8 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (Part 1)


So, I’m doing an article called 7 Anime shows that made Doggie cry, and this was the second idea that I had on the same day. At first, I wanted to add in video games, calling it “rivals from games and anime” but I felt like it would require more time as I can only think of a few. Plus, the term “robot genre” isn’t that loose. You may think Megaman (and MMX series, you can drive robots) or you may think a military drama or a space-sci-fi like ZONE OF THE ENDERS.

In Japanese anime, or rather internationally, if the primary function of battle is using a robot, especially to protect or defeat something then this is what I’m putting focus on. In most cases, there is an extraterrestrial setting or war ends up in space. Therefore, the article is about not about the main character of a show in this genre, but rather the rivals that oppose them stubbornly.

Also, it is very important to me that this rival is in battle with the protagonist in more than one or two occasions.

Let’s start. No spoilers and in no particular order.

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Galden
HAOU TAIKEI RYU KNIGHT (覇王大系リューナイト; high king history RYU KNIGHT)

Galden is THE RIVAL of Ryu Knight TV Series and the pilot of Dark Knight Steru. While Aduu Waltham trains to be a knight, gathering a group of friends from various adventures, they meet up a really troublesome fellow in dark armor. He’s at the pinnacle of rivalry, crossing swords with Adeu and his friends, increasing his strength (And vengeance), evening putting the hero group in a very desperate, near-death corner at one point. This is through the majority of the 1st half and even a part of the 2nd half.

Galden’s C.V is Tsujitani Koji, so we have nobility and gentleman with perfection. Galden made the show entertaining with his sense of pride.

The robots in this series are called “Ryu” and I’ll leave out of the spoilers of their significance. They are considered magical and function as “Super robots” of different variety. As Galden drives a black knight Ryu swordsman and Adeu drives a white knight Ryu swordsman, isn’t it perfect?

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Photo of MACROSS ZERO Vol 4. From bandaivisual.

Nora Polyansky
MACROSS ZERO
Calling the Variable Fighters or VFs “robots” might be pushing it a bit. It is a machine, it does transform into a “battroid” human-like form; real and super robots can transform, and the VFs are included in video games based on robots such as Super Robot Taisen and Another Century’s Episode.

The lover of D.D, and with a magnificent C.V, the ever-so-fun Takayama Minami, Nora is the pilot of a red SV-51γ (Gamma). The gamma is used for ace pilots; SF might mean “Space Variable” in reference to the first Macross ship the SDF-1 (ASS-1), as the SV followed after the variable fighter prototype. Nora’s battles with Shin Kudoh are highlights in ZERO, but then again, when are the dogfights aren’t? The first battle completely shows the difference in technology and ability of both pilots and their machines (VF vs a naval F-14), and lays the setting of Zero. The second is similar, even with Shin’s new machine, and the third shows Shin’s guts facing desperation. Whether it’s her hate for the Earth forces or she’s just plain cold, Nora took a liking in facing Shin.

You’re probably wondering – why not Isamu and Guld in Macross Plus? They are the main protagonists and are actually friends even with a strained past. Their affiliations are the same as well; it is more of a rivalry between the significance of man and machine. Only on one occasion has their rivalry became personal.

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Illness? Sketch a Day + DF Dendoh Lyrics and Game #GEAR戦士電童


A small follow up from yesterday’s article Quick Impressions of GEAR FIGHTER DENDOH!

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I am a bit ill so here’s a Sketch today and some lyrics that I’ve been wondering about when I started the Dendoh series. So episode 1’s intro song, and occasional scene music, is called “Heaven’s Premonition” (天空の予感; tenkuu no yokan). I thought it was a good insert for the scene where the Data Weapons scatter across the earth, and seeing a mysterious little girl stumbling across a beach.

天空の予感

If I were the sun,
I’d be gone.
If I were the moon,
had be gone.

If I were the sky,
I’d be gone.
and If I were the star,
had be gone.

If I talk with you,
I could Dream, may be free.

So you know,
I were alone so long

If I were the sun, I’d be gone.
If I were the moon, had be gone.

By the way, here’s footage of the PS1 game:

Bickerin’ bros show, plenty of action | GEAR Fighter DENDOH Quick Impressions ! #mecha #GEAR戦士電童


OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.dendoh.net/chara/

SRW WIKI: Dendoh on SRW.Wiki

“Protect earth from the evil hands of Galfa!” SENPUU KAITEN KYAKU!

Only episodes 1 – 5. Will I finish? I can hope.

Where else can you fight mosquito or maybe hummingbirds attacking your precious earth?

This show starts up with a bit of mystery and some beautiful music.

Dendoh looks and feels 90s, especially the music, having humour and that dated animation, but it actually just crossed the bridge into the 2000s. Mechanical alien antagonists, extraterrestrial commanders, fighting large robots, upgraded powers, strength from the heart, plenty of action and comedy, Dendoh has the correct recipes.

You could consider Dendoh “Pre-Gundam SEED” as it has the same director – Fukuda Mitsuo (福田 己津央), who also worked on Cyber Formula and Gundam SEED series with his late wife Murosawa Chiaki (両澤 千晶). Among the three works, there are similarities in terms of cast and design; character designer Hisayuki Hirokazu (久行 宏和) took part in Cyber Formula’s OVA series. Mechanical Designer is Akutsu Junichi (阿久津 潤一), who has done designs for Detonator Orgun, SEED, Code Geass, Build Fighters and Cross Ange. I can’t help but see Asurada’s boosters when Dendoh uses its strongest finals attacks.

The creator of the work is Yatate Hajime (矢立 肇), a joint name for Sunrise planning staff. In the past, it was the pen name for Yamaura Eiji (山浦 栄二).

If you’re a really 90s dope, you’ll enjoy the Opening and Ending theme songs. The OP W-Infinity, a duet by Mieno Hitomi and Kageyama Hironobu, has a fine beat with a geniune 90s feel. It’s almost obligatory to put a JAM Project singer in these robot shows. That is a definite for Mieno as it turns out that she did various songs for the HAOU TAIKEI RYU KNIGHT series! My favorite being “Kaze no Tsubasa” from the OVA series. From upbeat to soft, isn’t she perfect for Dendoh?

And C.V Mitsuichi Kotono (SEED’S Murrue, CF’s Asuka, Build Fighters’s Rinko) is #1 Mom/head lady again. Also, she is in charge of narration.

The contrast between the two Dendoh pilots Hokuto and Ginga, blue boy who uses his head and red boy who puts muscle above all, is a highlight in this series. They have to work as one to get out of a troublesome situation and face Galfa. When their confidence is shaken against a strong opponent, doesn’t it make good development?

As for the Dendoh itself, it is indeed a warrior as it excels in mostly melee attacks, and combines with the Data Weapons for different attacks. It is really neat in a sense that it uses cylindrical rotors to both attack and travel. Unlike most mecha attacks, most of Dendoh’s physical strikes are named in Japanese (ie: Senpuu Kaiten Kyaku, Senkou Raijingeki, Shippu Gekisokyaku). The Data Weapons product some neat effects, and their skills are in English (ie: Fire Wall).

Of course there is the fabulous rival, Altair. We got to have them. His machine Ouga/Ogre ends up being the main character’s strongest rival once again. Even though Cyber Formula’s Ouga is a deep purple color instead of black and red. Both CF and Dendoh’s Ouga uses the same Kanji, meaning “Phoenix Fang” (凰牙).

I’d say that the show is a turn pager.

Fun Facts:
– Vega’s C.V Mitsuishi Kotono had (?) a Yamaha FZ250 Phaser motorcycle; Vega rides a motorcycle as well.

I already explained the cast has connects with the staff’s products. In the main character’s case, Ginga’s C.V Matsuoka Yoko is Cyber Formula’s Randall; Hokuto’s C.V Naomi Shindo becomes Cagalli in SEED.

A 90s idea? Okamoto Maya x Asamiya Kia Concept CD Raijin Hachisei ZARAM @femmefatale_kaz @maya_pan0203


Voice actress Okamoto Maya released a concept CD of her fictitious anime “Raijin Hachi ZARAM”. What does that mean? It’s basically an independent production in the form of a CD, rendering the idea of a hit 90s sci-fi anime.

Illustration/Key Visual is by Asamiya Kia (麻宮騎亜) of STUDIO TRON, who’s in charge of illustrations for sci-fi Shinseiki Vagrants (神星記ヴァグランツ), Space Battleship YAMATO 2199 movie, Martian Successor Nadesico manga, Batman Child of Dreams, and Silent Mobius. She also does the genga (key animation used for replication) and moving scenes for anime works such as Naucisca, Z Gundam, and Lupin The 3rd Part 3. Character design for Sonic Soldier Borgman, Zeorymer, and Detonator Orgun. She also works on creature design for KAMEN RIDER FOURZE and was animation director for Shurato (OM SOWA!). Check out @kia_asamiya on Twitter and her above website.

First sight, and I immediately liked the key visual.

About the Work

NEWS WALKER: “Concept anime is group performance staged in Earth and Mars. Okamoto Maya’s self-made plan interview”

Part 2 of Interview

She provides the voice of Emma Sheen from Z Gundam (where she was 17 years old), Haruka Minato of Nadesico, Soretta of SAKURA TAISEN and Saiko Yuki Silent Mobius, among many others. She “retired” for a while, dedicating time to singing and overseas dubbing, even going to New York. (Source: Wikipedia). She is a member of talent office NEVERLAND ARTS Co.,Ltd., being one of its few “voice actors”.

Emma Sheen plays the clear minded role of the AEUG (united earth faction), having defected from the TITANS due to their brutal methods. If I could explain Okamoto’s voice quality, it’s “chirpy” with a bit of an adult-sister feeling.

Full title of this project is “The Eight Thunder Gods ZARAM -bFemme Fatale – Girl of Fate.” (雷神八系-ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女). If ever produced as an anime, the idea for it to be a 52 ep series with the image of a contemporary 90s anime. For starters, there’s the theme RISE AND FALL, which Okamoto sings. In this work, she is the character Kanon J (Jeanne d’Arc) Kusanagi.

Okamoto, in the above interview, states that the main song wouldn’t have a simple theme such as “good and evil” or “light and darkness”. Also, not “fire” and “water”; it is difficult to distinguish. There is a mention of “Wind” and the eight thunder gods as a part of the “anime”‘s concept.

その後に火星や第三勢力の目線になっていけば面白く感じてもらえるのかなと思っています。

地球側には地球側の、火星側には火星側の戦う理由を描けたらなと。

地球には8人の「雷神」がいて、それが「風神」と出会うことで運命が成就するんです。タイトルの「運命の女」はそこから来ています。

“Glance of a Battle on Earth, battle on mars, and possibly a third power”.

The official website of ZARAM provides information on an official CD and radio show that Okamoto hosts, receiving questions via e-mail. The show is called 岡本麻弥のラジオDEファム・ファタール. (Okamoto Maya’s radio DE Femme Fatale)

The CD contains 2 songs + short drama “Blueness Star” for 2,000 yen. Then, there was a music event at M3 [media mix doujishi exhibition] back in April. Here are the CD Contents:

M1.「Rise and Fall」
(”架空”TVアニメ『雷神八系- ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女』主題歌)
歌 : 岡本麻弥 作詞 : RUCCA 作曲/編曲 : 加藤慶

Main theme. M1 “Rise and Fall.”
Song: Okamoto Maya
Lyrics: RUCCA
Composition/Arrangement: Katoh-san

M2.ショートドラマ 第0話「星の蒼さ」 (脚本 : 岡本麻弥)
カノン・J・草薙 : 岡本麻弥 / シャンテル・シャルマ : 新井笙子 /
チミー・神山・テンジン : 徳本英一郎 / ナレーション : バロン山崎

M.2 is a short drama called “A more blue star.” (blueness?) Original idea is Okamoto. Cast:
Kanon J Kusanagi: Okamoto Maya
Shantel Saruuma : Arai Shoko
Chimi Kamiyama Tenzin: Tokumoto Eiichiro (NEVERLAND ARTS)
Narrator: Baron Yamazaki (NEVERLAND ARTS)

M3.「カゼノオト」
(”架空”TVアニメ『雷神八系- ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女』劇)
歌 : 岡本麻弥 作詞 : 岡本麻弥 作曲/編曲 : 加藤慶

M.3: KAZE NO OTO (Song of Wind)
Song/lyrics: Okamoto Maya
Composition/Arrangement: Katoh-san [possibly Kyo]

You can hear a piece of KAZE NO OTO on the radio show. Sounds like it’s 90s bridging into 2000s. I can’t find Rise & Fall.

∪^ェ^∪ | Doggie’s Thoughts | ∪^ェ^∪

Good luck in your efforts Okamoto and everyone else! ❤ This is unique and I am always into these bots. Like she said, it is “wishful thinking”: 50 episode anime, participating with a 90s cast, and so on (source: interview). It could be foolish, but an idea can only sprout into something interesting. That’s the whole point of arts. Because there was someone, aside from Okamoto, who contained the feeling of wanting to see an animation that contained the essence of 1990s.”

If 90s is what she looks for, I wouldn’t mind Katsuki Masako as a fierce rival. Hayashibara Megumi could also be that or the evil Mars empress (lol). I can also imagine Ueda Yuji, Yasunori Matsumoto, and Seki Tomokazu. Okamoto mentions that even she would like for the project to be something for a young voice actor to participate in.

I will keep an eye on this project and provide more updates. I’m a bit too busy to catch anything from the radio show, if I can catch any familiar Japanese that is (^.;), but we’ll see. Next time, I’ll look over that interview a bit more.

52 episodes? If anything, I couldn’t mind a cheap budget show even with a freeze frame, akin to an older video game for cutscenes.

Afterthought:
Check out another original mecha audio drama “Chou Onisei ZEA VIDE” (超鬼兵ジーヴァイド). It’s OP is Z TOGETHER. ZEA VIDE

Doggie Sketch a Day


I got to unwind sometimes. Mostly drawing out shapes, which then turned into…machine parts?

So you see silverhawk (or Rynex) again?

Oh the potential is so high. What am I capable of at maximum detail? Maximum conscious of time and attention? With true professional technique?

 

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3 of my favorite anime?


So, I was tagged on Twitter, and asked to post photos of my three favorite anime (while tagging 10 others). I don’t think I tagged ten people, and I don’t think it said “Top 3”, but I believe these are honest choices.

While I always tell myself that I could never construct a “TOP list”. It’s impossible to me because I have trouble deciding on various matters. However, I believe that “favorites” can be decided due can be determined by a few factors, such as “watching it more than once”. Also, it would be something you’d recommend to anyone.

Princess Mononoke (mononoke-hime), a blend of the Muromachi culture and Japanese mythology and folklore, is a Miyazaki movie I’ve definitely watched more than once. And, I believe in three languages? Miyazaki puts a lot of fantasy elements into his works, and he has a love of giant or hyper-sentient creatures.

I haven’t finished Patlabor (TV Series) yet, but the concept is by Oshii Mamoru (Urusei Yastura, Ghost in the Shell).  I’m also interested in Sky  Crawlers. He’s also know for commissioning voice actor Sakakibara Yoshiko in many of his works. It’s funny, it’s serious, and it’s in a genre called “near future” work as Labors [the machines] are as modern and uncomplicated as an ordinary tank and aircraft. The title stands for “Patrol Labors”, centering the squadrons of the police force that deploys these Labors.

Too much to talk about Cyber Formula as my heart would explode. It’s probably for another day. It has a zealous fanbase, and long after Speed Racer (MACH GOGOGO), did it bridge the gap for motorsports anime? Especially with sentient machines involved, which by the way, is quite a strong point for SUNRISE company. Look at the Yuusha Series. Shigeta Satoshi (重田智) is resposible for mechanical design and some of the storybaord in Cyber Formula SIN. He also worked on Gundam SEED and Cross Ange.

Honorable Mentions: I was going to say EUREKA SEVEN, but it’s difficult to recommend due to being so unsophisticated.

Speaking of Yuusha series, there is Gaogaigar. The only reason gundam 0079 is not up there is because I’d put it in my “top gundam list” instead. Plus, it’s outdated, and it might not be for everyone, especially if they watch modern shows.

Doggie & Mobile Suit Gundam: Ep 1 – 5


Five years ago, I watched and completed the cult classic Mobile Suit Gundam (1979 – 1980; 機動戦士ガンダム), a pop culture staple in Japan, and the pioneer in the mechanism of bipedal  “real robots”. Since then, I wanted to complete the gundam series in order, even though I’ve already watched recent series such as 00 (Double O), Unicorn, and Build Fighters. I also watched some of the OVAs taking place during or after the One Year War.

At the moment, I’m on hold at Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.

The same time, while watching MSG, I jotted down my quick rambles on the 43 episodes and made a series. I want to relieve those thoughts again – after cleaning them up and posting them here.

This is episode 1 through 5. However, I talked about episode 1 and 2 more than anything 😉

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