Generator Gawl is a 12-Episode Anime from Studio Tatsunoko Productions and director Seiji Mizushima (who would later direct Fullmetal Alchemist and Mobile Suit Gundam 00 among many other projects) that ran from October 6th 1998 to December 22nd 1998.
Set in the future of 2007, Professor Takuma Nekasa uncovers a gene code that will unlock the human body's greatest mystery and expose mankind to its greatest threat. To correct this, Gawl, Koji, and Ryo, three young scientists from the future travel back in time to undo this mistake. Appearing three months before the incident they find themselves facing Ryuko Saito, a scientist who prefers that the future remain the same, and his Generator allies.
Generator Gawl provides examples of:
- Alliterative Title
- All Part of the Show
- Apocalypse How: Planetary societal collapse at the least. Kubere obtained its power by using its technology to trigger and control World War III, bringing about the destruction of the majority of humanity.
- Dub Text: The delivery of the English dub unintentionally suggests a lot of Ho Yay between Koji and Ryo, to the point where they act like a cool, stoic Seme and his blond Uke husband. Koji's even a head taller than Ryo.
- Given Masami's remark to Natsume about how Gawl might be the only one she could date, this may actually be intentional.
- Expy: Of Guyver & Baoh.
- Fish out of Temporal Water
- Gainax Ending: If someone can tell us what Gawl did at the end, by all means, say so. The anime won't
- Okay then... Gawl got his generator core ripped out, but was obviously Only Mostly Dead and used his overload of power to open a rift in time and space... somehow. Future!Koji realised that since Gawl was directly linked to space and time that he could control the exit point of the time hole, or even restructure reality however he wanted. But, since he had no time at all to think of a new world, he just reset the world to how it was when they arrived in 2007, either exactly as it was but with everyones Ripple Effect-Proof Memory intact, or without anything to do with Generators or Kubare so that they could live normal lives. The anime doesn't give a clear indicator as to which. Confusing, but not End of Evangelion.
- Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke
- Idiot Hero: Gawl, just Gawl.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Natsume's hair◊ looks like she piled strawberry dessert whip on her head and swirled the front into what can only be called 'headboobs'.
- Large Ham: Vic as Gawl. I'M MOPPIN'!!
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Natsume is the biological mother of Ryo, Koji, and Gawl.
- Narm:Ryo: "Did you see that? That girl was riding a bicycle!"The audience: Tourist.
- Sarcastic Confession
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- Signature Headgear: Masami's 'haircan and four white ball-things' may or may not apply; Gawl doesn't think it does.
- Stable Time Loop: Stable, but not exactly simple. The sole country in the future, Kubere, has gone back in time to change history in their favor, as have the three heroes to thwart Kubere, and it's reached a point where Kubere's development is dependent on the research of an amnesiac future soldier flung back in time and recreating their technology in search of his past.
- The Slow Path: The Professor is Future!Ryo. Ryuko Saito's assistant is Future!Koji. In the present. Which is actually the past. Yes.
- Super Prototype: Gawl is a prototype Phase 4 Generator and the basis for all the Generator research in the future. Ryuko Saito is the only Phase 5 Generator.
- Transformation Sequence
- Tsundere: Masami.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Justified — the trio join the university so they can investigate it freely.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Subverted: Masami's trademark Union Jacket may have significance beyond 'it looked cool'... but I doubt it.