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.

You’re not human if you don’t cry | About #BravePoliceJDecker #勇者警察ジェイデッカー #勇者シリーズ


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OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.yusha.net/jdecker/index.html

Brave Police J-Decker is the fifth installment of SUNRINE’s Brave Series, proceeding Might Gaine. The only one licensed in America is Gaogaigar.

These are my quick impressions after watching episodes 1-4.

I’m not trying to wire my brain into liking 90s shows, I swear. About ten minutes into the first ep, you want to cry. Today, many light novels are being adapted; their themes can be flexible and unpredictable, such as a dead/ageless person being a main character, or being able to see/fight ghosts, or the presence of summoning magic or alchemy in modern world.

Back in the 80-90s, a major general course for anime were sword and sorcery, sports, and various kinds of robots. Especially robots with human like personalities, thanks to SUNRISE and the sustained popularity of gundam. While near-future themes is still rooted in decades long products, these human-to-AI shows have a lot of heart.

And the show is about Deckard “having a heart”.

Tominaga Yuuta is a 4th grader who befriended a robot detective named Deckard, who is assigned to metro police dept’s “BRAVE POLICE”. They’ve known each other for six months as Deckard was still under construction. As they interact, Deckard’s AI memory would learn from Yuuta, from speech to actions. One of the cutest scenes in the first ep is Deckard trying out his space police introduction pose. It turns out that this interaction made Deckard function better in his duties.

This series, and even the sister series of ELDRAN (produced with Takara Tomy/Tomy) has a squad-tokusatsu feel to them. Each of the protagonist robots has some effective function when combining together, creating variability for different situations. With Eldran, the motifs are animals and dinosaurs.

J-Decker also has its comedy.

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A couple of the Brave Series’s main characters has the Kanji for courage(勇) in their name. For example, Yuuta and Yuuichiro. Yuuta’s full name is apparently from the phrase “Tomo yo nagaku ki o futoku toiu kotoba ni yurai suru” (気をく という言葉に由来する。) Or it’s just “tomo yo nagaku yuki o futoku” because the rest of it says “It’s said to derive from [this].

Roughly the above phrase means something like “A long-time courageous friend.” Suitable enough. The “futo” in “futoku” can also be read as “ta” or “tai“, meaning “big” or “spread out”.

Kawasaki Hiroyuki (川崎 ヒロユキ) was in charge of Series Composition. He also did Godannar, Battle Betterman, and the film SINBAD. he’s also one of the script writers of GUNDAM X; I actually see a comparison between Yuuta and Garrod.

THE OP of Brave Police Dekcard is HEART TO HEART, sang by Kuwata Yasuko.

Related Links:
CHARACPEDIA: 熱血アニメ列伝 人とロボの絆の深さに涙!『勇者警察ジェイデッカー』

Doggie Digest of Gundam Build Fighters Island Wars #G_BF


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Jigen Haou Style! “Have you seen this gundam?”

Official Site (Japanese): http://gundam-bf.net/ & try special

If anyone has seen Build Fighters, and seen previous gundam series before so, you’ll realize that Bf and BF Try are making fun of Sunrise mecha (and characters) and gundam in particular. Colony Drop, blackhole laser, transformable frames, and strange phenomenons that change the world or give you power, all familiar within gundam.

But because Island Wars is short, it doesn’t complete what makes BF fun. It’s a bit on the low spectrum. It definitely shows its elements. GUNPLA IS FUN (and freedom!)! And fired up. It’s also funny. Scramble Gundam battle was a little…”eh” unfortunately.

And, we’re missing some key characters.

Gyanko was great!

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Who harts gundam?