Austral Island is located 2,000 km south from Samoa islands. The existence of the island was removed from the official records, and Tagami Yu made a journey to search for the reason.
He sailed for the island with Dr. Waive who was his father's friend, Doris who is the daughter of Dr. Waive, and Captain who is the friend of Dr. Waive. On their way to the island, GAIL, the international conglomerate, and gangster, Cougar Connection lead by Lady Lynx attacked them.
They managed to arrive at the island, but suddenly a mysterious monster began to attack them. When they became ready for death, a blue giant robot appeared. It destroyed the monster and saved them. Although it was an existence far beyond human knowledge, it reminded Yu of something warm and familiar.
It was Giant Gorg which is called "Messenger of the God" by the inhabitants of the island. Escaping from the attack of GAIL's assault team, Gorg guided Yu into the underworld. There, he found alien's relic and an alien who woke up after 30,000 years' sleep.
Giant Gorg is a great adventure of an anime. It's the kind of anime you watch gleefully over a bowl of cereal on a Sunday morning, still in pyjamas. The kind we will treasure in future years, reminisce fondly over, as an absolute pleasure if perhaps a slightly guilty one. It's childish yes, but it is a romp. You can bash transformers all you want, but for me I enjoyed it at the time. You will say this of Giant Gorg before long.
The story of Giant Gorg is slightly hard to pin down, and the sole reason for that is because our adventures are so
varied yet as such a fast pace. Significant plot advances happen each episode. You know the term 'slow anime'? Perhaps a slice of life, or a romcom maybe? This is the exact opposite.
Our atomic cast of characters in Giant Gorg are shown within the first few episodes. We have our Hero, Yu, whose father has just died (ah, "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"). We have Doctor Wave, his newly appointed carer. We have Wave's sister Doris, love interest. We have their dog Argos. We have initial antagonists; Rod Balboa part of evil mega corporation GAIL, and we have Lady Lynx and her mercenaries, she holds a grudge against GAIL. We also have the Captain, a strong man character who is a friend of Doctor Wave.
The seed of the plot is the premise of Austral Island. A 'lost' island that is now re-emerging from the sea after thousands of years. There is a secret to Austral island that everyone wants to get, that will manage to engage our cast, and additional new players, from the get go. And boy is it a ride. While the plot is fairly simple and is not the most angsty or philosophical of mecha anime, the contextual worth of the series is wonderful. It's a brilliant criticism of cold war era politics, represents strong anti-corporation sentiment popular at the time, has stereotypes of the time that are hilarious, and is just outright good old fun. I watched this over weeks, not because it was boring, but because it was so fun I didn't want to watch it too fast.
The art is very good for the time. The animation is absolutely solid, which is quite a surprise. They must have had a fairly high budget to keep such consistent quality. The character design is done by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, an unsung hero of the animation industry. He is the man who directed Arion and Venus Wars; two other films with excellent production values like Giant Gorg. The character design is excellent. You may also recognise his work from various Gundam series. The other artwork of Giant Gorg is, well ok, it attempts a kind of Metropolis-like architectural design complexity that adds little to the anime. The environments of our astral island are decent; one does wonder how such growth has occurred in such short time.
The sound does its job. I mean, I can't ask more of it then it does. It is atmospheric at points, mostly it leads us rhythmically to the next piece of action. The sound effects are very varied and quite adequate. The voice acting is interesting. Each character is quite a stereotype, and the voice acting reflects this. However, the performances are taken seriously and are squeezed for their worth. There's probably one or two voices in Giant Gorg you will hate, and probably a couple more you will absolutely love. Ham-acting it may be in part, but it's a guilty pleasure that at some points I remember a quote of Captain's or Yu's for instance.
Overall Gorg is simply just a great big ball of joy. It's really fun to watch. It may be corny, but that's something I can deal with sometimes. Our characters may be stereotypes; but resultingly there is a connection and appreciation for each and more so for particulars. The actual construction of the narrative is also very clever, and how it manages to entertain me so much is a feat to be much appreciated. It's a wonderful series.
A note, Giant Gorg as of yet has only 6 of its 26 episodes subtitled in English. Bro-Lord is currently working on releasing more episodes subbed as I write, so hopefully you can watch in English soon.
I just wanted to draw some attention to Kyoshin Gorg (Giant Gorg). An anime that (at time of making this review) has only been viewed by 205 MAL users. Despite being as good as it is.
If you like adventure anime you will love Giant Gorg, It dives straight into the plot from episode 1, it does a very good job of introducing the initial main characters as well as giving you a nice overview of what's going on. It really doesn't waste any time at all with each episode bringing a new turn to the adventure.
This anime was made in 1984 however the quality of
the animation was superb for the time, obviously if you're someone who can't handle old styled animation then this isn't for you. However like I said the anīmation was actually very good and flowed perfectly from start to finish. If you hadn't known when it was made going into it you definitely wouldn't have been able to guess how early it was made.
Kyoshin Gorg has a fantastic range of characters, it's definitely the most racially diverse selection of characters I've seen in any anime, it even has aliens.
Main character Yuu is a refreshing protagonist, he has just lost his father and is going to visit his dads companion Dr. Wave in America to find out about Austral Island (the place his dad had spent his life researching). He has a positive adventurous spirit and cares deeply about his friends (he's voiced by the same Seiyuu as Luffy from One Piece).
Dr. Wave is the scientist of the group, he's not much use when it comes to fighting but he has his moments. Dorris is Dr. Waves little sister and the love interest of Yuu (kind of) honestly I found her a little annoying at times and she doesn't do much more than just tag along, but she wasn't a bad character. Argos the dog, he's just a normal dog but he's very clever and helps out in several ways.
Captain, by far my favorite character, he's Dr. Waves best friend but he is also a cold mercenary who has most of the action centred around him. His accuracy with tanks and bazookas is incredible and even his hand to hand combat strength is amazing. This is an anime which is set in the real world so the weapons are guns, tanks, knives, attack helicopters etc. (with the exception of the mecha obviously) and Captain looks badass no matter what he uses.
There are 2 initial antagonists who I wont go into details with. Lady Lynx, a hot gang leader who is very skilled in combat and has many loyal followers and Rod Balboa, the successor to a humongous corporation with an interest in Austral Island and all the money and weapons in the world at his disposal.
Giant Gorg is very enjoyable, in fact the enjoyment you get whilst watching it might even be it's best quality. It's a fun one although it has some really violent scenes and dark moments. It might not be something you watch in one go, it might even be an anime you watch over the course of a few weeks. They just don't make anime like this anymore and I'm sure many of you will find an anime that has no characters with special powers, no half naked girls with ginormous tits and no unrealistic characters refreshing.