Paradise is where the babes are.
What They Say:
Cobra is very known space pirate, but decides to change his face and to clear all his memories. He becomes a common guy, with a common job, and a very boring life, but suddenly he starts remembering his true identity and new adventures begin.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first arc of the series draws to a close with episode four and that's definitely a good thing as I don't think the series would work well with a storyline covering twelve episodes. Cobra's the kind of show that plays better with smaller stories when it comes to the animated version where we get to see new settings, new characters and new adventures. It's not a show for lengthy complicated plots with progress and growth of characters. It's about fun, action and a universe where the concept of pants or skirts on women is incomprehensible.
With episode four, Cobra's still got himself deep underground in Galron where he's seen a society that's held up well for the last few thousand years when you consider how strange it could be. With his memory lost, he's focusing on getting into fights right now since that action feels natural to him and it's helped him gain back some small measure of his memory. With the idea that more fighting equals more memory, he doesn't hold back in going up against Bogard's toughest fighter, Garcia. Though he's been given a disadvantage and is paying heavily for it, all of these moments push him towards the goal he wants of returning to the reality he knows. Of course, his time down below isn't bad since he's gotten to hang out with the beautiful Bonny.
But as his memory does return, he remembers exactly why he's there and the situation that Secret is dealing with. It's been two days and she's been holding up pretty well all things considered with the amount of gravity pushing down on her. The situation up there is getting clearer with how the propulsion system came back on and that makes up a good chunk of the second half as Cobra gets everything under his mental control. What I liked with how things were revealed is that it shies away from making it all about the Pirate Guild causing it or some deep subversive evil in Galron itself that started it all. It is instead simply someone who ended up in a position to make the change to the system because of their own issues and it all spiraled from there, though the cause of it all went along willingly. But because of her situation, I'm hard pressed to believe in some ways that it was a living conscious desire.
The end of the Galron arc is certainly welcome, especially since looking at the arc in total it really should have been three episodes. If they have removed the memory loss piece I think the flow would have been better and the story would have been tighter. That said, it gave us a pair of attractive women, a decent bit of action, some amusing references to the past and it was all wrapped up in a very Roger Moore James Bond fashion with Cobra in paradise as he has two scantily clad women in his arms who adore him since he just saved the solar system, their lives and the lives of billions of people. How could Cobra not be happy? Hopefully the next arc will be a bit stronger though and the script won't spend as much time dilly dallying.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.