Manami is your typical schoolgirl, despite the odd machines her grandfather is always building. One day, though, an odd evil robot comes to attack Minami's school, and commits the ultimate offense of threatening her friends... and ruining her lunch. Now, she will stop at nothing to return order to the world in her grandpa's newest creation: the mecha Del Power X.
It's hard to tell if this is the greatest satire ever, or a poorly done comedy show. I think it succeeds on both equally, forming a great b-anime. Shitty voice acting, inane plot, and terrible art/animation are just a few of the things that plague this anime. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it thoroughly though.
The characters were so perfectly cliche that they actually managed to be good. Charlie Secto and Nick Jagger are some of the best characters I've ever seen. I'm surprised this doesn't have the #1 best selling soundtrack ever, the music is that great, especially the
opening and ending songs. Even with the terrible engrish, and the terrible timing and placement of the songs, it still manages to amaze me. While the story is pretty stupid overall, how can you not enjoy robots that do wrestling moves? The animation is terrible because it's so obvious a few times that it's just a 2-3 frame looping for a few seconds. At one point there's even some redheaded kid that runs past in the background a few times that's hard to miss. It does poke some fun at other mecha shows such as Gunbuster, but it's tastefully done and shouldn't piss anyone off.
This was obviously directed by a mad genius, because there is no way that a normal person could make something this bad and still make it entertaining. If you're a fan of mecha anime or b-movies, you should definitely check this out.
Let me finish this off with a line from the ending song that perfectly encapsulates the feel of the anime: "Yes, yes you are the wind of lime green."
They certainly tried to mold this into a comedy - oh, they really tried! But this one-shot OVA falls short on so many levels.
I have to believe that whatever studio made this was hoping this would be such a hit that it would turn into a regular series, the way they were name-plating every single character (even if they had just two lines) throughout the show. Given the time when this came out, it definitely fits within the wackier mold of, say, Dr. Slump or Ranma 1/2. But this is a far, far cry from Toriyama or Takahashi.
Apparently they thought they could turn a story of students doing wrestling moves in powered armor suits into pure comedy gold. Only 1) Wrestling is pretty boring 2) Powered mecha suits are even more boring 3) The characters are bland vanilla 4) The story is uncompelling 5) The artwork and animation are about two notches below subpar.
In fact, I would hesitate to recommend watching this for "trainwreck comedy" purposes. I spent about as much time watching the timer on the video ticking down as I was watching the action on the screen.