4 of 4 episodes seen
In general, SGRvNGR is an alternate reality version of the original Getter Robo franchise. Without spoiling much of the original Getter Robo, it shows what might happen if Musashi (the original Getter 3 pilot) sacrifices himself to destroy the Reptilian Kingdom before the unfortunate event that changes the original Getter Robo from a regular fun-filled, monster-of-the-day anime into a story that made the 12 years old me loses all faith in humanity (not really, but you get the point).
If the second act of Getter Robo, and its canon, Getter Robo Armageddon, shows a darker side of Go Nagai, then SGRvNGR portrays a lighter story akin to Mazinger Z where good people stays good and justice always prevail in the end.
The story itself is nothing special. The story circles around Ichimonji Gou, the new candidate for the newly developed Neo Getter Robo: A safer and stable version of Getter Robo that is developed by the previous pilot of Getter 2, Jin Hayato to combat the upcoming threat from the newly reformed Reptilian Empire.
Where's the high review score came from then? The answer is simple: It's highly enjoyable. Due to its 4 episode-long nature, SGRvNGR presents its story in a fast paced, comprehensive manner with a lot of action in every episode. In just four episodes, it manages to:
- Throw cameos from most original Getter Robo characters.
- Shows Neo Getter Robo in all of its three glories.
- Tease just enough of Shin Getter Robo to make it interesting.
- Introduce a fun super robot sidekick to the Getter Robo universe.
- Made the kid in me shouts "Getter Change!!!" from the bottom of my lung.
Therefore, here's my review for SGRvNGR:
What's in it : Super Robot, hand-to-hand fight, giant axe, and lots of cameos.
What's to like : Action packed story with excellent pace and enjoyment.
What's not to like : Typical story with no character development.
Mood needed to watch : Mood for a light and fun, no brainer kind of story.
Overall score : 9 (Great)
As an added bonus, the music and sound effects are surprisingly good and complement both the action and the story well. Try and watch this using a good sound system and you'll see what I mean.
In short, SGRvNGR is something that you might like to watch after a long day's work just to relax for two hours. I can almost guarantee that you'll end the session with a big grin on your face and an urge to start every sentence with the word "Getter". With all that in mind, "Getter See You Later And Watch This Anime NOW!!!!!" read more
5 of 26 episodes seen
Are you tired of shows with excessive fan service and just need an anime with great story and characters with some depth on them? Do you love old style space opera akin to Space Battleship Yamato? Then hop on aboard to the ship known as Mouretsu Space Pirates!
Mouretsu Space Pirates (or MSP for review purposes) is a throwback to old style space opera scenario: A guy (or a girl in this one) with little knowledge of his/her own destiny and ability, is thrown into a grand scheme that pits him/her against strong opponents and meet lots of new and interesting friends along the way. Sounds much like star wars? Well, in actuality, it's the premise of tons of other anime and stories as well.
Then what, do you ask, that makes MSP deserves a 9 points overall? The answer is simple: It keeps you glued to the screen and yearns for more.
MSP is one of those gem of an anime that manages to keep an interesting story while maintaining a good enough pace that keeps you from boring yourself out. The characters themselves are pretty interesting even if it's a little overwhelming at this point. While it is rather hard to see with just five episodes, there are some noticeable character development. Especially with the main character, Marika.
Therefore, here's my review for it:
What's in it : Spaceships, Techy Stuff, and Pirates!
What's to like : Good story and pacing
What's not to like : As per episode 5, none yet
Mood needed to watch : Need for something with a story and no fan service
Overall Score : 9 (Great)
In short, Mouretsu Space Pirates is an unexpectedly well made space opera for those who love to watch an anime with a great story, characters, and a steady pace. However, if you're looking for an anime with tons of fan service as the name might imply, you're better off looking elsewhere. read more