Re: Playlist - 1st February 2011
The Inspector's a jumbled mess based on a game that was even more so. My raging hardon for Masami Obari's unique brand of bad means that I can't help but enjoy it, but it's certainly not playlist material.
Taking a quick look through the robot-related shows of the last few years that aren't licensed by Madman/Siren and aren't Dragonaut: The Resonance, these are our options without busting out something like MSG, Dougram, VOTOMS or GaoGaiGar:
- Dancouga Nova: It's one of my guilty pleasures with its exceedingly bad jokes and competent women. The closest to watchable an Obari show's ever gotten.
- SD Gundam Sangokuden: Nobody knows or cares about Romance of the Three Kingdoms to appreciate it. Plus SD Gundam Force's second season was more entertainingly bad.
- Koutetsushin Jeeg: Has some enjoyable action, is only thirteen episodes and isn't particularly complex without being dull. Probably Jun Kawagoe's best work, come to think of it. (Yes, Mazinkaiser SKL is so bad that not even I like it.)
- Nanoha StrikerS: It totally counts. Shame it takes half a season to get interesting.
- Sora o Kakeru Shoujo: All its nifty world-building and characters go to waste because the Mai-Hime team cannot write a plot for peanuts. Even if its quirkiness gets through the vote, the ending leaves you rather miffed. Not going to recommend.
- SRW OG: Divine Wars: If you're really desperate enough to play The Inspector, you can subject everyone to the first attempt at adapting an Original Generation game. In all its bad CG and off-model drawings glory.
- Gaiking: The Legend of Daiku Maryu: You know, this show had enough enthusiasm, compelling villains and TTGL staff to possibly make it through the poll. Biggest problem is, of course, TV-Nihon subs.
- Tetsujin-28go (2004): Because you can never have enough shows that continually punch you in the gut. I'm all for it dudes.
- Diebuster: Did we ever play it? If not, you always could. After Gunbuster of course.
And... that's really about it. We've already played Macross Frontier and the hilarity that is Code Geass, so our options are limited to those if you want to keep it within the last decade. Star Driver is not an option because it's disappointing and dull.
If we're willing to play older things, then our options increase to:
- Zambot 3: Because I'm sure Barron will laugh once the massacres begin.
- Daitarn 3: Because it's Roger Moore with a big-ass robot being a pimp and using the power of the Sun. We should totally play this.
- Space Runaway Ideon: Well, it's a sci-fi show about first contact. Stop calling it a mecha show, internet.
- Fang of the Sun Dougram: Dem politics and increasingly gritty ground and squad-based combat scenes, man. Biggest issue this'd have is its length, really. You might as well start trying LoGH again if you're going to play Dougram.
- Armored Trooper VOTOMS and/or the various OVAs that have cropped up over the years: Certainly doable if people have a bit of patience.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: If you're going to play Unicorn, people need context, yo. Plus they need salt. You can die if you don't get enough salt.
- Taiyou no Yuusha Fighbird: Subs finished recently, but GaoGaiGar'd be more popular. Figh Bird's one of the weaker entries in the franchise after all.
What we should really play though is Heartcatch Pretty Cure. I'm willing to say that's the best show of 2010, and one of the best executed entries in a genre in years.
Although I don’t know about the directions at 4:51.
It’s commonly known when you look north in Japan East is to your left. Please don’t try to correct that sentence. It lasts only for a second but I wouldn’t expect a mistake like that.