Choujuushin Gravion ( ’´d_ƒOƒ‰ƒ”ƒBƒIƒ“ ) GONZO Digimation/Fuji TV/Media Factory, 2002-2003 ADV Films, 2003 Directed by Masami Obari (Fatal Fury, Virus). Rated 15+ for violence, slight nudity and mature situations. In the year 2041, mankind has colonized the other planets of the Solar System. But an alien race appears out of nowhere with the intention of wiping out the human race. Only a group of pilots stand in their way as they combine their vehicles to form the mighty robot Gravion. Story: C If you've seen one giant robot anime, you've probably seen them all. Gravion is more formulaic than other recent robot anime like Mazinkaiser, GaoGaiGar, Great Dangaioh and Dai-Guard, only with a lot of T&A - which is probably why I'll still watch this series. Animation: B- It looks better than some anime on TV, but by GONZO (Vandread, Yukikaze) standards, the artwork and animation are a disappointment. Character designs by Obari and Makoto Uno (Love Hina) look decent, but remind me too much of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED's artwork. Kunio Okawara's (Mobile Suit Gundam, Betterman) design for Gravion is too derivative of his GaoGaiGar design. Soundtrack: B- Hikaru Nanase's (Galaxy Angel, ZOE: Idolo) musical score sounds a bit generic, as is the opening theme "Nageki no Rosario" by JAM Project (Mazinkaiser, Scrapped Princess). Sub vs. Dub Gravion features Kenichi Suzumura (Shin in Macross Zero, Kamui in X) as Eiji, Jun Fukuyama (Haruto in Witch Hunter Robin, Keith in Turn-A Gundam) as Toga, Mai Nakahara (Rena in .hack//DUSK) as Eina, Yuu Asakawa (Motoko in Love Hina, Sakaki in Azumanga Daioh) as Miki, Haruna Ikezawa (Miyu in Super GALS, Nana in Melty Lancer) as Runa, Michiko Takahashi (Mahiro in Samurai Deeper Kyo) as Chuiru, Motoko Kumai (Sumomo in Chobits, Shaolan Li in Card Captor Sakura) as Kukki, Nana Mizuki (Tamao in Shaman King, Mika in Samurai Deeper Kyo) as Marinia, Masumi Asano (Saga in A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, Sonsaku in Ikki Tousen) as Stephanie, Hikaru Midorikawa (Heero in Gundam Wing, Ryuhou in s-CRY-ed) as Raven, and Sho Hayami (Max in Macross/Macross 7, Wolfwood in Trigun) as Sandman. Don't know whether or not ADV will do a good job dubbing this title. DVD Extras Not until ADV's version comes out, which reportedly has revised animation. Hopefully, that includes cleaning up all the broken Engrish seen on the original broadcast. The Bottom Line Gravion is definitely not GONZO's best work. Strictly for Obari fans and most giant robot freaks only.