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Jan 14, 2020
Note: familiarity with both the 2004 Tetsujin series Imagawa also directed and the Giant Robo OVA is helpful in understanding this review. They're both incredible, please watch them if you're a fan of mecha and haven't yet. You can watch this without having seen the series but I do not recommend it as it assumes familiarity with the main characters.

It's no secret that Imagawa himself wasn't happy with how this film turned out, and it sharing its name ("Zangetsu" - the lingering moon) with one of the Magnificent Ten from his Giant Robo OVA has led some to believe that Imagawa just used this read more
Sep 10, 2019
Overman King Gainer is the lesser-known TV anime Yoshiyuki Tomino created and directed between the acclaimed Turn A Gundam and the infamous Reconguista in G. While it's definitely more in line with G-Reco than Turn A and shares a lot of the idiosyncrasies Tomino would be derided for in the former, it's significantly more restrained. You could view this as it being less ambitious, which is true to a certain extent, but the average viewer is likely to find greater enjoyment in King Gainer. If you are a fan of either of the two works I mentioned, Tomino in general, or just a lover of read more
Jul 4, 2019
Note: this review contains some spoilers beyond the premise but does not discuss conclusions of character or story arcs. It also refers to other works directed by Imagawa.

Built to contribute to the Pacific War effort but only completed after the Japanese surrender, the titular robot in Tetsujin 28-go (2004) was left on an island, abandoned now that it was without purpose. Ten years later it is resurrected, but what place does it have in this new era of peace for Japan? More than just a plot device or action scene prop, the nature of the mecha itself is examined in this series: its reason for read more