's. Godannar's soundtrack is composed by the same person who originally created the music for Kikaida, one such show. However Godannar's music gets the benefit of modern-age high-quality audio recording methods, and it sounds amazing.
If you like shows with great directing, awesome animation, nice pictures, great music, and CONSTANT MINDLESS FIGHTING, and don't mind that because there is only fighting that there may be no plot, then this show is for you! It doesn't matter if you like giant robot anime or not, as long as you like fighting.
Even better, Godannar does seem to have an intruiging plot behind all of the fighting. Only the plot barely advances with each episode because there is simply no time, with all the fighting going on, to allow for it.
When I first received a review copy of "GODANNAR" volume 1, the DVD case gave me an idea that perhaps this might be another T&A mecha anime. But most importantly, I was hoping to have a good storyline to go along with that fan service.
Needless to say that "GODANNAR" is an anime that really caught my attention and definitely gives a unique spin to mecha anime.
The first episode introduces the main characters. Five years ago, Anna was rescued by Goh (who pilots GODANNAR) during a time a Mimetic Beast was attacking Earth.
From that moment of being rescued, she fell in love with Goh.
Present time, Anna attends high school, nearly every guy want to date her and she is one of the best athletes at school and is admired by her classmates.
What they don't know is that Anna is being trained to pilot a giant robot for a major group run by her mother Kiriko.
What they also don't know is that she is getting married to the man who saved her life five years ago.
As for Goh, he promises himself to never fail a love one after he loses his partner and girlfriend Mira in battle.
Also, unknown to the people in the force that Goh is getting married to Anna.
Where "GODANNAR" separates themselves from other mecha anime is despite the fact that Goh is a capable warrior in battle with his mech, only when his mech fuses in battle together with his wife Anna's mech, is when GODANNAR beomes a superior force to be reckon with.
Unfortunately, Anna is not as experienced and most of all, Goh was not expecting his wife to be his partner in battle. He hopes that she will not be after the death of Mira. But Anna is determined to work hard and do what she can to be with Goh.
Throw in other complexities of love triangles with fellow pilot, Shirizu who is in love with Goh and also to find out that Mira, Goh's former love who is thought to be dead is very much alive and a force who is not so approving of the older adult marrying a 17-year old pilot in training, things look a bit rocky for the newlyweds.
As for those of you wondering about the T&A factor, yes... there is a lot of fan service in this anime.
As for the DVD, although we only watched a review copy with the first three episodes, "GODANNAR" definitely looks promising and I can't wait to watch more episodes.
The English dub seemed a bit frantic in the first episode with so many cut scenes but once things settle in, the dub for each characters are well done.
Special features include character profiles, mechanical profiles, GODANNAR Key Words and a top secret case file, clean opening and ending animations and both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.
Definitely check out "GODANNAR" volume 1. A fun, fresh, entertaining mecha anime to come out in years.