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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 89.98
  • Running time: 650
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Godannar

Godannar Complete Collection (Thinpak)

Giant robots and lots of sexuality. If the opening line doesn't entice you, nothing will!

By Sean Connolly     July 21, 2009
Release Date: August 05, 2008


Godannar Complete Collection (Thinpak)
© ADV Films

Here is what you will find in Godannar!!

Breasts, boobs, funbags, ta-tas, cleavage, snowballs, Suzy-Qs, balloons, bosoms, cha-chas, cupcakes, Eartha Kitts, gazongas, highbeams, hooters, knockers, melons, puppies, kittens, butt crack, panties, camel toes, heartache, merging, sibling romance, lesbians and robots with big, bouncing breasts. Topped off with some gentle nudity.

You will also find a good show with an entertaining cast and an old school soul.

What They Say
In the Bedroom & On the Battlefield

It Takes Two to Tangle!

Five years ago, as the Mimetic Beasts laid waste to Japan, Dannar Pilot Go saved young Anna Aoi's life. Now, as they prepare to march down the aisle, a new Beast appears and Go is summoned into battle once more. But he's not going alone, not if his blushing bride to be can help it! It's a honeymoon from hell as two stubborn mecha pilots bump heads, egos and other bits; but if Anna and Go can mate their robots' interlocking parts, they'll form the ultimate marriage of man, woman and machine! The battle of the sexes and the battle for the future of mankind are fought simultaneously in the wildest giant robot series ever, GODANNAR!

The Review!
Audio:
This collection features both the stereo Japanese track (48kHz, 224kbps) and the 5.1 surround sound English dub (48kHz, 448kbps). Both tracks sound good as you would expect with the 5.1 track sounding fuller of course. There is nothing here audio wise that will stand out though. Both are solid audio tracks. Whether you are a fan of original Japanese language or an English dub fan, you'll be a happy camper. Both casts perform very well with some doing better than others in certain roles. I prefer Takayuki Kondou's rendition of the main character Goh over Brett Weaver's for example. To ADV's credit, they gave the foreign pilots (Russian and British) good accents to make these characters stand out from the Japanese dub. Overall, both casts do a fine job. The only real nitpick you may find is that the English dub tends to be a little bit more shrill in their roles than their Japanese counterparts.

In addition, fans of super robot shows will be pleased to hear that the two themes in the show are duets between Mitsuko Horie and Ichiro Mizuki. The two have been a part of many shows over the years, especially super robot shows dating all the way back to 1976's Magne Robo Gakeen. Their most famous duet known to fans here in the states would have to be "Cross Fight" from Dangaioh. Their songs truly lend an authentic, old school feel to the show that fans will enjoy.

Video:
Godannar!! is presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen and looks pretty darn good. Produced by AIC, it is a colorful, bombastic show with excitable characters, action and other characteristics of shows in this genre. The animation is pretty darn good in spots but you may find yourself getting sick of the reused sequences that occur in every episode. The bit-rate throughout the show hovers around 6-7Mbps with occasional dips around 5.5Mbps. My only real complaint is that the image can look soft on occasion. The times I noticed it was rather few and far between though. The show looks quite nice.

Packaging:
Well, this is an interesting case. The collection I have is the older collection that has since been re-released with new artwork. On the front and back are comic book panels with illustrated images pulled directly from the show. Before watching the show, most of it doesn't make any sense. In fact, I thought it was trying to tell a short tale in sequence, but only after seeing the show I knew what it was. The artwork for the thinpaks are all chock full of high quality images of fan service. The show's women are usually front and center in suggestive poses with even some camel toe thrown in. You'll definitely get an eye full of Takahiro Kimura's (Code Geass, Dirty Pair Flash, GaoGaiGar) character designs.

The new collection features some women from the show on the front and back along with one of the robots and the shows logo. I do not know what the artwork on the thinpaks look like, but if they are in the same style as the ones found here, you will probably dig it.

Menu:
The menus for each disc is as basic as you can get. The episode numbers big and bold standing out against an orange background with a selection for languages found underneath and some music to accompany it. Simple, quick, not annoying. All there is to it.

Extras:
There are no extras in this set.

Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
For many years, mankind has been in heated battle with a horde of monsters called Mimetic Beasts. To combat these monsters, mankind built robots that would be piloted by brave souls willing to risk their lives in battle. Five years ago in a planet wide battle, Goh Saruwatari and Mira Ackerman fought these beasts tooth and nail in their combined robot, the Godannar. On that day, Goh lost both his co-pilot and the love of his life. He also gained future salvation when he saved the life of Anna Aoi, his future wife. Five years later, Goh has pulled himself out of depression and is minutes away from saying "I do" when he is called back into action with the return of the Mimetic Beasts.

Godannar!! isn't a show that's going to wow you with a storyline. There is not much of one to be had here. The Mimetic Beasts are a constant throughout the series and they grow stronger throughout the show or attempt to overwhelm our heroes with numbers. There's no big bad guy behind the monsters and no hidden agenda. They're just there. Granted, there is a clever and well played plot-line that ties in to mankind's fight against these beasts that is hinted at early and is carried out in the tail-end of the show. I won't spoiler that here. Instead, Godannar!! relies on the strength of it's ensemble cast to carry it through its 26 episode run. In that, I believe the show is a success.

Our main character, Goh Saruwatari, is a 29 year old (how rare!) hot head with plenty of battle experience. After saving Anna, now 18 and finishing school, the two enter into a rocky marriage which will see its fair share of challenges (lets not get started on how young Anna was when Goh started to fall in love with her...) throughout the show. Anna's mother, Dr. Kiriko Aoi, helps command the Dannar Base along with the Captain. Due to circumstances involving Mimetic Beasts on their wedding day, Anna pilots the sealed Neo-Okasaur and merges with Goh to defeat them. This starts Anna's path to being a pilot right alongside her husband. Other characters include the strong willed pilot Shizuru, the revenge driven, young girl Lou, and the entire maintenance crew filled with entertaining characters and personalities.

There are other pilots from around the world introduced in the series. The Chinese pair that pilots the Goddiner, Moukaku and Shikuyu. The English brother and sister tandem Knight and Ellis. The Russian duo, Ekaterina and Kukrachyov who pilot a robot with hilariously large breasts. Finally, the American (I think) duo of Shadow and Luna. Each pair brings some fun to the episodes they are featured in and are involved with little subplots of their own. All of them revolving around romance. A rather normal romance with the Chinese pair, a dominant and submissive dynamic with the Russians, lesbian love with the Americans and a creepy sibling thing with the English. Those kinky English.

The true conflict in the series revolves around the return of Mira. Long since thought dead, she was spit out of a Beast that Goh had defeated. When she awakened, she had no memory of the past. Anna, learning the truth behind her past relationship with Goh, took her in to learn and live with them. While Mira continued to grow mentally once again, the relationship between Goh and Anna begins to strain. On top of this, Mira begins to exhibit strange powers such as bringing back the dead like nothing happened. When she finally regains her memories, things get really awkward.

The Goh/Anna relationship is the central dynamic in the story. It is also its weakest. Goh is a hero we don't see too often in anime, let alone the super robot genre. He is an older man (30s, which is old for anime) and not ashamed of his relationships with his friends, men and women alike. He has a close relationship with almost all of the characters in the show, but his closest is with Shizuru, Anna and especially Mira. He is a man who lost the love of his life when she suddenly returns from the dead. A man who openly took in the young girl Lou after she lost her father. A man who is conflicted by his wife's desire to pilot along with him for fear that she will be hurt like Mira was in the past. Above all else, he still remains devoted to Anna with all of his heart.

Anna is a young girl who, while struggling to acquire the skills to become a pilot and finish school, is overwhelmed by Goh's past and finds it hard to understand. It is a world she wants to be a part of but is scared of making the jump that Goh desperately needs her to make. We know she loves him dearly but their interactions and arguments play out like an annoying high school drama. One could argue that this is the result of their differences of age. You would certainly have a point. However, that doesn't stop Anna from coming off as annoying and whiny. Goh thinks the world of this girl but there is one instance in the show where she lets him and us down completely and from there it takes her the entire series to recover in my eyes. All of that being said, I can't help but be impressed at how three dimensional the writers made these two characters (as well as Mira and Shizuru). Even if Anna does drag the show down quite a bit in spurts.

You may notice that I haven't really brought up the action in the series. That's because the action, while well animated, is fairly muted. Which is really unusual for this genre. Tsukasa Kotobuki's (Saber Marionette J) mecha designs are pretty good for the most part with the Godannar looking like a strong force to be reckoned with and the rest of the super robots having unique looks to them. You will see an assortment of special moves blurted out by excited pilots accompanied by recycled animation that you will grow sick of by the end of the show. Which is all par for the course and, when done well, is something I find endearing in this genre.

However, the monsters being fought in the show just come off generic and non-threatening which makes the fights kind of boring. The only time our heroes are truly threatened is when hordes and hordes of the things appear and all hell breaks loose because the robots just aren't equipped for that sort of thing. I guess it just boils down to the fact that there are many, many fights in the show and I can't recall a defining moment in any of them. Except for the final battle. A battle that is not defined by the action but by what happens to a character after the fight.

In Summary:
Godannar!! is a solid show built on the foundation of decent action, good production values and a strong cast of characters with a truly stand out main character. Boring monsters, dull fights and Anna's immaturity are the weaknesses here but I find that the show overcomes these problems easily because the cast is just wonderfully entertaining. The astronomical amount of fan-service sure doesn't hurt either.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 5.1 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Samsung PN50A400 50" Plasma HDTV, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver, Yamaha 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers, PlayStation 3 at 720p via HDMI

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