Shin Getter Robo: Armageddon
Getter Robo is one of those franchises that are considered classic for anime -and especially mecha- fans around the world. I knew little more about this until, during my summer vacation, I decided to watch Armageddon.
Normally I would have called this a lost case. The story is interesting but the narration is rather clumsy, filled with many unexplained plot twists, absurd flashbacks and time skips. Most of the stories that combine those errors end up in my garbage bin -but that is not the case with Armageddon! Why is that? Let me mention the most important reason:
1. The characters are absolutely insane and cool. For me, watching them and their absolutely illogical reasoning (see image below) became an addiction. A great plus is each one of them has its own unique trace, so there is actually a great variety of personalities to love and hate.
2. The battles are full of exaggerated violence and gore. There is no censorship for those who love those elements, but at the same time most of the scenes don’t go to the point of deliberately trying to make the watcher feel sick -so there is some good balance here.
3. The soundtrack is fantastic; Heats (by Hironobu Kageyama) and Hurry up Dreams (by Masako Iwanaga) are two of the best pieces I have heard in anime music. Really, there is not much more to say -you have to listen to it to get what I mean.
4. Getteeeeeeeer Tomahoaaaaawk… BOOMERANG!
Of course, in the case of this show there are many reasons why one would feel the exact opposite of what I feel. Armageddon is a “love or hate it” thing, no question. But if you are a fan of mecha or love random things, if you wish to watch something violent yet funny, then this is surely a show you must watch.
Of course, after getting addicted to Shin Getter Robo Armageddon, I could not stop myself from watching other versions of the story (the original manga, the original 1970s Getter Robo and the New Getter Robot OVAs. But Armageddon remains the most fun version I have yet to come across, which is why I chose to dedicate this article to it.