(This is my first entry in this year’s 12 Days of Anime series. Be sure to read what everyone else is putting out!)
In many ways, 2010 was the year of Yasuhiro Imagawa for me, because I saw for the first time many of this great director’s works. None was a greater experience for me than Giant Robo.
There’s a lot to love about Giant Robo — so much, in fact, that choosing a single moment from this OVA was a hell of a challenge. But I decided to go with something that to me represents the pure spirit of Giant Robo: The introduction.
It’s an old-fashioned, pulpy thrill ride of an introduction, set in “a future to come”, pitting the Experts of Justice against the dastardly BF Group (“Everything for Big Fire!”), who look members of the KKK who have somehow infiltrated the government. And then out come the GIANT LASERS, HUGE ROBOTS AND CRAZY WEAPONS WAGING MASSIVE DESTRUCTION ON THE CITY. Each intro features a different set of mechas destroying the landscape; my favorite is the vaguely Egyptian robot that blows shit up with, um, light bubbles or something. Always made me laugh. Then the Experts of Justice swoop in and show off a bit, letting the audience know just how badass they are before Daisaku and Giant Robo close things off.
How could you not want to watch Giant Robo after seeing that intro? It’s big, loud and awesome, and it has stuck in my mind ever since seeing it. And I’m totally going to watch it at least 10 times before the day is finished.