September 01, 2007

Mazinger: Stupid?

Ken, the Brickmuppet, thinks I've jumped the shark. He shows us a photo of Mazinger (I think it is) walking down a city street, and asks me if I would be willing to call it stupid to its face. (Or to its toe, as the case may be.)

I'll tell you what: if I ever meet Mazinger, I will apologize.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in People at 08:24 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Y'know... what we need is a series about mahou meganekkoneko senshi who pilot giant robots.

Posted by: BigD at September 01, 2007 10:33 AM (JJ4vV)

2 Wasn't that G-On Riders? (No, that's mahou meganekko senshi who FIGHT giant robots piloted by animal lolis...)

Steven has a point - a lot of giant robot shows are of the "wow, we have a neat gadget" type. A lot of the other ones are of a "we have a neat gadget but it's unimportant compared to our BURNING FIGHTING SPIRIT!" style. Neither is really a serious format for storytelling; you're not going to get fantastic writing from a Voltron or a Getter Robo any more than you would from the latest Power Rangers. Significantly less, to hear my sentai-lovin' friend talk...

Even the ones that do serious storytelling tend to have (or at least, start out with) some of the obligatory gadget-fetishery. There's only one series I know of that takes mecha in a more-or-less modern environment and plays with them more or less realistically, and Steven hates it with the passion of a thousand burning suns anyway. ;p

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 01, 2007 10:57 AM (7qo8N)

3 I'm sure you're talking about "Gasaraki", and yes, it was awful. A total waste of time and money; one of the worst series I've ever watched. It was a two-bit ripoff of Neon Genesis Evangelion that managed to do everything worse.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 01, 2007 11:26 AM (+rSRq)

4 I felt Gasaraki had intersting bits but they didn't mesh well. The political angle, was interesting and a bit surprising, but while I did not react as viscerally as Stephen did I tend to agree it was ultimately a waste of bandwidth.

Posted by: Ken Talton at September 01, 2007 12:09 PM (aG64W)

5 And I used to like Gasaraki and cannot imagine why anymore.  Though I still consider it better than Evangelion...but I hate Evangelion so...

Posted by: Arson55 at September 01, 2007 07:41 PM (CtQJP)

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