Dr. Kieta, the inventor of a time-travel machine, is lost on a test run of his machine to the prehistoric past. When the time-space craft returns to the present, his young assistants are surprised to find only a parrot in the cockpit. In their hurry to find the missing scientist before it is too late, the youngsters set out on a time-space hunt without any clear destination.
Well, Time Bokan was my first Anime. I've got just 1 VHS Episode of it, but I think, it was one of the best "young" Mecha Anime's ever. The Story is very simple: The Villains try to get the "Dynamond" which was seemingly the most powerful and valuable jewel in the world. The fight's are really exciting with their robot's but perhaps excessively.
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This is the oldest anime comedy I watched as a kid and it was very funny back in those years where Road Runner and Tom & Jerry were the only antagonists.
A scientist experimenting on a time machine is accidentally lost in time and his granddaughter and aids have to search in time in order to find him. In the same time, a band of silly villains plan to destroy the time machine and get the professor for themselves, so they can be the only time travelers left and spread evil deeds throughout history. On every episode, the team searches a different time
period (prehistoric age, wild west, etc.) and fights the villains and/or local bad guys of that time. Story continuity is almost non-existent.
Nothing much can be found in the scenario. It is just an excuse for time traveling and comedy to occur on every episode.
- The good guys in the series are a bunch of dorky kids and funny robots. Completely boring and uninteresting.
- The bad guys on the other hand are a far funnier version of Team Rocket from Pokemon. They are so hilariously stupid and selfish to the point of overshadowing the good guys.
- There is no character development or unique personality in the characters. None of them is worth remembering. The jokes are a different story.
ART: 5/10, SOUND: 4/10
It is a low-budget production even for it time. Extremely lazy animation and silly songs; although most mecha are drawn in very comical ways and there is variety as far as enviroments goes, as each episode takes place in a different era.
ENJOYMENT SECTION:6 /10
- The jokes are mostly mediocre slapstick and are hardly funny if you have seen many modern comedies.
- The mecha battles (yes, there are mecha battles between the time machines) are usually interesting to look at for some time because they have an interesting array of attacks.
VALUE SECTION: 5/10
Japanese people have this series of high regard; the several remakes of it are the proof. For me, I will stick to the “Delorian struck by a thunder” version of the story.
VERDICT: 6.0 / 10
In general, it is more silly than funny. Only seasoned viewers will probably appreciate its retro magic.