7 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (FINAL) #宿命のライバル #ボルテスV

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Again, I’m listing 7 rivals instead of 8, so this is the last one. So I’m going to place down my last pair of great rivals and then some extra examples of who I think are powerful examples of rivals in the same animation genre.

My last pick are from a classic – Go Kenichi vs Prince Heinel from VOLTES V.


In most cover art for home releases, you see these two.

Putting aside spoilers, they follow a long-running archetype of an enemy of royalty and a “hot-tempered good group leader” such as Golion’s Sinkurain and Kogane (in Voltron, it’s Keith and Lotor), who have encountered each other various times. Thus, it follows through the majority of the show. In most classics, the main enemy is perhaps an ugly enemy or an old creature that pull the reigns of a giant army. Hanging on to that main enemy is a supporter who may have a significant role. That is the case of Heinel; Go Kenichi is the main character of Voltes V and the main driver of Volt Machine 1: Volt Cruiser. In combination robots with more than one crew member, it’s usually the MC’s machine that forms the main body and head. Go is interesting in a sense that he is reckless and determined with impactful (or corny) dialogue. The care that he has in family is strong, and his brothers happen to make up much of the Voltes crew. That isn’t something often seen.

Another interesting tidbit is that the Heinel’s VA, Ichikawa Osamu (市川治), who is unfortunately deceased, had a penchant to play these “Strong and noble/prideful bad guys”. Due to his voice and the character designs, there is a connection to Voltes V’s Heinel, Brave Raideen’s Prince Sharkin , and Combattler V’s Garuda, all robot shows. Funny enough,  they work together in the Super Robot Wars series. Ichikawa, also the voice actor of Norris Packard (the “rival” of Shiro) in Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team.


In conclusion, here are more examples:

OBLIGATORY Vegeta vs Goku. They are still rivals. STILL! There’s also Goku vs Piccolo (King and Junior)

Obligatory Naruto vs Sasuke. This has been going on for 15 years. Their paths have been apart for a longest.

Kai and Takeo (Tyson)

タカオVSカイ by 最上 at PIXIV

Ginga vs Kyouya (Metal Fight Beyblade)

Kagura and Amata (Aquarion EVOL). I wanted to add them, but I haven’t watched the series fully so I didn’t properly examine. However, there is a close connection between these two.

Max vs Millia (Macross/Robotech). Before Alto and Brera, Keith vs Hayate and Messer, Isamu/Guildo, or Roy and D.D, there was these two for a while. It was even covered in the “Do you Remember Love” movie.

GARO (Kouga) vs Zero (Rei). At each other’s throat for the longest over a misunderstanding.

Iczer-1 and Iczer-2. Covered this in my review. I think they are fabulous, but I had my reasons to not add them. They are a definite notable mention.

Elle vs Faury (SHADOW SKILL). Check out my short review on the OVA series. Its brief since they put their differences aside and became friends.

Hayato vs Shinjyo (Cyber Formula). At least in the TV series.

A lot of rivalries are in the sports genre.


7 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (Part 5) #宿命のライバル

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Who do we have so far?

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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.

Rocking 10 years of #GurrenLagann | 8 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (Part 3) #グレンラガン


I lost my list and I have to recall who I had.

This is kind of a biased choice. One of my favorite characters in GL is shark boy VIRAL!. Japanese C.V is one of my first favorites Hiyama Nobuyuki (檜山修之), who’s entertaining in giving off a composed (or maybe goofy) and then intense portrayal in many roles. He also shows that Viral has a proud character. I like Sam Riegel (English C.V) but not really a fan of his Viral.

He is the first threat that Kamina and the group meets, then things start getting progressively intense. Intense describes the series pretty darn well. I don’t think he’s as impact and stubborn as the previous mentioned Galden and Altair, but has proven to be a stubborn threat for a while. For Kamina and for Simon both. He looks cool too (A Beast Man), an officer in the human sweeping forces, and good in hand-to-hand combat.

Viral’s machine, or his “Gunmen” is called Endiku, which I believe, if I remember, the monster that Gilgamesh had to kill.

Also, Viral’s theme is NIKOPOL. Great Rock!

If you like Viral, let me know.


Black Knight | 8 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (Part 2) #GEAR戦士電童


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It can’t get any better than the black knight.

GEAR FIGHTER Dendoh has me sold and I genuinely enjoy it. I already made a review before the first half.

Commander of the Galfa Forces, Altair is the perfect rival. A troublesome guy that the protagonists strive to defeat time and time again, and it’s usually a hassle. That is what I look for in a rival. To add onto that, he uses the same weapons as said protagonists, since GEAR weapons formerly belonged to Galfa.

Altair is constantly attacking Dendoh and upon his debut, he kidnaps the pilots. That, his coldness, and his fighting experience (compared to kids), is enough to prove his presence in the show early on. We also get some mystery as he is a guy who wears a mask. In Sunrise works, that’s usually a clue on a close connection to someone on the cast.

C.V Nakata Mitsuhiro (中田 和宏) does a great job bringing out Altair’s arrogant, dignified language, and the voice sounds like its muffled by the mask. He’s in various Sunrine shows such as G Gundam, V Gundam, J-Decker, Goldran, Dagwon, Gundam SEED and more. Also, Jirōbō Ikkanzaka of BLEACH and Joseph Shingetsu of XENOGLOSSIA.

I love it when he says “VIPER WHIP!”

A director’s interpretation? (Arslan) Also…

We must learn to identify with another. I began this entry back in early January, trying to make it as considerate as possible.

Now, it couldn’t come at a better time as a show’s second season heads this way, as does a kick-starter that everyone has been looking forward to. But more importantly, I think, I am getting annoyed by typical, heated arguments of insulting ones’s intelligence that gets passed as facts or as cool. I’m also offended by being seen as ignorant of the visceral range of a person’s acting, or told that “actors aren’t one trick ponies” because I disagree with a casting. Then again, I live in a country where it’s looking possible that the next President behaves like a schoolyard hair-slick-back bully from the streets. That’s cool no? And just this morning, and I mean April 4, I saw someone’s video about bullying.

I am motivated now.

So, this entry all began with one show and how it bothered me a little bit. I’m not the type of person who gets deeply disappointed in what I watch, so I wanted to further ponder on it to get it out of my system.  What brought this up and why couldn’t I just leave it alone? It first started off with me coming across an interview and a bulletin board. I wanted to know the core of my disappointment, to see reason behind it because I’m about to pose an argument.

And, I kind of felt like a jerk kicking on this one guy.

While working on the entry, I came across different, interesting perspectives. Understand that I like being free and seeing different principles, and I also don’t tolerate those who insult others with a different opinion.

I’m not even sure if I have everything here that I want, or if fully proofread.

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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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