So today I’ve got a review of a short I’m pretty sure nobody actually watched, and for good reason – it’s basically just a loyal spoof of classic super robot shows, offering nothing of interest to anyone who isn’t a fan of super robots, Kyoto cooking, and extremely harmless comedy. It wasn’t a painful watch or anything, but also not a watch I’d really recommend for any reason. Although I did like the goofy accent of the American character!
You can check out my full review over at ANN, or my episode notes below.
Intentionally aping the visual style of 60s-70s cheap-ass production
“If I can’t have hanami, no one can!”
The visuals are intentionally lofi – but the designs are pretty great
The classic battle theme song is great
The giant robot cooks Kyoto specials
This shot of the robot “eating” the generic sakura mochi, which is just a static shot
The episodes are like three minutes long
We even get the old-fashioned title cards
It’s also in non-widescreen, with the margins often filled in with fun facts about Kyoto and food
The direction is actually fairly dynamic, even though it works hard to “look” cheap – lots of ostentatiously static shots
Fun and educational!
Oh my god, this dorky ballad ED is really good
“Someday, someday, lu lu lu lu lu”
The classic battle move of sliding on his knees to the customer
“With this guy, I’ll put my old man to shame!”
And there’s actually still a goofy continuing narrative
Mechalossus enemies – Mekaiju
A huge amount of repeated footage, which is kinda part of the joke, so?
The show even intentionally includes lots of visual noise, to simulate old cells
Anna Houdou just always manages to show up
And all the episodes follow basically the same format, but that’s… also part of the joke. It’s hard to critique something that’s intentionally bad
All titles like “Exposed! The Dart Gun Man’s True Identity!”
It’s another robot!
The pilot is his dad, of course
Lots of melodramatic strings and whatnot, but mostly just that one song over and over
And a new challenger approaches
The American has come to automate the sweets process
I like his American accent
“A mountain of Higashi?!?”
And a history lesson
Ah awesome, an actual explanation for the Doamaigar engine
“To a confectioner, pride is the greatest enemy”
And our hero returns to the hands-on basics
“Hand in Hand! The Bond Between Father and Son!”
Intentionally awkward lip flaps
Father and son are victorious