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YMMV: Giant Robo
  • Adaptation Displacement: The OVA seems to have more of a following than either the original manga or the TV series. GR: Giant Robo is right out.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Sort of. There were two dubs. The first was... campy, but not so great, while the second was much higher quality and more consistent. But the original dub played Genya as a petulant, single-minded Psychopathic Manchild while the later one played him as a suave, calm Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Ass Pull: In the episode with the giant vampire, it turns out Robo can create a... flaming cross!? Talk about being Crazy-Prepared.
  • Awesome Music: One of the best soundtracks in the medium, courtesy of an Academy Award-nominee composer and orchestra. Look out for the famous opera track Una Furtiva Lagrima, too.
  • Crazy Awesome: This show wouldn't be half as awesome if it wasn't completely batshit insane.
  • Tear Jerker: The Tragedy of Bashtarle in all it's sad glory. Especially when the aria 'Una furtiva lagrima' plays. The theme of the aria is 'the sorrow of people not understanding your true feelings', which fits perfectly.
    • The bittersweet ending.
  • Too Cool to Live: Taisou is powerful, wise and a total badass. He also has a personal vendetta with the apparent Big Bad, and can take him on one on one. Clearly, he had to die. He was also voiced by Norio Wakamoto, making him way, way too cool.
  • Toy Ship: Okay has there ever been a fan-fiction NOT doing this to Daisaku and Sunny the Magician?
  • What Could Have Been: This series has no real ending, and when they were finally able to do a remake, they opted for a full blown Continuity Reboot with aesthetics much closer to the first half of Neon Genesis Evangelion, rather than the fun and over-the-top style that the original OVA was known for. People had been hoping for something along the lines of Shin Mazinger, which maintained its original aesthetics, story, and tone, but boasted modern animation and a streamlined plot. It doesn't look like we'll ever get answers to the potential plot threads the OVA left us.

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