Who do we have so far?
Reducing the number from eight to seven lucky rivals due to time, I lost my list and left this hanging for too long, the mecha genre is obscure, and the choices are a bit compressed by basing characters only seen on TV. However, the ones I have listed so far, I feel strongly about. Plus, I already know who the last two are going to be. Also, in my last entry, will have examples of other animated rivals in animation.
The aim that we’re looking for is a lifelong rival (宿命のライバル) that burns almost as bright as the Red Sox vs the Yankees, and there only seems to be the a handful of “great” ones.
So what does this fateful rival look like? Most of them are handsome, but a primary factor that makes these characters is that they butt heads with the protagonists many times directly, or maybe they are supporting characters, and they have a complete desire to defeat one another because they end up standing back up and going at it again. There are also cases where the rival is quite strong and such a threat, he/she shakes the protagonist and causes motivation or even fear.
This is an one-hundred percent case of Guylos pilot, RAVEN of ZOIDS!
The Zoids series is split into four TV series, in order: ZOIDS, Century Zero, Fuzors, and Genesis. The first series is also called “Chaotic Century“; the machines are based on animals and are amazing.
Raven is from the first series, the owner of the organoid Shadow, and a solider of the Guylos Empire. Devoted to only fighting, he has battled against MC Van Fligheight various times, and this is something I want to see in my rival. Raven is cold and merciless, and Van is usually pressed into a corner or needs aid from his friends, which doesn’t always turn out well.
I can say with confidence that the Van Team has nearly been killed by Raven, and a force to be reckoned with. Even at the start of the second half, after the defeat of the Guylos usurper, Raven sought to antagonize Van and his team again. If the protagonist and the rival both gain a mechanical development, such as Van’s Blade Liger and Van’s Genosaurer, and it results with both struggling against one another time and time again, it’s done right.
Spreading destruction, a tragic past that leads to a callous temperament, attacking even allies, isn’t that not someone to defeat? Another thing about good rivals is that they can have their own development, for the worse to better. The fighting may lead to a tragic fate, or they learn to let go of something that is unnecessary, such as hatred or a complete misunderstanding.
For Raven’s case, to make it vague, he found his organoid a “tool” to power up his zoid, and hides his true feelings.
Check out Raven by all means.
The last one is next – maybe in the evening.