That title reminds Judge Mitchell Hattaway vaguely of some classic rock tune he heard in a commercial once.
Huge monsters talk the Earth!
New Getter Robo chronicles the exploits of three unlikely pilots in a battle against invading monsters who resemble oni—demons of Japanese legend. Each of the pilots is a social miscreant, but that doesn't stop them from being recruited by Professor Saotome, the scientist responsible for the creation of the Getter Robo, a mecha designed specifically to combat the oni threat.
The first four episodes of the series are included on this release. Here's a brief rundown:
• Episode One: "There Goes Ryoma"
• Episode Two: "Hayato Is Coming"
• Episode Three: "Benkei Musahibou"
• "The Three on the Loose"
New Getter Robo is a re-imagined/updated version of the original Getter Robo television series. Getter Robo, which was created by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa back in the mid '70s, has spawned numerous incarnations, one of which was brought to the States back in the early '80s as Starvengers. I can remember watching Starvengers when I was in elementary school, and I have to say that this idea was a hell of a lot more interesting when I was 11.
The four episodes presented here unfold in standard fashion: A little bit of plot is followed by an attack, which is then followed by a battle, which is then followed by a victory for the Getter. (The episodes went down the same way 24 years ago, but back then I didn't mind). There's absolutely nothing new here, nor is there an attempt to put even the slightest spin on the old elements. Given that, you'd think this series would be aimed squarely at a younger audience—one whose members wouldn't be so familiar with the basic elements—but when you take into consideration the extreme violence and doses of leering sex, it's hard to imagine exactly what audience the producers had in mind.
The quality of the contents can be faulted, but the quality of the presentation certainly can't. The transfer here is impeccable (the animation itself looks a bit crude, but it's representative of Go Nagai's style), and the stereo soundtracks are more spacious and full-bodied than I expected. Extras include clean opening animation, two music videos for songs featured in the series (each utilizing footage from the series), and previews for other Geneon titles.
There's nothing noteworthy or worthwhile about New Getter Robo. In fact, take away the blood, guts, and breasts, and the whole thing seems rather quaint. I guess it's a shame that I'm not into quaint. Unless you're a diehard Go Nagai or mecha fan, I'd advise you to ignore it.
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