Dr. Saotome returns from the dead after being seemingly murdered by Getter pilot Nagare Ryoma and threatens the world with his ultimate creation: the Shin Dragon. Ryoma reluctantly teams up with his former co-pilots Jin Hayato and Tomoe Mushashi to combat Dr. Saotome. The pilots must also deal with the mysterious Invaders, aliens that have the ability to possess humans and warp their flesh to form hideous creatures.
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Getter Robo Armageddon is a show about giant robots thrashing the shit out of everything with glorious high quality animation. It could also totally kick Jupiter's ass.
Getter Robo Armageddon - You have to be insane to enjoy this show.
I'm not going to lie to you, the story is awful. It consists of all the typical BS you expect to find in anime and then some. There is incoherent babbling about evolution, a massive explosion that wipes out a good chunk of humanity, the "good guys" saving the Earth from the forces of evil despite the fact that
almost all the Getter pilots are chaotic and insane (which according to the manga is practically a requirement to pilot Getter), some tidbits of SCIENCE which nobody actually cares about, and of course the solution to all of life's problems, which is to have a giant robot and be more awesome. Fortunately the story being so awful is what helps to make it entertaining. How am I supposed to enjoy characters being able to pull guns out of thin air, giant robots duking it out with other giant robots, aliens, or Jupiter, YELLING WHICH IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN MEN BESIDES THEIR FISTS, and explosions when there has to be a good reason for them? Exactly.
There are four types of characters in this show. The first is ordinary people. They are rare and should be kept away from the action unless you want to have to deal with zombies. The second is awesome people. These are most of the people involved in combat, which means most of the cast. The third is evil people. These are people who are easy to distinguish because of their ridiculous laugh and the fact that they won't freakin' die when they're killed. The fourth and final type is Ryoma. When you see Ryoma you know that someone is about to enter a world of pain. In summary, if you're looking for a show where you can't describe basically everyone with the word "badass" and the character development consists of more than a character going from "awesome" to "more awesome" this is not the show you're looking for.
The art in this show is very gritty and '80s anime-ish, except pulled off a lot better than most '80s anime. For the most part it does a great job of staying true to the look of the various installments of the Getter Robo manga done by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa, meaning that the robot and character designs range from goofy and childish to tough looking and cool and that there are huge grins and crazy eyes galore. The animation is also surprisingly good. The range of motion is lacking compared to the best of stuff today, but there still tends to be a good amount of motion without the art quality being sacrificed in the progress. Thus it goes without saying that the high quality of the art and animation combined with the crazy mecha action elements makes for one of the best looking mecha shows available, despite the series being over a decade old now.
The soundtrack leaves me with few complaints. Both the opening themes are likable and hot-blooded and the typically rock/metal oriented tracks within the show fit the action well. I wouldn't actually listen to the soundtrack on its own, but the same goes for 99% of soundtracks out there. The voice acting is mostly very good, with everyone clearly knowing that if you aren't going way over the top in a super robot show you aren't doing it right. Dr. Saotome sounds a little too comically evil for my tastes, but then again the show basically turned him into Dr. Hell so I can't really fault his voice actor for that. Other than that I can't think of any problems I had with the voice cast considering everyone fit their roles well as opposed to sounding like they were picked due to their popularity like a lot of stuff nowadays.
According to the credits there were three different directors for this show over the course of the 13 episodes, but the main one was Yasuhiro Geshi who did the 2nd episode and episodes 6-13. Since doing this show he has directed a couple of episodes of GitS:SAC, New Getter Robo episode 8 (one of the best episodes in that great series), and Gurren Lagann episode 20 (Yoko/Yamako-sensei episode). While I wouldn't say his directing in this series was great necessarily, I can say that the guy knows how to direct some exciting action sequences. It certainly didn't hurt that he had a bunch of great animators to work with, but there clearly is a love for the material here that gives the show the type of soul and value that would've been lost had the directors not cared and simply phoned it in.
Of course then the question is raised, did he really direct the 2nd episode and did one of the other credited directors do episodes 1 and 3? This doesn't seem to be the case, or if they did they were solely the episode directors, as initially super robot enthusiast Yasuhiro Imagawa was the main director of the project. Due to some sort of undisclosed disagreement he was taken off the project after episode 3 however, which infuriates some of his fans. While I can agree that Imagawa probably would've helped the story make a lick of sense, I don't think the show would have been any better/worse had he stuck around as the insane action and high quality animation are really the driving force behind the quality of the series.
It really does take a special kind of crazy to be a fan of Getter Robo Armageddon. There is even a screenshot from the series floating around of Ryoma pondering, "What the hell is going on? It doesn't make sense at all!" If you can manage to fit into that mold of insanity even a little however, there is a ton to enjoy here as GRA is one of the most nonsensical, brimming with action, mind blowingly awesome anime series out there. Don't think, feel.
This review will be a bit biased because its from a fan of the manga, so lets dive in. First off I love the art design and animation, better than most OVAs today. Next, the story, while incredibly different from the manga, is really good. A bit preachy about evolution, but the manga is like that too, so they nailed that. The characters are pretty good, and they are given enough time to develop their character throughout. The sound is good, a lot of triumphent music, which isn't anything new for the super robot genre. Overall, every, new or old,
mecha fan will enjoy this title, loved watching it all the way through.
If you haven't whatched Getter Robot you have not enjoyed one of the best mecha animes ever!
story8/10: people that don't know the back-story will take a while to know everything(but you will understand as you go through because they explain it all) earth is attacked by aliens and the only way to stop them are these amazing robots powered by the getter rays(that's how they got the name lol) humanity seems to win but an accident happens with a massive getter powered bomb and all the people of earth have to hide underground but at the same
time the aliens stayed up and started evolving.
art 9/10: the art is amazing for it to be released at that time is even better than some animes i am watching right now! the robots look spectacular and very precised.
Sound 10/10: sound is great! every movement of the robot or the alien had it's own unique sound! the wind, the beams, engines etc. are all very realistic.
Characters 9/10: i found myself loving Ryoma because he is one bad-ass man that fears nothing. all the pilots and professors have their own unique personality and are easy to relate to.
Enjoyment 9/10: for me seeing robots kick some alien butt to save earth is more than enough to keep me watching!
you guys need to watch this! it is amazing and will remember this for a long time! hope you enjoyed my review it was my first lol :P
Darker and edgier reboots are something we have to live with nowadays. The amounts of times that a lighthearted, nostalgic movie gets turned into an ultra gritty one is staggering. But sometimes, maybe that original movie was based on another source, maybe a book, or a comic, which legitimately was dark and gritty. Which was definitely the case with Getter Robo.
The manga is not for the faint of heart, yet its most popular anime adaptation is a standard 1970' mecha anime series. It's fun, sure, but I always wished we would get a more manga accurate take on the franchise. Well, apparently Yasuhiro Imagawa (And
later on Jun Kawaoge) agreed with me, as their Getter Robo works are far more in line with star source material, at least tone wise. Today, we're talking about the first OVA Getter Robo series and an overall mecha anime classic, Shin Getter Robo Armageddon.
The plot is not based on any particular manga, hell, its cast is a combination of the ones of the original Getter Robo series, Getter Robo G and Getter Robo Go. The plot is basically split into two arcs... though there's a high chance that wasn't originally the case considering the infamous change in directors after the first three episodes. Those first three episodes are also my favorites, as the tension was always high, and the team is pretty much perpetually in conflict with each other.
The following episodes aren't bad, mind you. The pacing gets faster, which is. A good thing in my book. And having the team actually get along was nice. And some of the twists do build off the ideas introduced in those first three episodes wonderfully. My only slight complaint is the ending, not because it's bad, but because unless you've read te Shin Getter Robo manga, you're gonna be really confused.
Let's face it, you less so watch this kind of show for the plot and more for the characters. And thankfully, they're all quite good. There's not exactly a main character either. You could argue Ryouma is the main character, but the guy disappears from the show for almost 5 or 6 episodes.
Speaking of him, Ryouma is just plain badass. The guy is batshit insane for sure, but damn if he ain't enjoyable. Hayato makes for an effective Lancer and later on mentor. Benkei is the traditional team dad, but at least he does his job right. Go and Kei (The latter introduced around Episode 4) are both enjoyable characters as well, and there's a really good twist involving them I won't even dare spoil. Gai and Musashi get probably the least focus, but at least they're likable enough while they last.
The villains are... average. Saotome is okay, but the other two (Apparently taken from another Ken Ishikawa manga) are frankly forgettable with not that much going for them. Still though, they are an effective enough threat for me to take them seriously as villains.
Good lord the animation is gorgeous. Since this is an OVA, the animators probably had a lot of spare time, and it shows, as they used every bit of it to make it look as beautiful as they could. The fight scenes are brutal yet also extremely fast paced, with the highlights being the final fight and the fight against the Metal Beast Dragon
Exclusive to my mecha reviews, I'll dedicate a whole section to the giant robots used throughout the show. The regular Getter Robo and the Getter Robo G make appearances, but they're unchanged from their original designs. The Shin Getter Robo from the manga is unchanged too. But for whatever reason they decided to recolour Shin Getter 3. I actually prefer the new color scheme so I'm okay with that. New to Armageddon is the Black Getter. It's pretty much the original Getter Robo except black and with a bunch of extra spikes added in. I quite like it.
The soundtrack is okay, but nothing special with three very notable exceptions. The first is the song Yuusou, played during (I think) Episode 10,
an appropriately triumphant song which plays in one of the show's most memorable moments. The other two are the two openings. The first "Ima Ga Sono Toki Da" (Sung by the guy who sang the Mazinger Z Thene Song, Ichiro Mizuki) is basically a marching song, but it's so triumphant and epic I don't even care. But that song is NOTHING compared to the second opening, "Heats" (Sung by Hironobu Kageyama) which is an energetic as all hell rock song that is sure to get your blood pumping.
The cast is pretty much 90' glory. Hideo Ishikawa apparently got a lot of hate when this OVA came out... and I honestly can't see why, as I actually preferred him over Akira Kamiya. Naoya Uchida is also fantastic as Hayato, hell, I actually think he's better than Hayato than Madara Uchiha, but that's just me. Former G Gundam alumni Tomokazu Seki and Narumi Hidaka join the cast as Go and Kei, and they both do a fantastic job. Overall, the cast for this OVA is fantastic.
In case you haven't all noticed, I adore this OVA. That said, I wouldn't recommend it to newcomers to Getter Robo. Start out with something like New Getter Robo and then watch this. Trust me, it's completely worth it.