2035 A.D. The heads of ancient giant idols were excavated all over the world. Using those twelve stones statues, Humanity had barely overcome the threat of extinction called the "Equatorial Winter". But the stone statues had forced Humanity to construct colossal suits of armor as their bodies and demanded that the humans fight each other.
Good series. There's not amazing about it and it flaws in a lot. The plot's nothing innovative after all using the Mecha concept. The thing that shines extraordinarily about Gigantic Formula would be the Music, which was directed by Maestro Hiroyuki Sawano. Absolutely amazing soundtrack, absurdly amazing in my opinion.
- Great art style.
- The cell shading is some of the best I've seen in a tv series.
- A wide variety of mecha designs kept the series interesting.
- Battles between cell-shaded mechas = awesome.
- Plot progression is very slow. It was a struggle to watch more than 2 episodes in one sitting.
- Most of the series was devoted to presenting background stories of various mecha pilots/translators. Unfortunately, the lives of the these pilots and translators were boring. The fact that these flashbacks were presented DURING the mecha battles made things even worse.
This would have been a great series had it
been condensed to fewer episodes. They went through great lengths to familiarize the viewers with the pilots of every single mecha; but there was just too many characters. As a result, I found it hard to sympathize with any of them (with the exception of the Japanese and Chinese crew). Cut the flashbacks in half and add more mecha airtime and this series would've been ten times more entertaining.
In the future, after the "Equatorial Winter", 12 idol heads of 12 Gods called out for humans to make them body and armor with which to fight. Each country that had retrieved an idol answered their call and the UN set up the "Wise World War" for them to fight in. This story follows one boy who is "called" to become tha pilot of a mech a.k.a. Gigantic of Japan which holds a idol head of one of the Gods.
So far, the story has the right amount of combat, drama, and plot to satisfy any mech fan. A definate watch for picky
What if humanity or rather nations are the playball of the gods? What if they`d let us fight in giant robots to determine the world leader in the so called Wisest World War?
Actualy i have to say Kishin Taisens rather interesting plot outline was the reason to watch it for me, not to mention the evangelionesque postapocalyptic setting.. Sadly Kishin Taisen fails in its execution. Especially the first half of the show is quite the bore to sit through. The problem is, that most episodes focus on the different pilots of the other nations. While this may be interesting, most of them only get 1
dedicated episode and then are tossed away. This "battle of the week" structure takes away the focus from the main characters too much. Sure, there are quite good eps later on, that focus on the main characters and their pasts, deeply routed in the shows mystery. But i have to be honest here: The shows major plot revelation at the end isn`anything too amazing.
I have to say the show would have been much better if it was shorter, but that sadly wasn`t the case.
For the animation: It maybe a major turnoff for some, that this is one of those completely computeranimated cel shaded anime. The characters look downright ugly at times, which is even more apparent if you happen to watch the credits, where the studio decided to actually draw a character and the animation.
The soundtrack is maybe the strongpoint of the show. Maybe it is not Hiroyuki Sawanos` (Gundam Unicorn, Guilty Crown, Attack on Titan) best work, but it certainly gets the job done. Especially the ending theme gave me the starngest Guilty Crown flashback.^^
To sum it up: Kishin Taisen is not a horrible show. If you have nothing else to watch, give it a try. I certaily enjoyed it to some degree. Just prepare for a more or less mediocre anime.