Saiga is a normal high school student with a gift in mathematics. His daily routine is disrupted when his family gets news that his Father's remains have been discovered—a noted archeologist and researcher who had gone missing while exploring a site many years before. Among his remains were notes and artifacts that needed to be identified by the family near a notable triangular mountain in Japan known as "Japan's pyramid", a place suspected by some to be man-made. A meteor containing a strange robotic lifeform falls from the sky and begins to cause destruction, putting Saiga in danger and causing a mysterious bracelet from his father's research to activate and merge him with an ancient robot burried within the pyramid—a robot the runes describe as Reideen. It is now up to Saiga and guardian Reideen to fight against this unknown alien threat from the sky.
Recipe for this one is simple: take 1 high school kid,add 1 mysterious girl and 1 huge robot. Now sprinkle it with some aliens and mix it well. When done just wrap it in some nice graphics and you're done!
This is not one of brightest moments of mecha genre but i saw worse too.
If you are a mecha fan running out of mecha to watch,than this might do.
If not,stop reading this and move on to something better!
Art: Only realy good thing about this series. Graphics are flawles,a mix of computer 3D stuff and normal 2D drawing. But the scenes of summoning Reideen and his weapons
repeat all the time and get boring.
Sound: OP is some boring balade,so is the finishing song. Music during the episodes is theatrical and not that bad.
Story: Nothing new and shocking. WARNING:You might get some flashbacks from Power Rangers while watching.
The whole thing starts when they find the bones of Junki Saiga's (main caracter) father in some pyramide shaped mountain. He visits the place and when inside the mountain he looks down some hole and experiences a vision of two giant robots fighting.
When he regains consciousness a huge robot falls into the scene and the bracelet from his fathers excavations transfers him on board of huge golden mecha from his dreams,called Reideen.
From now on he must fight huge alien robots while being obstructed by normal military and their inferior mechas...
This about sums it up as i see it. I hope it will be of some help to you :)
This one's quite the mixed bag. Serving as a modern telling of the 1970s super robot series Brave Raideen, this 2007 anime focuses on high school student Junki Saiga coming upon a powerful mecha called Raideen that he must control to protect Earth from a mysterious alien threat. As the alien threat escalates, Junki finds himself contemplating how to handle his role as Raideen's pilot while multiple factions seek to exploit the mecha's power or presence for their personal gain.
My reasons for finding Raideen to be a mixed bag come from the mixture of what it does right and wrong with its series elements, and
I'll elaborate on what it does right first. For a refreshing twist to the mecha genre, Junki isn't portrayed as an unstoppable pilot when utilizing the Reideen as he finds himself increasingly challenged throughout the series by the alien threat as they continually change their tactics when trying to lure out and capture the mecha with the alien threats unleashed mostly taking more than one episode to resolve. In addition, Junki finds himself conflicted throughout a good chunk of the series with what role he should have in the conflict surrounding Reideen and eventually comes to terms with what he wishes to gain out of it and hints are dropped with some of the characters having bigger roles in the conflict than one would assume on the surface. Also, the presentation to the series is great for the most part with excellent CG animation work on the mecha and alien weaponry, fluid mecha battle scenes against the alien threat and a good number of tense musical tracks with Reideen's soundtrack that are fitting for the show's serious mood.
What greatly hurts the series are a number of significant flaws that it has in regards to its storytelling and depth. The series quite often relies on deus ex machina for Junki to get out of any major crisis with the Reideen whenever it seems like he is about to be finished off and this results in a rather poor ending for the series when this lazy storytelling device gets milked to the umpteenth degree. Also, the series does a poor job of fleshing out and focusing on a number of major story elements and characters critical to its plot. The alien Roxell is introduced as a rival for Junki seeking Reideen for his own ends in the middle of the show's run, yet doesn't show up again until near the end of the series and his motives don't get much fleshing out. The mysterious transfer student Midoriko is hinted to have a connection of some sort to Reideen, yet the series never bothers delving into great depth with it. Also, the aliens attacking Earth to claim Reideen also lack depth in their motives and where they come from.
Pretty much, Reideen's mixed bag status stems from what it does right and wrong with its mecha storyline. While it offers a great presentation and some solid twists to your typical mecha storyline, it suffers a number of major storytelling flaws due to dabbling in deus ex machina and not fleshing out a number of its major series elements. Your mileage will certainly vary with how you warm up to this modern retelling of the 1970s mecha anime classic.