January 26th, 2008

Work sucks

Re: Terrestrial Defense Corp. Dai-Guard

This weekend, I've decided to get some things out of the way while I don't have much homework and write a bunch of reviews for the stuff I've been reading/watching over winter break. First off, Dai-Guard.

As I've said before, I was pleasantly surprised by this series, because it didn't seem like much from looking at the cover. I'd say it's my second favorite mecha series from what I've seen so far. (Yes, I'll be honest and say that as a whole, I enjoyed it more than Gunbuster.)

I thought the monster-of-the-week formula would bore me after a while, but every episode entertained me (except for the recap episode, which I skipped). So it had good consistency. In fact, I thought the two episodes that didn't involve any robot/monster fighting were pretty funny and touching, thanks to the great cast of characters.

But probably what I liked the most is that unlike Gurren Lagann, this show is very down-to-earth. It is not EPIC. It's about normal people living normal lives, whose jobs just happen to involve a giant robot. In fact, at times this show reminded me of an office sitcom more than anything, and one of the main themes of the show is of being able to take pride in your job.

I liked that the Heterodynes ended up being equivalent to natural disasters which humanity will just have to deal with from now on, like earthquakes or hurricanes. The true antagonists were politics and corporate beauracracy. And sometimes the best solutions were to not fight the Heterodynes at all. For the heroes, the focus was always just to help people, not win battles.

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So do I recommend it? Yes, if you're looking for a good mecha series to try out, or just a fun anime in general. I'm not sure if I would have shelled out money for it myself, but I am happy that I have the whole thing and will probably rewatch it a few times. Actually, you can buy it pretty cheaply over here. 26 episodes for just under $30. Not bad. :O It's gotten good reviews too from what I've seen, though sadly it still seems very underrated.
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