Jan 2, 2020
Preface: This will most likely be one of my shorter reviews just due to the fact that I read this series back in 2014 and that it isn't a very elaborate manga. As a mecha fan, I am heavily biased to this genre but even going in I was still quite skeptical as to how a genre that is pretty much known only for its anime counterparts would fair in a format that does away with all the bells and whistles that make mecha...mecha.
I read this without actually reading any of the previous series before it, which made the opening chapters a bit odd
though in the long run it didn't matter in my overall enjoyment of the series. Like pretty much any Super Robot series, it focuses on a big group of evil trying to take over the world and folks need to stop them. Wild fights ensue and all sorts of things happen. There are some twists here and there, some of which are quite catastrophic as well as extremely deadly.
The art is surprisingly clean and easy to follow. Mech designs are varied and creative enough that you will remember it long after you have put it down. Enemy designs are pretty inventive for the most part and they tend fall on the spectrum of light body horror. People look like they should but you can tell most of the detail goes into the mechs themselves. Considering this is a mecha manga, the effort should be put into the mecha and their presentation.
Coming from the OVA's and TV series, Getter Robo has a really unique set of characters. They are put in heroic situations but not all of them are really heroic or good people. This really applies to Jin and Ryoma, both of them helping humanity but neither of them really standing at the top of the list of people to idolize. Standard hot bloodedness and emotions running high even among the females, everyone playing their part. Not exactly drama heavy as something you would expect as compared to something like Gundam, but everybody is overall really enjoyable.
Enjoyment 10/10: This is first and foremost an action manga, therefore you come for the action and stay for the action. It is never a dull moment and in all likelihood you could finish the entire series in a day if you are dedicated enough. I cannot recall anything that I outright disliked or hated, but depending on your tastes your opinion might differ.
Overall 10/10: Getter Robo in general is a revolutionary series and some of the ideas presented in it are both insane and weirdly captivating. Without giving anything away, it kind of makes you consider the history of humanity and where we currently are/where we are headed. Also the ending is one of the greatest things I have ever seen. Seriously check it out. It will always hold a place in my top 10 manga, which isn't exactly something easy to come by.
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