Hishou, Ginga, Ace, Hayate, and Ikazuchi all work at a studio doing various idol-related jobs at the request of their manager, Reiko. But in reality, these five teenagers are really the Reideens, a group of superheroes who fight the Super Devils sent by Lushu, a mysterious being. Little do the Reideens know, these Super Devils are being sent for a more important purpose...
Chouja Reideen/Reideen The Superior is an odd show. It's related to Brave Raideen, which is one of the earliest examples of the super robot genre and invented the idea of a transformable mecha as well as being magic powered. It was a pretty popular show back in it's day and you can still see some of it's routes in later titles.
Reideen the superior doesn't have much to do with the original show and stands on it's own. It's basically Tekkaman Meets Saint Seiya, but has elements from Brave raideen, so you might as well judge it for what it is.
The plot is pretty basic early on, typical Good vs evil scenario. The first half of the show is Monster of the week afair, but I'd say it's done well, since it kinda builds upon the plot. The 2nd half takes a different direction and I'd say it's more interesting than the 2nd half since the cast is giving more to do, and it ends on a pretty good note as well.
The characters are pretty alright, There are the Main 5 raideens who have stereotypical personalities, but I think they work alright in the show and never felt too dull or annoying. There are the rival raideens who are one of 2 major problems with the show, Not because they are bad characters, but they never tell their motivation to the main cast, until like halfway through, which is beyond dumb. There is also the idol girl, who isn't a bad character, but She causes the biggest plot hole, which is how is she able to see the monsters, when no one else is? There is never a reason given at all and that hurts the show.
Animation is above average for the time, looks nice, but it's not gonna blow your mind, outside of the final several episodes which looked really nice. However the use of CGI looks pretty dated. I quite like the raideen armors a lot, They are essentially bird versions of tekkaman blade and that's nice. However the highlight is the God Reideen, which is a great updated design to the original Raideen.
Sound Fairs about the same, the cast does a good job, though Reika's gets kinda grating to listen to. I really dig the OPs a lot, which are probably some of the better mech OPs of the 90s In my opinion, the rest of the music is pretty solid too and fits the show very well.
Chouja reideen may have not a lot to with the original and is kind of an Odd entry into it's series, but I honestly enjoyed watching it. It's nothing amazing, but it's an interesting curiosity back in sunrise's past, and I'd say give it a shot.read more