COMIC A7 Review - Dai-Guard: Terrestrial Defense Corp.

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    Dai-Guard: Terrestrial Defense Corp.
    XEBEC/Victor Entertainment, 1999
    ADV Films, 2002-2003
    Directed by Seiji Mizushima (Slayers Next, I Wish You Were Here).
    Rated 12+ for violence and strong language.

    by areaseven - http://areaseven.net/

    Twelve years ago, an alien race known as the Heterodyne invaded Earth. For the task of eliminating the aliens, an experimental giant robot known as Dai-Guard was created. Unfortunately, before Dai-Guard saw any action, the Heterodyne simply disappeared off the face of the Earth.

    Fast-forward to the present day. Dai-Guard is used merely as a showpiece for an international security convention when the Heterodyne show up once again. In a last-minute act of heroism, Shinnosuke Akagi and two of his co-workers board Dai-Guard and bring the old relic into action.

    It ain't an easy job as the Heterodyne are the least of our heroes' worries. They have to put up with property damage complaints, maintenance budgets, and other various forms of paperwork. After all, a salaryman can also save the world.

    Story: A-
    Of all the giant robot parodies, here's something different: one that puts up with real-world elements. Unlike other current giant robots like The Big-O, GaoGaiGar or Mazinkaiser, Dai-Guard is extremely primitive to near-Kishin Corps proportions. It has to be assembled and disassembled manually with trucks and cranes. "Rocket Punch" means it rips one forearm off and throws it at the Heterodyne. At least there's an on-board electric fan in the cockpit.

    As for the story itself, it has some very good character development and some witty dialogue. Elements hardly seen in most giant robot parodies these days.

    Animation: B+
    The artwork and animation are well-detailed and the mecha designs are very cool. Character designs by Mitsuru Ishihara (Sakura Wars: The Movie). Robot designs by Ken Otsuka. Vehicle designs by Shinichi Yamaoka (Love Hina). Mecha designs by Takeshi Takamura and Hideyasu Shimamura.

    Soundtrack: A-
    The orchestral BGM is the result of a collaborative effort between Kohei Tanaka (Gunbuster, Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team) and Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell: The Movie, Mobile Police Patlabor).

    The ending theme is a very mellow piece arranged by the legendary Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus). However, the major music highlight is the J-Punk opening theme "Rojiura no Uchuu Shonen (Back Alley Space Boy)" by the Cobratwisters. (Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can download an MP3 of this?)

    Sub vs. Dub
    Dai-Guard features Kentaro Itou (Aogiri in Ceres, Celestial Legend) as Akagi, Akiko Hiramatsu (Miyuki in You're Under Arrest, Yukari-sensei in Azumanga Daioh) as Momoi, Shinichiro Miki (Takumi in Initial D, Allen in Escaflowne) as Aoyama, Masashi Hirose (Ramba Ral in Mobile Suit Gundam) as Osugi, Kenichi Ono (Touma in Dirty Pair Flash) as Shirota, Takaya Hashi as Okouchi, Michiko Neya (Nancy in Read or Die, Melissa in Full Metal Panic!) as Oyama, Marina Ono (Aihara in Angel Links) as Nakahara, Rumi Kasahara (Kanako in Princess Nine) as Irie, Yukari Tamura (Ai in Full Metal Panic!) as Tanigawa, Shoji Izumi as Ishizuka, Makoto Higo as Taguchi, Katsuyuki Konishi (Touya in Ceres, Celestial Legend) as Ijyuin, Mayumi Shintani (Haruko in FLCL, Tsubasa in His & Her Circumstances) as Domeki, Chiharu Suzuka as Kamimura, Kazuhiko Kishino as Busujima, and Masaharu Sato as Nishina.

    At this time, I have not reviewed the dub, so I'll just leave it up to you to check it out.

    DVD Extras: B+
    The first DVD includes production sketches and credit-free opening and closing sequences.

    The Bottom Line
    Undoubtedly one of the best giant robot parodies ever made. Go buy or rent Dai-Guard now.

    Reference: Seiyuu Database and Anime News Network
     
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    This sounds cool, just another entry on my list of titles to check out.
     

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