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Old 09-21-2018, 05:47 PM   #21
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Worth a blind buy?
Not necessarily. I blind-bought the DVDs and was underwhelmed.
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:01 PM   #22
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Not necessarily. I blind-bought the DVDs and was underwhelmed.
I was too. I plan on buying the bluray because I havent seen it in a decade and I doubt it will be that expensive.
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:05 PM   #23
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Not necessarily. I blind-bought the DVDs and was underwhelmed.
Im curious as to why. Personally, I loved it, but I love hearing from other perspectives.
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:06 PM   #24
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Worth a blind buy?
If you love 60s/70s anime with a 90s aesthetic than absolutely.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:10 PM   #25
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Worth a blind buy?
One of the greatest animes of all time. Says this guy who blind bought it in the mid 2000s.

So yes.
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:18 PM   #26
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Im curious as to why. Personally, I loved it, but I love hearing from other perspectives.
As I wrote elsewhere:
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The show was trying to be all epic and dramatic and deep, but for me the story and characters weren't convincing at all.
I'd love to be more specific, but it's been over 11 years and I'm bad at critical analysis unless I take extensive notes while watching the show (which isn't much fun).
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:20 PM   #27
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No problem. I'm not expecting an analytical essay. I just wanted a one or two sentence summary about why.
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:45 AM   #28
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Worth a blind buy?
Absolutely yes.

Note, this is an OVA that gets better the more you watch and contemplate the deeper themes that are buried within. My first viewing elicited no major reaction, however the second and third viewing was when I finally understood what director Yasuhiro Imagawa had done and how sly he had been.

So, don't be fooled at first viewing that Giant Robo is just a mad aimed-at-kids super-robot show, there is more going on than initially meets the eye.

As some no doubt have noticed, I am a super-fan of this OVA, I genuinely believe that it is one of the greatest Anime productions of all time; right there with Bebop, Macross Plus, Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal and other classics.

Lastly, the art, animation and soundtrack are absolutely top class. If nothing just get it for this. It is beautiful to watch and listen to.

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Old 09-22-2018, 02:52 AM   #29
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No problem. I'm not expecting an analytical essay. I just wanted a one or two sentence summary about why.
Speaking of analytical essays about Giant Robo, Anime News Network from a few years ago posted a good one.

Read it here.

Long and worthy read for Giant Robo fans.

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From the Discotek announcement last month:



The notes about Extras is interesting, I hadn't noticed that before.
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:40 AM   #31
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I know zilch about this show and I'm already excited!
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Old 09-22-2018, 04:21 AM   #32
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Old 09-22-2018, 01:24 PM   #33
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I still remember the long wait for the last episode to be released after episode 6's cliffhanger ending (I think it was two years). Paid like $120 for just the final episode on laserdisc and it was worth it! This is a series that starts off a bit slow, but keeps gaining momentum until an epic finale. And of course the animation and soundtrack are among the best you'll ever see and hear in anime.
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:44 PM   #34
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They keep releasing shows I bought on JP blu-ray not that long ago. May we hope to see them release the holy grail of older shows (no, not Macross) Gunbuster.
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:47 PM   #35
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Well, they have Diebuster, so it’s a good possibility...
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:10 PM   #36
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The notes about Extras is interesting, I hadn't noticed that before.
I wonder if that means they'll include the Ginray Special OVA too?
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:22 PM   #37
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I wonder if that means they'll include the Ginray Special OVA too?
Yes the Ginrei Specials will be included, though they'll be in SD and not HD.
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Old 09-23-2018, 05:16 AM   #38
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And of course the animation and soundtrack are among the best you'll ever see and hear in anime.
Absolutely.

The GR soundtrack is as good as anything composed in the west, it is just that awesome. I linked some snippets on page 1 of this thread.

Masamichi Amano absolutely killed it with the soundtrack.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:29 AM   #39
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The Soundtrack is 50% of the awesome for me. I love the "Witness the miracles of the Shzuma Drive" opening, with the big bold horns and strong confidant strings. And the last episode where the opening score sounds tired and decrepit as everything falls apart and the good guys stand on the brink of defeat. That's some quality story telling right there.
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