I watched Gao Gai Gar
... roughly two years ago. That's when I really began watching 'nerdy' things (Anime, Tokusatsu, etc) en masses, although I had started with Gurren Lagann, out of mere curiosity. If I had watched something sub par after GL, like, Mazinkaizer or something, I wouldn't have gotten into Mecha or Tokusatsu in general, since obviously, nothing could be better than Gurren Lagann.
Instead, I watched Gao Gai Gar
. And it was better
than Gurren Lagann. In that way, it really propelled me into watching more nerdy stuff.
Gao Gai Gar
holds a special place in my cabinet of nerddom, and is, quite simply, my most favorite thing ever. This is hardly even going to be a review, since I'm so biased. But quite simply, if you consider yourself a mecha otaku, an anime fanatic, or a nerd in general, if you haven't watched Gao Gai Gar
, completely and utterly revoke the first title, reaffirm the second title by watching it, or if you're just a nerd, watch it because it will probably propel you into either of the first two titles. That sentence made no sense but watching GGG makes me delirious with awesome.
The series works in a format that is absolutely brilliant, yet could be offputting at first: The first 30 episodes are like the rest of the Brave Series: Silly, comedic, yet somehow simply charming in that kids show way. The characters are all amusing, and through their antics, you become attached to them. And then episode 30 hits, shit hits the fan, and those characters you previously saw being so silly and comedic suddenly are suddenly thrust into dark and dramatic situations that you aren't sure they can make it out of. But that seemingly silly COURAGE AND GUTS
that is so prevalent in the first 30 episodes continues to pull through and save the day, no matter how dark it gets.
It's just so indicative of the super robot genre in general: No matter how dark the situation, no matter how bad shit gets, and no matter how damaged they become, the super robots in GGG absolutely refuse to give up and, through sheer COURAGE AND GUTS,
always manage to win. It's idealistic, beautiful, and uplifting.
Are there flaws? Yes, probably. Those flaws are, in my opinion, get the shit hell and heavened out of them by Gao Gai Gar
's positive points.
Watch it. You won't regret it, unless you have no soul.