Yuu Tagami was never close with his father. Yet after the old man's accidental death, Yuu finds himself on a plane to New York City, following instructions written in a letter from his late father. New York is as strange as it gets for the boy from Japan, but stranger still is Dr. Tom Wave, the man he's supposed to meet. Dr. Wave shares an obsession with the deceased concerning the mysterious New Austral Island. Ten years ago, the island sprang into being, and then just as suddenly vanished off the maps. But it's still there, and Dr. Wave knows there are secrets on that island that demand investigation. Unfortunately, he isn't the only one! The corporation known as GAIL wants those secrets for themselves, and they're willing to kill to get their way! What secrets lie on New Austral Island?
One of the notable things about Giant Gorg is that it's a "Super Robot" show with a twist. While it does have some elements of the Super Robot Genre (Gorg is sentient, and friends with Yuu Tagami), it has more tropes associated with the Real Robot Genre (Gorg has no super powers, and the show has a heavy Military presence). This makes Gorg one of the few examples of a "Super Robot with Real themes", whereas usually (especially nowadays), it's the other way around. The twists are largely thanks to the show's head writer, Masaki Tsuji, a novelist and award-winning screenwriter with anime credits dating back to Astro Boy.
Discotek Media announced that they acquired the licensing rights for the show back in 2015, and released it on DVD for North American Distribution. Crunchyroll also acquired the streaming rights for the show, and you can watch the first episode here. At present the series is also available to stream on Amazon Prime in America.
Tropes asociated with Giant Gorg are:
- Action Pet: Argos, the Waves' Great Dane.
- Badass Normal: Skipper, who gets to be portrayed as an incredibly tough guy despite the "real" hero of the show being a giant robot and him not even being the robot's pilot. Gorg himself compared to most other anime mecha, having no Toyetic weaponry whatsoever.
- Beta Couple: Alois and Sara. Rod and Lady Lynx qualify as a Gamma couple, as well.
- Bound and Gagged: Yuu and Doris, after being captured by Lady Lynx.
- Bittersweet Ending: After losing all of his companions after their cryo-sleep chambers' systems are damaged as a side effect of the volcano's eruption that occurred due to his counterattack on GAIL, and then protecting Austral from the world's nuclear onslaught, Manon, knowing that the world will never stop until they either destroy Austral or exploit its many secrets, decides to sink the island again, thus destroying GAIL city and the place the rebels have called home for so long, and forcing them to find a new place to settle. Also, the Austral incident and the death of Rod's grandfather have left GAIL crippled, and Rod seemingly with nothing. But he, now free from the corporation's restraints, decides to start over from scratch with Lady Lynx at his side. The rebels decide to look for a new island to settle on, with Tominic going with them. Yuu, Doris, Dr. Wave, Argos, and Skipper return to America, with Alois and Sara going to live with them. And Manon's species continues to live on with Yuu, who vows to one day see Manon and Gorg again.
- Combat Pragmatist: Gorg is essentially this. Gun out of ammo? Use it like a club! Have no weapon to combat the enemies? Throw a giant rock at them! Military vehicles in the way? Just push the bastards aside!
- Half-Human Hybrid: One of Yuu's ancestors was this, and this is why Gorg wants to protect him.
- FaceHeel Turn: Skipper. He turns out to be a rather unscrupulous mercenary, beating the living tar out of Lady Lynx, threatening to kill her to keep Rod and his crew at bay while he transmits data about Austral Island to the government, going behind the backs of Dr. Wave and his crew for a good payout. Subverted later when, after being confronted by Yuu and later freed from captivity, he realizes he has grown to genuinely care for Yuu, Dr. Wave and the others and opts to remain on Austral to die with them in an oncoming nuclear onslaught by the rest of the world.
- Femme Fatale: Lady Lynx is the classic type, even having one of her eyes obscured by her hair.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Doris is often the responsible to Dr. Wave's foolish, despite her being the younger of the two. And Tominic is the responsible to Alois's foolish.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Skipper.
- Lost Technology: At first, no one knows where Gorg came from, but it's quite clear that he wasn't really made recently. It turns out that he is a remnant of an ancient alien civilisation that came to Earth on Austral Island, which has more of their technology stored in a volcanic underground cave.
- No-Sell: Gorg, being made of highly-advanced technology, can shrug off just about everything. Even other Guardians.
- Panty Shot: Doris Wave, on occasion from episode 3 on after changing into her adventure outfit, which includes a skirt.
- Product Placement: One of the guys in the Halloween parade in the first episode is dressed as a giant can of Coca-Cola.
- Puppy Love: Yuu Tagami and Doris Wave as the series goes on. And Alois and Sara.
- Rage Breaking Point: Yuu, wanting to talk to the imprisoned Skipper, demands that Davey gives him the key to their cell. When he refuses, Yuu had just about had it with everything getting in his way up to this point, so he proceeds to beat the ever-living tar out of him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Gorg has these on occasion.
- Refuge in Audacity: Lady Lynx once got captured shortly after infiltrating GAIL City, so how does she escape? Seduce the guards watching over her, hit them while they're distracted and run out of there!
- Shout-Out: Every episode (except the last one) ends with these words: SAME GORG TIME, SAME GORG CHANNEL.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Yuu spends the better part of an episode like this when GAIL tries to figure out what connects him to Gorg.
- Two-Fisted Tales: A variant, as the show is evocative of older mecha manga penned by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, which already brought back pulp storytelling themselves.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: At first, the Cougar Connection is as much a threat to the heroes as GAIL. Once Lady Lynx organizes a search party for Austral with some of its members however, it soon becomes obvious that between Gorg and the full military might of GAIL, they're hopelessly outgunned to the point that only Lady Lynx and Davey remain as the surviving members.
- Would Hit a Girl: Skipper. He delivers an especially nasty No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Lady Lynx near the end of the show, an indicator of him crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Doris, for the first three episodes, until her wardrobe change in the third episode. Yuu, following his wardrobe change into his adventure outfit in the same episode. And Sara from her debut to the end of the series.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Rod quickly figures out that Yuu is the Kid With The Remote Control and assumes that the key to controlling Gorg can be found by experimenting on him. Gorg wants to protect Yuu because his pilot deeply regrets killing Yuu's ancestor, who chose to marry a human woman and tried to run away with her.