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Mark McPherson's Review for Gasaraki

Review posted by Mark McPherson (Anonymous User, Search for other reviews) on June 6, 2002 at 8:40 AM.
This review applies to 1 - 26.
Total Score: 24/30 (80%). Story: 9/10 (90%), Animation: 8/10 (80%), and Sound: 7/10 (70%).

Overall:

      Gasaraki is pretty much an above average mecha anime which is no less of what you should expect from Ryosuke Takahashi. If you are a big fan of Patlabor and Gundam, I stronly recommend watching this series. If not, I'd still recommend giving it a shot, but watch it from the beginning or else you won't even have a clue to what is going on.

8/10

Story:

      The story is sort of like Cowboy Bebop. It's an on/off type of feel to it. Half the time it will be focussed on international politics and the other half will be focussed on old Japanese legends. However, despite how unappealing this may sound, it works out great providing the right amount of substance to the show. Character development is a little bit slow since most characters are asking themselves "Who am I?" and "What purpose do I serve?". For the most part, however, you end up becoming involved with the characters. Plus, there are so many characters in Gasaraki that it is pretty hard to get bored with them. The pacing is also a tad slow. The first couple of episodes just start out with nothing, but politics and then just shifts gears a couple of times. The best thing I would say about the story is that you find yourself compelled to watch every episode as the story goes on.

9/10

Animation:

      The animation isn't really bad, it just feels a tad rushed. The colors are good and I have no complaints with the backround, but the character designs feel pretty salty. But, then again, they are suppose to be realistic. Overall, the animation mosty goes above average on a good number of levels and breaks away from the norm of other anime titles.

8/10

Sound:

      Well, the sound effects are pretty good, but the music is purely fabricated with an exception for the opening and closing songs. What I mean by that is that these are syndicated music tracks that most TV stations carry and fiddle around with. But for being totally unoriginal, the music surprisingly fits the mood of the show.

7/10

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