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SD Gundam Force - The Hero Arrives (Vol. 1)

3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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The first Gundam series to air in the U.S. (on the Cartoon Network's "Toonami" bloc) before Japan focuses on Shute, a spunky boy living in the idyllic realm of Neotopia. When the evil but inept forces from Dark Axis commanded by Zapper Zaku invade Neotopia, Shute meets the defender-robot Captain Gundam. Their friendship fuels Captain's Soul Drive, enabling him to defeat the invaders easily. "SD" stands for "Superior Defender," but in anime, it usually means "super deformed"--a term used to describe these diminutive figures with large heads and small bodies. SD Gundam Force is a heavy-handed, American-style kidvid adventure, in which the hero yells, "Way to go, Robot-Dude!" and the villain shouts empty threats. The unexpressive CG animation has the weightless, floaty feel of motion capture, and the result suggests a mecha version of Reboot. The disc has no menus. (Rated 7 and older: minor robot vs. robot violence) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Dominic Catrambone, Deborah Sale Butler, Doug Erholtz, Aliki Theofilopoulos, Yello Lollicups
  • Writers: Ardwight Chamberlain, Jeff Nimoy, Steve Kramer, Tom Wyner
  • Producers: Takayuki Yoshii
  • Format: Surround Sound, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Live, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bandai Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012FX5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "SD Gundam Force - The Hero Arrives (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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By G White on March 9, 2004
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Most anime fans will be familiar with Gundam, the popular anime franchise which sparked the equally popular real robot genre. What slightly less may be aware of is SD Gundam, a comedy sub-franchise starting in the late 1980's which poked fun at the main Gundam franchise and presented the characters and mecha as squashed down, cuter versions. Whilst there have been games, model kits, etc the SD Gundam anime was short lived. With the normal series performing well in America, Bandai have chosen to bring SD back to animated form...with a slight twist.
An evolution of a cancelled made-for-the-US show called Doozybots, Superiour Defender Gundam Force aims itself for the market more likely to play Pokemon and buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards. The basic story is simple yet enjoyable- in the not too distant future, humanity and robots have managed to turn Earth into a utopian paradise free of war, violence and poverty. Its for this reason that the central city of Neotopia falls under the evil mono-eye of the Dark Axis, resource stealing robots who plunder other worlds via a dimensional gate. The Dark Axis advance force is discovered by a young boy named Shute and they attempt to silence him. However, Shute is saved by a mysterious robot hero. Called Captain Gundam, he is Neotopia's first line of defense in the secret war against the Dark Axis...
These early episodes are pretty simple- Shute and Captain are minding their own business/Dark Axis forces arrive/the two sides fight/Captain activates his Soul Drive and knocks them back to their own dimension. The enjoyment factor more comes from the various parodies and homages within.
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The animation is beautifully fluid, definitely not el-cheapo Korean animation. The stories seem to keep the kids totally riveted. I found some SD Gundam toys at T*rget which delighted the kids.
Buy both DVD volumes AT ONCE and hope and pray that more SD Gundam episodes are produced!
There is no "dark" side to SD Gundam -- a really nice change from some of the other weird animation I've seen over the years. I like this show. My kids LOVE this show.
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THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF GUNDAM.PERSONLY I'D HAVE TO SAY THAT SD GUNDAM FORCE IS MY FAVORITE.THERE'S SO MANY CHARACTERS.THE SHOW UNFORTUNEANTLY ONLY HAS ABOUT 28 EPISODES.THE SHOW IS ABOUT AN EVIL FORCE CALLED THE DARK AXIS TRYING TO TAKE OVER ALL THE PLANETS THAT EXIST.WHEN THEY REACH NEOTOPIA THEY REALLY HAVE TO BRING IN THEIR TOUGHEST WEAPONS.CAPTAIN GUNDAM AND ZAPPER ZAKU WERE THE ORIGANAL CHARACTERS.AS THE SHOW GOT FARTHER INTO THE SERIES THEY BROUGHT IN A WHOLE LOT MORE CHARATERS.ALSO SOME OF THE HEROES WERE SOME HOW TRANSPORTED TO NEOTOPIA.ONCE YOU WATCH THIS SHOW YOU'RE LIKE OH THIS IS STUPID,BUT ONCE YOU SEE A FEW EPISODES YOU GET HOOKED ON THE SHOW.THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.I'D LIST ALL THE CHARACTERS,BUT IT'S BEEN SO LONG SCINCE SD GUNDAM FORCE HAS BEEN ON T.V. THAT I FORGOT ALMOST EVERYBODYS NAMES!ON THE FINAL 5 EPISODES THE ENTIRE DARK AXIS ATTACKED NEOTOPIA!MOST OF THE CHARACTERS WERE KILLED IN THE WAR THOUH.
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i just happen to catch this show because it had taken over the time slot of dbz. at first i was reluctant to watch a new show and i have never been a fan of gundams or robotic anime characters. but after watching the first 5 min. i was hooked. i enjoyed the way how the gundams are shrunk to miniature sized characters compared to the usual gigantic counterparts in classical anime portrayal. the tone of the show was hularious with there witty comeback dialog and light, yet packed with intense fighting and anime style battles. I also liked how the show was produced using computer animation rather than hand drawn.
great show. great fun. enyoyable by all ages.
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The gundam series used to a very deep action action series that was never a kiddy series. This is completlety different. It is a paper thin story with bland charecters nad stupid villain. sd gundam is just kiddy seires like pokemon with know real depth what so ever. Stupid kids under 7 may like. any besides that should stay far far away.
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