Well, I decided to start with #10 and go up. So this dissection starts with a smaller-name mech anime...:
Platinumhugen Ordian/Ginsou Kikou Ordian Opening Ver. 2
(Warning: Nude Boobies Shown)
:After getting into a random fight Yuu Kananase meets up with Satoru Tachibana, an old friend of his. Tachibana says that if Yuu wants to fight, he should join the I.M.O./International Military Organization, where people are trained to use mechs called Rimhugens to fight in the wars of the world. The dark past of Yuu's family will come back to harm him though, along with the mysteious process called "Remake"...
Why It's on the List
:First off... Even though this is a Masami Obari mech anime, it is NOT in the same style as Gravion, Dancougar Nova, and such. Instead this is more like Obari's take on the whole style of mech anime that Evangelion introduced, and considering that this aired back in 2000 it predates shows like RahXephon and Fafner. I do like Obari, so that helps in me liking it.
One of the most interestng things about this show, and what probably leads to much confusion, is the fact that Ordian uses a lot of Norse mythology and references in the story, much like how Eva uses Christian mythology and references. There are references to Odin (the Ordian itself), Loki (the rival mech to the Ordian), Thor (not shown until the end of the show), Nanna (one of the main characters), and the sort. Since Norse mythology is not exactly as well-known as Christian mythology, some parts, especially within the second half, get confusing. But still, the Norse mythology usage is original and gives the show a certain charm.
So I'll say this now: Yes, the show can be confusing. But the mystery behind it is another reason why I like this show. I'll admit that the second half did get a bit confusing, but the mech fights within it, the mech designs themselves, and the characters kept me interested and made want to watch more.
Which leads me to one of the biggest reasons why I liked Ordian: Yuu himself. While I haven't seen Eva, I do know that Shinji can be just annoying with his complaining and overall emo-ness. Yuu is pretty much the anti-Shinji: He's confident (even cocky at times), hot-blooded, and even the times he DOES get all emo only last about an episode or so at most... Then he realizes that he has to get past that and becomes a better person because of that.
In the end, Ordian is the enigma of the list; there are complications that should make me not like the show as much (and the fansubs not having the 2nd version of the opening theme, the entire second ending theme, and even the final moments of the show didn't help; YouTube has since solved those problems), but for some reason I really like the show.
Chances of getting licensed?
:At one point I had a feeling that if it was made by Masami Obari it would get licensed... That is obviously not the case now. But still, I haven't given up hope. It's apparently a d-rights show, and for some reason I feel that d-rights might have more of a showing here in America... Don't ask me why, because I can't say why; it's just a feeling.
Who would license it?
:I'd say either ADV or Media Blasters. ADV had done Gravion, and I doubt that saying "From the creator of Gravion!!" would hurt sales. Media Blasters, on the other hand, has good relations with d-rights and it just seems like the show would fit with them also, maybe even as a sub-only release.
Well, that's Ordian in short. Up next will be what is probably my favorite recent Getter Robo anime: Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo.