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.
    • Giant Robo's Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the TV series.
  • 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 an Idiot: Vogler. For some reason, he thought it was a good idea to somehow rig the recording that explains the details of his plan to his son to play AFTER he somehow figures out what to do with the briefcases. Sure, he was dying and had little time left, but if he could manage to create a system complicated enough to play a message after those specific conditions were met, he could have had a much easier time explaining all of this either in person or just by giving Genya the recording up front. If he only hadn't mixed up his priorities, Genya wouldn't have gone crazy and countless people wouldn't have died over a huge, HUGE misunderstanding. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
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