| Jaianto Robo (1991) - "Giant Robo" Japan - Animated |
In the near future, humanity has been granted cheap energy in the form of the Shizuma Drive. This has ushered in a new era of prosperity known as Third Energy Revolution. Behind the scenes, a struggle between Good and Evil still goes on as personified by the International Police Organization and Big Fire. To aid in the struggle against evil, the IPO have a great robot known as Giant Robo. A young boy named Daisuku Kusama controls Giant Robo and there is some mystery behind him. The OAV series explores Daisuku and his friends characters against the backdrop of a major plot involving the Shizuma Drive. It successfully combines the atmosphere and design of 1960's anime and those grand plotlines with modern animation techniques. It has to be seen to be believed. Based on the old live-action "Giant Robo" series which was dubbed as "Johnny Sokko and his Giant Robot".
Most of the plot's pivotals point are centered around father figures. The main character pilots Giant Robo and fights evil because of a promise to his dead father. The story address a grand amount of philosophy regarding things like honor, duty, believing in loved ones, honoring requests by honored parents (in this movie, fathers) and the notion of good versus evil is simply a plot device, as the story is shown from both sides of the struggle.
The main story revolves around a legacy left by a dead scientist. His son (on the bad side) believes that his father wanted to destroy the world and followed this ideal because of his love for his father. The scientist's daughter (on the good side) believes in her father and believes that he did not want the destruction and wanted good for the world.
[Spoiler alert!!!!] At the end you find out that the daughter was correct. The scientist was incorrectly slandered and actually saved the world.
When the movie is over, after the credits, is the phrase "For all fathers and their children".
I just thought I would point that out. In a nation where males are frequently slandered and treated as substandard characters (especially father characters), it was nice to see a show that actually praised male figures.
- Reviewed by Renegade