Synonyms: Heavy Metal L-Gaim
Feb 4, 1984 to Feb 23, 1985
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
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SynopsisIn the Pentagona System, a young man by the name of Daba Myroad leads a rebellion against Pentagona's leader, Oldna Poseidal. Daba's not alone however, meeting a large number of allies along his journey and having in his possession the powerful L-Gaim, a white Heavy Metal left to him by his father.
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Opening Theme#1: "L-Gaim~ TIME FOR L-GAIM (エルガイム-Time for L.GAIM-)" by MIO (eps 1-25)
#2: "Kaze no No Reply (風のノー・リプライ)" by Mami Ayukawa (eps 26-54)
Ending Theme"Starlight Shower (スターライト・シャワー)" by MIO
One of my favorite movie critics once wrote, "if a movie is this entertaining, can it really be considered BAD?" He was talking about the film "Dreamcatcher", but I think that sentiment could easily be applied to Heavy Metal L-GAIM.
I will start off by saying that no, L-GAIM is not really a good anime. But it IS entertaining, and if you are a big fan of either Yoshiyuki Tomino or Mamoru Nagano, I would consider this a must-watch series. L-GAIM was the series that Sunrise released right before Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and some of the characters (Daba Myroad and Fanelia Amu for example) superficially resemble characters that would later appear in Zeta Gundam. And many of the characters and aspects of the world they appear in are recycled by Nagano in his first manga, Fool for the City, released in 1985 right on the heels of this series. It was the very beginning of his epic Five Star Stories manga. L-GAIM mostly feels like two very different creators with very different ideas dueling it out.
The story itself really suffers a lot from the poor pacing and direction of the series, but I agree with a friend who described it as "Star Wars on crack". L-GAIM takes place in a star system called "The Pentagona System" and the main character, Daba Myroad, is the last surviving ruler of a civilization that was exterminated by the empress Poseidal. The list of characters in this series would make your head spin, and they all have crazy names and ridiculous hairstyles and clothes courtesy of Mamoru Nagano. Every other episode ends with a title card that says NEXT DRAMA, NEXT CHARACTER or NEXT HEAVY METAL to give you some idea of what is coming next. All of this makes for very entertaining viewing especially if you have some people over and enough beer for everyone.
On to the show's actual strengths. First of all, the mechanical designs are, for the most part, really good, which is only to be expected of Nagano. I think the actual L-GAIM itself is one of the best mechanical designs I've ever seen in a mecha anime. Secondly, the characters have a lot of personality and are really what keeps you watching the series. A lot of people complain about the humor and slapstick and whatnot (this show has more animation smears that any other mecha anime I have ever seen), but first of all, it succeeds in actually being funny, and secondly, it endears you to the characters so that later in the show when the conflict intensifies, you actually CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM. I won't spoil it, but there is a scene in one of the last few episodes where a character I had grown to love is stuck underwater and I was actually on the edge of my seat worried about whether he would live or not. That's not something that happens in most Tomino-directed series (sadly) because in most series he's directed, the characters feel more like action figures there to warm the seat of the model kits -- I mean, robots. This strategy of using humor to facilitate character development would be re-employed later in Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam to great success.
The other aspects of the series, animation, music/sound, etc. are par for the course for a nearly 30-year old television anime. Nothing really to write home about but nothing that really impedes your ability to enjoy what's going on. And the two opening theme songs are really quite catchy. If you're like me, you'll be at work the next day singing "SAY MARK TWOOOOO" under your breath hoping nobody can hear you in the next cubicle.
In the end, I feel I can only recommend L-GAIM to mecha enthusiasts. A novice probably wouldn't appreciate it as much as someone who has already seen at least most of the classic, more well-known series, and you really need to be familiar with both Tomino and Nagano to get maximum enjoyment out of it. But if you've already seen MD GEIST and Garzey's Wing a million times and need a new anime to watch on the weekends with your friends while you're getting blazed you could do a lot worse than L-GAIM. read more
Break blade's Art feel very similar to that of Heavy Metal L gaim. Especially the Mech designs.
However Break Blade is more on the serious side, where as L gaim is more on the comedic side.
Both series have several people who want the release of a dominant government. In each series focus on only one of those cases. In Taiyou no Kiba Dagram shown from a point of view closer to the guerrilla faction and with better arguments than the lone group that presents L-Gaim.
They are also real mecha, explaining that the concept of reality is much more successfully addressed by Ryosuke Takahashi's work.
Both shows are directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, the father of the gundam franchise and mecha anime visonary, and both shows are him at his most lighthearted, but also at his directoral best. Both shows follow a group of really likeable young people through a spanning war. In Turn A, it's about going back to your roots, and in L.Gaim, it's about rebellion and trying to find your place in the world, as well as following your destiny. Both shows feature a great deal of humor and are both genuianlly funny, because you really start to like and care about these characters. Neither show really focuses much on the mecha either and are more character dramas/adventure shows, so those usually uninterested in mecha anime may find these series easier to get into.
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