I love giant robots, I really do, and since I finished 3 mecha series over the past 2 weeks I’m going to review 4 mecha shows as a bundle. This includes eureka seven, gundam 00, gurren lagann, and rahxephon.
Plot in a sentence: Renton joins the outlaw group Gekko state and falls in love with Eureka, together, they try to save thw world.
Art: The character designs are not to my tastes, but simple and pretty stylish. However, I loved the mecha designs. 8/10
Animation: During the slice of life scenes, decent, but during fights? Beautiful lasers and missiles fly through the air, blasts of wind brush by the stylish and streamlined mechas as a homage to Itano circus. WOW. 9.5/10
Music and voice acting: Kind of strange and mostly techno. I didn’t think that any of the bgm was memorable, however they did fit the scenes really well. The same thing applies to the songs. The voice acting was quite good, and I was really impressed with Anemone. 13/15
Story: Quite confusing and werid, with a few episodes feeling a little too filler-ish. Many things didn’t make sense to me but overall it was pretty enjoyable, especially the last few episodes. However, I didn’t like the ending at all. 7/10
Gut feelings: Pretty confusing and a bit too long, but still quite good. 3/5
Gundam 00 season 1
Plot in a sentence: A paramilitary group, celestial being, with 4 gundams and their pilots, the gundam meisters, is trying to end all war with armed conflicts.
Art: I didn’t like how the character’s eyes looked and was pretty sad to see Yun Kouga’s style getting lost in the anime, a lot of colors also clashed and looked bad. However, the gundams look great, the backgrounds are beautiful, and overall, the characters do look good (ever if Tieria looks like that guy from Hikaru no go.) 8.5/10
Animation: Very solid. The fights are done well and it’s very smooth. 10/10
Music and voice acting: Half of the gundam meisters sound sexy, the other half sounds really gay (in the literal sense. I’m 100% sure that Tieria fell in love with another guy). The girls sound really good too, and not a single annoying voice within earshot. The bgm is dramatic and the songs are great. I especially love the second ending. Even if you hate Gundam with a passion, at least listen to this song. 15/15
Story: Plot holes come up quite often, and a lot of things are awkward (for instance, Marina. I don’t see the point of having her character in the story, she doesn’t really do anything). There isn’t much of a plot but it was still exciting to watch. 8.5/10
Gut feelings: I don’t know why, but I really like this series. 4.5/5
Plot in a sentence: Gehh… this one’s hard. Simon lived underground but then starts a rebellion group trying to let everyone live above ground peacefully but it’s harder than he thought.
Art: Stylish, but not really to my tastes. I didn’t like the designs of any of the guys besides Simon and Viral, and the designs for the mecha was too face heavy and bulky. I liked all the different forms of Gurren Lagann though. Some scenes, like Nia’s flashback, was done very stylishly, and the backgrounds are beautiful. 8.5/10
Animation: Excellent and off the top. 10/10
Music and voice acting: The only voice that I didn’t really like was that of Nia (too high), but I really liked a lot of the voices (Kamina, Yoko, and Viral in particular). The music was very fitting and so were the songs. However I didn’t like the first ending at all. 13/15
Story: Exciting and excellent with epicness all around, but I just wish that they threw in a bit more plot armor. Also, I think that some of the relationships were a bit rushed, and that the writers cheated with Simon’s relationship with Nia by using a time skip and not letting the viewers see it develop. I didn’t really like the ending, as it felt a bit too rushed and the biggest problem wasn’t solved. But those are only minor complaints. 9/10
Gut feelings: EPIC, but kind of akward with the ending. 4.5/5
Plot in a sentence: Gehh….. this one’s really hard ….. Ayato finds out that the world he lives in is radically different that he thought, strange beings are attacking him, and a mysterious girl tells him to pilot a giant mecha: rahxephon.
Art: Great. Ayato is one of the best looking pilots in anime history, everything looks balances and gorgeous. However, this IS a bit old and not as crisp as I’d like. 9/10
Animation: Only 1 thing out the whole series really impressed me, and that was a 1 second scene in the op. The rest of the show has solid animation, but it’s not good enough to really leave an impression. 6/10
Voice acting and music: This show has heavy ties with music, and the bgm is really good. I love the opening, but I dislike the ending. The voice actors did their roles, but none of them left an impression on me. 12/15
Story: Really strange. I didn’t really get this series, and the ending was so weird that I wouldn’t have realized what was happening if I didn’t read its article on wikipedia. Many things didn’t make sense, and the overall pacing feels a bit off. 5/10
Gut feelings: It just didn’t click with me. 2/5